Offshore Drilling: The Conversation Continues

With a nod to the recent drop in the price of light sweet crude (I'm not going to say I told you so, but...I told you so) and the mad dash by producers to slow production to counteract said drop in price, I thought I would (once again) try to focus attention on the environmental impact of offshore drilling. In a near-future where Global Climate Change will already be jeopardizing the continued survival of some 1/4 to 1/3 of the world's species, we can no longer afford to be cavalier in our environmental behavior.

Back to the current price of oil for a minute:

OMG! Charlotte Observer Endorses McCrain!

In an editorial that should surprise exactly no one, the Charlotte Observer made a pitch for its own parochial interests today, endorsing Pat John McCrory McCain for governor of our great state. This paragraph sums up their rationale.

We disagree with McCrory on illegal immigration and his desire to open the N.C. coast to oil drilling. We don't believe he has a sufficient understanding of education, particularly K-12. And we are disappointed in his inconsistency: Sometimes he'll stand up for what he believes, but at times he'll pander to the far right and special interests. He sometimes shows a short temper and a thin skin, which will make it difficult to work with Democratic leaders in the legislature. If he's dogmatic, he'll get nothing done. He needs to be practical and figure out how to lead North Carolina into a new era, even when he and legislative leaders don't agree.

BlueNC Presidential Debate Discussion Thread

Join us here to discuss tonight's presidential debate between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama. We will continue to hold the discussion thread open until midnight. I will have instant poll numbers available at 11:00 p.m. from Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner - the firm responsible for the delicious DCCC commissioned poll that brought us the exciting numbers from the 8th District. As many of you know, those numbers were confirmed by SUSA an independent polling firm today.

Anti-Hagan robo-callers send NC voters a mixed message

Over the last week, Kay Hagan has been hammered by critical robo-calls from two operations: Freedom's Watch, a non-profit founded by GOP operatives in 2007, and the Free Enterprise Alliance, an offshoot of the Associated Builders and Contractors, whose PAC is the third-biggest contributor to Republicans in the country.

But instead of calling North Carolina voters, maybe the anti-Hagan robo-callers need to get on the phone and talk to each other. Because on at least one of the key issues Hagan is being attacked over -- immigration -- the two groups are sending voters a mixed message.

PPD Execs Attack Obama

North Carolina has some homegrown swifboaters in the form of businessmen Fred Eshelman, CEO, and Ernest Mario, Chairman, of Pharmaceutical Product Development Inc. a Wilmington, NC, based company. I wrote back in July about "Real, Inc" and Eshelman's involvement along with State Senator Fletcher Hartsell and State Representative Jeff Barnhart, both Cabarrus County Republicans.

The group has since changed its name to and has been airing commercials against Obama. Last week the group filed a report with the FEC showing spending of $583,723 and contributions from Eshelman and Mario totaling $3,733,919 of which $1,000,000 came from Mario and the balance of $2,733,919 came from Eshelman.

What does Eshelman, Mario and PPD, Inc., hope to gain? A "New America" with a less restrictive FDA approval process.

Michelle Obama Coming Back to North Carolina [VIDEO]

Michelle Obama will hold a free community event in Jacksonville, North Carolina on Tuesday.

Michelle Obama will in the Tar Heels state to host a community event with military families. Mrs. Obama will address the challenges military families face while having a loved one deployed overseas.



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