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Monday, October 29, 2012

Yes, Virginia, North Carolina is a total tossup too for president: New Elon University Poll

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 11:23 AM

The headline from the Elon University Poll is that Obama has pulled into a tie with Romney in North Carolina among likely voters, 45-45. Way down is the news that Obama leads by 2 points with registered voters. Also, the poll was conducted Oct. 21-26, meaning that the first two days preceded the final presidential debate, in which Obama dominated. So, if anything, the poll may over-estimate where Romney stands in N.C. today. Elon is one of the few live-interviewer polls, and its relatively large sample size of 1,200-plus reduces the margin of error to below 3 percent. In the...

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

(Updated w/ McCrory's passable answer) Does N.C. gov't need an auditor? A serious question for Pat McCrory

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 12:02 PM

[Update, 10-25: So yes, I did watch and McCrory was asked the Goldman question. He said he was "very concerned" at what he was reading about Debra Goldman's behavior and wondered if it was "appropriate for an elected official." Which behavior? He didn't say, and he didn't come right out and say what should be obvious, which is that Goldman, even if you give her the benefit of every doubt, isn't qualified to be state auditor. [On the other hand, McCrory did give a shout-out to Democrat Beth Wood for "a good job" as auditor, which was the political equivalent...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mayor McFarlane, UNA, comes out for Obama re-election

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Mayor Nancy McFarlane is an unaffiliated voter on the rolls but a "D" at heart. Today, she joined Durham Mayor Bill Bell, a "D" for sure, at the Boylan Bridge Brewpub, which sounds like it was fun. And she endorsed President Barack Obama's re-election bid, which is a surprise only in that I would've thought she'd already done so. Anyway, for the record, here's what the Obama for America NC folks had to say: Raleigh, NC — Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane today endorsed President Obama alongside Durham Mayor Bill Bell at the Boylan Bridge Brewpub overlooking the site where Raleigh's...

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Monday, October 22, 2012

GOP out to suppress the Ohio vote — as in 2004.

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Last week I wrote in the Indy about early voting as an antidote to Republican efforts to obstruct the voting process. I mentioned the Republican Party's post-1965 history of "ballot security" campaigns to discourage minority voters, as in Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004. if space permitted, I'd have gone back to my first experience with voter suppression, which was Tony Imperiale and his armed Italian-American Republicans "guarding' the polls in Newark, New Jersey in the 1970s. I did mention the billboards in minority communities warning residents about the penalties for voter fraud. So over the weekend we've had these stories....

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Early Voting II: Lessons from her great-grandmother

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

photo by Bob GearyFrom left: Pota Vallas, her great-granddaughter Maya Eriksen, and her granddaughter Stephanie Eriksen Goslen A post-script to my Early Voting post yesterday. When I arrived at the Talley Center (N.C. State), I was greeted by a pair of Democratic poll workers: Stephanie Eriksen Goslen, who's been in the Indy before, including as part of the Code Pink contingent honored in our 2005 Citizen Awards, and Stephanie's grandmother, Pota Vallas. Vallas, who used to own the National Art Interiors furniture and design shop on the corner of Hillsborough Street and Glenwood Avenue, is 104. That's right, she's been...

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Early Voting "stars" — and starts — today: Especially handy for college students

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 4:20 PM

photo by Bob GearyOutside the early voting site at N.C. State. I followed my own advice and voted today. In the Indy, I focused on the wisdom of early voting 1) to be sure you do vote; 2) to help get that bandwagon moving to the polls; and 3) to deal early with any challenges, obstacles or fear tactics that may be coming your way — especially in minority communities — in an effort to keep you from voting. Here, I want to emphasize how easy it is to vote early — how easy I found it to be, anyway,...

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

I guess this is funny. Wasn't funny last night ...

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Found near the scene of last night's mugging in Denver: Somebody_sdebatenotes.pdf...

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Presidential debate grades — Obama: INC. Romney: DQ.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 11:04 PM

I have to say I got very little out of that mess. The moderator let Romney run all over the so-called time limits early, while Obama listened and tried to stay cool. But after awhile, Obama started taking extra time too, so Romney took more. But hey, Lincoln and Douglas didn't have any stinkin' moderator and went at it for hours, and their debates are the stuff of legend. But I think they probably stuck to the issues (slavery, no slavery) and the facts a bit more. At the end of 90 minutes, Romney has no platform left whatsoever. He's...

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Gubernatorial debate grades — Dalton: B. McCrory: F.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 8:50 PM

If you follow me on Twitter @rjgeary, you'll know I graded the debate as Dalton, B ... McCrory, F. Someone accused me of grading on a curve. I did give Dalton some extra credit for improving as the hour went on. (Any teacher would.) He almost knows too much about state government, and he's handicapped by not being willing to say that additional revenues — i.e., a tax increase — would help the state. Still, he takes the job seriously. McCrory simply evaded every question except the one on fracking, which he enthusiastically supports. On top of that, McCrory offered...

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Public service: "Empowering people to work for themselves"

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 2:20 PM

This will take less than 3 minutes of your time, and it will lift your spirits about politics. (h/t BlueNC)...

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On being called a liar by the Pope/Civitas team

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Let me see if I can manage the right level of umbrage about this. On the one hand, do they have so little to do over at the Pope Empire that they have to make up a story about me? On the other hand, though, they are calling me a liar because of this post from last week. If I had more time, I'd make a little video of me flicking this off my shoulder, Obama-style. (Loved that, by the way.) As I'm in a bit of a hurry, I'll just note that my piece was about what I did...

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