So who is Jack Nichols?

Just wanted to introduce myself, since I understand there was some strange stuff about me on another thread. I am Jack Nichols, candidate for NC Senate District 16 in Wake County – the seat presently held by Janet Cowell, who is now running for Treasurer.

A little about me: I have been involved in progressive causes in Wake County for about 30 years; co-founded Wake Co. Smart Start and Planned Parenthood; served on the County Commission. I am a lawyer with Allen & Pinnix; used to be law partners with Brad Miller. I worked for Governor Hunt as Deputy Legislative Counsel, and I have stayed involved in local politics, serving on the SEC of the Dem Party, precinct chair, etc., managing or helping manage campaigns for people like Betty Ann Knudsen and Isabel Cannon – women who really paved the way in this area.

I believe the fingernails-on-chalkboard postings by "Trianglopic" are the result of a case in which I represented a licensing board that suspended the nursing license of a gentleman who has been quite upset with me since then. It looks like this fellow saw my early ads on TV (see below) and decided to try to get revenge. That's the price of free speech.

Most of my legal career has been spent representing individuals in their employment disputes, so I understand that emotions can run high. On the bright side, this has prompted me to sign on to introduce myself here, which I have been meaning to do.

Listening is not only important to successful campaigns, but also to successful governing. I want my campaign to be a conversation and I look forward to hearing from you. My website is JackNichols.org. I would value the input of BlueNC folks from anywhere in the state.

Here are my first two TV ads. I believe I was the first candidate in North Carolina to go on air. It is unusual for a local candidate to go on TV so quickly, but my campaign is doing some creative out-of-the-box thinking, like placing the ads in key times where lots of activists are watching -- like on CNN during the Iowa Caucuses or New Hampshire primary.

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Welcome Jack!

Those of us in or around Mecklenburg/Union/Cabarrus counties didn't know who you were. I appreciate that you took the time to address the unfortunate postings but more importantly that you introduced yourself here at BlueNC.



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I'm actually from Charlotte

I'm actually from Charlotte originally, so I'm happy to connect with folks in that area as well.

And now the facts Part 1

The website is still under construction and will be ready on Feb 1, but the first of the videos is ready. Before you begin to feel sorry for Ole Jack here, ask yourself, what if you found out that someone you loved dearly, who had died years ago and you had believed it was from natural causes all this time. Then you find out (long after the statute of limitations for wrongful death suit has elapsed, I might add) that your family member was the victim of a medical error and that the nursing home covered it up and when it was reported to the proper agency, a couple of employees and a lawyer helped covered it up and spent over $100,000 of your tax dollars to hide the facts? Bad enough, huh? Well how about you find out that at a critical point in the litigation, an attorney actually stole the exculpatory evidence out of the file so he could win the case because the constant charges of obstruction of justice were harmful to his senate campaign and he decided it would be better to keep you and your family in the dark? Still feel sorry for ole Jack? Well you either don't have anyone that you love in or headed to a nursing home or you are just like Jack: "You can't handle the truth!" Now Jack, if he responds at all, will deny all of this. That's why the website is going up Feb 1 with all of the documents and audio/visual evidence. Til then...

Serving you notice

BlueNC is not a venue for a vendetta.

Also, unless you invite your friends over to your house for a rousing game of "let's all register at BlueNC" then you and all the other four registered userids that share your IP address need to listen up and listen good. We will not allow you to use BlueNC for your own personal type of revenge. If you persist, your IP address will be banned and you will not be able to access the site at all.

Multiple registered identities are sock puppets and using them to create the feeling that there are more people who support your position or ideas is called astroturfing.

Put your web site up, but don't bring it here to BlueNC. Please pick one userid and let me know which one you will be using and I will delete the other accounts for you.



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Sounds intriguing

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Again

We are not playing games. Posting an IP address does not indicate you are a separate user. Our logs show when one of you logs out and within the minute the other logs on. This is a game and we aren't inclined to allow you to play it here.

As I said. Please pick which ID you will stick with, let me know and the other accounts will be deleted.



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Wondering...

Hey, are you going to respond and say these charges are false or are you waiting to see what evidence gets posted on Feb 1 to calculate a response? I for one would like to hear a denial now. Just wondering...

Read this

Read this while you're waiting.

There aren't any accusations yet are there?

Just some vague notion that something will happen on February 1st. Gee, and all your other comments make you sound so intelligent. You just blew that.



