Binker at his best


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The past couple of days around here have made it tricky to focus on some of the less glamorous aspects of governance, but you'll be glad to know that others haven't let up. In fact, Mark Binker's Capital Beat blog has one of his strongest stories in months. It's a good analysis that lays out some of the financial challenges the legislature may find itself facing this summer. In particular, Binker points to two paragraphs in the state's current economic projections that we all should be keeping in mind.

Clearly, a protracted and significant slowdown or recession will dampen expectations for revenue growth in FY 2008-09 and may mean that the tentative 4.6% growth rate will need to be lowered. Continued monitoring of both the credit crisis and the impact of rising food and gasoline prices on consumer spending and job growth is crucial.

Welcome Kay Hagan, Candidate for US Senate

Kay Hagan will join us for a live-blog session on Tuesday, April 1 at 5:00 p.m. I am very proud that Kay has agreed to meet with us and I look forward to her answers to our questions. If you haven't had a chance to visit her new web site, give it a look. It's very nicely done and you can see her BlueNC live-blog listed on the calendar.

Thank you, Kay, for agreeing to join us.

Whew!

I want to take a moment to formally thank both excellent candidates for their generosity in joining us tonight. Congratulations! You have made it through the BlueNC wringer with amazing grace. I also want to thank Betsy Muse, Linda Cloud, Jerimee and others for all their support and hard work in making this event possible.

And finally, here's to our great community members for bringing charm, wit and tough questions to the table. That went by really fast.

What do you think?

Richard Moore BlueNC Debate Thread

Welcome State Treasurer Richard Moore and thank you for participating in the BlueNC Gubernatorial Debate.

Richard Moore and Bev Perdue will face off in the NC primary election on May 6, 2008. Tonight is your chance to ask Richard Moore the questions that will help you decide how you will vote in May. Please follow below the fold to view the debate, leave questions and respond to Richard Moore's answers to your questions.

Bev Perdue BlueNC Debate Thread

Welcome Lt. Governor Bev Perdue and thank you for participating in the BlueNC Gubernatorial Debate.

Bev Perdue and Richard Moore will face off in the NC primary election on May 6, 2008. Tonight is your chance to ask Bev Perdue the questions that will help you decide how you will vote in May. Please follow below the fold to view the debate, leave questions and respond to Bev Perdue's answers to your questions.

Tonight

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As a reminder about what to expect tonight, here's the proposal we made to both campaigns last week.

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Hello!

We're very excited that both campaigns have agreed to participate in the BlueNC Democratic Gubernatorial Debate on March 31 at 7:45 pm. This email outlines our plans for the days leading up to the debate, and for the hour-long session itself. We are eager to provide an opportunity for as many people as possible to engage with the candidates, and we are also mindful of the need to deliver a responsible and respectful forum. Our plans are designed to balance all these considerations.

Lord help us

While folks here disagree on many issues, there is one about which we have near unanimity: the tenure of Senator Elizabeth Dole has been an unqualified disaster. And what is Liddy doing these days to improve her performance? She is proposing that we increase our military spending by 20%! What could be better than that! As Rob Schofield at NC Policy Watch suggests, Dole's proposal would result in the US spending $15 a year for every human being on the entire planet.

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