Attention Newspaper Editors: This is What a Well-Balanced Article Looks Like (minus the enormous pic of Heath)

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Aside from ignoring Shuler's lead in four polls, CQPolitics.com published a well-written article for your Saturday reading pleasure:

"Shuler — a native of North Carolina’s mountainous west who was a football star at the University of Tennessee before a less-successful pro career — is staging a serious bid to unseat eight-term Republican Rep. Charles H. Taylor. Now a real estate executive, Shuler also is one of a very few strong Democratic takeover candidates in the South, a one-time party stronghold that has shifted strongly to the Republicans since the 1960s.

With just more than nine weeks to go before the Nov. 7 election, Taylor appears to be maintaining his traditional edge in the Republican-leaning 11th. The district gave 57 percent of its votes to President Bush in 2004, and it has given Taylor, a conservative Republican, at least 55 percent of the vote in all but his first congressional race in 1990.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingTaylor’s biggest strength this year is the same one he has touted in fending off vigorous Democratic competition in his recent elections: a senior position on the House Appropriations Committee that helps him steer funds back home. He currently chairs the panel’s subcommittee on interior and environment.

Yet in Shuler, Taylor has drawn a vigorous and unusually well-financed challenger who offsets his lack of previous political experience with lingering name recognition from his gridiron exploits.

And Shuler has taken his well-known name into the district’s rural interior — a conservative-voting area that usually is Republican heartland — invoking his party’s promise of economic relief and trying to neutralize his opponent on social issues with frequent mention of his own “mountain family values.”

Shuler, who returned to his childhood home at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains in 2003, took to the stump last week in Henderson County with another North Carolina Democrat: John Edwards, the former senator (1999-2005) and 2004 vice presidential nominee who is considering a bid for president in 2008."
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Bill Sabo, a political scientist at the University of North Carolina’s campus in Asheville — the district’s largest city, with about 70,000 residents — said Shuler is wise not to repeat the strategy utilized by most of Taylor’s past Democratic challengers: trying to galvanize liberal Democrats, who provide a relatively small political base in these parts.

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Shuler’s not the one to do that particularly,” Sabo said. “His best chance is to take votes away from Taylor by appealing to a lot of those mountain ‘Reagan Democrats’ — those Democrats who voted for [former President Ronald] Reagan on social questions. That’s a constituency that has not found an appealing Democrat candidate for a number of years.”

This time they have recruited not a lawyer or a local politician, but a well-known athlete and businessman who speaks out about his opposition to abortion, professes his devout Christian beliefs, and is a member of the National Rifle Association.

Shuler, in an interview with CQPolitics.com last week, conceded he disagrees with many members of his own party on social issues. “But that’s the way I grew up,” he said. “Those are the same issues that are important here. That’s what I call mountain family values.”

Now go read the rest.

Comments

The top and bottom image

The top and bottom image would look a heck of a lot better if the text wasn't right up against the right edge. A little margin-right: 6px; perhaps in the style. A border on the top image wouldn't hurt either.

Paul....I can't figure out

which codes will work on each site. I can use the blogger code and just insert my photobucket pics into their code here on BlueNC, but DKos will not accept the style tag. It's a real pain if you are cross posting. And it's a real pain to edit the code if you copy and paste from blogger like Screwy and I both do. Is there a code you can use with img align instead of img style to give a border/buffer?


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try this...

somewhere in the "img" tag, use the "hspace" and "vspace" attributes, like so:

<img src="insert_image_url_here" vspace="10" hspace="10" />

this will put 10 pixels of padding all around the picture; the text will not bump up against it at all.

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Help

I shrank the image in photobucket, but when i pasted the code here it got huge again. I was able to do this at ScruHoo using Blogger's image thingy no problem.

If any admin want to jump in and make this thing look better - Go For It. Or just tell me what to do.

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Anyway. What did you think of the article?

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A lil 'div' to make it purdy

But on to the substance . . .

This seems like a straight up, no-bullshit story that tells it like it is without the all the spinning we've come to expect from the main stream media. And as I've said on countless occasions, I'll take a conservative Democrat over a crooked Republican (make than any Republican) these days.

Thanks for digging this up for us!

Voter dissonance

I think this quote from the article sums up much of the political landscape these days:

Nathan Moss represents the kind of Democrat Shuler is hoping to bring into his camp. The 30-year-old strawberry farmer has been registered with the party since he turned 18, and he sought its nomination for a seat on the Jackson County Commission earlier this year. But he voted for Bush in the past two presidential elections, and has qualms that a Shuler victory could give the Democrats a House majority and install a liberal leadership in the chamber.

“My concern is that if we get out and support Heath Shuler and that’s the one seat that pushes them over the edge, I’m not sure how I’d feel about that,” he said. “The Democratic Party on the national level is not even close to representing what I believe in.”

I have only one question for Mr. Moss: Does the Republican Party on the national level come close to representing what you believe in? Because if it does, you might want to backdate your citizenship to Germany, 1940.

Let's list off the Republican values:

1. More children in poverty EACH YEAR under Republican leadership.
2. More children WITHOUT health insurance each year under Republican leadership.
3. An INCREASE in infant mortality under Republican leadership.
4. The abortion rate has increased compared to the Democratic years.
5. Cutting funding for VA services in the middle of a war.
6. Cutting funding for brain injury treatment and research, when head injuries are called the "trademark injury" of Iraq.
7. Cutting funding to the military until Fort Sam Houston had its power nearly shut off and Fort Bragg is not allowing its employees to buy things like paper and pencils for lack of funds.
8. Wasting millions of dollars in reseach funding on bioterrorism instead of spending it on Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Cancer, and other priorities.

That is just off the top of my head. I think this should be made into a flyer and placed in every door in Western North Carolina.

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jeebus!

there's that dang ol' bill sabo again, the go-to-guy whenever a newspaper needs a nice, friendly fluffer-stroke quote either supporting taylor or criticizing taylor's opponent(s), whomever they may be.

hey, i'm gonna transfer to UNCA next year; maybe i'll take one of his classes and relentlessly mess with his head. :)

"we're banging pots and pans / to make you understand / we're gonna bury you, man"

That would be great

almost worth the price of Tuition. Maybe you could live blog from class!