Secret conference in Raleigh: Live blogging (shhhhhhhhhhhh)

I'm sitting next to Brad Miller, listening to him talk, at an information conference in Raleigh . . . a group of progressive bloggers who are trying to figure out how to make a difference in state politics. We've all checked our guns at the door, focused entirely on the nature of collaboration and cooperation out here on the Tubes.

Over-arching thought: We're all trying to figure it out, and the way to figure it out is to do it. It is safe for a member of Congress to blog. It is a legitimate channel, a legitimate tactic, a growing force in politics, certainly at the national level - and also at the local and state level.

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BM: In a world of fractured communications, blogs play an increasingly important role, even if they're reaching only small subset of highly engaged activists.

BM: Many candidates don't get the blogosphere . . . all they want is to use and manipulate the blogs, they don't really want to engage, and it shows. They don't let their personalities show through. Which means they're not likely to be effective.

Comments

Im busy

After about 630, but if those of you who are from chapel hill or charlotte get out early drop me a line.

What does the congressman think about the openness of blogs and followup comments at places like this? Obviously he is ok with it, but I know others dont. Does he have any advice for guys like Ed Ridpath who lurk here but have (valid) fears about internet openness?

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"Keep the Faith"

Update

Brad would say without reservation, "Jump in. The water's fine. There's nothing to be afraid of." Just don't go insane . . . it will come back to haunt.

Regarding the Senate race: The national party is apparently not taking "no" for an answer from Mike Easley. Until that shoe drops, Congressman Miller will not be throwing his hat into the Senate ring. Not a definite no, though.

thats what i thought all along

(he says while composing a letter for Chuck Schumer)

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I am buying a new wireless card.

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Mine is finally working



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Insiders view of this session

Mental Health – reform is pretty pitiful, anyone with a good business sense can tell you that the poorest of the poor are not going to invest when the Medicaid system causes them to lose money.
Dentists are reimbursed at 75% of Medicaid, they need to see 80% 5o make money, and that is why they won’t take Medicaid.
Tax credits for health insurance tax credits for daycare.
Bonds – beach access, save the beaches and the coastline, we need to purchase the properrty and tie up the land, there are very few ways of generating revenue sources from that. Other than looking at other taxes.
Schools – obviously school construction always comes up, probably stands a better chance of passage. Fewer and fewer schools being built because of Medicaid load on the counties, the max capacity means we need more schools.
Lottery – distribution of funds, allocated based on low wealth and property taxes.
Death Penalty moratorium – Hackney for and Holliman against, but he will push it forward if the party wants it. Don’t know if it is against it or not.

Much more contentious in the next election because all sorts of bills will be brought up for a vote - like marriage.
Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Silly marriage amendment carries a big risk of coming to....

the floor. This is the downside of a "progressive" legislature that wants impartial districting and impartial rules that allow any old bill to reach the floor.

It's coming to a gun fight, not with a knife, but with bullets for the other fella'.

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

tax credits for daycare. Not

tax credits for daycare.

Not helpful when the working poor can't find adequate child care to begin with. In many counties, the waiting list for child care subsidy is 6 months long. For example, in Moore County, families who applied in August are being called for interviews to see if they qualify now.

Better than tax credits would be more support for the actual infrastructure of child care and early education.

Now I'll be quiet.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

fixing the bold problem.


Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

hmmmm



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It was strong instead of b



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For some reason it fixed on one puter

and not on the others.

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Like the picture

n/t

Lovex7

oops

Robert, I like the picture.

Lovex7

We knew who you meant

We got to listen to a really great congressman speak earlier. :)

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You know that

y'all have way too much fun.

Lovex7

Yeah....well....

you know how wild and crazy these congresscritters are....

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I guess Brad has gone,

but if he is still there you can tell him that I am spending all my money on redoing my hall bathroom. I always call him my new bathroom. I have been trying to select things for it. There is dust everywhere. This is not fun, but I have to think of the end results.

Lovex7

He's still here

I'll see if I can't find a time to tell him. He's down the table from me with lots of men in between us.

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Tell him

that my bathroom is going to be about three campaigns. He really thinks that I have unconditional love, but I reeeeaaaallly want a new bathroom.

Lovex7

Back to cleaning up the dust.

That's the bad part. Have fun.

Lovex7

This is Brad,

not Anglico. Does this have to do with the racoon?

oh for Pete's sake - no inside jokes!

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Robert

ask SD about the raccoon. It wasn't a joke. He destroyed my roof and when it poured rain, it destroyed my den ceiling. That's how I found out what he had done...Niagra Falls in the house. ps Insurance companies to not pay for rodent damage and a raccoon is a rodent.

Lovex7

No

I just wanted a new bathroom. You got a new one so I think I deserve one too.

Lovex7

Just left

He waited . . . but the lure of Big Basketball Game won out.

:)

I don't believe in

cruelty to animals, but every time I see one lying on the side of the road.........

Lovex7

I'm talking about raccoons

n/t

Lovex7

Figured you were talking about some type of vermin. :)



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Idea

Let's introduce our own bill that will discriminate against gays.

No, No, No

It wouldn't be right and I love my friends.

Lovex7

Marriage waiting period.

If you want to get divorced you have to be separated for a 6 months or a year or something. But, if this guy at the end of the table wanted to marry that girl out in the hall, they could probably do it this afternoon.

Make 'em wait.

Make. Then. Wait.

"Protecting Marriage Act" to decrease the numbers of divorce by making people be serious about it.

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Yes

It needs to be much easier to get a divorce and much, much harder to get married.

all of you

are having way too much fun.
STOP THAT RIGHT NOW

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We're going to need a break

This is an amazing gathering. Two dozen cyberluminaries building the future and all that, but, after seeing Drama Queen come in with her UberMochaLatte, I realized I'm going to need a serious break pretty soon.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

A coffee delivery?

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Final score:

North Carolina 92
Arizona 64

we're still debating how to get you to run...

Just kidding.

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Good to see all of you.

Thanks for letting me horn in on the meeting. Maybe we should have beers next time!

"85% of Republicans are Democrats who don't know what's going on." -Robert Kennedy, Jr.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

Horn in?

I'm glad you were there. Beers during would have been a riot. A few of us headed out for beers afterward. We were able to snag Demondeac and CSKendrick, though. Sorry we missed you. Beers during would have been a riot.

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DemonDeac

Is he the same one who blogs at Greensboro N & R? If he is, at times during the campaign I thought he was the only person there who thought like I did.

Lovex7

It was good to see you.

I really appreciated your comments and your impatience with "how things are." Nothing like a high level of frustration to motivate action.

Yes, that was some fun

We need to do that again - with or without the Capital-P Party, as long as there's some sort of lowercase-p party afterwards. :)

It was most excellent meeting all of you over the weekend!

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to have a plate of Smithfield's BBQ (I was ordered to pick some up on the way home - it was part of the deal of me being allowed to leave the hosue, see) and pass out.

The Thornsetter Project

So great to finally meet you

Mmmmm BBQ. I'm fixing a good old southern meal for the family, but I think I'll just have a bowl of soup. I ate too much at the steak house last night.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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