Larry Kissell

Kissell is the Democratic Congressman representing the 8th District of North Carolina

Kissell Fundraisers Kick Off in a Big Way

Tuesday evening was the first in a series of June fundraisers for Larry Kissell. Young Professionals for Kissell, held their first fundraiser at the Thomas Street Tavern in Charlotte's Plaza-Midwood neighborhood. The back deck provided an excellent venue for the event and the great music was provided by Autumn in August. Artist Terry Thirion offered two beautiful works of art for raffle. I failed to get a picture, but her paintings and sketches can be found at Red Sky Gallery. Pictured above are Tami V., who organized the event and Megan R., who helped Tami with the details of the event.

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NC-08 Veterans Endorse Larry Kissell over Hayes

The Veterans Alliance for Security and Democracy (VETPAC) have endorsed Larry Kissell over Robin Hayes in North Carolina's 8th Congressional District.

"I'm the son of a veteran, so earning this endorsement means the world to me," said Kissell.

The Veterans' Alliance announcement came today on the 62nd anniversary of D-Day , when more than 100,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in northern France and turned the tide of World War II.

"I am so honored to be endorsed by the veterans of this nation to whom we owe so much, especially on this anniversary of D-Day. We've got to do a better job taking care of our veterans," said Kissell.

Those of you who truly understand this state know this is huge news. Congratulations to Larry Kissell.

Larry Kissell, NC-08: The Proof is in the Polls Redux

Last week BlueNC broke the exciting new poll numbers for Larry Kissell in North Carolina's 8th Congressional District. These numbers weren't released to traditional print media until the day after we had them and had printed our story. The cross-posted diaries on DKos and MyDD were noticed by national media sources and now Larry is building on that momentum.

The diaries at MyDD, DailyKos and The Southern Dem had some improvements, so I'm going to reprint that diary on the flip side. As Larry mentioned in his Thank You to us posted below, the National Journal's Hotline Blog mentioned the MyDD diary in their Blogometer posting for that day. As Lance noted in his live blog of Larry's appearance on NPR's Young Turks radio show, the interviewer mentioned seeing the diary at DailyKos.

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Larry Kissell Leading in NC-08: The Proof is in the Polls

Respected polling firm Anzalone Liszt Research has released a new poll for North Carolina's 8th Congressional District and Larry Kissell has tremendous momentum and is pulling away from Robin Hayes.

The number that jumps out is the informed vote where Kissell leads Hayes by 7 points. (49% Kissell/42% Hayes) The informed vote poll is taken after a paragraph about each candidate is read to the voter. These paragraphs include platform statements and are not considered a negative push.

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Robin Hayes, NC-08: Bought and Paid For

Well, I'll be damned. Robin Hayes sure is making it easy on me. I do enjoy research and I had planned to take a look at his time in Congress and line up his votes and compare them to the influx of contributions surrounding his votes, but I didn't think I would find something so damning in the first couple of minutes of research.

On Wednesday I wrote about the stunt Hayes pulled at the gas station when he announced he would introduce legislation that would provide tax breaks to those companies who install facilities to provide E85.

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Robin Hayes, NC-08: The Impotence of One

Robin Hayes is learning a tough lesson in Washington. It stinks to belong to the party in power and yet, have none of your own. It must be lonely walking the halls of Congress knowing that you've been used and abused like an inflatable party doll. But that's not stopping Robin Hayes. Not at all.

As reported in The Charlotte Observer, on May 9th, Robin Hayes held a press conference at a gas station outside of his district in Charlotte, NC and filled his SUV with E85 while at the same time announcing he would introduce a bill to offer tax incentives for businesses that develop facilities to sell E85. Good for Robin.

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Larry Kissell, NC-08: Perfect Candidate for Netroots Endorsement

The netroots have opened up the nominations for endorsements again. Now that the May primary date has passed and Larry Kissell easily won in the 8th District it's time to make the case for his inclusion in the project.

First, Thank You to those who have supported Larry enthusiastically at DailyKos, MyDD, ePluribusMedia, and BlueNC through diaries written by his supporters and those he has written. This truly is an amazing community and an invaluable resource to candidates and their supporters. The campaign trail can be long and hard and it's wonderful to come here and feel the energy, which for us has been completely positive. I have to admit, I'm not formally with the campaign. I am an independent blogger, but my heart is behind Larry Kissell and I won't pretend to be even a tiny bit objective about his candidacy.

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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.

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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.

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