Reach out

I'm a year or two away from the end of an amazing career in business. Thirty two years of entrepreneurial feast and famine, with partnership playing a critical role in whatever successes we've enjoyed. Without three great partners early on, my life and career would have turned out very differently. Together, we were good enough often enough to come out ahead.

That's what I'm looking for from the North Carolina Democratic Party now that the August SEC meeting is behind us. Here's my advice to the partners who form our leadership team: Robert Dempsey, Patsy Keever, and Randy Voller.


Reach out. The Democratic Party in North Carolina has been fractured. The shortest path to healing is through generosity and engagement. Among leaders inside the party. With caucus leaders and other organizations. With candidates like me. With progressive Democrats. With black Democrats. With gay Democrats. With young Democrats. With old Democrats. With anyone and everyone who is committed to moving forward. This is the time to contact any person you have a problem with and apologize for whatever you can think of to apologize for. It's easy. Just mean it when you say:

I'm sorry I was rude | mean | angry | hurtful | stupid | an ass | a bully | sarcastic | not nice | in the way | complaining | whining | disloyal | whatever. Please forgive me. I am committed to moving forward together.

Remember this. There are a lot of big egos in our polticial room, and far too often, they get in the way of the higher calling. Unless you are a candidate, this is not about you.

Move quickly. We're going to war with the army we have, and the army we have is pretty damn motivated. You three are the top generals. Let's see some marching orders.

Get social. Introverts who can't stand to go to meetings ought to be able to be part of the conversation. With all the talent in our state, the NCDP should set the standard for effective social media engagement. It's not about money, it's about creativity. Let's get wildly inclusive.

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Please join me in contributing to the North Carolina Democratic Party today by following this link. Whether you can give five dollars or five thousand dollars, please give something. And if you don't contribute? Don't complain. We have work to do.

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Two word Tuesday

Get engaged.
No excuses.
Give now.

My apologies.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

Well said

If this State, at this moment...doesn't provide enough reason to unite and work together; then it's time to check everyone's pulse.

David E. Turner
Gaston County, NC
Owner, Loray Media

Lyrics for Robert, Patsy and Randy

Now if you feel that you can't go on (can't go on)
Because all of your hope is gone (all your hope is gone)
And your life is filled with much confusion (much confusion)
Until happiness is just an illusion (happiness is just an illusion)
And your world around is crumbling down, darlin
Reach out come on girl reach on out for me
Reach out reach out for me
I'll be there with a love that will shelter you
I'll be there with a love that will see you through

When you feel lost and about to give up (to give up)
Cause your life just ain't good enough (just ain't good enough)
And your feel the world has grown cold (has grown cold)
And your drifting out all on your own (drifting out on your own)
And you need a hand to hold, darlin
Reach out come on girl reach out for me
Reach out reach out for me
I'll be there to love and comfort you
And I'll be there to cherish and care for you

I'll be there to always see you through
I'll be there to love and comfort you
I can tell the way you hang your head (hang your head)
Your not in love now, now your afraid (you're afraid)
And through the tears you look around (look around)
But there's no piece of mind to be found (no piece of mind to be found)
I know what your thinking,
You're alone now, no love of your own, but darling
Reach out come on girl reach out for me
Reach out reach out.......... just look over your shoulder
I'll be there to give you all the love you need
And I'll be there you can always depend on me
I'll be there to always see you through
I'll be there to love and comfort you

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

How about?

"Plaintiff hereby voluntarily dismisses his ridiculous complaint, with prejudice."

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire