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Clinton opens N.C. headquarters

Hillary Clinton's campaign opened her North Carolina headquarters this evening.

About 100 people attended the hourlong kickoff, including Wake County commissioners Lindy Brown and Betty Lou Ward, fundraiser Richard Sullivan and former Democratic Party chairman Tom Hendrickson, who owns the building near Raleigh's trendy Glenwood South area.

Hendrickson noted that the Clinton campaign brought in organizer Ace Smith to head up its North Carolina campaign, after similar efforts in California and Texas.

"They have sent us the A-team," he said.

Spokeswoman Cary Lindauer said that the campaign will open about a dozen offices around the state in the next few weeks, beginning with Charlotte. The state headquarters will also double as the Raleigh field office.

The crowd also included Gene Conti, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1998 to 2000; Mike Schaul, a member of the N.C. Democratic Party's executive committee; and noted open space advocate Sig Hutchinson, who said he came because of his wife.

The guest who attracted the most attention, however, was Hendrickson's long-haired Chihuahua, Izzy. Several people in the campaign took turns holding the puppy during the event.


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Reason #1 to support Hillary:
In Arkansas she was instrumental in straightening out their school system - taking it from one of the worst systems to a role model used by other troubled schools on how to improve public education.

Reason #2 to support Hillary:
In 2006, she led the fight to kill the anti-gay Republican constitutional amendment that for the first time would have added laws to the Constitution that would INCREASE discrimination

Reason #3 to support Hillary:
After being pummeled by the public for trying to pass Universal Health care while she was First Lady, she dusted herself off and in 1997, led a federal effort that provided insurance support for children whose parents were unable to provide them with health coverage.

Reason #4 to Support Hillary:
She was able to secure a raise in research funding for prostate cancer and childhood asthma at the National Institutes of Health.

Reason #5 to Support Hillary:
She initiated the Adoption and Safe Families Act

Reason #6 to Support Hillary:
She's authored a great deal of legislation during her years on the Armed Services Committee that has passed regarding increased and improved benefits for our returning Iraq veterans.

Reason #7 to Support Hillary:
She was one of the key Senators who fought to give our military badly needed raises and increase in benefits. For being such flag wavers, it was the Republicans and Bush who resisted these attempts to show our military how much we value and appreciate them.

Reason #8 to Support Hillary:
Since 1974 she has been fighting for a woman's right to choose.

Reason #9 to Support Hillary:
She is fighting to lift the ban on stem cell research to cure devastating diseases.

Reason #10 to Support Hillary:
Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)

Reason #11 to Support Hillary:
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)

Reason #12 to Support Hillary:
Vows to protect next generation by paying off national debt.

Reason #13 to Support Hillary:
Fought in Congress to "Help people facing foreclosure; don't just bail-out banks." (Aug 2007)

Reason #14 to Support Hillary:
In 1962 she met MLK Jr. preaching a sermon in Chicago and learned from him the importance of equal rights for all.

Reason #15 for Supporting Hillary:
In 1965 she brought black classmates to her until-then all-white church.

Reason #16 to Support Hillary:
Since 1995 has criticized China's human rights abuses.

Reason #17 to Support Hillary:
IN 1988 Instituted gender diversity Report Card within the American Bar Association, which sets standards for lawyers in the U.S.

Reason #18 to Support Hillary:
In 1972 worked as a lawyer suing white-only schools, working with Marian Wright Edelman on enforcing school desegregation in the South.

Reason #19 to Support Hillary:
In October, 2000 she said it's not enough for America just to apologize for slavery and move on; we need to concentrate on civil rights now.

Reason #20 to Support Hillary:
Has been pushing for a "Privacy Bill of Rights" for all Americans since 2000.

Reason #21 to support Hillary:
Will end don't ask, don't tell in the military, "Gay soldiers need to shoot straight, not be straight." November 2003.

Reason #22 to Support Hillary:
Supports civil unions, with full equality of federal benefits.

Reason #23 to Support Hillary:
Voted YES on adding violent crimes based on victim's sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes.

Reason #24 to support Hillary:
Rated 96% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance.

Reason #25 to support Hillary:
Freedom of Speech: Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration.

Reason #26 to Support Hillary: [A.K.A "Whoopi Goldberg's reason to support Hillary"]
Voted YES on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)

Reason #27 to Support Hillary:
Voted more funding and stricter sentencing for prosecution of hate crimes. (Apr 2001)

Reason #28 to Support Hillary:
Voted to Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)

Reason #29 to Support Hillary:
Although she was in college during the height of the drug culture in the late 1960s, she was devoted to work on civil rights instead of partying and taking drugs.

Reason #30 to Support Hillary:
She is fighting for Universal pre-kindergarten.

Reason #31 to Support Hillary:
Wants to establish an education "Bill of Rights" - Establish right to education from pre-school thru college.

Reason #32 to Support Hillary:
Since 1998 has fought publicly to keep art and music programs in public schools. "Arts education is needed in our schools."

Reason #33 to Support Hillary:
'Government should pay off all student loans for teachers who go to urban schools." March, 2000

Reason #34 to Support Hillary:
Wants a complete re-write, a Total change in No Child Left Behind. (August, 2007)

Reason #35 to Support Hillary:
Rated 82% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes.

Reason #36 to Support Hillary
Voted YES on spending $448B on education & debt reduction instead of Bush's tax cut for the rich. (Apr 2001)

Reason #37 to Support Hillary:
Wants to "Remove energy dependence on countries who would harm us." (Jun 2006)

Reason #38 to Support Hillary:
Wants to build a "$50B strategic energy research fund from taxing oil companies." (Oct 2006)

Reason #39 to Support Hillary:
Wants to Invest in alternative energy; jobs that won't be outsourced.

