Broad coalition to take action at the Utilities Commission

ACORN, Clean Water for North Carolina, NCPIRG, and NCWARN joined by AARP and others to announce and support an energy and money saving alternative.

What: As families struggle to pay escalating energy bills, they need real ways to save energy and save money. Utility-led proposals are leaving them with few options. Join us as we present an update on the Duke Energy Save-a-Watt hearing, point out who is getting left behind and why it matters, and announce a new action taken at the Utilities Commission.

When: Monday, August 18, 12:15 p.m.

Where: In front of the Archdale Building trellis, off 512 Salisbury Street, facing Halifax Mall and the General Assembly

Dear Bev

Updated with email message from a friend: Keep telling her the the "LG has no clothes" - she needs the reminder now and then, but she is the best hope for what is important to people like us. That Bozo from Charlotte will see us out to the highest bidder. This is exactly how I see it.

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I'm sure you and your staff agonized about whether to sell out poor brown people for political advantage, but agony or not, you came down on the wrong side of an important moral issue. Which makes your campaign irrelevant to me. Don't bother calling. Don't bother writing. Don't bother me at all. You don't need progressives, and progressives don't need you. I'm heading for Mike Munger.

RALEIGH - Leaders of the state's community colleges voted today to close their doors to illegal immigrants until they complete a study and come up with a permanent policy. The decision today by the State Board of Community Colleges marks a reversal from Thursday, when officials indicated they were inclined to admit illegal immigrants pending the outcome of the study.

Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, the Democratic candidate for governor, made the motion to ban illegal immigrants from community colleges while the study is ongoing.

O-No! weighs in on Russia

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I appreciate the N&O's effort to "try" to take a stand on US's role in the Russian-Georgian conflict, but I'm afraid it falls far short of the mark. For example, the subhead on today's lead editorial belies the reality of America's rapidly diminishing stature in the world.

Short of war, America should try to ensure that Georgia's clash with Russia ends with Georgia's independence intact

Try? As our old friend Yoda says, "Do, or do not. There is no try." And in the case of US influence on Russia, there is clearly "do not." Putin could care less about what George W. Bush says or wants.

Edward Chapman in Details Magazine

North Carolina death row exoneree Glen Edward Chapman is profiled in this month's Details magazine. The article is amazing; I have nothing to add, I just wanted everyone at BlueNC to have the chance to read it. Also, there are stunning photographs which do not appear in the online version of the article, so I encourage people to pick up a print copy at their local newsstand.

McCrory's First Negative Ad Hits the Air

The NC governor's race was fairly tight until recently with as little as one point between current Lt. Gov Beverly Perdue and Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory. Now Perdue has pulled out a nearly 10 point lead against McCrory and there's one thing Republicans know what to do when the going get's dirty straight from the Republican Handbook.


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