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58 Days: Dole votes to cut vital infrastructure

DAY 58

Just six weeks after tragedy struck in Minnesota when a major bridge over an interstate highway collapsed, Elizabeth Dole had the audacity to vote against a measure that would have allocated sufficient funds for bridge repair. Now, after all of Dole’s votes to cut vital infrastructure funding, the Department of Transportation is reporting that the Highway Trust Fund is almost bankrupt.

Shocking.

Maybe the lack of satisfactory highways is to blame for Dole’s absenteeism from North Carolina?

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59 Days: Dole hasn't helped hard working Americans

DAY 59

Since entering the Senate six years ago, Elizabeth Dole has been in lock step with President Bush on almost every issue, including his economic policies. Yesterday, the Department of Labor announced a loss of 84,000 jobs just in the month of August, which translates into the highest unemployment rate in five years. As it turns out, Bush and Dole’s economic policies were not doing anything to help hardworking Americans. Instead of making sure good-paying jobs stay in North Carolina, Dole preferred to let her special interest friends ship those jobs overseas and stash their extra cash in her campaign war chest. Maybe Dole will feel the pinch her constituents have felt come November when she is in the unemployment line?

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60 Days: Dole votes against funding our schools

DAY 60

Children all across North Carolina are getting back into the swing of things for a new school year. New pencils, fresh notebooks, shiny binders – but where will students come up with the billions of dollars necessary to fully fund No Child Left Behind? Elizabeth Dole certainly won’t help. Dole voted five times against funding the education program that she described in 2004 as “bold and visionary,” and then had the audacity to assert in 2008 that she will only support the program if changes are made. When report cards come out this year, Dole’s record on education just won’t make the grade.

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61 Days: Elizabeth Dole is Mudslinging Again

DAY 61

Despite her pledge to run a positive campaign, Elizabeth Dole’s been slinging political mud for months. In a post-primary fundraising letter in May, Dole attacked Kay in her typical drive-by fashion – no facts, no backup, just Dole’s desperate attempt to keep her seat. Yesterday Dole outdid herself with the first candidate-approved-attack ad aimed at Kay, likening her to a “yappy dog.” In the commercial, Dole also resorted to name-calling, more drive-by attacks and notably, “I’m Elizabeth Dole and I approved this message.”
Of course she did. With her experience bankrolling negative ads at the NRSC and her campaign six years ago, she’s a pro.

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62 Days: Dole not only gets a failing grade on education, she gets a 0%

DAY 62

Today in Charlotte Kay will unroll her comprehensive education policy that seeks to invest in the right priorities for North Carolina students – expanding access to pre-school, fixing No Child Left Behind, and lowering the cost of college to make it a reality for all students. But Elizabeth Dole must be too busy passing notes with her special interest friends when it comes time to vote for students’ best interests. Dole has consistently received failing grades from education groups across the board, including a 0% from the National Parent Teacher Association. How will she defend that report card to hardworking North Carolinians who count on education for a better tomorrow?

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63 Days: Elizabeth Dole cements her status as the champion of third party attack ads

DAY 63

A new ad today by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) on behalf of Elizabeth Dole cements her status as the champion of third party attack ads. The NRSC, trying desperately to cling to Dole’s seat, is on the air with a baseless attack ad aimed at Kay, while of course ignoring the fact that Dole has voted with Bush 92% of the time and is number 93 out of all her colleagues in terms of effectiveness. But we shouldn’t really be surprised: in 2006, as chair of the NRSC, Dole was responsible for spending over $19 million on some of the country’s most despicable negative ads, and she defended a spot aimed at appealing to racist sentiments. Members of her own party were even willing to admit that Dole took the negativity too far. But vicious attack ads were nothing new for Dole, who stood by silently in 2002 while the NRSC ran exaggerated negative ads against her opponent, and she was silent again this year when her own state party ran a blatantly racist ad in the primary election.

As chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Dole led the Washington-based third party group in spending large sums of money to launch negative attacks against opponents that were called “vicious,” including some with “racial overtones.”

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64 Days: Dole's dismal record of protecting working families

DAY 64

This Labor Day Weekend, hardworking North Carolina families do not have much reason to thank Elizabeth Dole. When it comes to Dole's dismal record of protecting working families, it turns out, once again, she’s against their best interests at every turn. She opposed the Family Medical Leave Act for decades, she has voted against raising the minimum wage while accepting pay raises for herself, and she has made it easier for big business to short their employees’ pension plans. Dole even voted against helping displaced workers after casting the votes that sent their jobs overseas.

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65 Days: If Elizabeth Dole is not at the GOP Convention, where is she?

DAY 65

Like any Washington insider, Elizabeth Dole has been a regular fixture at GOP conventions since the 1980s, even speaking on behalf of the Bush-Cheney ticket just four years ago. Now, in damage control mode, after blindly supporting the failed Bush administration throughout her six years in office, Dole knows it is time to distance herself from her abysmal 92% voting record with George Bush. In a last-ditch effort to reintroduce herself to her constituents she has neglected for six years, Dole will skip this year’s GOP convention to campaign here instead. Folks still can't find out where she is, though: still no public events calendar on her website.

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66 Days: Elizabeth Dole makes a "jolting turnabout" on gun control

DAY 66

During her first campaign for U.S. Senate Elizabeth Dole showed North Carolina how easily she changes her positions to suit her needs when she did an about-face on gun control. In a rare departure from the Republican Party line, Dole came out in support of several gun control measures in 1999 while running for President from Kansas. But in 2001, running for U.S. Senate in North Carolina, Dole saw the writing on the wall and changed her position on gun control to pander to the people in North Carolina. Kay has been and remains an ardent supporter of Second Amendment Rights and has the independence to stand up for what she believes on every issue.

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67 Days: Elizabeth Dole voted against relief for Katrina victims

DAY 67

As Hurricane Gustav barrels towards the Gulf Coast on the 3rd Anniversary of Katrina’s landfall, worried residents are scrambling to make sure they are safe in case the federal government comes up short again. Who will be there to advocate for them when they need it most? Not Elizabeth Dole. After tragedy struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, Dole voted against a bevy of measures that would have provided immediate and ongoing relief for Katrina’s victims and ensured that emergency responders would be prepared for the next storm. North Carolinians might be far from the Gulf Coast, but could they trust Elizabeth Dole if a crisis were to strike them?

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