The BlueNC Virtual Gubernatorial Debate

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Last Saturday, the idea of an online forum for engaging the Moore and Perdue campaigns was floated here at BlueNC. Both campaigns responded positively, and a ton of good ideas were proposed by readers in comments, as well as by email.

Here is our best current thinking. I want to be clear that neither campaign has accepted this specific proposal yet.


A single two-hour evening session on a date to be agreed upon by both campaigns. Ideally it would be 8 - 10 pm or 9 - 11 pm, when our readership is predictably high.

Good News on "The Most Depressing Day of the Year"

This Time/CNN story got me thinking.

There's a lot to feel down about this month: the subprime mortgage crisis, stormy, unpredictable weather, rising gas prices, presidential primary free-for-alls. So, it would be easy to believe the theory set forth by Dr. Cliff Arnall, a researcher from Cardiff University, that the third Monday of the month (Jan. 21, this year) — a day he calls Blue Monday — will be our most depressing day of the year. Arnall bases his yearly prediction on a formula he developed, which factors in the weather, consumer debt from holiday spending and failed New Year's resolutions and arrives at that conclusion that we'll hit rock bottom on Monday the 21st.

From a Democratic perspective, if this is rock bottom, imagine the view from the cheap seats in the Grand Old Party. I wholeheartedly disagree with the good Doctor's theory of today being the most depressing day of the year, and in fact draw hope from it.

One More Year - January 20, 2009 Inauguration Day

One more year folks. That's right, just one more year of this miserable failure in the White House. On January 20, 2009 I hope we will be inaugurating a Democrat as President of the United States. I hope.

So many people I speak with are overconfident about our chances of winning the White House that I'm just plain nervous. I'm especially nervous because it looks like the two men rising to the top in the GOP race are the likable, goofy Baptist minister and the aging war hero who was once a social moderate. Both men will appeal to southern conservatives regardless of party.

Isaac Hunter Kicks Butt

If you're not reading Laura Leslie's blog at WUNC-FM, you should be. It's the sharpest coverage of statewide politics coming out of the Capital Press Corpse by a wide margin. Her report on Friday of the Four Horsemen in the Replicant race for governor is a work of art. I've chosen the "cons" for highlights here, but the whole thing is worth the read.

Democratic Candidates For Lt. Governor Debate in Asheville

PhotobucketArratik and I, after loading up with kegs of Caffiend's finest roast, ventured into the blowing snow and made our way to UNC-Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium for the first of six scheduled debates between the Democratic candidates for Lieutenant Governor. Moderated by NC 11th District Democratic Party Chairman, Luke Hyde, and organized by the NC Federation of College Democrats, the debate allowed too much time for each response and too little chance to compare candidates stances. Each of the four men meandered away from the prescribed questions. They're politicians, after all, and they're going to keep talking if you let them. Very few questions were answered at the Jan. 19th debate, but the ones that were reveal four distinct personalities running on four different records.

The debate was dominated by environment and energy issues, and this being Asheville, that's no surprise. I imagine that each debate will have its own set of pet issues, so I'm hopeful that we'll have a comprehensive picture of each candidate by the end of the series.

Dan Besse certainly came across as the environmental candidate by repeatedly listing his experience on various environmental boards and commissions as well as the progress he's made in Winston-Salem as City Councilman there. Walter Dalton's presentation was rooted in maintaining the status quo. One got the sense that if you like the Easley/Perdue system, you're going to love Walter Dalton. He's the status quo and isn't pretending to be anything else. Dalton was openly contemptuous of Hampton Dellinger, who has decided to attack Dalton on a number of issues while pretending he's in a two-man race. Hampton Dellinger, ambitious and proud, is another stay-the-course candidate. His determination to score some political points against Dalton was off-putting. Canton Mayor Pat Smathers, who got the least time to speak, probably had the most to say. Smathers concentrated his message on advocating that local leaders be empowered through targeted funding and increased decision-making latitude. He also concentrated on integrity, repeating Esse Quam Videri.

What follows is from my notes. Anything not in quotation marks is my blogger's prerogative paraphrase:

Dalton's Claim of "Untrue" Attack Itself Untrue; Blackwater

As part of a recent press release detailing my Education Plan, I discussed the difference between my record and Walter Dalton’s on education funding. Today, Mr. Dalton told the Raleigh News & Observer that my discussion of his education funding record was “untrue”. To the contrary, my discussion of Mr. Dalton’s record was fair and accurate, as the News & Observer article I relied on makes clear.

Frontpaged by Anglico. Hampton Dellinger's name has been thrown around a lot here in the context of WCSR and Blackwater. This post clears that issue up. Thanks for writing this, Hamp.

Marshall Adame Under Attack By Blackwater VP?

Things are heating up, folks. So put on your body armor and get to work. We need to get Marshall's back. This was posted today at the N&O's Blackwater Blog. It is an email from one of the @$$holes who works for Erik Prince in the war-profiteering business:


There is a man named Marshall Adame who is running for congress (sic) in our district. He just put a quote online which says he wants this company and all of us to cease to exist.

Updated with question mark. Some are arguing this doesn't constitute a threat. So let's frame it as a question. Threat? Pure stupidity? SOP 4 BWUSA?


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