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This morning, Daily Kos is excited to announce that a long-time friend of our community, Representative Brad Miller, is our latest endorsement for the Orange to Blue page. Please, chip in $4 to Brad Miller here.

Representative Miller stopped by to chat in the comments of this post earlier today. So, if you would like to get to know him better, check out the comments. Also, his answers to the Orange to Blue questionnaire are below the fold.

Some of you may already know Brad as Daily Kos diarist Rep Brad Miller, who has made the recommended list on several occasions. In fact, Republicans have even attacked him for associating with our community.

During his nine years in Congress, Brad Miller has focused on financial issues, specifically fighting to protect consumers against Wall Street corruption. This gives him a lot in common with Elizabeth Warren, the first federal candidate added to Orange to Blue this cycle. Just ask Elizabeth Warren herself:

"I have great respect for Brad. He's someone who's smart, someone who cares and someone who works his tail off," Warren said in a telephone interview.

In the wake of the Wall Street meltdown of 2008, Warren, then a Harvard law professor, proposed and fought for a new federal agency to protect consumers against predatory banking practices, including—as The New York Times columnist Joe Nocera wrote in a column June 10—the practice of pushing subprime mortgage loans on people who don't understand the bad deals they're getting.

That put her in league with Miller, who, as a member of the Financial Services Committee in 2004, sponsored the first-ever House bill seeking to curb subprime mortgages.[...]

Miller's bill, too, became law as part of Dodd-Frank, as Miller worked closely with Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, then chair of the Financial Services Committee, on the consumer protection aspects of the measure.

He also worked closely with Warren, a fact he emphasized in an interview last weekend with the Indy. Her name came up as he argued that it's no accident that he's being targeted by the GOP. "There's a reason they want me out," Miller said. "I've been a pretty effective advocate too."

If I needed proof, he said, I should ask Warren.

The next day, I did ask, and Warren responded with a wholehearted endorsement: "Brad has a long and deep history" with banking and consumer-protection issues, she declared, and "sees the side that families live back home."

That allows him to challenge the industry's lobbyists, she went on, not in a blustery way, "but in a carefully thought-out, detailed and therefore a much more effective way."

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"Nobody owns Brad," Warren said.

For the 2012 election, Brad has drawn into a heavily Democratic district in North Carolina's Research Triangle against another Democratic incumbent, David Price. But this endorsement isn't a negative commentary on Price, who has a respectable record. Rather, it's a positive affirmation of everything Miller has done during his career in Congress, and a demonstration that we stand with our friends through thick and thin.

At Daily Kos, we are proud to support a smart, fierce and effective advocate for the 99 percent, especially one who has been a part of our community for many years. So please, chip in $4 to Brad Miller's campaign.

Answers from Brad Miller to Daily Kos “Orange to Blue” Candidate Questionnaire:

1. Do you support:
     a) A public health insurance option, offered by the federal government and tied to Medicare reimbursement rates plus 5% (H.R. 3200, Subtitle B, including § 223(b)(1)(A), as introduced in the House, 111th Congress)?
Answer: Yes, I support the “robust public option.”

     b) The Medicare You Can Buy Into Act (H.R. 4789, 111th Congress), which would allow all citizens or permanent residents to buy into Medicare?
Answer: Yes. I discussed the bill with Alan Grayson at some length. I was surprised at how affordable universal issue coverage would be on a break-even basis for Medicare according to the CBO’s analysis. A very brief waiting period would likely make the coverage even more affordable.

2. Do you agree that any immigration reform bill should:
     a) Contain a meaningful path to citizenship — one that does not include overly-punitive fines or a touchback requirement — for law-abiding undocumented immigrants currently in the United States;
Answer: Yes. I support comprehensive immigration reform including a path to citizenship.

     b) Ensure that expanded legal permanent immigration, rather than expansion of temporary worker programs, serves as the United States' primary external answer to workforce shortages; and
Answer: Yes.

     c) Ensure that any non-agricultural temporary worker programs maintain current caps on the total number of non-agricultural temporary worker visas issued, and also include a meaningful prevailing wage requirement keyed to the Service Contract Act and the Davis-Bacon Act?
Answer: Yes.

3. Do you oppose each of the following changes to Social Security and Medicare:
     a) Raising the retirement age;
Answer: Yes, I oppose raising the retirement age.

     b) Eliminating or reducing the cost of living adjustment;
Answer: Yes.

     c) Directly reducing benefits;
Answer: Yes.

     d) Means-testing recipients; and
Answer: Yes. Programs for the poor inevitably become poor programs.

     e) Privatization, so-called "personal accounts," and vouchers?
Answer: Oh hell yes.

