Bev Perdue BlueNC Debate Thread

Welcome Lt. Governor Bev Perdue and thank you for participating in the BlueNC Gubernatorial Debate.

Bev Perdue and Richard Moore will face off in the NC primary election on May 6, 2008. Tonight is your chance to ask Bev Perdue the questions that will help you decide how you will vote in May. Please follow below the fold to view the debate, leave questions and respond to Bev Perdue's answers to your questions.


Technology and transparency

Thank you again for joining us. The debate officially begins at 7:45. In the next few minutes, please take your time and think through our first question:

Many progressive voters are unhappy with North Carolina's tradition of back-room deals. What actions will you take to challenge the good-old-boy system that permits powerful politicians to put special interests ahead of citizen interests?

Specifically, how will you use technology to create more advantages for North Carolina citizens?

To our readers:

We'll be posting some "big" questions like these every 15 minutes ... and we encourage you to follow up with your own questions as well.

Google Accountability

Thanks James,

As you can see from what we are doing tonight, technology can change the way we do politics and government in North Carolina. It can be a tool not just for information but for interaction.

As one example, just a few weeks ago, I announced my NC OpenBook plan, to create “Google Accountability.” We’ll put all state contracts and grants on the web for all to see, in plain-English. All contracts and grants more than $10,000 would be required to be posted on this site. You can read more about it in the Building a New North Carolina section on my website.

I like that

I just wish we could get the Google machine behind those closed doors in the Senate chamber, so to speak.

budget process

I agree, we need to bring more transparency to the budget process including televising the legislative session and bringing more of committee rooms on-line.


It's hard to keep up with everything when you're just a citizen out here on the Internets.

There are also many steps we

There are also many steps we can take in addition to technology. I have proposed a "BRAC Budget Reform" to force the legislature to vote on major budget reform proposals offered by a panel of citizens, with an up or down vote -- no tinkering -- similar to the process the federal government used in its military realignment process.

Of course, we must also pass serious campaign finance reform like the endowment for gubernatorial elections that that I am supporting, originally proposed by Sen. Gulley several years ago and also proposed nationally by Al Gore and Russ Feingold.

For more info click below

Tech follow-up

What about streaming video and/or audio for ALL committee meetings?



This isn't one of my "pet issues", but I'm wondering...

How could you bring more transparency to who is funding candidates/groups in North Carolina? I know the downloadable files with candidate receipts/expenditures are a pain to comb through, AND, they come fairly infrequently.

Beyond pure public financing, any thoughts? Or, should I just have quit after "pure public financing"?

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Positive Campaigns

First, I want to say I'm sorry for taking slow long to get back to the blog. Since Monday night I have been on the road. I've been to Rocky Mount, Enfield, Tarboro, Morganton, Hickory, Asheville, Fletcher, New Bern, Jacksonville, Surf City, Hatteras, Washington, Chocowinity, and Wilmington.

Robert, have you taken a look at my proposal for an Endowment for Positive Gubernatorial Campaigns? It would certainly benefit transparency. I would also support any efforts to make campaign finance reports easier to read online. It fits well with what seems to be a theme to last week's debate: technology can change the way we do business in politics and state government.

If state campaign finance reports were easier to find/read

it would be reassuring. Not many people access them, but it's reassuring for many voters to know that if they want the information it's easier to find and read.

This is a real winner with me, but I really like digging through campaign finance reports.

Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

I like that idea a lot

We'll provide links to the sections of your web site after the debate so that those looking at the answers later will have easier access.

Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

And campaign staffs should feel free to do the same

nc openbook link

NC Openbook

Bev Perdue Campaign

Comment deleted

I'm allowing your blog post to stand, but I am deleting your comment on the Lieutenant Governor's debate thread. Contact me directly if you need an explanation.


Are you aware that

1. the phrase "being a megalomaniac" is assumed to modify the pronoun immediately following it; and
2. you misspelled "hubris," though, having declared yourself a megalomaniac, you might not think it matters
3. by giving Perdue credit for having the maneuvering skills to bring the lottery into being, you're actually giving her points for leadership that lottery fans might appreciate?

