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Let's say you're a big deal mayor in a company town who's looking for campaign advisers in your bid for governor? Would you turn to these guys?.

A good story by Rob Christensen with a great quote from Ferrell Blount: "If McCain has to play a serious game in North Carolina," said Blount, "then something is going on that is not very good for John McCain." (Note to Blount: The thing that is going on that is not very good for John McCain is John McCain.)

Some say the military is a model of racial equity. Not.

Even good ol' boy insiders sometimes get it right when it comes to the North Carolina Senate's shady operations.


Want to meet a bunch of journalists in real life?

This is big news. Seriously.

The Capitol Press Corps is opening its doors of its annual meeting to all comers this November, provided you can pay the price tag of $185-$300, depending on how long you stay. They're even considering a session called "Ask a Blogger" ... which might well be paired with a session called "Answer a blogger."

Looks like an interesting event, especially for folks who like to meet people in real life. Hat tip to Laura Leslie who posted about this in her inimitable style.


It's not just the NC press corps - it's Capitolbeat, the national association of statehouse reporters and editors. We'll have folks here from all over the country. It's always a good time.

We've never actually barred citizen journalists or anyone else from attending, but we've also never specifically invited them. Our board decided this weekend that the time has come to change that.

I'm the president of the group, and Mark Binker is our conference chair - either of us would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the event.

Laura Leslie
(Barkeep, Isaac Hunter's Tavern)

Laura Leslie
blogger/reporter for WRAL @NCCapitol
Former Barkeep of Isaac Hunter's Tavern

Thanks for the clarification.

So NC is hosting the national meeting and you're the Big Cheese? How cool is that! this could be a seriously important conference.

Jokes aside, McCain might just be showing his age or

suffering the effects of nonstop campaigning. I found this article which sums up all the gaffes he has made, often repeating the errors on more than one occasion.

The one that got my attention is the last one. Odd that after telling a story the same way for 35+ years that he's now getting it wrong.

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I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

I have that fear myself

If the guy really is having lapses of memory or confusion - regardless of the cause - this could really get ugly. People will accuse the left of age discrimination, and older voters could see themselves in his failing faculties and vote for misguided self-affirmation.

I truly hope it's just McCain being the same dim-witted flip-flopper he's always been. (He barely scraped through the Naval Academy ... fourth from the bottom of his class ... which goes to show he's never been the sharpest knife in the drawer.)

Oh...and yes, that is the Constitution burning in the fireplace

and Cindy is bearing vials of drugs. They were kinder to Cindy than they should have been. Where's the cute nurse's outfit?

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


We already know exactly what kind of president McCain would be: another semi-literate warmonger with the added liability of being a gold-digging adulterer.

What's not to love?


Tooo funny

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

The most racially diverse organization... the United States Army. While it's true there is not a lot of diversity at the top, it IS everywhere else. My platoon sergeants, in no particular order, were Filipino, Chinese, and African-American. If people worked in the kind of racial/economic/educationally-diverse environment as the Army has, the world would be a better place.

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Different Issues, James

Racial equality and how mant are now reaching the top is just not the right comparison. One of the most significant reasons for why the top, at least in the Army's case, looks like it does is because to get to the top you have to stay in. It's all about retention!

Because of the opportunities that service as a junior officer provides, many of our best are "lured" out and into the private sector. I can't tell you the number of minority Academy graduates I know who left the Army as captains and majors and used their leadership experience and graduate degrees earned while on active duty in one of the Fortune 500s.

This is a really complex problem and three tours in Iraq or Afghanistan with the prospect of a fourth doesn't help. The headhunter firms understand this. As a great example, I know of a recent case where one of the firms contacted the wife of an Academy graduate major with 13 years of service who is serving in Iraq and showed her that if her husband took their offer, he would not only quickly overcome the "lost" retirement benefits from leaving before 20 years, but they also showed her his earnings horizon. Right - he returned home in June and leaves the Army 1 August. This guy was clearly labeled as a future star destined to reach the highest levels. This is the kind of thing the statistics just don't show.

Thus, the equality is typically there and it's not the issue. As long as others are willing to "buy" the leadership skills that our minority officers possess, the stats will continue to look like the ones in the NBC story. Programs that are designed to stop the leakage are just not working that well, and the war doesn't help retention.


Thanks for the clarification

(I'm saying that a lot these days.)

Companies are increasingly recognizing the need for diversity. The ones I work with are scrambling like hell to recruit and retain women, blacks, Latinos, you name it. They're providing specialized programs and investing heavily to get their leadership teams looking more like their broad-based workforces.

I've long been a proponent of dramatically increased pay for our men and women in uniform, because the old saying is basically true: You get what you pay for. I'd rather have a smaller, smarter and better paid military than a huge, lumbering military where standards are steadily lowered to fill the ranks. For the cost of the Osprey program ($40 billion and counting) and a couple of aircraft carriers ($10 billion each), we could overhaul our leadership compensation structure and have enough to pay experienced people almost whatever we want.

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Very glad to see this.