49 Days: North Carolina was hit by a Hurricane, Elizabeth Dole collected money

DAY 49

Nine years ago this week, Hurricane Floyd pounded the coast of North Carolina. Elizabeth Dole, then running for president as a Kansan, decided it would be an appropriate time to hold high-dollar fundraisers all across the state. As Dole and her friends dined on caviar and enjoyed a live piano, hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians found themselves displaced, without power, or stranded. Even as a Kansan, Dole had no regard for the best interests of the working families she would soon come to represent.

Read the entire post to read more on today's reason on why Elizabeth Dole is wrong for North Carolina and check back for updates over the next 49 days.

Electing A Progressive in Buncombe County

Holly Jones is a Democrat running for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. A current Asheville City Council member, Jones is running on the things that have made her successful in her seven years on Council - government transparency, cooperation, environmental stewardship, improved health care access, and building a green collar economy.

Buncombe County has a population of about 250,000 people, making it the most populated county in the west of the state. In Buncombe as in the rest of North Carolina, manufacturing jobs have dried up as NAFTA took hold and globalized the textile markets. Past efforts to attract new businesses to Buncombe have been more of the same tired tax incentives and cash rewards while relying heavily on unfettered real estate development and a tourism service economy to prop up employment.

Her opponents include an NC Association of Realtors "Hall of Famer". They're going to be exceptionally well-funded as real estate interests try to roll back environmental protections.

Rothenberg and CQ both move Hagan v. Dole to Toss-Up

This is big. The buzz surrounding the North Carolina Senate race appears to be reaching a fever pitch among the political pundits and bloggers.Stuart Rothenberg on Sunday moved the race from leans Republican to toss-up and today Congressional Quarterly posted new rankings moving the race to "no clear favorite."

Democratic strategists know that their goal of scoring the big nine-seat Senate gain they need to achieve a “filibuster-proof” 60-seat majority is a lofty one, and that they would have to oust some of the favored incumbent Republican senators they have targeted — among them North Carolina’s Elizabeth Dole. And while state Sen. Kay Hagan, their nominee, once appeared a distinct underdog to Dole, there are multiple signs that this is emerging as one of the year’s key battleground races.

No excuse. No rationale. No justification.

Thanks so much Congressman Hayes...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Channel 9 contacted Congressman Robin Hayes and told him that local gas prices are jumping by the hour, now he is calling for a federal investigation.

U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes, (R) N.C. District 8, said "There's no excuse for it. There's no rationale. There's no justification."

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I could only have agreed more if my opponent had said gas prices are a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma to him.

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