November is the time to stand and be counted, Democrats

Historic mid-term elections are coming up on Nov. 2. If you are a Democrat or lean toward Democrat, use your privilege to vote and pull a straight Democratic ticket to ensure that your President can continue to get work done.

In N.C., we have the chance to replace Sen. Richard Burr with Elaine Marshall. Burr votes against important legislation simply because he votes against Obama. Does this serve his constituents?

We have two folks running in the N.C. General Assembly and this is important. Incumbents Jane Whilden and Martin Nesbitt; remember these names. If we lose these seats, our district lines will be redrawn.

Finally, many in Asheville were disappointed with Heath Shuler’s vote on health care. Did you know that Rep. Shuler did vote yes for the Clean Energy and Security Act, the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of ’09, Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act, Helping Our Families Save Their Homes (’09), and the Credit Card Act (’09)? We need to keep Heath Shuler in to vote for us and Obama.

Do not believe the Republican spin about their imminent take over. Remember, we have the power. We too can vote!

— Fyffe Aschenbrenner


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

About Webmaster
Mountain Xpress Webmaster Follow me @MXWebTeam

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

12 thoughts on “November is the time to stand and be counted, Democrats

  1. Robert Terrell

    Democrats stand up and be counted November 2nd! Our President Obama has said that if we don’t his entire presidency is on the line. Don’t let Bush’s recession, Fox Noise’s disinformation, and the Christian church derail our progressive achievements!

  2. Johnny

    Yeah sure, I’ll stand up and be counted. Big deal.

    If the Democratic party leaders and Obama had pushed a real vote on the Bush tax cut issue instead of punting it I’d have been more impressed. Same with kicking the DADT repeal down the road. Same with a bunch of stuff they’ve allowed to die or just plain avoided.

    After being elected, Obama’s handlers should have been smart enough to know that it was and still is high time to to actually stand up and be counted for what they believe in. Hard to get the Democratic base energized with what we’ve seen so far; instead what DOES energize me is keeping the fruit loops from the Tea Party or far right-wing out of office. Sorry, hardly inspiring.

  3. Your right Johnny, we all should have expected the right wing to as petty and petulant as they have proven to be, time and time again. We all should have known better, Obama included, but maybe we shouldn’t all make this same mistake and allow the GOP to REALLY screw us. Something tells me the party of “no” won’t hesitate to do so.

  4. Dionysis

    “Hard to get the Democratic base energized with what we’ve seen so far; instead what DOES energize me is keeping the fruit loops from the Tea Party or far right-wing out of office.Sorry, hardly inspiring.”

    You know, I think this pretty well sums up the way many who worked and voted for Obama and a Democratic congress feel these days.

  5. John

    To be honest, I’m not sure it matters locally unless you live in NC-116. Whilden’s the only one in any real danger. And with good reason – it’s an R leaning district. The only reason she won the first time was the Obama effect and outspending Moffit two-to-one. That’s not the case this time. No donors and Obama has high unfavorables.

    The Dems will win every other race in the county. Hell, Keever would have a rough time if she wasn’t up against a weak Republican but that’s not the case either. Crawford is flimsy weak. I mean, he’s not serious right? And Clark beat Nesbitt? In what universe?

    There might be some shake-up down at the courthouse in the the DA and Clerk of Court races if voters actually gave a crap about what happens at the courthouse. But they don’t so the Dem leaning PVI rating for Buncombe will most likely hold true even if there are a lot of Dems voting R in those races. Myself included.

    Trust me. There’s not a lot to lose by staying home unless you’re in 116. All the other races where the Dems are in trouble exist outside Buncombe. I guess there’s the Burr-Marshall race. Depending on which poll you look at, Marshall needs at least a good five points in that one. I don’t think she’ll pull it off. There’s a lot of interest in Libertarian Mike Beitler (between 5-10% of the vote) but I’m guessing a few of those folks will swing to Burr if there’s a chance between now and then he’ll lose.

    I think this year is blah, blah if you live in Buncombe.

  6. Ken Hanke

    It may be hardly inspiring, but even less inspiring is what’s going to happen if we don’t vote or if we opt to vote for Republicans or their offshoot tea partiers.

  7. Dionysis

    “It may be hardly inspiring, but even less inspiring is what’s going to happen if we don’t vote or if we opt to vote for Republicans or their offshoot tea partiers.”

    That is undeniable.

  8. dhalgren

    It appears that Margaret has effectively “moderated”,sanitized and censored all opposing opinions and arguments. Good job Margaret, I guess your work is done here. Everyone is playing “nice” now…

  9. UnaffiliatedVoter

    After all these years WHY, suddenly, is Jane Whilden publicly commenting on the toxic waste
    issue in S. Buncombe? WHY NOW, Jane???

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.