Good morning, Jim Neal

As I mentioned yesterday, Jim Neal, Democratic candidate for United States Senate, will visit BlueNC at 10 this morning to introduce himself and share his ideas about getting America back on track. Many of you have already loaded him up with questions, so I'm sure the discussion will be interesting. I met Jim for the first time last week and I am very excited about his candidacy. I think you will be too.

I'm off to the Orange County Democratic Party breakfast this morning, where Jim will make brief comments to kick off his very busy day. (We're really lucky to have him for an hour or so this morning.) See you back here at 10.


Weekend Wound Up: Open Thread

Rob Schofield has his second-in-a-row Top Five - Bottom Five post over at The Progressive Pulse. My favorite:

2. North Carolina's Loudest Global Warming Denier - Check out this statement from the self-appointed climate change expert at a local market fundamentalist group on the religious implications of the global warming crisis (as reported by The Daily Tar Heel): "As far as I know, Jesus never defined a correct global temperature."

This is part of the right-wing plan to convince everyone that global warming is good. To which I say, who cares about global warming anyway? It's the toxic chemicals in the atmosphere, the acid rain, the water pollution, the epidemic of asthma, and the destruction of species and habitats that bother me. And every single one of those problems is caused by the exact same man-made activities that cause global warming. But cutting back on emissions, we solve many problems with the same solutions.

A good week for Edwards? You decide.

Organizational Endorsements
There was talk that Clinton and Obama had dealt a huge blow to Edwards by blocking the will of the workers. John Edwards received ~55% of the votes in the SEIU strawpoll that is supposed to decide who SEIU endorses. However, the two largest locals are Illinois and New York, and they played politics to block the endorsement. The result? It appears to be a bunch of pissed-off locals who are making their own feelings known. The latest in Massachusetts.

Astroturf Rising

Faced with a drought of public support for its high profile opposition to the transfer tax the NC Association of Realtors (NCAR) has replaced the withered remains of the "Stop The NC Home Tax" website. With newly installed Astroturf at the same address called "Vote No on the Home Tax", hoping to fool county voters into thinking it is a real grassroots movement, the website has scrubbed all references to NCAR. In its place is a roster of newly formed "Local Committees" to provide cover for the real involvement of the realtors' group.



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