A Weekend of Progressive Politics

Hola Blogophiles, I've been away from the 'sphere this weekend, instead meeting up with Progressive leaders first at the Crashing the Gate book signing then at the Democracy for America Grassroots Training. You can read my coverage of Markos Moulitsas (DailyKos) and Jerome Armstrong (MyDD) at BlogAsheville.

Blogging tidbit from DFA training

A friend who attended the Asheville DFA training told me that there's no empiricle evidence that blogging does anything to increase voter turnout. Apparently, many bloggers don't even vote themselves.

So, the DFA is encouraging all political bloggers to commit to voting and to commit to getting five other people to vote. Should we consider that pledge? It's called "Arrive with Five."

I'm already in negative numbers because a friend who spent the weekend with me just "unregistered" himself as a protest!

Another Corrupt Republican Goes Down

After Tony Rudy's plea last month I quit watching to see how this case was progressing. I was a bit surprised to see this news in The Washington Post this morning. Neil Volz, Staffer #2, pled guilty to conspiracy charges in the scandals linked to lobbyists Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon.

Volz was Bob Ney's (Representative #1) chief of staff. Volz requested and received many gifts from Abramoff. These included tickets to sporting events, dinners and golf outings. Volz concealed the gifts by simply failing to report them.

Yessssss Master

Art Pope's ongoing palace coup has stirred up a firestorm of concern among those of us interested in keeping corporate money out of North Carolina elections, and I guess the Puppetmaster must be feeling the heat. Because today he sent his stage manager out into the Internets with more revisionist history, painting the Master as the source of all things good and honest. As usual, John Hood is right, and everybody else is wrong.

It should be obvious that the prevailing take on Tuesday’s balloting among capital city political circles makes no sense. It does not comport with Pope’s history of participating in bipartisan coalitions in the General Assembly and helping to form and fund cross-ideological coalitions in the public policy community. And it does not explain why Republicans with differing views on a variety of hot-button issues – abortion, immigration, school choice, and economic incentives, just to name a few – were in agreement that Richard Morgan and his faction had sabotaged their party’s prospects and the integrity of the legislative process in alliance with ethically challenged House Speaker Jim Black.

Another message of hope: "This administration may be over"

In WaPo today:

"This administration may be over," Lance Tarrance, a chief architect of the Republicans' 1960s and '70s Southern strategy, told a gathering of journalists and political wonks last week. "By and large, if you want to be tough about it, the relevancy of this administration on policy may be over."

But even more exciting is what they wrote about our man, Al:

Former vice president Al Gore sent an e-mail to Democratic donors recently to "commemorate" the final 1,000 days of the Bush administration.

I just finished law school.

I just finished my last law school assignment. Ever. A week from right now I'll be getting all graduated and then my family members can start asking me about traffic tickets and whether I can help them with their wills.

Congrats to me, of course, and to TarGator, who will also be walking next weekend. As for now, I believe I'll be drinking a cold Fat Tire and then maybe getting some sleep, and then maybe watching some Simpsons.... Really, the possibilities are endless.

A Message of Hope, A Time for Action

As outraged as we are and as horrifying as the pictures of dead and injured children are we can find solice in the fact that we are horrified and outraged. We are not the war mongers of the right who simply don't seem to care how many lives they destroy as long as they get to play with their guns.

To leave this morning's discussions on a happy note, I found a site for a group called, Operation Iraqi Children. It was founded by Gary Sinise and Laura Hillenbrand. They are doing great work.

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