People go to church to worship - not to sign up for Republican propaganda.

I love the Lincoln line. Matt

As Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party, I wanted to bring this to your attention: They're at it again.  How many times have we heard Republicans suggest that God is on their side?

Now they want to turn churches into Republican training grounds.  Recently, the North Carolina Republican Party sent a request asking people to turn over their church directories to the Republican Party, listing the contact information of their fellow church members.  "I am requesting that you collect as many church directories as you can and send them to me in an effort to fully register, educate and energize North Carolina's congregations to vote in the 2006 elections," Chris Mears, the state GOP's political director, wrote in an e-mail message to North Carolina Republicans.

Let me be clear.  We believe this is wrong.  People go to church to worship - not to sign up for Republican propaganda.  Neither the federal tax code nor sincere piety favors turning the church into a political institution.

I know from my contacts with thousands of people that many Democrats are people of deep faith. They are Democrats because of their faith, not despite their faith.  But they don't believe that religion should be exploited for political purposes.

While the Republicans claim that God is on their side, we should be mindful of what Abraham Lincoln taught us. The critical question is not whether God is on our side, but whether we're on God's side.

With Very Best Wishes,


Jerry Meek,

North Carolina Democratic Party Chair

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Charles Taylor Has a Primary Challenger in NC11

{from Scrutiny Hooligans}

Charles Taylor has a motivated challenger in the Republican primary for NC-11.  John Armor of Highlands, NC announced his candidacy at the Free Republic under his blogonym, Congressman BillyBob.  

Taylor's fundraising, while sizable, has been used to pay off the $850,000 of his own money he sank into the '04 race.  He's got only $18,000 in his campaign's account, this has raised questions of whether he will even run in this cycle.

Armor, a Yale graduate, wrote in his "Why I'm Not Running, 2004", "I will maintain my Exploratory Committee, only the target will be 2006 rather than 2004. Instead of taking a mere six months to prepare, I will take two years." He's All-But-Dissertation for a doctoral degree in Public Policy and the author of six books including "Why Term Limits?  Because They Have It Coming".

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Elizabeth Edwards speech report at DKos

I wanted to plug this report of an Elizabeth Edwards speech in North Carolina, now a recommended diary at DKos.

Edwards is still the 2008 candidate that excites me the most, but he never seems to break the 10-15% barrier even among the activist polls here.  I want someone out there making the moral case against Bush and his whole party.  The naked financial corruption is just the most obvious part of it, and the easiest to sell.  The overall domestic theme of this adminstration is that ordinary people don't matter.  Can we make that case?

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NC-Sen: Marshall wins runoff, will face Burr

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall has won today's runoff Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. With most of the votes counted, Marshall leads Cal Cunningham by 60 percent to 40 percent. Marshall will face first-term incumbent Richard Burr, whose approval ratings have long been anemic.

I'll never understand why the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee intervened on behalf of Cunningham in this race. Since the campaign began, Marshall has polled better against Burr than Cunningham. In fact, Tom Jensen, director of North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling, noted today

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Marshall is looking considerably more competitive against Richard Burr at this point in the election cycle than Kay Hagan did against Elizabeth Dole two years ago. Our most recent poll found Marshall down 46-39 to Burr. In late June of 2008 Dole led Hagan 51-37 in our polling. Certainly the 2010 election cycle is not shaping up as positively for Democrats as the 2008 one did. But Burr's approval numbers are weaker than Dole's were, his lead in the race at this point is smaller than Dole's was, and the fact that he is easily the most endangered Republican incumbent in the country should ensure this race gets a lot of national money poured into it. Burr is favored to win but it will be close, and Democratic voters ensured that today with their votes for Marshall.

A win for Democrats in North Carolina would virtually eliminate any chance the GOP has of retaking the Senate this November. At the very least, the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee will now have to spend precious resources on defense here.

NC-Sen: Marshall wins runoff, will face Burr

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall has won today's runoff Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. With most of the votes counted, Marshall leads Cal Cunningham by 60 percent to 40 percent. Marshall will face first-term incumbent Richard Burr, whose approval ratings have long been anemic.

I'll never understand why the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee intervened on behalf of Cunningham in this race. Since the campaign began, Marshall has polled better against Burr than Cunningham. In fact, Tom Jensen, director of North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling, noted today

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Marshall is looking considerably more competitive against Richard Burr at this point in the election cycle than Kay Hagan did against Elizabeth Dole two years ago. Our most recent poll found Marshall down 46-39 to Burr. In late June of 2008 Dole led Hagan 51-37 in our polling. Certainly the 2010 election cycle is not shaping up as positively for Democrats as the 2008 one did. But Burr's approval numbers are weaker than Dole's were, his lead in the race at this point is smaller than Dole's was, and the fact that he is easily the most endangered Republican incumbent in the country should ensure this race gets a lot of national money poured into it. Burr is favored to win but it will be close, and Democratic voters ensured that today with their votes for Marshall.

A win for Democrats in North Carolina would virtually eliminate any chance the GOP has of retaking the Senate this November. At the very least, the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee will now have to spend precious resources on defense here.

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