Submitted by robertingastonia on Mon, 11/25/2013 - 9:21pm
Thanksgiving is a special time of the year when most people gather with friends and family to celebrate their connection to one another and to give thanks for their many blessings. For some LGBT members it can be a very lonely and even depressing time.
As a gay man and an LGBT advocate I would urge my fellow straight allies to take a moment this week and do two things. First, seek out an LGBT individual and let them know you care. For an individual who has been shunned by their family or ridiculed by others for their sexuality the holidays can be anything but festive. Be a voice of acceptance and listen to their story.
It is regrettable that thousands of LGBT teens are forced to leave home or runaway when they come out. For them, this Thanksgiving won’t be filled with laughter, turkey and football, but will be a struggle to survive on the unforgiving streets of our Cities and towns.
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.
Should be a big day in the Gate City, when the State Executive Committee of the North Carolina Democratic Party convenes to do whatever it does. What might that be, you ask? Well, the agenda is here, which provides some insight into the inner workings and hidden mechanisms of the party apparatus. Perhaps more important, here's a list of prepared resolutions that will be considered today, covering everything you can imagine, and then some. And finally, there are three "inside baseball" proposals, one of which would reduce the number of SEC members by half. Good luck with that.
If all goes according to plan, BlueNC's Steve Harrison will be on hand at the meeting to report on interesting developments and behind-the-scenes sentiment. If you have questions you'd like Steve to look into, just drop them into the comments below.
Submitted by scharrison on Wed, 08/14/2013 - 11:28am
The title of this diary is actually a quote I took from one of my favorite television series, and it was made by a character who was trying to come up with a viable candidate for public office. No, the candidate wasn’t the idiot in question, he was referring to the mentality of forgetting everything you know about a subject and starting over from scratch. It is, in a word, idiotic to attempt such a move. But sometimes we become so frustrated with our situation, or our society, or our political party, that we believe burning it all down and starting over again is a viable alternative. It’s neither viable nor realistic, and the fact is, we’ve got some very real and difficult challenges ahead of us, and escaping into surrealistic thinking is just that: an escape.
Submitted by scharrison on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 11:41am
In the political realm, all communications are important, and should be crafted with care. This is even more important for online communications, because they are (generally) preserved for posterity somewhere in the cloud and can resurface at inopportune times. The following is excerpted from an e-mail, but the editorial notes are mine:
Folks, many of you know that during the past several months, I have been traveling around our great state sounding the alarm on the Republican’s (1) education plan. Over the weekend, Governor McCrory negotiated a budget that cuts nearly a half-billion dollars from public education in North Carolina. As the former Superintendent of Public Instruction and Congressman (2), I am in total shock over what the Republicans are trying to pull. This budget is my worst nightmare.
(1) The location of the (possessive) apostrophe would indicate a single individual as opposed to a group. This would work if the noun indicated a group (Republican Party's education plan), but it doesn't, so Republicans' is the proper form.
(2) In the absence of further context (Congressman for the district/region blah blah), it should be "a" Congressman.
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.
I am inclined to support Randy Voller. He may be rough around the edges and more than a little impatient, but that's what I like most about him. The fact that he's not a well-oiled insider is nothing but plus in my book.
Is he perfect? Of course not. Who is?
I understand that some of his actions may have overstepped his authority according to the Democratic Party rules of organization. If that's the clearly the case, he should apologize, fix things, and get back to work. If it's more of a judgment call, I say give him the benefit of the doubt and let him do his job.
We'll find out soon enough if he can deliver. If he can't, we should fire him and move on. But in the meantime, the least we can do is get out of his way and give him room to run.
Update: Comments closed. As I said on another thread, take this circular firing squad crap somewhere else. I'd welcome a reasoned, fact-based conversation about such matters, but you folks are going off the deep end.
It's no wonder so many people check out of politics.
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