NC-05: Republicans on the Run

North Carolina’s fifth district, spanning the northwest corner of the state, is currently represented by second term congresswoman Virginia Foxx, who, in addition to being in lockstep with President Bush on nearly every issue, has voted against SCHIP, Hurricane Katrina Relief, and extending the Voting Rights Act. Challenging her is Roy Carter, a longtime high school teacher and football coach whose dedication to public service spans 40 years. This district, until recently a Republican stronghold, is energized for change. Foxx’s approval rating within the district has been dropping steadily for months, and currently is among the lowest of active representatives.

This is a race the Republicans cannot afford to lose, especially on the heels of special election defeats in the historically conservative IL-14, LA-1, and MS-1 districts. The NRCC, already pressed for cash, is being forced to dump prodigious amounts of money ($1.3 million in MS-1) to attempt to hold supposedly ‘safe’ seats. As November nears, there is panic within GOP ranks as the party is faced with serious challenges from unexpected areas.

In recent fundraising letters that hit the mailboxes in the 5th district, the National Republican Congressional Committee warns that the dangers of losing the fifth are quite real, reminding that a Roy Carter victory would make things in Washington “only get worse” for Republican interests. Republicans are scared, and the reason is clear. Roy Carter represents the Democratic Party’s best chance to retake this district since Steve Neal left office in 1994. Similar demographically and historically to LA-1, NC-5 saw huge turnout in the primary, with over 80,000 votes being cast, more than any Democratic primary in the fifth district history. And with new Democratic registrations triple those before the 2004 primary, Roy Carter’s voting base continues to grow. Of North Carolina’s more than 160,000 voter registrations since January 1st, only 25% are Republican. What’s more, Republicans are switching party identification at a record clip, with 80% of the 31,250 2008 changeovers becoming Democrats or independents.

Foxx has raised over 900,000 dollars for the general election, a large portion of which comes from donations from large oil, insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Carter, who has pledged not to accept donations from these specific groups either during his campaign or his tenure in office, is fresh off the heels of a hard-fought primary and needs funds if he hopes to compete with Foxx’s moneyed interests.

Comments

So nice to hear!

Thanks for the kind and encouraging words!! It will be a tough race, but I really think that Roy is the right candidate at the right time to kick Foxx out.

The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work,Pleasure without conscience,Knowledge without character,Commerce without morality,Science without humanity,Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles. Mohandas Gandhi

I'm an idealist without illusions. JFK

Great Post!

Thanks tsitfel, excellent post. It is exciting to see something about Roy that's not from Amy or myself.
This letter from the NRCC is incredible, and actually inspires a lot of hope.
Roy will defeat Foxx in November, they should be nervous.

Levi
http://www.roycarterforcongress.com

Levi

"not from Amy or ME"

People, we have to quit relying on this "myself" gimmick to substitute for insecurity about whether to use "I" or "me."

I'm just having to put my foot down here.

@#$R%&UI*

Her said "@#$R%&UI*" :)

How about: "Don't go anywhere, I'm going to go Google myself and will only be gone for a few minutes."

well . . . that's ok.

But that's like saying, "I'm going to play with myself." Everyone knows that that is ok. Go ahead.

What SOMEONE has to every now and then take a stand against is this persistent replacement of "I" or "me" with "myself," which occures only because folks (who otherwise want to be regarded as having a modicum of education) can't be bothered to hearken back to whatever thirty minutes might have been expended in high school on the subject of personal pronouns.

We have the same problem (ok, it's not "we" who have the problem but "I") with the word "impact." People can't tax themselves to the extent of figuring out whether "effect" or "affect" is the appropriate word, so they just say "impact" and are done with it.

Ok FINE. The philistines won that round.

I acknowledge that this hideous over-use of the word "myself" is going to worm its nasty, slithery way into common acceptance, but at least I will be able to say that I protested.

