Harry Taylor Live Blogging Monday Night @ 6 pm



One of the things that's most exciting about the upcoming election cycle is the number of good Democrats challenging Do-Nothing Republicans. They're sprouting up all over the place, including the great state of Mecklenburg, where Harry Taylor announced this week that he's running for Congress.

You can read more about Harry here, here, and here. But mostly you want to be here Monday evening at 6:00 pm!


Be sure to click the picture and read what Harry had to say to the Decider.


Comments

WOOT!

It will be nice to find out more about this man. Thanks for arranging this A.

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Very nice.

I usually get into the home driveway about 6 PM, so I'll see y'all there.

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looking good!

Go Harry!!!

lookit you!

I thought that was you, but you've lost so much weight since the last time I saw you I hardly recognize you! Way to go! You look mahvelous.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I know it's early but . . .

Welcome to BlueNC, Harry Taylor!

I have a bunch of questions, but I'll wait until you show up before I start the barrage.

:)

Hi Anglico

I'm here!

Wow . . . that was quick!

Hmmmm . . . now that you're here . . .

I'm really interested in understanding the interplay between the national Democratic Establishment and Congressional candidates. Can you shed any light on what relationship you have with folks in Washington? Have you reached out to them? Vice versa?

From here, it looks like you're definitely an outsider candidate. Any thoughts about how that will play in the Queen City?

Thanks

I don't have any relationships with anyone but National Geographic, but this government is supposed to be about the citizens, so I'm a citizen standing up & asking people if they want a different kind of representation.

National Geographic

I like the sound of that!

Technical difficulties

Quick note:

Harry's having some log-on difficulties and we're working to get him on shortly . . .

. . . no worries.

All is well.

J

I'm new to blogging

But I'm here now!
Harry

A question that just got sent to me by email

From an anonymous lurker in Mecklenburg . . .

How much money does Mr. Taylor believe he needs to raise to compete effectively with Ms. Myrick? And where will that money most likely come from?

money

we think it will take several million dollars...it will come from you, and lots of small donors, especially on the internet. We had some nice contributions over the weekend from that source, and hope if you're supportive you'll tell everyone you know about me.

Thanks

I appreciate that!

Welcome Harry and Thank You

for being one of the very few to actually tell Bush the truth!

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Everbody needs

to do it every chance they get. Be vigilant for opportunities. I was following a car with a bumper sticker that said "speak up even if your shakes".

Mr. Taylor,

are there any particular issues that you would like to champion when you are elected?

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thanks for the question

I abhor war, and the Iraq war needs to end. We need to be taking energy independence & climate change as gravely & seriously as possible. if we run out of oxygen, the war won't be our biggest worry, sustainability will be.
I'm sick of corruption, and we need to work toward balancing spending. Bush's All Stars have run up record deficits, and they're supposed to be fiscal conservatives, aren't they?...which by the way is what I am.

You had a good run-up at DKos a few days ago . . .

Are any of the mainstream reporters paying attention to that, or is it all just flying by under their radar?

not that we've

noticed yet. We'll have to work for their attention.

Hi Harry,

Thank you for stopping by. I will be one of your new constituents here in Union County. What was the tipping point for you? What made you decide to jump into the fray as a candidate?



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Hi Betsy

During GOTV efforts in 2006, a woman with whom we were working mentioned a quote that I liked; "we are the people we're looking for". Though I never aspired to enter politics, I realize I have a voice and lots of people interested in hearing it. I'm passionate about affecting change, and there is a poltergeist inside me that won't let me walk away from this responsibility.

A number of people have compared you to

one of the Norman Rockwell pictures, Freedom of Speach....


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Because you did stand up when others seemed to cower, how do you feel about this?

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Hi Momoazio

It gave me goosebumps...

Goosebumps...

it gives me hope...

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Just got home. It's a pleasure to cyber meet you Harry!

Thank you for standing up and saying what we all would hope to have been brave enough to say, given the circumstances.

Harry, what do you feel is the most pressing issue that speaks to you regarding the State of North Carolina at this time, and what do you want to see happen to correct this issue?

