Morning Post

Spent a little time in the Dean Dome last night. I can hardly wait to hear what CNN says I think of it all.
Meanwhile,
– Picking up on a pattern: Newspaper runs big take out thumbsucker fretting over the dying newspaper industry then a few weeks later offers ‘voluntary’ early retirement packages to most of the people making decent money. Word from the newsroom is that many of the senior people got an offer.
– Fresh from Italy, the Guv endorses Hillary. I can hardly wait for CNN to remind me he is our most popular Governor evah.
– If you get a call from Lamont, just hang up.
Early voting expands in Meck.

Morning Post

Good morning. Do ya ever get the impression that until, say, the time of the conventions, politics is all about re-fighting past elections?

Meanwhile,
As Ed points out, states are starting to feel the pinch. In NC, a projected budget surplus has all but evaporated, which is not good during an election year because there are promises to be kept. The upshot is that for those less connected this will be a session of defense. So what else is new?
– NCGOP’s much discussed ad fits nicely with the media strategy
– The Fed, cheap dollars and the food crisis
What’s this? My guess is it is something we used to call a contrary view.
– It’s not just an ad or two, but a sick pattern of ratcheting up what they deem acceptable in terms of racially charged comments. If this is where we are now . . .

Holy Moly

The Lottery Oversight Commission is meeting!
Will wonders never cease. Thank you First Amendment.

North Carolina General Assembly
State Legislative Building
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601 – 1096

April 24, 2008

MEETING NOTICE

TO: Members of the LOTTERY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

FROM: Dr. Myron L. Coulter, Co-Chair
Dr. William C. Harrison, Co-Chair

SUBJECT: LOTTERY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MEETING

The LOTTERY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE will meet on Friday, May 9, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 421 of the Legislative Office Building.

Morning Post

Gosh golly that was quite a night in politics. Hmmm. What’s next?
The answer would be us in the NC (well, there’s Guam) and my home state of Indiana.
Yup, NC is in play. I know this because in my capacity as small town newspaper editor I got several phone calls from presidential campaigns yesterday. That and reports of hobbits in Person County.
So, the jets are fueled and Indigestion 2008 is headed to the Tar Heel state.
– Bill Clinton is in Hillsboro (the bus tour stopped there in 1992) and Elon, Asheboro, Thomasville, and Statesville
– Hillary Clinton arrives Thursday in Jacksonville, Fayetteville, and Asheville with Gen. Hugh Shelton, Ret. in tow.
– Barack Obama is learning the chords to Keep the Car Running.
And every blog in the country has an opinion on the Pennsylvania results. Here’s my take: Uh, that one’s over. On to the next thing. If you must, just read Attytood. He’s a nice fellow.

Obama Rock show

RALEIGH, NC — Senator Barack Obama’s campaign today announced two concerts to headline the campaign’s One-Stop Early Voting drive. Featuring Arcade Fire and Superchunk, the “Change Rocks” concerts in Carrboro and Greensboro will highlight the campaign’s effort to encourage One-Stop Early Voting at college campuses and other locations across the state.

Tickets can be picked up in Forsythe, Guilford, Randolph, Almanace, Orange, Durham, and Wake Counties during early voting hours starting Thursday April 24. A list of locations is below.

“This is a defining moment for this country,” said Win Butler of Arcade Fire. “We want to encourage people to get up, get out, and go vote.”

“People are incredibly excited about this election and this primary,” said Mac McCaughan of Superchunk. “Our music is a unique way to get people involved and participating.”

Arcade Fire is a high-profile independent band in North America. Their first album, Funeral, and the single “Cold Wind” were nominated for Grammys in the best Alternative Rock Album and Best Song Written for Television, Film, or Other Media categories respectively. Their second album, Neon Bible, also was nominated for the Best Alternative Rock Album Grammy. The group recently came off a worldwide tour.

The band Superchunk was formed in 1989 in Chapel Hill. As one of the most popular independent bands in the country, they have played at concerts and festivals around the world. They have released more than eight albums, written a film score, and headlined benefit concerts.

The Obama campaign is making a statewide push to encourage voters to take advantage of the state’s first-ever One Stop Early Voting process, which allows voters who are not registered or who have never voted before to register and vote at the same place, on the same day, all at once. Last week, the campaign announced 1-888-NC EARLY, a hotline that easily gives voters information on their early voting locations. This weekend, voters across North Carolina held more than 100 canvasses to take Senator Obama’s message to voters and encourage them to vote early.

