COMPELLING REASONS TO UNSEAT SUE MYRICK

COMPELLING REASONS TO UNSEAT SUE MYRICK
By Jeff Doctor, Democrat United States Congressional Candidate

My name is Jeff Doctor (D), United States Congressional Candidate for the 9th District of North Carolina. I am a long time resident of North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District which includes portions of Mecklenburg, Union, and Gaston Counties. I have proven myself as a family man, community leader and a successful entrepreneur and businessman. My life as an activist in domestic violence programs and as an investor and owner of small businesses has given me the deep roots within the Charlotte, North Carolina community to really understand the challenges that citizens of the 9th District face on a daily basis.

I am running as a Democrat for the United States Congress because I believe in changing the broken political system in Washington, DC and bringing change home to North Carolina’s 9th District. I am currently running against Republican Incumbent Sue Myrick, for this 9th District seat. Like you, I feel that this is the time to take action, and I am committing myself to this race to first improve the lives of North Carolinians in my District and secondly to bring a much needed voice to our issues here in North Carolina. As a pro-business entrepreneur, I believe in creating legislation that will encourage and develop financial literacy education for youth to meet the need for the ever changing landscape of the global, national and local economies which is the foundation for improving the future and stability of all North Carolinians and Americans which is one of many issues that has been ignored by my opponent in Washington, DC.

My view on ECONOMY

It is not enough to just be a nation of consumers; We must return to being a nation and a community of innovators. So how do we grow industries through innovation?  The development of public, private and educational partnerships can quickly identify the opportunities, research the concepts and provide low interest funding to fuel the new model. The root cause of many of our Districts economic woes can be directly connected to the fact that we have lost our competitive edge in a National and world marketplace but also the local market place which I believe is because of inadequate representation and leadership under Incumbent Sue Myrick in Washington, DC.

For over a century America lead the world with innovation.  It is my belief that America is at its best when setting the standards for innovation for the rest of the world to follow and in the 9th District my opponent has failed in this endeavor. Jobs follow talent; talent drives innovation; innovation creates new industries and new industries grow jobs which is desperately needed in the 9th District. Unfortunately, as a nation we are now standing on the side lines and watching as other nations pass us by.  We can not simply continue to band-aid our problems.  We must now set aside our differences and work together in a bi-partisan manner.  If we do not come together as cooperative leaders and work together to create legislation and incentives for small businesses to grow, we will never dig ourselves out as a Nation, as a State and as 9th District community of this hole and under Sue Myricks out of touch representation in Congress,  we are stagnant as a community because of this.

Today, other nations will continue to recruit American companies to invest off shore instead of here at home.  Business knows no loyalty to our Nation or our community, we must be prepared to compete and our first step in this evolution is to vote for 9th District change. Not only are we shipping jobs off shore; we are now at risk at losing our corporate centers. We simply must wake up and do what is necessary together to bring change to our economy and our communities. America is a nation literally born of small business and the growth of small businesses in America and the 9th District is the life blood for economic growth and job sustainability. There needs to be legislation drafted for taxation relief for small business and if elected my first order of business will be to advocate for the growth of our economy in the 9th District and the nation through adequate legislation in Congress. Congress needs to simplify the Tax Codes.   Reduce the penalties incurred by the IRS and introduce financial sources for low interest lending. Congress needs to reduce worker-compensation payments. Reengage SBA to do a better job of assisting in lending and Congress needs to reduce the health care costs for small and medium size businesses.

My opponent Rep. Sue Myrick on ECONOMY

Since the Year 2000, more than 60% of U.S. Textile & Apparel Jobs have disappeared. Thousands of those jobs have been in Sue Myrick’s own 9th District.

5/24/2000    (HR 4444)  Sue votes to extend permanent trade relations with Communist China. Good luck trying to find any article of clothing made in America anymore.

12/16/2001   (HR 3005)  Sue votes  to give the President Fast Track Trade Authority- another ploy to allow more quick deals that gut the U.S. manufacturing industry.

7/27/2002    (HR 3009)  Sue votes to give Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador & Peru duty free status- so that they can ship their textile products into the U.S. cheaper and eliminate more American jobs.

7/24/2003    (HR 2739)  Sue votes for the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement- allowing more cheap imports from Singapore.

7/28/2005    (HR 3045)   Sue proudly votes for CAFTA- a deal that would remove duties on Textile and Apparel goods from Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

7/20/2006    (HR 5684)   Sue votes for the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement. Latin America wasn’t enough so now we’re giving the rest of the world easier access to ship their cheap goods here.