4. Do you support the Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 1409/S. 560, 111th Congress), including the provision known as "card check"?
Answer: Yes. I am a co-sponsor.
5. Do you pledge to vote against any efforts to extend the temporary tax cuts for income over $250,000 (Public Law 111-312)?
Answer: Yes, I voted against extending the tax cuts last December and I will again.
6. If elected to the House, do you pledge not to join the Blue Dog Coalition?
Answer: Yes. If I was going to become a Blue Dog I would have done it by now.

Originally posted to Chris Bowers on Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 04:35 AM PST.

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  •  A good article contrasting the two (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    ...and describing the backstory to the primary:

  •  What an awesome coincidence (6+ / 0-)

    Exactly six years ago today, Brad Miller introduced a House bill giving online media the same protection from campaign finance law as the traditional press, protection later granted by the FEC itself, and a bill he introduced and fought for because he read my DailyKos diaries on the topic and wanted to help.

    As Chris says, this isn't about having anything against David Price (there are some details, to be sure), but it's about being for Brad Miller, a true friend of our community and a forward-thinking fighter on behalf of consumers and the middle-class.  Brad, like Elizabeth Warren, was sounding a clarion call on banks and consumer protection long before it was cool to do so.  I'm proud to call him a friend, and I urge you to give him your strongest support today.

  •  Miller is better than Price (2+ / 0-)
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    bettync, cskendrick

    Price isn't bad, but Miller is far better when it comes to economic issues.

    “If you think I can be bought for five thousand dollars, I'm offended." Rick Perry.

    by Paleo on Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 05:38:50 AM PST

  •  Good morning (2+ / 0-)
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    bettync, foresterbob

    A couple questions, although I'm not a constituent:

    You voted for renewal of the Patriot Act. Did you consider voting against renewal at all? How would you change it if you could?

    •  I did vote for many changes. (8+ / 0-)

      And yes, I thought long and hard about the vote, and talked to many people who understand and care about constitutional law.

      I was not in Congress for the original Patiot Act. The renewal added lots of procedural safeguards, largely to placate libertarian Republicans at the time (the Rs were in the majority). The act as amended consisted of enhanced law enforcement powers in other areas, notably organized crime and espionage, that had survived consitutional challenge.

      The worst civil liberties abuses under the Bush Administration were not done under the procedures of the Patriot Act, the Bush Administration just up and did things in secret without any real legal authority. Here's a link to my testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on legislation to correct executive branch abuses, including legislation to rein in the Office of Legal Counsel that I worked on with Russ Feingold:

      •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

        Like I said, I'm not a constituent, and am not familiar with the gerrymandering changes in NC that have pitted two incumbents against each other, but did a quick look-up on and saw that you have a lower "Liberal Action Score" than Price & the Patriot Act vote was one difference.

        Rep. Price at
        Rep. Miller at

        Wondering how a progressive should evaluate those records. Granted, these can be subjective ratings.

        •  It's not just about voting records, (3+ / 0-)
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          bettync, Adam B, lcloud9

          although there are important differences. It's a willingness to part company with the political establishment, as I have done repeatedly on financial reform issues.

        •  They also voted differently on (0+ / 0-)

          some trade bills, as well as on a few other bills that do not seem to break down on a liberal/conservative spectrum within the Democratic caucus.

          I don't think that's a comprehensive list, but here are the votes they mention where there was an active difference.  There are links in the link.

          Price Nay, Miller Aye:

          "H.R.1908 Patent Reform Act of 2007"

          "H.R.2200 Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act (Chaffetz amdt. to restrict whole-body imaging technology as a primary means of airport screening)"

          "H.R.1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012"

          Price Aye, Miller Nay:

          "H.R.2176 To provide for and approve the settlement of certain land claims of the Bay Mills Indian Community."

