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This is the weekly DKos Asheville open thread series that randallt and I try to deliver every Saturday morning. We would like this to become a hub for talking about our 4/20 meet up (that's just two weeks from today!) to help make it a great event. So please come say hi, talk about food, talk about what you would like to see at the gathering or what you would like to see us all get out of this opportunity. And for those not coming (we know you want to but you live in a separate reality), ideas are always welcome.

We would also like this series to reinvigorate 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 if nothing else. We hope, through this meet up, that we can do a better job of leveraging our orange passion for progressive politics to help elect more and better Democrats.

Just two weeks until our meetup!  And the weather is finally warming up; after sleet and freezing temps Thursday, the sun came out yesterday afternoon for a very nice day, and today looks to be wonderful.  Our official start time for the meetup will be 1:00, although some of you might want to show up earlier to help setup.  Randall mentioned on the radio show that kayakers sometimes grab the good spots there at the Bywater, so getting there early to stake claims on real estate seems part of the plan as well.

 

Entertainment! The location is a great place for playing music, so if you are so inclined, bring your guitars and banjos! Gift bags are coming together and I'll be doing a call in to the local progressive talk radio show lined up for next week.

T-shirts! I have a line on a great price for local shirts with a cool DKos Asheville logo. I'll be Kos mailing for reservation requests but you can also give me a yes here in the diary. $10 only! Have a great day, the count down is on!

randallt

Politically, this seemed like an even crazier week than usual as even frontpagers were writing about the extraordinary legislation our state government has been proposing and numerous diaries were hitting the recent list.  Here are some that caught my attention ..

* Laura Clawson's diary, North Carolina Republicans plan to deregulate charter schools and force them on local communities, hit the front page last Saturday night and got a lot of attention.

* On Monday there was Action: NC Legislature's Move to Take City's Water System about the legislature's targeting of Asheville's water system.

* On Wednesday, bepanda wrote The Southernization of North Carolina: New Bill will allow NC to declare an official Religion, which made the rec list.

* Staying on that topic, Joan McCarter added State religion? North Carolina GOP is there, our second trip to the front page.

* Then we hit the front page again with Laura Clawson's North Carolina Republicans seek to suppress the college vote.

* And then on Thursday bepanda diaried The Southernization of North Carolina: House Committee approves rollback of Renewable Energy, an excellent and important diary that didn't get the attention that it and the subject deserve.

So North Carolina got a lot attention here in the Daily Kos community this past week, for all the wrong reasons.  Our legislature seems determined to roll back all of the progress our state has made over the past several decades.

Feel free to share with us anything going on around town, or any further disturbing developments in Raleigh, that you think we might want to know about.

Enjoy your Saturday,

David

Originally posted to DKos Asheville on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 08:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Virginia Kos.

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  •  Sorry I'm late to the party... (5+ / 0-)

    it's finally above shivering temperature, so I've been out checking on all the growing things. Hoping to break the 70º barrier at long last tomorrow, but you can never count on these things. And no matter how warm it gets in the next few weeks, come the turn of May there will be Blackberry Winter, which always, always takes us back down into the 40ºs-50ºs for 10 days.

    Hope everyone's well, enjoying the sunshine, and planting goodies! My task for the day - cleaning out a spot on the south side of the cabin for hops. They arrived in the mail yesterday...

  •  I'll take two of those tees, please. (7+ / 0-)

    One Large and one Extra Large in men's sizes.

    I see that the Bywater doesn't serve food. I have a neighbor who raises and processes free range Angus. I'm offering steaks for all attendees so inclined. Let me know how many to bring.

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    What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce. Mark Twain

    by Gordon20024 on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 09:54:06 AM PDT

    •  That sounds great for meat eaters! (5+ / 0-)

      That's not me - I'm bringing veggieburgers and fixin's. But will keep track of steak orders, hope to place dibs on the big grill for our picnicking fun.

      Beans, chips and/or side salads. Maybe some snax, though there will be at least one food truck through the afternoon, plus the tips grill. Tea and/or soft drinks for spacing our libations so we all make it home in one piece...

    •  Two Shirts, check (3+ / 0-)
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      Thanks so much, you are the first order. You get a bonus sticker! Or something.:)

      Libertarianism is something that most people grow out of, not unlike, say, hay fever or asthma. Bob Johnson

      by randallt on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 10:21:22 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks for the offer, but being vegan, ... (4+ / 0-)

      ... I'll pass on the angus.

