NC-08: Why are the Pols and Pundits so Far Behind?

With all of the good news coming out of North Carolina's 8th Congressional District for Larry Kissell, I haven't had an easy time trying to figure out why the national political writers and pundits are so far behind in marking this district as competitive. I've looked at all of the other races Hayes has run and haven't come up with much that supports their position. It all still looks very good for challenger, Larry Kissell.

Details below the fold...

Duke Energy Funding Attack Ads in Alabama through Republican-Led Front

Public Citizen is pissed about Duke (along with large businesses) dumping cash into the race for Chief Justice of the Alamaba Supreme Court. The front group is the American Taxpayers Alliance is no stranger to electioneering (check the butt of their rifle for a notch for Gray Davis). Here's the Duke Energy contact page (where you might notice that Duke doesn't even have customers in Alabama).

Asheville Drinking Liberally: Splitsville

Splits are nice things, right? We like to see limber gymnasts do them. We like the banana variety with nuts and fudge. We like to hear from the corporate media that the Republicans are splitting over the immigration issue. But the split that menaces, the split that may be emerging as the mule in the room, is the split in the Democratic Party.

Vote for DFA to endorse Kissell!

I got an e-mail today from DFA. They're looking for their next Grassroots All-Star and Larry Kissell (NC-8) is on the list. (I think I might have nominated him, but I'm sure others did too).

Anyway, go vote for him, and tell your friends to vote too, because a DFA endorsement would be highly influential.

Note: I would crosspost this to DailyKos, but I think it would go better with some colorful pictures from the fundraising event last night.

Fundie Right Wing Threatens NC's Status as Biotech Leader

A pro-life group called Lifetree is getting exercised over a newly filed bill in the NC General Assembly. Here's the entire text of the bill:

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT to appropriate funds for stem cell research.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1. There is appropriated from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services the sum of twenty million dollars ($20,000,000) for the 2006‑2007 fiscal year to aid in stem cell research.

SECTION 2. This act becomes effective July 1, 2006.

Last call

Today wrapped up my short stint as a columnist for the Chapel Hill News. I'm not sure if I was let go because of budget reasons, politics, or because people just didn't like what I had to say. The truth is, I have been sharply critical of the company that owns the News (McClatchy), which also happens to own the News and Observer and the Charlotte Observer. Frankly, I would have fired me too. In any case, here's my last hurrah.

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