Reason #40 to Support Hillary:
Called on U.S. to Ratify Kyoto; and fund more mass transit. (Sep 2000)

Reason #41 to Support Hillary:
Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (Dec 2006)

Reason #42 to Support Hillary:
Voted NO on drilling for oil in the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)

Reason #43 to Support Hillary:
Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)

Reason #44 to Support Hillary:
Voted NO on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)

Reason #45 to Support Hillary:
Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)

Reason #46 to Support Hillary: (listen up Louisiana!)
Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)

Reason #47 to Support Hillary:
Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)

Reason #48 to Support Hillary:
Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)

Reason #49 to Support Hillary:
Rated 89% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes.

Reason #50 to Support Hillary:
Voted NO on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)

Reason #51 to Support Hillary:
Called on Bush to "Put someone in charge of Katrina recovery who actually cares." (Aug 2007)

Reason #52 to Support Hillary:
Her Support for green-collar job training

Reason #53 to Support Hillary:
Introduced bill to Better track kids' products for exposures to toxic materials coming from China.

Reason #54 to support Hillary:
Calls for the government to treat kids as "child citizens" not "minors" under the law. (Since Dec 1999)

Reason #55 to Support Hillary:
Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition

Reason #56 to Support Hillary:
Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include poor Eastern Europe nations. (May 2002

Reason #57 to Support Hillary:
"Smartest strategic choice is peace." (Nov 1999)

Reason #58 to Support Hillary:
Calling for a NATO-enforced no-fly zone to end Darfur genocide. (June, 2007

Reason #59 to Support Hillary:
IN the 1970s worked to pass Constitutional Amendment to allow young people aged 18, 19, 20 to vote.

Reason #60 to Support Hillary:
Voted NO on allowing lobbyist gifts to Congress

Reason #61 to Support Hillary:
Pledges to support $50B for AIDS relief in US and world

Reason #62 to Support Hillary:
Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record.

Reason #63 to Support Hillary:
Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)

Reason #64 to Support Hillary:
Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)

Reason #65 to Support Hillary:
Says, "Torture cannot be American policy, period." (Sep 2007)

Reason #66 to Support Hillary:
She would never say anything as creepy and cult-like as "We are the ones we have been waiting for."

Reason #67 to Support Hillary:
Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record.

Reason # 68 to Support Hillary:
Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)

Reason #69 to Support Hillary:
Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)

Reason #70 to Support Hillary:
Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)

Reason #71 to Support Hillary:
Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)

Reason #72 to Support Hillary:
Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)

Reason #73 to Support Hillary:
Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)

Reason #74 to Support Hillary:
Voted: No salary increase for Congress until minimum wage increased.

Reason #75 to Support Hillary:
Would accept minimum wage as president. (Jul 2007)

Reason #76 to Support Hillary:
Rated 85% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record.

Reason #77 to Support Hillary:
Voted NO on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)

Reason #78 to Support Hillary:
Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25.

Reason #79 to Support Hillary:
Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing

Reason #80 to Support Hillary:
Admits she made mistake in believing in WMDs in Iraq after being mislead by the Bush Administration.

Reason #81 to Support Hillary:
Reaches out to conservatives but voting record is progressive.

Reason #82 to Support Hillary:
"Karl Rove is obsessed with me because I take Republicans on & beat them." (Aug 2007)

Reason #83 to Support Hillary:
Served as a Staff attorney on Watergate/Nixon impeachment investigation.

Reason #84 to Support Hillary:
1976: Organized Indiana for Carter-Mondale campaign. She knows what it is like to work on a democrat campaign in RED STATES!

Reason #85 to Support Hillary:
Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation.

Reason #86 to Support Hillary:
Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Reason #87 to Support Hillary:
Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice.

Reason #88 to Support Hillary:
Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record.

Reason #89 to Support Hillary:
Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition.

Reason #90 to Support Hillary:
At Wellesley in 1968, steered college anti-war movement.

Reason #91 to Support Hillary:
Recommended by EMILY's List of pro-choice women.

Reason #92 to Support Hillary:
Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)

Reason # 93 to Support Hillary:
1980s: Led her church to found the largest daycare in Arkansas.

Reason #94 to Support Hillary:
1978: chaired Legal Services Corp. in President Carter's Administration - allowing Poor Families access to legal aid

Reason #95 to Support Hillary:
Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report to get us out of Iraq in a fast, safe manner.

Reason #96 to Support Hillary:
Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders eliminated by the Bush Administration.

Reason #97 to Support Hillary:
Worked with Evan Bayh, Al Gore, Bill Clinton and others in the 1980s to rejuvenate the Democratic Party from within.

Reason #98 to Support Hillary:
In 1969, she entered law school as "vehicle for social change"

Reason #99 to Support Hillary:
Calls to Increase spending for libraries.

Reason #100 to Support Hillary:
In October, 2006 - called for "Phased redeployment out of Iraq, beginning immediately

Re: Clinton opens N.C. headquarters

AWESOME, HILLARY'S STAFFERS AND SUPPORTERS ROCK, I HAVE AN IDEAL HILLARY NEEDS TO TAKE A 6 DAY BUS TOUR THUR NC, MEDIA IS SAYING BO WILL TAKE NC IN THE PRIMARY LETS CLOSE THE GAP OR BETTER YET PROVE THE MEDIA WRONG AND WIN NC....LETS GET A GAME PLAN WORKED OUT HERE....WE NEED HILLARY IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!! HILLARY ROCKS AMERICA!!!!!!!!

Re: Clinton opens N.C. headquarters

How exciting...Obama opens in Asheville yesterday...ho hum...who cares...strive to be smarter than a democrat...

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