Deborah Ross

Grier Martin seeks return to NC House

Former 4-term legislator Grier Martin will run for the House District 34 seat being vacated by Rep. Deborah Ross. Ross will resign to take a position as General Counsel with the Triangle Transit Authority.

“It was my privilege to represent the people of District 34 for 8 years. After being double bunked with my friend Rep. Ross in abusive redistricting, I made the decision to step aside. I had no doubt District 34 would be well served by Rep. Ross, and it has been. She will be an outstanding addition to the Triangle Transit Authority,” Martin said.

“Today I am announcing I will seek to serve the people of the 34th District again, and I’m honored to have the support of Rep. Ross. I look forward to speaking with members of the Wake County Democratic Party Executive Committee, and all interested constituents about how we can continue to make our community the best place to live and work in America,” Martin concluded.

Deborah Ross leaving the General Assembly

It's hard to find fault with this decision, and we should certainly wish her will in her new job as General Counsel at Triangle Transit Authority. But wouldn't you rather see her running for governor?


Political odd couple co-sponsors redistricting bill

How is this for an odd couple: Deborah Ross and Skp Stam of Wake County? Actually co-sponsoring a bill on elections? Really.
From The Charlotte Observer:

RALEIGH A bipartisan effort is underway in the legislature to change the way North Carolina draws its congressional and legislative lines, creating districts based more on geography and compactness rather than on parties, politics and personalities.

A bill introduced this week creates a nonpartisan redistricting system in time for the 2020 U.S. census. The measure has the backing of Republicans such as Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam of Apex and Democrats such as Rep. Deborah Ross of Raleigh.

Read more here:

'On the Record': Reps. Deborah Ross, Jim Fulghum of Wake County

On the Record: Reps. Deborah Ross, Jim Fulghum of Wake County

Rep. Deborah Ross, D-Wake, and Rep. Jim Fulghum, R-Wake, go On the Record about what has already happened in the early stages of this legislative session and what appears to be on the horizon


Roundtable discussion with Laura Leslie of and David Crabtree of WRAL with their invited guests from the NCGA. (Video)

Who will lead?

For those who doubted predictions about Governor Pope's corporate coup in North Carolina, the reality is clear. We are now living in a state entirely controlled by an unelected slumlord pushing a radical agenda that is already taking a toll on our state's reputation as a leader.

In my view, we are in need of a powerful, counterbalancing figure to rally around, a charismatic populist, who will challenge the Pope machine at every turn and win back the governorship in 2016. Because as Pope demonstrated over the past decade, winning the governor's office is a marathon, not a sprint. The time to start running is now.

Shots fired in opposition to GOP's War on Women

And the stakes couldn't be higher:

“In their fervor to impose their ideological views on the people of the state of North Carolina, they weakened the safety net for women and children in our state at the very time when we should be working to strengthen it,” Rep. Jennifer Weiss of Cary said of the legislature.


The only way to stop the clock from rolling backwards is to remove these idiots from office, or at least put them back in the minority where their crazy 19th Century ideas won't do any harm.

Weekend wound up: The Republican War on Women


Giving Gerrymandering a bad name

Remarks I made at the NC Redistricting Public Hearing – East, at the New Hanover location at UNC Wilmington, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, July 18th, 2011

My name is Greg Flynn. I live in Raleigh, Wake County but I thought it appropriate to speak at a hearing in Wilmington because it appears there is no part of North Carolina, however remote, that can not be drawn into a Congressional District with Wake County.

Actually I am on vacation but am so disgusted by the State House and Senate redistricting plans released just last week that I took the time to drive here from Topsail to register my concerns. After my initial laughter at the absurdity of the boundary diagrams, that can charitably be described a resembling an explosion in a spaghetti factory, my concern grew on closer inspection of the delineation, if you can call it that, of the proposed districts. I couldn’t decide if the inspiration was mitochondria or Machiavelli, but the result is the same: Meandering and artificial division that obliterates all sense of civic geography and community place, and who might best represent it.

NC Rep Deborah Ross supposedly interested in NCDP Chair and ED position

Have heard from several credible sources (SEC members) that Deborah Ross from Wake County is interested in running for NCDP Chair position and will resign her House seat and quit her day job if the Party also names her ED and pays her a salary.

I hear there is something in the POO that allows the chair to hire the ED, so it's not like the SEC or the Executive Council or even the Board would have to vote on it.

Well that certainly does raise the level of interest in the NCDP Chair job.

Decision on D. Dix Hospital is imminent; politicos pointing fingers already

From an AP story on

"County legislators who want to delay closure at the hospital that opened in 1856 will need the support of other colleagues during the 2011 session. Many argue Dix exemplifies the failings of mental health reforms in North Carolina that haven’t made up for a 44 percent reduction in the number of institutional beds."

“Several years ago the mental health reform process was assumed to work, and it hasn’t,” said Rep. Deborah Ross, D-Wake, who plans to file a bill to try to prevent the closure if she’s re-elected.


The Perdue Administration’s statement:

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