Submitted by Betsy Muse on Sun, 11/05/2006 - 5:38am
I know I will wind up going way beyond fair use here. Robin Hayes has refused to run on his record, so the Charlotte Observer editorial board took up some space reminding folks that he has voted against the workers, for torture, for the President's agenda and against fiscal responsibility.
My mother has been interviewed by this board and sometimes has earned the endorsement, sometimes has not. She says they are thoughtful and thorough in their interviews. What do they have to say about Larry?
Mr. Kissell, a Baptist deacon and Wake Forest graduate (B.A. in economics), is a serious, intelligent, hard-working man with a quiet sense of humor who probably would serve well. He says he'd be a tougher advocate for protections for U.S. workers in international trade agreements, more skeptical about the Bush administration's Iraq policy and more responsible on balancing the federal budget than Rep. Hayes has been.
They don't quite gush about Larry the way I do and later today I'm going to do some gushing....but they see the same qualities we all see.
I just looked up at my clock and realized there's less than 72 hours until the polls close. It is finally here.
It's been a pretty wacky campaign season; all you need are a few key words to conjure up what we've been through: Foley, Vernon Robinson, Black and Decker, Iraq, John Kerry (regrettably)...the list goes on.
The fat lady hasn't sung yet, however. 72 hours is all Karl Rove needs, or so he says. Baghdad is being locked down for possible strife that comes after they decided to hang Saddam tomorrow. I keep my fingers crossed I don't see Speaker Black's name on the front page of the N&O. And who knows what else remains. If you had told me that an evangelical leader would be busted this week for having a three year gay relationship, or maybe even just for buying meth, I would have told you you were dreaming.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Sat, 11/04/2006 - 7:23am
I am bumping this to the front page. Some things simply don't need to be rewritten. There aren't enough superlatives in the English language for me to describe Larry and his campaign and the wonderful people I met in Biscoe while covering this event.
Most of you have heard about Larry Kissell's ingenius idea to sell gas at $1.22/gallon in RANT's great diary from yesterday. The results are in and it was an overwhelming success for many reasons. Yes, over 500 people were served. Yes, the news coverage has been terrific. Yes, the many different points represented by this gesture seem to all have been made quite successfully.
"Frustrated by Rep. Charles Taylor's failure to show up in person, Democratic challenger Heath Shuler walked out of a debate Friday afternoon that was the only face-to-face meeting scheduled between the two candidates during their fiercely contested campaign.
Taylor called into the debate on WWNC-AM from a radio station in Hendersonville, about 30 miles south of Asheville, which radio host Matt Mittan said violated rules agreed to beforehand by both campaigns.
After both candidates offered an opening statement, Shuler said, "It's unfortunate Mr. Taylor can't play by the rules." He then got up and left Mittan's studio."
Taylor agreed to the conditions of the debate, then changed his plans. Matt Mittan said that he discovered at 12:30 today that Taylor decided to be in Hendersonville and participate via phone. This broke a condition of the debate and raised questions as to whether Taylor was breaking other conditions such as the stipulation that each candidate be allowed only one staffer in the room.
Although Taylor's not even going to be in the same studio as Shuler (he's "stuck in Hendersonville"), the long-awaited debate between them is scheduled to start on WWNC-AM (570) in just a few minutes.
Click here to listen. (Just minimize the window if you get sick of looking at pictures of Hannity and Limbaugh...)
by Robert P. - I'm updating this because the debate is OVER. Taylor hid at another station and broke the rules of the debate. So, Shuler said his piece, said something along the lines of this isn't what I agreed upon and I'm leaving. The response from this right-wing home of Rush Limbaugh?
Pro-Shuler. Every. Single. Caller.
syntax, feel free to delete this if you want to make your own update. People need to know.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Fri, 11/03/2006 - 3:47pm
Dear Congressman Hayes,
I have a few questions for you and request your help in answering them.
I'm in a bit of a quandary. You see, a man of high position has allegedly violated my rights. I thought I'd bring the problem to you and ask you what you would do in the same situation.
Here are the details:
On August 4, 2006 I published an article/blog post about Larry Kissell's big promotional gas event that was held in Biscoe, North Carolina. I personally attended and took photographs of the event. I own the copyrights to these photographs. I have never released these photographs into the public domain.
Submitted by Robert P. on Fri, 11/03/2006 - 12:50pm
Most of us here are sick to death of the Speaker's scandal. The newspapers lately have been chock-a-block with new revelations, many of them unproven, that corruption abounds. Is it a coincidence then that this story finally emerges today?
RALEIGH -- Governor Mike Easley announced today that he has appointed former Speaker of the House Dan Blue to the North Carolina House of Representatives.
Submitted by stormbear on Fri, 11/03/2006 - 10:43am
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Damn. Ted Haggard uses gay prostitutes. Who the Hell knew? Obviously the hooker and the pimp did! And what was that other gay prostitute? Oh yeah, Jeff Gannon/Guckert - the hooker that Rove gave White House access to.
I am telling ya, any day now we will catch Howard Coble, live on CSPAN, in the Well of the House, blowing a horse.
I'll be out most of tomorrow, getting an up-close and personal experience with America's super-high-tech healthcare system. Minor surgery, they say, no big deal.
So far I've spent approximately 12 hours with doctors and nurses and schedulers - plus nearly $1300 in out-of-pocket (not reimbursable) expenses. And I'm a person with real insurance through Blue Options from a real employer with decent benefits. I can't even begin to imagine how people without insurance deal with stuff like this.
Thanks for holding down the fort. Oh, and if you see Chief Justice Wannabe Rusty Duke, ask him if he's been a plagiarizer all his life, or if this is a new phase of creepiness.
Submitted by Robert P. on Thu, 11/02/2006 - 4:10pm
I am absolutely sure that Pope will begin the process to put gay marriage on the ballot in 2008. We are trending so hard blue these days that the right-wing folks are going to desperately attempt to turn out their anti-personal freedom folks (gay marriage, abortion) and their anti-anti-personal freedom folks (NRA)in 2008. One sure-fire way to do that is to put forth a "marriage protection" amendment like they have done in so many states. It's red meat for the evangelical crowd.
I just hope, that when the time comes, we will be half as witty and imaginative as these folks.
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