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NCDP @ Crossroads

If yesterday's US Senate race had been in North Carolina instead of Georgia, today would NOT be filled with celebration. We'd be crying in our beer instead, wondering how a decent Democrat could be stomped by another lunatic Republican.

There's been a lot of discussion about what's not working in North Carolina, and the broad points are pretty clear:

A Message from Wayne Goodwin, NCDP Chair

Note: I posted the message, below, on Facebook and Twitter a few days ago, primarily for members of the NCDP State Executive Committee and active Dems statewide, and am now providing it here as a personal courtesy to fellow BlueNC members, some of whom were very kind to encourage me to seek the post of NCDP chairman two years ago.

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My fellow NC Democrats:

Larry Hall stepping down as House Minority Leader

And it's a hard pair of shoes to fill:

“I am not seeking the position at this time,” he said. “That’s kind of the commitment I made when I ran the first time that I would serve only two terms, and I’m trying to uphold that commitment.”

Hall says it’s an unofficial traditional in the House Democratic caucus for the leader to step down after two terms. “It’s good for other folks to have opportunity in leadership, and that’s the reason for that tradition,” he said. “I feel good about the time we had and what we did and the foundation we laid, and I think we’ll continue to be successful.”

He's been a bright, shining light in an otherwise dim room over the last four years, and has kept progressive ideals alive for others to see and reflect upon. He also just sent a couple of messages yesterday, to his Democratic colleagues and whoever will step forward to take the reigns. Those messages came in the form of two bills, one to extend early voting days, and the other to enact nonpartisan redistricting reform. Both of those would empower voters, as opposed to manipulating them and marginalizing them, like the GOP constantly tries to do. It's good politics, and it's good government, and finding and maintaining that balance is the key to regaining control of the General Assembly.

Thoughts on my first NC Democratic Party district convention

Those of you who know me know I am a mercurial mix of fight and frustration when it comes to party politics. I've been registered as a Democrat for 44 of the 46 years I've been a voter, with two "unaffiliated" years for good measure. I left the party because I found it insular and inbred. I rejoined recently because I saw no other option to save North Carolina from the onslaught of GOP bigotry and greed.

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