So well written and eloquently expressed, Michael, thank you. Yes, I work on George's campaign, and you hit the nail on the head-the flavor of inspiration a la 2008. I'm so proud to be associated with George, and more and more as I've gotten to know him.
Folks can keep calling him an underdog, but when i think of our team, our great volunteers, there's a quote that springs to mind: "There is nothing false about Hope".
Charlotte just doesn't really have a true music festival yet, period. I think it will happen eventually, but at the moment we don't have even a shadow of what many smaller cities like Raleigh, Asheville, and Chapel Hill/Durham have in their various annual festivals. Which is sad especially considering that we have a better music scene here than most people realize, and some truly great venues begging for a sort of venue-hopping festival like Hopscotch or Mountaintop Oasis.
I work with the organizers of Alive After Five. I agree with your points and I would love to have an indie festival, there is A LOT that goes into making it free though. Also, in AA5's defense, we/they have never tried to be anything but an after work free event to listen to music. We have purposely tried to appeal to a wide range of people and not make it a specific kind of music series. The music is just a nice back drop for a lot of folks... and we are cool with that. When you talk about specific bands, you are targeting a specific fan base and that makes it tough to get a wide range of folks out to your event. It's too bad Centercity Fest went by the wayside, it was a great festival with several different kinds of bands. It takes a lot of dough to put an event like that on and sponsorship dollars are the driving factor. I applaud the Blackstock Music festival, the organizer for that event is using private funds to put on an amazing event, I hope people support it. That could be an event like you are talking bout right in our backyard every year, if it's supported.
I will say this summer series is pretty cool for being free.. Man Man and Moon Taxi should be fun.
I've been pretty bummed about the music scene and lack of musical diversity in Cincinnati since I've lived here since 2012.. Bunbury's booking is pretty sad for the amount of money i feel like they are spending.. The hype/energy for Midpoint is a underwhelming (hardly anyone there for Dent May last year who was awesome). Too many terrible country and bland indie-rock lineups. Where is the house music? Electronic? Hip hop? Jam-bands?
Random snotty comment from a Cincinnati resident: Charlotte isn't really twice the size of Cincinnati. Strictly by the city limits population, yes, its significantly bigger, but for comparisons like this, its really the size of the Metro area that counts. Charlotte metro area is about 2.3 million people, and the Cincinnati metro (comprised of 3 states) is 2.1.
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The state is too cash strapped to pay the teachers more. It has nothing to do, of course, with the huge tax cut they passed for their rich donors. Now they are actually bragging about the big tax cut, hoping that the mindless voters won't notice that MOST NC residents got less than $100 cut which was more than offset by the increase in their sales tax load and that retired people are losing their tax exemption on the first $2000 of pension payments.
The worst part is that they are probably right. Most voters who are incapable of seeing past the little R or D after a politician's name will blindly celebrate the big tax cut and the chickens will continue to vote for Col. Sanders.
The post has been updated to include the River Jam. My initial post was focused on the Uptown events in comparison with what Cincinnati offers. If anything, River Jam also proves my point that people will attend a quality event with good music even if they have to travel a bit.
The US Whitewater Center has the Riverjam concert series every summer on Thurs and Sat that starts May 1. It is all original music with local and national touring acts. Some of the bands that are playing would cost you anywhere in between $15 to $20 to see them at The Neighborhood Theatre or Visulite. Did I mention its FREE?
Where, in any of this, did you see anyone saying prices could not be set based on cost to produce the product? Your whole claim of reduced profits is based on the red herring of price control, which was never mentioned.
I have an idea to keep rich people and special interests from buying elections.
My senator represents me. I have a right to try to influence him/her. I should be allowed to spend as much as I like trying to elect or defeat him/her. The senator from Ohio does not represent me. I shouldn't be allowed to give him/her a nickel.
In short, people should only be allowed to influence the election of people for whom they are eligible to vote. PACs can't vote. Corporations can't vote (at least not yet). Lobbying firms can't vote. Any money from them should be treated the same way they are treating the brief case of money presented to Mayor Cannon because the purpose is the same.
If you are saying that the voter registrations should be compared to death records and perhaps motor vehicle records to purge people who have died or moved, I agree. Perhaps The board of elections should notify the previous jurisdiction when a new person registers. Many, but not all, state motor vehicle offices do that. But when a state chooses to purge voter registrations only when the person hasn't voted in a predetermined number of consecutive elections then the voter has not committed a crime unless he actually votes in both places IN THE SAME ELECTION.
None of those things you mentioned require a state government issued photo ID. They all allow multiple forms of ID, such as school IDs, and some even allow you to present utility bills addressed to you. You may not admit it publically but you know as well as everyone else that the new law is not about voter fraud, it is about reducing the number of votes that traditionally are cast for Democrats.
Of course there is voter fraud. Liberals refuse to pull their heads out of the butts and take an honest look at it. In fact, because they do everything to prevent anyone from taking a look at it we have no idea of how widespread or serious it is.
In reality, this needs to be done about every 5-7 years as a matter of good houskeeping just to have an accurate idea of how many legal registered voters are in the state.
there sure is a lot of conservatives who claim to know what America is supposed to stand for, but they don't have a clue, like R Blaine - hes a typical fox news watching piece of dogsh1t who should move to irelend where the church will tell you what to think . .not the US, which btw doesn't have a poll tax anymore, since we threw the rebel southern scumbags out of the country
just another scumbag 'job creator' - raise the minimum wageto $15 hour tomorrow!
they could've used it for confederate re-training
[Yawn] Lot's of whining about nothing. The main complaint of critics of the voting law changes is the ID requirement which is no big deak. You can't cash a check, get on an airplane, buy liquor at the liquor store, get welfare benefits or buy a gun from an FFL dealer without an ID. Unfortunately this won't solve the biggest problem facing America today: Hordes of woefully ignorant and uninformed voters who nothing about the issues or where the candidates actually stand on them voting. We need strict testing of intelligence, critical thinking skills and current events of all voters. Those who fail don't get a vote. We also need to strictly prohibit voting by anyone who is sucking down more in entitlements than they pay in taxes. Having people voting who pay nothing to actually run the country is absolutely insane.
I met Arthur"Crackerjack"Smith on a few special occasions in person.Still had that southern gentile manner.Best known for his voiceover work with Horace & Doris,The Griffin Player puppets back in the 1980's & 90's.Dealership in Monroe stills stands,But under the name of Buick & GMC.Griffin name remains to this day.I was lucky to have attended the service last saturday.Even Barbra McKay showed up too.Remembered her from her days on WBTV Channel 3 as the domestic home goddess & from 10 yeas ago when she shopped at Morrocroft Harris Teeter & I bagged her grocieries while on duty.Knew quite a bit of local TV personalities in my time living in Charlotte.But Crackerjack Smith topped'em all.Now he's in heaven along with my late church friend from Weddington,Sister Angie St.Gelais who died this past 3-25-14.She was 50 years younger at 43.Miss her too.Put me in show business along with her 4 children.May you R.I.P.Arthur"Crackerjack"Smith.Signed:Bro.Dave Belk,1st Baptist Church Weddington NC.
They are right. There is massive voter fraud being perpetrated in NC. It is being done by the Republican Party in a coordinated effort and is being supported by the Republican propaganda machine at Fox News and conservative talk radio.
The fools who are cheering them on seem convinced that the voter suppression effort will never be aimed at them. Just wait until this massive data sweep finds YOU still registered in the state from which you moved and currently registered here. Of course, if you are a registered Republican it will probably be ignored. If you are a registered Democrat you will probably be purged and have to fight to get re registered. I'm not sure what they will do with Independents like me.
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