Siler City Immigration Protest

I arrived at the Siler City Immigration protest at about 4:15 pm yesterday afternoon. There was a line of people walking from the highway starting about 1.5 miles away. People had signs and nearly everyone had an American flag. There were smiles on everyone's faces as we passed work crews, old couples, young people with their friends, and entire families, including babies in strollers. Nearly everyone was wearing white t-shirt. As we got closer to the protest site we could hear chanting in spanish, a nation divided can never be united. As we drove by the protest site there was line of policemen from siler city, chatham county, and surrounding cities lining the sidewalk. Also people were chanting Yes we can! in spanish. We pulled into press parking (some newspaper workers caught a ride with me( their article is here) and I joined the protest as the journalists went off to inverview and take pictures.

Carsner hits back at McHenry grandstanding

Congressional candidate Richard Carsner (NC-10) responds to what he calls McHenry's "pseudo" congressional field hearing today in Lenoir:

Congressional Candidate Supports Common Sense Solutions to Meth Abuse

Carsner Assails McHenry’s Grandstanding Approach

Richard Carsner, Democratic candidate for the US House (NC-10), supports all efforts to curb methamphetamine labs in North Carolina, but questions Patrick McHenry’s inconsistent efforts to address this tragically disastrous epidemic.

“This photo event today is a clear example of political grandstanding from an immature politico who just doesn’t get it,” Carsner said. “It’s a charade at taxpayer expense.”

North Carolina and Alternative Energy

I ran across this little article on the N&O's website with the headline: "Who Says that Alternative Energy and North Carolina Don't Mix?". Seeing the headline, I was excited to learn about the great things that North Carolina is doing with alternative energy (I was also a little surprised because I had thought that were behind the curve in alternative energy). However, once I began reading the article, I realized this was a case of a completely inaccurate title.

The article was filled with information on how the state's programs did not stack up. First off was the only good news, the state offers lots of tax credits for alternative energy use. But then the reality of North Carolina's situation was exposed.

Why I'm not Writing

It's crunch time ladies and gentlemen. I am having to take some time to get this house packed, painted and cleaned so we can list it sooner rather than later. I figure the earlier I get it finished the more likely it is I won't be dealing with this closer to May 2 and November 7.

The really good news is I think we found a house plan that is just right. We are now looking for a builder. If anyone knows builders who will work in Lincoln County please pass along their names.

I wouldn't normally have written a diary about this, but I just wanted you to know where I am and why I'm not consistently posting here.

Ginny Foxx on the Wireless!

From WautagaWatch:

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx will be interviewed live on Appalachian State University's campus radio station WASU 90.5 FM on Wednesday, April 12, from 7:30-8 p.m. She's supposed to answer questions from the audience during the program. Call in to (828) 264-4905.

I'll just add: Yes, they webcast.

Public Financing of Elections

Nothing gets white old rich men like Art Pope more activated than the possibility that they can't continue to buy elections. And no group in North Carolina is working harder to put him out of business than Democracy North Carolina. Their director of development, Molly Beacham, visited our political salon this weekend and made a compelling case for change. And the good news is this: you can help make the change happen. It's as easy as checking a box on your tax return.

Now you have a chance to support fair elections and fair courts -- and it won't cost you anything. Please mark "Yes" on the new check-off box on the N.C. income-tax form, called the Public Campaign Financing Fund. The Fund supports a public financing option for candidates for N.C. Court of Appeals and N.C. Supreme Court, and it pays for a Voter Guide for those elections.

Now you can do something besides bitch about the destructive influence of guys like the Puppetmaster on North Carolina elections. So go ahead. Take the first step for Voter-Owned Elections.

Guess who's buying lottery tickets?

While North Carolina’s biggest counties raked in the most money during the lottery’s first week, residents of the state’s poorest counties bought a disproportionate share of the tickets, according to a Fayetteville Observer analysis.

Counties with the highest ticket sales per capita include 12 of the poorest in the state. Only three of the richest counties were among the biggest spenders.

The lottery’s whirlwind debut on March 30 had generated about $36 million by Thursday, according to N.C. Education Lottery officials. The Observer’s findings reflect what some critics of the games have long argued: A significant chunk of a lottery’s proceeds come from communities where residents can least afford to play the odds.

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