The good Democrats of NC

Today was a proud day at the SEC meeting for the people who are the rank and file of this party. More than once we basked in the glory of being the party that for the past 80 years or so has worked for the things that have pushed this country forward, Social Security, Civil Rights, Regulations that kept the country on an even keel for more than 50 years and saw the largest expansion of the middle class on record. Many of the things that Senator Edward Kennedy stood for.

It was a hard five hours but for the most part I was very proud of the myriad of resolutions that percolated up from precincts all over the state that passed at the SEC meeting today. Here are a few highlights:

First off Delmas Parker presented a heart warming statement of condolences and tribute to the late Senator Kennedy which we voted to adopt.

We had two great speakers with very different styles, Kenneth Lewis and Cal Cunningham They were both grand examples of what to beat Burr with next year. Cal gave a crowded roomful of people his full attention for about 30 minutes before the meeting and continues to impress me with the grace and ease he relates to any size audience.

A resolution in support of the "Recapture" by the People of North Carolina of Their Rights to the Yadkin Hydroelectric Project would return the 50 year lease held by a polluting corporation (Alcoa) to the hands of the People as a better steward of those waters.

For a few minutes I really thought that we would vote to decriminalize marijuana but the scardey cats got their way and watered it down to medical marijuana, making the whole thing crippled since the original intent was really about restoring justice to those who are locked away.

The amendment that passed late in the day added teeth to the Universal Health Care Act Resolution and sharpened the details of what the public option needs to look like.

Be it Further resolved, that the State Executive Committee of the North Carolina Democratic Party directs Party Chairman David Young to instruct Senator Kay Hagan, Representatives G.K. Butterfield NC-1, Bob Etheridge NC-2, David Price NC-4, Mike McIntyre NC-7, Larry Kissell NC-8, Heath Shuler NC-11, Mel Watt NC-12, and Brad Miller NC-13 that the North Carolina Democratic Party and its members – in the absence of Single-Payer as a choice -- strongly support a robust Public Option as an alternative and expect their Congressional Representatives to make a robust Public Option mandatory; and

Be it Further resolved, that Chairman David Young conveys to Senator Hagan and our Democratic Congressional House Representatives that a bill without at least a Public Option is not acceptable to the Democratic Party of North Carolina and its members and urges our Congressional delegation to vote against any health care reform bill that does not contain a robust Public Option.

I watched a bit of the live streaming of the NC Republicans convention recently and it was pretty slick; very controlled from the top down but I wouldn't trade anything for the bottom up, sometimes aggravating way we do things in the Democratic Party of NC.

Comments

Good stuff

This isn't surprising.

For a few minutes I really thought that we would vote to decriminalize marijuana but the scardey cats got their way and watered it down to medical marijuana, making the whole thing crippled since the original intent was really about restoring justice to those who are locked away.

But I really appreciate you focusing on the original intent. This is about the criminal justice system, not the Puritan moral high ground. Criminalization doesn't work.

Thanks for this excellent report. I'm happy to find you enthusiastic!

The Sanford-Hunt-Frye dinner

The Sanford-Hunt-Frye dinner was amazing as well. Governor Hunt gave a speech that would have made anyone proud to be a Democrat and I was glad to see Justice Frye honored as he has an amazing story.

Ken Lewis and Cal are both good Democrats. We had a lot of fun in Ken's hospitality suite last evening - he gave a remarkable speech on health care about midway through.

LGBT resolutions?

Were there no resolutions regarding LGBT equality, i.e. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (we are a military state), marriage equality (three municipalities have passed resolutions in support), hate crimes (brutal attacks in Greensboro and Wilmington in July), and employment non-discrimination (Democrats: the party of labor, safe and equitable for all?)?

And, about Frye: www.q-notes.com/3353/julia-and-henry-sittin-in-a-tree/

Matt Comer
www.InterstateQ.com

The one I can find

is "Resolution Opposing any Amendment to the State Constitution Regarding Marriage" There may be others I don't remember. I believe there had been legislation passed about anti-bulling earlier this year.

I suggest that if you want something specific in the resolutions that you organize and attend your precinct meetings. They are very organic in the sense that any Democrat can author, support and vote for whatever is important to her/him.

Progressives are the true conservatives.

Resolutions

The resolution against amending the state constitution to include discrimination was the only one I saw. I was glad that it passed without debate.

Is anyone working on a resolution for DADT, ENDA, or hatecrimes legislation? I had been drafting a marriage equality one, but I think that may be pie in the sky to start off with. (Not to mention I've never written a resolution before.)

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