John Edwards Spoke on UNC's Campus Today

John Edwards came to UNC Chapel Hill this morning and spoke to an intro economics class of about 300 students from 9:15-9:55. I just wanted to write and let everyone know what he said.

First off Edwards was 15 minutes late getting there, once he arrived he said he just wanted to talk for a few minutes about Income and Asset Gaps and ways to alleviate them.

Edwards spoke of a growing inequality in our nation's distribution of income and wealth, that had become stablized into our economy. He said that these inequalities eroded democracy by the gradual disappearance of the middle class. Edwards segued into his policies by talking about the lack of ability of poor people to save.

Dear women

Republished from 2006.

When March was declared Women's History Month by Congress in 1987, our nation created an opportunity to celebrate women's past accomplishments and, perhaps more important, inspire their future. Because if there's any hope for grace in this world, it will surely come through the leadership of women.

Men have made messes of so many things -- that is what men do. And this particular man has had enough. So on this first day of Woman's History Month, I have a request for women everywhere.

Will you please take over?

I don't deny that some men are good at some things, but peace and harmony are not our strong suit. The big stories of life in this century are the stories of male violence, of men smiling and shaking hands with one another while civilization collapses into rubble around them.

House Success: D's in all 13 districts

North Carolina Democrats have stepped up to the plate in our house races. All of the Republicans are going to have to stand by their records. I was going to make a chart of my own, but Swing State Project already had one with the presidential vote in the district on the side:

NC-01 (57/43 Kerry): Butterfield (D) unopposed
NC-02 (54/46 Bush): Etheridge (D) v. Dan Mansell (R)
NC-03 (68/32 Bush): Jones (R) v. Craig Weber (D)
NC-04 (56/44 Kerry): Price (D), Kent Kanoy (D), or Oscar Lewis (D) v. Steve Acuff (R)

Drinking Liberally Chapel Hill

Drained, Glistening, and Still, the Evening's Real Heroes Wait Selflessly For Another Chance to ServeAnybody interested in a Chapel Hill Drinking Liberally? Both the Raleigh and Greensboro forums look dead, and the DL posts on Scrutiny Hooligans and BlogAsheville always make me so jealous. Anyone?

UPDATE: It'sBailey's tonight (Thursday, 3/2) at 7pm. There have been some other good suggestions, so we should figure out tonight where we'll meet in the future.


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

Toll Roads Coming All Over the State

I noted in this post that Triangle residents should be getting ready for tolls. The truth of the matter is that if we do not create viable alternative transportation, toll roads will be needed all over the state. In fact, there are already six projects in the works.

The projects are run by the North Carolina Turnpike Authority and are planned to be placed in these six locations (I am sure more are to come):
Gastonia to Charlotte;
Charlotte Outer Loop/Monroe;

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