Archive for Carl Mumpower
Well, not really — the spelling and grammar are too good and the thought patterns are too deep. If you ask me, it reads like something straight from the nimble fingers of my old friend Carl Mumpower — the wording, the style and the desperate, narcissistic attempt at spin are unmistakable.
Later in the week, I’ll have complete analysis of the total failure of the Buncombe County Republican Party (and the hopeless buffoons who are in charge of it) — and tell you why the following letter is a big load of crap.
In the meantime, you can listen to a podcast of an interview I did the other day with Lesley and Blake over at Local Edge Radio (it starts about 12 minutes in).
Read Chad Mumpower’s letter after the jump…
“Rep. Heath Shuler is running for re-election, his chief of staff, Hayden Rogers, told the Times-News today.”
“Many of my fellow conservatives have an almost knee-jerk hostility toward gay marriage. This does not make sense, because same-sex unions promote the values conservatives prize. Marriage is one of the basic building blocks of our neighborhoods and our nation. At its best, it is a stable bond between two individuals who work to create a loving household and a social and economic partnership. We encourage couples to marry because the commitments they make to one another provide benefits not only to themselves but also to their families and communities. Marriage requires thinking beyond one’s own needs. It transforms two individuals into a union based on shared aspirations, and in doing so establishes a formal investment in the well-being of society. The fact that individuals who happen to be gay want to share in this vital social institution is evidence that conservative ideals enjoy widespread acceptance. Conservatives should celebrate this, rather than lament it.”
—Former Solicitor General Ted Olson in this week’s Newsweek magazine
WNC Conservatives like to talk about Smaller Government, but they seem fine with using the power of Big Government when it suits their own social agenda. I mean, heck, my good friend and old boss Carl Mumpower can get married and get divorced and get married again, but he’d deny me the right to marry even one person. What gives, Carl?
What is the conservative case against gay marriage and civil unions? What do my Republican friends Erika Franzi, Nathan Ramsey and Bobby Coggins have to say about it?
And how do the rest of you Hooligans feel?
With all these Top Ten lists floating around the internets, I thought I’d toss another reflective log on the fire.Â Add your own top stories in the comments, and you get bonus points if you put together a Top Ten Local Political Stories of the Decade.
Buncombe County Commissioners and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce come out in support of I-26 Alternative 3. After the strong design work from the Asheville Design Center and unanimous support from the City Council, it looked like our community might move the mighty DOT to create something that actually works for Asheville.Â When the CoC and 3 of 5 County Commissioners swung in the direction of Alternative 3, further delay was guaranteed.
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While I find this HT-N editorial impossibly optimistic about Republicans’ chances in the Congressional elections next year, it’s interesting enough to give a read:
A few weeks ago, Henderson County Republican Party Chairman Robert Danos trumpeted efforts by local Republicans to clear the primary field for Greg Newman, the Hendersonville mayor who announced last week that he is running for Congress.
“Newman is obviously the best known candidate in and around Hendersonville, but he will be challenged by others.
Last week attorney Ed Krause, 62, of Marion, announced his candidacy. Daniel J. Ostergaard, a professor at Western Carolina University who is a Coast Guard Academy graduate with a background in homeland security, is also considering a run.
Neither Krause nor Ostergaard will have the base or the support that Newman will have. They’re from the eastern and western edges of the district.
The bigger problem for the Hendersonville mayor is Carl Mumpower. Even if he loses his re-election bid to the Asheville City Council, Mumpower, of the outsized ego and lofty self-regard, may be unable to resist the siren song of 1994-Redux.”
I got to know Michael Muller during the Congressional primaries when he was managing Carl Mumpower’s campaign. He’s patently conservative, and I’m a progressive Democrat. But we got along so well that we’ve been able to forge a friendship that transcends the political. Muller and Mumpower parted ways after the primary, and Muller managed the campaign of County Commission Chair Nathan Ramsey. Michael’s taken some photos for my City council campaign while doling out a heaping helping of political insight. He’s sharp as a tack, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to post this piece. Michael left this as a comment in a previous thread. It’s too informative to leave languishing, so here it is in full:
A note to my readers: I’m pasting portions of a report I composed for a client a while back. Much of it is self-evident to political types, but was written as a primer for the uninitiated on the city races. Parts have been redacted (I hope all of them!) to protect confidentiality, so it won’t flow very well. Maybe some of you will find it interesting or useful, maybe not. I’ve sworn off politics this cycle, so here ya go…
P.S. I have enormous respect for anyone, of any political party, who decides to throw his or her hat into the ring. It is a grueling, thankless process that often ends up in disappointment and regret. It takes a lot of guts.
Basic Facts (as of May 2009)
- There are 63,261 registered voters in Asheville.
