Over one million North Carolinians have already cast their ballots

About mid-day on Saturday, October 25, One–Stop Voting in NC reached one million ballots cast. With another week of One-Stop Early Voting still to go, NC has already surpassed the early voting turn-out for the 2004 Presidential election by well over 300,000 ballots.

I took some first time voters to the polls today

One of our intiatives during early voting is called "Souls to the Polls" where we get houses of faith and other faith based orgs to get their people out to vote on the Sunday during the early voting period. I volunteered to ferry people from one of our transitional housing projects to the nearest early voting sites.

These are people who are trying to get off the streets and just need some help. Most are chemical dependent but they have to be clean to stay in the housing. We had a voter registration drive at these projects last month and now we were getting them to vote. I took several people to vote for the first time today. You could see the pride in their faces when they walked out with their early voting stickers on. It brought tears to my eyes.

9 Days: Dole and McCain are 9 out of 10 for Bush


By the numbers, the number 9 has been a significant one for Elizabeth Dole. She voted 92% of the time with President Bush, and she has been ranked 93rd in effectiveness. But it doesn’t stop there. Dole looked out for her Big Oil and Gas friends by voting to protect their tax breaks 9 times. She voted five times to increase the debt limit, bringing it to $9 trillion. She worked against the best interests of North Carolina families when she voted against increasing child care spending by $9.1 billion over 10 years. And in the ninth month of 1999, while North Carolinians on the coast were picking up the pieces after Hurricane Floyd devastated their lives, Dole made a rare trip to the state to raise money. Dole and McCain have both voted with George Bush nine times out of ten, and North Carolina can’t afford more of the same.

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 9 days.

Beyond Cliffside: Bev Perdue's Vision For A Greener North Carolina

I know many of my fellow environmentalists are weary of this election season, as they are finding less and less evidence of real concern for the environment in the tone and stance of candidates from both major parties. While this is discouraging, it is (still) important to keep our focus on what the candidates' positions on the environment are. In that respect, Beverly Perdue is so far ahead of her opponent they're not even in the same league.

McCrory the Snake Charmer

If you haven't heard by now, you should know that Myers Park Pat is racking up the newspaper endorsements like nobody's business. O-No! today, in the finest McClatchy tradition, weighed in with its own faint praise:

He's loaded with energy and fresh ideas. On several levels, he could be just what this state needs.

I challenge Mr. Steve Ford and the editorial board at O-No! to name ONE fresh idea offered by Mr. McCrory. Just one.


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