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Tonight's diary has a split personality. I only have one recipe, but it's a good one: vegetarian beer-baked beans. It's one of my favorite dishes to being to summer potlucks because it's high in protein, low in fat, and made from inexpensive ingredients.

Since tomorrow is Easter, there should be candy, right? I can't diary chocolate yet, so we'll have to settle for eye candy.

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Showcasing the R-controlled NC General Assembly's utter batshittery, (R) Gov. Pat McCrory managed to be the adult in the room today. In an interview on WFAE's show Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins,

McCrory compared the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” whose sponsors include two Charlotte lawmakers, to the effort to allow transgender persons to use the bathroom of their choice. Both are not needed, he said.

McCrory also said he opposes a Senate-passed bill to give magistrates the right not to perform same-sex marriages if they say that violates their religious beliefs.

“I don’t think you should have an exemption when you took an oath to uphold … the constitution of North Carolina,” he said. [emphasis mine]

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/...

The interview also covered McCrory's opposition to the NC Senate's plan to shift sales tax revenue from urban to rural areas, which he called "class warfare."

McCrory is an environmentally disastrous corporate douche and I have no love for him, but he at least has the sense to know hate is bad for business. From the interview:

... the governor said another Republican bill designed to protect religious freedom “makes no sense.”

“What is the problem they’re trying to solve?” McCrory said during a radio interview. “I haven’t seen it at this point in time.”

This has to suck for the Chamber of Commerce wing of the GOP, bless their hearts. But it raises hope that legalized discrimination won't get past the Governor's desk in at least one red southern state.

Listen to the interview here: http://wfae.org/...

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A brief update on the Jonathan Ferrell case: We learned yesterday, 20 Jan 2015, that a trial date has been set for the officer, Randall Kerrick. The trial is scheduled to begin 20 July 2015 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County. Kerrick faces a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Jonathan Ferrell, an unarmed black man who was seeking help after a car accident.

Jonathan Ferrell

The presiding Judge, Robert C. Ervin, is based in Burke County, NC. The NC State Attorney General's office is prosecuting the case on the request of the local DA to avoid possible conflict of interest. A dashcam video of the incident has not been released to the public and is expected to figure prominently in the evidence.

For background please see my earlier diaries on this tragic case. I will continue to post developments in what is likely to be a very high-profile trial.

27 Jan 2014: Officer-indicted-on-voluntary-manslaughter-charge-in-Jonathan-Ferrell-shooting
26 Jan 2014: Jonathan-Ferrell-case-Defense-attorneys-move-to-block-second-Grand-Jury-hearing
22 Jan 2014: Grand-jury-fails-to-indict-officer-in-Jonathan-Ferrell-shooting-DA-to-resubmit-case
13 Jan 2014: NC-Attorney-General-to-seek-indictment-in-Jonathan-Ferrell-case
3 Nov 2013: Jonathan-Ferrell-autopsy-Legal-BAC-no-illegal-drugs
16 Sep 2013: Investigators-CMPD-officer-fired-12-shots-at-unarmed-accident-victim
15 Sep 2013: Charlotte-NC-officer-involved-shooting-leads-to-voluntary-manslaughter-charge

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Sat Dec 27, 2014 at 08:08 AM PST

DKos Asheville Open Thread

by SteelerGrrl

Good day and welcome to DKos Asheville. This is the weekly DKos Asheville open thread where we try to get together every weekend to share with everyone what we're all up to in Western North Carolina and beyond. We hope this group serves to invigorate us locally and regionally here on Daily Kos, building on the sense of community that's grown through our online engagement. DKos Asheville can give us all a better sense of connection, a better understanding of who we stand with, work with, and share with. We hope this community can help leverage our orange passion for progressive politics to elect more and better Democrats.
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Good day and welcome to DKos Asheville. This is the weekly DKos Asheville open thread where we try to get together every weekend to share with everyone what we're all up to in Western North Carolina and beyond. We hope this group serves to invigorate us locally and regionally here on Daily Kos, building on the sense of community that's grown through our online engagement. DKos Asheville can give us all a better sense of connection, a better understanding of who we stand with, work with, and share with. We hope this community can help leverage our orange passion for progressive politics to elect more and better Democrats.
Greetings from your Charlotte correspondent, sitting in for Randall because Elves have commitments at this time of year. Happy holiday weekend to all!
 
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Navigating holiday dinners, parties and potlucks presents a special challenge to vegetarians and vegans. As an ovo-lacto vegetarian, I can usually assemble a satisfying if unconventional plate. But there's always the chance every dish including the salad will contain bacon!

In fairness to omnivorous hosts, knowing a non-meat eater will be at your holiday table adds a level of stress to an already-daunting task. Follow me below the orange tinsel for healthy, tasty and meat-free holiday fare.

