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The Center for Integrating Research and Action at UNC Chapel Hill is sponsoring a conference this weekend on the challenge of making local food available all across our state. Deborah Webb, executive director of the Community Farm Alliance (CFA) based in Frankfort, Kentucky, is keynoting the conference, and she's agreed to join us this morning for a live-blogging session.

A lawyer by training, Deborah has worked with the Kentucky CFA since 1986. In 2000, CFA was instrumental in fashioning legislation to allocated $1.7 billion in tobacco settlement funds for the purpose of transitioning Kentucky’s tobacco dependent communities.

Deborah has a tight schedule today, but I'm expecting her to be on starting at 9 am for about an hour.



The North Carolina Democratic Party announces a series of Platform and Resolutions Committee meetings to be held in July and August across the state.

The purpose of the Platform and Resolutions Committee meetings is to gather input, consider and recommend resolutions.

Eligible for consideration are resolutions that were passed by one or more district conventions and those submitted by a state Party group, the Platform and Resolutions Committee, the state Party chairman, or the public at large.

Bob Hall on the Black sentence

Statement from Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina, regarding the sentencing of former House Speaker Jim Black:

The ugly story of former Speaker Jim Black's abuse of power is not yet finished. New evidence of possible corruption involving a high-powered lobbyist linked to the video-poker industry demands the immediate and full attention of state and federal prosecutors.

From the beginning, Democracy North Carolina has pushed to hold the donors of illegal money accountable, not just the politicians. Now, with the revelation of a $500,000 "loan" from a video-poker lobbyist, we have come full circle from our original complaint in June 2004 alleging a conspiracy by the video-poker industry to funnel illegal donations into Jim Black's

Call a Young Democrat today

and thank her or him for their work. Word comes today from Melissa Price [via Pat B.] that the Senate passed the House version of H91, Registration and Voting at One Stop Sites. The bill allows for voter registration and voting by Absentee ballot at early voting sites up to the weekend before election day.

The YD's made this their Legislative priority for 2007 and they saw it through. At the risk of sounding over 200 years old ...


Almond Crunch

Mark Binker was the first to post about a developing story concerning Stanly County Republican State Representative David Almond. Apparently some strange stuff has been going on and House Republicans have been huddled. No-one knows for sure what the facts are but resignation may be in the cards for Almond who also represents parts of Montgomery and Union counties. Almond will have another meeting tomorrow with Republican leaders to tell them "what his position is".


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