- 32,657 (52%) are Democrats, 11,930 (19%) are Republicans, and 18,592 (29%) are Unaffiliated. The number of registered Democrats alone exceeds the combined number of Republicans and Unaffiliated voters by 2,135. The ratio of Democrats to Republicans is 2.5 to 1.
- Self-identified liberals and self-identified conservatives are the most likely to vote; moderate and unaffiliated voters are less likely to vote. (In other words, the more ideological you are, the more likely you are to vote). Older voters are more likely to vote than younger voters. The more educated you are, the more likely you are to vote. Regular churchgoers are more likely to vote than people who do not attend church. In Asheville’s city elections, blacks are historically less inclined to vote than whites, even when black candidates are put forth. (Blacks as a group reached parity for the first time with whites nationally in terms of turnout percentages in the 2008 general election. It is undoubtedly anomalous).
- Municipal elections are held every odd year. Turnout for municipal elections is relatively low, averaging around 30%, although the mayoral race increases participation. A record low turnout for city council primaries occurred in 2007 at only 13%. Although voter turnout in the 2008 presidential election was at a record high (71%), it is not known if this by itself will significantly affect voter turnout in the 2009 municipal race, although it could be well argued that a newfound sense of enfranchisement among progressives or a backlash among conservatives and Republicans could be anticipated.
- Mean Age of all voters is 47 years.
- Mean Age of Democrats is 49 years. Mean Age of Republicans is 52 years. Mean Age of Unaffiliated voters is 45 years.
- Median Age of Democrats is 48 years. Median Age of Republicans is 51 years. Median Age of Unaffiliated voters is 41.
- Of all registered voters: 55% are Female. 44% are Male. 82% are White. 12% are Black. 1% are Hispanic. (the difference is uncategorized)
- Of the 7,724 Black voters in Asheville: 6,439 are Democrats; 1,042 are Unaffiliated; only 243 are Republicans.
Owing to higher than average educational levels and per-capita wealth, Asheville voters as a group tend to be more liberal, politically engaged, culturally aware, and technologically advanced than in any other part of Western North Carolina.
The Downtown Master Plan passed City Council “in concept” tonight on a 5-2 vote with Mumpower and Russell in the minority.Â “In Concept” essentially means that the broad strategic goals were approved and that the detailed implementation process will come piece by piece before Council.
There is a lot of fun to be had by exploiting a bug found in earlier versions of Photoshop… (click image to embiggen)
It’s… the Warholizer from HELL…
Your Democratic Party precinct meetings are this Saturday, and unless you’re a certain ScruHoo commenter (ahem, Green Asheville, ahem), there’s no reason you should miss it. We get to build this party, but only we show up.
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) got a grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation. This is one way to make our economy more sustainable. Eat local -
In 2009, ASAP is conducting a pilot Farm to Hospital program, offering a range of services to hospital food service, administration, staff, patients, and the broader community. This pilot program includes services such as Local Food Guides distribution and support sourcing local food. ASAP also consults on educational programs such as cooking classes, wellness programs, field trips, etc.. and marketing and promotions.
The rumor is that Councilman Carl Mumpower won’t stand for re-election. I suppose that’s why he’s feeling free to let it all hang out:
City Councilman Carl Mumpower compared state legislators from Buncombe County to drug dealers, wife beaters and thieves this week as he vented his frustration over a contentious water issue with the state.
“This year, when you file your taxes, be sure to check off the Democratic Party under NC Political Parties Financing Fund. Doing so wonâ€™t cost you one extra penny on your tax return or reduce your refund, and youâ€™ll be helping to guarantee that Democrats across the state have the necessary funding to compete in 2010. It’s that simple.”
Comagun Music and Trinumeral Productions are proud to present TRON-A-THON, a very special two night gala event, and most importantly, Asheville, NCâ€™s first electronic music summit, featuring Pnuma Trio, Eliot Lipp, KAP 10, Future Rock, DJ Rootz, Sci Fi, Random Rabbit, Two Fresh, Freepeoples Frequency (aka FFQ), Agobi Project, Midnight Ace, Aquarium, Somni Suite, DJ Ginza, Mindelixir, EP3, Tropa, Darth Brown, DJ Bowie and Par D.
An Asheville couple was supposed to be on the plane that crashed in NY. Serendipity intervened.
I’ve really been enjoying the political stylings of Barefoot Society, an Asheville blog.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains exactly what we’re up against when we’re talking about maintaining and expanding affordable housing:
Scrutiny Hooligans had a great year in 2008, averaging over 12,000 unique visitors per month and with a roof-blowing 26,000+ in October. The commenter community is consistently witty, thoughtful, and informative. This blog has helped to educate, advocate, and empower Ashevillains of all political stripes while providing a forum unavailable anywhere else.
Before we cross Father Time’s threshold into ought-nine, it seems right and virtuous to have a look back at the posts and themes that helped to make 2008 a banner year for Scrutiny Hooligans.