Submitted by Betsy Muse on Wed, 11/29/2006 - 8:43am
Today is the day that the initial eye-hand recount of 3% of precincts in the 8th District will be started. The recount of 13 precincts chosen at random from the 10 counties is expected to last only two days.
As was discussed in the comments on this thread written by Sam Spencer, each county will have at least one precinct counted by hand with Cumberland, Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counting two precincts.
Each precinct will be chosen at random by elections officials in each county according to an article in The Charlotte Observer. Of the 10 counties that make up the 8th District, Larry Kissell won six. Hayes carried Cumberland, Union and Cabarrus and Stanly counties.
I found this article in Forbes magazine via Progressives States Network. If you don't know about this organization, you should. They do an excellent job finding what's happening in out in the various states and sharing best practices far and wide.
What's notable in this piece is that a mainstream business publication is reading the political tea leaves and discovering where the action really is: in the states. They even have a blueprint for action for building a progressive majority starting at the grassroots level.
Submitted by Robert P. on Tue, 11/28/2006 - 3:02pm
I'll make this simple. Kos has an open thread up looking for nominations for next year's frontpage bloggers. The chance of little ol' BlueNC sending someone to the front page are slim and none. Given that, which of us has the best shot?
Submitted by gregflynn on Tue, 11/28/2006 - 3:31am
The picture you see is of yard signs in a garden on my street. The garden is that of neighbor Scott Falmlen, former executive director of the state Democratic Party and one of the organizers of "FairJudges.net" the 527 committee which received and spent over $200,000 in "non-partisan" judicial races on behalf of the three Democratic judges shown and one Republican incumbent (running against late convert Democrat "persona non grata" Rachel Hunter). Scott is a nice guy who always waves when I pass him in the street.
Another 527 committee, the "NC Homeowners Alliance" spent over $70,000 mostly in opposition to State Representative Bonner Stiller, a Brunswick County two-term Republican. Stiller was re-elected. The "NC Homeowners Alliance" is actually an organ of the NC Association of Realtors whose lobbyist Tim Kent is a contact for the group. Tim is a nice guy, a former executive director of the NC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and, former newsman, who has always been helpful and thoughtful in his dealings with me.
Submitted by jwrandolph on Mon, 11/27/2006 - 3:53pm
This post is intended to continue to bring to light the problems with current energy production and consumption, and show what one little corner of the world here in western North Carolina is doing to pitch in on a GLOBAL problem of fossil fuel production and consumption.
In Appalachia, we begin by trading nightmarish mountaintop removal coal-mining, for an afternoon breeze...
As America awakes to the effects that our energy production and consumption is having on the globe, people are shocked to find out that we do things like blow up 100s of 1000s of acres in our own mountains for a just little bit of coal. One of the most agreed upon tenets among those of us working for sustainable energy policy is that "there is no silver bullet" as far as alternative energy. Another words, it isn't feasible to run everything in the United States off just solar, just wind, or just hydro power. I adhere to this belief. America will need to localize our energy solutions in order to create the sustainable, clean, stable, domestic energy policy that everyone wants and needs.
Submitted by Robert P. on Mon, 11/27/2006 - 10:48am
Okay, so there was little real interest in the 100C idea at the "official" level. Which, let's face it, is not surprising. It's time for us to figure out what we can and cannot do here at BlueNC or through whatever "alternate" ego we establish.
I'd like to make something perfectly clear here. I like collaboration. I dig collaboration. And, I know that leadership in collaboration means not always being in charge, not always getting your way, and not getting credit. I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT. If I could find a job doing just that, I would. Finding collaborative grants, convincing everyone to participate, spearheading their writing, getting funded, then moving on to another one. I love this stuff. So, I'm going to kick things off here with the full understanding that this will grow into whatever y'all want it to be. I'll play whatever role I can and no more. With that, some random thoughts below the break.
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