Taking out the trash.

Things at BlueNC have taken a turn for the ugly. U-G-L-Y.

Edwards is out of the election, let's not have any more fights about the Presidential Primary until after we see what happens on Feb. 5th - okay?

The Governor's race. They are both insiders, I don't think either of them is "progressive". It's a dirty campaign. I'm sorry that I posted that video now, it made a good point for discussion, but it really brought down the mood of the site. That happens when you have a race with so much mud-slinging, everything is taken as an insult.

Democratic Debate Open Thread

Tonight the grownup will not be in the room. John Edwards is at the Carolina v. Boston College game with his daughter Cate. The first debate without JRE brings all sorts of questions to mind. Will Clinton and Obama get snippy with each other? Will the debate have any substance? Will the pundits annoy the ever loving daylights out of us? Will I actually start liking one of the remaining candidates? Does it matter? The nominee will be selected long before our primary in North Carolina and I will most certainly vote for the eventual nominee. I don't have to like him or her.

UPDATE: Moore's effective ad against Perdue (Thoughts about Chapel Hill Buses)

So much for Local. I just got an RSS update that Richard Moore had a new web commercial about transportation. I thought that sounded interesting. This is, very, very negative. Right down to the old film of Perdue with a questionable haircut. However, I don't think it is dirty. When people say that negative commercials win, I think this is what they are talking about. It points out a very bad decision and places it in the worst possible light.

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Dick Cheney is having a meeting in my District right now!

Dick Cheney is in my district having a private meeting with the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. I hope he's here to do something good like bring back some of our jobs he has sent overseas, but I doubt it is that happy of an occasion. You know today is actually an important day that I doubt he is taking the trouble to celebrate. History tells us that President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act of 1935 on August 14, but I'm of the opinion that is not the birth of our commitment to our seniors.


It was actually today's date, January 31, 1940, that our commitment was fully realized in the form of Check #00-000-001 to Ms. Ida May Fuller of Vermont in the amount of $22.54 - bringing life to law, and politics to people, which is what it should all be about.

Open Thread - Indulge Me Edition

I will be out for much of the day, so thought I'd leave a clean, fresh open thread for everyone. We will have a debate open thread set up tonight and I'll tend it while I'm watching Carolina and Boston College go at it. Speaking of Carolina.....did anyone read the piece in the Charlotte Observer titled, " Hard foul not easy to forget"? (paper edition)

Sock Puppets and Astroturfing at BlueNC

BlueNC is a community blog. As such, we appreciate the participation and input of everyone. We have intentionally limited rules and guidelines to better promote an open forum. Until recently, the only way to get your account blocked and your IP banned was to expose the true identity of a member who had made reasonable attempts to secure their anonymity.

Unfortunately, our size and traffic have opened us up to folks who want to use this community instead of joining this community.

Coble votes against helping low and middle income America.

Mark Binker did the legwork, so I might as well just steal his blockquote. Follow the link for the whole thing.

Even though it was endorsed by a Republican president, along with Democratic and GOP leadership in the House, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) today voted against a $150 billion economic stimulus package calling it "deficit spending at its worst."


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