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Democrat Roger Sharpe (NC-5)

Meet Roger Sharpe, a farm boy from Sandy Springs, NC.

Sharpe is a former State Senator for this area, a lifetime public servant, and an unlikely author of such Southern masterpieces as "Ceremony Of Innocence."

As a young man, Sharpe was inspired by introductions to such notable persons as the Reverend Dr. Clarence Jordan, founder of the inter-racial Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia; Dr. Anna Arnold Hedgeman, a prominent African-American civil rights leader and educator; and the Reverend Will Campbell, recipient of a Presidential Medallion in the Humanities. Sharpe’s participation on the Baptist Student Union LISTEN Team in Winston-Salem with children living in slum-housing in the neighborhood of Patterson Avenue and Northwest Boulevard also would influence his life’s work profoundly.

How To:getawaywithit

Anglico has used this ame editorial in a great post about Outer Banks drilling. I hope to expand on the points he made there.

(cross-posted at the Appalachian Voices blog)

To win, you must know your enemy.

We're LOSING every day to big polluting interests and corrupt people in power because we fail to understand or appreciate their strategies and tactics. How do they keep getting away with it?

There is no simple answer, but one thing that helps is $.They can buy influence where we can't. BUT, we can WIN if we do a better job of understanding their tactics, strategies, and ability to access the power of the government, even on bills that do the worst things imaginable to our planet.

Appalachia Thanks Congress (for giving their next pay raise to US!)

(Cross-posted at the Appalachian Voices blog) I hope yall will forgive my temporary absence from the BlueNC scene. I've had quite a bit goin on, and Im glad to be back!.

According to the US Census Bureau, Appalachian States continue to be the poorest in the country.

Median annual incomes for the Southern and Central Appalachians:

Alabama- $45,768

Georgia- $49,745

Kentucky- $43,953

Maryland- $69,695

North Carolina- $47,112

Around the House

(Cross-posted at the new Appalachian Voices blog)

A little legislative roundup from the House of Representatives...

HR 4200, the "salvage logging" bill, which we covered here and here has unfortunately passed by a vote of 243-182. The two most vulnerable incumbents in North Carolina, Robin Hayes and Charles Taylor, both voted for its passage. Virginia Foxx, unsuprisingly (and despite a visit to her office) supported the bill. Click here to see how your representative voted.

Boone, Buncombe Take Steps To Curtail Building on Steep Slopes

(Cross-posted at the new Appalachian Voices blog)
The Steep Slope Task Force in Boone, NC has approved an extension of a steep slope building moratorium. To be enacted, the measure has only to pass the Boone Town Council, which I suppose it will.

The task force recommended adoption of a 120-day moratorium on multi-family development on steep slopes of 20 percent or more grade.

Biggest NC Fish Advisory Ever

From Fayetville Online:

Roughly a third of the state’s population should avoid eating largemouth bass as the state is under its largest fish consumption advisory ever. Some environmental and health officials worry that too few people know about the warning.

Doh...there goes dinner

Western NC Republicans Co-sponsor Outer Banks Drilling Bill

Lets slap an OBX sticker on Charlie Taylor's back on his way out the door! Anglico already covered this today, but I thought I'd throw in my two bits...

(Cross posted at the Appalachian Voices blog)

From the WSJounal:

A bill supported by four of the seven Republicans in North Carolina's congressional delegation could open the Outer Banks to natural-gas exploration.

Biodiesel and Burgers

(Cross-posted at the new Appalachian Voices blog)

From the Fayetville Online

Its first nickname was “R2D2” after the “Star Wars” robot, butnow they just call it “the dog” when it’s time to drain the grease at Burgerville USA.

“The dog” is a small, stainless steel tank and pump combination on wheels that the Northwest restaurant chain has pioneered to channel used cooking oil to a biodiesel producer.

"Blue Laws" - Sunday Hunting Ban Under Fire?

(Cross Posted at the new Appalachian Voices blog )

From the Charlotte Observer

Dain Palmer, human dimension biologist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, says the agency doesn't have the authority to regulate hunting on Sundays, and that the commission was instructed to conduct the study.

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