I'm not a lottery fan, and I'm not a Perdue fan, but will confess to an instinctual prejudice against people who post attacks within 37 minutes of registering on a blog.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

Republican English Teacher

Thanks for the grammar and spelling lesson Einstein. Some people probably understood my meaning through the concept of context, but if you consider underhanded political tactics "maneuvering skills," it is no big surprise that you chose to focus on spellng and grammar and NOT the underlying issues. That tactic seems more in tune with the Republican party.

And if you approve of Beverly's political tactics, your instinctual prejudice towards me for speaking my mind and bringing issues that I consider vital to the table is feebly inconsequential.

Although it is not be true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative. John Stewart Mill


Who are you supporting, Dr. Bonner?

Scrutiny Hooligans -

My support

I plan to support the candidate that shows the most integrity in their actions. At this point, that would most definitely NOT be Beverly Purdue.

Who are you supporting?


I hope you appreciate that I included a blatant grammar error for you on my last post ;-)

I'm just enjoying being accused of being a conservative

And ya did react rather strongly -- which was also fun.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

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I would love to hear a valid explanation if you feel that you have one to offer

unc admissions

Approximately 600 nc residents were denied admission to Unc-CH so that approximately 18% of the enrollees could be from out of state. Is this sound policy and if not, what would you do to change it?


FYI, we'll have a block of questions about education in about a half hour.


First, recognize that the UNC system attempts to find space for all qualified students on one of the university campuses.

UNC - Chapel Hill which ranks among the top public universities in the country needs to be selective and have a diverse student body of national standing.

How does this benefit the citizens of North Carolina?

Well, one answer I can give. As a native North Carolinian, I have always been appreciative that I could go to one of the three top graduate schools in my field right in my home state. Without a national student body, UNC could not have achieved this status.

This was 50 years ago. I have now taught 41 years in the UNC system [not at Chapel Hill], and have taught thousands of North Carolinians. I hope I have made some contribution to the state and its citizens for the benefit of an outstanding university education.

I bet

I bet that a ton of those out of state students become North Carolina citizens.

It seems like UNC, NC State and the 14 other public schools serve as a recruitment tool for bringing people to North Carolina.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Out of stater that stayed

I was an out-of-state student at UNC Law. I saw one study that indicated that more out-of-state students stayed in north carolina after graduation than in-state students.

18% is reasonable

Bev has been on the road all day today, but she wanted me to post a few answers for her. She will try and answer more tomorrow.

Bev thinks that the 18% cap on out-of-state students is reasonable. It allows UNC-CH to have a diverse student population, while at the same time giving many North Carolina high school graduates a chance to attend a world-class university.

Bev Perdue Campaign

Thanks, Justin

I'm hoping campaign staffs will feel free to stop in and engage as much as they have time for. We know you're all on the same page and that staff members can essentially "speak" for candidates . . . so please keep coming back.

Welcome, Bev Perdue

The debate is officially on!

It's great to be here!

Hi, it’s really exciting to be on the first online debate in North Carolina history. Welcome to the 21st century. Thanks for inviting us and I am ready to take your questions.

Thank you, Bev Perdue

We appreciate your participation and look forward to your responses.

Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Thank you for being here

It says a lot about our two candidates that they will be willing to come take questions from the voters in this forum.

More Money for State Employees

Look at Cost Of Gas alone today,,then Look back at just How Little State Employees have got in last 5 years


I'm going to stick with the questions that James will be posting. I look forward to reading your responses.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

My question from upthread

Just in case you missed it:

Many progressive voters are unhappy with North Carolina's tradition of back-room deals. What actions will you take to challenge the good-old-boy system that permits powerful politicians to put special interests ahead of citizen interests?

Specifically, how will you use technology to create more advantages for North Carolina citizens?

The NC School Systems Need HELP!

I live in Wilson County and the school system here is in bad shape. Why is there no accountability from the State on the Local Board of Education? What would you do Perdue and Moore to fix this?

