We're on!

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A few days ago, we asked the Moore and Perdue campaigns to join us for a virtual debate here at BlueNC. Today both campaigns said they would like to participate. We don't have a date yet, but we do have clear commitments from both campaigns!

Here's the email we received from Eli Kaplan of the Moore Campaign.

Liveblogging the Fayetteville Lt. Gov. Debate

I'm attending the debate this evening in Fayetteville and will, if I can get access, attempt to liveblog it to the best of my ability. I'm setting up this entry so I can just log on and update.

UPDATE: We're here. Hobnobbing in progress. Wayne Goodwin is studiously scribbling at the lectern. Game On.

See the flip for the play by play.

Jim Neal: the Queerty interview, campaign open house and NY forum

Crossposted on Pam's House Blend.

There is a fantastic interview with openly gay U.S. Senate candidate Jim Neal up at Queerty today by editor Andrew Belonsky that you should click over to. It reveals the personal side of the candidate and what inspired him to get into politics, and what gives him the drive to unseat Elizabeth Dole here in NC. A snippet is below the fold. (Frontpaged by A.)

Tough tomatoes

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I had to laugh when I checked Bob Orr's blog today and found him whining about the mean old pollsters at Public Policy Polling. Orr thinks the fact that PPP is owned by a wealthy Democrat casts a shadow over the organization's credibility. He also points out that Carter Wrenn, a notorious right-wing hit-man, has questioned the reliability of PPP's polling. Then Orr goes on to complain that the corporate media lap it all up like it's nobody's business.

The irony of Orr's complaint is quite nearly breath-taking. This from a man who worked for years as one of Art Pope's henchmen, a wealthy Republican who spends upwards of $4 million a year sliming North Carolina new media with enough half-assed polling to gag a boa constrictor.

A different progressivism: Obama vs. Clinton and Edwards

This is a duplicate from a post I made in yesterday's open thread. I was replying to this comment from Blue South, and it got long. The short version: I'm starting to think the divide between Obama's supporters and Edwards's supporters is actually an indicator of a much deeper divide in how we see the future of progressivism.

Posting it here because I thought it was important enough to pull out separately.

Frontpaged for the same reasons. A.

Enjoy the cold weather while it lasts, nuclear power goes belly-up.

From the AP:

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. - Nuclear reactors across the Southeast could be forced to throttle back or temporarily shut down later this year because drought is drying up the rivers and lakes that supply power plants with the awesome amounts of cooling water they need to operate.

Utility officials say such shutdowns probably wouldn’t result in blackouts. But they could lead to shockingly higher electric bills for millions of Southerners, because the region’s utilities could be forced to buy expensive replacement power from other energy companies.


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