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The Southern Dem's good work on behalf of Larry Kissell generated a bit of coverage in the Charlotte Observer for BlueNC yesterday. If you're a new reader, thanks for stopping by our online forum for progressives in North Carolina. You're welcome to register and join the conversation!

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GREAT WORK!

Sorry for the all caps, but I'm very excited to see BlueNC get this kind of coverage. SD and Anglico, your efforts are really paying off for your candidates. Don't be surprised when '08 candidates approach you for internet consultation.

Hi new folks!

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Time's Up

My 15 minutes of fame has ended.

For those who don't have access to an Observer, the article is about candidates who use the internet to promote their campaigns. It is largely about Larry Kissell, however they profile a local blogger(me) and another candidate. Our very own Anglico was also interviewed for the piece and is mentioned in the body of the article.
My biggest regret is that I didn't think to move the Warner 08 bumper sticker a young man gave me at the NCDP convention this summer. I am eagerly awaiting an Edwards bumper sticker to replace it.


Click on the little paper and it will show you a bigger version.

Here's a color version of my desk. The b&w doesn't quite capture the yellow flipflop on the top of my monitor.



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Warner will

go, but please leave the one right above it. LOL. He said Larry is sooo lucky to have you and he is. You are so passionate about what you believe and I love that. That goes for all the BlueNC bloggers.

Lovex7

Congratulations SouthernDem

Wooohooo MSM covering SouthernDem. And I've been reading you for years, I'm so honored. :)

But SouthernDem deserves all the credit. Keep up the great work!!

Welcome to all commenters and lurkers

My personal experience here at bluenc started just a couple of months ago...but i was welcomed with open arms. Every time i asked a question, a thoughtful idea and a straight answer was always given. Even if i didn't ask, help was offered when anyone noticed i didn't know how to do something, like link articles and insert pictures. This bluenc experience has been the best, the people here care passionately about politics and fellow Dems.

I have been welcomed on every front, and included whenever i asked to join. I think that bluenc is becoming a leader among blog sites, because we have all joined forces and recommend each other's posts, here and abroad (dailyKos, MyDD or wherever linked).

Whenever one sees something wrong in politics, they bring that information here and share it with the rest of us. We all join together in whatever effort it takes to try to make it right again.

So i say again, welcome, please join this powerful blog and these amazing bloggers.

PS, A I didn't know you were a writer in Chapel Hill! What a pleasant surprise. (Although I shouldn't be that surprised, you usually are quite eloquent.)

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

I like your decorating style SD

And your color palet....bella!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

I can't tell you how many of my daughters' friends

now know what CAFTA is. It's pretty funny to see their eyes glaze over as I explain....hehehe.


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Keep fighting the good fight

You'll are doing a great job getting the message out. I know it is being heard in the eastern part of the district. Your work is a ray of hope and truth to all of us who are feed up with the Robin Hayes of the world. The combination of facts and a little humor can be the end of a flip flopper like Hayes. Politicians can stand being cursed but they dont last when people begin to laugh at their comments.

Gee, Surveyor...you couldn't possibly mean

.....the comment that Hayes had in the article, could you? Blogs are something to do with the internet. Welcome to the 21st century flipper. hehehe


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I'm extremely jealous

My god, what a tidy desk!

Thank goodness

Thank goodness they didn't want to take a picture of my closet .....The desk is tidy because I had put all my super duper top secret political files away. hehehe


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Thanks for the Scan

I couldn't find the paper anywhere in town, so the scanned picture will have to do. I even went to Barnes and Noble. OMG, I didn't realize that everybody in town hung out there on Sunday. I didn't buy the newspaper, but I spent money. I lost control.

Lovex7

I'll snag you one and just mail the article.

They'll have some extras out tomorrow.


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I'm New Here...thanks to The Observer!

Hi everyone. I'm brand new here. I read the article on charlotte.com and immediately signed up for an account on BlueNC. I'm a yellow-dog democrat. I live in Mel Watt's district, but I plan on donating some money to Larry Kissell. I read over his campaign website. He seems like a stand-up man, someone I'd love to see as NC-8's representative! BTW...I work in the MSM at one of the TV stations. Let me know if you think we should be covering something that we're not!

Hi Hanklet!

Very great to see you here. You're obviously someone who likes to be in action.

I especially appreciate knowing you're in the media, so don't be surprised if we beat on your virtual door from time to time.

Welcome.

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Hi Hanklet!

I'm in Mel Watt's district also. Glad you're here.


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$1.22 Gas

Yes, we did cover the event.

You'll find...

that many of us consider North Carolina our district.

Did y'all cover the $1.22 gas event?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
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Welcome aboard!

Glad you could join us. There's always alot going on here at Blue...you never know where your next story idea may come from!

Robin Hayes Hates Puppies

WTG, Southern Dem!

Thanks for helping to "democratize the media"and empower the people.

I also liked this comment from the article:

Few candidates are as sophisticated about the cyber-possibilities as Democrat John Edwards, North Carolina's former U.S. senator and probable 2008 presidential candidate.

Dem Leaders Send Bush New Iraq Plan...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2006/09/04 /dem-leaders-send-bush-new_n_28676.html

The text of the entire letter is included below:

September 4, 2006

The President

The White House

Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. President:

Over one month ago, we wrote to you about the war in Iraq. In the face of escalating violence, increasing instability in the region, and an overall strain on our troops that has reduced their readiness to levels not seen since Vietnam, we called upon you to change course and adopt a new strategy to give our troops and the Iraqi people the best chance for success.

Although you have not responded to our letter, we surmise from your recent press conferences and speeches that you remain committed to maintaining an open-ended presence of U.S. forces in Iraq for years to come. That was the message the American people received on August 21, 2006, when you said, "we're not leaving [Iraq], so long as I'm the President."

Unfortunately, your stay the course strategy is not working. In the five-week period since writing to you, over 60 U.S. soldiers and Marines have been killed, hundreds of U.S. troops have been wounded, many of them grievously, nearly 1,000 Iraqi civilians have died, and the cost to the American taxpayer has grown by another $8 billion dollars. Even the administration's most recent report to Congress on Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq indicates that security trends in Iraq are deteriorating, and likely to continue to worsen for the foreseeable future. With daily attacks against American and Iraqi troops at close to their highest levels since the start of the war, and sectarian violence intensifying, we can only conclude that our troops are caught in the middle of a low-grade civil war that is getting worse.

Meanwhile, the costs of a failed Iraq policy to our military and our security have been staggering. As you know, not a single Army non-deployed combat brigade is currently prepared to meet its wartime mission, and the Marine Corps faces equally urgent equipment and personnel shortages. Lieutenant General Blum, the National Guard Bureau Chief, has stated that the National Guard is "even further behind or in an even more dire situation than the active Army." Your recent decision to involuntarily recall thousands of Marines to active duty to serve in Iraq is but the latest confirmation of the strain this war has placed on our troops. At the same time, the focus on Iraq and the toll it has taken on our troops and on our diplomatic capabilities has diverted our attention from other national security challenges and greatly constrained our ability to deal with them.

In short, Mr. President, this current path - for our military, for the Iraqi people, and for our security - is neither working, nor making us more secure.

Therefore, we urge you once again to consider changes to your Iraq policy. We propose a new direction, which would include: (1) transitioning the U.S. mission in Iraq to counter-terrorism, training, logistics and force protection; (2) beginning the phased redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq before the end of this year; (3) working with Iraqi leaders to disarm the militias and to develop a broad-based and sustainable political settlement, including amending the Constitution to achieve a fair sharing of power and resources; and (4) convening an international conference and contact group to support a political settlement in Iraq, to preserve Iraq's sovereignty, and to revitalize the stalled economic reconstruction and rebuilding effort. These proposals were outlined in our July 30th letter and are consistent with the "U.S. Policy in Iraq Act" you signed into law last year.

