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I now return you to your regularly scheduled political revolution.
Submitted by Gordon Smith on Thu, 12/28/2006 - 4:30pm
Heady times here at BlueNC, when an upstanding progressive Congressman comes for a two-hour chat with the bloggerrati. Go read the Liveblogging thread from earlier today if you haven't done so yet, then come back here and tell us what you think.
Or just fire away with the things you know we ought to know whether we know it or not.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Thu, 12/28/2006 - 10:00am
Brad Miller holds a special place in the hearts of those of us at BlueNC. Early in our history he agreed to blog his response to the President's 2006 State of the Union Address. BlueNC had only been around a few months, so we were flattered he would take the time to post here.
Congressman Miller is a true progressive. Back in June, I wrote this about him in a diary a DailyKos:
Many of you have read the diaries written by Representative Brad Miller from North Carolina. You know that he gets science. You know he supports the blogging community and was part of a panel at Yearly Kos. You know he's a progressive and you probably know he's just a great guy - very honest, very smart and very genuine. What you might not know about Brad Miller is something that many of you will think is trivial, but I think is vitally important.
Have you heard the saying that 80% of success is just showing up? Well, Brad Miller shows up to vote. Every. Single. Time. He is one of only 5 representatives in the U.S. House that has bothered to show up for every single vote during the 109th Congress.
He brings high ethical and moral standards to his job - something that has been sorely lacking in the Republican House.
Submitted by Robert P. on Thu, 12/28/2006 - 8:30am
live-blogging from 7-9AM in NOLA
And so it begins...
For those of us who sat with white knuckles while Kerry picked up one primary state after another following Iowa, the time has come. After two years of fighting for every seat, for our Congress, and for our Senate - it's time to fight for the leadership of our party. The President leads the party, and now is the time to pick a Democrat for President.
In the summer and fall of 2003, I came to believe that Senator John Edwards could lead our party best. I feel no different now.
Submitted by Robert P. on Wed, 12/27/2006 - 4:16pm
I am here in NOLA "with" the John Edwards team, with meaning in the same spot. Senator Edwards is doing some work with a group of middle school students and we (NCDem) and myself are covering the event. There will be a large post from NCDem tonight with video and stills and then something by me tomorrow, here and at Kos.
Submitted by George Pence on Wed, 12/27/2006 - 2:26pm
Rep. David Price is a very popular man here at BlueNC, and well he should be. However, one person we don't pay enough attention to is his wife, Lisa Price. I've never met the woman. I wouldn't know her if she walked up behind me and tapped me on the shoulder. However, what I do know is that she is executive director of the North Carolinians Against Gun Violence Education Fund, and that is enough for my great admiration and warm regard.
Gun violence in North Carolina is a terrible problem. Firearm death rates in North Carolina track substantially ahead of the national average, accounting for about 1,200 deaths per year. Even more tragic is that gun violence is disproportionately visited upon the young. In a typical year about 55 out of 100,000 North Carolinians between 15 and 24 will be the victims of a fatal shooting. Every five days a child in North Carolina under the age of 17 dies as a result of gun injury.
All of this is sad, but North Carolina is guilty of a second scandal with grave national implications. Our gun laws are so lax that we've become notorious as an exporter of illegal firearms to states with gun laws more rational than our own.
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