6/27/2007    (HR 1830)    Sue votes for the Andean Trade Preference Act Extension.

11/8/2007     (HR 3688)    Sue votes for the U.S.- Peru Trade Agreement. She just keeps on giving and giving.

4/10/2008    (HR 1092)   Sue has a chance to redeem herself a bit here but fails. She votes AGAINST postponing the consideration of the Trade  Agreement with Colombia.

YOUR SALARY

5/23/1996    (HR 1227)  Sue votes against raising the Minimum Wage.

8/2/1996      (HR 3448)  Sue votes against raising the Minimum Wage.

3/9/2000      (HR 594)    Sue votes against raising the Minimum Wage.

1/10/2007    (HR 2)        Sue votes against raising the Minimum Wage.

7/31/2008    (HR 1338)   Sue votes against protecting employees who complain about pay discrepancies from discrimination.

1/9/2009      (HR 12)      Sue votes against requiring Employers to justify discrepancies between paying Men and Woman Equally.

My view on EDUCATION

Our 9th District representative needs to bring our education system up to 21st century standards.  Our students, starting from pre-kindergarten all the way to college graduates, need to be provided with an education that will make them competitive in  high tech, high wage jobs that have been created in this world economy.  It is our responsibility as adults and parents to ensure that all students have the capacity to succeed in a college environment. Our schools must better prepare our children for higher education, and if elected as a 9th District Representative, I will advocate for a incentives to ensure that higher education is financially attainable to all who are accepted to college.

It is impossible to achieve the standard of education that we desire without first rewarding educators with the salaries they deserve. Teachers today are grossly under appreciated and underpaid considering the importance and the demands their job.  One way to combat this issue is providing tax-breaks or tax credits for non-paid hours of curriculum time. The ‘No Child Left Behind” act has serious flaws that forces teachers to ‘teach for the test.’ I believe that ‘No Child Left Behind’ needs to be properly rebuilt by a better system that allows funds to be efficiently used for classrooms and teachers instead of educational bureaucracy. I am also a firm believer in having a choice as to where to send our children for school. Home-schooling has become more popular recently with Mecklenburg County ranking second in the state for amount of home-schooled students.  Home schools, charter schools, and private schools should all be viable options for our children.  All children are unique and all have different needs.

My view on VETERANS AND HEALTH

As the son of a Vietnam Veteran, I also support 2nd Amendments right to keep and bear arms. I am fully supportive of our military’s efforts and taking care of them once they arrive home. I am committed to assisting veterans in the recognition they deserve and working for the benefits they so desperately need. The system for helping Veterans in North Carolina is slow and inefficient. I understand that we need to help homeless veterans get off the streets and provide them with the care that they deserve. Here in the 9th district there are 140,000 veterans that reside in the Charlotte Metro Area. There are 60,000 vets that live in Mecklenburg County alone.  We have one veteran’s clinic that can treat over 20,000 veterans a year. Another clinic has been approved for completion in 2013. We need to open more Veterans clinics to better serve those that have served our country and if elected I will make this happen.

Energy and Environment

Oddly, this is a time when we should be enjoying the best of times. The world market is full of endless opportunities for growth.  As the world’s population continues to expand the need for energy will grow at a rate which outpaces the world’s capacity to deliver.  We as a nation should be underwriting research and development for new forms of green and alternative energy to supplement this need.  Yes, we are doing some, however not nearly enough.  New innovations in energy deliverable will arise and we as a nation must be prepared to produce them. Today, unfortunately, great environmental disasters seem to be the order of the day. One only has to examine the recent BP oil spill to understand the catastrophic potential of continuing our old energy supply policies that destroy our environment and pollute the living breathing nature that we share this world with.  America must lead the way; not stand in the way of getting this country off the dependence of foreign oil. As a Native American I am proud of my legacy and its respect for Mother Earth and if elected will continue to be a champion for green alternative sources of clean energy and policies and legislation that support clean water, clean air and a healthy environment for our nation and the 9th District.

Rep Sue Myrick on HEALTH

As a US House Representative, receives the best health care with that your tax dollars.

1/12/2007   (HR 4)  Sue voted against the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act. This bill would have lowered drug prices for Medicare Part D Drugs for  folks enrolled in a prescription drug plan.

8/1/2007     (HR 3162)  Sue voted against the State Children’s Health Insurance Program Authorization.