Death Penalty

I would like to know if you are going to seriously consider repealing the Death Penalty in North Carolina by personally reviewing every Death Row case ?

death penalty

I support capital punishment as an option, but I also favor the current moratorium now in place while constitutional issues are being studied.

I certainly would review every death penalty case. It is one of the gravest responsibilities entrusted to a governor. I am also a big supporter of the North Carolina Actual Innocence Commission. We must do EVERYTHING in our power not to execute an innocent person. To see the danger we only need to look as far as the recent news about Glen Edward Chapman.

OK, I put this question to every death penalty advocate:

Since mistakes are INEVITABLE (and in some cases, the "mistakes" are willful), how many innocent people is it permissible to kill in order to have a death penalty?

And please, "NONE" is not an answer if you favor having the death penalty on the books. If you are going to have executions, innocent people WILL (and have) die(d) at some point.

Unless you are willing to answer with a number, you have NO business supporting the death penalty.

I await your answer.

Liberalism as a badge of honor!
No apologies, no excuses.

Liberalism as a badge of honor!
No apologies, no excuses.

Environment and economy

One state will become THE leader in the Green Economy, known worldwide for its forward-looking policies for alternative energy. Are you prepared to make North Carolina that state? How?

Green Economy

North Carolina is uniquely positioned to become a leader in a green economy, something I've been working toward. Last session we created the Green Business Fund to provide incentives for clean tech and alternative energy companies. That's an important first step toward creating the kind of green economy you're talking about.

Green Economy

This is Zach Ambrose, Bev's campaign manager. There is more about the Green Business Fund in her energy plan.

Thanks for the link, Zach

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Workers Compensation

I was wondering if you had any thoughts you would like to share on the Workers Compensation system here in North Carolina. Many small business owners are feeling the pinch. Employers rarely, if ever, win favorable decisions at the Industrial Commission, and its getting harder to get people back to work. Couple that with medical inflation and we may have a serious problem.

Good, better, best

negative campaigning

There is almost a turn-off to the Democratic gubernatorial campaign by negativism on candidate web sites and advertising. Ms. Perdue, I am not partisan to Mr. Moore, but your campaign strikes me as too quick to launch negative attacks. Can the two candidates reach an accord to take a more positive approach?

negative campaigning

I agree that there is too much negative campaigning, but would like to point out that the record shows that Richard Moore's campaign launched the first negative ad in this campaign. But for tonight, I think we should focus on the issues.

negative campaigning

And I would be pleased if the candidates would stick to the issues tomorrow night as well.

Pension Fund

You have accused your opponent of mismanaging NC's pension fund in your recent attack ads and on your "Know Moore" website. My mother has been a community college professor for the past 20 years and is quite happy with the state of her retirement at a time when the national economy is headed into a massive recession.

Is it not a fact that NC's pension fund is one of the few in the country that is completely funded, with a funding ratio of 106.1% compared to the national average of just 81%? And that Standard & Poor's has ranked NC's pension fund among the top 3 in the nation for the last several years?

Would you say that you disagree with these experts rankings? And, how would you respond to the claim your attack ads are causing unfounded fears among our state's 700,000+ retirees and employees as to the stability of their retirement savings?

3rd topic: Military matters

Two questions:

Do you believe the US Navy has made a compelling case that an Outlying Landing Field should be sited in North Carolina? Under what conditions would you support efforts to locate an OLF in our state?

In the state of Illinois, legislation is being considered regarding military contractors. It sets three important limitations on their function and use:

1. No state funds may be used to contract with or purchase services from private military contractors for training of law enforcement or security Guards.
2. No military weapons or explosives may be used by private military contractors in Illinois except on secured U.S. military bases or regulated facilities.
3. No personnel trained by private military contractors may be used to patrol, guard, control, contain or arrest any Illinois resident.

Would you support and sign this kind of legislation if it were introduced and passed in the North Carolina General Assembly?


