Linda Daves Makes Waves, Barry Saunders Dives In

Where to begin....

This post started off as a commentary on a piece by Barry Saunders of The News & Observer. He apparently dosn't think it's a good idea for Speaker Joe Hackney to keep two men on staff who had taken orders from disgraced Speaker Jim Black.

I'm not exactly thrilled with the idea that Jim Black's staffers will still walk the halls of the lege, but I'm also not ready to jump on Saunders' "vast conspiracy" bandwagon that requires a guilt by association label be placed on all individuals who at any time had anything to do with Jim Black.

Oh, Saunders has his snark on and he's cute with his Randy Jackson (American Idol) imitation, but his accusation that Rogers and Wilkins were '....."totally deep" in the abuses that might send Black to prison,' is inaccurate based on facts presented at other times in Saunders' own newspaper.

Follow me to the flip side....

John Edwards House Parties Tonight!!!

The One Corps will be hosting house parties tonight throughout the United States. I'm going to paste some information from the JRE Blog below, but to find a house party near you, go here. There are at least 20 house parties within 50 miles of Chapel Hill, using that search. If you are in Chapel Hill, there are three house parties, two open to choose from.

Today's the day!

Tonight thousands of us will be gathering in living rooms in all 50 states to share our vision for this country, and take the next steps toward making it real. John will also join in to share the latest from the campaign trail and answer questions over the phone.

Not singed up for a party yet? Find one near you!

BlueNC WoW Returns Next Week - Open Thread

The women of BlueNC will return to the front page next Wednesday, April 5. We decided to reschedule today's WoW due to the instability of the site. While it is working pretty good right now, I was worried we could lose it at some point during the day.

However, We have some banners to try out in preparation for next week. We will situate one banner at the top of the page for the entire day and one banner will be sized down and will headline each post, much the way we do the "Breaking" and "Exclusive" banners. I can resize these to make sure they don't break the page.

Enjoy

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More on the flip....

Dead: Updated to "Growing pains"

If you've arrived here, you're one of the intrepid few who have been able to run the gauntlet of our unbelievably crappy hosting service (Dreamhost) to find our front page.

Sadly, Lance is slammed with work and will not be able to get the site transferred to another hosting company until this weekend, which means things are pretty much going to suck until then.

We apologize.

Six Percent Versus One Percent

The people who take 6% of the value of a home every time it is bought and sold are opposed to using 1% of the value of a home to pay for roads, sewers and, schools which help to maintain and increase the value of homes and our quality of life.

The virtual monopoly of Realtor®s (who have an actual monopoly on the word Realtor®) is spending thousands of dollars in a multi-media campaign opposed to a nominal land transfer tax. This is puzzling from a number of perspectives.

In North Carolina the provision of public services is largely dependent on property tax, sales tax and income tax. County and municipal governments are largely dependent on property tax and sales tax. Sales tax revenues are volatile and, in many cases, are regressive and only capture 1/3 of commercial transactions. Property tax is the beast of burden for counties and is overloaded by the costs of growth in booming areas and low property values in poor areas.

Running for cover: Updated with new photo!


Photoshoppiness courtesy of Ashevillien!

I'm glad to see any public conversation about the Navy's misguided plans to build an OLF in North Carolina, but this move by Senator Elizabeth Dole to request a public hearing in Charlotte is bordering on comical.

The Navy will hold a hearing in Charlotte next month on its controversial plan to build a practice landing field near an Eastern North Carolina wildlife refuge ... Atlantic Fleet spokesman Ted Brown said the Charlotte hearing will be April 17, with an informal information period 4:30-6:30 p.m., followed by a formal hearing 7-10 p.m. The location will be announced later.

Smoking guns: Updated with flip-flop

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Mark Binker reports tonight that bill banning smoking hasn't gained enough support to satisfy its proponents.

House leaders say they will postpone consideration of a bill that would ban smoking from almost all workplaces that was tentatively scheduled for a vote Tuesday. "We've got 35-to-40 people undecided," said Rep. Hugh Holliman, a Davidson County Democrat and the House majority leader. There are 120 members of the House.

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The bill would ban smoking in bars and restaurants as well as workplaces ranging from factory floors to office settings. Proponents say it will protect the health of workers. Opponents say it infringes on property owners rights.

Open Thread: Blown Tubes

Hi everyone.

BlueNC is having all sorts of problems with its hosting company, which has not been meeting basic service level agreements for more than a week now. The result has been all manner of frustrating technological dysfunction. Fortunately, Lance is on the case, in hot pursuit of an alternative that will give us better quality and reliability. We'll keep you posted.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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