Union Co. Kissell Supporter Organizes Big Trip to D.C.

Earlier this morning a bus took off from Union County, NC carrying a large group of 8th District Larry Kissell supporters. The trip was organized by Nancy Rorie, President of Democratic Women of Union County. I sure wish I was on that bus.

The group includes volunteers, fundraisers, local party officials, reporters and some Kissell family members. Nancy started work immediately after the election to put this trip together. She's known for making things happen here in Union County, so it was a foregone conclusion that the trip would be a success.

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End of Holiday Open Thread


Here is an eye-opener to start your Monday.

In 2002, four intrepid researchers filed a Freedom of Information Act. But they weren't looking for information on Guantanamo or revelations from Cheney's lair. All they wanted was the FDA's drug analysis data. Taxpayer funded research. They got it. The studies examined were conducted between 1987 and 1999 andcovered Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Serzone, and Effexor. They found, on average, that placebos were 80 percent as effective as the drugs.

Dealing With State Government Online

Recently I considered "less ranting" for possible inclusion on a list of New Year's Resolutions. I am going to adopt Dan's already broken "stop sleeping late" resolution, at least until tomorrow anyway. But going rantless or even "rant-lite" is going to have to wait until at least a year from now, because I've got a rant that's been building since early last year, and previous mini-rants on this subject haven't sufficiently scratched my rant itch. For those familiar with earlier rants, I'll do the freshest rant first, so you can avoid any rerun rants.

2008: It was a long and exciting year

BlueNC kicked off 2008 with a live blog with Larry Kissell. Almost one year later to the day, Larry Kissell will be sworn in as a United States congressman. After three long years and a lot of hard work we all helped Larry Kissell make it to Washington. Less than a week after his live blog at BlueNC, SEIU announced polling results showing Larry Kissell ahead of Robin Hayes in the polls.

Unsung Heroes: The Nature Conservancy in North Carolina

North Carolina's Coastal Plain is an enigma to most of us. Vast stretches of flat nothingness to traverse on our way to the beaches. But that nothingness is actually an incredible and precious world of wonder and diversity, and it may be one of the first casualties of our lack of foresight in our continued addiction to fossil fuels.

The Fix Choses "The Best Senate Campaign of 2008"

Chris Cillizza from The Washington Post has chosen his Best Senate Campaign of 2008...I think you see where this is going.

Drumroll please.... And the best Senate campaign of 2008 is:

Kay Hagan of North Carolina -- Hagan, a state senator, got into the race against Sen. Elizabeth Dole after a number of better known candidates including Gov. Mike Easley and Rep. Brad Miller took a pass on the contest.

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Year in Review....an Open Thread

Many of us are looking ahead with a little bit of dread. We are worried about the financial crisis and what it will do to our personal finances. We're worried about our neighbors and friends losing their jobs and their homes. We're worried about our own jobs, our own homes. That's a lot of worrying.

It's tough to imagine ending such an unbelievably stellar political year with all this worry, so instead of dwelling on what lies ahead, let's think back on how we got here.

What was your favorite moment, hour, day, event of the year? If you can't pick just one, share your favorite family moment, work day or political event. Heck, you can even share your favorite BlueNC post or conversation.

Share away.

Pandering to Bigots is Wrong

Rick Warren is a bigot. It doesn't matter how many best-selling books he's written. It doesn't matter how many times he has prayed. It doesn't matter how big his church is or how many followers he has. Rick Warren is a bigot.

Barack Obama has endorsed a bigot. It doesn't matter how he paints it. It doesn't matter if he calls it a team of rivals. It doesn't matter if he calls it being inclusive or engaging in "diversity of thought." Barack Obama has endorsed a bigot.

To think that a bigot like Rick Warren is representative of all Evangelical Christians is an insult to those Christians who find it possible to live their lives through Christ without engaging in hate speech and bigotry. Giving Evangelical Christians a seat at the table is one thing, but celebrating a bigot is unacceptable.

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