As I've said publicly numerous times, the OLF should not be forced upon on any community that does not want it.

this will be cut and pasted to the other thread

For both

With your stated stance of opposition, will you encourage the Governor to listen to Gates and Camden County today and remove these two sites from consideration by the Navy for this upcoming NEPA study?

You both realize that the old NEPA study is being canceled and a new NEPA process has not started? No federal registry statement supports this new NEPA study.

In 30 months one of you will be the next governor. Please do not make those two counties have to endure 30 months of anguish when you can act today.

First, I don't think it's

First, I don't think it's the job of the United States military to outfit mercenary armies.

The issue isn't whether security companies should exist and operate. It's what those companies are being called on to do by the federal government that's the issue – and if we want to change that – we need to go to the top and change the leadership at the federal level. End the demand and you end the supply.

commercial fishing

To either or both candidates: Is there anything you propose to stop or at least slow down the decline of the commercial fishing industry, which is hurting the culture of the coast at least as much as it is hurting the economy?


Wilson County 2400 students failed EOG's

Last school year there were 2400 students who failed the States EOG. Some of these students made A's and B's all year but had to go to summer school or repeat their grade. Is this a problem with other counties as well and what can you do to fix the testing in this state. FYI, Wilson only has around 11,700 students!

Rather than just formal

Rather than just formal testing at the end of the year, we should be doing more informal assessment during the school year for diagnostic purposes. That way we'll get information that's useful in identifying what kind of help that student needs to keep him or her on grade level.

At a more basic level....

how do you address the above concern about students who do A/B work throughout the year, but who fail standardized tests because of test anxiety? My wife was Phi Beta Kappa, 3.9 GPA, and a whole bunch of other awards I can't remember - but bombed every standardized test she ever took (SAT, MCAT). Were she in high school now, she might have failed the test and had to take summer school all over again.

Standardized tests don't work, but for some reason we've fallen for George Bush's idea that they are a good idea.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.


You are so right Robert P. Thats part of the problem here in Wilson and I am sure all over. It makes NO sense that kids pass all year long and when it comes with these test they bomb! I have seen these test and they are HARD! The State actually makes the EOG and EOC test. The NC Blue Ribbon Commission makes them up with the backing of GW thinking that these test are good, but where is NC again in education? Oh thats right 47?

They are Testing

They are testing in Wilson County 2 to 4 times a year. Its not working great here. Parents and Teachers have tried working with Central Office in trying to fix this problem, but Central Office does not see it as a problem. SuperIntendent Price does not understand that ALL students can not learn on the same level! He has stated this several times! Thats the problem here!

Testing is not working we need a better solution!

One military question from another thread

scharrison has posed this on another thread. I thought I would bring it here:

What is your position on having a huge mercenary army headquartered in our state?

Do you think it's fair to our tens of thousands of military families, some of whom are on food stamps, that the Federal government pays these mercenaries so much more than active duty soldiers?

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Collective Bargaining

Our state employees work incredibly hard, yet they are denied a basic right that all other private employees are afforded; the right to collectively bargain with their employer.

Do you support allowing public employees in North Carolina to collectively bargain with state and local governments (this does not preclude no-strike clauses from being a part of any contract)?

thank you for asking this question

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McCain - The Third Bush Term

A question from another thread

Issues of importance to LGBT North Carolinians
Submitted by Pam Spaulding on Mon, 03/31/2008 - 7:32pm.

To both candidates:

* Do you support a state amendment barring gay and lesbian couples from civil marriage or any other legal arrangements that approximate rights granted to opposite-sex couples in a civil marriage?

* Do you support passage of anti-discrimination measures that would protect state workers from being fired on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity?

* Do you believe that health and pension benefits should be extended to same-sex partners of state workers?

Thank you for your consideration.

Pam Spaulding
Durham, NC USA

Pam's House Blend

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

thanks, Linda

I look forward to an answer; when running for re-election, Governor Easley declared in a debate that if a marriage amendment ever hit his desk, he would sign it, so these are relevant questions to ask the candidates.


Pam Spaulding
Durham, NC USA

Pam's House Blend

Pam Spaulding
Durham, NC USA

Pam's House Blend

I hope we see an answer.

