Jim Neal here tomorrow at noon

Quick note. Jim Neal will be stopping by for a short live-blog tomorrow (Thursday) at noon. His campaign staff says he's going to make an announcement, but I have no idea what it might be about.


FEC reports are due

Maybe he had a really big fundraising quarter.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

$1 million???

What is the likelihood that he trumped $1 million? That would be very hard to do, especially in a grassroots campaign.

Correct Answer

Well according to South Park, Mormonism is the correct answer ;-)

I have no idea

But I'll be offline and in a meeting from 12-2 so I'm SOL. Argh.

Pam Spaulding
Durham, NC USA

Pam's House Blend

Pam Spaulding
Durham, NC USA

Pam's House Blend


Maybe he's going to start running ads? Maybe some major endorsement?

Jim Neal Announcement?

I'm really curious. I wonder what Jim Neal is going to announce. I know he got the Indy endorsement, but I doubt he'd come on just to announce that.

Obama endorsement of Jim Neal?

Maybe Obama will endorse Jim Neal? They are both progressive grassroots candidates. I know Jim Neal endorsed Obama; maybe Obama will return the favor?

Obama is not going to endorse anyone

From his campaign point of view that would be insane. You don't want to upset any Democrats that might vote for you.

Obama Endorsements

Has Obama endorsed anyone in any other elections so far?

Not that I know of

In MD he snubbed Al Wynn, refusing to acknowledge him at public events just days before his primary loss to Donna Edwards. But thats the only thing I know about this cycle.

He also endorsed the Democrat running for mayor of Manchester, NH, but so did HRC.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

can you please

never call Barack Obama BO again? just as a favor.

BO knows...

Diddly. Wait, BO don't know Diddly ;-)

Wow, I can't believe I remember that commercial.

I'm fairly certain he'll be there

I'm not sure how long he can stay, but I know it's something he (and his staff) want to do.

What BBQ?

Is there some sort of event going on?

He was certainly invited

however, the campaign has not yet responded.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

My speculation...

BlueNC gets an article Friday.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

I wonder if it will be

"A", "the" or "an"? :D

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

This is off-topic, but boy am I pissed.

I've had some really bad luck with campaign signs this year. I had several Jim Neal and Dan Besse signs disappear and I just found one Besse sign down the hill from where it had been, with the stake completely missing. That isn't wind. I also put out Besse and Neal signs at several sites where there are now only Besse signs.

BUT, honestly, I think in several cases this is uptight neighborhoods taking them down. Damn you HOA!

I Twitter, Therefore I Am.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.


HOA is really a problem. Uptight neighbors are one thing, but HOA have weird quasi-governmental powers which scare the shit out of me, and I'm a renter.

HOAs are being used by developers to force new home owners to assume the financial liability for what are typically thought of as government services (i.e. sidewalks, streets, and trash). It's good for the host city, because they get a tax base that they don't need to provide service too. It's good for the developer, they get more control, additional revenues, and a carrot to offer the city. The new homeowner gets to pay twice for services they often don't receive even once.

I doubt this is the situation you're in Robert, but it is a situation that some folks are getting caught in, and apparently it's either out and out legal, or a legal grey area.

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McCain - The Third Bush Term

I've said it before

and I'll say it again.

There has to be some accountability on these signs.

Aside from those who place them in their private areas, these are the rules:

1- Map out strategic loactions for the signs so that the maximum traffic views them.

2- Know who has how many signs and where the signs are placed. The person in charge of their signs are also charged with maintaining, replacing, and removing.

3- Report any sign abuse to the proper authorities ASAP.

4- Anyone who disobeys these rules never, ever, gets another sign in any campaign, ever.

In every election cycle, I post hundreds of signs, and I know where every one is located.

Am I a bit anal about it, yes. But I have been out in the rain and snow and dodged speeding cars..sign abuse MUST STOP!

sign abuse

If I've been told correctly, signs aren't to be put on public property except for near polling places within a specific radius and a certain time before the polls open. They're not supposed to be put on the sides of roads, for example, because that's the "right of way" of the road.

I was very specifically told NOT to put signs for a certain candidate on the side of the road by my girlfriend, who's working on that candidate's campaign, because it broke the rules. Even though everyone else breaks the rules, she didn't want to be a part of it.

Those of you more in the know that I am, am I right about the rules? Thanks to those of you with greater knowledge than me (almost all of you...).


I poked around the Durham country (where I live) BoE website and saw that signage is the responsibility of the City/County planning dept. Checked their website for a bit and gave up. Good luck finding anything useful there! Oh well. Good intentions, and all that.

call parks and rec.

they can usually help. Sometimes they have a specific person in charge of "right of ways"--ask to speak with them for the low down.

Robert, check your covenants

In North Carolina my understanding is that the covenant must specifically say you can't display political signs. Our covenants do not specify political signs. While I have a few neighbors I would love to intentionally mess with, I live on a dead end and wouldn't waste an expensive yard sign in my yard......but I will make a homemade sign! I'll put the expensive ones out at the intersections with all the other signs.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


You don;'t live in Cary do you? The pretty police are on patrol there I here.

Who are the proper authorities

that you report sign abuse to?

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

planning and zoning

Here in Mecklenburg illegal signs are taken care of by p & z. Each candidate must post a bond that requires them to keep signs out of the public right of way and that will be removed 2 weeks after the election.

Signs that are placed on state highways are the purveyance of the state DOT and you are breaking state law if you place a sign in the state right of way.

From our county boe website:

As most citizens are aware, there are numerous regulations and policies aimed at keeping North Carolina safe and beautiful.

Political candidates and committees will be doing their share if they instruct their campaign workers not to place signs on public property. And, they will be helping save and protect citizens lives. Some of the signs can block motorists view of oncoming traffic which could result in a serious or even fatal accident.

State statute (G.S. 136-32) entitled, "Other Than Official Signs Prohibited" prohibits all but official highway signs on State highway rights-of-way. In addition, the North Carolina Board of Transportation several years ago adopted an ordinance prohibiting the placement of advertising signs within highway rights of way.

The Division of Highway field employees are instructed to remove all signs illegally placed within state highway rights-of-way. Such signs are taken to local maintenance offices for storage until they are claimed.

Most counties and cities have ordinances regulating the placement and removal of signs within public rights-of-way. Some issue citations and assess a penalty for each sign as a separate offense.

You are urged to contact each local government to determine its exact laws. The cost of the signs and the bad publicity of signs in violation may be an unwelcome burden to your committee.

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

Jim Neal at Noon?

It's almost noon. Where will Jim Neal's live blog be?