Nationalizing Religion In America (political cartoon)

March Madness Open Thread?

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson & My Left Wing


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Early Childhood meets Capitol Hill

Last week, I traveled to Washington, DC, along with 16 other advocates for early childhood education from North Carolina. We attended a public policy forum, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). “NAEYC's mission is to serve and act on the behalf of the needs, rights, and well-being of all young children with primary focus on the provision of educational and developmental services and resources.”

We spent a day in intensive sessions, learning all we could about specific issues and concerns affecting early childhood at a federal level. What are what are those issues? Find out below the fold.

N&O to Dole & Burr: Do your Jobs

I have to say, I sure am liking the N&O's editorial page lately. Steve Ford and Company are all over the OLF controversy . . . and they're going great guns. Thursday's paper calls on Liddy Dole and Richard Burr to get off their butts and do their darn jobs:

For Dole and Burr, military-friendly senators in a state that touts itself as the military-friendliest, this can't be an easy call. It's time, however, that they make one. This issue has been in the news for five years and two environmental studies, neither of them convincing in making the case for the Navy's choice of a site.

Instead, as The N&O reported Sunday, the senators are noncommittal. "It's a matter of process," said Dole. She has met with OLF opponents and says she'll raise her questions about the site soon. Said Burr: "I don't think it's a member of Congress' role to tell the Navy where or where not to place something."

Dix 306

For those of you who live near Raleigh, or have driven here lately, you have probably seen some green signs popping up. These signs say "Dix 306" and little more. Well, what are they?

BREAKING: Edwards campaign evacuates due to Mysterious White Powder

This just in, there isn't much else I can add at this point:

JOHN EDWARDS FOR PRESIDENT CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON EVACUATION OF HEADQUARTERS

Chapel Hill, North Carolina - John Edwards for President Deputy Campaign Manager Jonathan Prince released the following statement today about the evacuation of the campaign’s headquarters.

"We received a letter this afternoon at our Chapel Hill headquarters which was opened by a member of our staff and contained a white powder. The health and safety of our staff and volunteers is obviously our paramount concern, so we contacted the authorities. The authorities have asked us to evacuate while they run tests on the substance, and we have done so.

"Our staff continues to be connected and working from home and the campaign continues to operate at full speed. We will pass along more information when we receive it."

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I too will pass more along when I hear about it.

Bring Back the Rock: Sandhills Open Thread

The history of racing in the south is pretty interesting. The most popular and purely American of theses stories is of Moonshine Runners who souped up their cars to be able to out-run the law. Before I was even a twinkle in my parent's eyes, they were both racing on the beaches in Daytona.

Rockingham Speedway, "The Rock" is a paper clip shaped track on US 1 in Richmond County between Hoffman and the town of Rockingham. This large structure, a monument to all things racing, stands all alone surrounded by fields that twice a year were filled with cars, trucks, campers and motor homes. One small mom and pop gas station is close by, all other businesses require at least a 15-minute drive. This county, like many of its neighboring counties, had earlier been dealt quite a blow as the textile jobs were shipped to Mexico courtesy of NAFTA and CAFTA

County Government 101: First Night

Last night was our first of 14 classes, the Interim County Manager, Gary McSwain, gave us an overview
of the course.
Only 8 showed up for this free course, but these are 8 people very interested in their County Government.

Everyone attending was asked to introduce themselves and explain their reason for coming. Again and again the answer was that they wanted to know more about how their government works. To say the very least, we weren't disappointed.



Mr. McSwain started with an abridged lesson on North Carolina Counties and gave us a 17 page handout, (chapter 3 of Local Government in North Carolina - 2nd Edition by Gordon P. Whitaker.

Counties were a key part of colonial government in North Carolina. As British control and European settlement extended westward from the coast, the British authorities set up new counties to provide government for the colonists. The governor appointed justices of the peace in each county. The justices served as both the court and the administrators for the county. The justices of the peace appointed constables to enforce the law. They appointed a sheriff to collect taxes, and they appointed wardens to care for the poor. The justices also appointed a surveyor to mark land boundaries and a register of deeds to keep property records. Establishing land boundaries and maintaining records of property were very important to the farmers and planters who settled the colony...

Faith, morality and a message to General Pace

Faith in America, a North Carolina-based organization formed to end legal and spiritual discrimination against LGBT people in America by providing information about religion-based bigotry and its historic expressions, takes exception with General Pace's remarks about the immorality of gays, since he used his beliefs to justify public policy that discriminates against gays and lesbians who wish to serve their country.

A message from Jimmy Creech, executive director of Faith In America, is after the jump.

Nancy Fish credits inclusion for Haywood's big win

Two years ago Nancy Fish was elected Haywood County Democratic Party chair at a county convention that was split almost evenly.

In the 2004 election Democrats lost the congressional race 55% to 45%. Hometown state Senator Joe Sam Queen lost his election (NC Senate district 47, which includes several other counties). He won in Haywood by 18 points, not enough to overcome the rest of the counties in his district.

Election day, 2006, in Haywood County the Democratic Party had swept the ticket.

Congressman Heath Shuler defeated Charles Taylor in Haywood by by 56 to 44. And NC Senator Joe Sam beat incumbent Republican Keith Presnell by a whopping 30 points to go on and take back the senate seat he'd lost two years before.

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Marines too weak for Gays? (political cartoon)

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson & My Left Wing


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