Larry Kissell: On the Record

“Mr. Hayes can run from his record, but he can't hide.”

—Larry Kissell, 8th District Congressional Candidate

Larry Kissell was one of a small handfull of Democrats running to get rid of Robin Hayes in the 8th Congressional District. Following last week's withdrawal by Tim Dunn, Larry is now the undisputed frontrunner and is looking beyond the primary to November 7. Aside from the fact that he isn't a professional politician—he's a former textile worker and Social Studies teacher—Larry has several things going his way. It's a "blue moon" off-year election and voters are looking for a change. Not having to worry about the primary, Larry has seven months to take on Robin Hayes. But perhaps the most helpful thing is the record of disappointments Robin Hayes has compiled during his tenure in the 8th.

So much for civility

Last week President Bush asked that we all lower our voices in the immigration debate:

"When we discuss this debate, it must be done in a civil way. It must be done in a way that brings dignity to the process. It must be done in a way that does not pit people against each other."

While that is a great idea, out here in America it's a different story. Just take this radio ad for Vernon Robinson, for instance. Or even this TV spot, as highlighted by Reid Fan, CaptainAhab, and Keith Olbermann.

Fighting School Teachers

What do you do if you're not a Fighting Dem? What do you do if you're just a hard-working public school teacher who's sweating blood to unseat a Republican sleaze bag in a race that Hotline says:

"Without [this seat], it's hard to imagine where (Democrat) pickups 14 and 15, etc., come from."
        House Race Hotline on NC-08, March 2006

Appropriate Activism

For most of us, "judicial activism" only becomes a problem when the a judge is doing something we don't like. I'll admit that I'm a lot less likely to consider the proper role of the courts when I hear about a decision that seems just and right to me. But Judge Manning's "sound basic education" rulings force even the most supportive observer to consider the question of judicial overreaching.

The News-Record has an editorial up today that concludes:

If [Manning is] overstepping his authority, it's because the appropriate officials haven't stepped up. Now they have to, or else defy a judge who's fed up with failing schools. - Greensboro, North Carolina: Opinion - Editorials: The education judge

Observer Piles on the Heap, Calls for Black's Resignation

I can honestly say that I don't always agree with The Charlotte Observer. When it comes to asking for Jim Black's resignation, I think it's the right thing to do. I understand that Black hasn't been indicted for a crime, but his carelessness and lack of good judgment have harmed his office and if left to fester could taint other Democrats in November's elections.

The rest is below the fold...

What Bloggers Can Learn From Fringe Nutters (About How To Not Be One)

When I'm bored or looking for a short break from work, I scan the web for conspiracy theories, sites on crypto-zoology, and tales of the paranormal. I'm not a believer, really I'm not. I categorically do not believe in ghosts, space aliens, bigfoot, or a New World Order 9/11 plot. But something in my constitution is drawn to those who do. Thank God for the internet (and Foucault's Pendulum). (This is going somewhere, I promise.)

We Are Free! Let's Celebrate!

We remain unfettered by the chains of government regulation, the shackles that would limit our free discourse and gag our brilliant and articulate rhetoric. Oh, OK, I'll cut through the mess. Friday night the Federal Election Commission agreed that bloggers and online activists will not be regulated in their political activities.

According to an article in The Washington Post, the only regulation agreed on at this point is that candidates for federal office must pay for internet ads with money regulated by federal campaign law. The biggest surprise is that the Republicans and Democrats were in agreement.

Get the rest on the flip side

National Guard Funding at Tax Time

Arica and I finished doing our taxes today. We were in Georgia for part of the year, so we had the pleasure of filling out two state tax forms. In Georgia, there are a number of charities and cause you can give to, and you get to select the amount per. One of them was a fund to support the GA National Guard. This seems like a really good idea, especially now. These are men and women who signed up for one thing, and got something very, very different (and worse).


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