I also am disappointed that our Democratic governor, Bev Purdue is not going to seek re-election. That means that if a Repub runs and wins, NC is going to be a blood-red state. The local area still is...much to my sorrow and chagrin. It's a beautiful area, but so steeped in bible thumping and rightwing hate mongering. Incredible, but true.
Even a local radio station is now nothing but hick music, rightwing talk, and RUSH LIMBAUGH! Yep, saw it on a billboard going out of a small town near where I live. I never listen to that station, but before it was bought out by the wingers, it was a soft rock station that was fairly decent to listen to for local goings-on. Now, I just stay up to date via the local newspapers....and info exchange through my buddies.