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One of Will's Weakest

I don't always
disagree with George Will. Some days—like
even understand him. His general point seems to be that John Edwards
doesn't understand two things: poverty and politics.

Regarding poverty,
Will says there's been a paradigm shift in the way we understand
poverty, from a 1930s understanding to a modern understanding. This
sounds plausible, and if Will had stopped there, I might believe him.
But here's his new paradigm:

More Fun with Filings: the BlueNC Index

You know what's more fun than Harper's Index? Not much. Not this post, certainly. But even though it will lack some of the poetry of the original, this homage still contains some interesting data. Without further ado, let me present:


The North Carolina House
of Representatives:

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style="font-family: Georgia, Garamond, serif;">Percent of districts that will
hold primaries: 26.7

Number of Democratic
primaries: 12

Number of Republican
primaries: 22

Number of Democrats
challenging Democratic incumbents: 7

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Number of Republicans
challenging Republican incumbents: 15

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Number of races in
which the primary winner will be unopposed in the general election: 13

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Percent of those races
in which the winner will be a Democrat: 38

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Walking the Precinct

A reminder today from the AFL-CIO: you live in a precinct, and your efforts to get out the vote will be key to future progressive victories. Contact your Dem County Chair and get involved.

Appearing at an AFL-CIO press conference to unveil its '06 political gameplan, AFSCME President and longtime Dem political strategist Gerald McEntee admitted yesterday afternoon that "progressives learned a hard lesson" in the '04 cycle: relying on paid turnout efforts is a recipe for failure.

Without being asked, McEntee, who also chairs the AFL's political cmte, stated bluntly that the millions of dollars Dems and liberals put into the 527s for GOTV in '04 were ineffective in the face of the GOP's volunteer effort. Or, as McEntee put it, the Dems' "stranger-to-stranger" ground game was "trounced" by the GOP's "neighbor-to-neighbor strategy."

Hotline On Call: Mea Culpa: Unions And Turnout

OMG, WTF? (A Pop Culture Interlude)

A group of women, fans of North Carolina's American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken, are suing his record label for false advertising. Why? Because they fell in love, dammit, and now it looks like Clay is gay. If their suit works out, I will totally be suing Madonna for not actually being sexy-as-advertised. Or Axl Rose for... well, I just never liked Axl Rose.

I don't mean to be snobby, but you won't see this kind of bad behavior among Arcade Fire fans.

Shuler Condems Taylor on Forest Land Sale

Note from Lance: This is the first mention of this story on BlueNC, so I thought I'd bump it to the front page. I also attached Shuler's press release (see below).

Summitted by Dan Siler,Veterans Advocate038
Proposed forest land sale
by From staff reports

published February 25, 2006 6:00 am

Democrat Heath Shuler, who is running for a seat in the U.S. House, called for incumbent U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor to condemn President Bush’s proposal to sell 300,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land.

Under the president’s proposal some 6,615 acres in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests in Western North Carolina could be sold to fund a program that distributes money to counties for rural schools.

Filing Strategery

We've still got the better part of a week to go, but does it strike anyone else as odd that our only US House incumbent who hasn't yet filed is one of the two most likely to be enjoying retirement in 2007? Charles Taylor hasn't filed yet.

Neither has NC Supremes candidate Rachel Hunter (a BlueNC advertiser), but in her case it looks to be a considered decision. She says:

I have not filed yet because I prefer to wait until the last minute to do it, simply as a matter of strategy. I am sure that others may prefer a different strategy and that is fine. But I prefer to wait. So I plan to file by closing time on February 28th and not before.

Who else are we missing?

Asheville Reverend Takes a Moral Stand for Equality

You may have read this week about Joe Hoffman, the Asheville pastor who took a stand for equality under the law when he decided to refrain from legalizing heterosexual marriages while the law discriminates against gays and lesbians. Joe's spouse, Noel Nickle, was kind enough to send a copy of Sunday's sermon on this topic along with a list of other resources on marriage equality. (You can email Noel to learn more about their work in Asheville for marriage equality.)

I had planed to excerpt the sermon, but after reading it I have decided to print the whole thing. I realize that I'm asking for a few more minutes of attention than blog posts usually get, but I feel sure that it will be time well spent. Joe makes his case clearly and eloquently, and his example will serve us well as we strugle to rescue the rhetoric of morality from the dominion of the right.

Sue Said a Swear!

I think maybe Sue Myrick has been reading BlueNC, where we've criticized her for being so far up a certain President's fundament that he needs a special chair cushion. Today the North Carolina Conservative publishes what purports to be a letter from Sue to the President. The entire body of the letter is:

In regards to selling American ports to the United Arab Emirates, not just NO-but HELL NO!

If this is for real, it's just plain silly. There's no analysis here, and there's no reason for her position. I don't quibble with her bottom line, but it's hard for me to see it as more than a campaign tool. Saying that you have a backbone is not the same as having one.


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