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WNCNN lands exclusive must-see interview with Liddy Dole

WNCNN's Johnny Joe Rockslide is back with an exclusive interview at the home of North Carolina's own senior senator, Elizabeth Dole.

For background on Johnny Joe's questions, you might want to check out this BlueNC post by Blue South, Where does Elizabeth Dole Live? He's done extensive research in to Dole's residency. Here's a relevant exerpt:

In fact, as of today, Elizabeth Dole’s mailing address on official Rowan County documents is still listed as the Watergate hotel. Why is that important? Because from everything I can see Elizabeth Dole still lives in the same place she has lived for 40 years. Washington DC.

Actions speak louder

Outnumbered by Republicans, North Carolina's Watauga County Democratic Party swept the ticket in 2006. Watauga was the only 5th-district county where Roger Sharpe defeated incumbent Representative Virginia Foxx. The irony: Representative Foxx calls Watauga home.

County Chair Diane Tilson attributes her party's success to many things. But she is most proud, not of their victories at the polls, but of their efforts to improve their community. Click on the one-minute video below to hear her explain how she wants her party's actions to speak louder than words:

How the 10th's Pat McHenry rates

[Cross posted at Pat go bye-bye]

For those of you who don't know much about North Carolina's 10th district representative, don't trust my opinion. For your illumination, I've checked out some of the most prestigious organizations in the country to see how they rate him based on voting record.

According to Project Vote Smart, Pat McHenry rates a zero, zilch, nada, zippo from the DAV, the Humane Society, the NEA, Defenders of Wildlife, National Committee for an Effective Congress, American Immigration Lawyers, Service Employees International Union, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the Alliance for Retied Americans, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and the Leadership Council on Civil Rights.

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave him a grade of F.

BlueNC spinoff launched

Go give a little lovin' to Blue NC's first(?) spinoff: Pat Go Bye-Bye, an on-line journal of happ'nin's and commentary about North Carolina's 10th District. The not-so-fightin' 10th runs from the Tennessee border to South Carolina, including Spruce Pine, Newland, Morganton, Lenoir, Hickory, Lincoln, Shelby, and parts of Gaston, Iredell, and Rutherford counties.

Represented by the great whiner, Pat McHenry (recently called "that little shit" by Bill Maher), democrats of the gerrymandered 10th need all the support we can get. (Did anybody happen to get that clip of Bill from Friday night, February 16, 2007?)

Please go below the fold to see a short list of little favors for which I'm soliciting help.

Rural poor foot war's human costs

[Cross posted at Scru Hoo]

No surprise here. According to the Associated Press, the poorest, most rural parts of America are footing an unfair share of the war's human costs.

Many of the hometowns of the war dead aren't just small, they're poor. The AP analysis found that nearly three quarters of those killed in Iraq came from towns where the per capita income was below the national average. More than half came from towns where the percentage of people living in poverty topped the national average.

If you want to see how it affects Cleveland County, NC, go below the fold to watch the one-minute clip of 18-year-old Chris Nalley. He was videotaped last month (for his support of Senator John Edwards.) He has no relatives overseas, yet he understands the price his schoolmates are paying.

Message to State Executive Committee members:

This week two Democrats debated two Republicans in front of a tough crowd: male high school politicos who attend the American Legion's weeklong political role-playing extravaganza known as Boys' State.

The Republicans, a state senator and a prominent YR had a rough time of it. Why? Because they made the mistake of handing out their party's platform in advance.

"How can you be against abortion and for the death penalty?" is a tough one to answer.

The Democratic debaters, an NCDP employee and a nearby city councilman, didn't have to work very hard to win the day. Why? No platform in hand. No copies of said platform to hand out. Ergo, not quite so many embarrassing questions.

Jerry Meek made the top ten on MyDD

Matt Stoller listed NCDP Chair Jerry Meek among such notables as John Edwards, Bernie Sanders, and others today at MyDD, saying:

These are all people that I think are courageous and smart about wielding power, as well as interested in pushing the progressive populist agenda forward in their own way.

He listed Massachussetts gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick as his fave, but here are the runners up (my emphasis added):

Nothing to fear

Start your Sunday reading the blog entry of the wonderful woman, Jean Rohe, who spoke truth to power (that is, John McCain) at the New School graduation:


We have nothing to fear from anyone on this living planet. Fear is the greatest impediment to the achievement of peace. We have nothing to fear from people who are different from us, from people who live in other countries, even from the people who run our government - and this we should have learned from our educations here. We can speak truth to power, we can allow our humanity always to come before our nationality, we can refuse to let fear invade our lives and to goad us on to destroy the lives of others.

Old school v. new's latest chapter

David Sirota blogged today on MyDD something I desperately needed to hear:

Beltway operatives, consultants and other professional election losers, desperate to hang onto their little fiefdoms, label the populist revolt within the party as supposedly coming only from the "left" - but as Hostile Takeover details, extensive public opinion polling data shows that those of us fighting the takeover represent the true "vital center" of the vast majority of America - and the status quo apologists are the ones wholly out of step with the country.

Taylor’s Indian betrayal: follow the money

In the 2003-‘04 election cycle, NC Congressman Charles Taylor (R-11) received three times as much in donations from energy-related political action committees (PACs) as he had in the three previous election cycles, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

In 2003-04, Taylor received $51,531 from energy PACs. From 1997-2002, Taylor averaged $14,995 in oil, gas, mining, and power company PAC donations. In the 2005-06 cycle he has so far received $22,750.

And surprise, surprise! In a remarkable coincidence with absolutely no relationship to all that lovin’ from the energy industries, in 2003 Taylor just “happened” to write two particularly controversial pieces of legislation for their benefit.

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