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This is beyond disgusting.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — A Huntersville** family is angry and frightened after someone burned a campaign sign in their front yard.

Kenya Goldsberry wasn't home when the fire lit up her front yard, but did see the flames captured on surveillance images from cameras at their home Monday night.

Apparently Ms. Goldsberry had to be put in her place after displaying the sign in "a neighborhood full of Thom Tillis supporters."
In the past, the Goldsberrys other political signs have even been stolen, but she said she never expected that someone would light it on fire.

"I think the burning aspect brought up some symbolism that was disturbing for us," Goldsberry said.

According to the article, there is video of the suspect and his vehicle. The police aren't involved yet, but he likely lives in the neighborhood and won't be hard to ID.

Note to the Tillis campaign: if your ground game happens after dark and involves combustibles, you're doing it wrong. Note to his neighbors: stay classy. Note to Kenya Goldsberry: Go girl!

**Huntersville, NC is a northern suburb of Charlotte on the south end of Lake Norman. Huntersville borders Cornelius, the tony lakeside town Thom Tillis calls home.

Thom Tillis and his ilk don't belong anywhere hear the US Senate. GOTV!!!

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Sun Oct 12, 2014 at 04:06 PM PDT

Diary of a canvassing virgin

by SteelerGrrl

"Are you a real Democrat?"

It was my first door answered by a Real Person, on my first day of canvassing ever. I had introduced myself as a volunteer for Kay Hagan and asked for "Michelle." A suspicious eye peered through a narrow crack. Her question wasn't on my script.

Think on your feet, SG. "Yes, absolutely. I've been a registered Democrat since 1992, and I'm out today supporting the Hagan campaign." I pointed to my badge. "The real deal." The door inched open, and her manner softened. "I'm sorry. I heard about Tillis people going around saying they're Democrats and giving people bad information."

Um, wow. Not expecting that one! Michelle was already on board with Kay but wasn't aware of the early voting days and hours, so I wrote them down for her. She thanked me for my work, reminded me to be careful, and wished me a great day.

No longer a canvassing virgin, I moved along to the next door. More stories and reflection below the squiggle.

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Growing up in the Anthracite coal region of eastern Pennsylvania, I was raised on traditional Slovak home cooking. Born of poverty and necessity, those recipes sustained my ancestors who emigrated in the 1910's to work in the mines. Today, they represent the ultimate comfort food to me.

Tonight's entree, Halupki (or Holubky), are simply cabbage rolls stuffed with meat and rice, then covered with a tomato-based sauce and baked. Pronounced "ha-LUP-key," the "u" rhymes with the OO in cook. In the United States, they're more commonly known by their Polish name, Gołąbki or Golumpki.

When I went vegetarian almost 15 years ago, I knew going through life without halupki wouldn't do. Tonight I'll share the basic recipe, my vegetarian version, and show you how to roll your own!

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This is a follow up to my 10/6 diary, NC-Sen: Help me GOTV for Kay Hagan in Charlotte. Yesterday, I met with a local field coordinator for the Hagan campaign. We had a delightful conversation, and her passion sparked the same energy and determination that infused the 10/4 Asheville Meetup.

NC Sen: Kay Hagan (D, Incumbent) and Thom Tillis (R). Don't let the bad guy on the far (R)ight win.
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The Supreme Court giveth, and the Supreme Court taketh away.

RALEIGH, N.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked a federal appeals court ruling from taking effect that would have restored same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting in North Carolina for this fall's election.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/...

The result:
So there will be no same-day registration during early voting when it begins Oct. 23, and Election Day ballots cast in the wrong precinct won't be counted. The full law was enforced during the May primary as well.
Ironically, this slap in the face comes literally on the heels of a joyous moment: A judge has lifted the stay on North Carolina's marriage equality ban:
RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal judge in North Carolina has lifted stays in two cases challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriages, a possible sign he's preparing to strike down the prohibition as unconstitutional.

Chief U.S. District Court William L. Osteen Jr. issued an order Wednesday lifting his earlier stays and dismissing all motions in the cases.

The move came after the office of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper filed documents with the court essentially dropping all further defense of the 2012 ban approved by voters.

So much accomplished. So much left to do.
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A volunteer with Kay Hagan's campaign called today to ask me for help with GOTV this weekend in Charlotte. After the inspirational Asheville Kossacks meetup two days ago, I couldn't agree enthusiastically enough!

This brief diary is an open invitation to Charlotte Metro Kossacks (including SC) who are interested in joining me this Saturday afternoon. I've never canvassed before, and all skill levels are welcome!  If you can't make it this Saturday, I can still pass along contact info for getting involved locally.

Please kosmail me for more information and I will update when I know more. It would be cool to report for duty with another Kossack or three!

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