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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Place your bets

Now that Bill Bell has sent Thomas Stith into early retirement from public life, how long will it be before Stith is re-employed by one of Art Pope's think tanks?

Place your bets in the comments. Whoever comes closest wins a $20 gift certificate to the Regulator Book Shop, a fine locally owned establishment.

UPDATE: I should have noted that entries into this contest will be accepted until midnight, Friday, November 9. Also, since blogger does not capture email addresses when you post, you should also email me at DependableErection AT gmail DOT com and let me know how to reach you in case you win. In the event the winning entry does not provide me with contact information, the prize will be awarded to whoever is the next closest entrant that i can get in touch with.

Oh, and by the way, a really heartfelt thanks to everyone who stopped by over the past few days, especially to all of you who commented on various threads. Traffic on the site over the last two days was almost 4 times greater than any previous two day period, and i'm both astonished and humbled that so many of you take the time to read my rantings.

Thank you all.

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  • By December 1, 2007.

    That said, does anyone have any idea how much money Stith & Co. spent to lose?

    Because it was a waste.

    By Blogger Tony, at 9:59 PM  

  • By November 26th (the Monday after Thanksgiving).

    Picking up on what Tony says above, I'd be curious to know how much each candidate (mayoral and council) spent per vote.

    By Anonymous jacob, at 10:58 PM  

  • Tony, it really wasn't a waste. Maybe it seemed that way because Stith lost, but Bell did not win by a landslide enough to rub that victory in anyone's face. 58/42 percent, Bell.

    I say congratulations to both candidates. Along with all those Durham citizens who voted as opposed to not.

    And, for those 42 percent who voted for, who is now, the losing candidate, doesn't necessarily make them losers too. Their votes weren't wasted. They voted. They mattered. And th 42 percent apparently wanted change.

    Though, maybe, Stith wasn't the answer. I doubt it, personally. But I don't think Bell is, either. Shame we did not have more, or better, competition. But 42 percent of the voting public of Durham thought that Bell was not the best candidate after three terms in office. So, they voted for someone like Stith.

    That's a big deal. And a real concern.

    By Anonymous Visiting, at 11:01 PM  

  • Jacob, another thread points out that Farad Ali spent $30,000 to get his extra 10,0000 votes over the primary, for a cost of $3 a vote.

    David Harris spent $5,000 to get his extra 10,000, for a cost of 50 cents a vote.

    I think Eugene Brown spent about $ 5,000 (and waged a VERY laid back campaign) for his.

    I'm curious to know what Diane Catotti spent -- I know she was well-funded.

    I also think Ali spent a lot more than $30k in the end -- the final campaign finance reports should be interesting. I personally heard him telling someone on his campaign staff this morning that he had three buses operating around Durham today to take people to the polls (seriously, he said this: it was the usual Durham Committee sweep of voters to the polls, only this time in nice buses vs. illegal church buses).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:13 PM  

  • Anonymous,

    Are the final campaign finance reports accessible online? If so, do you have a link? I'm guessing the Durham Government site, but that site has a lot of areas to search.

    By Anonymous Visiting, at 11:18 PM  

  • The final campaign reports are not due yet -- and I believe they may not have to be filed until the end of the year (that could be wrong, since the elections re now over). But a report was due last week, and those are probably available on-line and chockful of goodies.

    It's a weird hybrid system to access them. Some can be accessed through the Durham County Board of Elections, but you'll find most of them by going to the North Carolina Board of Elections website and doing a search for campaigns finance reports. You can also download reports by political action committees there -- and that can make for a very interesting read! (Can't wait to download the Durham Committee's and see who paid for their pollworkers today: Ali or Bell?).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:30 PM  

  • January 20. That is, nominally, he'll be back working for them. Unofficially, he never left.

    By Blogger Michael Bacon, at 12:00 AM  

  • It doesn't matter. Durham's a cesspool anyway and going to...

    dude, are those chips?

    By Anonymous Tokeamotive Breath, at 12:02 AM  

  • Tokeamotive Breath


    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 12:07 AM  

  • Visiting, 58/42 IS a landslide.

    Stith is now pegged as a loser---first Lieutenant Governor, now Mayor. He only beat Diane Wright by a handful of votes. Since his days on Governor Martin's staff when he was just 21, Stith has been groomed as the new black face of a diverse NC Republican party (in their dreams, anyway). SInce he was such a rare specimen, he was coddled, protected and supported by the right, lest his kind become extinct.

    Can Stith expect a lifetime paycheck now that he's no longer useful? He spent $150 K of their money and came up with bupkis.

    I wonder whether Pope will want him back?

    By Anonymous steve bocckino, at 6:11 AM  

  • Bonus: Same question substituting John Edwards and some phoney baloney job at an institute paid for by taxpayer money.

    Durham has now fully endorsed the hoaxsters. When the hammer falls the right people will be in place to take the blow and all you who re-elected them will have nothing to complain about.

    By Anonymous Locomotive Breath, at 6:36 AM  

  • When the hammer falls???

    By Anonymous steve bocckino, at 6:56 AM  

  • Oh, too bad -- toads have crawled out from under a rock to infect this blog. R.I.P.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:03 AM  

  • Toads usually infest, not infect.

    Stith can have a job scrubbing my toilet any time he wants. I will paint a landscape on the floor, put on a funny hat, and call myself Art Pope.

    Does that count?

    By Anonymous durhamfood, at 8:44 AM  

  • The Art Pope Puppetshow has a certain affinity for losers, since the patron saint himself is still pissed off about having lost his own bid for Lt. Gov. This is all just pay-back.

    For those of you who want to help take him on more generally than just this bit with Stith, I invite you to join us at BlueNC where we're working every day to fight back his undue influence.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:30 AM  

  • Oh, great. Locomotive Breath, one of the leaders of the Nifong-obsessed bloggers at LieStoppers, has infested this site. Sheesh, man, get a life and start working on whatever town you live in.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:41 PM  

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