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From Jack's campaign

I am working with Jack on his campaign for the NC Senate. He will be responding to the mental health question below in the next day or so. I wanted to respond to the allegations above, though, and tell you that what has been posted about Jack by the person calling himself “Trianglopic” are just flat out, egregious lies. As some have surmised, we believe that the person who posted them is someone who has a grudge because Jack represented the Board of Nursing in the suspension of his nursing license after he would not comply with their requirements, including taking a mental health exam. This individual has made the same allegations in court, and they have been soundly rejected. You can see the order here. The judge has indicated to him that he may be subject to sanctions if he keeps filing frivolous motions, so it appears he has gone on line to for his baseless attacks. Our campaign has not wanted to get into the details related to this because there are more important issues to discuss. But having been dragged into this, you are entitled to an explanation.

Jack’s a sincere, public-minded guy, as I think the other posts about him suggest. He’ll continue to engage with BlueNC as much as possible.

Thank you, Goldie



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Public vs Private

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Drama War

I have been following the postings and the YouTube "counter videos" also. Although I am not a fan of negative campaigning, I do like to know what is going on behind the scenes. This/these guy(s), whoever, say they are going to post the evidence to explain what he/they say you did, here on Feb 1. They've even eluded to "crimes". I say put up or shut up and though I'd like to know sooner than later, on Feb 1, if the goods aren't posted, then we will all know that he/they are full of crap and go with YOUR version of events. Free speech isn't absolute and if the proof (documents) aren't available to back up their charges, you are a lawyer...go after them. On the other hand, if there is something you want to tell us before Feb 1, please come clean now. It will look worse later. Just wondering...

Don't worry

This "drama" has nothing to do with Jack Nichols directly. The person doing this had his occupational license suspended. He has represented himself in court, filing multiple motions and judges have ruled against him. Jack Nichols is an attorney in private practice and happens to be General Counsel of the occupational board.

Concerned

You see...That's what I am talking about: One side makes wild inferences and promises to give the whole story on Feb 1 (I'll wait and see) and then the other side makes wild statements like "This "drama" has nothing to do with Jack Nichols directly." In the face of such a "direct" attack on his ethics, this statement is false on its face, which makes me question YOUR motives and makes the other guy seem less like a loon. I'm getting a feeling that Gregflynn knows more than he is saying here. If there a difference of opinion in how some litigation turned out, then that is plausable, but when you make statements like"...nothing to do with Jack Nichols directly" it harms YOUR credibility and makes us look forward to Feb 1 like its Christmas.

Thank you for your concern

I was trying to be discreet because this is a sad case. You've obviously bought into the hype. This person is picking on Nichols because he has entered the public eye. This "drama" has been going on for years and preceded Nichols.

Hmm...Dismissive Tone

Hmm...Dismissive tone. Gregflynn, you seem firmly in Nichols camp. That's great, but please don't dismiss others that don"t happen to follow the party line (without facts)as buying into the hype. That makes the rest of us start-a-wondering what you got to hide. Now I know I'll be checking back on Feb 1, 2008 to see how this all plays out.

Either become a full-fledged member....

or just find a site dedicated to this ridiculous scrap.

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.
-me

Welcome

We count on transparency and discussion to carry the day. Glad you're here to help with that. Welcome.

James

PS Gregflynn has been writing with us for almost two years. He is a straight-up guy in every way. You've been writing here for two hours. I'm not sure who should be questioning whose motives.

Oh, I see...

Oh, I see. Its longevity that determines credibility. Glad I was informed. I'll blog all of the people that have been here less than two years to shut the hell up.

Testy

You guys get crazy here. It is political dialogue, Not world peace.

Testy

You guys get crazy here. It is political dialogue, Not world peace. Let's be civil.

OK...we like to do ad analysis here

They're short which is good. The first one made me laugh and that's a good thing too. It's not just another ad. I can't wait to see what others think about them. Again, welcome to BlueNC.



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Thanks! All feedback is

Thanks! All feedback is appreciated.

Ad Feedback

The ads are slightly offensive, in that they suggest the phrase "You don't know jack "s_ it" and especially in light of the internet buzz that suggests that we really don't know Jack, you might want to rethink that campaign line. Just one man's opinion.

Welcome. Is Cowell stepping down?

I haven't followed this race as closely as I should have.

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.
-me

Yes, she is running for

Yes, she is running for State Treasurer.

Right, I just didn't know if she was double-dipping.

Who are your Democratic opponents and why should the district vote for you? Nice broad question, eh?

