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Apr
18

DKos Asheville: One week to Roanoke!

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Guest Post by randallt for DKos Asheville

Good day and welcome to DKos Asheville. This is the weekly DKos Asheville open thread for Saturday, April 18th. We try to get together every weekend to share with everyone what we’re all up to in Western North Carolina and beyond. We hope this group and others serve to invigorate us locally and regionally here on Daily Kos, building on the sense of community that’s grown through our online engagement. DKos Asheville and other local and state groups can give us all a better sense of connection, a better understanding of who we stand with, work with, and share with. We hope this local and wider community can help leverage our orange passion for progressive politics to elect more and better Democrats.

Please join us below as we plan for our April 25-26 meet up in Roanoke Virginia.

For our next meet up on April 25-26 we will be offering a dynamic community and networking experience focused on bringing together a diverse group of people who share our goal of electing more and better Democrats in every election. We will be taking the meet up on the road to Roanoke Virginia. Please sign up by dropping me a Kosmail.

This is an open invitation for all Kossacks to unite in a beautiful and relaxed setting as Spring arrives to the Roanoke Valley and wakens the dogwood and apple blossoms.Our very special guests on Saturday evening will be Dr Ferguson Reid and his son, Dr. Reid Jr.. “Fergie” has recently turned 90 and has offered to be at our gathering to acknowledge GOTV efforts not only in Virginia and North Carolina, but all of DKos as a whole. We are blessed to have these vibrantly beautiful and compassionate people grace us with their presence, advice and wisdom together with encouragement and recognition for what we have been striving for since DKos first opened it’s doors.

I’ve stayed in touch with “Fergie” Jr, through the week and I can’t thank him enough for all his guest recruiting help. He is honored that we will be featuring his Dad as our special guest and speaker and has joined with the DKos Asheville crew to raise awareness of the Roanoke event.

90 for 90

Essential to voting is voter registration of course and that is the focus behind the 90 for 90 model of local and effective political action and engagement with potential voters. The name is based on its Virginia roots but the model can apply anywhere.

In honor of Dr. William F. “Fergie” Reid’s 90th birthday and his long history of expanding voters’ rights, we commit to registering new voters for this years election.If all volunteers and candidates worked together to register 90 new voters in each of the Commonwealth’s precincts, our efforts would result in a quarter million new voters for the Old Dominion.

Denise Oliver Velez will have a story on the 90 for 90 Project on Sunday Kos tomorrow andplease read Vetwife’s great shoutout for this man to get more recognition of his life work.We are hoping for a great turnout at the event. It will offer two different venues and an after event voter registration opportunity. If you need a ride from the Asheville area, please let me know.

SCHEDULE:

Meet at the mountaintop 12:00pm

Catered lunch
Social
Introduction and welcome, agenda announcement
Introductions from audience members/organizations
Candidate forum
Skype call to KC – option1
Close

Go to Hotel 4:00pm

Check in
Set up meeting room, distribute information
Begin program 5:30pm
SKYPE call to KC – option2
Dr. Reid and son speak
Questions and discussion
Planning for GOTV and Voter Registration projects

Downtown Roanoke voter registration training and fun

Group photo of everyone in front of Fire Station #1 in the city market where President
Obama delivered his “You didn’t build it.” speech.

Return to Hotel for late night discussion and social

Breakfast

Checkout

Please see details below and let me know if you would like to attend.

What A DKos Asheville meet up in Roanoke, Virginia.When Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, 2015. 12:00 pm Saturday till 12:00 pm Sunday.

Where We will start our day with lunch on the top of a mountain at Mill Mountain Parkand then go to the hotel in the afternoon.

Hotel Roanoke, Conference Center, 110 Shenandoah Avenue, Roanoke, Virginia, 24016-2025, USA
540-985-5900

Here is a Roanoke map from Mapquest

This is a Blueridge Outdoors look at Roanoke

This is the state of Virgina’s official reference to Roanoke.

Please Kosmail me, randallt, if you would like to attend.

Let’s get local, grow our network, build this community and help win elections.

RSVPs and hopefuls
1. gordon20024
2. davehouck
3. randallt
4. Joieau
5. LamontCranston
6. Steerler Grrl
7. Steeler Guy
8. Otteray Scribe
9. DawnN
10. emmasnacker
11. Vetwife
12. Chun Yang
13. MsSpentyouth
14. Guests

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Feb
18

RETHINK YOUR PRECINCT 2015

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This post will remain at the top until this coming Saturday. New material will be found below.

by Gordon Smith

Are you excited about the victories we celebrated in November? Brian Turner defeated Tim Moffitt. John Ager defeated Nathan Ramsey. Todd Williams is our new District Attorney. Buncombe Democrats won every local race we ran, and now it’s time to gear up for next year’s big elections for President, County Commission, and more. That’s where you come in. Are you a Buncombe County resident? Are you a registered Democrat? We want you and need you!

