The Myth Of The Snowman (political cartoon)

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson

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And so it begins....

live-blogging from 7-9AM in NOLA

edwards2And so it begins...

For those of us who sat with white knuckles while Kerry picked up one primary state after another following Iowa, the time has come. After two years of fighting for every seat, for our Congress, and for our Senate - it's time to fight for the leadership of our party. The President leads the party, and now is the time to pick a Democrat for President.

In the summer and fall of 2003, I came to believe that Senator John Edwards could lead our party best. I feel no different now.

And, so it begins...


Live Blogging from NOLA

Greetings all.
I am here in NOLA "with" the John Edwards team, with meaning in the same spot. Senator Edwards is doing some work with a group of middle school students and we (NCDem) and myself are covering the event. There will be a large post from NCDem tonight with video and stills and then something by me tomorrow, here and at Kos.



From TPM Muckraker: Taylor linked to tricksy robocalls

Misleading automated calls designed to turn North Carolina voters against Democrat Heath Shuler may have come from a GOP campaign firm controlled by the D.C. lobbying giant, Dutko Worldwide.

The calls, whose impact favored the (doomed) re-election campaign of Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC), pretended to come from the Shuler camp, and came as late as 2:30 a.m., according to one report.

Taylor's campaign paid Direct Strategies over $113,000 for "phone calls" and "calling" services, according to filings at


Lisa Price and a Scandal in North Carolina

Rep. David Price is a very popular man here at BlueNC, and well he should be. However, one person we don't pay enough attention to is his wife, Lisa Price. I've never met the woman. I wouldn't know her if she walked up behind me and tapped me on the shoulder. However, what I do know is that she is executive director of the North Carolinians Against Gun Violence Education Fund, and that is enough for my great admiration and warm regard.

Gun violence in North Carolina is a terrible problem. Firearm death rates in North Carolina track substantially ahead of the national average, accounting for about 1,200 deaths per year. Even more tragic is that gun violence is disproportionately visited upon the young. In a typical year about 55 out of 100,000 North Carolinians between 15 and 24 will be the victims of a fatal shooting. Every five days a child in North Carolina under the age of 17 dies as a result of gun injury.

All of this is sad, but North Carolina is guilty of a second scandal with grave national implications. Our gun laws are so lax that we've become notorious as an exporter of illegal firearms to states with gun laws more rational than our own.

Brad Miller Live Blogging at BlueNC

This post is to announce that next Thursday, December 28th, Rep. Brad Miller will be live-blogging from 9am-11am. Questions and comments are welcome, as long as they are civil of course. This post will reappear throughout the following week to remind folks about the event.

Please make sure you visit the question thread found on the front page if you aren't able to attend the live-blog session. (added by SD)

UPDATE: The Rep. Brad Miller Question Thread

Folks, tomorrow is the day, live-blogging with Rep. Brad Miller. Will he run? What are his plans for the upcoming session? Come on, let's hear some Hardball questions...okay, nothing about "Busting Balls" like Chris Matthews.

Okay folks, here it is. Use this thread to pose your questions to Rep. Miller. In my mind there are three types of questions.

  1. Snark. You can post those over here.
  2. Policy. Such as Greg's great question about the biobased economy and topics like Iraq, foreign competition, first 100 hours, science, investigations, alternative energy, and health care - just off the top of my head.
  3. Politics. Will he run against Elizabeth Dole? What was it like facing the sleaziest candidate in the country? How can we win more House seats in the next election?

So, have at it my friends, post your questions and then...

Gerald Ford RIP

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North Carolina Science Blogging Conference

As many of you know, Anglico and I attended Converge South in Greensboro just days before election day. While there we did some networking and I picked up a few items for our calendar. The below is one of them.

The North Carolina Science Blogging Conference will be held on Saturday January, 20, 2007 in Chapel Hill. It is a free conference and appears to be formatted the same as Converge South in a casual, unconference style.

Please follow below the fold...

A Great Idea!


Okay, before returning to that topic let's review a few facts.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau...

(1) Between 1978-80 and 1996-98 the income of North Carolinians whose incomes were in the bottom 20% rose by a nearly non-existent 0.1%, while the income of North Carolinians whose incomes were in the top 20% rose by 39.5%

(2) North Carolina ranks 17th out of the 50 states in having the greatest disparity between those in the top 20% of incomes, and those in the bottom 20%.

(3) The rate at which this income disparity is growing in North Carolina is 5.8%, among the highest in the country

Now, balanced against all of that, let's look at how the Bush tax cuts of 2001 were distributed by income group. (We'll skip an itemized list of percentages here since this graph tells the story at a glance. If you're looking for additional detail please consult the website of Citizens for Tax Justice.)

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