N.C. Senate Primary

Someone help me out. June 22 is an important date in North Carolina politics for registered Democrats We have to choose a candidate in a primary runoff between Cal Cunningham and Elaine Marshall. I voted for the third-place finisher Ken Lewis.

Ken Lewis has endorsed Elaine Marshall.

In 2008, I voted for Jim Neal over the eventual-winner Kay Hagan.

Jim Neal has endorsed Cal Cunningham.

I haven’t followed the race too closely. I haven’t gotten beyond the platitudes and the generic warnings.

Who can be the best Senator?

Who’s got the best chance of beating Richard Burr in November?

UPDATE – A Facebook friend with media ties sent me these useful links:
Marshall: http://wunc.org/programs/news/Isaac-Hunters-Tavern/blogaudio/SEN_MARSHALL.mp3/view
Cunningham: http://wunc.org/programs/news/Isaac-Hunters-Tavern/blogaudio/SEN_CUNNINGHAM.mp3/view

Why I Like Where I Live #12: Employment

I stumbled upon Google’s Public Data area. Pretty neat stuff.

And it’s really neat to see how Durham County compares to the rest of the state in unemployment data, particularly during this recession.

And it’s extra-neat to see how Durham County, after lagging behind Wake in employment figures for most of the past two decades, has been faring just a little bit better during the recession.

I think this graph is a nice illustration of how Durham has been great place to live, particularly in the past decade.

(However, mouseover to Wake County in December 1999…1.3% unemployment…holy crap.)

North Carolina: Purple State

This afternoon, I dumped a few items at the Whole Foods on Broad Street for the “first-Saturday-of-the-month recycle anything” day. (This was the last one of these, I was told). Lots of broken-down items and materials were dumped in the bins and trailers.

Later, I went to the flea market at the state fairgrounds. I didn’t see anyone from the Whole Foods. In fact, I didn’t spot one Prius or Volkswagen in the fairgrounds parking lot. And at the flea market, I saw much of the same junk that the Whole Foodsers had been disposing of, except it all had price tags attached.

It really is stark, the difference in the crowds at a Triangle Whole Foods versus the fairgrounds flea market. I think I’m usually thinking of the Whole Foods crowd when I tell someone who lives in the Northeast that I don’t really live in what they think of us at “The South”.

Anyway, it had been many years since I had been to the flea market. Last time I was there, people were selling puppies. That appears to have stopped. There’s some progress.

I did buy something at the flea market…soup.

I bought soup from Maine at the flea market…and I think it costs more than any soup you’d get at Whole Foods.