Oh Terri!

To hear local patriot Terri Tyson describe this community, it's a wonder we don't have a Taliban party primary for Orange County Commissioners. Her diatribes in the local media are truly a last ditch effort to save Chapel Hill's soul. But unfortunately the backs of our cars reveal that it may be too late:

Every politically successful conservative position gets twisted. Now peace is patriotic and the phrase "God bless America" has been corrected to include a blessing for every nation on earth.
One bumper sticker proclaims that the real axis of evil is Bush, Cheney and Ashcroft, not the terrorists. This is blatantly anti-American.
The village in Texas that is missing its idiot, according to one bumper sticker, should admit that the Yale graduate, professional baseball team owner, Texas governor, and two-term president has gone a long way.
- Terri Tyson, letter to the Chapel Hill News, 5/7/06

Give the Indy a piece of your mind

The Independent Weekly is asking for feedback on their political blog, dent. This is in concert with an article they're publishing next week about a book tour appearance by two major political bloggers, including Markos Moulitsas who was on a panel with me at South by Southwest. The article will also talk about political blogging in the Triangle.

Election Night Coverage

WCHL 1360 AM and WCOM 103.5 FM will both be covering the local elections today and tonight.

First, at 12:30 this afternoon, WCHL will have a midday update on how turnout looks and how the new voting technology is working. Through the afternoon WCHL will also be having further updates during breaks in their programming.

At 8 PM, WCOM will be covering the election with host Triangle Slim and special guest appearances from some local pundits (including some possibly familiar names from OP). Tune in to hear the early returns and analysis.

Then at 9 PM, WCHL will have its election night special coverage of both the Orange County races AND the Chatham County primaries.

Also note, News 14 Carolina on cable television will be having live coverage of 17 races from around central and eastern North Carolina and will be reporting on a total of 74 different races with an on-screen ticker and other updates. Their coverage will start at 7:30 PM and run until 10 or 11 PM.

Best local blogs

The Indpendent is taking votes on the Best of the Triangle for 2006. They must have been afraid that OrangePolitics would sweep Best Blog for a third year in a row because they have removed the category! Can we declare ourselves Best Blog for Life? ;-)

(And this after snubbing me last year by never sending my award packet. Hmph.)

Anyway, what other local blogs do y'all read (or write)? I've been collecting them under the local blogs link in the sidebar.

Tune in to the forum

WCHL (1360 AM) will holding its annual Forum on air today from 8 am to 6 pm. I can't find the schedule on their site, but they generally dedicate each hour to a different topic with 4-6 guests and a couple of journalists.

It probably won't be as exciting as in 2004, when the forum was kicked off by a tense 2-hour tete-a-tete over UNC development.

In 2005, I was a particpant in the "Civil Rights & Equality" topic. This year I'll be on during the 3 pm hour in which the topic is "Community Diversity," which appears to be a re-phrasing of the same issue(s). And I'm still frustrated at the hourly separation of topics because of course I have things to say about all of them! ;-)



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