Why I Am Running

At the heart of my decision to run are children, both my own and the hundreds I have treated and worked with over the years. Not only have I dedicated my career to diagnosing and treating children’s allergies but I have given my time and expertise to public and nonprofit efforts to promote kids’ health. Another priority of mine will be to begin to end our dependence on oil, which is eroding our national security and threatening the stability of the climate on which we all depend, and redirect America’s innovative and entrepreneurial energy towards producing cheap and abundant energy from non-polluting renewable sources and making every home, business, school, church, factory, warehouse and public building energy efficient.

Why would Liddy do this?

In case you missed this update over the weekend, I'm reposting Kay Hagan' s criticism of Dole's voting record on military matters. The only explanation for these votes I can think of is this: Dole chose politics over taking care of our armed forces. She's happy to go along with spending millions on mercenaries, but can't quite bring herself to put her vote where her mouth is?

Electing A Progressive in Buncombe County

Holly Jones is a Democrat running for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. A current Asheville City Council member, Jones is running on the things that have made her successful in her seven years on Council - government transparency, cooperation, environmental stewardship, improved health care access, and building a green collar economy.

Buncombe County has a population of about 250,000 people, making it the most populated county in the west of the state. In Buncombe as in the rest of North Carolina, manufacturing jobs have dried up as NAFTA took hold and globalized the textile markets. Past efforts to attract new businesses to Buncombe have been more of the same tired tax incentives and cash rewards while relying heavily on unfettered real estate development and a tourism service economy to prop up employment.

Her opponents include an NC Association of Realtors "Hall of Famer". They're going to be exceptionally well-funded as real estate interests try to roll back environmental protections.

Rothenberg and CQ both move Hagan v. Dole to Toss-Up

This is big. The buzz surrounding the North Carolina Senate race appears to be reaching a fever pitch among the political pundits and bloggers.Stuart Rothenberg on Sunday moved the race from leans Republican to toss-up and today Congressional Quarterly posted new rankings moving the race to "no clear favorite."

Democratic strategists know that their goal of scoring the big nine-seat Senate gain they need to achieve a “filibuster-proof” 60-seat majority is a lofty one, and that they would have to oust some of the favored incumbent Republican senators they have targeted — among them North Carolina’s Elizabeth Dole. And while state Sen. Kay Hagan, their nominee, once appeared a distinct underdog to Dole, there are multiple signs that this is emerging as one of the year’s key battleground races.

No excuse. No rationale. No justification.

Thanks so much Congressman Hayes...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Channel 9 contacted Congressman Robin Hayes and told him that local gas prices are jumping by the hour, now he is calling for a federal investigation.

U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes, (R) N.C. District 8, said "There's no excuse for it. There's no rationale. There's no justification."

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I could only have agreed more if my opponent had said gas prices are a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma to him.

Pat McCrory humiliated by two Republican Council members on economic justice issue

On Monday, August 26 Pat McCrory saw two of his Republican colleagues join with Democrats to override his veto of the Charlotte City Council's plan to purchase a nuisance property in the Belmont neighborhood in Charlotte. This action by the council will serve to protect the Belmont neighbors from the crime that surrounds this property and should help improve the property values for the homeowners.

If Pat McCrory can't rally support from his fellow Republicans on something like this, how is it exactly he's going to work with a Democratic House and Senate in North Carolina if elected Governor?

While you mull that one over, let me tell you a little about the neighborhood Pat McCrory doesn't feel is deserving of help from the city.

Four percent

Poor Liddy. Can't get no respect. Via the Dome.

The League of Conservation Voters named U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole to its "Dirty Dozen." The advocacy group tracks members of Congress on its scorecard of votes on environmental issues, but it periodically issues a list of what it considers the 12 worst.

"Senator Dole's record proves that she's working in the best interests of Exxon-Mobil, not the people of Raleigh-Durham," said political director Tony Massaro in a statement.

The group has given Dole a lifetime rating of four percent on its environmental scorecard for votes against incentives for renewable energy and for tax breaks for oil companies.

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