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Thanks funluvn

If a genie granted me a wish tonight, I'd end the war. It affects all of us, everyday, with regard to lives, both American and others. As important are the troops returning home with terrible injuries, they'll have to live with for the rest of their long lives. That's before we begin considering the tremendous number of people with mental & emotional problems, none of which will be addressed easily. NC has many veterans and military families who are sacrificing enormously, we must care for them.

I'm greatly concerned about the environment & climate change in our state.

Thank you for your frank and spot on insight.

Candid answers to hard questions are always appreciated.

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sorry...I got bumped out

I'm back...

Yep. We're having a run of visitors

which can sometimes slow things down. Thanks for your patience and persistence.

i'm lurking w/baby in arms, welcome!

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Hope baby p is doing better Robert

and Mom & Dad too.

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Harry, what issues do you think

you could have the most success with in eroding Myrick's (probable) 67% support numbers in your district?

thanks

first..I'm having a hard time staying logged in, so forgive my slow response times...

I can erode Myrick's support by tying her to Mr. 24%...she's a rubber stamp, and we need to remind people if that.

How are you viewing the primary contest in your district?

I suppose there's no choice but to make lemonade . . . all I know is I wouldn't want to be going up against you!

Another question:

Will you please hold Ms. Myrick accountable for her PROMISE to term-limit herself way back when she made her Contract On America?

I really would

rather beat her than anybody. That's how I'll hold her to term limits. in fact, she needs to be retired, not of her choice.

Welcome, Harry!

No questions here, I just wanted to say that while reading your announcement at dailykos over the weekend, I was overcome with the same feelings I had that Thursday afternoon of last April. A kind, wellmannered, and well spoken man, remaining calm yet stern, challenging the system right before my eyes. You successfully encapsulate both the civility and outrage that both I, and hopefully others in this nation feel. Your way with words and humility are more than anyone could ask for in a Representative, let alone all of us here at BlueNC and my neighbors in the nearby 9th District. I welcome you, support you, and hope for nothing but good in your life. Cheers, Harry. To 2008!

Mr. Taylor, what are your thoughts on earmarks for Congressional

districts? How would you feel about bringing home the "bacon" so to speak?

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earmarks

Some earmarks are critical, they should be transparent and stand on their own merit.

The bacon I'd really like to bring home is pride and peace, good fiscal practices, and access to healthcare and education.

Heroes

Harry,
Your opponent thinks Ann Coulter is "special".

Who are your heroes?

Reality check

Just wanted to remind everyone what we are dealing with.

Kid's First Act instead of Schip

That is what Myrick is promoting on her website. Does anyone know why the repubs would support that instead of Schip other than this....

"We have been needlessly stalemated for weeks on an issue we all agree on: we have an obligation to provide America’s low-income children with health care coverage," Camp said. "This bill reauthorizes the children’s health insurance program, is fully funded without raising taxes and targets our resources to those most in need: low-income children. Before Congress’ poll numbers drop any lower, I urge the majority to move this bill, protect these children, and then we can begin the larger debate on how to help all American’s afford health insurance. These children have been political pawns long enough. Let’s do our job and cover these kids."

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Myrick

Voted against SCHIP and upheld Bush's veto of the bill. Another example of her rubber stamping everything Bush hands her, regardless of who it hurts (kids) or helps (cronies).

Why is it we can afford a needless war, but can't afford to provide healthcare for children?

Mindboggling!!!!

Heads up . . . it's almost 7

Wow. That hour went by fast! I want to formally thank Harry for spending time with us tonight . . . and I hope he'll stop by from time to time as his campaign (and the rest of his busy life) permits.

Thank you for being here Harry. I wish you the best of luck.

I've met many people who are inspired by your candidacy, and all of us look forward to watching your campaign move ahead.

Peace.

A

Mr. Taylor. Thank you for caring about NC and USA.

It's been my pleasure.

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Thanks for having me!

I enjoyed the opportunity to answer some important questions.
Cheers, Harry

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