North Carolina First

Some interesting news on the political front today: the announcement of a new party called North Carolina First. I talked with Greg Rideout about this earlier today, but it looks like Jim Morrill beat me to the breaking story.

Come November, N.C. voters may have another choice on their ballot: Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians -- and the North Carolina First party. North Carolina First is billed as a progressive alternative for voters upset with the status quo in Washington. About 100 canvassers are circulating petitions to get the party on the ballot.

Spokesman Greg Rideout said they have about 10,000 of the 80,000 or so required signatures. He described the effort as an alternative for disgruntled progressives.

"We're going to have a place to go if they don't think they're getting their voice heard by either major party," he said. "(Washington) seems to only work for lobbyists and special interests, and in the meantime folks who want to be heard are not being heard."

Where do I sign?

Comments

Yes, $300K a year opportunist Andy Stern has nothing in mind...

Gone

No, it is you who are not still here.

Oh what the hell.....

Great - let's split the liberal vote when we may need every single one to get rid of that waste-of-oxygen Burr.

Seems unlikely

at the US Senate level, anyway.

Liberal party? Not if SEANC is involved.

The effort is backed by labor groups including the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Let's not forget that SEANC and its leader Dana Cope are one of the players behind the re-segregation of Wake County Schools. They also gave millions of dollars to Republican Patrick Ballentine's campaign for governor in 2004 and recently named right-wing and anti-union GOP Rep. Nelson Dollar legislator of the year.

Hey everybody I'm sure that

Hey everybody

I'm sure that you all know I've never posted before but hope that you will not dismiss me because of that. I work for SEANC. SEANC itself had nothing to do with the Wake County School Board. That was Dana doing what he felt best for his children. Willie I know that you know I'm not one to say what I'm told. I didn't and don't agree with what was done with the school board, but until the next election there doesn't seem to be much that can be done about the segregationist. I don't want to get into that whole mess again since it was nasty the last time it played out in a thread.

As Willie knows and I hope many of you do as well, SEANC is run by its members and for better or worse they decide who will be endorsed for elections. Although I wasn't around during the time of Ballentine's election, I have been told by many that it was to punish Easley for his lack of support for the workers of the state. The same can be said for Nelson Dollar. SB287 was hard for many to swallow and Dollar did a few things right. Do I agree with it? No, but I work for the members and do as they wish.

I am proud that SEANC and SEIU did everything we could to ensure that Bev was elected. We spent collectively over $2.2million. She doesn't do everything I would like or want for the state but she is by far better than the former mayor. If he did the things he said the majority of positions held by state employees would be privatized and we've seen how well the private sector does.

I think Bev is a great example to use with SEANC and Dana. No one is perfect and sometimes people do what they feel is best but it doesn't always work out that way or make them friends. SEANC is rather liberal but can always grow. This third party is to send a message that progressive causes are important and can't be ignored or voted against. If someone like Kissell, who has so disappointed many, can't do the right thing then we will find someone who will.

Thanks for listening.

Tony

Crossdressing New GOP Party?

Let's not forget that SEANC and its leader Dana Cope are one of the players behind the re-segregation of Wake County Schools. They also gave millions of dollars to Republican Patrick Ballentine's campaign for governor in 2004 and recently named right-wing and anti-union GOP Rep. Nelson Dollar legislator of the year.* Hayward

Sounds like a bunch of secret cross dressing transgender Republicans in Drag trying to screw up the Senate Race. And Tom Fetzer is not Gay nor belongs to this weird new party.......