James Taylor will play five free concerts in North Carolina in support of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The shows are scheduled in Charlotte, Asheville, Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Wilmington beginning Sunday, reports the Associated Press. Taylor, who was raised in Chapel Hill, will encourage Obama supporters to get out and vote early. One-stop voting begins Thursday in North Carolina, a state that hasn’t voted for a Democratic president since 1976.
*To accommodate the half-hour Oct. 29 time buy by the Obama campaign, Major League Baseball has agreed to move the start time of World Series Game 6 by about 15 minutes, from about 8:20 p.m. ET to 8:35 p.m., reports Reuters. Along with CBS and NBC, Fox was approached by the Obama campaign last week to purchase the 8-8:30 p.m. time slot Oct. 29. The blessing from MLB clears the way for Fox to air the promo and collect upward of $1 million in ad revenue for the half hour, more than what either CBS or NBC was charging.
*Actor Stephen Baldwin was reportedly overheard threatening to move to Canada if Barack Obama is elected president. He also challenged the Democratic candidate to a boxing match. “I’d like to knock some good sense into Barack,” he reportedly said, according to both the New York Post and Daily News while working out at the Printing House Gym in the Village. “I wouldn’t hurt him. But if he wins the election, he’ll hurt me. He’s a cultural terrorist.” In 2004, Baldwin’s brother Alec famously threatened to move out of the U.S. if President Bush was re-elected.
*Sacramento County Republican leaders Tuesday took down offensive material on their official party Web site that sought to link Sen. Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden and encouraged people to “Waterboard Barack Obama.” Taking credit for the site was county party chairman Craig MacGlashan. The Sacramento Bee asked him about the content after seeking his reaction to hate-filled graffiti that was spray-painted over an Obama display on a fence in Sacramento. He told the Bee: “Some people find it offensive, others do not. I cannot comment on how people interpret things.” MacGlashan said he would “consider people’s complaints” before taking any action.
*The Rev. Jesse Jackson is vehemently denying a New York Post report that he told an audience at the World Policy Forum in France last week that the “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades” will lose influence if Barack Obama is elected. “That is not true,” Jackson told XM radio talk show host Joe Madison. “That’s a fabrication.” Jackson said the story’s writer, Iranian columnist Amir Taheri, has no credibility. He also pointed to inaccuracies in the writer’s previous Obama-related reports. “My sense is that to drop this article the day before the debate, to be the news of the debate, is a Swift Boat tactic and we refute it, we reject it,” said Jackson. “The writer chose to distort and fabricate and we are now pursuing vigorously the guy.”