      The t-shirts reminds me that it would be cool if we could get a good group picture or two or three.

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      by davehouck on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 10:32:40 AM PDT

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      •  That's two 'no' votes for Angus. (3+ / 0-)
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        Perhaps salmon steaks instead?

        I'm driving down the Blue Ridge Parkway from Roanoke, VA and plan on leaving as early as possible to beat the traffic. Most likely I'll be there well before noon and lay claim to a choice spot.

        I'm republishing this to VA DKos group for additional exposure. There are quite a few Kossacks in SW Virginia.

        What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce. Mark Twain

        by Gordon20024 on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 10:44:05 AM PDT

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        •  Driving down the parkway will be ... (3+ / 0-)
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          ... a wonderful way to get here.  May take a while, but it will be a gorgeous drive!

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          by davehouck on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 11:00:40 AM PDT

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          •  The offer of fish to a vegan is an inside joke (0+ / 0-)

            among my friends.

            Whenever we enter an eating establishment and one of our party says 'I'm vegan, what do you have for an entree?' Invariably the server will say 'We have a lovely sea bass or red snapper.'

            It's like a set up for an old vaudeville routine joke. We usually begin laughing before the server has a chance to reply. Ah, such is life in a small town.

            At least the servers aren't spiteful or judgmental, just a little naive. Considering the deep redneckistan up-bringing these poor children have endured they are faring well in what passes for modern society here. Bless them.

            What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce. Mark Twain

            by Gordon20024 on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 04:09:53 PM PDT

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  •  That suppression of the (5+ / 0-)

    college vote got a fine debut this past November, first general election since redistricting (The Isolation Of Hippie-fied Asheville). Republicans put the new 10/11 district line right down 74 through Swannanoa, so the Swannanoa students who voted using their local PO Boxes on the other side of the street were challenged en masse.

    Were their votes ever counted?

  •  Any suggestions (4+ / 0-)
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    for lodging near The Bywater? Nothing fancy, we just need something clean, safe, and dog-friendly. It's been a while since we've stayed up in Asheville.

     I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.     -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by SteelerGrrl on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 12:31:20 PM PDT

  •  Couple of ideas... (3+ / 0-)
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    Would anyone be interested in tie dying? I have all the supplies and it would be easy to set up a little assembly line, BYO garments. I did it once for a baby shower and it was a blast! (Note to self: Supersize the orange dye order.)

    Also, any musicians? We'll bring a guitar, acoustic bass, harmonica, flute, and whatever else fits in the cargo van we may end up having to rent when you add two dogs and luggage <:O

     I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.     -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by SteelerGrrl on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 12:49:26 PM PDT

  •  Tiny Thom Tillis and the "children" in Raleigh... (3+ / 0-)
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    have given us a lot to talk about, as well as the "local follies", as well!

    "Don't Let Your Mouth Write A Check, That Your Butt Can't Cash."

    by LamontCranston on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 02:51:47 PM PDT

  •  Howdy and good evening, Asheville! (4+ / 0-)

    Late in the day hellos to all.....love all of the comments and enthusiasm....steaks, salmon, veggie burgers, tie-dye, music...what fun this is going to be.  :). Not sure what we will bring...I'm vegetarian but the rest of the clan are carnivores...perhaps I'll bring some salads.  We will also be more than happy to bring any supplies, chairs, etc...
    Hope everyone has had a great day now that it has warmed up a bit.  All of my seeds have sprouted into awesome little plants so I believe we will have lots of tomatoes later on.  
    Yes, NC made the news in a big way this week....we've much work to do.  Sigh.  
    Happy rest of the weekend to you and yours and many thanks for the diaries and meet-up planning....big fun ahead!

    We're walking temples of noise, and when you add tender hearts to this mix, it somehow lets us meet in places we couldn't get to any other way.-Anne Lamott

    by alicia on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 04:52:36 PM PDT

    •  Salads are a great idea! (1+ / 0-)
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      As are chairs.  Randall, do we need to bring chairs?

      I noticed two tiny little sprouts in the kale section today; perhaps there's hope for me yet.

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      by davehouck on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 06:24:07 PM PDT

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      •  There's always hope when it comes to kale! (1+ / 0-)
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        We're walking temples of noise, and when you add tender hearts to this mix, it somehow lets us meet in places we couldn't get to any other way.-Anne Lamott

        by alicia on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 06:51:09 PM PDT

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