Dan Blue

Senator Blue to replace ailing Nesbitt

from WRAL.com today

RALEIGH, N.C. — Senate Democrats on Tuesday selected Wake County Sen. Dan Blue as their new caucus leader, replacing Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt.

Nesbitt stepped down after receiving an undisclosed medical diagnosis that will require him to seek treatment and cut into his time on the Senate floor.

“After a recent diagnosis, it has become clear that I will need to take some time in the coming weeks and months to focus on my health," Nesbitt said in a statement. "This year’s elections are too important to the future of our great state to not have all hands on deck. I am therefore pleased and proud that my friend, Sen. Dan Blue Jr., has agreed to lead the Democratic Caucus while I seek further medical treatment.”

Dan Blue fires early shots at NCGOP on redistricting

Thank goodness for Senator Dan Blue. Here's hoping there's an army of lawyers lined up to turn this skirmish into a full-fledged war. Josh Ellis gets the story.

Early versions of maps for some state House and Senate seats would create new districts where the majority of voters are African American. However, one state lawmaker is already questioning the legality of those proposed boundaries.

“I think they unnecessarily and probably illegally pack minority voters into districts,” said Sen. Dan Blue, D-Wake. “I need to analyze them a little bit further, but my initial impression is they’re engaged in packing in non-Section 5 Voting Rights Act districts.”

Emphasis mine

PPP Tests a Bunch of Challengers

Today Public Policy Polling tested a large number of potential challengers to Richard Burr for US Senate in 2010.


More Fun with McCain's Housing Crisis! NC Press Conference with Butterfield & Blue

Congressman Butterfield and State Rep Dan Blue held a press conference yesterday in North Carolina on McCain's Housing Crisis.

"Senator McCain is not in touch with the American people," Butterfield said.

"If you own so many that you can't keep up with them," Blue said, "then you ought to make an effort to see what regular people are going through."

The Obama Camp has surrogates in a number of states holding press conferences on how out of touch McCain is in response to McCain's recent housing crisis.

McCain did not know how many houses he and his wife own, when asked by a Politico reporter. "I'll have my staff get back to you on that," McCain replied.


Most people write "Thank You" notes to express their gratitude. Tim Kent of the North Carolina Association of Realtors takes out 2/3 page ads in newspapers like this one for Dan Blue. Between the PAC ($750,000) the 527 ($350,000) and direct lobbying by NCAR ($500,000) when you've got $1.6 million to spend on legislators there are some things you just can't say with flowers, Hallmark or a horse's head.

Weekend Open Thread

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Seems like all the media rats are jumping off the tarnished Nifong ship. The Charlotte Observer today joins the frenzy for "investigating the investigator." Nifong has undoubtedly screwed up big time, but shouldn't we wait until the frickin' trial takes place before we take down the district attorney?

Dan Blue is claiming to have locked up a majority of the Black Caucus, and also says Bill Faison has dropped out of the race to back him. Faison never had a shot, but its interesting that he supports Blue instead of his Orange County colleague, Joe Hackney. I was kind of hoping Blue would pass on Speaker and hold out to challenge Elizabeth Dole in 2008. I suppose he could do both, though if he gets the Speaker job, it's going to be a sh*tstorm that will make nobody look good.

One happy blessing of the holiday season is that the Puppets are on vacation and haven't darkened with Internets with more of their "reports" for a couple of days. Thank goodness for small pleasures.

And just a reminder. Congressman Brad Miller will be visiting on Thursday morning for a live-blogging session. You can get your questions in early, but be sure to join for the big event too. We had a session with Elizabeth Edwards last month, and it was a blast.

Open thread: Dan Blue

If you're registered at BlueNC and were online this morning, you may have noticed that someone named Dan Blue III registered and logged in. I don't know if it was the real Dan Blue, but I hope it was. Why? Read on.


There is blue, then there is Blue.


Most of us here are sick to death of the Speaker's scandal. The newspapers lately have been chock-a-block with new revelations, many of them unproven, that corruption abounds. Is it a coincidence then that this story finally emerges today?

RALEIGH -- Governor Mike Easley announced today that he has appointed former Speaker of the House Dan Blue to the North Carolina House of Representatives.

more from the story after the break

It's Official

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In a move that surprises no one, the executive committee of Wake County's Democratic Party picked former state House Speaker Dan Blue to replace Rep. Bernard Allen of Raleigh. Allen, who represented the 33rd District, died two weeks ago. O-No! has the story.

There is talk that Blue, who served four years as House speaker in the 1990s, might try to return next year to that powerful post, posing a challenge to embattled Speaker Jim Black and to other possible contenders. "He has been speaker twice, so he knows the job and he knows the issues," said former state Rep. Bob Hensley of Raleigh, an ally who helped orchestrate Blue's victory Wednesday. "There are a lot of people in Wake County and in the Democratic Party throughout the state who would love to see him as speaker again."

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