Shuler One of DCCC's "Red to Blue" 22

Noted without comment:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) on Thursday announced the 22 candidates who will be early beneficiaries of its “Red to Blue” program — which will provide fundraising and strategic assistance to non-incumbent candidates the party has deemed as top contenders for November’s elections.

CQPolitics.com - House: ‘Red to Blue’ Candidates Will Get DCCC Greenbacks

What is your purpose?

Dear Bloggers.

We have been graced, again, by the presence of one John Hood.

John Hood is President and Chairman of the John Locke Foundation, Raleigh, North Carolina. He is also a syndicated columnist, television commentator, and a radio host. He has authored three books and written articles for national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, Nation's Business, and Reader's Digest, while also appearing on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, and other channels. Photo from the John Locke Foundation website.

Following a previous response by this man, I sent an email to several of the people that post here to discuss BlueNC's purpose. So, now I think it is time for all of us to answer the question, what is your purpose?

Supercharging the grassroots and netroots

Yesterday at Daily Kos there was one of those "best ideas ever." The author called it "Open Source Campaigns." It will probably (hopefully?) pick up traction and be prominent there and at MyDD.

No reason BlueNC and NC in general should not be at the leading edge.

The idea is simple: organize the skills of the netroots folks into a clearinghouse for helping candidates with tasks that do not need on-site volunteers: web site design, graphic arts, data analysis and database management, etc.

As a first-time candidate in a local election (Forsyth County Board of Education) I can attest to the need for such services with my website effort and in other areas. Something along the lines of what was described by the diarist would be a huge force-multiplier.

The Prince Of Puppets

I have to tell you, this is about as sad as it gets. Grown men and women in Wake County who actually give a damn what John Hood thinks about anything, and especially about public education. I guess when your bossman is Art "the Puppetmaster" Pope you get accustomed to people sucking up to you, but this sorry spectacle is beyond belief.

First Romanian Killed in Iraq

The first Romanian to die in combat in Iraq was killed in an attack last night:

The Romanian Defense Ministry identified the soldier as corporal Bogdan Hancu, a 28-year-old military policeman from the eastern city of Iasi. He is Romania's first combat casualty in Iraq.

The country has 860 troops in Iraq as part of the multinational force.

Romania has its own history of enduring a brutal dictator, but this poverty stricken nation's decision to enter this war was also affected by the millions in aid that they received from America:

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Vandals sprayed anti-war graffiti and profanity Wednesday on buildings used by military reservists at two North Carolina universities.

Winston-Salem Journal | Anti-war graffiti sprayed on UNC-CH and N.C. State buildings. Dear celestialbeing: our Republic is quite a ways from the point where the only avenue open for dissent is vandalism.

Wake County Commissioner Candidate Goes Off the Deep End

Local politics is so much fun. None of the scripted plays of the national level. Take this gem dug up by WakePol for example...

Republican County Commission candidate, Micheal Luther, has asked to debate the School Board. Luther apparently does not feel like debating his primary opponent and incumbent, Tony Gurley, since they are "friends". The School Board was needless to say shocked:

[School Board Member Carol Parker]I'm surprised at your request to debate the school board — generally when you run for office you debate your opponent. Each of us have been through campaigning and were elected by the voters.

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