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Hendersonville Times-News Endorses Shuler

From this morning's Hendersonville Times-News:

Give Shuler a chance in Congress

U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor represents himself as a paragon of mountain values who has used his power in Congress to help the 11th Congressional District.

But the accumulation of questions over his 16 years of service raises questions as to whether he is serving himself first or his district.

A list of questionable actions includes improper loans at Blue Ridge Savings Bank that led to prison sentences for the bank president and two others, failure to file necessary paperwork for a Jackson County property tax break, campaign donations from Jack Abramoff, the convicted influence peddler; and earmarks turned up by the Wall Street Journal that seemed to help his business interests while also serving the district.

"Any Day But Sunday" (VIDEO)

(cross-posted from Scrutiny Hooligans...)

To follow up on a previous post concerning the scuttled Taylor/Shuler debate:

In an article that first appeared online on Friday (10/13) and on the front page of the print edition on Saturday (10/14), the Asheville Citizen-Times had essentially (and unfairly) attacked Heath Shuler for doing something that tens of thousands of people throughout the 11th District do as well.

The reason for the attack? Shuler and his family obeyed the 4th (or 3rd, depending on your faith) Commandment:

Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy.

WNCNN Episode 4 - "Desperation"

WNCNN - Where Western NC Comes For Its God Fearin News!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.

NC-11: Shuler Shuns Debate, Taylor Demands Retraction

Good Lord! When it rains it pours around here!!! Two big stories we're tracking tonight:

First, I guess you can color me unsurprised... (via AC-T):

The debate is off.

In late September, U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor, R-Brevard, agreed to debate his congressional opponent on television for the first time since 1994. But this year’s Democratic challenger, Heath Shuler, said he doesn’t have time in his schedule for a televised debate, which was tentatively planned for Oct. 22.

The Asheville Citizen-Times and WLOS-News 13 had planned to co-sponsor the debate, which would have aired on the TV station. Taylor, who last debated Democratic challenger Maggie Lauterer 12 years ago, had agreed to all the format specifications and the date, but a Shuler spokesman told the Citizen-Times the challenger's schedule did not allow him the time for a debate.

Bill Scher to Appear in Raleigh/Durham THIS WEEKEND!

Wait! Don't Move To Canada!For any BlueNC types in the Raleigh/Durham area, you have two chances this weekend to meet Bill Scher, the author of the excellent new book "Wait! Don't Move To Canada!"

10/13, 7 PM, Raleigh, NC
Quail Ridge Books
3522 Wade Avenue
Co-Sponsored by Wake County Progressive Democrats

10/14, 7 PM, Durham, NC
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth Street

If you're in the area, don't miss this opportunity to meet and listen to a very passionate, engaging and dynamic speaker. He's touring the country, fighting the good fight - give him some love!

(As soon as I can get a little bit of time on my laptop this afternoon, I'll be posting pics and some video of his appearance @ ADL last night)

Asheville Drinking Liberally: Meet Bill Scher (TONIGHT!)

Wait! Don't Move To Canada!Just a quick reminder...

Tonight @ the Asheville Brewing Company (77 Coxe Ave., Downtown), we will be joined by Bill Scher, the founder and executive editor of and author of the recently published book "Wait! Don't Move To Canada!"

Bill's presentation should be getting underway at 8:00, and there could very well be some surprises earlier in the evening. This should prove to be a very fun, engaging, and exciting event, so come out and join us!

Charles Taylor Makes the Wall Street Journal (For All the Wrong Reasons)


Via TPM Muckraker:

Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC) has a remarkable talent for steering federal dollars to benefit properties that he owns, The Wall Street Journal reports this morning.

As you read about the millions that Taylor has earmarked for himself ($11.4 million to widen a highway that runs through a resort town where his development companies own thousands of acres, $3.8 million for a park that is "directly in front of the Blue Ridge Savings Bank, flagship of his financial empire"), recall Taylor's dogged opposition to federal money going to a 9/11 memorial. As chairman of the House Interior Appropriations subcommittee, Taylor was for years the sole impediment to releasing the $10 million in federal funds needed to buy the land for a memorial in Shanksville, Pa., where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed.


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