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Defense of Marriage?

Thom Tillis's top aide resigned yesterday after being romantically linked with the top lobbyist for the Homebuilders Association. I am not here to judge, but the hypocrisy is glaring.

Both Thomas and Hayes are married to other people, according to public records.

My marriage is not threatened by their actions or by those of anyone else, so let's keep government out of marriage.

Read More: Charlotte Observer

NCDP chair picks

So, if David Parker were to step down I imagine the 1st VC would take over in the short term.

How soon would there be a SEC meeting to replace him?

Who should replace him? I would like to see Joe Hackney take the helm.

Candidate fundraisers

I just received yet another invitation to a candidate fundraiser. I know this is the season for these and it is expected. One thing that bugs me about all these fundraisers is the "minimum" donation that is expected to attend them. Most have a $100 minimum and for someone who has not had a steady paycheck in three years, this is just not affordable. Multiply this by 8 or 9 fundraisers and we are talking serious money.

Just about every candidate out there claims to be the "grassroots" candidate, how about having a fundraiser that the grassroots can afford to attend? It can be done, I know because I have put them on. Most of us are not impressed with fancy venues and catered food.

Homegrown talent

One of my fellow bloggers here on BlueNC made the following statement in reference to Jay Parmley and the turmoil at Goodwin House:

When you've got hundreds of intelligent, dedicated, native Party officers from which to choose, selecting a "roving free agent" who arrived here via Oklahoma, Mississippi and South Carolina might not be the best way to motivate the grassroots

I have been making this argument for years, not just for the state party but for campaigns and other Democratic aligned groups. It seems to me that we have had a string of staffers at NCDP headquarters and our campaigns that are little more than mercenaries and hired guns.

Article on Parmley's resignation

Two questions: How much was the settlement and why wasn't it reported on campaign finance reports?

The executive director of the N.C. Democratic Party resigned Sunday as calls for his ouster mounted amid questions regarding a secret agreement to pay a former staffer to keep quiet about sexual harassment allegations.

read more: Charlotte Observer

Etheridge rooted in education

This is the third in the series on candidates for the Democratic nomination for governor. I'll be the first to admit I don't know a whole bunch about him. I lived in Georgia most of the time he was Superintendent of Public Instruction and even as an almost lifetime resident of NC (40 of my 47 years), I had to look up where Harnett County was.

His politics have tended toward middle-of-the road. The authoritative Almanac of American Politics, described him as having “compiled a moderate voting record that is generally more liberal on economic issues. He belongs to the centrist New Democrats.”

read more: Charlotte Observer

A sense of place defines Walter Dalton and his politics

This is the second in a series on the leading candidates for the Democratic nomination for Governor. I like Walter Dalton, may not agree with some of his votes while he was in the Legislature but he is a good guy and I think it would be good to have a Governor from my side of the state. Plus, we are fraternity brothers so he has that going for him, hehe.

“Somebody said, ‘Why do you do what you do?’ It’s the psychic income – believing you can make a difference,” Dalton said in a recent interview in his hometown of Spindale.

read more: Charlotte Observer

Determined Faison soldiers on despite long odds

I haven't decided who I am going to vote for in the primary and I have not ruled out anyone so this article about Bill Faison gave me some good info on him.

Faison, 65, has a habit of facing challenging circumstances and powering through them, not wavering from his goals. That determination is on display now, as he campaigns for governor despite abysmal poll numbers and the public airing of the messy details of his second marriage.

Read more: Charlotte Observer

No more debt, GOP hopefuls for U.S. House seat agree at debate

Six of the ten candidates to replace Sue "family values" Myrick offered themselves to the tea baggers in our area. Mitt could take pandering lessons from these guys:

At a tea party forum Monday night, six Republican congressional candidates debated a return to the gold standard, government spending cuts and even eliminating popular election of U.S. senators.

My favorite is the repeal of the 17th Amendment (popular election of Senators). The guy that is advocating for this wants to go back to the orginal Constitution. Guess he wants to also deny women and African Americans the right to vote.

read more: Charlotte Observer


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