Egads! Where's my BlueNC?

We're getting there. We're also cleaning up some messes along the way. BlueNC won't look like this forever, but we can still use BlueNC as we always have. Let's talk about some changes that will stick around even after BlueNC looks like BlueNC.

1. First, let's take a look at how we write our blog posts. When you open the page to write a blog you should see one big square. We no longer need a separate teaser. We will use the radio button above the square that reads, "Split summary at cursor." As soon as you finish writing your teaser just click on that button.

Sister Blog Site Calling it a Day - Raising Kaine to End its Run this Year

I'm sad to announce that the leader in state blogs and a personal blogfather of mine is calling it quits. Raising Kaine will be shutting its doors on December 31, 2008. Lowell Feld, a man who is so much more than an accomplished blogger, has decided to return to his work involving international energy issues.

Please head on over and let them know they'll be missed. Whether you read them or not, they've touched your experience here as they set a strong example for other state blogs.

"We're No Longer A Southern State"

I went to the drugstore today. Better living through chemistry, and all.
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For the second time since I voted, I saw the man who helped me with my touch machine at election time. A big bear of a man, a white senior citizen, oozing friendliness and goodwill.

This time, in the drugstore, I decided to say hello. "Did you work at the polls?" I asked. "Yes," he said, "for early voting." "I thought you looked familiar," I said.

"Did you see me in the newspaper?"
"No, I saw you at the polls."
"You don't read the newspaper?"
"No. My husband does."

Daylight "Wastings" Time

For all the talk about energy savings in today's political environment, effective actions are few and far between. So when a simple opportunity to save millions of dollars in energy costs comes along, we should take advantage of it. North Carolina should abandon the outdated and misguided practice of Daylight Savings Time.

Wayne Goodwin on Voter Financed Elections

I caught up with Wayne Goodwin this week and asked him about his campaign. I was specifically interested in how public financing worked for him. Both he and his opponent participated in public financing, so were on equal footing in that regard. The most obvious result of their participation is that insurance industry money was kept at a minimum in both campaigns reducing the appearance that those who are regulated by the office also hold influence over it.

This year the voters booted the insurance industry and its employees out of this campaign, not that the current or future office holders were or would have been influenced by their contributions in the first place.

The following is a bit of my Q & A with Commissioner-elect Goodwin:

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