Ellie Kinnaird

Ellie rocks the vote

I have it on good authority that former Sen. Ellie Kinnaird is organizing to deliver on her pledge to restore voting justice in The Old Backward State.

If you're able to help in any way -- and there are MANY ways to help -- please contact Ms. Kinnaird.

Do it now. What could possibly be more important?

Val Foushee chosen to replace Ellie Kinnaird

At least there's fewer Republicans to argue with in the Senate:

State Rep. Valerie Foushee will replace former state Sen. Ellie Kinnaird following a vote Sunday evening by the N.C. Senatorial District 23 Democratic Party Executive Committee.

After only two rounds of voting, Foushee, who currently serves Durham and Orange counties representing House District 50, secured all of the votes and beat out her six competitors. A panel similar to the panel that chose Foushee to complete Kinnaird’s term will be called to appoint someone to serve the remainder of Foushee’s term. Foushee will be up for election in 2014 when Kinnaird’s term ends.

Take a few minutes to get to know Senator Foushee:

Uprising in Chapel Hill

The momentum of the Moral Monday Movement was alive and well in Chapel Hill yesterday, where hundreds of citizen activists convened downtown to continue the fight for freedom and justice. After the rally, we attended a candidates forum, where seven committed Democrats presented their ideas and credentials for filling Ellie Kinnaird's seat in the North Carolina Senate.

I came to the forum supporting Mark Chilton for the seat, and I still do. But I also came away confident that if he's not chosen, every one of the candidates would do an extraordinary job.

Replacing the Irreplaceable Ellie Kinnaird.

We know now Ellie Kinnaird has resigned her seat in the NC Senate. There are several people who would like the appointment to replace her, which will occur in about 10 days. Any thoughts from here about the candidates? Opinions, or information on their qualifications?

So far, they are Alice Bordsen, who represented Alamance County; attorney Heidi Chapman; retiring Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton; state Rep. Valerie Foushee; attorney M. Lynette Hartsell; former Carrboro Mayor Jim Porto; and author and educator Amy Tiemann.

A plague o' both thy houses

This is from a Wonkette blog from today and it is well worth a read!

Ancient North Carolina Lady Resigns Senate To Personally Register Every Voter Herself
by Doktor Zoom

If you can't stop a dumb law, you can help people overcome it. Progressive state Sen. Ellie Kinnaird resigned her seat in the North Carolina Senate Monday so that she can work on a project to register voters and help ensure that people get proper ID so they can vote despite the state’s idiotic new voter suppression laws. Can we nominate someone for Legislative Badass of the Year even though she came to our attention for leaving the state legislature? When it’s a body as thoroughly awful as this year’s North Carolina General Assembly — our first whole-legislature nominee for Legislative Shitmuffin of the Year — then leaving is probably the smartest move.

In an email, Kinnaird, 81, cited the “immoral agenda” of the Republican majority, which included rejecting expansion of Medicare under the ACA and passing a huge tax package that lowered taxes on the very rich and raised them on the poor. She also explained that since next year’s session will be shortened, she believes she can accomplish more out of office than in the state Senate.

So what is Kinnaird going to do now, after 17 years in the legislature? She’s going to be organizing and agitating.

Read more at http://wonkette.com/526144/ancient-north-carolina-lady-resigns-senate-to...

After dark

Sen. Ellie Kinnaird has resigned

WRAL News at noon reporting that Sen. Ellie Kinnaird (D-Chapel Hill) has resigned effective today. News will follow on WRAL.com.

Sen. Kinnaird has been a fighter for the underdog and a strong progressive influence in the NCGA for years.

She plans to launch a project to ensure people have the identification required to vote under a new state law. Kinnaird has served in the Senate for 17 years.

From Senator Kinnaird

Dear Friends,

The Republicans promised far-reaching tax reform, which all agree has been needed for years. Our tax code was created in the 1930's and has had no major overhaul since then. The tax code is a patchwork of exemptions and credits that give favorable preferences to everything from farm equipment, airplanes and boats, and incentives to large companies such as Met Life and Dell. (Of course, we all have our favorite tax credit, such as for solar.) Every economist and elected official knows that since we are no longer a manufacturing state, but rather service oriented, we need to broaden the base of the sales tax to hundreds of services while lowering the rate to make it tax neutral to consumers. This is the only way to achieve a stable revenue flow.

From Senator Kinnaird

Via email ... the first of many depressing reports to come about the three-ring circus in Raleigh.

The (small) and loyal opposition: A report from Senator Kinnaird

Received via email, with a sobering prediction as to how Puppet Justice Newby will decide on redistricting.

Dear Friends,

The election is over and the present districts will probably not change for the next ten years. This is because of redistricting and the NC Supreme Court outcome that tilts to the Republican majority with the election of Supreme Court Justice Newby. Justice Newby was supported by hundreds of thousands of dollars from outside the state - most notably Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers’ organization which has an office in North Carolina and lobbies daily in the legislature.

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