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Daily Dose returns to BlueNC

As you may remember, BlueNC used to offer a news round-up under the heading Daily Dose, which was widely read and much appreciated. Unfortunately, we had to stop publishing it, for reasons we'll get into later. It is disturbing story, and it warrants a complete and careful telling, more than I can do right now.

In any case, we're very excited that Daily Dose is back. So please enjoy this excellent summary of today's news, made possible by a good friend of BlueNC.

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THE SPILL

Some more rope, please

Seriously, folks. You need to stop trying to rein in the GOP from acting on their worst instincts. Because every time you do ... every time you manage to get a tiny little concession from them ... people start to think they're being reasonable. They are not being reasonable. They are systematically gutting decades of slow progress to protect our environment and create a more sustainable future. And when the laws finally hit the books, all the tiny little concessions in the world won't add up to anything worth having.

North Carolinians need to see the full ugliness of GOP policies, and truly feel the destructive impacts of those policies on children, the environment, public safety, and the common good. Until that happens, they'll run the table.

Change is good

We are about to begin the process of upgrading BlueNC to a spiffy responsive design that will work beautifully on any size screen without loss of functionality or content regardless of whether the site is accessed on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone.

There will be some unavoidable structural changes because we are upgrading versions of Drupal, but hopefully they will enhance the site.

We've always sought to keep BlueNC lean - though we've tried a few functions and features that were ultimately removed. We may look for new features for the site once we have the initial upgrade completed.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, please speak up in the comments. I know I speak for the entire admin and front page team when I say we would love to hear from you.

Most of the work will happen late at night, but I will notify you in advance so I don't take the site down in the middle of anyone's blog post masterpiece.

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A new image for BlueNC

I thought this was a great link between BlueNC and Blue USA

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What's next for BlueNC?

Ten years is like forever on the Internet, a place where fashion and function drive disruption a thousand times a day all around the world. Ten years. That's how long BlueNC has in the business of creating community, with our own special blend of information, opinion, outrage and commentary.

Ten years is also an opportune time to stop and reflect on where we've been and where to go from here. In the spirit of transparency and collaboration, I want to open that conversation to anyone who wants to join.

160,340

One hundred sixty thousand, three hundred and forty-nine.
That's how many comments have been made at BlueNC
over the past decade.
Not bad?

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BlueNC is a "liberal anti-business organization"

Who says so?

Why, state senator Jeff Tarte does, in his pathetic attempt to raise funds.

Hey, Jeff, if your seat is targeted, you should look in the mirror and try to figure out why, rather than try to blame the messenger.

Bill Moyers is talking about you, Art Pope

A clear and present danger.

Ten years ago the Economist magazine -- no friend of Marxism -- warned: “The United States risks calcifying into a European-style class-based society.” And as a recent headline in the Columbia Journalism Review put it: “The line between democracy and a darker social order is thinner than you think.”

We are this close - this close! - to losing our democracy to the mercenary class. So close it’s as if we’re leaning way over the rim of the Grand Canyon waiting for a swift kick in the pants.

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Thoughts on celebrity

The spectacle of crowd behavior is a terrible thing to watch, especially when the rich and famous are involved. The passion of a few ignites a firestorm, with each successive person claiming an oddly personal connection to the legends of our time.

Where were you when you heard the news? That's the question most often asked of people in my generation about the murder of John Kennedy in Dallas 50 years ago. Compelled by instinct to recall the experience or fit in with a growing chorus of mourners, we search our memory banks as though the thing that matters most is where we were or weren't. I might have been in eighth grade shop class. I might have been at the dentist. Whatever.

Come on, Kay.

The US Senate race in 2014 is all but set. A Tea Party Republican will run against Kay Hagan, most likely Thom Tillis. Which means Senator Hagan will be tacking hard to the right, as she did yesterday with this stunt, calling for a probe into the sketchy roll-out of the ACA.

I don't get it. This move won't buy her friends on the right, it aggravates the left, and most important, it gets in the way of people doing actual work to get the website improved.

There's no need for Hagan to try to appease Tea Party obstructionists on this or any other issue.

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