OP on the radio

Tune to WCOM in at 8:30 on Election night (tomorrow) for a half hour of discussion about the 2008 primary election with me and Carrboro elected officials Mark Chilton and Dan Coleman. Listen on the radio at 103.5 FM if you are in central Carrboro, anywhere else you can catch the Internet stream at

I will also attempt to stream a live video of us while we're on the air. If that works, you can find the video right here on this page.

Afterward we will either hit the candidate parties (where are they?) or go home and geek out on election data.


Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 4:30pm


WCOM, 103.5 FM

Where are Senator Clinton's People?

I like Senator Obama just fine, but one more phone call or doorbell ringing from his people and I'm ready to file a restraining order.

On the other hand, I have no mail, no phone calls and no knock-knock-knocking on my door from Senator Clinton's people. Other than lunch in February with a strong supporter of Senator Clinton, I have seen neither hide nor hair of the campaign.

Is this common throughout Orange County? Or is it just my neighborhood? Or demographic?




The Independent's 2008 primary picks

Independent Weekly endorsements for the 2008 primary have just been posted online at

They will be in tomorrow's print edition as well. Here's a summary:

  • Commissioners, District 2: Leo Allison
  • Commissioners, At-large: Bernadette Pelissier
  • Orange County Board of Education: Steve Halkiotis, Eddie Eubanks, Tony McKnight
  • Transfer Tax: Yes
  • District Court Judge: Page Vernon


Endorsements, please!

We have a big primary in North Carolina this year. I'm overseas and will be voting as soon as I get that ballot in hand. So, please share your endorsements here! Especially for the local and state offices; I'm already pretty clear on the presidential primary.

Editor's note: Joan wrote this a month ago, when many of us hadn't made up our minds. I think now people will have more to say. Consider this an official special rules thread. That is: You may only mention candidates that you are endorsing, please do not discuss people you don't support or why you don't support them. Comments that don't follow these guidelines will be removed. Thanks. =Ruby

Get out the vote for Barack Obama

I ran into Julie McClintock today and she gave me a flyer for this event (see below). Here are the basics:

You are invited to a community event at the Daniel Boone Big Barn, bringing together supporters of Barack Obama on Thursday, April 24, 6 – 9 pm for music and barbeque. We will provide you with information on getting out the vote for the May 6 primary.

Advanced tickets only are available. Adult tickets are $20 and $10 for student or child.

Big Barn


Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 2:00pm


Daniel Boone Big Barn, 357 Ja-Max Drive



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