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Earlier this month, I started blogging about the institutional changes I think are necessary to not only rescue the North Carolina Democratic Party from its looming insolvency. My goal is to cover five (or 5.5) big thoughts before the NCDP chair candidate forums this weekend.

I've covered an absolution, a mea culpa, the path forward for the NCDP organization, and the path forward for NCDP leadership. In the next couple of days I'm going to talk about what Democratic campaigns can do to be more successful, and I'm going to present a big idea for NCDP to consider.

NCDP Flat Broke and in Debt $129,000

The election of a new chair to lead the North Carolina Democratic Party is right around the corner and the State Executive Committee still has not been informed where their meeting will be held on February 7. It is assumed that the meeting was changed from Daniels Middle School in Raleigh to TBD because the school did not have enough parking to accommodate a meeting of this size.

Shape the future, or be shaped by the past

Since long before our most recent election, there has been much turmoil in NC's Democratic Party. It seems everybody has somebody or some group to blame for multiple cycles of election losses, and the finger-pointing has often veered into the absurd. During such times of crisis, certain core values are at risk of being abandoned. That is the folly of "otherism." One side lays claim to being "progressive," and the other side begins to snarl when they hear that word. Or one elected Democrat abandons the Party, and the hand-wringing and "What are we doing wrong?" questions start circulating.

Those things are not symptoms of faulty values or platform positions, they are "reactions" to campaign losses. And those losses had a lot more to do with clever, unethical, and corporate-financed tactics employed by the opposition, than they did any sort of "wrong direction" on public policy goals. It's important to remember that distinction, because nothing can kill a movement (or a political party) faster than choking off the voices of those who struggled to build it in favor of those who would feel more comfortable if it had never been built in the first place. Here are a few more words, if you care to read them:

The path forward: A reinvigorated, refocused state party

One of Randy Voller’s last acts as chair was to announce that he would not run for re-election to helm the North Carolina Democratic Party. He must be commended for his announcement as it was a selfless ownership of responsibility for this year’s election and provides the opportunity for the Party to start anew ahead of the 2016 elections. North Carolina Democrats have a lot of work cut out for them, yet I remain optimistic for what lies ahead for our party.

NCDP Chair Randy Voller announces he will not run for second term

Randy Voller announced the news at the Executive Council meeting. No announcement in the larger Executive Committee meeting.

So far no fights have broken out. :)

I will add more once we arrive home. Adopting resolutions has been tedious, but much of the rest of the meeting has been very interesting. The best moment was the unexpected entry of Justice Cheri Beasley. She received a raucous standing ovation and was moved to tears. Second best moment was the surprise entrance of Justice Robin Hudson. Second only because she is not facing a recount.

How NCDP Chair Randy Voller Denied Union County Dems the right to vote in the Democratic Party political process

Imagine being accused and punished for something, but your accusers never clarify their charges. Ever. They just accuse you of committing "irregularities," without offering proof of any kind or specifying their charges in any way. This is exactly what happened to the Union County Democratic Party when NCDP Chair Randy Voller coordinated with then (2011 - 2013) UCDP 1st Vice Chair Diane Little, to abruptly end our 2013 County Convention, denying nearly 100 Democrats who were gathered the right to vote for UCDP officers and delegates to the 8th and 9th District Conventions.

NCDP ShamerGate Takes Hilarious Turn

We were among those who had a family member receive the shaming mailers from the North Carolina Democratic Party and the Sierra Club. Five mailers (scans linked at the end of the post) were received in five days all sent to my oldest daughter who only became eligible to vote in 2011. At first I was livid on her behalf. We do not live in a municipality, so do not vote in odd years. Fortunately, the requirements of our GOTV campaign kept me so busy that there was no time for the anger to fester. Now, that fiasco has taken a turn for the hilarious.

Message from Chair, NCDP, Randy Voller

Got this Sunday from Randy Voller - thought I would share it. He recommends a number of things here.

Message from NCDP Chair, Randy Voller

Due to the NCDP's efforts with the Blue Ballot statewide we won three supreme court seats, two appellate court seats, and if we could have had more time to pull our folks together on the third race we would have won that appellate court seat, too.

John Arrowood endorsed for Court of Appeals by NCDP Executive Council

John Arrowood has received the endorsement of the North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Council to return to the NC Court of Appeals. He is running in a field of 19 candidates that includes almost an equal number of registered Democrats and Republicans. The NCGOP endorsed former judge John Tyson. The candidate who receives the most votes wins the seat that came available when Chief Judge John Martin announced his retirement.

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