Just to clarify:

But that's like saying, "I'm going to play with myself." Everyone knows that that is ok. Go ahead.

Is it the actual playing with myself that's okay, or merely the use of the word "myself" in the sentence describing said act?

It's...kind of important.

Thank you.

I was so gonna go there, but I already feel many of my BlueNC comments are terribly unproductive. You've bought me another day. Fucking hilarious.

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I've got your picture of me and you
You wrote "I love you" I wrote "me too"
I sit there staring and there's nothing else to do
Oh it's in color Your hair is brown
Your eyes are hazel And soft as clouds
I often kiss you when there's no one else around

I've got your picture, I've got your picture
I'd like a million of you all round my cell
I want a doctor to take your picture
So I can look at you from inside as well
You've got me turning up and turning down
And turning in and turning 'round

I'm turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
Turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
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I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
Turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so

I've got your picture, I've got your picture
I'd like a million of them all round my cell
I want the doctor to take a picture
So I can look at you from inside as well
You've got me turning up and turning down and turning in and turning 'round

I'm turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
Turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
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I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
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I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so

No sex, no drugs, no wine, no women
No fun, no sin, no you, no wonder it's dark
Everyone around me is a total stranger
Everyone avoids me like a cyclone ranger
That's why I'm turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
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I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
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I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
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I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so

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I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
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I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
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I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
(think so think so think so)
Turning Japanese
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I really think so

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

Oh, you had to go THERE, didn't you?

We have the same problem (ok, it's not "we" who have the problem but "I") with the word "impact." People can't tax themselves to the extent of figuring out whether "effect" or "affect" is the appropriate word, so they just say "impact" and are done with it.

I hate the use of "impact" as a verb. I don't know why; something must have affected me at a very young age to have that profound an effect on me.

>blink

:)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

I don't know. I think the word "impact"

has more...impact...*sigh*. I need a vacation.

Oh shit, that's right! I'm going on vacation all next week! Puget Sound, here I come! Yaaaay! F**k the world, everybody can kiss m...sorry about that last bit. I got carried away.

Have a wonderful time!

If I remember correctly, you took some incredible pictures last time you were out there.

Impact is a perfectly good noun. It's a wonderful noun. It has a tremendous effect on a reader. :-D. It just shouldn't be used as a verb. It affects the language in a very negative way.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

Gone all to hell

Impact is a perfectly good noun. It's a wonderful noun. It has a tremendous effect on a reader. :-D. It just shouldn't be used as a verb. It affects the language in a very negative way.

Good try, Linda. Sadly, the battle to fight off "impact" as a verb was lost in the nineties. All one can do about it is wince.

I've tried to accept that English is ever-changing and that one must be philosophical about it, but it does seem to me that standards are truly declining. I've given up bitchin' to WRAL's website about its routine misspellings, incorrect syntax, incorrect usage etc . . . They don't care and apparently very few others do.

But just one more thing -- one more BLURT of indignation -- "comprise" and "compose," are DIFFERENT words, but some dictionaries are already starting to list them as SYNONYMS!

Crap. I totally forgot to remind

Drama Queen that I was headed their way. I need to make commo asap. :o

If I remember correctly, you took some incredible pictures last time you were out there.

This will be my fourth annual trip, and I've got boodles of awesome pics already. When I get home today I'll post one that will blow your mind.

Hehe Linda

I was going to say the same thing as Steve.....but then I decided to give you some sample sentences where impact made a greater impact and I'll be danged if I wasn't using it as a noun......so I shet up.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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sweet!

thanks for posting the photo, Frank! I'm glad to see it used.

The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work,Pleasure without conscience,Knowledge without character,Commerce without morality,Science without humanity,Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles. Mohandas Gandhi

I'm an idealist without illusions. JFK

Welcome, Devichan!

You're right - NC-05 should be brought to the attention of the netroots via Kos, MyDD, and other sites.

Who is going to give it a go?

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors