Welcome Back Larry Kissell

Welcome back, Larry Kissell.

Most BlueNC long-timers are Larry Kissell fans. Many of us volunteered to help the Kissell campaign in 2006 and others gave money and vocal public support. We were all pretty much heartbroken when the final vote was counted.

Larry decided quickly he was in for another round. So, here we go. Welcome to my dear friend, Larry Kissell.

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Believe it or not it has been almost two years since our first interview with Larry Kissell. Not long ago James offered John Autry, Larry's primary opponent, a live-blog opportunity and now it's Larry's turn. Please join us tomorrow evening, Thursday, January 3, 2008 from 6pm until 7pm for a chance to ask Larry about this cycle's campaign and the issues that are important to the people of the 8th District.

Following our live-blog with Larry we'll immediately jump into an Iowa Caucus open thread discussion, so have your popcorn ready. It's going to be an exciting evening.

Post your questions in the comments below.

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Larry featured in N&O

a couple of days ago, for folks who missed the story. It's a good one.

Kissell knows that a year in which a new president and a new governor will be elected will bring out voters who might need more convincing than those dedicated enough to turn out in an off year.

"There's a good strong Democratic wind in North Carolina," he says. "We are a part of that, and we helped create that."

Thanks Anglico and Betsy and all of BlueNC

I appreciate you having me. Love the new site.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Best Wishes,Larry

from NC-05. Your campaign truly gives us hope!

Thank you so much!

You don't know how much your support means.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Immigration and educating undocumented students

Larry-

You and I have talked quite a bit about education. But I've never asked you about your experience with teaching children of undocumented immigrants. I'm sure you have some in your classroom, because just about every classroom in North Carolina does now.

Where do you stand on comprehensive immigration reform and on educating undocumented immigrants? As a congressman, will you support legislation that makes receiving a high school diploma part of a path to citizenship (such as the DREAM Act)? What other ideas do you have for immigration reform?

Thanks,
Graig Meyer

Hi Graig

As a teacher, I never ask any of my students whether they are documented. My job as a teacher is to teach and nurture ALL of the kids in my class. I believe anyone with the will and ability to earn an education deserves the best efforts of our public education system without discrimination.

In my job as a Congressman, Lord willing, my job will be to make sure that we have real enforcement of our border and real immigration reform. I support a realistic first step like Representative Shuler's bi-partisan SAVE Act and I think there are some good points in the DREAM Act. I support efforts to balance the education of these children who are here already and shouldn't be penalized for their parent's illegal activity while stopping the drain on our already over extended resources.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Larry, I hope you stop back by to answer this question.

How would you propose we stop the drain on our "already over-extended resources"? I don't live in the 8th district, but my agency serves 3 counties that are there: Montgomery, Richmond, and Hoke. I see the devastation that happens to working families because of the lack of documentation all the time. These children that you're working to educate (as I am)are being hurt by decisions their parents made. How can we be fair to those children and keep them as the future resource to our community that they are if we don't work to give their parents a way to become legal residents?

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

SCHIP- Farm Bureau

Larry Wooten President of the North Carolina Farm Bureau had a LTE in today's Fayetteville Observer praising Flip-Flop Hayes on voting against Health Care for Children. Let it be know that the Farm Bureau seems to now be a branch of the GOP. I will not let my insurance premiums pay their way. I recommend everyone with Farm Bureau Insurance change companies.

They may or may not be a branch of the GOP

but they sure as hell are an insurance company. No wonder they don't want Health Care for Children to pass.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Surveyor

Good to see you. I read Mr. Wooten's letter too, and share his concerns about the tobacco industry, though my focus is the small family farmer or Philip Morris employee who will be among the first to need expanded access to children's health insurance.

It's always a difficult decision for any lawmaker to weigh progress against profit, but in my case 10 million of our children win hands down. My opponent has bragged in recent Franked mail (you and I paid for) he voted against both Republican and Democratic versions of the bill singularly because of the impact on the tobacco industry. I'd like to think even if I owned millions of dollars in tobacco stock, as an elected Representative of the people I'd still side with the people over my own stock portfolio.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Well said.

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Ouch, Larry

Golly gee, Larry, it sounds like you're against rich people climbing over the backs of "we the people" to line their pockets even more.

I'd like to think even if I owned millions of dollars in tobacco stock, as an elected Representative of the people I'd still side with the people over my own stock portfolio.



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I like this...

It's always a difficult decision for any lawmaker to weigh progress against profit, but in my case 10 million of our children win hands down.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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

Coming West?

Future Congressman Kissell,

My name's Gordon, and I live up the mountain in Asheville. With Heath Shuler facing a weak field and having already raised a pile of money, I expect a lot of progressives are going to look for somewhere else to send their political donations. Will you be coming this way to raise money and support out of your district?

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Gordon

We're constantly planning house parties all over the state, and already have several good friends and supporters in the Asheville area, so I'd love to get there this quarter if at all possible. Just contact our campaign if you have ideas and we'll work it out. I'd love an excuse to visit beautiful Western NC.

I'd also like to remind everyone of the hard working employees of ActBlue and our postal service. If I can't get to you fast enough, you can always get your support to our campaign, and it's greatly appreciated!

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Immigration

Can you clarify and expand on your position in regard to immigration?
You recently voiced support for the Schuler sponsored SAVE act, which is an enforcement only bill, and some of the information I've seen indicates that you prefer a heavy enforcement approach rather than comprehensive reform offering a path to citizenship.

Fredly

I appreciate the question.

I explained my support of a bi-partisan enforcement bill in answering Graig's question. You have to start somewhere, and enforcing our laws, stopping the bleeding, is arguably the one first step on which most reasonable folks can agree.

In the meantime, there already is a legal path to citizenship, one countless generations of our grandparents and great grandparents gladly took at some point. I don't believe offering a different path to citizenship for those who don't abide by our laws should be the first priority of any lawmaker focused on the very real needs of law abiding American families.

I realize you and I disagree on this, but I hope we can agree on many other issues.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

I bet you didn't know

that you and I also disagree on this, but Larry I got to know a little about the people living in the 8th when I visited areas of the district and talked to those people who had lost job when the mills closed. I have worked very hard to understand the fear and frustration they must feel that so much energy and effort is spent trying to help undocumented workers realize the American dream when that same dream is so far out of reach for so many Americans.

I believe that many/most undocumented workers should be offered a path to citizenship that is fair and reasonable, but I understand why so many people do not. This is an extremely difficult issue to grapple with and it's sad on so many levels.

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



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Your priorities as a congressman...

Mr. Kissell:

Being a freshman member of Congress can be tough in terms of getting things accomplished. You have to learn the ropes, set up your constituent services, make contacts, get committee assignments, etc. You are also just one voice in a group of 434 other elected officials, making decisions based on party leadership guidance, regional and district concerns, and personal ideologies.

When you win and become a member of the Class of 2009 in the U.S. House, what three or four specific issues will you guarantee that you will spend your time, effort, political capital, and bully pulpit on in representing the 8th District, North Carolina, and the United States of America?

Run, Larry, Run! Kissell 2008!

Jobs, Economy, Education, Conservation

Education has got to be the overall priority of anyone hoping to lead this District out of the economic devastation we've seen under the bad trade deals of the past several years. Which goes hand in hand with a few of my other top priorities - jobs, trade and conservation of family farmland and our natural resources. Some call that environmentalism. I call it common sense.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Energy

Larry,

It was good to see you at the Cumberland County New Year's Day lunch this week.

Please tell us about your energy policy priorities. In particular, how will you handle the current massive federal subsidies (direct and indirect) to the oil and nuclear industries? What's your position on the renewable portfolio standard at the federal level? And, what role do you see for the federal government in development of the biofuels industry in North Carolina?

Thanks, and best to you on the campaign trail.

Dan

Dan Besse
Democrat for Lieutenant Governor
www.danbesse2008.org

Dan Besse

Dan

Always good to see you too.

