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Cal Cunningham on the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Progress

I wanted to share Cal Cunningham's recent statement on the hopeful, if not quite complete, progress being actively pursued on Capitol Hill towards the necessary repeal of the U.S. Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

As anyone on BlueNC likely knows, I am a fervent Cunningham supporter and volunteer. But, as a member of PFLAG Winston-Salem and a long time champion of equality for all Americans, statements and a vision such as this one only reassures and validates my support of this great U.S. Senate candidate even further.

Well, This Certainly Speaks for Itself (Part Deux)

With all due respect to my friend, Oliver Queen, I - as a Cal Cunningham supporter - was certainly bouyed by these recent findings from our friends at Public Policy Polling. It appears that for all of the Facebook groups urging my guy to drop out, all of the anonymous Twitter attacks against him and the constant slaving over every comment I, or anyone else, posts here on BlueNC -- it appears that we do not sway voters in the droves we wish. Rather, it looks like Cal Cunningham does a much better job at that than any of us.

NC-Sen: Cal Cunningham's Second TV Ad: 18 Bad Burr Votes

Cal Cunningham takes the attack right to Republican rival Richard Burr in his latest ad. His first tv spot, launched earlier this week, introduced Cal to voters in media markets across the state. This ad continues his consistent theme of attacking Richard Burr for the terrible votes he has cast that have shipped North Carolina jobs overseas.

Council for a Livable World endorses Cunningham

(Crossposted at Daily Kos)

Today, in a mailer to their entire listserv, the Council for a Livable World, one of the leading progressive foreign policy advocacy groups, endorsed Cal Cunningham in the U.S. Senate race in North Carolina. Chirs Coons, who is running against Rep. Mike Castle for Vice President Biden's former Senate seat in Delaware, also received their endorsement.

I cannot speak for the Delaware race, but as a life long North Carolinian who supports Cal Cunningham, this is the first in a series of endorsements Cal promised to roll out at his "Race to Victory" campaign kickoff this past Monday in Welcome, NC (Photos here). More than 500 people were reportedly on hand to see Cunningham publicly launch his campaign against Richard Burr.

Cal Cunningham: Clean Energy, Jobs and National Security

In his newest Focal Points blog post, Cal Cunningham draws upon his personal experiences and conversations across North Carolina to delve into the heart of our economic matters - by counseling with leaders across the energy and security spectrums and formulating a strong, comprehensive plan that will effectively generate the green jobs of our future. North Carolina has a lot riding on a greener economy.

“I went to Washington last week to meet with national security experts about the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act – legislation filed Wednesday in the U.S. Senate written to help create clean, green, sustainable jobs that can’t be outsourced overseas, to transition our economy to alternative and domestic energy sources and to check climate changing carbon emissions.”

Cal Cunningham and the 2010 Youth Vote

Tom Jensen (esteemed pollster over at Public Policy Polling) had a quick, insightful blog post today about the youth vote in 2008 and what, if any, overlap may happen in the 2010 Senate race.

Jensen mentions potential United States Senate candidate Cal Cunningham as the one person who, theoretically, would have a major strength with turning out younger voters (he just turned 36). And, while I agree with Jensen that the youth vote may not be as high as the record level we saw under Obama, I don't think the 2004 level should be the standard either.

Cal Cunningham Listening to the Voices of North Carolina

There’s something to be said for good ol’ fashioned talking to people about what’s happening in their lives. Though there’s lots of chit-chat about other things surrounding U.S. Senate 2010, Cal is spending a considerable amount of time actually listening to what people are concerned about. And, he has started capturing some of this dialogue on his blog: The Focal Points (“Friends of Cal”). Cal has traveled to almost half of North Carolina’s counties and posted a couple of poignant stories from the last few days. As he says, in politics, there’s the “game” and there’s what is “real”. Kind of refreshing.

Nascar at the White House - Is the Democratic Tent Big Enough for Them?

When Nascar drivers, legends and fans are welcomed to the White House for a wonderful celebration of the sport and recognition of its history, could there be a bit more in play than just a toast to the winning teams? Politico has a fantastic story on the event (even noting that, of the current and former champions in attendance, they have contributed nearly $150k in political donations since the 1980s - all to Republicans!). However, that doesn't stop our President, or a potential future Senator, from recognizing both the significant achievements and passionate assistance the Nascar family has shown to North Carolina and the rest of the country. (Pictures can be found at Talking Points Memo).

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