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Robert Pittenger launches first negative ad in 9th District GOP primary

We have 10 candidates running for the Republican 9th Congressional District nomination and I was wondering when this was going to start. Sue "family values" Myrick has endorsed our former Sheriff (and former Democrat) Jim Pendergraph and Pittenger has latched onto the fact that Pendergraph is a former Democrat and not conservative enough.

Pittenger has plenty of baggage of his own that I am sure will be fodder for future ads. While a state senator, Pittenger was able to get road projects passed, water towers moved, and land annexed to line his pockets and to help his developer friends.

This comment from the Mayor of Mineral Springs, a small Union County town in the 9th District pretty much sums up the feelings of many in my district:

Myrick tops list of campaign spending on family businesses

I am truly shocked by this (snark), a politician using campaign money to pay a family member. Sad thing about it is that our side does the same thing

No member of Congress has spent more campaign money on a business owned by his or her family during the last two elections than U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick

read more: Charlotte Observer

Gingrich heads to N.C., says he’ll remain GOP’s spoiler

I personally think this GOP war on each other is the best scenario we could wish for, they are spending money on a race that I think, is a foregone conclusion. Mittens is going to win their nomination and this battle is doing all the opposition research and producing all the talking points that we could possibly need this fall.

I think I have a better chance of beating Obama than anybody else.

What planet is he living on?

Bloggers at the 2012 Convention

Back in 2008 I had the privilege of using one of BlueNC's media passes while I was in Denver for the convention. Each state had an official state blog for the convention and BlueNC was ours. You can see my pictures here, here, and here.

The reason I bring this up is that Charlotte has set up a venue for bloggers to work from and to offer them support while they are in town for the convention

When thousands of visiting bloggers come for the convention, most of them will need a place to work.

You can read about the group that is facilitating this here: The PPL

You might be a 1%er if ...

My wife is from up north, so far up and to paraphrase Sarah Palin, you can see Canada from her mom's back yard (you actually can, her mom's property backs up to the St. Lawrence River). One of the things that has always bugged me is when she (my wife not Sarah Palin) tries to sound "southern". It's awkward and most of the time people just shake their heads and say bless her heart.

Mitt Romney is making his way through the south with Jeff Foxworthy in tow, trying to show that he can be a good ol' boy and fit in down here.

"I'm learning to say 'y'all' and I like grits. Strange things are happening to me," he said with a smile

Bless his heart.

Read more: Charlotte Observer

Shades of things to come?

I am not a big fan of this campaign style, I want a candidate to convince me to vote for them based on what they have done - not for what their opponent has done or not done. Walter Dalton has taken a shot at Bob Etheridge for a vote Etheridge made while a Congressman:

In one of the first shots of the Democratic gubernatorial primary, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton on Friday jabbed former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge for voting for a trade deal that he said cost North Carolina jobs.

Read more: Charlotte Observer

Fracking presentation in Newton

One of the highest honors I have gotten through the years has been being asked to serve on the board of the state League of Women Voters (first guy) and I get to go around the state and help educate people of some of the environmental issues that our state faces in my capacity as the environmental advocacy chair.

On Saturday I will be giving a presentation on Hydro Fracking to the Catawba Valley League of Women Voters at 10:30am at the Newton branch of the Catawba County Public Library. If you are in the area come on by, all are welcome.

Stereotyping

One of the things that really bugs me and this happens on both sides, is stereotyping.

I am a southern, white, 47 year old male with short hair and all my original teeth. I like NASCAR, college football, teach Sunday School at the church I go to just about every Sunday. I help coach my son's baseball and football team and am a den leader for his Cub Scout pack. I am an Eagle Scout and one of my oldest friends is President of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

To look at my self description above, most people would think I was a conservative who votes straight Republican every election but....

I am also on the National Board of School of the America's Watch and am a former chair of the board of Democracy NC. I have been arrested three times for civil disobedience and try to get to as many demonstrations against injustice that I can. I was a national Co-Chair of the Green Party of the United States and Medea Benjamin is a close friend.

Rayne Brown - How's that working out for you SEANC?

In 2010 SEANC (State Employees Association of North Carolina) pumped quite a bit of money into the NC-81 House race to help defeat Hugh Holliman to the benefit of Rayne Brown. Well, the 2011 NC Free Enterprise Foundation rankings are out (2011 Rankings) and Brown scored a 89.3 compared to Holliman's 2009 ranking of 57.8.

The American Conservative Union, an anti-union, anti-worker organization has ranked Brown as a "Defender of Liberty" (American Conservative Union) and Civitas gave her a 90% Conservative Effectiveness Score.

Bet she is not casting too many votes to help out labor so I will ask again: How's that working out for you SEANC?

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