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I've been lucky enough to know Tim Toben for many, many years. He's a dedicated environmentalist, a community visionary, and very good friend. He's also going to be live-blogging with us this Friday. Hope you can come.

The best way to understand Tim is to follow a few links. For example, this interview in Treehugger does a great job describing his environmental work here in Orange County. Tim is the brains behind Greenbridge, a very cool green mixed-use development recently approved in downtown Chapel Hill.

You'll also be interested to know that he's pretty heavily involved in this campaign.

What else can I say? Tim started his own company way-back-when, established a bio-diesel operation on his land west of Carrboro, founded an organic farm with irrigation powered by solar and wind, moved hundreds of acres of forest into permanent conservation easements, and has a beautiful family.

If you want to get in some early questions, this is the place to do it. Any topic, of course, is fair game. Green building, conservation, the Chapel Hill Town Council, Bill McDonough, salt-water swimming pools, organic gardening, global warming, state energy policy, whatever suits you.

Please stop by on Friday morning to meet Tim. We'll start around 8 am.

Eva Ritchey: "Hungry for people to do the right thing"

In 2006, Henderson County Democrats, on their way to total defeat, trimmed 5000 votes off their usual Congressional vote deficit. They so drastically decreased Charles Taylor's lead in this heavily Republican County, their numbers are widely cited as the key to Heath Shuler's impressive victory.

In 2002 and 2004, the Democratic congressional candidate received 35 and 38 percent of the Henderson County vote. In 2006, Henderson Democrats delivered a comparatively whopping 45% to Shuler.

Eva talks about the keys to her county's success, what she calls "becoming a value-added party."

Jack Betts on Burr

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I'm a fan of Jack Betts, the Charlotte Observer columnist and blogger. He's been all over the OLF travesty for years, and now he's all over Richard Burr. His blog post today is a doozie. This one isn't about Burr being bought, though, it's about him being kidnapped!

What have they done with Richard Burr?

If you ask me, I think they’ve kidnapped U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and put some imposter in his place. What else explains the goofy positions, if that’s the right word, that the junior U.S. senator from North Carolina has taken on environmental issues in northeastern and northwestern North Carolina?

Raising Kaine gives me another idea (and open thread)

I didnt see an open thread, so thought I should start one.

Raising Kaine has already impressed most of us with what they have done in the past on the state level. They continued that trend by working with ActBlue. Well. Here they go again. They will be endorsing candidates in the Democratic primary in 2007.

For each primary race that RK identifies for a potential endorsement, the candidates will be invited to introduce themselves and to interact with our community over a period of about 10 days. We're talking live blogs, Blog Talk Radio, diaries and comments, and whatever other way the candidates may creatively discover to reach out to us. Each candidate will have an equal opportunity to make his/her case - but it's up to the candidate to seize that opportunity and to make the most of it. If one candidate in a race chooses not to seek the endorsement, we'll obviously take that into account in making our decision. Hopefully, all candidates will take advantage of this opportunity to introduce themselves and their positions, strengths, and vision to Virginia's most passionate progressives.

Fox Polls on John Edward's Decision to Stay in Race

In an attempt to keep Blue South from being a liar (he said I'd written about Edwards) and to keep Robert P. from monopolizing John Edwards news :-) , I'm posting this diary on the new Fox News poll. Normally, I wouldn't pay a durned bit of attention to Faux News, but there were some interesting nuggets in this poll.

First, let's just give a cheer for the American public. The decision by team Edwards to stay in the race has been met with a very positive response from Democrats and Republicans alike, men and women alike and parents with children.

More on Obama, Clinton and Edwards below the fold...

Question Thread for WoW Live-blog

Wednesday at noon, we will have Polk County Democratic Party Chair Margaret Johnson live-blogging on BlueNC as part of our Women on Wednesdays series. A profile with videos and text will be posted at 9 a.m.

Please use this thread to discuss questions for her. If you can't be with us Wednesday, leave your questions here and we'll see that they get asked.

To get you thinkin', here's the gist of her story:

Two elections after instituting an extensive strategic planning process, Polk County Democrats went from a dismal electoral record (only a clerk of court in office) to two Democratic County Commissioners and the Sheriff. For Congress, they turned a 2004 700-vote deficit into a 2006 1200-vote margin of victory for Heath Shuler.

To add some excitement to their election season, the Democratic sheriff's candidate was "investigated" on 20-year-old charges by the incumbent Republican sheriff. Even though he was indicted during the campaign, the tactic so angered residents the Democrat won anyway. (During the campaign he was offered a plea bargain if he would withdraw from the race.)

This just in

Just got this rather stunning email from Bob Hall and Democracy North Carolina.

Young Adults More Likely to Be Binge Drinkers Than Voters

A new "Civic Participation Index for North Carolina" shows that only two out
of five adults [40.8 percent] bother to vote in the typical state election.

The Index says that young North Carolinians age 18 to 25 are half as likely
to vote as their grandparents -- and more likely to engage in binge drinking
than participate in elections.

And it says more men own guns than cast ballots.

For the Release and Index, go to:

The Draft Brad Miller Movement Continues (NC-Sen)

On January 23rd I announced a movement to try and convince Brad Miller to run against Elizabeth Dole. That led to my first reccomended diary on dailykos. That thread (and my signature) has led to over $500 in donations to Brad. While that may seem like a small amount in terms of what is needed to run for Senate (and it is), it is a sign to Brad that we want him to run, and that we think he can win.

Follow below, as I once again lay out the case for Brad.

It's unanimous!

The Supreme Court unanimously smacks down Duke Energy for trying to end-run the Clean Air Act. This case was argued by lawyers from the Southern Environmental Law Center, who recently spoke at the political salon hosted by my wonderful wife here in Chapel Hill!

This is very good news.

The U.S. Supreme Court gave a boost Monday to a federal clean air initiative aimed at forcing utilities to install pollution control equipment on aging coal-fired power plants. In a unanimous decision, the justices ruled against Duke Energy Corp. in a lawsuit brought by the Clinton administration, part of a massive enforcement effort targeting more than a dozen utilities.

Rhymes with destitute

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I've never heard of Jim Culbertson, but if he represents the best judgment of the North Carolina Party of Greed, we're in for a fun ride over the next 18 months. According the the News and Observer, Culbertson is all ga-ga over the candidacy (rhymes with idiocy) of occasional drag-queen Rudy Giuliani.

Of course, Jim Culbertson's claim to fame goes far beyond supporting the Rudy clown who just happened to be mayor of New York of 9/11, the very same corrupt greeder who went into business with this crook. Indeed, Mr. Culbertson is partly responsible for the installing the lunatic Child King in the White House throne room, having been Bush's go-to Ranger in North Carolina in both 2000 and 2004. Not the brightest bulb in the box, that's for sure.


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