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Bev Perdue: I've done a great job

Time will tell.

With the polls heavily against her and a facing a combative relationship with a new Republican majority in the Legislature, Perdue told ABC11 Thursday she decided not to run again because one term was enough. "I didn't want to do it anymore. I've done a great job, I believe, and someday the books will say that," Perdue said.

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Cut the crap. Fill the seat.

Republicans are whining again that mean old Governor Perdue is planning an appointment to fill the recently vacated seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court ... gasp ... instead of handing the task over to His Magnificent Presence. She should move ahead with her plans no matter what.

Timmons-Goodson announced her resignation last week, and Perdue has expressed an intention to fill the seat before Republican Gov.-elect Pat McCrory takes office in January.

That would probably require Perdue to dispense with the 18-member commission for nominating judges. Perdue’s own executive order calls for the governor to choose from among three candidates nominated by that commission. People close to the nominating process say it would probably take longer than the four weeks remaining until McCrory’s inauguration.

As we know, Art Pope has already set the bar for what it takes to be on the NC Supreme Court, having purchased a leather-covered seat last month for Paul Newby. That said, Governor Perdue may need a little help in finding the best person to fill the empty spot. There are many good options.

The obvious choice is Sam Ervin, who would have won the election in November if Pope hadn't intervened. If Ervin isn't interested, an equally powerful choice would be North Carolina's progressive hero, Gene Nichol. In either case, we don't need a nominating committee or a long, drawn out process. We need an appointment, not a bunch of drama, and we need it now.

Out with a whimper

The folks at NC Policy Watch are too kind in today's post mortem of Governor Perdue's last gasps.

Governor Perdue has decided to go out with a whimper when it comes to a group of anti-environment bills that were among the last few measures passed and sent to her by the General Assembly last month. Rather than standing up and vetoing measures she knew and understood to be counter-productive, she opted for the path of least resistance — either holding her nose and signing, or simply allowing a proposal to become law without taking any action.

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Breaking: Perdue vetoes budget

Glad to see that veto stamp getting warmed up ... and can't wait to see it turn red hot. Veto every piece of legislation these Republican criminals send your way, Governor Perdue. Every. Single. One.

Get the scoop at from Laura and Mark.

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Who's on first?

A thread for news, comments, or questions about anything related to the governor's race.

Perdue news stirs up a storm

Everything you ever wanted to read about the Big News from yesterday, all below the fold.

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Washington Post: Perdue to announce today that she won't run

Rumors flying fast

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) is set to announce today that she will not seek reelection in 2012, according to two sources familiar with her plans.

Perdue, who turned 65 earlier this month, was set for a rematch of her 2008 race with former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory (R), but she has been plagued by low approval ratings and faced some tough odds this year.

Sources say she has labored over her decision about whether to seek a second term. One source said she plans to announce she will step aside in a statement this afternoon.

Update: Please see the following statement from Governor Bev Perdue:

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Berger's stunt backfires

Phil Berger this week did what most Republicans do when they want to divert attention from their failings. They reach into their bag of cheap tricks and pull out a publicity stunt. Instead of working to repair the damage he and Tillis have done to North Carolina's education system and environment, Berger wants to have a meaningless "debate" that will have exactly zero impact on anything.

Perdue was right to decline. We need leaders who are doing the people's business, not playing political games.

Faison dials up the criticism

Oh brother.

Note: Original headline was Faison dials up the whining, which I have revisited upon request of dear readers.

Young Democrats support Governor Perdue

On Wednesday, the Executive Committee of the Young Democrats of North Carolina voted unanimously to voice our "unqualified support" for Governor Bev Perdue.

As the Chair of our Platform & Resolutions Committee, I believe it is imperative for us to show our support for Governor Perdue and stand with her. Her leadership has made a difference in the lives of many Young Democrats - including mine.

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