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NCDP Hires a New Executive Director

Looks like NCDP Chair David Parker is staffing up.

State chairman David Parker announced Tuesday that Jay Parmley will be the new executive director. He replaces Andrew Whalen, who resigned earlier this year to work for a political comittee tied to Congressman Heath Shuler...

Parmley served since June 2008 as executive director of the South Carolina Democratic Party and two terms in 2001 and 2003 as the state chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. At age 30, he was the youngest chairman of a state party in the nation.

Rep. Brad Miller high on list of likely redistricting victims

Things aren’t looking too good for Representative Brad Miller’s reelection. Over the weekend, The Washington Post listed Miller as the second most likely congressperson to be drawn out of a job.

2. Brad Miller (D-N.C.): Ten years ago, as a state senator, Miller helped draw the lines for his own district. Even Democrats admit it’s a pretty blatant gerrymander. Now that Republicans control the process, it will be easy for them to get revenge by cutting off the the skinny fingers where his district reaches into Democratic territory in Raleigh and Greensboro. Such a change would shift the district instantly into a pretty strong Republican seat. Republicans aim to pick off two or three seats in North Carolina, and none should be easier than Miller’s.

URGENT: Call Gov. Perdue and tell her to keep Community College affordable

The good people at the NC Justice Center got the word that Governor Perdue is considering her options regarding a veto of HB 7, the GOP's atrocious bill to make community college less affordable by undermining access to crucial federal loans.

Please give the Governor's office a call at (919) 733-4240 and urge her to veto this bill. It takes two minutes and it will mean the world to thousands of students in North Carolina.

HB 7 talking points below the fold...

Former Asheville Democrat Rep. Bruce Goforth switches party. Goes to work for GOP.

Posted without comment:

RALEIGH, N.C. — A Democratic lawmaker defeated in last year's primaries is joining the staff of North Carolina's Republican House speaker.

Former Asheville Rep. Bruce Goforth will become an adviser to Speaker Thom Tillis on jobs and economic issues. His first day will be Friday. He'll make $60,000 a year.

ACTION ALERT: Support Sen. Josh Stein's bill to protect homeowners and homebuyers from predatory real estate practices

An Action Alert for the BlueNC community from our friends at the NC Justice Center:

Next Tuesday, May 25th, the NC House Committee on Financial Institutions will meet to discuss SB1015, The Homeowner and Homebuyer Protection Act, sponsored by Senator Josh Stein.

This bill would prohibit foreclosure rescue scams and create reasonable regulation and standards for option to purchase or "rent to own" contracts and contracts for deeds. These scams and unscrupulous real estate transactions are used to exploit and manipulate families struggling to pay a home loan or families who are having trouble obtaining a loan to purchase a home.

Please act today!

Fitzsimon gives some perspective on the 2010 elections

Low turnout and inside baseball hang-wringing got you down today? The always excellent Chris Fitzsimon of the NC Justice Center's Policy Watch blog has a great piece today looking at the November 2010 elections from 30,000 feet.

The tea partiers shouldn't plan a post election celebration party yet...

There will no doubt be interesting stories in the primary results. Politics always brings some surprises. But don't let the efforts of the pundits convince you that the results are another indicator of a looming Republican landslide in November.

An afternoon mental health break that is well worth any NC political junkie's time.

My US Senate Endorsement: Zach Galifianakis for Senator of the Great State of North Carolina

We are less than a week away from the primary here in North Carolina and the campaign season craziness is as thick as early-April pollen around here, especially when it comes to our Senate candidates. So I thought I might take a moment to introduce you to my choice for US Senator from the great state of North Carolina, Mr. Zach Galifianakis and encourage you to join the Facebook group.

"Why Zach Galifianakis," you might ask? Read on and learn about the candidate with the best shot at beating Richard Burr this year, his quest to defeat the right-wing of North Carolina and his mission to restore the Galifianakis family's political legacy in North Carolina.

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