We also think there is one additional measure you can take immediately to demonstrate that you recognize the problems your policies have created in Iraq and elsewhere -consider changing the civilian leadership at the Defense Department. From the failure to deploy sufficient numbers of troops at the start of the war or to adequately equip them, to the prison abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib, to disbanding the Iraqi military, to the failure to plan for the post-war occupation, the Administration's mistakes have taken a toll on our troops and our security. It is unacceptable to dismiss the concerns of military personnel and their families when they are affected by the consequences of these failures, as the Secretary of Defense recently did in Alaska by suggesting that volunteers should not complain about having their deployments extended. While a change in your Iraq policy will best advance our chances for success, we do not believe the current civilian leadership at the Department of Defense is suited to implement and oversee such a change in policy.

Mr. President, staying the course in Iraq has not worked and continues to divert resources and attention from the war on terrorism that should be the nation's top security priority. We hope you will consider the recommendations for change that we have put forward. We want to work with you in finding a way forward that honors the enormous sacrifice of our troops and promotes U.S. national security interests in the region. We believe our plan will achieve those goals.

Thank you for your consideration of our views.

Harry Reid, Senate Democratic Leader
Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader
Dick Durbin, Senate Assistant Democratic Leader
Steny Hoyer, House Minority Whip
Carl Levin, Ranking Member, Senate Armed Services Committee
Ike Skelton, Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee
Joe Biden, Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Tom Lantos, Ranking Member, House International Relations Committee
Jay Rockefeller, Vice Chairman, Senate Intelligence Committee
Jane Harman, Ranking Member, House Intelligence Committee
Daniel Inouye, Ranking Member, Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee
John Murtha, Ranking Member, House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

Benji, thanks for bringing this....

but you should have done this as a diary...not a comment. Email me if your not sure how to do that. Great to have you here tho!

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Hi everyone

This is SD.....I've just helped Mom sign up for an account. You'll recognize her since we have the same last name. :)

Welcome Mom of Southern Dem!

You have a very wonderful daughter, as I'm sure you know.

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Hi A...Mom is soon to be followed by my brother

My older brother. I'm thinking he should go by Jack Ass Dem...it would fit him. :) My younger brother won't register, but he would have to call himself something like...Lost on the Dark Side...since he's a repug. Sigh...stoopid little brother.


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Where did he go wrong?

Have you pin pointed it yet? It will be fun having your mom here.

Lovex7

Mom probably won't come by often

Between her full-time job, serving on city council, neighborhood meetings helping with my nephew, etc.....she doesn't have time. We were just touring the different sites and I wanted her to be able to comment without worrying about registering. She knows a lot about transit....I don't. That's a hot topic here it seems, so I hope she'll chime in for the Charlotte area.


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PS, SD...

Is NCDem any kin?

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Nope...

at least not by blood.....or marriage that I'm aware of....


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I should have...

I should have introduced myself earlier...

I just signed up here a couple of weeks ago after seeing some BlueNCers post on John Edwards' OneAmerica blog. I'm NCDem over there too.

I'm in the Raleigh area (Cary).

I recently vlogged a Shuler event where John Edwards was campaigning for Shuler. Screwy Hoolie was kind enough to be interviewed at the event: CJ Video Report: Edwards & Shuler

Y'all are doing great work here for NC Democrats!

No introduction needed

Just pull up your keyboard and join in the fun. It's really great that you are here, though and will split time between OAC and BNC. I look forward to your future vlogs.


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HI SD's Mom!

It will be nice to meet your whole fam damily SD! I see that the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree. (well, at least as far as you are concerned)...where did your bro go wrong? Perhaps a post later? ;)

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

kid oakland gives a hat tip

to The Southern Dem media coverage and to BlueNC.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
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Very Cool

He linked to my blog a while back because of my posts for Larry. I saw he had a post up about local press being positive for blogs, but didn't know he had picked up our story. I'll take all the help I can get shining a spotlight on Larry Kissell.


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It seems that someone left a comment...

pointing him to this post.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Recommend Larry Please!!!

He's on DKos


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Roll Call on Gasoline "Gimmick"

GOP: Gas Gimmick Is Illegal
By Nicole Duran
Roll Call Staff
September 5, 2006

Democratic House challengers think they have found a clever way to harness voter anger over high gasoline prices: Sell it for less.

I can't get into the registered portion to see anything else.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me