Rory Blake: On the Record

“Electing a great Democratic majority this fall should send a clear message to even the dimmest bulb that Americans want us to work together to change the direction in which the country is headed.”

—Rory Blake, Democratic Candidate for North Carolina's 6th Congressional District

In November, Democrats and progressives in my neck of the woods will have a strong alternative to the 6th District's perennial Republican representative Howard Coble, who will be seeking his 12th term in the US House. Rory Blake made some time in his busy schedule to provide thoughtful answers to questions on the issues and politics that will pave the way to November:

New Features: BlueNC Store and NC News Wire

The BlueNC store is open for business at There are only a few items there now, but what we lack in quantity we make up in pure lefty North Carolina goodness. We'll be adding items and designs in the future (so let us know if you have any suggestions).

Also, down at the very bottom of the right sidebar on your screen you'll find the NC News Wire, a running feed of NC News from across the country and around the world (but mostly from North Carolina). If there's a story there that you have a comment on, just click the little blue box with the "b" in it and you'll find yourself looking at a new blog post with the title and a link to the news already provided (try it out!). If you'd like to add the feed to your reader or website, the address is

Live Blogging Taylor's Radio Appearance

I called Congressman Taylor's office to get a statement on the Abramoff affair, and they told me that Taylor was going to be on the radio - RIGHT NOW!

So I tuned in online and liveblogged the event at Scrutiny Hooligans:

UPDATE - Taylor on 570 AM WWNC. Liveblogging - 5:15pm

Taylor goes over fundraising policy, says he never trades decision making for money.

Blames Democrats for taking Abramoff money.

Taylor claims that national Democrats want to take money away from North Carolina and put it in "California".

After "Whether," Ask "Who?"

The Progressive Legislative Action Network (PLAN) has a short piece on their site addressing the question of who should own toll roads. Given NC's recent attraction to the idea, it's worth a read:

Allowing some private investment in building infrastructure is not the problem – that's common in countries around the world. The corrupt aspect of many of these new state projects are the extreme long-term leases that undermine democratic control of our transportation infrastructure for multiple generations. And in both Indiana and Texas, not only will private companies control the roads they lease, they will have "noncompete" contracts that allow them to block any new roads in the same area that future governments might decide to build.

Indy Outs Chris Mintz

All I can say is thank goodness we have a paper like the Indy and reporters like Bob Geary. He lays it all out regarding Mintzs' alleged moderate claims and recalls meeting him at a called2action meeting a year ago along with other interesting factoids. No mention of the court docs we uncovered but that's understandable. WOOOOT to everyone that is spreading the word on this Chameleon.


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