Local Environmental Issues Explored at Issues Roundtable

By Dan Perlmutter Thanks to all of you for attending last night’s [April 9, 2018] meeting. MY TWO CENTS WORTH – Here are some observations about what may be useful for the Jackson County Democratic Party going into the 2018 election cycle. Money for greening up...

This Week in the Blog 4-17-18

Reading Penny’s blog posts every week not only entertains me, it also educates me, gives me new ways to look at current events and reminds me to focus on what’s really important.  The entertainment often has to do with unexpected parallels, for example,...

This Week in the Blog, 4-10-18

The blog posts for this week are captivating and educational.  If you’re looking for a (sort of) chuckle, check out My Goodness for a strangely poetic review of some favorite 45 quotes.  It reminds me of how he always accuses his opponents, his enemies, of his...

This Week in the Blog, 4-1-18

I’m not sure what to recommend that you read first from this week’s three blog posts.  Should you start with a hearty laugh and end up with righteous anger or reverse that process for the sake of your blood pressure?  Okay, let’s got with the latter....

What I’m Reading, 4-1-18

By the Fooler on the Hill If you are currently omitted from the exposé, there is always next year. After all, there was limited space, but not unlimited stories. See the 2019 edition.  Jane Koenig, Communications Made Easy. San Francisco, 2018.  Koenig’s book is an...

This Week in the Blog 3-26-18

This week Penny offers opinions on the trend to diminish the requirements for liberal arts studies in universities (link) and the dangers to our country of segregation then and re-segregation now (link).  Both will get you thinking and may inspire you to continue...

This Week in the Blog 3-19-18

If you are craving some political commentary, check out Penny Smith’s What I’m Reading post for this week.  There are three summary reviews that will confirm your suspicions and put eloquent words to your outrage. Penny also continues her baseball theme...

LIFE LESSONS — MY FIRST CAR: PARENTS ARE SOMETIMES RIGHT

By Penny Smith In 1961 my father retired from the Air Force. With a friend he briefly considered opening a Par Three golf course in pre-Disney World Winter Park. However, like many men with his set of skills and experiences, he transitioned to the military arms...

John Jordan O’Neil: One of My Heroes

By Penny Smith Countdown: If it’s Monday, March 19, 2018, it’s ten days until opening day. Play ball!  I first encountered Buck O’Neil in a couple of baseball history books, but he became real to me in Ken Burns’ baseball series. O’Neil frequently comments on this,...

This Week in the Blog 3-12-18

There are another three wonderful reads in the Blog this week.  Penny has read another book by David Kay Johnston, The Making of Donald Trump, which peels back whatever facade is left on the president to reveal the real person.  However, the best reason to read this...

This Week In the Blog 3-5-18

What IS a “political termite?”  According to Penny Smith’s investigative blog article this week, political termites are as unpleasant and destructive as they sound and they are systematically destroying our government.  Just another example was...

New In the Blog 2-26-18

We are all still reeling from the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida.  Mixed in with our grief and anger is our stunned admiration of the reaction by the surviving students.  Those of us who protested in the 60’s and still try to raise our voices...

This Week In the Blog 2-19-18

Last week our blogger-in-chief, Penny Smith, dug into the dark money behind Representative Mike Clampitt’s campaign.  Once down the rabbit hole it can be difficult to avoid following the paths into all sorts of shadowy influences on our elections and our...

ALEC’S ULTIMATE GOAL * Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

For those of you unfamiliar with ALEC, it is the American Legislative Exchange Council. Although it bills itself as a nonpartisan entity on its web site, don’t be fooled. Not only is ALEC conservative, but it is dangerously so. Its members include state legislators...

JCDP 2018 Draft Resolutions

One function of any political party is to present a platform.  The platform defines the party’s standards and priorities for governing.  This is not written by the leaders of the party and imposed on its followers.  The ideas and principles are developed as...

This Week in the Blog 2-12-18

Never one to shy away from a challenging subject, this week Penny Smith takes on shady campaign financing, the demise of the prison system in our country and an in-depth review of the book, Hillbilly Elegy, which captures so much of our local persona. The first...

Meet the Candidates

The Jackson County Democratic Men are hosting a supper and informal gathering with the three men running to be the Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress from the North Carolina 11th district. DATE:  Thursday, February 8, 2018 TIME:  6:00pm – 8:00pm PLACE:  Old...

This Week in the Blog 2-5-18

Somebody lit a fire under our blogger this week!  First up, an expose on our very own Congressman, Mark Meadows.  It makes me want to impeach him immediately.  Oh, but wait.  That’s not how it works.  We have to VOTE HIM OUT!  Don’t forget to check out the...

This Week in the Blog 1-29-18

Whew!  It just gets better every week! Have you wondered what’s really in the Michael Wolfe tell-all book about Trump’s White House?  Well, Penny Smith read it, all the way through, and has told us all we really need to know about it.  See What I’m...

Chili Supper — February 1, 2018

You certainly know how comforting a hot bowl of chili is on a cold, winter evening, but did you also know that eating foods containing hot chili’s helps with weight loss?  So what better time could the Democratic Women select to host a good, old-fashioned Chili...

New Blog Posts — January 22, 2018

You will not want to miss Penny Smith’s opinion pieces this week in the blog.  Penny gets to the bottom line of what’s really important about the government shutdown in a piece titled, The Dad’Burn Guv’nment.  She also has a firm response to...

New in The Blog This Week — January 15, 2018

There are three timely and interesting new posts from Penny Smith in The Blog this week.  Along with reviews of the books and articles she’s reading, click here for essays on: The assault on freedom of the press The rise and fall of democracy in the world, and...

Republican Gerrymander in NC Ruled Unconstitutional

Here is a link to the best article I have read on the January 9, 2018 Federal Court ruling about the gerrymandered congressional districts in North Carolina.  My key takeaways: The ruling states that the maps drawn by the majority Republican legislature were...

JCDP January Meeting to Host Steve Woodsmall

On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 6:30pm at party headquarters, 500 Mill St., Sylva, the January meeting of the Jackson County Democratic Party will feature the third person to announced his candidacy for the Democratic nominee to the U.S. Congress from NC District 11....