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NC Sen: It's Lieberman vs. Lamont, Part I.

In the race to replace Elizabeth Dole (R-Kansas D.C.-NC)The North Carolina Senate race pits an entrenched corporate Democrat who is right about some of the things some of the times versus a Progressive, outsider Democrat running on grassroots/netroots support who is right on the issues. An inspirational, progressive, well-spoken, outsider with a proven record of raising funds for other Democrats steps up to the plate - Jim Neal. Jim Neal is the outsider who is relying on our support because he won't get it from the DSCC. During a live-blog at BlueNC Jim is asked whether he is gay and responds that he is; Jim's phone calls no longer get answered, the DSCC doesn't include him on their North Carolina Senate news feed; and, they recruit Kay Hagan to run for the seat.

Who is Kay Hagan?

Originally posted at the Great Orange Satan.

Roll Call: How many from Orange County, NC are regular readers of BlueNC?

I was at the Orange County Executive Committee meeting last night and my mind wandered, as it tends to do at these things when the "floor is open to discussion". There was discussion about the NCDP GOTV effort, about Obama GOTV effort, and about OCDP GOTV effort. There was a discussion about OCDP playing more of a role and how we could go about doing that. I was left wondering, how many people could we reach through BlueNC? So, I hate to take up front-page space with this, but I will, roll call.

You can tell as much or as little as you would like about yourself, but I'm wondering how many of you from the OC read BlueNC?

p.s. I am postdating this until tomorrow evening (3/27), so we'll see whether that works or not. : )

Open Thread Goodness for Tuesday

What Jerimee wants, Jerimee gets.

Can I have a Tuesday open Thread?
Submitted by Jerimee on Tue, 03/25/2008 - 9:40am.

The N&O, under the mealy mouthed headline "Fewer in NC affirm GOP ties," is reporting that

The number of self-identifying Republicans in North Carolina is dropping.

The number of North Carolinians identifying as Republican has dropped from 35 percent in 2004 to 26 percent, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.

Show me your candidate's elevator speech.

Most of you have seen the following video of John Edwards talking at Gnomedex, because I have embedded it about a million times. There is a reason for that, it was this video that turned my attention away from local politics and onto the national stage for well over a year. In this video, John Edwards threw down the gauntlet to the Democratic Party. It was a peek at how John Edwards would run for President, with his head held high and with a lack of "weasel words". This is the John Edwards elevator speech for me.

After the break I'm going to show the elevator pitch that turned me into a big fan of another candidate. I'm asking you to do the same, show me the elevator pitch that excited you about "your favorite candidate".

A sighting rarer than the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker?



Did you notice, we're in a drought. Via Binker we see that REPUBLICAN Phil Berger has called for Governor Easley to not approve Alcoa's request for dominance over local water resources because they don't provide enough jobs to North Carolina. Go to Binker to read the letter to the Governor, I'll wait.......

Okay, I'll admit it, I don't see the angle. For a Republican to stand up to big business (anyone remember the NFL ALCOA commercials? "We can't wait, we can't wait, for tomorroooooooooooooow, Alcoa can't wait!") and ask the Democratic governor to yank their operations in North Carolina, for all intents and purposes, boggles the mind. Berger says that "In 1958, when its current license was issued, Alcoa provided a number of jobs to North Carolina's citizens; sadly, this is no longer the case. In 2002, Alcoa laid off hundreds of North Carolina workers and no longer provides employment for a substantial number of our people."

One can only imagine that the message is a shot across the bow of outsourcers - if you take jobs out of North Carolina, just take your ball and go home, because we ain't playing. Am I missing something here, is there some hidden neocon agenda to shutting down Alcoa in North Carolina or has the moderate Republican reappeared in North Carolina after a half-century. Or, is it just all smoke and mirrors and vague sightings, like the ivory-billed-woodpecker?

Why we shouldn't trade with China.

I know, I know, how else could Wal-Mart sell three-packs of underwear for a dollar, but this is the result of our trade with China (see video). Everyone seems to have forgotten the claims that they are building a new coal-powered plant every time the grass needs mowed, but maybe the site of a disgustingingly polluted China will wake up the world? I doubt it. Plus, you will notice they have temporarily closed all the dirtiest powerplants, which means that once the cameras leave, they start churning out pollutants again.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.
-Charles Dickens, from A Tale of Two Cities

UPDATE after the break.

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