A good day

It's a good thing I'm not a shutter-bug, otherwise I'd be posting a host of cheesy photos from our Larry Kissell fundraiser yesterday. With the help of Jack Sanders and the Orange County Democratic Party, we had a fabulous turn-out of folks who wanted to meet Larry and his wonderful wife, Tina. By my count there were roughly 75 people in attendance, and many more sent checks but were unable to make the event.

With strong across-town competition from the John Edwards party, we had plenty of interesting guests to celebrate and gossip with. Details below the fold.

Charlotte Republicans Push for Sales Tax

That headline is not an attempt to grab your attention. It's the truth. Pat Mumford, a Republican member of the Charlotte City Council is leading the charge to preserve a half-cent sales tax established to help fund mass transit. The Charlotte Observer had the story over the weekend.

Charlotte City Council member Pat Mumford announced Friday he'll lead a group dedicated to preserving the county's half-cent sales tax for mass transit, and said the campaign may start advertising quickly to offset the momentum of light-rail opponents.

Do-Nothing Dole: The reviews are coming in

A couple of days ago, I wrote about the sad state of Elizabeth Dole and her cheap stunt to scuttle any progress of any kind on immigration reform. Today, the Greensboro News and Record joined in harsh criticism of Ms. Dole's miserable performance.

When the U.S. Senate needed deal makers, it found too many deal breakers. One was Elizabeth Dole, the North Carolina Republican who's up for election next year. Dole declared her opposition to a comprehensive immigration-reform bill almost from the start. "The amnesty this bill provides is a deal breaker for me," she said in a statement posted on her Web site weeks ago.
Maybe Dole can carry this triumph into her 2008 campaign, but if blocking immigration reform is good for her politically, it's poor policy.

Larry Brown: You liberals

One of the honorables in Raleigh, Representative Larry Brown, was kind enough to grace my mail box with this delightful message:

I cannot tell you in a kind way what you liberals can do with all your waste that would make the hog lagoon issue look like a diaper. Enjoy while you can. Post that on your web page and come visit me anytime. Larry Brown (emphasis added)

Send him some love? larrybr@ncleg.net

Democratic Candidates

This is the first in a planned series of posts sharing my thoughts and experiences on being a Democratic Candidate for office. My hope is that this will both encourage potential candidates (yes, I do mean you!) and also educate activists and supporters of fellow Democratic Candidates in North Carolina.

Weekend Wound Up: Open thread

Happy weekend, everyone. It's gonna be a hottie, filled with lots of good stuff on the political front.

The big event on my mind is the fundraiser for the next Congressman for North Carolina's 8th District, Mr. Larry Kissell. The event will be at my house, starting at 4:00 on Sunday. The requested donation is $25. Dress is very casual, and you're welcome to stick around later for swimming in the lake. I'm totally serious.

Larry will be here, of course, with several of his campaign staff in tow. You'll also be able to meet some other good Democrats, with a good chance that Congressman David Price will drop by early. So make sure you're here on time!

Crying wolf?

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I suspect that some of you know the mysterious pundit-turned-public-prosecutor, Joe Sinsheimer, but I don't. All I know about him is what I've read and heard over the past year. For example, Joe was featured this week on the State of Things (WUNC radio), which was reported by the Dome Blog today.

Sinsheimer first showed up on my radar in relation to Jim Black. He was on the case early and relentlessly, a bulldog, so to speak. He's often sought out by the MSM reporters, perhaps because he has a way of forcing dialog and putting elected officials on the spot.

His next foray into Democratic house-cleaning involved Representative Wright, where he called early and often for investigations and action. He apparently sent a letter to Speaker Hackney and, for whatever reason, Hackney felt compelled to respond. (I'm jealous. Hackney never answers my letters.)

And now Joltin' Joe is on a new trail of corruption, as evidenced by his calling out Verla Insko. Here's the text of the letter he sent Verla, posted on Squeeze the Pulp.

Shuler's Numbers Don't Tell the Whole Story

c/p @ ScruHoo

CQ Politics posted an interesting analysis of Democratic Party Unity since regaining the majority. Here's the bit on Congressman Shuler:

Heath Shuler, North Carolina’s 11th District (West — Asheville)

• Party Unity Score: 82.9 percent (4th lowest)

• 2006 result: Shuler 54%, Rep. Charles H. Taylor 46%

• 2004 President: Bush 57%, Kerry 43%

Shuler, who takes conservative positions on some social issues, voted against the bills to promote embryonic stem cell research and to classify certain violent offenses as “hate crimes.” He also voted against a defeated bill, backed by 169 Democrats and two Republicans, that called for the full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq within 180 days.

Follow me over the jump for a look at Shuler's record and what it means.


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