• Reply to: Excerpts from Governor Cooper's newest lawsuit opposing GOP power grab   47 min 43 sec ago

    for providing a link to the lawsuit in question. I wish everybody did this. WRAL has been awesome with their reporting (and writing) about Legislative stuff, giving you bill #'s and links and such. But most other media outlets will write five fricking paragraphs about a piece of Legislation, and not even tell you what you need to know to find the dang thing, whether it's bill number or title. Grrr.

  • Reply to: Durham Democratic Convention   14 hours 1 min ago

    This requires the obligatory Will Rogers quote. Everybody together now, "I am not a member of any ............."

  • Reply to: Tuesday Twitter roundup   23 hours 49 min ago

    And by "jewel" I mean a desiccated lump of renegade dog shit left on our front lawn...

  • Reply to: Help Desk   1 day 19 hours ago

    "Why can't I participate 100% online?" - you and I probably could but there are many parts of the state without access to broadband. My corner of Person County has had broadband since about 2007 but much of the rest of the county still does not have it. It is coming - but it's still going to be a couple years. Also - many of the older residents aren't comfortable with the internet.

    As to the party - I try to remember that the only requirement to be a Democrat is checking that box on the voter reg form. It's a self selected group and not at all monolithic. The size of the county (population-wise) is also going to make a big difference.

    In Durham and Orange, you might be happier and more effective with Peoples Alliance or LWV - they DO things.

  • Reply to: Durham Democratic Convention   1 day 20 hours ago

    I too attended my first County Democratic Party convention recently as a delegate, and came away a little confused and bemused. But (luckily) we started and finished pretty much on time, and that included hearing from each Executive Committee candidate who was present, or wished to speak, anyway.

    I've attended several meetings (local and state) over the years, so I could write about them, and I've noticed a few things. Generally speaking, the bigger the Democratic cat herd, the longer and crazier it can be. And the thing to keep in mind is, the more you try to bring order to the chaos, the more complaints you get about top-down bullying, or stifling people's voices and such.

    But your points about the lack of information on websites is spot on. Whenever votes are coming up in formal meetings, there should be an easily-accessible candidate bio (supplied by the candidate, not written by a staffer), and background information on proposed resolutions, rule changes, whatever. As it stands now (from what I've seen), precinct caucusing is more like guessing the number of beans in a jar than comparing notes about why this is a good or bad thing.

    Lotta work to do.