Submitted by sparks1957 on Sat, 12/28/2013 - 10:41am
As the Congressional Primaries inch closer, it is time for Democrats to do a little less talk and allot more action.
As the Federal Government seizes more and more of your rights as citizens, and the state places their boot across the throats of the citizens of North Carolina, Democrats stand by and allow this to happen with their in-actions, with their indifference as to who represents them in Washington and Raleigh.
As Democrats, by not exercising our responsibilities to hold lawmakers accountable for their actions, (and in the case of the 3rd District Congressional Representative, no action at all), we allow our rights at the state and federal level to be eroded away by the long game of the GOP.
Submitted by sparks1957 on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 10:04am
Bob Rucho’s recent comments concerning the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are par for the course. While his GOP and their Ultra Conservative and Radical Right Wing faction, the Tea Party offer nothing but obstructionism and little substance on healthcare reform, they are content to punish North Carolinas with their Texas style politics. Gerrymandering and the systematic shredding of voter rights are tactics more in line with the comments he made about the Affordable Care Act. The politics practiced by Governor McCrory’s “band of brothers” steadily erode years of progress made in North Carolina. That progress has made North Carolina one of the most sought after locations to live in the nation. With pristine beaches, beautiful mountains and wonderful hospitality, North Carolina is a piece of heaven on earth. But for residents of North Carolina, those days are numbered if the current political policies continue.
Submitted by sparks1957 on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 1:46pm
Hello North Carolina Democrats! The “Real” Democratic Candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, Marshall Adame, will return home from the Middle East to kickoff his campaign on 10 December 2013. Marshall will be arriving at the Albert-Ellis Airport at 11am.
Marshall is a lifelong Democrat and a resident of Jacksonville for 35 years, he has spent the last 14 months in Saudi Arabia. Please join us in welcoming home this Great American and Champion of the 3rd Congressional District. We look forward to seeing you seeing there to support his bid for the 3rd Congressional seat.
Sadly, our establishment-sellout-of-a-Congressman is yet again showing his true colors in supporting a military strike against a nation that hasn't attacked us and doesn't threaten us. With all the good, smart progressives in the 4th, when will someone finally step up and challenge this Military-Industrial Complex Democrat in the Democrat primary? Please!
The list of contenders seeking the state Senate seat of resigning Chapel Hill Democrat Ellie Kinnaird is growing by the hour.
Kinnaird's district is one of the few "safe" Democratic districts drawn in the GOP's 2011 redistricting maps, so whoever is tapped to take her seat is considered likely to win election to a full term in 2014...
Kinnaird, 81, announced Monday she had resigned her seat, effective immediately, to work on outreach efforts to ensure people had the required photo identification to vote under a new state law. She was in her ninth term in the state Senate. In an interview with WRAL News, she did not endorse a potential successor.
One of the most basic duties a lawmaker carries out during session is mashing the red or green button during recorded votes on the House or Senate floor. While plenty of hard bargains and hard luck lurk behind the numbers, vote totals can tell part of the story behind the 2013 legislative session.
Binker reports on quickies like this--most red member of the House: Rep. Susan Martin, R-Wilson, voted most often with the majority, 98.8 % of her votes were with the majority.
And from the loyal opposition, her opposite: Of those who served a full term, Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford, voted against the GOP majority the most, 74 percent of the time. She is virtually tied with Rep. Paul Luebke, D-Durham.
Some more interesting tidbits here for political junkies. Check it out.
Submitted by robertingastonia on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 4:20pm
As you may already know, one of North Carolina’s many nick names is “The Rip Van Winkle” state. “In 1819, Washington Irving published his short story “Rip Van Winkle,” in which the character of Rip Van Winkle goes off into the mountains and falls asleep for twenty years — missing the American Revolution and all of the changes it brought. Many North Carolinians were beginning to feel that time was passing their state by just as it had Rip Van Winkle. The state’s leaders were committed to a small government and an agricultural economy. But with poor transportation, no public education, and little economic opportunity, thousands of North Carolinians left the state each year seeking a brighter future elsewhere. “(An excerpt from the on-line education site, Learn NC.).
Submitted by robertingastonia on Sun, 07/21/2013 - 10:27am
I read with excitement that the next Moral Monday’s theme will be centered on voting rights. As we are facing an up-hill battle with legislation aimed at weakening the minority and young vote in North Carolina, I began to think of another way activists can work to change things.
It may not be as glamorous or it may not be as exciting as the actual rally, but what many of our Counties, cities and precincts need is some good old fashioned canvassing, door knocking, voting registration drives and meetings with constituents to start building a new and improved voting partnership of like-minded individuals.
So attend Moral Monday if you are able and let the world see how much support there is for common sense reform and legislation in North Carolina. When you come home, reflect on the event and then begin to think of ways we can bring this energy and enthusiasm from Raleigh to every nook and cranny of our great state.
Submitted by robertingastonia on Sun, 07/07/2013 - 1:06pm
Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those others that have been tried from time to time. ~Winston Churchill
If you are like me you have sat back over the last couple years and shook your head at our government leaders and bemoaned the current state of affairs we find ourselves in. Regardless of what side of the political aisle one sits on there tends to be no shortage of fodder for the rallying cry that the sky is falling and it is the other guys fault.
Submitted by millstone on Sun, 06/02/2013 - 10:25am
Thomas Mills here. This blog is cross-posted at www.politicsNC.com.
By all accounts, tomorrow’s protest at the legislature is going to eclipse the previous three. Caravans are gearing up to drive to Raleigh from areas across the state. Facebook pages are encouraging participation and one has over 700 people saying they plan to attend.
But the protest will have little sway with Republicans in the legislature. They’re certainly not going to slow down the GOP push to enact regressive tax laws, shred the social safety net and privatize as much of government as possible. They’ve got a super-majority and a compliant governor who more resembles a lame-duck than a leader. Besides, the Republicans are as sure that they are right as the protesters are sure that they are not.
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