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.
-me

Well, I signed up for this, right?

For those not in the district, it is a very Democratic district. John Kerry won in this district, even though he lost Wake County. I expect others may get in the race, but currently the only announced Democrat in the race is Josh Stein.

Why me? I have a lot of experience building relationships and working out creative solutions to get things done -- on the County Commission, working as Deputy Legislative Liaison under Governor Hunt, and in a variety of community and political settings. Nice broad answer, eh? Seriously, I am running because I believe what I have to offer is valuable -- a proven ability to get things done for Wake Co.

That's a pretty good answer, actually.

For someone who knows nothing about you, I now know:

  1. You're an experience County Commisioner, you understand the needs of your district.
  2. You worked for Jim Hunt as Deputy Legislative Liaison, and even if I don't know what that means exactly, it sounds like you were a go-between for Hunt and the legislature.
  3. You have a the standard background of working with local community and political organizations.

Sounds good.

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.
-me

Looking forward to more dialogue

Thanks! Signing off for a while, but I'll check in later to respond to any other questions or comments.

Can't do that in NC.

I'm not sure about federal offices, but you can't run for for more than one local or state race at once.

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Federally, you can run for President and another office.

So, maybe that means that the two county commissioners running for State Senate have to vacate at the same time the Orange County commission is becoming bigger. That explains something I read online this morning about a number of seats opening up. Oh, but wait, one of those commissioners is not UP for reelection this year. How does that work?

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.
-me

You cannot run for two

You cannot run for two offices at once, but you can serve in one office and run for another. Sen. Cowell is not resigning her seat, but is not seeking re-election so she can run for State Treasurer. She is exceedingly well qualified for that position, and the most progressive person running for that office.

The Senate's loss

She is a rarity in NC politics -- a true progressive -- and it's a real loss to the Senate that she is giving that seat up.

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

Waiting, watching

7 weeks until the end of filing. The winner of this race will represent my mom, so Im staying quiet until we know who all the choices are.

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for being involved last night at the YD event.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Jack Nichols' reputation

I talked to a few people about Mr. Nichols both prior and subsequent to meeting him briefly myself. Never a negative word about him from his peers -- in fact, he was/is highly regarded by people who've worked with him and agin' him in court or out.

My personal experience -- albeit brief -- is that he's frank, perceptive, ethical and committed.

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

Thank you

I appreciate your assessment. I can tell by his comments and responses here that he's a good guy. I'm really glad he spoke out here at BlueNC.

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The Issues. Where do you stand?

Let's lay out a few issues and see how this dog barks. : )

Health Care for All - is health care a right or a privilege? Do you agree with the majority of North Carolinians that the government needs to play a larger role in insuring health care for all its citizens?

Taxes - With regards to businesses and the wealthy, is the Old North State:

  1. Taxing them too much.
  2. Taxing them just about right.
  3. Taxing them too little.

Taxes - With regards to the working class, is the Old North State:

  1. Taxing them too much.
  2. Taxing them just about right.
  3. Taxing them too little.

Fill in the blank.
The greatest threat to marriages in North Carolina is _________________________________________.

My opinion on testing and No Child Left Behind is _________________________________________.

I would like to see the OLF placed _________________________________________________.

This is kind of fun, I might do this to all our candidates.
: )

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.
-me

Here you go, Robert

Robert, I appreciate the for/against questions as a way of sorting out where I’m coming from, and I love the fill in the blanks for the potential Mad Libs value. What I think I bring to the table, though, is the ability to hash out the devilish details on a lot of these issues. We can all agree, for example, that the Dix property ought to be a park, but we will need to work through some seemingly intractable differences between the city and the state. That’s what leadership is – bringing people together past position platitudes.

On the issues:

Health care: The government does need to play a bigger role – both because it’s the right thing and because it’s good policy for everyone to have access to good, preventative health care. I don’t know that it’s a right/privilege distinction; it’s more a question of coming up with a workable system and finding a way to get it done politically. While the debate rages on about this on the national level, we need to continue to expand on state-level efforts like SCHP, and expanding mental health care until we either get some relief from the national level or develop enough political will and economic power to make it happen on the state level.

Taxes: State income taxes are not the primary problem for most people – federal wage taxes are a much bigger bite. With respect to state taxes on the wealthy & business, we’re taxing about right because our income tax structure is progressive in that wealthier tax payers pay a higher percentage, but some businesses have too many exemptions. We have to be careful not to harm small business, but in general our tax policy has become out of balance as the burden has shifted more to the middle class.

