Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 2:12pm

The recent passing of Nelson Mandela got me thinking. He was a man of great compassion and understanding and did what was right regardless of who he might alienate. He was the right man to lead South Africa (SA) as its first post apartheid president.

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Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 1:29pm

NC Policy Watch has a story posted concerning the increasingly likely possibility that we could very well be a net exporter of teachers. The story can be found here.

I seem to recall that NC's universities come way short in providing enough teachers to replace retirees and that NC needed to be a net importer just to maintain the status quo. Can't really blame teachers for wanting to make a decent living though.

The story reports that NC leads the nation in the percent of income lost by teachers (16%?). A dubious distinction indeed.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 9:11pm

This link appeared in my inbox a few hours ago. The data should makes Dems in NC a little more optimistic about cutting into the R's dominance come 2014.

If Dem. leadership can bring some resources to bear in the right districts it just might be possible to flip the NC Senate. But SShhhh, don't tell Boss Pope.

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Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 1:31pm

Lots of routine comments to start.
Nice speech by Parker.
Etheridge nominated
Voller nomination in progress.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 8:04pm

Yes, it's a plea for funding, but this is a cause that just might be worth supporting.

Link to donation page here.

From the email ...

There is no question that we have the law on our side and have the evidence to show that these illegally drawn maps are not in the best interest of the people of North Carolina.

In fact, in a previous court ruling, the three-judge panel noted:

“Plaintiffs, in their challenge, have raised serious issues and arguments about, among other things, the extent to which racial classifications were used in the enactment of these Plans.”

We need your help now to have the resources to be heard in court! Our fight requires retaining the best legal counsel and expert witnesses to show how the Republican maps do not comply with the law.

Spread the word if you please.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 5:12pm

I ran across this post earlier today ... and to think with McCrory as govermanure, education in NC could get worse.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 10:59pm

The following should appear in my local paper within a week:

GOP assault on democracy
The right to vote is the fundamental, defining principle of a democracy, yet Republicans have now shown that they have no respect for voting rights, and they really have no interest in this country being a democracy. An activist Republican Supreme Court has allowed elections to be bought courtesy of their Citizens United decision, but that was not enough. Now over 30 republican led state legislatures have tried to enact voter id laws that would take the vote away from hundreds of thousands of senior citizens, the poor, the young and even some veterans.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 10:45pm

March 6, 2012 is the day for Democrats to meet and organize their local precincts. As you may know, the resolution process begins at the precinct level. Some ways do exist for getting resolutions to the floor of the state convention without beginning at a precinct meeting, but the proper way is to start a resolution at the precinct level, move through the county and district conventions and then to the state convention.

So, whether or not you attend your precinct meeting, what resolution(s) would you like to see the NCDP concern itself with this year?

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Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 5:49pm

I spent most of Saturday afternoon sitting on a little chair in a conference room of the Marriott Hotel in Greensboro. It was beautiful afternoon, especially for January, but I didn't mind as I was in that conference room to do the business of the North Carolina Democratic Party. I thought there was to be a meeting of the State Executive Committee; for the most part I was mistaken.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 8:19pm

The lives of educators are getting more difficult, a-gain. The program of death by a thousand cuts undertaken by the NC General Assembly (GA) continues unabated. The latest, and not well known, cut involves the increasing difficulty of creating a legal school schedule. You, gentle reader, might not recall that school calendars are not created with the principle goal of educating young minds, but rather to maximize the profits of the coastal tourist industry.

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