N.C. College Democrats Host 2008 Winter Reception Honoring Former State Representative Wayne Goodwin

The North Carolina Federation of College Democrats is proud to be hosting its first ever Winter Reception following the N.C. Democratic Party’s State Executive Committee meeting in Hamlet, North Carolina on January 26th, 2008. The event will be held at the historic Hamlet Train Depot and will honor former State Representative Wayne Goodwin.

This is the first fundraiser of its kind held by the Federation. The group is asking for sponsorships beginning at the $100 dollar level. All proceeds will benefit the Federation and its various projects throughout the state. The event is being held in the eighth congressional district, one of the districts Democrats are focusing heavily on for the 2008 elections.

Bill Graham's New Campaign Manager

Republican Bill Graham sure is an outsider. Even his staff operates outside of the law.

Campaign manager Marty Ryall resigned in 2003 as executive director of the Arkansas GOP amid federal investigations into the party’s finances. Four of the five other staffers were fired in the aftermath.

Ryall resurfaced this year working for another outsider, indicted Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher.

Ryall joins Michael Aaron Lay, Graham’s campaign spokesman, who was indicted earlier this year of voter fraud in connection with Patrick McHenry.

Lay, a field director for McHenry, was indicted in May on felony voter fraud charges. In 2004, Lay voted twice in elections while living in a district in which he was not a permanent resident.

No more weenie mac. Give me the toughest better Democrats.

I heard that Senator Obama asked a question of former Senator John Edwards recently. It went something like this;

"Senator Edwards, who is a good guy, he's been talking a lot about 'I'm going to fight the lobbyists and the special interests in Washington.' Well, the question you have to ask is: Were you fighting for (citizens) when you were in the Senate?" [h/t cosbo]

Ellinorianne at daily kos gave a pretty thorough response to that question.

- I've bumped this, not because it was a candidate diary, but because it is such a great story of overcoming adversity.

The Post-Dalton Power Paradigm

Walter Dalton's paid political consultants are almost certainly warning him off any direct engagement with his Democratic opponents in the race he's gotten himself into. What they weren't betting on six months ago is that the Lieutenant Governor's race would become the epicenter of a battle for the heart of the party that it's become. Where the smart money might have said that the LG's office was patronage for a party man, the media affection for this contest will ensure that it only gets more energy intensive for all involved.

And I'll tell you, I don't see Walter Dalton walking away with an election that people are actually paying attention to.

Lt. Gov. debate schedule announced

Friends, I am pleased to announce that the NC Federation of College Democrats has finalized its schedule for the Lt. Gubernatorial candidate debates I proposed here last month. Both Dan Besse and I have agreed to participate in all six debates, starting with an event in Asheville on Jan. 19.

I want to thank the College Dems for their hard work in assembling a schedule that includes most of the state’s major urban areas and incorporates a wide range of educational institutions. As those of us running for executive office know, organizing any sort of statewide effort is a monumental task, and I applaud the College Dems for not shirking from the challenge.

My CNN debut: Blog Buzzing the presidential race

This isn't exactly North Carolina news-related, but since I am a Tar Heel and BlueNC-er, I thought I'd let you all know about my appearance last night on CNN's Blog Buzz segment hosted by Tony Harris. The format pairs a progressive and conservative blogger to discuss the newsworthy political stories of the week.

I've done radio before, but not TV. I did it via satellite, driving over to very cold studio in Raleigh. I couldn't see Harris or my foil on the Right, Amanda Carpenter of TownHall.com. I had to deal with a very trebly, almost painful earpiece, but it was still fun. We discussed the Des Moines Register endorsements -- Hillary Clinton and John McCain, as well as the Boston Globe nods to Obama and McCain.

Joe Sudbay of Americablog was kind enough to snare the video; it's below the fold.

BCBS

I don't know quite how to feel about this. BCBS is doing something good...sorta. Their "Healthy Lifestyle Choices" program is basically preventive medicine through healthy living. I'm all for that. I mean, you do away with fast food, television, video games, and computers and America gets a lot healthier instantly. So, anything they are doing to make that better, well, that is a good thing.

BCBS of North Carolina Says Wellness Program Has Reduced Costs, Improved Members' Health Habits

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