Monday Morning Open Thread

I have to run out for a bit today, but thought I'd leave you with news....all of it good.

The first couple of tidbits I saw in the Charlotte Observer. Richard Moore has proposed a property tax break for Seniors:

State Treasurer Richard Moore, a Democratic candidate for governor, this week proposed a property tax cut for senior citizens.

He wants to freeze home revaluations and double the income limit for the homestead exemption. The goal is to prevent rising property tax rates from forcing older North Carolinians out of their homes after living there for many years.

You can find out more about that here.

I imagine this would be a popular idea among most Democrats and hope that no matter who wins election this is something we can support.

The next bit of good news I ran across in the CharO was found in this article. Voter registrations are soaring.

Potential new voters are signing up in North Carolina at more than double the pace of four years ago, leading to anticipation of a record turnout in this year's elections.

The increase in voter registrations is reflected about evenly in all major demographics -- age, gender, political affiliation and race -- according to numbers from the State Board of Elections.

Nor is there an obvious geographic pattern. The counties with the largest increases, by percentage, were spread across the state: Tyrrell and Warren in the east, Davidson and Robeson in the center, and Alleghany and McDowell in the west.

Experts say the increase is likely caused by the most competitive presidential race in decades, as well as concerns about the Iraq war, the economy and other issues.

This is excellent news. The article goes into more depth as to the reasons why registrations are on the increase. Head on over and give it a read.

Finally, I did a quick check to see how many NC House seats have Democrats in the race. We are running or challenging incumbents in 2/3 of the seats with five more days left to file. I don't know how many of the 39 remaining races have Democratic incumbents who have not filed yet and will check on that later today.

What's your good news?



registration by party

44.8% Dem
34.1% Rep
21.1% Una

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

Great News

Things look good!

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Sunday night at Krankies

the Jim Neal house party had a very nice turnout even though the weather was miserable.

Frank gave a rousing introduction for Jim

Frank at Jim Neal event

and Jim gave a spirited talk with a leisurely time for questions from the floor.

Jim Neal at Krankies

house party Krankies

I'm confident he won some hearts and minds.

Wonderful pictures!

Thanks for the update. I'm sure it was a fun event.

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

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

we had about sixty people...

and yeah! The room felt pretty good about Jim Neal!

I've been following up with folks today and they were all impressed!

Very nice turnout

I wish I could have been there. Great job!

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

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Wish I got an invitation.

Cool spot. I watched a screening of “going up river” in 2004 there at one of those establishments east of Cherry St. in the old RJR buildings.