When we know that the Koch Brothers intend to spend nearly a billion dollars in 2016 to elect people who want to make the rich richer at the expense of the rest of us, then it’s clear we need to begin organizing now. The battle for North Carolina will be front and center next year, and Democrats will have to organize like never before in order to combat conservative efforts to buy our democracy.

The county is made up of voting precincts. You know which one you’re in? If not, check here: http://www.ncsbe.gov/webapps/pollingplace_search/

On the morning of February 28th, Democrats from across the county will come together to lay the foundation for victory in 2016. You’re invited. We need your energy, ideas, and effort. Glenda Overbeck is a volunteer who’s marshaling Buncombe Dems’ precinct organizing this year, and I asked her “what’s this all about?”

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Feb
17

This is How That Happened

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by Barry Summers

Late in 2013, I was reading a press release from a local state legislator, which publicized his being named chair of a new NC House committee. At the bottom, he listed all the other committees he was currently on, and just on a whim, I compared it to the official list of committees on his legislative website. There was exactly one missing from the press release: “House Committee on Unmanned Aircraft Systems”. That got me curious, and that’s how I eventually came to be the only member of the public sitting in an NCGA hearing room full of military, law enforcement, and drone industry representatives, and being stared at by an angry NSA contractor. Yikes…

2007 – 2012: “We want a fully integrated environment.”

RQ-4/MQ-4 Global Hawk. U.S. Air Force photo by Bobbi Zapka. Public Domain Image courtesy Wikipedia.

With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, it became clear to the Department of Defense that they would have to start planning for the day when most of those drones that they had come to depend on overseas, would have to come home. And they don’t have enough segregated, military airspace in the continental US to fly them all, for training, research, etc.

Pentagon working with FAA to open U.S. airspace to combat drones:

“With a growing fleet of combat drones in its arsenal, the Pentagon is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to open U.S. airspace to its robotic aircraft.”… “The stuff from Afghanistan is going to come back,” Steve Pennington, the Air Force’s director of ranges, bases and airspace, said at the conference. The Department of Defense “doesn’t want a segregated environment. We want a fully integrated environment.”

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Mar
27

Names of Future Cats

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The following post is a guest post from Devin Walsh. Read his blog here

Added to the list of Names of our Future Cats (Sports, Action, Snakebite), let’s put “Peeves”.

Couple weekends ago we were sprawling throughout the parents-in-law’s living room, Arielle and I plus her sister and sister’s husband in various stages of recovery, raining out and the kids installed at the neighbors’ (“We want to play with Nedgie!” “We want to go to Nedgie’s!”) and Arielle asked everyone kindly to list their pet peeves.

I was surprised: for the first time in my life most of my pet peeves were aimed at myself. I didn’t say this, of course. I hinted at a mountain of grammatical issues that bug me. But really I was thinking: I swallow too loud, especially in the middle of the night, half sitting-up in bed to slug some water; and I’m prone to sloth; I pretty much suck at self control; I postpone the inevitable to the detriment of my health; and I do this horrible thing when asking someone a question. I’ll go, “What’s the capital of Virginia?” And they’ll say, “Richmond.” And I’ll say back to them what they just said: “Is it Richmond?” while nodding knowingly, as if it had been on the tip of  my tongue and all I needed was a hint. “What’s the atomic weight of a helium molecule?” “It’s blobbety blah.” “Is is blobbety blah? Of course. That’s what I thought.” I hate when I do that.

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Mar
21

I-26 Connector: Next Steps

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The following guest post courtesy of Joe Minicozzi.

Over the next several weeks, there will be votes at the City, the County and the MPO to endorse Alternative 3 for the purposes of prioritization of funding. This is key for several reasons. For one, our State is setting up a scoring system that weighs “cost” at a greater amount than anything else. As a taxpayer, I do admire being fiscally prudent, but as a resident of Buncombe and Asheville, it gives me pause. Primarily because this is a Federal project, of which, the majority of funds will come from the Federal Government. As such, the Feds have certain laws in place to protect us from how their projects impact our community, and they don’t just weigh the cost of concrete in their projects. This deal with NCDOT may end up to be a Faustian way to get us to subjugate our Federal rights to have the project that best fits our community.

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