Debate #1: McCain Embraces the Negative, Ugly, Contentious Politics of Bush / Rove

John McCain tells voters that he can bring change. If his performance in the debate last night was any indication of what he considers change, he can't and won't bring the kind of change that most people are looking for.

Most voters I talk to, Republicans and Democrats alike, speak of a new kind of politics. Many Republicans I know aren't looking for policy change as much as they are looking for a change from the fear, hate and anger politics that took over the Republican Party during the Bush/Rove years. If they watched the debate with an honest eye last night, they didn't see a man willing or able to deliver that change.

CEO of ElectriCities - No Raise - But What about his Contract?

http://www.wilsontimes.com/News/Local/Story/ElectriCities-CEO-does-not-get-raise--

The 14-member board, including Wilson Mayor Bruce Rose, met in closed session to discuss Tilton's job performance as part of its annual evaluation. Rose and Noble declined to discuss any details of the evaluation or Tilton's contract, a process that is protected by state law. The board, in agreement with Tilton, was unanimous in its decision to not give Tilton a raise.

I see how the evaluation is personnel related but the contract with the details of compensation should be open. Am I right?

Back in 2000, the contract was not secret.
http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/stories/2000/05/08/story3.html

Friday, May 5, 2000
ElectriCities' plan blasted

Bob Dole Lobbying that hurt our Veterans

Bob Dole cuts a sympathetic figure. He makes his lonely treks around North Carolina campaigning for his wife, Elizabeth Dole. He's quite a bit older than Liddy who is 71 and I'm sure all this campaigning is wearing him ragged. He's also a WWII veteran.

With that in mind, you'd think that he would be a voice for other veterans which certainly doesn't explain why in 2004 he chose to lobby for a company that cheated veterans and their families. According to the Senate Lobbying Database, First Command paid Bob Dole's firm $140,000 for Dole to lobby on their behalf. The firm contracted with Dole on September 23, 2004. About two weeks prior to that date the U.S. House of representatives voted to ban the sale of the First Command Mutual Fund to military families.

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