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Good afternoon. Kossacks from around the region are gathering here in Asheville today for community, inspiration education and food!

This blog is an experiment as we have never tried live blogging one of our meet ups. We did attempt to live blog one of our voter registration outings but the temperature was so cold my iPad froze. Or at least the battery did! Today though we are in the warm and cozy confines of a great Asheville restaurant called The Cantina, so we should have better luck.

Please join us as we celebrate and engage with each other while working toward our goal of keeping the Senate, taking the house and challenging Republicans from Governor to City Council. Folks at the meet up will be adding their impressions as we go and will be encapsulating their comments in block quotes so readers can visually see which comments are coming from the event itself.

Please join us with comments of your own through the afternoon. The event will be running from 1:00 to 4:00 PM EST.

Greetings one and all! We are kicking off our fourth DKos Asheville New Day Meet up! If you are not here, that's ok. Just pull up a chair, whip up some nachos or other fresh Mexican treat, pour yourself a beverage and join the fun!

The event is starting now with Kossacks coming in from the cold to warm up their bodies, fill their tummies and engage in Kos Komraderie. Asheville City Council member and loooong time Kossack Gordon Smith will be speaking at 2:00 followed by Sarah Zambon from The League of Women Voters. We will also have the pleasure of hearing from Jeff Messer, our local progressive talk radio host at 880 The Revolution.

Welcome to Asheville!

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