8/2/2007     (HR 734) Sue voted against allowing you to import lower cost prescription drugs from our neighbors in Canada.  Most of these identical drugs- which come from the same manufacturers- cost a fraction of  what you pay here in America. Whose profits is Sue trying to protect?

11/7/2009    (HR 3962) Sue voted against allowing a Public Health Insurance Option to cover all Americans- yet glady takes free healthcare for herself. Sue has received more than $500,000.00  in campaign contributions from Health Care Professionals and Pharmaceutical Companies since she has been in office.  Her record speaks for itself.

My vision for OUR FUTURE, YOUR VOTE

We can no longer penalize future generations for our financial mismanagement. Congressional leaders need to make tough choices to reduce our debt.  Although these choices are almost always not popular. These choices need to happen to allow our country to continue to move forward out of this recession. Again, it is not enough to just be a nation of consumers; we must return to the fundamental values that this country was founded on and be at the forefront of building a new standard of living in this century, in this year and in this election. We together, will become a nation of innovators and visionaries with education, agriculture, manufacturing, technology, financial literacy and common sense leadership at our core. To accomplish this worthwhile and vital American Dream, I need your vote.  We are a country that prides itself on competition, with your vote, let us together as a community unleash our competitive edge and return to the fundamental values that make us a great District and a great country, we can make change and we can be the change that we wish to see come November 2nd with your vote.

The decisions we make today affect those generations that are coming after us.  Let’s work together to return America and the 9th district back to its higher standard and higher calling to success. Our future grandchildren depend on it.

Getting to know candidate Jeff Doctor

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by Rhiannon Bowman

A couple of weeks ago, I conducted an informal, one-question poll: Who’s running against U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick in the midterm election? Most shrugged, but a few responded, “You mean that Native American guy … what’s his name?”

His name is Jeff Doctor. He’s a Seneca Indian and his wife, Allyson, is Mohawk. Both tribes are part of the Iroquois Confederacy, a sovereign nation that hit the headlines a few months back when its lacrosse team was stuck in England without American passports. Because they’re citizens of another nation, technically speaking, they haven’t been in the habit of voting. But Doctor has decided to set a new example for his people. Not only did he vote in the primaries, he’s running for Congress against the well-known conservative Myrick (who, 16 years ago, swore she’d only serve two terms in Congress).

Chloe, Doctor’s 12-year-old daughter, inspired his run. Through her school, Union County’s Marvin Ridge Middle, she became involved in the last election. While the family was in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration, she pointed at the White House and asked her dad why he wasn’t there. The rest, as they say, is history.

He’s operating his campaign with less than $100,000, nearly $41,000 of which is from his own pocket. Meanwhile, Myrick has raised 10 times more money, with more than half coming from political action committees. The Democratic Party? They’re no help. Although Native American tribes have donated nearly $10 million to the party this year alone, the party hasn’t donated a penny to Doctor’s campaign, nor did they respond to our requests for comment. But he’s not bitter, though he says he would like it if the party would pay more attention to his district — the 9th, which is mostly urban, white and, of the registered voters, 34-percent Democrat and 28-percent unaffiliated. “It’s just another challenge,” he says.

On the issues:
• He’s a member of the National Rifle Association.
• On health care, he says, “As a developed nation, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to provide health care on some level.” He also thinks current legislation needs to be refined.
• On immigration, he’d like to see the business owners attracting undocumented workers held accountable to some degree. He also believes if an immigrant continually runs into trouble here, they should be sent home.
• He says we need to focus more money and attention on our children’s educations and pay our teachers better.
• Regarding homosexuals in the military and their right to marry, he believes all American citizens should be treated equally.
• He’s in favor of raising the minimum wage, but he isn’t in favor of raising taxes, or ending the Bush-era tax cuts; however, he thinks the issue should be revisited as soon as the economy improves.
• To improve the economy, he says, “We need to get back to being a nation of innovators and stop being a nation of consumers.” He’d like to see more focus on small businesses.
• He hopes to be a true representative of his district, which is why you may find him at a Tea Party or Republican event.

