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Good morning and welcome to DKos Asheville where we are one week from our next meet up! This is the weekly DKos Asheville open thread where we try to get together every Saturday morning around eleven, and then drift in and out throughout the day. We hope this group serves 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, a better understanding of who these people are that we stand with, work with, and share with in the political process. We hope, through this community, that we can do a better job of leveraging our orange passion for progressive politics to help elect more and better Democrats.

If you would like to host a weekly open thread, please let us know. Please follow below for this week's edition.

Election day is May 6, just ten days from now, for the primary in North Carolina. Early voting began April 24. Please mark your calendar.

Early voting locations, dates, and times for Buncombe County are here.

Sample ballots for Buncombe County are here.

The North Carolina voter lookup search tool is here.  You can find the sample ballot for your specific precinct here as well as your election day voting location and other useful information.

DKos Asheville will be hosting our fifth meet up since our inaugural gathering on 4/20/2013. This event promises to be more of a social meeting with less speakers and structure than our last outing. We do have a concise voter registration workshop planned with some great information. Hopefully we can inspire and encourage and give tools to everyone so they can find and register more voters.

David and I will be relating our experiences in trying to register voters and engage in discussion on a variety of issues facing individuals and groups working on this front. Handouts with guidelines and ideas to get your own voter registration project up to speed will also be available and you can take them home in your handy new gift bag.

We will be back at The Bywater this time on Saturday, May 3rd at 1:00 pm EDT and hopefully the weather will accommodate a nice riverside gathering. Bring warm clothes just in case, you never know what early May in the mountains will bring and the breeze off the water can be chilly. The 10 Day forecast is calling for 70 degrees and sunny for the whole weekend.

The Bywater is looking great in Spring and some of us will be getting there early enough to reserve the same area we have been at in the past. If you haven't been to The Bywater, just ask the friendly people at the bar where the Kossacks are. We will have the grill going early and should have everything ready to go by the 1:00 PM start time so come hungry.

Name tags and lanyards are ready for our registered guests. This is what they would look like if they were stamps for your DKos travel satchel. If you haven't RSVP'd yet, please let me know via Kosmail.

imageDKos Asheville guests

We will once again be live blogging the event. Expect a diary up and running early so please plan on adding your comments as the day moves along if you have a smart phone, tablet or laptop. We've had a challenge getting to our local progressive radio show for an interview to promote the meet up but we haven't given up. If we can pull it off this week, well try to post a diary.

One week till fun in the sun on the river with a bunch of Kossacks!

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

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

    by randallt on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 08:00:19 AM PDT

  •  Just 10 days until the primary, and just 7 (6+ / 0-)

    to the meet-up. I can feel it all the way out here.

    It will never happen for the first time until it does.

    by catilinus on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 08:48:48 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for the diary Randall! (5+ / 0-)

    Love one another

    by davehouck on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 01:01:51 PM PDT

  •  Another gorgeous day (3+ / 0-)
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    Gordon20024, randallt, davehouck

    here in Brevard. Right now the azaleas are coming out every day and the first of the rhododendrons are atarting to bloom. Unfortunately, I woke up in the middle of the night with a really bad head cold which meant I missed the Peace vigil today.  I hope to be mostly over it by next Saturday and am looking forward to seeing y'all next weekend.

    "I don't want to run the empire, I want to bring it down!" ~ Dr. Cornel West "It was a really naked declaration of imperialism." ~ Jeremy Scahill on Obama's speech to the UN

    by gulfgal98 on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 03:36:44 PM PDT

  •  Hello All!! Have been taking in the "freebies" (3+ / 0-)
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    randallt, davehouck, Gordon20024

    at the incredible Moog Festival in Asheville and I am impressed with what one can learn, see and hear at this event.

     I have been taking in many "hands on" seminars and learning about the various hardware and software that's involved it the electronic music industry, and boy am I suffering from sensory overload and feeling a bit out of touch with todays creative electronic technology.  I've always dabbled in it and a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (NJ, if you must know) I used to spin records as a DJ at a dance nightclub part time.  I also have formal training in piano, and have a love for all types of music, both performing and listening. I had a friend in High School that was fortunate to have a one of the first Mini Moog synthesizers back in 1971, and that's what got me hooked into electronic music (ELP - "Lucky Man", YES, Moody Blues, Bowie, and other rock groups, to many to mention, that used it as well).

    Anyways, both Elke and I were happy to see that the folks over at Moog along with the sponsors this year offered a lot more free venues this year as many in Asheville cannot afford the high dollar ticket prices to see the top shelf performers (ourselves included) although...  The free concerts with Mix Master Mike (Beastie Boys) and Girogio Moroder (the man that invented the disco sound of the 70's with Donna Summers) last night was great as everyone on Broadway St. at the open stage were all dancing to the music.  In fact, if you had been there, you might have seen this ''white boy can't dance" move'n and groove'n to the beat as well!  

    Brother, do I feel old.....

    Well, we won't go there.....

    Hope all is well, and I have the green light from Katuah Market to conduct voter registration at their store if there is still interest in doing so.  Let me know and hope you all have a great time at the KOS Asheville picnic:  I'll be thinking of you while away in Maryland at a major livestock event.  

    Have a cold one for me and see you all next time!


    “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

    by LamontCranston on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 04:24:17 PM PDT

  •  But, will there be clowns, jugglers or fire eaters (3+ / 0-)

    It's gonna be busy at Casa Gordo Friday evening preparing for the meet-up. I really look forward to these encounters with some of the nicest people in the region.

    Maybe we'll have time do a selfie.

      photo d374ef9b-17a1-4748-88be-ba9da717b759_zpsa5180482.jpg

    The big difference between gun rights and voting rights, of course, is that someone is actually coming for your vote.

    by Gordon20024 on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 04:31:51 PM PDT

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