Just a quick note from a tired blogger to thank all who attended our First Annual BlueNC Blogger Bash in Chapel Hill today. What an amazing and inspiring collection of wonderful people you are!
Thanks to the excellent candidates who took time out of their busy schedules to be with us. When I have more brain cells available, I'll link to all their websites. In the meantime, a special a note of appreciation to Judge Bob Orr, Republican candidate for governor. It was a generous gesture on Bob's part to step into our blue venue for an afternoon of fellowship and fun. He is a good guy.
All in all, the day gave me much to think on many fronts. I'm not entirely sure what we're up to here, but I do know we're up to something big - something that could become really important in our state and in our world. You give me hope.
Sleep well, my friends.
PS Too bad I forgot to put out the three gallons of coleslaw, which are still in the garage refrigerator. Never let me be in charge of food.
UPDATED with speakers list in approximate order. I'm doing this from memory, so please forgive me if I left anyone out. Just let me know and I'll update.
Jim Neal (US Senate)
Kay Hagan (US Senate, well-represented by her son, Tilden)
Roy Carter (Congress)
Jay Ovittore (Congress)
Marshall Adame (Congress)
Pat Smathers (Lieutenant Governor)
Robin Anderson (Labor Commissioner)
Wayne Goodwin (Insurance Commissioner)
Suzanne Reynolds (State Supreme Court)
Kristen Ruth (NC Court of Appeals)
Linda Stephens (NC Court of Appeals)
Dennis Nielsen (Governor)
Bob Orr (Governor)
Ed Ridpath (NC House)
Dan Besse (Lieutenant Governor, represented by Frank Eaton)
David Smith(Insurance Commissioner)
Hampton Dellinger (Lieutenant Governor, didn't have a chance to speak, but we were happy he came!)
Mike Barrett ... I'm Googly challenged this morning. Need your link, please.