Civitas still shows presidential race close--might want to drop ABC11 a line

Civitas just came out with a poll showing we're still in play in the presidential race. McCain has 47 percent, Obama 44 percent.

We now have both a partisan Democratic poll and a partisan Republican poll showing the race has pretty much remained static through both conventions. More importantly, it's officially safe to say that SUSA poll showing McCain up 20 (!) is full of crap. I'm of the mind we should let ABC11 in the Triangle know that they made themselves look foolish by promoting this poll.

Walter Dalton wants my money?

Like many races this cycle, the race for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina is flying below the radar. On one hand you have Walter Dalton, who has played by Basnight's rules and generally gone along with the pro-corporate leanings of NC Senate in Raleigh. On the other hand, you have a truly reactionary extremist, Robert Pittenger, the darling of the radical right.

Dalton appears to be a shoo-in. He's a decent guy, and he'll get a big lift from straight-ticket voting. And if he does get the job, he'll be in a good position to slide into the Governor's office four or eight years from now.

That's why I'd like to know more about him.

Where is Elizabeth Dole and why isn't the media asking the same question?

The other day an obvious question popped into my head.

Where's Elizabeth Dole?

Yes, I know she has lived outside North Carolina for the last half-century, but where are her visits?

Yes, I know she almost never visited the state over the last six years, instead sending staff members to "her" events.

But, this is an election year. Ole' Liddy Dole has to be out there shaking hands, kissing babies, chatting up farmers, rallying the base. Right?

The answer appears to be, No.

What does September 11th, 2008 mean to you?

To me, there are two emotions tied into this day. The first, is the sad remembrance of what happened. The feeling of shock and dismay, or outright horror at watching what was happening. My wife was driven into early labor by what happened that day and much of our next week was spent in the NICU. So, I missed much of the aftermath of what had happened. We came out of the hospital and eventually awoke to a much different world.

My second feeling is more immediate, it is one of anger. Osama bin Laden, the Assassin responsible for 3,000 dead on American soil, still walks free. We have had seven long years to bring him to justice - and we have not.

Republican Governors Gone Wild

The Republican Governors Association has thrown all caution to the electoral winds and has committed $4.8 million to supporting Pat McCrory according to a report filed this week with the State Board of Elections. As Under the Dome notes, by far the biggest contributor, at $1.2 million, is Texan Bob Perry, a major Swift Boating underwriter and funder of misleading 527 groups like the "Americans for Honesty on Issues" that targeted Heath Shuler in 2006. Another funder is Texan James Leninger, aka God's Sugar Daddy and a Robin Hayes contributor.

I've written previously about the RGA involvement in the NC Governor's race in Millionaires for McCrory and The Great Republican Governors Association McCrory Money Laundering Machine.


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