Live from an Obama Field Office

I volunteer weekly at an Obama field office.

Headquarters is a pleasant and exciting place to be. Talking with potential voters by phone can be funny—especially the nasty ones. "Don't call this number again!" screeched one memorable Memaw. "I don't want nuthin' to do wit ya!" yelled a friendly Pepaw.

Many calls are exhilarating. Today the most effusive Obama supporters were elderly white women, some well over the age of seventy. "I love that man," said one. "Although I wonder if maybe his wife should be running!"

As a social worker, placing these calls is fun and easy.

Still, I do screw up. Do you ever find yourself speaking, have reservations about the path you're on—yet foolishly proceed anyway? It doesn't happen to me often, but did today. I knew better.

35 Days: Dole Holds on to Convicted Felon's Money

DAY 35

Today, on the eve of the 3rd Quarter campaign contribution filing deadline, Elizabeth Dole is holding tightly to the money donated to her by convicted felon Alan Fabian. U.S. Attorneys asserted Fabian “carried out brazen fraud schemes that involved cheating victims of nearly $40 million.” Fabian and his wife contributed $9,200 to the Dole campaign in May 2007. Later that year, Fabian resigned from a volunteer post on the Romney presidential campaign following an indictment in Maryland for allegedly defrauding companies of $32 million. Romney returned Fabian’s contribution, as did Rudy Giuliani. To date, Dole is the only candidate to not return or donate Fabian’s dirty money.

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 35 days.

McCrory on Health Care: Be Like George

If there's one thing we know about how George Bush and Pat McCrory want to run government, it is this: they both prefer no hands on the steering wheel. That's exactly the kind of "leadership" that has brought us to the brink of financial ruin, and that's exactly what Pat McCrory wants to do to North Carolina's health insurance industry. NC Policy Watch breaks it down.

In other words, McCrory would allow insurance companies to sell health plans that do not meet the minimum standards currently in place. The theory McCrory is pushing is that insurance companies could sell cheaper policies that do not include “luxuries” such as hospital care for pregnant women. With less expensive options available more people could then buy health insurance.

But there are several problems with this argument. There is little evidence that minimum standards add much to the price of insurance ... and without a basic package of guaranteed benefits North Carolinians could buy slightly cheaper coverage only to find out when tragedy strikes that nothing is covered by the plan.

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