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.