It's always amusing to watch purveyors of non-profit snake-oil when they're moving in to sell their voodoo. First they shuck and jive, telling you they really don't really like having to ask for your money. Then they hem and haw, building a pretty house of cards to capture your fancy. And finally they close, promising that anyone wise enough to part with their cash will be joining a long and illustrious list of donors.
If you've never seen this kind of scamming for yourself, you have a rare chance today over at the Carolina Journal, where John Hood puts on the squeeze for all to behold.
Tonight, the Thomasville City Council approved, five to one, a resolution urging the North Carolina General Assembly to send an anti-gay marriage amendment to the voters. The Council will send their resolution to Thomasville's representatives in the General Assembly, where it should be circulated to the other members and promptly ignored by our Democrat-controlled Senate and House (as the amendment has been ignored for the past three years in a row). The meeting, however, didn't come without a fight from those supportive of equality and those who simply want government out of the business of marriage. There were plenty of positive things too, including some great statements against the resolution from a Thomasville citizen who also noted the great statements from one of Thomasville's City Councilmembers.
In a comment here, Stormbear observed that there may be a "Kissell Effect" coming into play, spilling across Congressional districts and changing the dynamics in NC-5. All I can say is this: if there's not a Kissell Effect, there should be.
Like every North Carolina progressive, I was pleased to see the Winston-Salem Journal taking a stand for sanity and good governance. I applaud the newspaper's take-down of Virginia Foxx and I agree with 99% of what the endorsement said. However, there's one point I'd like to push back on:
So Foxx could have moved toward the moderate center and reached out to her Democratic and independent constituents as well. She could have been a representative with a mind of her own, one who was willing to do what was in the best interests of her district. She could have abandoned the shrillness that poisons our politics and could have tried to build consensus.
The 5th District of North Carolina leans red... with gerrymandering, it is close to ruby red. That conservative philosophy is carried through to the region's largest newspaper, the Winston-Salem Journal. In the past, the Journal has tended to lean conservative in it's past endorsements of candidates. Even though they passed on endorsing Bush in the 2004 election, they also passed on endorsing Kerry.
After a one-week "mid-season hiatus" where the boys in the editing room decided to put together a Hal Needham-style "blooper reel" rather than assemble an entire episode (the evidence of which can be seen here), WNCNN, Western North Carolina's source for God Fearin' News is back with their fourth episode!
In it, our hard-hitting news team delves into Congressman Charles Taylor's behind-the-scenes fundraising activities, and catches a true act of desperation on camera. Later on, anchor Johnny Joe Rockslide introduces a new segment called "What Does a Tourist Think?", where he solicits the opinion of Ruth Schwartz from Long Island, NY after giving her 15 minutes to do research on the Internet, and the WNCNN staff pays tribute to the embattled Congressman with a touching and heartfelt music video.
Mike Krempasky, one of the founders of the rightwing blog called Redstate.com, today endorsed Brad Miller for Congress. Speaking extemporaneously as part of a morning discussion at ConvergeSouth, Krempasky said:
One thing that I've certainly never done is endorse a Democrat. Ever. I am actually quite willing to say this when it comes to politics that we should (a little fuzzy) all just step back a little bit. If there's an uglier time in Washington than right now, I don't know. But Brad Miller ought to be re-elected.
This is the exact quote, courtesy of the Southern Dem who recorded and transcribed it. There was NO question whatsover among the applauding audience that Mr. Redstate was repudiating Vernon Robinson.
Larry is leading Robin Hayes OUTSIDE the margin of error in a race that according to Cook and others is still "Likely Republican." Why is it still "Likely Republican?" The short answer is "Money, honey." Larry ended last quarter with $88.94 cash on hand ... and that's why Larry needs you to give your $88.94 to help him take back the 8th District.
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