Live blogging Thursday at noon: Jerimee Richir

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Frequent visitors to BlueNC will recognize the name "Jerimee" from our lively discussions about the US Senate race in 2008. Lucky him, blogging is part of his job.

Jerimee Richir was hired by the North Carolina Democratic Party to serve as their Online Communications Director in March of this year. He now serves to help the party discover new ways technology can advance progressive goals. And more important right now, he'll be at BlueNC starting Thursday at noon to answer your questions about his new gig, his passion for Liddy, and whatever else you might want to talk about.

State Senator Malcolm Graham Declines to Run for Mayor of Charlotte

State Senator Malcolm Graham has decided against running to replace Pat McCrory as mayor of Charlotte. Jim Morrill of The Charlotte Observer has the expanded story on Graham's announcement.

State Sen. Malcolm Graham found his epiphany in the closet.

Saturday morning, he had to decide what to wear -- a suit, to attend Mecklenburg County's Democratic convention, or sweats, to go to his daughter's basketball tournament.

He chose the sweats.

"That was a telling moment about what I really wanted to do, and where my focus was," Graham said Monday.

The choice helped Graham clarify a decision not to run for Charlotte mayor this fall, ending weeks of speculation. The two-term senator also said it's "unlikely" that he'll run for re-election in 2008.

Heath Shuler Appearing With Elizabeth Dole At Right Wing Celebration, Why?

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketI'm still waiting on an answer from Shuler's team regarding his inexplicable and deeply disturbing plans to legitimize North Carolina's most partisan and least truthful Republican group.

If you haven't gotten an answer either, there's always the telephone...

(202) 225-6401 or (828) 252-1651

Mental Health Crisis Intensifies - Hooker Odom Yawns

Secretary Carmen Hooker Odom and her antisocial lackeys at the Division of Medical Assistance decided last week that they needed another week to analyze the costs of Community Support services. Of course, they didn't see any need to analyze costs at all when Secretary Odom precipitously slashed funding by a third, making the cuts retroactive to March 1. Due to massive public pressure (that's you) the Odom retreated to a position of making the new unsustainable rate begin April 5 and continue until they set a new rate using their magickal After-the-Fact cost analysis.

The Asheville Citizen-Times and the head of Western Highlands Local Mgmt. Entity (the body that ostensibly coordinates services for many of the western counties) have both called for Secretary Odom's dismissal. Reminiscent of George W. Bush's "complete confidence" in Alberto Gonzales, Governor Easley has expressed his complete confidence in Secretary Odom. Her decision to slash rates to $40/hour for a service that breaks even at $53/hour sent the entire state network of private providers into a mad scramble for cash to meet payroll, to keep their doors open.

Apologies

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Apologies are all the rage these days, and for the most part, I think that's a good thing. From presidential candidates saying "I was wrong," to mainstream media reporters saying saying I'm sorry, many people in power are learning to fess up to their mistakes without equivocation or purpose of evasion. It's about time.

The truth is, apologizing when you screw up is the very least you can do. I should know, I screw up all the time. But as I tell my 16-year-old daughter, a sincere apology is only the first step. It has to be followed by a change in behavior that demonstrates that lessons have been learned. And in some cases, a great deal more is required.

Lt. Gov. Candidate Dan Besse Speaks to BlueNC

Dan Besse, one of our strong Democratic candidates for Lt. Governor in North Carolina, attended the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party convention on Saturday. We had a chance to speak with him and he was kind enough to allow an impromptu video introduction.

Dan Besse speaks to BlueNC:

Thank you, Dan Besse for giving us this wonderful introduction. Thank you for doing it with zero notice. You obviously know why you are running and you've given us a great deal to think about.

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