House Success: D's in all 13 districts

North Carolina Democrats have stepped up to the plate in our house races. All of the Republicans are going to have to stand by their records. I was going to make a chart of my own, but Swing State Project already had one with the presidential vote in the district on the side:

NC-01 (57/43 Kerry): Butterfield (D) unopposed
NC-02 (54/46 Bush): Etheridge (D) v. Dan Mansell (R)
NC-03 (68/32 Bush): Jones (R) v. Craig Weber (D)
NC-04 (56/44 Kerry): Price (D), Kent Kanoy (D), or Oscar Lewis (D) v. Steve Acuff (R)

Drinking Liberally Chapel Hill

Drained, Glistening, and Still, the Evening's Real Heroes Wait Selflessly For Another Chance to ServeAnybody interested in a Chapel Hill Drinking Liberally? Both the Raleigh and Greensboro forums look dead, and the DL posts on Scrutiny Hooligans and BlogAsheville always make me so jealous. Anyone?

UPDATE: It'sBailey's tonight (Thursday, 3/2) at 7pm. There have been some other good suggestions, so we should figure out tonight where we'll meet in the future.


Walking the Precinct

A reminder today from the AFL-CIO: you live in a precinct, and your efforts to get out the vote will be key to future progressive victories. Contact your Dem County Chair and get involved.

Appearing at an AFL-CIO press conference to unveil its '06 political gameplan, AFSCME President and longtime Dem political strategist Gerald McEntee admitted yesterday afternoon that "progressives learned a hard lesson" in the '04 cycle: relying on paid turnout efforts is a recipe for failure.

Without being asked, McEntee, who also chairs the AFL's political cmte, stated bluntly that the millions of dollars Dems and liberals put into the 527s for GOTV in '04 were ineffective in the face of the GOP's volunteer effort. Or, as McEntee put it, the Dems' "stranger-to-stranger" ground game was "trounced" by the GOP's "neighbor-to-neighbor strategy."

Hotline On Call: Mea Culpa: Unions And Turnout

Toll Roads Coming All Over the State

I noted in this post that Triangle residents should be getting ready for tolls. The truth of the matter is that if we do not create viable alternative transportation, toll roads will be needed all over the state. In fact, there are already six projects in the works.

The projects are run by the North Carolina Turnpike Authority and are planned to be placed in these six locations (I am sure more are to come):
Gastonia to Charlotte;
Charlotte Outer Loop/Monroe;

An End to Business Incentives

The tax breaks that state and local governments give to businesses have been highly controversial but also highly successful in creating new jobs in North Carolina. After this week, the tax breaks may also be a thing of the past. The Supreme Court is hearing a case that argues the tax incentives are unconstitutional. If the Court agrees, it would be a big blow to North Carolina, who has used the incentives to lure growth to the area. In fact, the new growth is one reason that the state has been able to recover from the downfall of the textile, manufacturing, and tobacco industries. There is a good article about the issue on CNN, but everything that know up to this point can become moot once the Court hears the case this week.

Foxx foes

The Winston Salem Journal does a snarky round-up on the four Democrats challenging Foxx in the 5th district. The article gives the four lots of credit for running against Ol' Red, but not much else. They're going to get "slaughtered" is the bottom line of the story.

I'm thrilled to see Dems taking on the Queen Wingnut on her own turf. She's not going to live forever, and god knows she doesn't actually represent the people of her district.

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