As discouraged as I am by nationwide politics, local politics here in Raleigh, NC are actually pretty gratifying these days. We had a municipal election on Tuesday, and we reelected our progressive mayor Charles Meeker by a wide margin, and also elected two progressive candidates to at-large seats on the city council. In one of the suburban districts, which had previously elected a hardcore right winger, the progressive candidate lost to a moderate Republican by less than 1% of the vote. At least around here we seem to have our heads on straight. Maybe it will spread.