           "H.R.4  Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act of 2011

          "H.R.3688 United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act"

          "H.R.3079 United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act"   

          "H.R.3078 United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act"   

          "H.R.3080 United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act"

          26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

          by Xenocrypt on Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 02:09:13 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  More (with some repeats) (0+ / 0-)

          Price Aye, Miller Nay   

          House Roll #783    On Passage - House - H.R. 3080 To implement the United States-Korea Trade Agreement
          House Roll #782    On Passage - House - H.R. 3079 To implement the United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement
          House Roll #781    On Passage - House - H.R. 3078 To implement the United States-Columbia Trade Promotion Agreement
          House Roll #667    Amendment 42 to H.R. 2584
          House Roll #648    Amendment 11 to H.R. 1938
          House Roll #644    Amendment 6 to H.R. 1938
          House Roll #575    Amendment 37 to H.R. 2354
          House Roll #553    Amendment 32 to H.R. 2354
          House Roll #548    Amendment 26 to H.R. 2354
          House Roll #546    Amendment 24 to H.R. 2354
          House Roll #534    Amendment 4 to H.R. 2354
          House Roll #529    Amendment 70 to H.R. 2219
          House Roll #523    Amendment 58 to H.R. 2219
          House Roll #512    Amendment 34 to H.R. 2219
          House Roll #511    Amendment 33 to H.R. 2219
          House Roll #504    Amendment 23 to H.R. 2219
          House Roll #481    Amendment 1 to H.R. 1249
          House Roll #455    Amendment 60 to H.R. 2112
          House Roll #452    Amendment 53 to H.R. 2112
          House Roll #439    Amendment 36 to H.R. 2112
          House Roll #407    Amendment 59 to H.R. 2017
          House Roll #350    Amendment 13 to H.R. 1540
          House Roll #316    Amendment 6 to H.R. 1231
          House Roll #228    On Approving the Journal
          House Roll #210    Amendment 9 to H.R. 658
          House Roll #162    On Passage - House - H.R. 4 Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011
          House Roll #112    Amendment 112 to H.R. 1
          House Roll #102    Amendment 99 to H.R. 1
          House Roll #80    Amendment 67 to H.R. 1
          House Roll #59    Amendment 27 to H.R. 1
          House Roll #56    Amendment 22 to H.R. 1
          House Roll #48    Amendment 8 to H.R. 1

          Price Nay, Miller Aye   

          House Roll #590    Amendment 64 to H.R. 2354
          House Roll #518    Amendment 48 to H.R. 2219
          House Roll #510    Amendment 32 to H.R. 2219
          House Roll #505    Amendment 24 to H.R. 2219
          House Roll #489    Amendment 15 to H.R. 1249
          House Roll #485    Amendment 9 to H.R. 1249
          House Roll #456    Amendment 61 to H.R. 2112
          House Roll #415    Amendment 6 to H.R. 2055
          House Roll #375    On Passage - House - H.R. 1540 To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes.
          House Roll #208    Amendment 7 to H.R. 658
          House Roll #134    Amendment 146 to H.R. 1
          House Roll #106    Amendment 106 to H.R. 1
          House Roll #36    On Passage - House - H.R. 514 To extend expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 relating to access to business records, individual terrorists as agents of foreign powers, and roving wiretaps until December 8, 2011
          House Roll #688    On Approving the Journal
          House Roll #639    On Approving the Journal
          House Roll #376    On Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment to the House Amendment: S 990 Small Business Additional Temporary Extension Act of 2011
          House Roll #256    On Approving the Journal
          House Roll #244    On Approving the Journal
          House Roll #229    On Motion to Adjourn
          House Roll #66    On Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment: H.R. 514 To extend expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 relating to access to business records, individual terrorists as agents of foreign powers, and roving wiretaps until December 8, 2011
          House Roll #37    On Approving the Journal
          House Roll #34    On Approving the Journal
          House Roll #26    On Passage - House - H.R. 514 To extend expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 relating to access to business records, individual terrorists as agents of foreign powers, and roving wiretaps until December 8, 2011 - Under Suspension of the Rules

          You'll have to look through to see what those amendments are, but that should be comprehensive for 2011 at least.  Here's the link:

          26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

          by Xenocrypt on Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 02:22:22 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Interesting. (0+ / 0-)

            So, Price voted for what are, IMO, more SHAFTYA bills, where Miller voted against.  Miller voted to extend the (un)PATRIOT Act, where Price voted against.  But Price voted for it in its initial passage in 2001.

            Can't really get excited about either one, but there seems to be a lot of info in this diary regarding Miller's good works.

            I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

            by tle on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 08:55:00 AM PST

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  •  Hi Brad (1+ / 0-)
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    I am still confused as to why there had to be a runoff. Wasn't there originally an alternate plan to keep both you and David Price in the running after the gerrymandering?

    Take the high road.

    by esby on Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 06:01:51 AM PST

    •  Not really. (3+ / 0-)
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      cskendrick, jmknapp, bettync

      All the Democrats are fighting the plans in court, and I very much hope that challenge succeeds. But the plan places David and me both in the same district along with the bulk of our political bases. David represents 33 percent, I represent 31 percent, and 35 percent neither of us represents. So it's a completely different district. The 31 percent in that district is the largest of the six pieces of my old district. And everything around the district is hideously Republican.