I'm not willing to estimate the number of people in NC that this affects directly, but it affects everyone indirectly. Civil rights are civil rights, and if you're for them, you're for them. Or...not.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

Wilson County Grading on Physical Ability

Some Wilson County Schools are grading children on their Physical Abilities, they receive a letter grade based on the Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge. The problem is that each child is built different, and ex. of the test, if you do not run a mile in 10 minutes you will not receive an A, and it goes down depending on the time. The Local Boards do not see this as discrimination, the State does not see it as discrimination, but Federal does. Do you see this as a problem to our children and what would you say to fix this?


What's important is getting our kids active, not grading them on physical ability. That's why I've made such a push to get kids physically active at school.


Thank you Mrs. Perdue, that is exactly what the schools need to be concerned with, is getting the children ACTIVE! Not discouraging them for what they can not do!

4th Topic: Education

A parent wrote in asking about the high cost of attending UNC. What do you say to working people in North Carolina about the dramatic increases in UNC tuition?

And this from a reader:

Do you think the lottery has fulfilled its promise to the citizens of North Carolina? If not, what changes would you support?

I am the only candidate with

I am the only candidate with a plan to make university education affordable now for hard working, low-wage families. In addition, I will make community college or vocational tuition free for all students.

My College Promise does more than make college affordable -- it will be an important tool in lowering the drop-out rate. It's a contract with students early on that if they stay in school and graduate, give back to their community, and stay out of serious trouble that family finances will not be a barrier to higher education.

College Promise

Here is some more info about college promise.

Free College - Who Pays?

I see that both candidates have a plan to send students to college free of charge. To either candidate - how do you propose to pay for this plan?


We must stay vigilant to ensure that lottery proceeds go to education, and that those funds are used to supplement (not replace) general revenue. As governor, I would work for a constitutional amendment to make sure the funds go to education.

Thanks for the answer

I'm not a fan of the lottery, but if we're going to have it, it should definitely be in Al Gore's lock-box for education only.


How will you improve public transit?

Public transit and efficient land use go hand in hand in accomodating our exploding populations without impairing our quality of life.

What do you think is best for transit? What funding mechanisms?

public transit

Thanks Greg,

We need to invest more in public transit across North Carolina. The Lynx system in Charlotte is a great first step. But the key to success is a local funding source. Congrats to Mecklenburg County residents for supporting their local half-cent sales tax. If mass transit is going to work in other parts of North Carolina, that’s where it needs to begin.

I would support granting more authority to local governments to raise revenue for mass transit. The state government can also help fill in the gaps in funding.

The state government should also do more to encourage public transit ridership. That is a key to the federal funding formulas. As governor, I will explore ways to promote and financially add to federal initiatives like the commuter check program which reduces the cost of public transit ridership.

Teachers for our Schools

What can you help to do to bring and keep teachers teaching in NC. Wilson County has one of the highest turnovers and we need your help in keeping teachers. There are classes today March 31 with substitutes teaching because the teachers are droping like flies.

great question

There are two issues at hand, retention and recruitment. First, to retain teachers we should pay and respect them like the professionals that they are. Bev's goal would be to pay a competitive salary, comparable to other highly trained professionals. During her tenure as Senate budget chair in the 90s she helped raise teacher pay form 43rd in the nation to 21st. Bev thinks we need to get back to that commitment.

To aid recruitment, across the board salary increase will help, and Bev has proposed expanding the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program. You can read more about that proposal here.

You can read all of Bev's education proposals here.

Bev Perdue Campaign

I am a high school student

I am a high school student in North Carolina. NC currently has a state policy that schools must use a seven point grading scale. This means that a 92 is a B, 84 a C, and 76 a D. Most other state have a 10 point grading scale. Under this system each of those grades would a letter higher. This means North Carolina students are not as competitive nation wide as students from other state. Would you change this policy?


