October 2008

Democratic consultant Mac McCorkle to speak at Town Hall Grill

Via spammy e-mail submission:


Mac McCorkle, Political Consultant for Lt. Governor Beverly Perdue, to speak at Town Hall Grill’s “Village Voice”

Chapel Hill, NC – October 1, 2008 – Mac McCorkle, Political Consultant for Lt. Governor Beverly Perdue and 2008 Democratic Nominee for Governor, will be speaking on behalf of the Lt. Governor on October 6, 2008 at Town Hall Grill in Chapel Hill as part of the Village Voice political forum. Town Hall Grill, located in Southern Village in Chapel Hill, N.C., launched the bipartisan community issues forum, “The Village Voice,” in June and has featured political candidates William (BJ) Lawson, Republican candidate for U.S. House District 4 and Ellie Kinnaird, six-term NC State Senator, District 23. Mac McCorkle will be speaking at 5:30pm on October 6th at Town Hall Grill on the covered patio. Individuals interested in attending are encouraged to reserve a seat using the online reservations form at www.thetownhallgrill.com. The Village Voice is sponsored by The North Carolina Center for Voter Education, NBC TV-17 and MyNC.com. For more information, please visit www.thetownhallgrill.com or contact Sandy Andrews of Hummingbird Creative Group at sandy@hummingbird-creative.com or (919) 854-9100, ext 307.
About Mac McCorkle

Pope “Mac” McCorkle has worked as a policy and research consultant to political candidates, state governments, and various organizations for the past decade. He is now the Principal of McCorkle Policy Consulting in Durham, North Carolina. In his prior capacity as a lawyer with the Raleigh firm founded by former U.S. Senator Terry Sanford, McCorkle served as outside counsel to the North Carolina Association of Educators and also specialized in election law and other administrative legal matters. In 1992, McCorkle joined the Raleigh law firm of Everett, Gaskins, Hancock & Stevens. There he served as a legal and legislative counsel to the Low-Wealth Schools Consortium and continued his litigation and administrative law practice. As a campaign issues consultant, McCorkle most recently worked with the 2000 U.S. Senate campaign of Mel Carnahan, as well as the campaigns of North Carolina Governor Mike Easley and Missouri Governor Bob Holden. McCorkle’s clients include the campaigns of Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, Governor Mike Easley, Lieutenant Governor Beverly Perdue, and Congressman David Price.

About the Village Voice - A New Kind of Old Political Forum

Town Hall Grill, located in Southern Village in Chapel Hill, N.C., launched a bipartisan community issues forum, called “The Village Voice.” The purpose of the forum is to provide people with the opportunity to engage with political leaders in a comfortable, thought provoking dialogue regarding current issues in a “town hall” style format.

About Town Hall Grill

Town Hall Grill is a bar and grill offering an eclectic menu that infuses Southwestern flavors. With 14 different types of beers on tap and an array of liquor available, Town Hall Grill is the best full bar just outside of Chatham County. Located in Southern Village, Town Hall Grill is a place where sports fans, friends and family can meet to enjoy a delicious meal, watch the big game on one of many HDTV's and have a great time. The consistently fantastic food, diverse menu, unique drinks and friendly, professional staff make frequenting Town Hall Grill a pleasure every time. ###


Monday, October 6, 2008 - 1:30pm


Town Hall Grill, Southern Village

Obama canvass in Orange County

Via e-mail:

Hi Everyone!

Last weekend “100,000 Knocks for Barack” was a complete success!  We knocked on over 6000 doors in Orange County alone and over 107,000 statewide!

We definitely could not have done it without all the amazing volunteers who were out knocking on doors all day on Saturday and Sunday.  That said, our work is not done.  We have a little over 30 days to win this state for Barack and every door we knock gets us closer to this goal.

Here are the staging locations for this weekend’s canvass.  As always, we will also be staging canvasses out of the office but we encourage volunteers to go to satellite canvasses so that you can knock on doors in your own neighborhoods.  

Saturday at 10:00am and 2:00pm

Cup A Joe Coffee
120 W. King St. Hillsborough, NC

Carrboro Town Commons 
310 W. Main St.  Carrboro, NC

Glen Lennox Business Center
15 Hamilton Rd. Chapel Hill

Sunday at 1:00pm and 4:00pm

Efland Supermarket
Hwy 70, Efland, NC

Cup A Joe Coffee at Timberlyne Shopping Center
1129 Weaver Dairy Rd.  Chapel Hill, NC

University Mall
Main Entrance of Dillard's

Southern Village at Weaver St. Market
716 Market St.

In addition, we also need help with phonebanking, canvassing, and voter registration on a daily basis.  (Sunday-Thursday 5-9, Friday 5-7)

There are 33 days left and we have a real chance of winning this state.  Things are really going to pick up and we will need all hands on deck to make it happen.  That said, we know a lot of folks have been waiting for a good time to get involved.  This is the time.  Please come and join us in the final sprint of this amazing movement.  We can’t do this without you.