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You are invited to a reception in support of North Carolina Congressional Candidate Jeff Doctor

You are invited to a reception in support of
North Carolina Congressional Candidate

Jeff Doctor

Tuesday, September 28th 2010
5:00 to 7:00 PM

At the Kelly’s Irish Times Pub
14 F Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001

$1,000 – Individual             $2,500 – Sponsor
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Early Voting Locations Released

HAL MARSHALL ANNEX

Located at 618 North College Street

October 14 – 15 (Weekdays) 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

October 18 – 29 (Weekdays) 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

October 23 (Saturday) 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

October 24 (Sunday) 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

October 30 (Saturday) 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Final Day)

Additional Locations Starting October 18th

Fighting Back Building 1705 Rosa Parks Place, Charlotte

Freedom Regional Library 1230 Alleghany St., Charlotte

Hayes Building (Ballantyne) 11405 N. Community House Rd., Charlotte

Huntersville Oaks Children Dev Svc 12105 Verhoeff Dr., Huntersville

Independence Regional Library 6000 Conference Dr., Charlotte

Main Branch Library (Downtown) 310 N. Tryon St., Charlotte

Matthews Branch Library 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews

Morrison Regional Library 7015 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte

Mountain Island Library 4420 Hoyt Galvin Way, Charlotte

North County Regional Library 16500 Holly Crest Ln., Huntersville

South County Regional Library 5801 Rea Rd., Charlotte

Steele Creek Library 13620 Steele Creek Rd., Charlotte

Sugar Creek Library 4045 N. Tryon St., Charlotte

University City Regional Library 301 E. W.T. Harris Blvd

West Boulevard Library 2157 West Blvd., Charlotte

October 18 – 29 (Weekdays) 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

October 23 (Saturday) 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

October 24 (Sunday) 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

October 30 (Saturday) 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Final Day)

For more information about the Jeff Doctor Campaign, please visit www.JeffDoctorforCongress.com

Political candidates eye Google as the new “front page”

by Blogging PRWeb

googleElection season is well underway – and campaign season is heating up as this interactive chart on the Wall Street Journal demonstrates.  While many news stories and blog posts have focused on political campaigns use of social media to rally the base, search marketing has quietly worked its way into the mix.  Perhaps, in some ways, Google is the new “front page.”

It used to be that political candidate running for office wanted to be on the front page of major daily newspapers.  While that is still likely true (what candidate would turn it down), it may also be a sign of the times that today, the front page of Google is emerging as an above-the-fold spot of envy.

Why?  Because the first place people look for answers to their questions are search engines.

For example, Emmett Murphy, a new media strategist and founder of the DC-based PR firm 3 CLiCk Media , helped congressional candidate Jeff Doctor, who is running for Congress in North Carolina’s 9th district, land on the front page of Google.  Murphy says the integration of search marketing, social media and online news releases all played a role in achieving that goal.

The online news releases is an interesting component because, well, we are PRWeb, but it also  underscores how the release – both in construct and purpose — has evolved to facilitate new media goals, like search.  “I’ve been trying to get Jeff Doctor on the front page of Google for a while,” said Murphy, in an online news release we published this past spring. “In combination with our other efforts, PRWeb helped us do that in short time and we’ve already seen a spike in Web traffic of 100 percent directly attributable to our news release.”

There is another important point here:  the online news release is being used by candidates in concert with other tactics – and integrated online marketing strategy.   As search guru Greg Jarboe once said to me – the difference between search and social is the difference between information and influence.  Perhaps that’s the difference of vote or no vote.

For more information on the Jeff Doctor for Congress Campaign, visit: www.JeffDoctorforCongress.com

Jeff Doctor stands in solidarity with the working families of the Ninth District

Jeff Doctor received a tremendous crowd response as he marched in The Charlotte Labor Day Parade.  Congressmen Larry Kissell and Mel Watt along with Jeff doctor proudly marched in the parade. One candidate clearly absent today was Sue Myrick.

Sue Myrick can’t defend her shameful record against assisting American Workers and Veterans so she chooses to stay home.
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Rep. Sue Myrick wins applause at town hall meeting, rival Jeff Doctor shakes hands and serves hot dogs

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from the Gaston Gazette
by Corey Friedman

While U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick filled one of downtown Gastonia’s stately brick buildings, Jeff Doctor wondered why so many others sit empty.

The Republican congresswoman and her Democratic opponent both touted job creation as the key to economic recovery at Saturday afternoon events. Myrick held a town hall meeting in her Gastonia district office on West Main Avenue, and Doctor campaigned downtown, shaking hands and speaking to storekeepers.

“When I see those empty buildings, it makes me say,  ‘We can bring so many businesses in there,’” Doctor said. “We walked around downtown Gastonia today and met a lot of small-business owners.”

