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Turn NC Blue on Twitter

Turn NC Blue is now on Twitter. Once a few folks start following and so forth, we're gonna pop out a 30-second, one-question survey to get your help in focusing our efforts.

Thanks, all.


My favorite new toy ... Politwoops

The folks at the Sunlight Foundation are always blessing us with ways to keep government open and honest. Their newest offering won't disappoint.

Advocacy and progressivism in a blood-red NC

There's no way to put a positive spin on yesterday's outcome for state-level politics. I fear that what we saw coming out of the Legislature for the last two years was merely a foreshadowing of future events. And I'm sure there are many reading this who don't believe there's anything we can do about this until the next election.

Well, I'm here to tell you that you are wrong.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

We'll start out with some meme-busting:

NCPoliticalBeat 9:52am via [Off the Record] Intolerance at Elon #NCPol

This should be a no-brainer, but: fighting against intolerance is not intolerance, at least not in the illogical "false equivalency" approach the right is trying to sell. Especially in the post-Citizens United era when companies like Chick-Fil-A can spend unlimited monies from their general funds (retail profits) to warp our public policy, we must hold them accountable when they (with malice and aforethought) target a subset of our population with an eye towards dehumanizing them. That's not intolerance, it's called standing up for each other. It doesn't get more American than that.

Progressives are losing the Twitter battle: A Call to Action

I have to admit that, until recently, I had been a "lurker" on Twitter, always watching and following, never participating. I've kept up with the #ncpol and #NCGA hashtags for a while, and something that's struck me, especially in recent weeks, is how much stronger the Conservative presence appears to be. Every time there's a new NC politics story, Civitas/the John Locke Foundation are right on it, and then there are dozens of people retweeting. Unfortunately that rarely happens on the left.

Connect with Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin on Facebook and Twitter

From a news release linked here:

It is an exciting time for North Carolina politics! As the 2012 campaign season heats up, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is ramping up his efforts to reach out to voters, colleagues and supporters.

Goodwin’s website has been redesigned to make it easy to find the latest news about his service to North Carolina, watch video messages on YouTube, or follow his updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Goodwin has made transparent and open government a cornerstone of his efforts in the office of Insurance Commissioner. Creating a clear and open dialogue with citizens is equally important in his campaign.

“I love to talk to North Carolinians about the issues that are most important to them,” Goodwin said. "North Carolina is a big state, but social media can bring us together almost instantly."

Learn more at and/or follow on Twitter @WayneGoodwinNC.

Social Media and the World of technology from WRAL

05/14: Social media and politics
WRAL's David Crabtree and NCCapitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie go "On the Record" about how social media is pushing into the world of politics.

Interesting discussion of the current "cutting edge" technology and how some members of the NCGA use it.


This isn't North Carolina specific, but I wanted to share a quick note about a new tool that may be of interest to those working with advocacy organizations or political campaigns.

My online outreach firm has been working with a brand new web platform called NationBuilder. It is innovative and provides brilliant integration of social media, with an intuitive interface, both for supporters and for administrators.

NationBuilder has a lot of great features straight out of the box, which we've been able to further customize as well. If you want to see it in action, visit Action NC. (You should visit them anyway - they are a good group).

On "Military Endorsements", Or, Another Weird Christine O'Donnell Story

I have a ton of things on the desk at the moment, and I don’t have the time to really run out this story before Election Day, but I want to bring to your attention something very strange that I found on the 2008 “Christine O’Donnell for Senate” MySpace page.

What it basically comes down to is that the United States Marine Corps and the United States Army are “Christine O’Donnell for Senate” MySpace friends, or that there are persons who have created United States Army and USMC MySpace pages that purport to be official that have “befriended” her candidacy. There’s also a Navy page that appears to emanate from a US Navy recruiting office in California on her ’08 campaign’s “friends” list.

At a minimum, all of this would seem to be a combination of inappropriate behavior and poor management of social media; at worst, you have activity that is “some kind of unlawful”, either on an administrative or civil level.

I’ll make this fast...but I’ll also make it interesting.
Follow along, and you’ll see what I mean.

We need a Martin Luther

First of all, sorry about not posting for so long. I’ve been ill, and I’m just getting around to pretending to be normal.

Sociologically speaking, the American Dream is a religion – a civil religion, but a religion nonetheless. We have the Bill of Rights taking the spot of the Ten Commandments; we have heaven and hell in the form of wealth and poverty; and our politicians and pundits are our clergy. (Does that make the President the Pope?) Hell, we even have witch hunts of “socialists” as enemies of the religion who are, much like the original witch hunts, entirely innocent of the accusation.

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