Thinking ahead, if it is at all possible, it would be extremely helpful if you could make yourself available on the 3rd and 4th of November by taking the day off work.

Thank you so much and please feel free to contact us or come by the office with any questions or concerns.

Yes we can!

Shilpa Hegde and Andrew Wiese
337 W. Rosemary St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 929-0737



Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 6:00am to Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 1:00pm

Who's buying the airport?

Yesterday the Chapel Hill News reported without questioning a study* saying that the economic benefit of a new airport in Orange County could be four times the impact of the current Horace Williams Airport. Would a new airport be four times as big and have four times the traffic? Who would want that? And for that matter, who the hell would use it?

I understand the benefit of the current airport to the University, the hospital, and the state. But I just don't see how having an alternative to Raleigh-Durham benefits the average Orange County resident. Most of us don't have private planes, and when we need to fly, we use the commercial airport. The tax benefit to local government is negligible compared to other possible uses of the land.

I'm just not buying this.

* This figure ($53,000,000) was based on a consultant's study. But they don't say whose consultant.  UNC? Orange County?  I have been disappointed to see that County staffers have been speaking out in support of a new airport. I doubt they are on the same page as the County Commissioners.

Inauguration Alert !

Yesterday, October 1st, I set out to book a hotel room for the Obama inauguration on January 19th.  Everything in the District, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and Foggy Bottom is booked.  One call led to another and I did find a room in old Alexandria for $399 a night with free shuttle to the metro. I can cancel without penalty anytime up to January 15th (in case, well, you know). 

There is nothing finer than being there on Inauguration Day.  I went to the first Clinton inauguration -- a clear cold day, unforgettably happy.  Can't recommend it highly enough.  Other rooms are going for more like $600 a night that Sunday/Monday, but they're full.  Heads up, folks.  


Wasting economic development

I have to say that besides Eubanks Road, Hillsborough (or of any of our municipalities) is about the worst place I can imagine putting our future waste transfer station. Apparently the two sites being looked at there are in an economic development zone. Unless they are planning for it to heavy industrial development, it doesn't seem like a good fit. (The DTH has a small graphic of the top 10 sites and Hillsborough's response to the two sites on their doorstep.)

These suggestions are so off the wall that I am wondering if they're preparing us for something really awful. I am ready for the Commissioners to get rid of the siting consultants and step up to take some responsibility for our county's garbage for a change.

Sorry this post is so short - I am running our the door to travel to a family gathering. Will be out of town until Tuesday night, but I will still be checking on y'all so behave! ;-)

Chancellor Thorp's Installation and State Tour Blog

On October 12, Holden Thorp will be installed as the University's 10th chancellor - this will be an historic and festive event and I hope the OP community will attend.  Also wanted to be sure you knew about Chancellor Thorp's blog of his statewide tour which you can see at www.unc.edu/chan.  Here's the email I just sent with all the details:

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

700 Billion Positive Psychology and Buy-out for Wall Street Not Enough in Face of Casino Global Financial System

The stock market opens after the 700 billion tax-payer-money Wall Street bail-out dropping a further 200 points with markets all over the world losing value also.  Furthermore, US Bank Failures expected to rise despite the Wall Street bail-out.  The (non) effects of wasting 700 billion + losing 100 billion of tax revenue are already beginnig to be seen.  Meanwhile, Congress is in recess and addresing the fundamentals of the system has remained unaddressed.  Representative David Price feels secure in his vote for Wall Street as demonstated by his having voted twice in favor of this give-away even though his rival has been outspoken against the bail-out.

Early fall open thread

Unfortunately, I missed both the Bolin Creek Festival and FestiFall this weekend as I am out of town visiting the Texan branch of my family. How were they?

I've been wondering how the drought and subsequent soggy summer will affect the leaves changing this year. Any theories?

What else is on your minds?

Endorsements, please!

I'm doing a happy dance here in Egypt because I just received my Orange County absentee ballot, with plenty of time to send it back to Hillsborough before Election Day. I'll be mailing it off in the next day or so.

If you're ready with your endorsements, I'd love to hear them. I'm especially interested in opinions on non-partisan races and anything else where a straight-party Democratic vote might not be the way to go.





Handmade Parade

From the HIllsborough Arts Council:


Hillsborough's First Annual Handmade Parade!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

2:30 pm in downtown Hillsborough

"The  Waters of The Eno
and her Creatures"

Anyone can join the parade! There's still time, but time is getting short...  There's one last puppet making workshop with renowned artist Donovan Zimmerman of Paperhand Puppet Intervention.

You want to join in the fun but couldn't find the time to create an entry for the parade? 

We have a variety of magical giant puppets that need your help to bring to life! Just fill out a Registration form  today and come early to join in the parade!

But what do we need most?
your family and friends ... to come out and enjoy a day of magic on the streets of Hillsborough. Come and enjoy the spectacle! Then follow the parade up Churton Street to the finale' at the Historic Burwell School lawn.


Saturday, October 11, 2008 - 10:30am


Downtown Hillsborough



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