Moogfest uninvites Pat

Although Moogfest organizers appear to be trying to be as vague and polite as possible, Deputy Assistant Guvnor Pat's office says that Pat was uninvited to the annual music, technology and innovation festival.

McCrory Communications Director Josh Ellis said in a statement Friday evening that, "It was at the request of Moogfest organizers that we changed our plans to attend this event."

Gee, who wouldn't want the state's governor at their festival?

Shortly after his attendance was announced, local residents organized a protest for during his visit.

Oh. Politics.

Robot Pat McCrory to unspool software tapes on wiring the mountains at Moogfest

Governor McCrory will have an opportunity to look remarkably unhip and out of touch when he kicks off this year's Moogfest in Asheville.

No, this isn't a joke.

Moogfest, a multi-day festival that includes workshops and panels on experimental electronic music and concerts by headliners such as Kraftwerk and the Pet Shop Boys, will kick off April 23rd with a panel discussion on "Wiring Silicon Mountain: Nurturing Innovation Through Technology in Western North Carolina". The panelists will include McCrory, Asheville mayor Esther Mannheimer, Hickory mayor Rudy White and others.

Fighting for a living wage in Asheville

Asheville's Citizen-Times profiles the work of Just Economics of Western North Carolina, a local group working for an increased minimum wage in Buncombe County.

The nonprofit group has been pushing for local businesses to pay a "living wage," which it calculates at $11.85 an hour, the minimum amount a worker must make to afford basic necessities, without public or private assistance. So far, 370 businesses in the Asheville area have signed on, meaning about 3,000 workers have moved above that living wage threshold.

Hmm ... I wonder if Art Pope's Roses's store in Buncombe has signed on.

Good news from Asheville

A real progressive gets the nod to fill Senator Nesbitt's seat. And even better, it's a woman. Way to go, Asheville!

Van Duyn is a well-known fundraiser, volunteer and activist who was among those arrested in Raleigh during a June Moral Mondays protest last year. She also participated in the recent Moral March on Raleigh. Her victory is also a victory for the progressive end of the party though she does have support among mainline Democrats.

Buncombe Register of Deeds wants to issue gay marriage licenses

The Register of Deeds will "accepting and hold same-sex marriage applications and push the question of equal marriage rights to the state's legal advisor, Attorney General Roy Cooper". (Announcement at Official Buncombe County Register of Deeds site)

“I will let each couple know that it is my hope to grant them a license, but I need to seek the North Carolina Attorney General’s approval," Reisinger said. "I have concerns about whether we are violating people's civil rights based on this summer's Supreme Court decision.

Tea Party ignorance on parade

Wanting both an open and closed government:

At a field off the parkway near the inn Saturday, a group of about 30 people held a rally to protest the closing of national park facilities. Jane Bilello, chair of the Asheville Tea Party, blamed “the tyranny of this federal government.”

“They are inflicting pain,” she said. “Veterans cannot even visit their memorials. They cannot go into their cemeteries. People are saying enough is enough.”

But Bilello said she doesn’t want the Republican-controlled House to agree to end the government shutdown without conditions such as defunding the new health care law.

I'm surprised her head doesn't just explode from the contradictory synapses (mis)firing up there. Then again, if your delusions stretch this far, a simple contradiction won't even register on an EEG:

Moral Monday Asheville

I am looking forward to joining my daughter (a public school teacher) and her husband this evening in downtown Asheville as Moral Monday goes on the road.

Illegitimi non carborundum!

Big Government Republicans now bullying Asheville on local elections

They way Republicans in the General Assembly are interfering in local governments, it's hard to understand why every elected official in every city and town in North Carolina isn't participating in civil disobedience on Moral Mondays. This kind of ridiculousness is simply beyond the pale.

Surely It's Just a Coincidence, Right Tim?

Mountain Xpress obtained emails that show that Reps. Tim Moffitt and Nathan Ramsey have had some interesting conversations with Asheville officials.

You'll recall that Moffitt and Ramsey stole Asheville's water system, and the City of Asheville sued.

Well it now turns out that Moffitt and Ramsey are telling the officials in Asheville that they sure would appreciate it if the City would drop that lawsuit (nothing surprising or inappropriate about that).

Update on Republican plans to take over Asheville's water system

Big Government Republicans in Raleigh are on a roll, having succeeded in passing legislation that would illegally seize Asheville's municipal water system. Now the city is in the sad position of counting on Pat "Duke Energy" McCrory as their last line of defense. Anybody want to bet on what hizzoner will do when the bill lands on his desk?

Details below, via email from PARC. PARC stands for People Advocating Real Conservancy.
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