Voting for President Separate

It looks like the voters here in Mecklenburg figured out that you had to vote for president separate. I don't think there is a way to see if the people who voted straight ticket also voted for president, but 98.9% of all voters voted for a presidential candidate, 98.1% voted in the governor's race and 97.7% voted in the senate race.

The machines here remind us at the end if we have missed any races and gives us a chance to go back before we cast our ballot so I am sure that this helped.

How did other counties do?

Electricities: Incompetence run amok

One of the BlueNC watchdogs that keep an eye on Electricities alerted us earlier this week that the incompetent organization was screwing up again, this time striking a questionable deal with a legislator-turned-lobbyist. Today, Rob Schofield at NC Policy Watch, digs a little deeper.

Moore v. Cooper?

Just in case you had any delusions that the world, the country and the state had stepped through the looking glass into happy land, rumblings of discord are already rolling through the hallowed halls in Raleigh. In this instance, the N&O claims there's a turf-battle brewing between Richard Moore and Roy Cooper over who gets to hire lawyers to sue on behalf of the State of North Carolina.

We are a center right nation, you just didn't realize it.

We are still a center-right country and if you have any doubts about that just listen to the news. Listen to Morning Joe on MSNBC and Joe Scarborough and company will repeat it ad naseum throughout the morning. Watch CNN and every announcer will make mention of fact. Watch Hardball and you'll be sure to hear Chris Matthews talking about it. Pick up a newspaper and read the columns, it will be in there somewhere.

Center-right. What does that mean? I guess we'll have to figure it out based on what the country thinks.

Thank you for your service to our country - A Veteran's Day open thread

Dear Veterans,

Thank you for your service to our country.
Thank you for securing and ensuring our safety and the many freedoms we enjoy.
Thank you for helping those in other countries devastated by natural disasters.
Thank you for assisting in our own communities when natural disasters hit home.
Thank you for protecting our global neighbors when aggressors put them in harms way.

The greatest strength of America's military is found in the number of men and women willing to voluntarily put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve the people of this country and those in need around the world. We are truly blessed.

Thank you.

N.C. FREE: The end of an error?

Many of you know WAY more about the rise and fall of NC FREE than I do - and I'd love to get your thoughts on its recent demise. The Winston Salem Journal laments its passing:

During most of the past 25 years, N.C. FREE provided business leaders with a lot of information they needed to keep the progressive balance. Unfortunately, it lost its direction a few years back. Some influential members wanted it to veer to the right, to become another of Raleigh's highly partisan advocacy groups. That killed the organization because other influential members said no and left.

How did North Carolina end up the ultimate toss-up state? Reviewing county data

A rather extensive analysis I made of the political geography of the presidential election results in North Carolina. It measures the swing to Obama (and sometimes McCain) by county and region in comparison with the 2004 results, reviews geographical patterns, and explores some of the demographic contexts. Pointers and criticisms welcome ;).

21st Century Energy Solutions: Algal Biomass

I'm still having a little trouble comprehending the scope of our success in the election. Races I thought we might barely lose we won, and ones I thought we might barely win ended up being blowouts. Amazing. But hovering over the post-coital bliss is the horrible state of our economy, and the fear that the changes we need will be lost in the desperate struggle to survive until the economy turns around. But if North Carolina is going to not only survive but prosper, we're going to have to find the resources to take bold, innovative steps, especially in the area of energy production and usage.

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