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Richard Morgan Speaks (and speaks and speaks and speaks...)

The Pilot ran an interview with Richard Morgan today that covers lots of ground.

Q: Just curious: Have you given any thought to running for U.S. Congress next time around?

A: My second term, there were some folks -- who are my enemies now -- that talked to me about filing for Congress in the 2nd District when Moore County was split in two districts. They felt that I could beat [David] Funderburk on his first time, 1992. And I looked at them at that time then and I said, "I just got to the General Assembly, and I've still got a lot to do. And besides, I don't want to go to Washington."

When I schedule appointments there, honestly, I fly up there and get there about 9 or 10 o'clock and schedule appointments midday so that I can be on a flight back at 4 o'clock. I don't like to be in Washington more than two or three days.

Rory Blake Rally in Carthage (NC-06) (VIDEO!)

I was excited and priveldged to be part of a the first of a series of "rallies a day" held by the Rory Blake campaign in Carthage in Moore County. Held on the county courthouse steps at high noon, the 15 minute gathering included a diverse group of supporters included loyal "yellow dog democrats", honest to goodness peaceniks, a few county employees on their lunch break, and curious onlookers.

Rory Blake - Rally -A-Day NC-06

Rory Blake, Democratic Candidate for US Congress for NC-06 is holding a rally-a-day, every day until the election (except Sunday) to express his views and give the voters in this widespread district a chance to gather one last time to support him and each other.

Blake feels strongly that: “We need to elect a democratic congress, both to stop the missuse of the power of the federal government and to stop the war in Iraq.”

The rally will be held at noon in the county seat of every county represented in the sixth district, beginning in Carthage in Moore County on Tuesday, October 31st and finishing in Greensboro on Monday, November 6th. Full rally details will be posted on Rory's website at by 3:00 on Monday. Please join us - let your voice be heard, and help send Howard Coble home for good!

Moore County Three Way

On Monday, October 23, 2006, voters in Moore County - NC House district 52, were given another opportunity to hear the views of the candidates in that unusual three-way race. The forum was held at Sandhills Community College, sponsored by the Pilot, and Muirfield Broadcasting. It will be shown on our local cable channel many times over the next two weeks. I urge all of you in the viewing area who can pick up "Channel 3" from Southern Pines to watch this one.

Among the high points of the evening - Republican Joe Boylan announced that if elected to the NC House of Representatives in November, he would move quickly to solve the biggest social problem facing Moore County today - gay marriage. Read more about it!

Whose Congressman is he?

As you drive around Moore County, you see them – sporadically, because he’s never taken us very seriously – but they’re there all the same. The signs: Our Congressman: Howard Coble. But whose Congressman is he?

When gas prices rose to the point where many of us had to choose between putting gas in the car or paying other bills, Rep. Coble voted against cracking down on the oil and gas industries prices gouging. (HR 3402, Vote #500, 9/28/2005)

Rep. Coble voted for the GOP energy bill that gave billions to oil, gas and nuclear industries. (HR6, vote #445 7/28/2005)

Over his career, Rep. Coble has accepted $62,400 from big oil and gas industries.

Moore from NC-06

It was the proverbial dark and stormy night, but spirits were high, the food was the best that the Democratic Women of Moore County can provide (and that's saying something. I'll put J.H's pound cake up against anyone's in the state), and anticipation filled the air. A group of about 25 of us had gathered to meet with Rory Blake, candidate for US Congress, NC-06. Dr. Abraham Oudeh, candidate for NC Senate in District 52 was on hand as well, and as the we settled into our chairs, he told us, "I smell Victory!" With that he introduced Rory Blake.

Rory's message was simple: "I'm not running against a man, I'm running against a system that is broken." Like most of us, Rory is horrified by the breakdown of our government since 2000. "They've gotten us into a horrible war that nobody wants to be in, nobody likes us around the world,and we've got the worst deficit we've had in this country - ever."

Of Pinehurst, Golf Tournaments, and the Working Poor

I started writing this in a comment to Momo's blog about visiting Pinehurst, and realized it was taking on a life of its own. Not wishing to steal Momo's thunder, I post it here.

Pinehurst is a beautiful place. When you walk down the quaint streets of "the village", you feel like you're on vacation. There is good shopping (though the fashions are very conservative and not my taste), the people are generally friendly (though they are generally very conservative and not my taste), and you can have a great time at Dugan's Pub (any NC Blue-er who visits this area is hereby invited for a pint on me.)

When a major golf tournament, like the US Open or the Jimmy V classic comes to the area, we residents are told by the Chamber of Commerce, various government officials, and editorials in the Pilot (our local newspaper) what a boon this will be to our economy. The roads are re-paved, beautiful landscaping is done on every exit off of every major road. In 2005, when the US Open was coming, the contractor was promised a million dollar bonus to finish before the Open on an already $47 million dollar project to widen and redirect the path of US HWY Route 1 North of Pinehurst. This project redirected Route 1 outside of the business district of Vass, and has threatened the existence local businesses. It was stated that the reason for this DOT project was to alleviate traffic and make it easier to commute to Raleigh for "jobs", there are very few Moore Co. residents who make that commute. By and large, we live all live and work here. It is the belief of many locals that this project was done for one reason, and one reason only - Golf.

Howard Coble has to go.

One of the most important rights that our Constitution guarantees us is habeus corpus, literally "to have the body", or something like that. It guarantees that individuals will not be imprisoned indefinitely without being charged without evidence of a crime being presented in a court, and without charges being filed. The Supreme Court has "recognized the fact that`[t]he writ of habeas corpus is the fundamental instrument for safeguarding individual freedom against arbitrary and lawless state action.' Harris v. Nelson, 394 U.S. 286, 290-91 (1969)." (ibid.)

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