Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 3:21pm

The ballroom at the Elliott University Center at UNC-Greensboro was filled Saturday with Democratic women, who were all there by invitation. The women from all over NC were there for the Kay Hagan for U. S. Senate's Women's Summit.

My overall impression of the event was this: Sen. Hagan and her campaign have a well-thought out game plan in term's of on the ground organizing and communicating (including TV) strategy. Her campaign staff is young (the only young people in the room Saturday), but they appear very knowledgeable and very engaged.

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 4:08pm

Please call your member by using the central switchboard number:
(202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to the staff person responsible for health and mental health issues.

If you prefer to use email to contact Congress, you can go to www.House.gov and in the upper right corner of the home page, there is a place to enter your zip code and find out who is your member of the US House of Representatives.Click on that and you will be directed to your Member's web page.

The purpose of the calls is to ask that the members oppose the bill Sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy, HR 3717.

Rep. Murphy was on C-Span today giving his opinions on why the bill should be passed. I wrote a letter to the editor citing several of the reasons the bill would harm persons with psychiatric disabilities.--and there are many.
Here is rthe link: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/15/4074722/martha-brock-no-help-at-a...

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 10:37pm

Just learned that my good friend and a great Democrat has passed. You can find the profile on this site that I wrote about him in 2010 as the Young Democrats of Wake County honored someone with the award in his name in August. He will be missed by so many of us that he mentored and shared his time and his history with.

Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 7:28pm

Nichol: NC must struggle for decency on five fronts

Whether it comes from an awakened Democratic Party, a suddenly humane Republican one or from forces outside both camps, North Carolina is called to right itself - in an impassioned battle to define its future.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion-views/#storylink=cpy from law professor and guest columnist for the N&O, Gene Nichol of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 2:56pm

Ones Who Got Away: White Men

NY Times

“Realistically, winning votes from working-class white men has just been a very tough political challenge for Democrats,” said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster. With demographic trends favoring Democrats nationally and in many states, strategists say it makes sense to concentrate resources on mobilizing women, young people, Hispanics, blacks and other minority voters.

Democrats generally win the votes of fewer than four in 10 white men. But they win eight of 10 minority voters and a majority of women, who have been a majority of the national electorate since 1984, while white men have shrunk to a third, and are still shrinking.

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 1:01pm

The Shame of Mosque No. 7

'With a Sex-Harassment Suit Hanging Over His Head, Some Are Wondering Whether Nation of Islam Minister Benjamin Muhammad Is Fit to Lead the Million Family March'

By Peter Noel Tuesday, Sept 5 2000

Party Chairman Randy Voller is still in denial about the baggage Dr. Ben Chavis would bring as an employee of the NC Democratic Party. A simple Google search pulls up dozens of articles that document Chavis' simply awful track record.

This is one of the best from the time of his controversial tenure as leader of a Nation of Islam mosque in Harlem in NY City. I hope all the members of the State Party's Executive Council will read it.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 9:44pm

'In NC politics, women are noticeably absent'

A recent N&O front page featured a photo of a beaming Gov. Pat McCrory surrounded by Rep. Thom Tillis, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, Sen. Phil Berger, Rep. John Faircloth and Guilford Schools’ Superintendent Maurice Green. The photo accompanied an article about the proposed salary increase for teachers with fewer than 10 years’ experience.

Notice something? No women

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/02/17/3631026/in-nc-politics-women-noti...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 11:02pm

The Executive Council of the NC Democratic Party met via teleconference call. The reason appears to be a requirement under the rules that a meeting must be held withing 48 hours after a vacancy in the Executive Director's position.

Nonetheless, there was inadequate notice, which is also a requirement under Party rules. According to the person counting votes 28 votes constituted a majority. I don't know exactly how many Council members were on the phone. According to info on the Wake County Party site, there are 51 members. It was said at some point on the call there were over 150 participants including non-voting folks like me.

I only learned how to call in as the meeting was being convened at 9:00 pm, not the 8:00 pm I had been told earlier. What a mess.

Of course I won't complain too much. If a vote on hiring Ben Chavis had happened, it could have been a lot more detrimental to the Party.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 11:04am

NC Democratic Party Chairman called and we spoke for several minutes about reports that Ben Chavis will be named as new Executive Director of the Party. Voller feels he is not getting fair treatment from some media outlets, especially the Raleigh News and Observer.

He appeared to be listening attentively to my questions about the firing of Dempsey and the hiring of Chavis. He did not want to get into details of Dempsey personnel matters, nor did I ask him to. However, he stated for the record that he "considered the situation like that of a coach who has to pull a player in the middle of a game. It is not easy, but sometimes it has to be done."

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 5:10pm

Democratic Party to announce new executive director Wednesday

A new executive director for the N.C. Democratic Party will be announced on Wednesday.

That’s the word chairman Randy Voller sent out at midday Monday in a news release. Voller provided a couple clues: The new executive director is a North Carolina native and “national leader.”

Read more from Under the Dome

I have sent emails to Casey Mann and to Micah Beasley at Democratic Headquarters, but no response received yet. My questions are about the question raised by N&O story and quote from member of the party's state Council questioning Voller's authority to fire the Executive Director without vote by Council.