Margaret Johnson, Walking the Talk

Today's live blog with Margaret Johnson has been postponed. But we do plan to reschedule.

In 2006, Polk County elected the first Democrats to the county commission in 12 years, the first Democratic sheriff in 8 years. Just as impressive, they turned around 700-vote deficit in their 2004 congressional race to a 1200-vote margin of victory.

County Democratic Party Chair Margaret Johnson attributes the turnaround to "walking the talk about what it means to be a democrat." She says, "Our party is becoming not just about elections but about our community. And we are doing good in our community. We are making a difference." Current community activities include road-side pick-ups, services for the needy, and fund-raising walks for conservation. "Even Republicans come up to me and say I may not agree with your politics but I sure like what you're doing."

Broken Pavement - Remix -

Pavement.

My little two lane paved cowpath is currently being used by tandem dumptrucks working on the 70 Bypass project.

It's coming apart. The county was out here twice - maybe three times yesterday - for the same hole. Right at the end of my neighbors driveway. It's funny. They patch it...here comes a truck....rrrrip...there goes the patch. Over and over and over.

Last week they patched a blow out bigger than my truck!

They came back three more times. Each time with a bigger truck. Finally, they decided to fix it right.

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On Bees, Or, An Apple A Day May Be A Thing Of The Past

America employs a massive army of migrant farm workers, who rise from their winter slumber every year and travel from farm to farm, helping to prepare the crops.

From October to December of 2006 they started vanishing in unprecedented numbers. Many of the ones who survive have suffered massive injuries from an unknown agent; and it is possible that crops from apples to pears to avocado will no longer be produced in the US as a result.

Who are these workers? Honeybees.

How sad is this?

Can you imagine a more miserable situation than the Governor of North Carolina having to go to senators of other states to get help protecting our state?

Gov. Mike Easley, unhappy with the reticence of the state's two U.S. senators to take a position on the Navy's proposal to build a landing strip in eastern North Carolina, said Tuesday he's asked senators in other states for help in blocking the project. Easley said he's already received support from members of North Carolina's U.S. House delegation to hold back money for the 30,000-acre site in Washington and Beaufort counties, where the Navy wants to build the so-called outlying landing field.

But because North Carolina GOP Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr have yet to agree to do the same, Easley said he's talked to senators from Delaware, Maryland and Virginia about applying pressure on the Navy to discuss an alternative.

Anti-government weenies attempt to derail light rail in Charlotte

God damn this makes me mad.

One of the things I look forward to in Charlotte is the distant day when I will be able to ride convenient public transit from my neighborhood on the east side to the University, where I work. One of the selling points for this neighborhood, for me, was the citywide transit plan.

First the South line tying together all the farflung southern suburbs would go in. Then a trolley line tying old Central avenue to the business district. Then a line out to the University and beyond.

Now the troglodytes are trying to kill the transit plan:

NC Senate 20th district

Senator Jeanne Lucas, who so ably represented the 20th district and Durham County in the State Senate for nearly 14 years, passed away last month.

It falls upon members of the Executive Committee of the Durham County Democratic Party to nominate a replacement to finish her term of office. (I love sentences with so many capital letters. They exude importance.)

On Saturday 3/31, candidates for the seat met in a forum sponsored by Young Democrats of Durham County, and Durham Democratic Women, to answer questions about why they were seeking the seat, and what agenda they would carry out should they earn the nomination.

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