  •  Internet Blacklist bills (1+ / 0-)
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    Brad, it's Sue in GSO. What's your position on Internet Blacklist Bills (PROTECT IP Act in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House)?

  •  For NC's beautiful wild horses, (3+ / 0-)

    please support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.

    Animal legislation takes a back seat when people are suffering with so many problems. But humane legislation remains important. Please help NC's wonderful wild horses stay out of cruel foreign slaughter houses.

  •  Good morning, Rep. Miller (3+ / 0-)
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    cskendrick, bettync, foresterbob

    This is Ben R, from the 4th district (Carrboro, NC).  I'm particularly interested in environmental issues (public lands, energy, transportation, clean air, water), and I was wondering if you could talk a little about your environmental record.  Thanks for stopping by to answer questions.

  •  What Chris said - Rep. Miller is one of us (2+ / 0-)
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    bettync, davehouck

    That, and I owe him a donation. :)

     (Sorry, Congressman, I've been slow hitting the Actblue page.)

  •  Really glad to see you (4+ / 0-)

    I was so happy to receive the email inviting me this morning. Thanks for stopping in to chat. We support you in this house, even my Republican husband cast his vote in 2010!

  •  Cuban Embargo (2+ / 0-)
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    tonycope, bettync

    Dear Congressman Miller,

    Please explain your reasons for supporting the US embargo of Cuba.

    Thank you.

    •  I'm in the 4th District, too (0+ / 0-)

      Therefore I'm a potential constituent and would like an answer to my question.  Thank you.

    •  Sure. (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't think progressives should just criticize right wing regimes and give left wing regimes a pass. I don't think the current government of Cuba is democratic, and we should want it to be. I think it's a close call whether we do more to encourage democracy in Cuba by engaging with Cuba and having Americans travel there, or by keeping the pressure of the embargo on. The Cuban GDP would almost certainly double in three years once we lift the embargo. That's a lot of incentive for change.

  •  Can we keep NC in Obamas win column? (2+ / 0-)
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    bettync, cskendrick

    How do you assess the chances of President Obama holding onto North Carolina in next year's election?

  •  On freedom for scientists to publish GMO research (3+ / 0-)
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    bettync, foresterbob, aghalide

    Thank you for being here, Congressman Miller, and congratulations on the endorsement. I'm proud to be in your district.

    A few months ago, we met to discuss the trouble that scientists at publicly funded universities and elsewhere have in publishing research on genetically modified organisms, particularly seeds. We talked about the article in Scientific Armerican that asked Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research?

    You said that you'd forward my concerns about this topic and about the potentially devastating effects of  Roundup-Ready alfalfa to your staff in DC. Would you please share an update on this topic with us?

    ... Linda Watson Save money. Eat well. Make a difference.

    by Cook for Good on Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 06:13:58 AM PST

  •  Polarization in politics (2+ / 0-)
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    bettync, foresterbob

    I know there are so many reasons to be pulled strongly one way or the other in politics...  but it's no longer uncivil - it's vile.  Even those in DC that I don't agree with EVER, I can't see them as evil people, yet that's the norm today.  It seems mostly a media driven issue, but...

    - Can it really be that way day-to-day when working in person with other elected officials?  Are there adults in the room that can work together?

    - How do you see your role in working across the isle - moderating and managing legislation to find solutions to important issues?

    •  I have a cordial personal relationship... (4+ / 0-)
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      esby, bettync, foresterbob, lcloud9

      with most Republicans, but I stick to my guns when I think that's required. I don't think we should agree to cuts in Medicare and Social Security, for instance, in the name of bipartisanship. I've compromised just about every important legislation I've worked on in the legislature and in Congress, but I've tried to keep in perspective what I can compromise and what I need to take a stand on.

      •  a difficult balance (2+ / 0-)
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        bettync, SteveA NC

        I agree & thanks for the response.  

        It seems the rational people first look to compromise and the extremist first look to their guns...  and that means the adults usually give in more initially.  It's also truly important to be tough when needed.  I can't imagine the balancing act required to get anything accomplished - or even staying sane in what must feel like a circus most times.

        If you're honest and true to your beliefs, then your actions will usually turn out good - and that seems to reflect your time in DC.  I'm just very worried about many issues facing our country right now (jobs, economy... can't remember the third thing... education, energy) that any idle time due to irrational behavior costs 'we the people' dearly...  and hope you can find some ways to move things forward.