CHANGE ROCKS
Early Vote Concerts with Arcade Fire and Superchunk

THURSDAY, MAY 1
Greensboro Coliseum Complex Pavilion Parking Lot
(Rain site: Pavilion)
1921 W Lee Street
Greensboro, NC
Gates open: 1:00 pm
For more information, call 336-332-0028 or visit www.nc.barackobama.com

Tickets are required. Tickets are free, but only one ticket may be picked up person. Space is limited and admission is on a first come, first serve basis. The show is for all ages.

FRIDAY, MAY 2
Carrboro Town Commons
301 W. Main Street
Carrboro, NC
Gates open: 1:00 pm
For more information, call 919-929-3460 or visit www.nc.barackobama.com
* Parking is very limited, so walking, biking, taking public transit or car-pooling to the show are encouraged.

Tickets are required. Tickets are free, but only one ticket may be picked up person. Space is limited and admission is on a first come, first serve basis. The show is for all ages.

Ticket Pick-up Information:

Tickets can be picked up in Forsythe, Guilford, Randolph, Almanace, Orange, Durham, and Wake Counties at the following locations during early voting hours starting Thursday April 24:

For May 1 show Greensboro:

Obama for America Office
8 West 3rd Street
Winston-Salem, NC 28401
M-F 8 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Greensboro Coliseum
Northside of Pavilion Parking Lot
1921 W. Lee Street
Greensboro, NC 27403
Hours: M-F: 10 a.m. — 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. — 3 p.m.

Obama table outside Shaw Building
158 Worth Street
Asheboro, NC 27203
Hours: M-F: 8 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Obama table outside Board of Elections office
505 E. Green Drive
High Point, NC 27260
Hours: M-F: 8 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Obama table outside Courthouse
301 W. Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
Hours: M-F: 8 a.m. — 5 p.m.

For May 2 show in Carrboro:

Obama table outside UNC-Chapel Hill Planetarium
250 E. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Hours: M-F: 8 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Balloons and Tunes
208 W. Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
Hours: M-F: 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Saturday April 26th 9 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Morning Times Café
10 E. Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m. — 5 p.m
Saturday April 26th: 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Obama table outside of the Old Durham Ball Park
Corporation and Morris
Durham, NC
Hours: M-Sat: 9 a.m. — 5:30 p.m

***Additional ticketing locations will be announced on nc.barackobama.com***

NC legislators endorse Obama

This from the Obama folks today.

Raleigh, NC — Today 29 members of the North Carolina state legislature endorsed Senator Obama, citing his ability to inspire and bring people together to move our country forward, and put an end to the divisive politics of Washington that have stalled progress on the great challenges facing our nation. The legislators’ endorsements are the latest addition to Obama’s grassroots movement for change, which has come to encompass a broad spectrum of North Carolinians — from the grassroots level to representatives in United States Congress — who will vote for change on May 6.

Here’s the list:

Tony Rand, Senate Majority Leader, Cumberland
Doug Berger, State Senator, Franklin
Charlie Dannelly, State Senator, Mecklenburg
Katie Dorsett, State Senator, Guilford
Anthony Foriest, State Senator, Alamance
Linda Garrou, State Senator, Forsyth
Malcolm Graham, State Senator, Mecklenburg
Clark Jenkins, State Senator, Edgecombe
Edward Jones, State Senator, Halifax, Perquimans
Eleanor Kinnaird, State Senator, Orange
Vernon Malone, State Senator, Wake
Floyd McKissick, State Senator, Durham

Dan Blue, State Representative, Wake
Alma Adams, State Representative, Guilford
Angela Bryant, State Representative, Nash
Jean Farmer-Butterfield, State Representative, Wilson
Becky Carney, State Representative, Mecklenburg
Bill Faison, State Representative, Orange
Richard Glazier, State Representative, Cumberland
Larry Hall, State Representative, Durham
Ty Harrell, State Representative, Wake
Pricey Harrison, State Representative, Guilford
Sandra Hughes, State Representative, New Hanover
Marvin Lucas, State Representative, Cumberland
Grier Martin, State Representative, Wake
Annie Mobley, State Representative, Bertie
Henry Michaux, Jr., State Representative, Durham
Edith Warren, State Representative, Pitt
Michael Wray, State Representative, Warren