As of April 2006, over 39,000 Guardsmen were serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom (over 150,000 to date), 14,000 in Operation Enduring Freedom (over 50,000 to date), and 652 in Operation Noble Eagle. Since 9-11, over 250,000 Soldiers have been mobilized under USC Title 10 authority (federal orders) and over 350,000 under Title 10 or Title 32 (federal and state orders).
I am currently and have been a member of the North Carolina Army National Guard since 1996. I have personally deployed to Iraq once. I was stationed in Iraq for over 12 months and was on active duty for almost 15 months. With an ongoing battle in Iraq what is going to be your stance about deploying YOUR National Guard soldiers to Iraq? I am aware of the paragraph in my oath "to defend against all enemies both foreign and domestic." However, what concerns do you have regarding the depletion of our resources and its effect on our ability to respond in the event of a natural disaster such as another Hurricane Floyd?

Bev at home

I'm at Bev's house tonight helping out. Here's Bev trying to log in around 7:30.

I like a nice clean desk

I know lots of people were thinking the candidates didn't really sit at their keyboards. Thanks for the picture . . . we now have proof!

Her desk is too clean :D

Thank you Bev, Justin and Zach and all the other folks at the Perdue campaign who helped make this happen.

Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Her trash can's full ;)

I can see it now: right before the picture was going to be taken, Bev blurts out a desperate, "Wait! Just give me a second!" (paper crumpling sounds, foot stomping accumulated trash into can, foot stuck in can, Lt. Governor on the floor kicking the can with her free foot trying to dislodge stuck foot, mumbled curses, can back in place, sweater straightened out, smile back in place) "Okay! Take the shot!"

Wow, that was fast.

Lieutenant Governor Perdue, you're welcome to stick around for as long as you like. We'll be here all night.

Thank you again for your willingness to join us. You have a lot of supporters here and you are kind to indulge us in this messy experiment in democracy.


Thanks again for inviting me. It was a lot of fun. I'll answer the rest of your questions over the next few days. Keep'em coming.

Remember a lot of answers can be found at my website, especially under the the Building a New North Carolina section.

Thank you ma'am.

We really appreciate your visit and your good spirit in embarking on this historic journey with us. Thank you.

Don't forget to check out

the other thread of questions that was opened up this morning... there are many good inquiries there, too. Thanks for taking the time to make some history here tonight!

That was a very fast hour!

Lt. Gov. Perdue, I can certainly understand if you can't stay past the alloted time, but would you be willing to answer the questions we were unable to get to later and email them to James for publication here?

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

Thank you, Bev Perdue

We enjoyed it and hope you'll think about attending the blogger barbeque bash on April 27. I'll be sending you an invitation.

Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.


I'll be working on something other than coleslaw sandwiches for vegetarians.

That's good 'cause some vegetarians

don't eat coleslaw if it is made with mayo (because of the egg).

Just sayin'.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

Not to worry

we'll have lotsa beans and push huppies, too.

Sorry James

We live in a state where even the vegetables aren't vegetarian.

I'll take responsibility for the meat-free protein.


I was thinking those beans might come with ham or something. I'll happily leave the vegging out to you!

So I can't use cow manure

for fertilizer?

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

sorry....i couldn't find the right emoticon

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Don't sweat omnivores

Life is a continuum. Cows are vegetarian. When you reach the end of a paradox you have just begun. I'll be serving Mobius strips.

I hope you know me well enough to know

I was joking. I have cows behind my house. I will use their fertilizer. :D

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

I hope you know me well enough to know


Non profit organizations across our state receive enormous amounts of state funds with little surpervision of the use or abuse of these funds and the treatment of their employees. What changes would you make to insure that these agencies are "in compliance" for more issues than just the grant requirements ie. sufficient and proper services to their clients, proper treatment of employees, a state wide policy to provide anonymous protection for employees who report abuse and/or hostile workplace environments and who report misuse of state funding to the state funding agencies, and a contact person at the state level where the employees can report any type of abuse with anonymity for any type of abuse? Presently the employees are subject to little or no assistance at the state level and certainly no protection in reporting these abuses and these very agencies are operating "at will" with huge amounts of our state tax monies.