I imagine most of us in this nation shy of one President, one Vice President and a handful of Republican Congress Critters see no reason to subsidize an industry already making record profits at the expense of working families.

When it comes to the Federal government's role in moving us forward, I expect nothing short of leadership - something we've been lacking far too long. I've always called for a commitment to energy independence akin to a space race. If we can go to the moon, surely we can put farmers to work, create jobs here in North Carolina and finally break the cycle of addiction, while offering future generations hope.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Blue Dog?

Sir,

I think that there are a lot of us who want to hear from a candidate we support that they will not be a part of the Blue Dog (JV Republican) caucus. John Autry said he would not join. What about you Larry?

You know...

I'm not much of a joiner. Robin Hayes, however, is on dozens and dozens of caucuses. It certainly hasn't helped his representation of this District.

But as a matter of policy I think it's irresponsible to say which 2009 caucus one will or will not be joining given the long road ahead. But folks who know me, know that while I'm moderate on some issues and progressive on others, I'm no blue dog.

Robin Hayes votes with his party over 90 percent of the time, even when it's against the best interests of his constituents. That's blind loyalty, and it cuts both ways. I refuse to be anything but a Representative of my constituents first, and party second.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Larry, glad you're willing to go another round with Hayes.

Welcome back...or maybe I should say welcome home. :)



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You bet I'm ready

And thanks for welcoming me home. I can't tell you how much I appreciate you all, and by the way the remodel looks great.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Question

How helpful are the DC folks being? I hope they realize how much they screwed up last time.

Better late than never

Congressman Chris Van Hollen, who heads up the DCCC, understands how winnable this District is, and has given me his personal assurance that we can count on the support of the national party.

But in the end, it all comes down to what we've seen here on the ground in North Carolina. And we are loaded for bear.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

What are the sentiments on the ground in the 8th?

When you're out and about as much as you are, you undoubtedly pick up vibes in different communities. How are people feeling? Congress has really low ratings in most national polls these days . . . why do people feel that way?

How do those feelings translate into the race? Does Hayes seem more or less vulnerable to you?

Ground Truth

Honestly, people are very unhappy not only with President Bush, but with Congress. There's a lot of anger because people had high hopes for the new Congress, such as ending the war, and I don't believe anyone anticipated the deadlock we're experiencing.

My message last time and this time has been about real change, and I find that people this time even more than last understand what I'm saying, and know we can't wait another day for it. Last time, there were a lot of people that wanted me to win, but didn't believe it was really possible. The people now know that not only can Robin Hayes be beaten, but that this time we're going to send him home for good.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Abortion Rights, Gay Rights and Guns...

I believe that John got a chance to air his views on the above issues, so I'd like to hear your views...

Please explain your positions on abortion rights, gay rights and common-sense gun control.

I'm new to the live-blogging - so my apologies for asking so many questions at once.

Thanks :)

Jim Load

Jim...you're hogging all the questions.

:)

But we'll forgive you since you're new.

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



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whoops

I figured as much - sorry, but they are all important if we are to make informed decisions.

Jim

I'm a civics teacher, and I believe in our Constitution. I believe our Constitution guarantees a right to bear arms and a right to privacy.

Welcome to live blogging. I appreciate your questions.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

That's about how I feel.

However, I do think there are shades. i don't think a right to bear arms means any arms, neither does any sane person (you can't buy a tank). So, the question is where is the line and the fringes. I have my own opinions on this.

As for privacy, I think about personal liberty. Don't take away the liberty that is guaranteed to any individual.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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

Let's hear it for Larry

Let's hear it for Larry Kissell in the House!

Environmental Issues

Larry, would you mind elaborating on some of your environmental platform?

blculbre

My environmental platform begins with you picking up those cans around your house and recycling them.

Seriously though, as a member of the Sierra Club since 1976, I can't speak enough about the need to protect our National Forests and Arctic refuges, both of which have come under fire from this administration and the special interests to which they're beholden. We have to protect our children's future from the special interests who would use our natural resources in order to line their pockets.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Harsh

Harsh Larry, harsh. Let me pull out my map to the high road, and take that route. ;)

Maybe you and the campaign can come help clean up from my Iowa Caucus Party going on right now. We're all behind you Larry!!!

Larry, the current Congress has failed

to put any serious pressure on the administration to bring a close to the catastrophe that is the Iraq War, and seems poised to break all previous records on defense spending (including war spending).

How do you feel about the idea of defunding the military (Congress' only real tool) to force a change in our level of commitment in Iraq?

Iraq

Congress has failed, and apparently they won't be able to succeed until we have a veto proof majority.

As a fiscal conservative, it is unbelievable to me the debt we are incurring. I do have a problem, however with defunding the military because I don't trust people like George Bush and Dick Cheney not to put our troops at greater risk in order to make a political point.

I don't know what the answer is in the short term, but I know that I'm going to do all in my power to end this war, both now and when I become a member of Congress.

Thank you all so much. I really appreciate BlueNC having me. I'd love to stay but I'm off to speak to a group of Democratic Women right now.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Thanks, Larry!

Say hi to all those Democratic women for us!

Larry, I know our hour is up

We appreciate you taking the time to chat with us. Happy New Year!

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



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CAFT

After Hayes CAFT vote the Chinese have continued to increase the amount of textiles imported into the US at the cost of thousands of more jobs. There are more "Free" trade agreements in the pipeline that will cost even more US jobs. Please restate your support for the American Worker.

As expected, Larry WOW'ed the Richmond Co. Democratic Women ...

I just returned from attending the swearing-in of the new officers for the Richmond County Democratic Women in Rockingham. One of the featured speakers there at the courthouse was Larry Kissell. He had just finished his live blogging session with BlueNC (which I asked him about; he and I were stoked about how it went). As you'd expect, at the Democratic Women meeting he wow'ed the women and the men with his plan for 2008. ... Larry is also very excited about Richmond County and the 8th Congressional District hosting the January 26th State Executive Committee meeting in Hamlet. I encourage all BlueNC'ers to make a trip to the 8th - even if you're not on the State Exec Committee - to show your support for ousting Robin Hayes. (I'd also suggest that BlueNC advertise itself at the meeting, thus encouraging even more members. Just a thought. But I digress ...) Remember, as posted elsewhere by me on the BlueNC blog, the Democratic Victory Luncheon is FREE (sponsored by various Statewide candidates) and will be served between 11 and 12:30 that day. Location: Cole Auditorium, Campus of Richmond Community Collge, West Hamlet Ave., between Hamlet and Rockingham on U.S. Highway 74 Business.

Thank you, Wayne!

I love hearing that.

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



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Maybe we should pull out the stops

with a show of force at the meeting.

Is there anyone in the community who would be willing to organize us for a big-time rally?

Big-time rally, per Anglico ...

... is a great idea for Jan 26th! Though I'm stretched a tad already with other events going on that day, do let me know how I might assist BlueNC with this idea. Perhaps it could be a rally just outside the auditorium, or inside the lobby, or as folks drive into the campus along the entrance, all waving BlueNC signs, etc.? ... Here's another idea: Maybe also direct BlueNC'ers to the College Fed reception after the Exec Committee meeting down at the Hamlet Depot. They really want, need and deserve a boost as they start their series of Lt. Gov debates, and having BlueNC there would be a boost in many ways ... Any other ideas?

I am out that day

Emily is taking the SATs (she's 12) so I have to stay at Wingate while she takes the test. I'm not leaving her around all those high school and college students alone. :)

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



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I will be there - and am willing to run point.

I'm just not much of an idea person. Also, I'm short, and hard to see in a crowd. Perhaps I can convince Momoaizo to come with me and wave her sign. I will even print BlueNC Bidness cards (if someone -- poking Anglico -- will email me a design.) So anyone from BlueNC who plans to be at the SEC meeting, get up with me, and we'll see what we can come up with.

I'm still so excited that this event is right over in Hamlet! Whoo hoo!

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

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