OLF: Generally, I would say in Virginia, but there are some businesses and citizens who have advocated having it in the Global Transpark, but the Navy has rejected that proposal. The naval base is in VA, and there is no good policy reason for the practice air field to be in NC.

The greatest threat to marriage in NC is: Divorce. Seriously, I’m no social scientist, so I can’t give you that kind of answer. Certainly, economic distress and the pressures of raising children and other social factors weigh on marriages and families. Is this a gay marriage question? The same-sex marriage debate has been manufactured to create division, of course, and I don’t see it playing any role in this election. I have represented same-sex couples who want to put legal measures in place to approximate the protections of marriage, and it is clear to me that we need to stop getting in the way and provide a means for people to establish their relationships and obtain all the protections old married guys like me take for granted.

No Child Left Behind: Our schools don’t need unfunded mandates; we need funding for quality teachers. You can’t fatten a cow by weighing it. Of course we need accountability, but No Child Left Behind puts a burden on our schools and does not provide the promised benefits. By the way, my teacher friends have nicknamed this legislation “No School Left Standing.”

If you want to look at some of my other priorities, please check out my website: www.JackNichols.org, and I’d be happy to live blog some time down the road.

one question

You can’t fatten a cow by weighing it.

Can you give us some insight on which Southern Politician John Edwards is referring to every time he uses that quote?

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Here you go, Robert

Robert, I appreciate the for/against questions as a way of sorting out where I’m coming from, and I love the fill in the blanks for the potential Mad Libs value. What I think I bring to the table, though, is the ability to hash out the devilish details on a lot of these issues. We can all agree, for example, that the Dix property ought to be a park, but we will need to work through some seemingly intractable differences between the city and the state. That’s what leadership is – bringing people together past position platitudes.

On the issues:

Health care: The government does need to play a bigger role – both because it’s the right thing and because it’s good policy for everyone to have access to good, preventative health care. I don’t know that it’s a right/privilege distinction; it’s more a question of coming up with a workable system and finding a way to get it done politically. While the debate rages on about this on the national level, we need to continue to expand on state-level efforts like SCHP, and expanding mental health care until we either get some relief from the national level or develop enough political will and economic power to make it happen on the state level.

Taxes: State income taxes are not the primary problem for most people – federal wage taxes are a much bigger bite. With respect to state taxes on the wealthy & business, we’re taxing about right because our income tax structure is progressive in that wealthier tax payers pay a higher percentage, but some businesses have too many exemptions. We have to be careful not to harm small business, but in general our tax policy has become out of balance as the burden has shifted more to the middle class.

OLF: Generally, I would say in Virginia, but there are some businesses and citizens who have advocated having it in the Global Transpark, but the Navy has rejected that proposal. The naval base is in VA, and there is no good policy reason for the practice air field to be in NC.

The greatest threat to marriage in NC is: Divorce. Seriously, I’m no social scientist, so I can’t give you that kind of answer. Certainly, economic distress and the pressures of raising children and other social factors weigh on marriages and families. Is this a gay marriage question? The same-sex marriage debate has been manufactured to create division, of course, and I don’t see it playing any role in this election. I have represented same-sex couples who want to put legal measures in place to approximate the protections of marriage, and it is clear to me that we need to stop getting in the way and provide a means for people to establish their relationships and obtain all the protections old married guys like me take for granted.

No Child Left Behind: Our schools don’t need unfunded mandates; we need funding for quality teachers. You can’t fatten a cow by weighing it. Of course we need accountability, but No Child Left Behind puts a burden on our schools and does not provide the promised benefits. By the way, my teacher friends have nicknamed this legislation “No School Left Standing.”

If you want to look at some of my other priorities, please check out my website: www.JackNichols.org, and I’d be happy to live blog some time down the road.

can't fatten a cow

Blue South -
I've heard this before: and I've seen it in educational stuff attributed as a "proverb" and "middle eastern proverb". I can't find any politician associated with it, but the first time I heard it was at a conference 4 or 5 years ago talking about testing/monitoring of children in Head Start without effectively using the results. I can't give you references because I don't keep the stuff from conferences unless I find them extremely valuable. The only thing that stuck with me from that particular seminar was that phrase - which is apt.

Mr. Nichols - Thank you for coming by and introducing yourself. Quite a teapot tempest preceded you, so it's very nice to hear from you directly. Welcome to BlueNC.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

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