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I am happy and honored to announce that our Democratic candidates for governor will join us on Monday, March 31, at 7:45 pm, for the first online gubernatorial debate in North Carolina history. My deepest thanks to both candidates and their very busy campaign staffs, for working with us to make this event happen. In keeping with our commitment to transparency, here is the proposal that has been accepted by both campaigns. Now we need your help to make it happen. As you'll see below, your first job is to load up the questions.

When Mike Munger Speaks

“The Democrats in North Carolina are what the Republicans usually are, and the Republicans are the Taliban,” Munger said, with characteristic brashness. “They look to scripture to decide what their positions should be.”

In a wide-ranging interview with the Winston-Salem Journal, Mike Munger, Libertarian candidate for governor in North Carolina, does what almost no politician ever does: he calls it exactly like he sees it. And while I don't agree with much of what the good professor has to say, I sure do love the way he says it.

Stop Alcoa = Save North Carolina Water - Yadkin River is a vital North Carolina Water Resource

Anyone living in North Carolina knows that the entire state is facing drought conditions which are not going away anytime soon. To combat this situation, the state is urging municipalities to consider allocating and transferring water resources to meet the needs of customers.

Frontpaged for discussion.

NRCC attacks me for telling the TRUTH

I'm told our campaign is doing well and that the proof is in the attacks coming from the National Republican Congressional Committee. I realize it is their job to try and build up their candidate, Republican Robin Hayes, by tearing me down, but this is ridiculous.

NRCC Press Office
March 17, 2008

Candidate for NC-08 Will Say Anything to Get Elected

Washington- Larry Kissell, the re-run candidate for North Carolina's 8th Congressional District, can't make up his mind on whether he supports or opposes earmarks. His inconsistency on the issue shows he will do or say anything to get elected.

Earlier this year, Larry Kissell was complaining about earmarks, according to a local press report...

Open Thread Goodness for Tuesday

What Jerimee wants, Jerimee gets.

Can I have a Tuesday open Thread?
Submitted by Jerimee on Tue, 03/25/2008 - 9:40am.

The N&O, under the mealy mouthed headline "Fewer in NC affirm GOP ties," is reporting that

The number of self-identifying Republicans in North Carolina is dropping.

The number of North Carolinians identifying as Republican has dropped from 35 percent in 2004 to 26 percent, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.

Show me your candidate's elevator speech.

Most of you have seen the following video of John Edwards talking at Gnomedex, because I have embedded it about a million times. There is a reason for that, it was this video that turned my attention away from local politics and onto the national stage for well over a year. In this video, John Edwards threw down the gauntlet to the Democratic Party. It was a peek at how John Edwards would run for President, with his head held high and with a lack of "weasel words". This is the John Edwards elevator speech for me.

After the break I'm going to show the elevator pitch that turned me into a big fan of another candidate. I'm asking you to do the same, show me the elevator pitch that excited you about "your favorite candidate".

4000 Dead As Iraq War enters 6th Year

November 14, 2007, 2nd Lieutenant Peter H. Burks, Specialist Derek R. Bunks and Sergeant Kenneth R. Booker were all killed in Iraq under hostile fire. August, September and October had seen 189 U.S. fatalities in Iraq and the U.S. Armed Services death toll had escalated to 3,830 by November 14th.

That same day House Resolution 4156 landed on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Welcome Beth Wood, Candidate for State Auditor

Please Welcome Beth Wood, candidate for the State Auditor's position. From Beth's website:

I am a long-time public servant with 15 years of auditing experience. If elected, I will return the State Auditor’s Office to its former high standards and not engage in any private consulting work or activity that will diminish my focus on my only priority, which will be monitoring the state’s use of $20 billion in state funds and federal tax payer dollars.

Monday Morning Open Thread - 3/24

I'm tilling the earth today. I have a 1000 sq ft garden out back, which is quite large for me. Some veggies I'm trying to grow for the very first time. The writing side of blogging will have to wait just a tad longer while I finish my initial tilling today. In a couple of weeks I'll work the soil again and then - if I can wait - I'll put the plants into my garden that have been growing in my breakfast room for the past few weeks. This is my idea of therapy.

What's on your schedule for today?

Oh.....Way to go Davidson Wildcats! That was the most exciting game to watch. We were cheering for Davidson and jumping around the living room. I'm sure the dogs thought we'd gone berserk. They usually hide when we're watching the Heels play a tight game.

Congrats to the Heels too.

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