  •  Testing- I think my feed just stopped (0+ / 0-)

    Anyone else having trouble?

  •  any comments on admin policy on education (2+ / 0-)
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    bettync, tonycope

    such as the way Dept of Ed is granting NCLB waivers?

    such as cutting funds for National Board certification related issues (as I recall NC has highest # and % of NBCTs in country)

    such as steering funds towards KIPP and TFA?

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 06:54:07 AM PST

    •  I'd love to hear your thoughts. (2+ / 0-)

      I don't see how we get a sensible reauthorization of NCLB through this Congress, so waivers may be the only way to achieve some of the changes we need to make. I am not as familiar as you would be with the specifics of the waivers.

      The effect of state budget cuts to public schools in North Carolina has been gruesome. I think the same is true throughout the country.

  •  Great to see you here, Congressman! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  I got my 0's mixed up and gave $400 instead (3+ / 0-)
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    highacidity, Adam B, Odysseus

    I hope you don't mind!


    Founder Math and Statistics Geeks . Statistics for progressives

    by plf515 on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 08:33:00 AM PST

  •  We were slightly disturbed by a Miller Push Poll (0+ / 0-)

    Our household is thinking about this primary hard.

    I am inclined to go with Miller as he is the more progressive candidate and Price is getting on in years.

    But we were not happy with that call.

    Herman Cain is a Democratic Troll!!!

    by NCJim on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 08:34:07 AM PST

  •  Brad is a better Democrat. (1+ / 0-)
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    Adam B

    More jobs equal less debt, even our kids can understand that.

    by TomP on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 08:35:02 AM PST

  •  More and better (0+ / 0-)

    More and better.

  •  Questions (1+ / 0-)
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        NCLB - I think it's time to scrap it.  How about you?

      2. The Patriot Stolen Freedom Act.  Time to scrap that, too, in my view.  How about you?

      3. Syringe exchanges.  It's time to federally fund these exchanges.  There have been multiple federally funded studies that all showed that they save lives and do not spread drug abuse.  If we spent the money on the exchanges instead of the studies, some people would have been saved.

      4. A truly inclusive ENDA, not just for people of all genders, but much further, like this:

    Make it illegal to make any workplace decision about a person based on anything other than how well or badly he or she does the job.  Not sex, not gender, not sexual preference.  Not race or ethnicity.  Not disability or learning disability.  Not political opinion or religion.  Just how well they do the job.

      5. Drug decriminalization.  The war on drugs is a huge and expensive failure that has had only negative effects.  Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001.  Why don't we?

    Founder Math and Statistics Geeks . Statistics for progressives

    by plf515 on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 08:43:56 AM PST

  •  That's my congressman (1+ / 0-)
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    worth every bit of support you can give.

    Proud to share my name with Howard Dean

    by DeanNC on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 09:58:20 AM PST

  •  I thought I was going crazy (1+ / 0-)
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    But no, I really did read this Friday.  I finally figured this out by the dates on the early comments.

    And, it still really sucks that Repubs have crewed both Miller and Price with their redistricting.

    "Eating your seed corn is not a good business model." - FishOutofWater

    by saluda on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 10:02:17 AM PST

  •  Brad's the real deal. With the redrawn 13th and (1+ / 0-)
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    the classic of gerrymandering his house like 100 feet inside the 4th. NC is one of the most extreme gerrymanders this year. Its a pity about David Price, but we need Miller in the House. I had the honor of working on his first Congressional race and spent a good deal of time out east in N.C.. What I got is that people really respected him for the 10 years he served in the state Leg for the same no nonsense legislator he is today. Whether they agreed with him on issues or not, they respected him for his integrity. I urge all members of this community to get behind this campaign however you can.

    post hoc, ergo propter hoc

    by RvgAqs on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 11:17:20 AM PST

  •  Sigh (1+ / 0-)
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    And I have to be stuck in a district that has Virginia Foxx. Life is NOT fair. ;-)

    However I do have Brad Miller on my Facebook friend's list. :-)

    "Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 11:22:52 AM PST

  •  Price v Miller (0+ / 0-)

    As a native North Carolinian from Price's district who has transplanted to Illinois, I have continued to watch North Carolina politics from afar.  While I am sure that Miller is a good candidate, Price is as well.  Why spend scace money creating a fight where either candidate would be good? It seems that it would be much better to hold off on this race and support whoever emerges from the primary.  To put resourcers into defeating Price, who is a very good Congressman, is just wrongheaded.  There are much better places to put your money and your support.

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