2006 elections

Kissell Wins!

Oh, how I hope I'm writing this again in November. It appears the Mecklenburg County results are coming in, but they aren't updating the web site.

Kissell is carrying 56% of the vote with 79% of precincts reporting in. It also looks like Tillis has beaten Rhodes in the only local upset.

UPDATE:Kissell message on the flip side...

Larry Kissell Will Take the NC-8 Seat from the GOP

Larry Kissell is a strong progressive candidate and he is on track to take North Carolina's 8th Congressional District away from Republican Robin Hayes. Larry has tailored his issues to the voters in the district and his stance on each reflects true progressive ideals.

A couple of weeks ago I had an opportunity to meet Larry. I hadn't realized he would be at the Democratic convention in our county. I had been interested in this race from the beginning as I live on the border of his district, but not in it. I had initially thought Tim Dunn was the candidate to beat Hayes, but long before Dunn bowed out I had started to gravitate to Kissell. I wanted to meet him to see if all those qualities I felt he had - humility, integrity, compassion - were real.

Grab a cuppa and read the rest...

Larry Kissell Stands Out in Debate

It wasn't heavily publicized, but there was a televised debate between the three candidates running for the Democratic nomination for the 8th Congressional District. The winner in the primary will face Republican Robin Hayes.

There has been no mud-slinging that I've heard and all three candidates are decent, honorable, hard-working men. All three seem to have the integrity and intelligence it will take to clean up the mess Republicans have made of our government and all three will work for the common good.

See how Kissell stood out on the flip side...

Kissell Wins Two Major Endorsements

I have received a press release from the Kissell campaign and there is good news. He has received the endorsement of the AFL-CIO and the NCAE, the North Carolina Association of Educators.

While it isn't unexpected for a progressive to earn either endorsement it is a huge feather to receive it so early in the campaign. Both endorsements will probably be followed with PAC contributions to the campaign.

Kissell: "My campaign is on the move. In just a few months we've gone from an upstart grassroots campaign to a well oiled machine that is hitting on all eight cylinders."

Rest on the flip side...

Winning in '06

Garance Franke-Ruta at the American Prospect Online offers some analysis about the Democrats' prospects next November.

Just how many of the 435 House seats will be competitive in 2006 is a matter of debate. Charlie Cook, editor of The Cook Political Report, puts the number at only 28, including 11 Democratic seats and 17 Republicans ones. Stuart Rothenberg, political analyst for Roll Call, pushes the number to 37, which is also the figure accepted by National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Tom Reynolds. To win back control of the House, Democrats would have to keep all 11 of their contested seats and win 15 of the Republican ones, for a virtually impossible 96-percent win rate under the Cook scenario (Republicans retook the House in 1994 with a 75-percent win rate). Yet the political environment has also changed so radically over the summer and fall that Cook says he now thinks that there are “literally dozens of Republican-held seats, that, based on presidential voting patterns, credible Democratic candidates in a pro-Democratic year might win.”

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