McCain - The Third Bush TermI’m heading out to New Bern, NC for the North Carolina Democratic Party State Convention; my fellow baristas will keep coffee perking until my return on Sunday. I’ve never attended a state convention, so it will be interesting to see what goes on behind the curtain. My goal is to  touch base and familiarize myself with the folks who will represent our state in Denver at the convention. There will be quite a few fellow bloggers from BlueNC, the other Tar Heel blog credentialed for the DNCC, at this event.

I plan to file pictures and video from the convention and from the 3rd Annual Sanford Hunt Dinner, on Saturday, that will be held at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Jim Neal has invited me to be a guest at his table for the event. In related news, perhaps I will get a chance to ask Dem. U.S. Senate candidate Kay Hagan those apparently pesky questions of mine regarding LGBT legislation she would have to vote on if elected. She still hasn’t answered them. Hagan will attend the dinner, according to her web site.

Some related links:

* State convention info

* Potential Delegate list

* Delegate Certification List

* 2008 proposed platform (support for sexual orientation is included, but not gender identity or expression)

* 2008 proposed resolutions

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Some items in the mailbag…

* Tune in to The Michelangelo Signorile Show today at 4:30. He will interview Duanna Johnson, who was brutally beaten by police in Memphis. Her attorney Murray Wells will also be on the show.

* Why are they still talking up homophobe Sam Nunn as a short-list candidate for the VP slot? Visit No on Nunn for more.

* In New Jersey, there’s a great article in the Star-Ledger outlining the windfall the state could experience if it legalized marriage equality.

Brad Sears, executive director of the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, said gay weddings alone would pump $248 million into New Jersey’s economy under a “very conservative” economic analysis. He said additional spending on gifts, overnight hotel stays by visiting friends and other items could boost the total to “a half billion dollars plus” over the next three years.

Based on what occurred in Massachusetts, half of New Jerseys 21,178 same-sex couples will want to marry, leading to 10,589 weddings, according to the Williams Institute.  Another 45,831 out-of-state couples are likely to travel to New Jersey to marry. This economic lift will also likely generate over 800 new jobs in the state.

Pam Spaulding

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