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 ncteendems on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:00pm
Teen Democrats Hold 50th Annual Convention in Browns Summit
Raleigh, May 25, 2013: The North Carolina Association of Teen Democrats will hold their 50th Annual Convention at Haw River State Park, accompanied by the first annual North Carolina Youth Political Summit. Groups from Asheville to Nags Head will be coming to hear from prominent political leaders as well as to elect officers of the state-wide organization.
The event begins on Friday, May 31 at 6 PM with dinner and orientation to acquaint new and old members from across North Carolina. Saturday morning, North Carolina Representatives Marcus Brandon and Pricey Harrison will conduct an open forum. This leads into a reception open to the public at 11:00 AM with College Democrats of America President Tori Taylor, Greensboro City Council Candidate Jamal Fox, and former US Senate Candidate Jim Neal speaking on the many achievements of the Teen Democrats.
Submitted by Frank Eaton on Fri, 05/10/2013 - 1:05pm
In an email to the State Executive Council of the NCDP, Chairman Voller claims that the authors of a complaint to the Council of Review leaked their petition online:
"A member of this council and three members of the State Executive Committee (SEC) filed a complaint for the Council of Review and instead of allowing due process to operate they have posted it on BlueNC and leaked it to the media."
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.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 11:13am
Randy Voller will be speaking tomorrow at the County Convention of the Wake County Democratic Party. Registration opens Saturday at 9am. Delegates should have received notice by postal card and by email with complete information.
However, I received no notice myself. If you are supposed to be a delegate, check with the County Party by calling 919-828-5656 and asking for Paulette. Best to check today before going to the Convention at Daniels Middle School in Raleigh tomorrow.
I've spent a lot of time over the past couple of days asking hard questions and getting good answers. I apologize to Randy Voller and to BlueNC readers for not doing that in the first place. My bad. Thanks to so many in the community for clarifying the facts I missed.
Mr. Voller says he talked about his delinquent taxes on the campaign trail, so maybe I'm the only one who missed it. In any case, Republicans will be able to exploit this situation every time the new Democratic Party chair opens his mouth. So I ask two questions to those of you who were more personally involved in various campaign events: Did you already know about this? And if so, why the hell didn't you say something?
Submitted by Martha Brock on Thu, 02/07/2013 - 3:54pm
Great media one-liner from Chairman Randy Voller from WRAL.com:
"We are the party of the New Deal," he said of Democrats. "They are the party of the raw deal."
"In his first news conference as North Carolina Democratic Party chairman, Randy Voller vowed Thursday to fight the Republican majority in the General Assembly and enlisted state residents to join in the battle.:
"We cannot just lie down and let this train run over us," Voller said in fiery remarks to reporters...
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