Waste of time

I can honestly say I got very little if anything from this. I only saw about 3 or 4 answers from Richard Moore, and maybe 9 from Ms. Purdue and no followup.

How are they going to pay for free community college tuition? How is Bev Purdue going to fund UNCCH and other state schools free or reduced tuition?

No answers.

What about helping out the taxpayers of this great state? We are taxed higher than any neighboring states. And what about our deteriorating roads?

Stick around

That's 13 or so pieces of information you didn't have at 7.30pm

Thanks for asking the questions. Hopefully they will answer them over the next few days. I haven't heard about free community college tuition though. That's a new one one me.


We are also better than most of our neighboring states.

Assuming that your claim of higher taxes is true, we get what we pay for. I recently spent a few months in New Hampshire. They have no income tax and no sales tax. Taxpayers there are "lucky" and "free". And their kids have a horrible education system. Public Universities cost almost as much as private schools in other states. Many cities and towns have horrible schools. One town spent almost 30 years trying to get a new high school built.

But hey, if you are willing to trade our future for a few extra bucks then go for it. Just do it somewhere else.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Consider taxes across the board

I think it's not true that we are taxed higher than other states in the region. Somebody had some stats here on BlueNC, probably a year ago, I'll see if I can dig them up again. But to make a fair comparison, you have to consider all taxes, at all levels within the state. A state like NH that has very low taxes on the state level has extremely high taxes on the county level. Do you have any idea what property taxes are now in NH?

Also, as you accurately pointed out,we are getting our money's worth for the taxes we pay.

C Dawg, where have you been?

good to see ya around.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

You're welcome to go or stay

But you're not welcome to be a jerk, not tonight anyway. I just deleted one of your comments and I'm happy to keep doing that if necessary.

Opinion of Debate

I have to say that nothing was really new there. The one thing that bothers me is that while the statement was made about the mudslinging and how we want to see commercials about issues and not faults Bev Purdue felt the need to do something really second grade....HE STARTED IT!!! Really??? That was so important to say???

Doesn't matter who started it, why did you have to reciprocate? I just hope going forward that they both see those ads don't endear anyone to them. It is actually a turn off.

And I agree about follow up questions...if community colleges are going to be free according to both candidates, how is that education going to be paid for? Are you going to change the education lottery to pay for it? Raise taxes? Increase a sales tax?

And while same sex marriage may not impact me directly, I do agree that it is an issue for all concerned. I do support same sex marriage even though it would not be my choice. But, unfortunately women are still being paid less than men in the same position so this country still has a long way to go for complete acceptance.

And maybe I haven't been paying close enough attention but I am curious to know whom each person would like to see as the Democratic Presidential Candidate and why?

Thanks to you guys for the hard work you put in for last night. GREAT JOB!!!

"Some People Fly, And Some Of Us Worry...I'd Risk It All To Have Wings!" Queensryche

"Some People Fly, And Some Of Us Worry...I'd Risk It All To Have Wings!" Queensryche

Thanks Holly!

I hope you will stop by more often and join in every now and then. We've learned a lot with this first debate and will be putting something together hopefully for the candidates for Lieutenant Governor. It will be a bit trickier, but we can handle it.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Wow. Bev Perdue came back!

I guess she's got that bloggin' blood now.

Seriously, I consider this really good form - not to mention high-marks in the substance department.

Thank you, ma'am. This is a big plus in my book.

I like the NEW Bev Perdue commercials

I have read that negative ads supposedly work, but I can't see how the ones the two dems were running helped anyone except the GOP.

I LOVE Bev's new ads, I can actually tell what her plans and or agenda are all about.

I look forward to hearing more about how we can accomplish some of those goals.

There are some people in Blue NC who are very involved in the healthcare issue, and we have some excellent lawmakers, namely one Rep Verla Insko who is great on this issue.

I haven't learned anything from Moore's commercials except that he is still helping the republican GOV candidate, maybe not on purpose, but that's what he's doing.

I would hate to see a GOP Governor elected over NC, wouldn't you?????