Welcome . . . to the Dome Blog!

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Greg Flynn emailed me tonight with some very good news. Under the Dome has a blog.

I'm excited about this for lots of reasons, the most important being my favorite thing in the whole wide world: transparency. The blogosphere is one big happy fishbowl. Or snow-dome, if you will. (Hey Dome, feel free to rip off my logo idea!) We now have a direct line to a handful of people who play an important role in shaping the political agenda in North Carolina. And make no mistake, that's what they do. The stories they cover, the verbs they use, the angles they play, the things they leave out. It all adds up to agenda-setting, and I personally believe that's the name of the game.

It Was A Beautiful Day in Moore County

Saturday, April 21st, the Moore County Democratic Party held a fundraising luncheon at Little River Golf and Resort in Carthage. There were over 200 good dems in attendance and we were fortunate to have a great keynote speaker, Governor Jim Hunt. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

The theme of the luncheon was "Celebrating Educational Leadership", and the two people that were celebrated this day were Evelyn “Ebby” Bruton Monroe and Rep. T. Clyde Auman (deceased), both hardworking and faithful Dems.

As most of you know, I have been taking a class provided by Moore County to help the citizens better understand how our government works and what it takes in both man-power and finances. Ebby has also been attending and we have all been blessed to have her there to ask the right questions. It wasn’t until this luncheon that I realized just how hard she has worked behind the scenes in North Carolina Democratic policies.

Larry Kissell Finds One of His 330 Votes, Robin Hayes Runs Scared

The Larry Kissell team has found one of the 330 votes we were missing in 2006. Not only that, this vote actually takes one away from Robin Hayes. The young lady you see pictured on the left was willing to speak to us on Saturday at the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party convention in Charlotte. She explained that her family had always voted Republican and she followed suit.

Then, she made friends of a different political persuasion and she opened her mind to the things they were saying. It didn't take long for her to become a Kissell convert. Before you hear her testimonial, though, Larry needs your vote. No, not for congress. That comes later. Larry is in the running for DFA Grassroots All-Stars. At last check he was running a close fourth and we need to bump him up into the top three. Please visit DFA and vote for Larry Kissell.


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Jack Betts piles on, adding his voice to those declaring the end of the Site C OLF saga. I think it's dead too, but we can't let up. The Navy has lied and cheated and bullied and worse throughout this sad chapter in North Carolina history, and they won't go away quietly. In fact, as Parmea has suggested, they've amassed a record of so many lies that whatever they do will inevitably reveal the depths of their corruption.

I'd like to put his one behind us too, because there are plenty of other things we need to focus on. But we can't do that. Not yet.

Meck Dems on Solid Footing and Ready to Move Forward

I spent time at the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party convention yesterday and have decided to take a brief sabbatical from criticizing my local party. There is new leadership and an almost entirely new executive board. There were positive briefings from the state and city and a spirited talk from James Ferguson, a local civil rights leader. The only thing that seemed to be lacking was a good supply of Democrats.

The shame of it

The slow motion meltdown of public responsibility around mental health in North Carolina reminds me of America's response to genocide in Africa. Well-intentioned hand-wringing about the oh-so-sad misfortunes of others, flurries of words, a smattering of dollars thrown like band-aids at the problems.

Better than nothing, but not by much.

And oh my the finger-pointing. Hooker. Easley. The senators. The representatives. It's always somebody else's fault. So sorry. There's nothing I can do.

I call bullshit.

There's are a hundred things you could do if you wanted to. Any of you. It's not a matter of "can" - it's a matter of "don't want to."

David Price at the Orange County Democratic Convention

Howdy folks.
I am back from the Orange County Democratic Convention, unfortunately, I had to leave early. I arrived early, though! I was tabling for the John Edwards for President Campaign, handing out bumper stickers and signing up volunteers. I had some good 'cue from the Barbecue Joint in Chapel Hill, then we went in for the meeting. I only stayed for the beginning, so I can't give you all the dirty details, hopefully someone else will fill in the resolutions and such. But, I had to make a point about David Price. There are many liberals in Chapel Hill who are so far left that they often disparage David Price and his actions in Congress. To those people I saw Phooey!!! I wish I had a recording of his speech, there were many strong progressives points he made, about mental health parity, about the VA health care system, about poverty. But, the most poignant moment was when he was discussing "gun control" and the VT shootings. I was unaware that Lisa Price, his wife, was the head of an anti-gun violence organization. I don't know the reasons behind this, if there was some personal reason that she started into this line of work, but you could tell that he was emotionally invested. At one point, the Congressman was choked up to the point that his voice was cracking and his eyes were misting.

He also mentioned a recent interview with E.J. Dionne which I would like to paste after the break.

In praise of Lance

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We've had a lot of newcomers around lately, which is always exciting. But it also means that many people may not know about the person who operates more or less behind the curtain. His name is Lance, and he is worthy of sainthood.

Lance has a real full-time job, having just graduated from law school, that keeps him hopping on all fronts. Plus he and wonderful wife have a new baby. How he finds time to monitor BlueNC and respond in our many moments of crisis is beyond me. But he does that on a regular basis, and he does a lot more. He's always tweaking the site for performance improvements and new features - and most of what he does we rarely even know about - it's that seamless.

So as you're out on the Tubes today, I hope you'll take a moment to thank Lance for all he does.


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