James's blog Comments Endorsements day? I've been thinking of choosing a weekend in the near future called "The Unofficial North Carolina Blogosphere Endorsements Weekend" and inviting everyone from any side of any aisle to chime in with their personal endorsements for any race they want. Does that sound like an idea worth trying? I'd really like to get some righties over to say who they're pulling for in the Republican gubernatorial showdown. Sounds like a fine idea to me however, I won't be endorsing anyone until May 6. I might offer my predictions, though.Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs. *************************** Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own. Recommendations, not endorsements I'd planned to do a comprehensive sample ballot for ScruHoo readers, but i haven't had the time to do enough research myself on races like Auditor and judicial seats. Especially for down-ticket races, it'd be helpful to hear folks' preferences. Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us Sounds Good I worry about them coming all at once over that short period of time, though...I wonder if they'd get read. I'd love to hear more from people outside the Big 4 races (President, Senate, Governor and Lt. Governor). ----There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy ----There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy Good idea I am way behind (a bout of pneumonia) and would like to hear what people on both sides are pondering so I can catch up on the political minds. Al Manning, retiree, native of eastern NC and proud of it, plenty of time to read, research and get annoyed about the lack of accountability in elected leaders these days. Married to a real southern lady and we live with two labs and two airedales who run Talk about depressing Here's a story that'll give you deja vu all over again. Robin Hayes - Rich From War "Hayes invested in defense firms The Center for Responsive Politics says Hayes ranks third in Congress when it comes to being heavily invested in defense-related companies.Hayes has between $9 million and $37 million of his personal assets invested in companies that have defense contracts, more than anyone except Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J. Of course, it helps that Hayes is the eighth richest member of Congress, according to the nonprofit group that tracks money in politics. It estimates the textile heir's net worth at between $32 million and $132 million, according to 2006 financial disclosure forms that report lawmakers' assets in value ranges rather than specific amounts." Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us Great Idea Perhaps I can get my GOP (yet UNA registered) brother over here. He is voting in the Dem primary this year (mainly for Obama, but I talked him into Besse, Neal, and Carter as well). That said, he lives in Charlotte and really likes McCrory, and I would love to hear his reasoning here. Finally, another reason it's a great idea is that it could give us a window into the other side. Hard-cores will not come, but who knows how many fence-riders might either switch horses or at the very least realize that we are not evil. Carter and Charlotte Going to be kind of tough to vote for Carter if your brother lives in Charlotte. I don't believe any part of the 5th district is in Mecklenburg. "jump in where you can and hang on" Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy He probably just meant he talked him into supporting Carter....not voting for him. I talk to my mom about candidates she can't vote for alla time. *************************** Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own. My Endorsements For what it's worth: Obama Moore Besse Neal Carter Obama, Besse, and Neal I endorse fully and without reservation. Moore has me upset regarding the death penalty and Carter, who I love and support as a candidate, let's just say I have personal issues with his campaign team. Peace in the Middle East NPR story about "J Street," an effort to encourage a more responsible debate for peace in the Middle East: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89642157 - - - - - - - - - -http://twitter.com/Jerimee WaPo Story http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/14/AR2008041402647.html?nav=rss_politics - - - - - - - - - -http://twitter.com/Jerimee The Triad's Biggest Alt. Weekly endorses Neal and Besse From this evening's online edition of the tomorrow's print edition of Yes! Weekly, the Triads' "Independent". We'd like to get a better idea of who Kay Hagan is, but she's been maddeningly evasive - not returning phone calls or agreeing to interviews. That's a problem. We want a senator we can communicate with, and so far Hagan has not shown that she's ready to do that. Combine that with her positions on telecom immunity and funding for the war in Iraq, and the balance tilts toward Neal. Name drop for "The blogger known as Betsy Muse" (ha!), in that one. Then, from the plug for Dan: Besse is a tree hugger, but that doesn't mean he doesn't care about the green in your wallet. He fought against a funding mechanism called Construction Work-in-Progress (CWIP) that allowed energy companies to fund new construction by raising utility rates, which can lead to expensive power and an excess of nuclear and coal-fired plants. During Besse's tenure on the Winston-Salem City Council, he's extended greenways and protected stream buffers to keep water safe. His record speaks for itself, and to the organizations that have already endorsed him - the Sierra Club, Conservation Council and Progressive Democrats of North Carolina. And then there's a profile of...um...me. Congrats to Neal, Besse, and Eaton. Yes! Weekly not only gave incredible endorsements to Jim and Dan, but they gave an affirmation and a sterling endorsement of the work done by Frank Eaton: You see Eaton isn't your average campaign volunteer. He doesn't staff phone banks or register voters. Instead he uses his video skills to craft a series of internet shorts about his man. "I have a face made for radio," Besse says, "so if he can take pictures of me and make them look good, he's a wizard." And they do look good, particularly the spot entitled "Running on his Record." The piece shows Dan Besse, a seasoned marathoner, running the streets of Winston-Salem while text of his political and athletic achievements flashes on the screen. A percussive soundtrack stitches it together. "Frank had me running around the streets for about two hours," Besse says. "I got a good workout that day." I Twitter, Therefore I Am. Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over. -me A face made for radio I love that guy. Blogger known as Betsy Muse hahaha....actually there's a real person by that name! :DRobin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs. *************************** Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.