Legislature Final Tally; Time to Realign the House

I started to go through and add all these up myself, but then checked with the N&O. So, here is the N&O.

Democrats appeared to be strengthening their hold on the legislature Tuesday night, even as House Speaker Jim Black was clinging to his Mecklenburg County seat by seven votes.

Unofficial returns indicate that Democrats could pick up as many as five seats in the House, which would give them a solid 68-52 majority. Senate Democrats were looking to pick up two seats, which would give them a 31-19 edge.

While 31 is not a veto-proof majority I guess, it is a damn good number. That is 62% of all Senate seats are held by the Democrats. That rocks.

In the House, the gains were big, the final tally is 68 seats. The important thing here is that in the past we have had a group of consevative Dems that have threatened at every turn to turn Republican and give away the majority if we don't bend to their wishes. There is one ring leader in this group and three henchmen. At 63-57 you can't afford to have four people leave, you would lose the House.

My suggestion now is to go to the henchmen, offer them a committee chairmanship, then tell the ringleader to take a flying leap into the Republican Party. Even if he takes all three people with him, we have a much more united Democratic majority. If he takes 8, then that is a problem.

I think good old fashioned committee bribes would work well. We are looking at a Speaker of the House fight in which we will have to Progressive Dogs in the fight. Dan Blue and Joe Hackney. Whichever of them is willing to fight for a Progressive agenda gets our support. Whichever is willing to tell the ringleader to take a leap, gets our support.

It is time for Democrats in North Carolina to quit feeling guilty about belonging to their party. When people pull the D lever, they know it stands for equal rights. When they pull that lever, they know it stands for healthcare reform, ethics reform, and fighting for the working class. What are we hiding? We won. Big. Even with Black's mud on our faces.

Comments

Are they counting...

...the shocking upset up here in the 45th district (Watauga Wilkes, Ashe, Avery) in which Steve Goss(D) upset ultra-rightwing David Blust (R)?

I hand-counted all the seats from the SBOE, so yes.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Black's "Mud" was never on our faces

The NCGOP is so ineffective they never successfully made the election a referendum on Jim Black. They can't run on their own records or their own platform. It isn't selling. The fear mongering got old. People are tired of being afraid and tired of being incited to hate gays/blacks/illegals. You can only withstand the hate fervor for so long. It wears on a soul.

Now, don't you think it's time to get over Jim Black? If his totals withstand the recount, he's in until he resigns to deal with legal issues or is forced out to deal with legal issues. We have a nice majority and his presence is immaterial. His vote will simply be one of many. I don't think he will be re-elected as speaker. I'm not sure it's even on the table at this point. Let's get over Jim Black and let our new slate of legislators govern. The more we talk about it, the more we run the risk of allowing Black's indiscretions/alleged illegal activity stain this cycle. I'm ready for him to be old news. He should be. Let's start elevating our new legislators by discussing what they will bring to the table.

Anyone care to start with talking about Ty and what he will bring to Raleigh for us?

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Who's talking about black?

My main point in the post above had nothing to do with Black. Although the press doesn't seem to know/get it, Black is finished as speaker. There will be a new speaker, the question is whether it will be a progressive or not. What I've heard is that one candidate is a DINO that always threatens to leave the party and take enough people with him to flip the house if he doesn't get his way. I say, fine. Leave.

Offer his associates good chairmanships to stay with the Dem team and I'll bet they bite. Let's rid ourselves of these DINOs that want to push a Jessiecrat agenda while we have the margins to do it.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I tried to respond

and the log out fairy ate my response, so I'll keep this one brief.

It was your parting comment. I'm sick and tired of hearing his name. It's just me, obviously. I think we need to simply leave him out of the conversation. He is irrelevant. I didn't mean to pick on you.

As far as inviting someone out of the party and offering others key committee bribes in order to keep them, I disagree. Let them leave. They lost their leverage when we built our majority. Don't reward anyone who held us hostage in the past. Let seniority determine committee leadership. No more back room deals even if they are legal. That's what the last guy did. Let's have a new open government where those who require committee bribes in order to stay in the party are discussed openly so the constituents back home know what their rep is doing while he/she is in Raleigh. We have a right to know.

I know it's naive to think we're actually going to have an open transparent government, but a girl can dream, right?

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Damn it if you aren't right.

As far as inviting someone out of the party and offering others key committee bribes in order to keep them, I disagree. Let them leave. They lost their leverage when we built our majority. Don't reward anyone who held us hostage in the past.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

OK, you missed the most important question...

OK, you missed the most important question Robert. What office are we going to railroad SouthernDem into filling?

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

I'm not electable

I've been too much of a mouthy bitch all my life. I'm not qualified to do much else. At least I'm good at something, though. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

I have plans for Southern Dem

Hint: Since she's moving to the 10th district, I'm thinking of telling Patrick McHenry to ask Robin Hayes what he thinks of her . . . .
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

so who...

...is she going to propel this time?

HelpLarry.com

"Keep the Faith"

I don't know

I'm taking suggestions. So far, Mad Miss Mattie is the only one who seems interested . . .
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

We loves our mouthy

beaches.

:)

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We are not amused.

Thank Goodness for that, too! :)



Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.