Wrap on the Raleigh Obama Town Hall

(Click here for replay of 4/17 PHB CoverItLive blog of the Obama Town Hall.)

Below are my thoughts about the event, along with some photos and video.

The setting.

The Barack Obama Town Hall event at the Kerr Scott Building on the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh was fairly intimate affair in comparison to rallies held in large venues. I got there around 10:30, and we didn't get in until around 11:30 as the Secret Service and local police took all press gear (laptops, cameras, etc.) and screened it.

There were about 1200 ticketed attendees; all assembled in an orderly fashion and socialized as it was a pretty long wait before things got started (1PM). The crowd was very diverse -- a lot of young people, and a surprising amount of the over 50 set of all colors. The volunteer staff was plentiful. Many VIPs -- state and area officials, as well as the local black political intelligentsia, were up front near the podium.

Morning Post

Spring's back BTW. Must plan weekend.
• Piedmont Farm Tour is this weekend. C'mon ya hippies.
• Top story in this week's Citizen is word of a big Obama rally in Cboro
• Speaking of rallies, here's the traffic report for today's.
• Superdelegates Watt and Price go for Obama. There's talk that so will most of the Dems in the delegation, 'cept Schuler.
• Moore and Perdue are fixin' to debate, uh, somewhere

Statistical snookery

In the never-ending job of debunking lies and deceptions that emanate from various acts in the Art Pope Puppetshow, it's always gratifying to find that regular people get it. That's what I found in this letter to the editor in the News and Observer today.

In his recent Point of View column criticizing the certification and licensure requirements for North Carolina teachers, Robert Luebke of the John W. Pope Civitas Institute proved once again that conversations about public education are tinged with deceiving statistics slung by organizations with an agenda. Consider his comparison of two Raleigh high schools:

Live-Blog with Rep. Ty Harrell, NC House District 41

Please join us this evening for a live-blog chat with Ty Harrell, the Representative for North Carolina's State House District 41. Ty is one of the first African American elected officials to represent a majority white district, if not the first. His district leans Republican, and he campaigned with a progressive platform at GOP events.

If you aren't able to join us this evening at 7:00 p.m., please leave your questions on this thread.

Dalton meets the Mendoza Line - or why batting .166 just isn't going to get it done

Today I, and I am sure many of you, received an email from Senator Walter Dalton, touting his support among "prominent African American leaders from all across the state." Dalton received the endorsement of the George C. Simkins Committee PAC in Greensboro and the members of the Senate Black Caucus. I congratulate Senator Dalton on this accomplishment. Any baseball player will tell you, however, that going 1 for 6 will lose you your spot in the Show.

With years of effort and dedication to not only the pretty talk, but the actual hard facts and effort of working for equality of opportunity and racial progress, Hampton Dellinger put himself in a position to receive 5 of the 6 major endorsements from African American political organizations across the state. More on why these endorsements of these two candidates are indicative of their leadership below the fold.

Update on fracas over LGBT protections for state workers

On Tuesday I discussed Equality NC's announcement that the State Personnel Commission had added protections for workers based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to the 2008 State Personnel Manual.

Not long after that change went up on the state web site, the local anti-gay machinery went into high gear. Homo-obsessed House Minority Leader Rep. Paul Stam (pauls@ncleg.net) and the anti-gay bible beaters at the NC Family Policy Council publicly called for the removal of the fairness language. Because of a matter of the difference between "rules" and "policies" in the state, there's now a tussle over what this change means, as the non-discrimination policy has been adopted by the State Personnel Commission and it has not rescinded it.

In the end, the language adding the protections has been stripped from the web site over the fracas.

ENC Executive Director Ian Palmquist explains below the fold, as well as a look at the pro-LGBT candidate in the wings ready to unseat Stam.

Now THIS is a corporate Democrat I can support.

Below you will see what a true corporate Democrat looks like. A Democrat who has been a successful businessperson, but who still holds true to Progressive values. There doesn't have to be a disconnect between pro-business and pro-people. Wow, I just saw the last minute of this video while I was writing, you don't want to miss it. I can't wait to watch the entire forum!


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