Doctor said North Carolina’s ninth congressional district, comprised of parts of Gaston, Mecklenburg and Union counties, has lost 62,000 jobs since 2008.

“I’ve seen a lot of lip service, but we’ve got to go back to being a nation of producers instead of a nation of just consumers,” he said. “I just don’t see it being done here.”

Myrick also stressed the need for job growth. She blamed the United States’ corporate income tax — which sits slightly under 40 percent and is higher than business taxes in France, China and other industrialized countries — for driving companies overseas.

Adding new bureaucratic jobs in Washington isn’t the answer, she said. Lowering taxes and rolling out the welcome mat for small business and manufacturing companies is.

“Government jobs don’t grow the economy,” said Myrick. “The only thing that grows the economy is private-sector jobs.”
Doctor spent his Saturday on the stump in Gastonia, donating school supplies at Lingerfeldt Elementary, speaking at a Democratic Women workshop, canvassing in the York Chester neighborhood and giving away hot dogs and drinks at Lineberger Park.

The Democratic House hopeful said Myrick votes with congressional Republicans 97 percent of the time. He said Gaston County residents need a representative who can reach across the aisle to work with politicians from the opposing party.

“We’ve got to cross party lines,” he said. “We’ve got to get past this Republican-Democrat thing and talk to each other.”

Myrick didn’t directly campaign for re-election, but appeared to have strong support among residents who attended her town hall meeting. Her call for Congress to freeze government spending and pop the ballooning federal budget drew thunderous applause.

“The next Congress has a definite responsibility,” Myrick said. “They need to have the guts…to put the brakes on government spending. We have to make those tough choices so our America will be there for our kids and our grandkids.”

When Myrick spoke about Mexican drug cartels — among discussion of international terrorism, border surveillance and other national security issues — Gastonia resident Scotty Reid said 60 to 70 percent of the cartels’ revenue comes from marijuana.

Reid, who hosts an Internet radio show and describes himself as a citizen journalist, floated the idea of decriminalizing cannabis as a way to starve the cartels. The millionsspent on the nationwide war ondrugs could be channeled into education and drug rehabilitation programs, he suggested.

“I don’t know that that’s the answer,” Myrick said, “but I’m willing to talk with you about any suggestion you may have on this issue. It’s killing our country.”

Reach Corey Friedman at 704-669-3331.

Learn more about the campaign at www.JeffDoctorforCongress.com

College Democrats of America hold convention at UNC-Charlotte

Reposted from WBTV.com By David Whisenant
Reposted from WBTV.com
By David Whisenant

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – As Charlotte gears up to possibly host the Democratic National Convention, students at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte are currently holding their own convention.

The College Democrats of America are meeting through the weekend at UNCC in northeast Charlotte.

More than 250 CDA members from more than 100 colleges and universities across the country will attend this year’s convention.

Students will participate in training sessions and will hear from elected officials and top activists within the Democrat party.

While Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx was on the why into the room, UNCC senior Ashlei Blue was working the room, handing out posters for Charlotte’s 2012 DNC bid.

“This convention would be a nice step towards us receiving the bid for the big deal, which is the DNC in 2012,” Blue told WBTV.

This convention of college Democrats from across the country is meant to energize students to get out and vote, and that’s tougher in a year with no presidential contender.

There were big names like Senator Claire McCaskill live on video, and Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, in person.

Kaine isn’t just a high profile Democrat, he’s the head of the DNC, so it’s another way for Charlotte to say hey look at me.

And in 2008 the DNC met in Denver, the same city that hosted this College Democrats of America convention, can you read anything into that?

“No, you really can’t, ” Kaine told WBTV’s David Whisenant.  “Like we’re doing a DNC meeting, the entire DNC is meeting a month from now in St. Louis, that also is completely coincidental, so we’ve got a hard decision to make and we’re still months away from it.”

This convention wraps up a busy week for Charlotte’s DNC bid, and Mayor Anthony Foxx says Charlotte made a strong case.

“Charlotte put its best foot forward,” Fox said.   “All of us need to be very proud of the city in which we live, and in many ways being in this final group is an affirmation of the investments being made in our city over 20-25 years.”

Now the challenge is see where Kaine and the others on the DNC team want to be in 2012.

Kaine did tell WBTV that the final decision will come after election day in November, probably late 2010 or early 2011.

The College Democrats of America convention continues at UNCC through Sunday.

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