Grier Martin for US Senate

This is a reprise of a post I wrote on June 26th. The only thing that's changed since then is that my enthusiasm for Grier Martin continues to grow. According to the Dome, Grier is taking a good hard look at jumping into this race. I encourage you to help him "look" by sending him words of encouragement and support. The time is right for Grier Martin to move boldly to challenge a woman many consider to be the worst North Carolina Senator in modern times.

Make Them Pay

Anyone who is paying attention to the transit fight in Shah-lot (ahem....Charlotte for our brethren from up nawth) has had an earful from all those selfish people who want riders on Charlotte buses to pay their "full fare". According to these folks, we wouldn't need a transit tax to subsidize bus riders if they were forced to pay a rate commensurate with the cost of their bus trip.

Selfish.Selfish.Selfish.

Let's see if I can't break this down for them in terms that their small little minds can wrap around, K? I know I don't need to explain this to anyone who reads here, so bear with me. Humor me. I just gotta get this out of my system.

Today at noon: BlueNC features WUNC featuring the Dynamic Duo

I'm going to try something new today during my lunch hour: I'm going to live-blog WUNC's State of Things, featuring political pundits Carter Wrenn and Gary Pearce. According to the blurb:

Carter Wrenn and Gary Pearce met when they were representing their bosses - Jesse Helms and Jim Hunt - over negotiations for a debate when both candidates were running for Senate in 1984. The two political operatives from different parties - Wrenn's a Reublican (sic), Pearce is a Democrat - reunited two years ago to form a blog, talkingaboutpolitics.com. Listner (sic) Call-In


Thought for the week ahead

Many of the left-right conflicts facing our country today rest on some basic assumptions about the rights of corporations. This is of increasing interest to me because it fuels the passion of free-market fundamentalists and their all out assault on democracy.

Over the weeks and months ahead, I hope to be educating myself (and you) about the insidious takeover of all aspects of our culture and government by global corporations. In the meantime, I hope you'll read this excellent piece by Thom Hartmann.

Political Salon: Live Blogging for Traction

Tonight our political salon is featuring a presentation by Lanya Sharpiro, who is the Big Cheese at a very cool organization called Traction. Lanya and her colleagues make a compelling case for their grassroots approach to engaging young activists here in North Carolina.

If you have any questions you'd like me to ask Lanya, just pass them along.

Op-ed column from my friend Norm

Worth the read. Every word.

CARRBORO - The news in recent weeks has been dominated by a series of accidents, disasters and other threats to public health and safety. Revelations about the safety of food and consumer product imports from China were quickly crowded out of the headlines by the bridge collapse in Minnesota, which, in turn was upstaged by the mine collapse in Utah and the stock market meltdown.

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