Saturday, June 14, 2008


Perdue, McCrory in dead heat for governor Posted: Jun. 12 Raleigh, N.C. -

Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue and Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory are neck-and-neck in the North Carolina gubernatorial race, according to a new WRAL News poll.

A survey of 500 likely voters on Tuesday by the polling firm Rasmussen Reports showed Perdue, the Democratic nominee, with 47 percent of the vote and McCrory, the Republican nominee, with 46 percent.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.Perdue erased the slight lead McCrory held immediately after the state's May 6 primary.

In a poll conducted then, McCrory held a 45 to 39 percent lead. The latest poll shows a reverse gender gap: Perdue holds a slight lead among male voters, while McCrory leads among female voters.

Perdue leads among voters ages 30 to 49, and McCrory holds an edge with both younger and older voters.

Perdue holds a sizable lead among voters with children in the home and in most income brackets.

Fifty-nine percent of those surveyed have a favorable view of McCrory, and Perdue's favorable rating was 52 percent.

....Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed are in favor of increased taxes on cigarettes and alcohol, which Gov. Mike Easley has proposed to generate money for teacher raises and mental health
I'm voting for the Republican. I'm a registered Dem as far left as they come.

The NC Dems need to understand just how much damage Easley's administration has done re: mental health reform in NC.

Nothing else seems to get their attention and so perhaps when the Dems are shoed out of the governor's house, they will sit up and start listening to consumers and providers associated w/ mental health in NC.

Perdue has never answered any of my e mail I have sent re: concerns.

She does have a helpful person in her office, Mike Arnold, but when I have talked to him a year or so ago, he wanted to know 'what should I do' with your concerns?

I dunno: maybe you should have considered that a psychologist in western NC was concerned enough to call you and put it on a list of things to address and keep said psychologist informed about how this was being addressed.

As it turned out, everyone in Easley's administration has walked around the stinking corpse of mental health reform.

I reckon Perdue dumped it just like Easley dumped his e mail until this all came to light as associated with the firing of the NC DHHS Communications Director-----when she spoke to this matter.

I'll go you one better: Orr, far-right, had the most sensible things to say about how he would address issues re: mental health reform.

Here's the real question : do the Republicans have the stomach to find the money to fix NC mental health reform?

RL Clark (R-Buncombe), running against Martin Nesbitt (D-Buncombe, co-chair of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee along w/ Verla Insko: D-Orange) has stated:

RL Clark [] Sent: Saturday, May 31, 2008 5:07 PMTo: ''Subject: FW: N & O 5-31-08 ( Reports hammer state mental health care system)

Ms. Boyd,

Most of the Staff Writers at The Asheville-Citizen are on opposite ends of the political spectrum from me.

However I have read your recent articles of your personal experiences and those of others and I am forwarding to you a copy of an email I sent to Diane Bauknight with cc's to N & O and ACT.

Some days ago when I wrote Diane and mentioned the ¾ billion dollars needed I conveyed to her the Legislature would use the excuse taxes would have to be raised!

In my opinion ample funds are already in the State Budget by using the funds going to a multitude of "feel good" programs such as using large amounts of tax dollars for bike ways, conservation easements, unnecessary legislative and executive department studies, greenways, additional parks, and the list goes on and on for the plenitude of VOTE BUYING pork authorized by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor.


R L Clark
Candidate N C State Senate District 49

The Dems don't and those were flush years when Easley was in.

Now we're in a financial quagmire across the US.

True, Mr. Benton is making efforts but Easley allowed and condoned Carmen Hooker Odom for 7 years as she did her damage.

And now, for the most part, we are too far down river to go back (if there was ever any going back).

So, yes, I guess its a vote 'against' rather than a vote 'for' anyone.

marsha hammond, phd, clinical licensed psychologist,NC Mental Health Reform blogspot:


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