Submitted by GeorgeFisher100 on Mon, 03/17/2014 - 8:40pm
Some quick words about last night’s radio show: The Social Spitball Show with Bram Sarkowski.
Raleigh, NC—Last night on the Social Spitball Show hosted by Bram Sarkowski—Democratic leaders supportive of North Carolina Chairman Randy Voller, broke the news that some within the party have planned on making public a formal complaint against Voller. The complaint, apparently headed by congressional district chair, Luke Hyde, will ask the NC Council of Review to remove Voller and newly elected NCDP Executive Director, Casey Mann. They are claiming mismanagement of tax check off money and will ask for a vote of no confidence in an effort to remove Voller as Chair of the party.
Three more days. While you're contemplating that, contemplate this: there are thousands of Democrats in each of those districts. I haven't had a chance to scrutinize the House seats with no Democratic challengers, so a lot of those Dem voters may have someone they can vote for in the General Assembly. But leaving so many Senate seats unopposed is simply not acceptable.
The State Board of Elections and county elections offices begin accepting candidate forms at noon Monday. The filing deadline is Feb. 28.
Voters this year will decide whether to re-elect U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan or one of her rivals. They'll choose members of the U.S. House delegation, all 170 members of the General Assembly and dozens of judgeships. There will also be scores of county commissioner and school board elections.
The primary is May 6, with runoffs July 15 if needed. The general election is Nov. 4.
If you are planning to run, go ahead and file now. It will narrow down the list of races in which a candidate may need to be found, and it will help potential donors decide where best to dedicate their resources.
Submitted by sparks1957 on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 8:20am
Mystery Ingredients in FRAC Water Exposed
Marshall Adame, NC-03 Democratic Candidate says NO to Fracking in North Carolina and NO to dumping the recovered water here.
Gov. McCrory's , along with Halliburton, the #1 Fracking Company in the world, efforts to suppress the chemical makeup of the mixture, and the chemical makeup of the recovered water is finally exposed. Marshall Adame, is a Democratic Candidate for North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District has the ingredients of the mixture, and more importantly, the recovered water that will, if McCrory has his way, will be dumped in the 3rd District.
Submitted by sparks1957 on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:47pm
As the 2014 Primary Race speeds onward, some important facts are becoming increasing apparent about the Former Tea Party Member, turned Democrat Jason Thigpen. Speaking recently to a Kinston group it was reported Mr. Thigpen stated that he had returned all of the campaign contributions he received from his Republican contributors, yet offered no evidence of that fact. If you review his contribution totals before and after his miraculous transformation from Tea Party Member to Democrat, you will see little to no change in the totals. Which indicates to me little to no funds were actually returned.
Which brings me to the conservative fantasy – being flogged by Pope, Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republicans: That there is a vast Democratic conspiracy to take them down.
Never have the Democrats had less clout in North Carolina. They have lost control of all three branches. The state Democratic Party is in disarray. The party’s sources of money have dried up. No new leaders have stepped forward. It’s best response so far has been getting arrested – a tactic traditionally reserved by the powerless in societies.
Ok I can agree with most of his political assessment, and I am not a Christensen fan. Here is his bottom line conclusion:
Submitted by E J Smith on Thu, 05/09/2013 - 2:16pm
The General Assembly on Jones Street continues to churn out legislation that fails to nourish the state’s people, but rather serves them up a starvation diet while the GOP serves their corporate masters at ALEC the laws they want for maximizing corporate profits. The GOP on Jones Street has fifty card carrying members of ALEC among its numbers, and they serve Tarheels only a future prepared for them in the corporate blender which no one wants to drink.
“Gary called for a Democratic Moses recently. It is an apt comparison because we are in the desert as far as the eye can see. Every time I see a key legislative debate it feels as if Senator Josh Stein and Representative Deborah Ross are largely alone in offering a counter narrative. It is disconcerting that we also have little infrastructure in place to allow Eric Mansfield, Cal Cunningham, Grier Martin, and others the ability to offer their response to the current actions of the folks on Jones Street.
Submitted by Dan Besse on Mon, 02/04/2013 - 10:38pm
It's beyond lunacy, but it's in the process of happening. The NC General Assembly (our esteemed legislature), under GOP domination, is about to approve legislation denying health insurance coverage to 500,000 North Carolina citizens.
Not only would NC taxpayers NOT be charged extra for this coverage, but it would bring in a half-BILLION federal dollars to the NC economy in 2014 alone. Hospitals, especially rural ones in the toughest economic status, are desperate for this help.
So: Humanitarianism, check; economic rationality, check. But not Ideologically Correct for the radical right ideologues who currently drive state policy.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Wed, 01/30/2013 - 2:30pm
From the Independent Weekly piece by Bob Geary:
"I won't belabor how much trouble the Democrats are in, but a few things are worth mentioning.
One is the virtual certainty that the General Assembly will end the state income tax check-off for political parties. That's the system that allows us to assign $3 of our taxes to the state Democrats or the state Republicans. Democrats get far more from it—upward of $600,000 a year and sometimes twice that—while Republicans consider it welfare for politicians. Consider it gone.
Also, the Republicans are shameless about taking contributions from companies and individuals who want something out of state government, the very "pay to play" tactics they denounced when the Democrats were in charge. Expect these "transactional donations," as Voller calls them, to set records on the Republican side but be scarce for Democrats.
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