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Volunteers Needed to Promote Progressive Values at the NC State Fair

We've had a great response to our call for volunteers, but we still have a few holes to fill. Sign up today to volunteer in our North Carolina Democratic Party State Fair Booth. Bring a friend! Have fun at the Fair and contribute your time to the strengthening the presence of the Democratic Party, at the same time! This is also a great way for students to log service hours for their school or club.

The NC State Fair begins Friday, October 12 and runs through Sunday, October 21. 10am - 10pm.

Click here to sign up to volunteer with the NCDP at the NC State Fair!

Open Thread

Let the Borat jokes begin: The Giuliani campaign is raising money in Kazakhstan from Americans living there.

Fish: David “Mudcat” Saunders will be the featured speaker at this year’s Vance-Aycock Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville.

Workers Bring Smithfield to the Table

-- I'm front-paging this because it concerns Unions in North Carolina, a subject we should discuss more. (RP)

This email popped up in my box, thought it might be of general interest:

The Justice@Smithfield Campaign in support of the workers at Smithfield Foods' Tar Heel plant has already seen remarkable results. The company's pork products have been pulled from shelves of many supermarkets, presidential candidates have made the workers' plight an issue on the campaign trail, national churches and cities have passed support resolutions, and a major network of faith, civil rights, and labor organizations has been formed to speak out on behalf of justice at Smithfield. Those of you who were able to join us last month at the company's annual shareholders meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia witnessed the power of this network when it joins with workers from the plant.

Do as I say...

Republican gubernatorial candidate Fred Smith writes in his memoir that “North Carolina needs a chief executive who understands the first, unspoken rule of leadership: show up."

Smith should take his own advice.

Smith missed more than 300 votes this year, according to the General Assembly’s Legislative Drafting Division.

The Greensboro News & Record tagged Fred Smith as missing a quarter of all votes taken this year or 318 out of 1,238.

Civitas: Greed is good.

I went to the Civitas Luncheon they do once a month to spin up their poll results.

Verna Collins (NBC-17) and Jack Hawk were the speakers.

Hawk consistently described low Bush and GOP numbers as "bad." Numbers he considered to present a political advantage to the GOP were called "good" or "encouraging." Poll results Hawk considered to be favorable to Democrats were "bad."

Similarly, he repeatedly used the terms "we" and "us" to describe the Republican party. Referring to polls he determined to be favorable to the GOP, he said, "This is good for us" and "We are improving here."

GOP Leaders Spurn Minority Vote

Candidates Are Urged to Attend Forums Sponsored by Minorities
by Perry Bacon Jr., Washington Post

Key Republican leaders are encouraging the party's presidential candidates to rethink their decision to skip presidential debates focusing on issues important to minorities, fearing a backlash that could further erode the party's standing with black and Latino voters.

The leading contenders for the Republican nomination have indicated they will not attend the "All American Presidential Forum" organized by black talk show host Tavis Smiley, scheduled for Sept. 27 at Morgan State University in Baltimore and airing on PBS. Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, former senator Fred D. Thompson (Tenn.) and Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) all cited scheduling conflicts in forgoing the debate. The top Democratic contenders attended a similar event in June at Howard University.

McHenry, Foxx, and Myrick Hang NC Farmers Out to Dry

At least they tried to . . .

Republican Congressmen Patrick McHenry, Virginia Foxx, and Sue Myrick refused to sign a letter to help North Carolina farmers get federal disaster assistance, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.

A bipartisan coalition of 10 of North Carolina’s 13 congressional members wrote a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. and House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, asking for help.

The letter comes as the state’s soybean, peanut, and Irish potato production are down by 31, 21, and 15 percent, respectively, from last year.

"This is not a partisan problem, and both parties’ leaderships need to be aware of the severity of the problem," Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-7th, told the Winston-Salem Journal.

McIntyre spearheaded the effort.

But Republican obstructionists McHenry, Foxx, and Myrick all allowed partisanship to get in the way of helping their constituents.

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