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Blue Monday kicks off 120 seat strategy for retaking the General Assembly

Say hello to Army veteran and cancer warrior Dr. Rick Foulke:

Today, we rank 35th in teacher pay (41st in 2016) and 43rd in per capita student spending in the whole nation. Our quality teachers are leaving for other states every day because of low pay and lack of respect. Our politicians have played partisan games with our lives by refusing to expand Medicaid. As a physician, Rick Foulke saw first hand- every single day- how important it is to have access to quality healthcare.

Rick was successful because of his hard work and the opportunities afforded to him by the Army. Just as the Army invested in him, Rick believes we must invest in our best and brightest minds, regardless of race or income or social status.

I firmly believe we need to field more veterans as Democratic candidates, for both state and federal offices. And it's not just to swing votes, although I do believe it may be the best way to do that. It's also about integrity and self-discipline, which are traits sometimes hard to detect in more polished politicians. And it's also about representation: About 9% of North Carolinians are veterans, and we have a huge active duty military presence here, as well. They need to know the Democratic Party not only welcomes them, but values their experience and knowledge.

On the need for Dem candidates in every district

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I had the privilege to chat with Carolyn Hunt for a little while during the Sanford-Hunt-Frye breakfast yesterday, and one of the main topics we discussed was recruiting candidates for the upcoming 2018 Legislative races. I also mentioned our previous efforts to keep track of the filing process, with an eye towards challenging as many R incumbents as we could. Understand folks: Filing season is coming up quickly, and finding the right person to run needs to start right now. By "right person" I don't necessarily mean somebody whose conservative leanings fit better in an R-leaning district, I mean somebody who has the smarts, the dedication, the motivation, and the pure energy it takes to swim against the current. Follow me below the fold and I'll tell you why I think this is so important:

A History of Marijuana Law Reform in NC, Part II - 2001 to Present

2001 – 2002 Session

House Bill 1240, Medical Use of Marijuana/Study, sponsored by Democrat Paul Luebke – proposed a Legislative Research Commission to study the lawful possession, cultivation, and use of marijuana for the purpose of treating or alleviating pain or other symptoms associated with certain debilitating medical conditions. Referred to Rules Committee and postponed indefinitely. http://ncleg.net/Sessions/2001/Bills/House/HTML/H1240v1.html

2003 – 2004 Session

HB 17

To lose one's livelihood is a painful thing.

I lost mine in December of 2013.

I was one of 1,200 employees caught up in McCrory's 'reclassification' of state employees as 'political appointees'.

In October of that year I was reclassified as a political appointee even though I managed no one and managed no ‘program of importance to the Governor’.

In December of 2013 I was fired two weeks before Christmas, without cause and without notice. I was paid 4 hours for my last full day of work.

Whitehurst steps up

Taking a stand isn't that difficult. Especially when it's the right thing to do. Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat in Raleigh, North Carolina has now voiced his concerns regarding divisive legislation heading towards the North Carolina General Assembly. Religious Freedom Laws, as they are currently being portrayed, are nothing more than bigoted attempts at exclusion. While some may suggest that this is a back burner issue in light of recent backlash, it remains in full view of staunch ideology. Whitehurst is direct........

Our business is deeply rooted in the principles of collaboration and inclusion, where people from diverse backgrounds and experiences come together to share ideas, challenge the status quo, and spur innovation. We've seen first hand the impact of this collaboration among diverse groups of people. We cannot see any economic benefit from divisive legislation, and would prefer to see more attention given to issues that would have a demonstrable positive impact on all citizens.

I commend Mr. Whitehurst for speaking out. The Republican controlled North Carolina General Assembly and their continued zest for an improved business climate, should heed Mr. Whitehurst's words.

The crazy haze of passing on North Carolina's roads

House Bill 60 is a complete waste of time. No, seriously.

February 10, 2015
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO ALLOW THE DRIVER OF A VEHICLE TO OVERTAKE AND PASS SLOWER MOVING VEHICLES ON PORTIONS OF THE HIGHWAY WHICH ARE MARKED BY SIGNS, MARKERS, OR MARKINGS PLACED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION STATING OR CLEARLY INDICATING THAT PASSING SHOULD NOT BE ATTEMPTED.

I mean, why didn't I think of this? A novel idea decades in the making that for whatever reason, has just now surfaced.

Women Advance: 'NC Medicaid Reform Explained in 2 Minutes'

SARA LANG:

I’m no expert on health insurance. Each time I go to the doctor I struggle to understand the myriad rules governing co-pays, out-of-network visits, and deductibles. It just makes my head swim.

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