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Blogging the bloggers' conference

Nearly 20 bloggers and wannabe bloggers have showed up in Raleigh today for a chance to share ideas that can help shape the political environment in North Carolina. Great representation from many great organizations.

Speakers include Rob Schofield, Greg Flynn, Thomas Mills ... with lots of ideas to be shared by other participants. If you have have questions about blogging, the blogging ecosystem, who's who in NC blogging, how to do it, how not to do it, etc., please post them below and I'll make sure they get asked.

I'll post some of what happens today, but mostly am here to learn.

Teaching without textbooks

An important invitation: Engage Carolina

I don't know why you're here at BlueNC, but my own motivation is straight out of Miss Congeniality. World peace. It's a big job, and fortunately, others share our agenda.

Many of the "others" are meeting next Saturday afternoon at a half-day blogger conference in Raleigh, sponsored by Progress NC and NC Policy Watch. I'm going, and I hope you will too. Here are the details.

On Saturday, August 16, Progress North Carolina and NC Policy Watch will host an afternoon seminar to help established bloggers sharpen their skills and build their networks, and show prospective bloggers what they need to get started. Guest speakers such as Chris Fitzsimon and Rob Schofield of Policy Watch, Thomas Mills of PoliticsNC, and government watchdog Greg Flynn will talk about what makes a political blog successful, and share some best practices for finding and following a good story.

The discussion should be great. You already know how much the progressive community depends on Chris Fitzsimon and Rob Schofield. Greg Flynn, who is a master of mining public information, may share some of his secrets. And Thomas Mills can help us think about how to have more impact in this election cycle.

The truth us, we're each part of a bigger thing, but we rarely have the chance to connect in person. This could be just what we need to accelerate the fairness agenda and, um, create world peace.

James

PS Those of you who know me know that I hate going out. But going out I am, to Engage Carolina on August 16th. I hope I'll see you there. If you sign up now, the cost is only $5.

Blogger conference happening next week

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Hey James,

Because you’re one of the people most engaged and informed about what’s happening in North Carolina, I wanted to extend a special invitation to you.

On Saturday, August 16, Progress North Carolina and NC Policy Watch will host Engage Carolina, an afternoon seminar to help established bloggers sharpen their skills and build their networks, and show prospective bloggers what they need to get started.

Guest speakers such as Chris Fitzsimon and Rob Schofield of Policy Watch, Thomas Mills of PoliticsNC and government watchdog Greg Flynn will talk about what makes a political blog successful, and share some best practices for finding and following a good story.

Topics will include:

  • What Just Happened? The “short” session and election 2014
  • Building and maintaining a blog that will best reach your audience
  • A look at the other guys, from Civitas to the twitter trolls
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HB 451, Elections Omnibus

"Save Early Voting" Press Conference
Monday, April 1st - 10:30 am
North Carolina General Assembly
Jones Street, Raleigh, NC

UPDATE from WNCN news in Raleigh today:
Progress North Carolina led a news conference Monday at the Legislative Building to oppose bills last week to reduce 2½ weeks of in-person early voting by one week. One of the bills would bar Sunday voting.
Read more and view video here:
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/51398303/ns/local_news-raleigh_nc/#.UVoSw1eyJ5E

"Come stand with your fellow citizens, teachers, former election officials and others as they call attention to the devastating consequences of bills pending in the NCGA to cut early voting in half and make other changes to our elections rules that make it extraordinarily difficult for people to vote."

Join us in Raleigh on Saturday, February 9th for HKonJ

Friends -- as the far right steamrolls over our state, it is more important than ever for us to show the world that not all of North Carolina is a reactionary backwater intent on living in the 1950's. This coming Saturday is a great opportunity to come together and take a stand: please, join Progress NC and many other groups (some posting here) as we support our brothers and sisters at the NAACP in this year's HKonJ march to the General Assembly. This is the year to show our strength! To join us, just show up at Shaw University in Raleigh on February 9th and look for the Progress NC banner. Trust us: you'll have a great time and you *will* feel your power. Complete flyer after the jump.

Gerrick Brenner explores McCrory's unethical connections

Creating a new paradigm in pay-to-play politics:

The Foundation for North Carolina can take unlimited donations and legally does not have to disclose its donors. Gov. McCrory’s association with such an entity designed specifically for his benefit is a gaping loophole for corporations and lobbyists to circumvent campaign finance law. The potential for pay-to-play and conflicts of interests is staggering.

After witnessing McCrory's 2011 non-campaign campaign, in which he toured the state raking in speaker's fees and God knows what other forms of income, this Foundation gimmick comes as no surprise. What is a surprise is how casually the mainstream media has approached this issue. Back in the day, tons of money from unknown sources collected for vague reasons used to be a flag for reporters that corruption might be present, but today? Nary an eyebrow raised.

Join us in Raleigh for Saturday's Pay-To-Play Pat Sidewalk Ball protest!

Rather than getting rid of the patronage system and the good ole boy network like he promised during his campaign, NC's new Governor Pat McCrory has elevated pay-to-play politics to a whole new level. See the details at www.paytoplaypat.com

That's why a number of progressive and good government groups are pushing back by staging a rally outside one of the political fundraising events McCrory has lent his name to. Join us on Saturday, January 12 from 6 PM to 7 PM at 500 South Salisbury Street, outside an inaugural ball sponsored by the political group, the Foundation for North Carolina (F-NC). We want to send a message to the media and to the public: not everyone in North Carolina believes in pay-to-play politics! How bad is it? F-NC is currently selling memberships for $50,00 and $25,000 -- with members getting to meet with McCrory behind closed doors to discuss policy as just one membership benefit. More details, including resources you can share to help publicize the event, after the jump.

Pat McCrory: breaking his campaign promises in record time

Although Pat McCrory campaigned as a "political outsider" who would root out special interests and reject "business as usual," the truth is this: before he even took office, McCrory had broken his campaign promises and surrounded himself with veterans of the good ole boy network.

Progress North Carolina has set up a special website to catalogue the proof of this. Please share our new accountability website graphics with others so people understand: we need to watch this guy closely. See the website here. Or you can review its contents after the jump.

Within days of winning the election, Pat McCrory broke his campaign promise to keep special interests out of state government. He has surrounded himself with veterans of the good ole boy network and plunged headlong into conflicts of interest unbecoming of our state’s highest office.

Latest AFP/Civitas tour to be fueled by Tea Party hot air

In perhaps the most audacious attempt yet to turn a pile of happy horseshit into gold, Americans For Prosperity and the Civitas Institute are sponsoring a "Real Solutions" tour next week in an attempt to convince people that their deep budget cuts to education are *good* for North Carolina. Help us nip this insanity in the bud: please take a look at the tour stops in the article below and if you would like to get more involved in setting the record straight when they come near you, drop me a line: katymunger @ progressnc.org. We need to talk ... thank you!

(more after the jump)

N.C. Real Solutions Coming To a Town Near You

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