What resolutions would you like to see the NCDP approve this year?

March 6, 2012 is the day for Democrats to meet and organize their local precincts. As you may know, the resolution process begins at the precinct level. Some ways do exist for getting resolutions to the floor of the state convention without beginning at a precinct meeting, but the proper way is to start a resolution at the precinct level, move through the county and district conventions and then to the state convention.

So, whether or not you attend your precinct meeting, what resolution(s) would you like to see the NCDP concern itself with this year?

For me, I would like to see a strong resolution highlighting the need for electoral reform to include limiting campaign contributions, slamming Citizens United and seeking limits on the length of the electoral season. IMO many of the ills of our nation stem from the fact that money rules elections to the exclusion of the idea based debate that should be the featured aspect of our democracy.

I would like to see a resolution supporting education in general and teachers in particular. (hopefully obvious)

I would like to see a resolution opposing Amendment 1. (hopefully obvious)

I would like to see a resolution supporting our environment, opposing fracking and offshore drilling and promoting green tech and green jobs.

Ok, I'll shut up and let you folks chime in.

Comments

Yes!

For me, I would like to see a strong resolution highlighting the need for electoral reform

Seconded!

I agree the amendment can't go without mention either, given that precinct meetings will be happening in the month before early voting on the amendment. The more conversations we can create, and opportunities to organize against the amendment, the better.

I wouldn't hurt to get more candidates coming out against the amendment as well. Maybe lead to some discussions of creation of Stonewall Dems chapters around the state to facilitate the continued involvement of the LGBT community after May.

Lastly, I'd add that we need another wave of It Gets Better from leaders in NC. This amendment is going to heat up. The attacks on the LGBT community are going to get ugly, and it will be especially hard on young people. Lets act in a proactive and preventative way.

Electoral Reform is something the party should look at!

We had a promise from Jerry Meek in 2008 to form a committee to look at electoral reform. We had a resolution passed which called for the formation of such a committee either by the NCDP Chair or the District Chairs. Nothing was done.

At last April's SEC meeting, I was appointed to chair an ad hoc electoral reform committee. But while two other committees had some real support from the Party (POO rewrite and the standing Platform and Resolution committees), we only got 30 seconds at the January 2012 SEC meeting in Greensboro.

The General Statutes give the two main political parties a lot of control over the election process. As long as we have the majority on the state and county Election Boards, we ought to use it for the purposes of reform - and also to protect the good things about our election administration system while we still can!

Chris Telesca
Wake County Verified Voting
http://noirvnc.blogspot.com
http://statewideirvnc.blogspot.com

Campaign Finance and Electoral Reform

Campaign Finance and Electoral Reform are things the party should do more than look at, they should demand concrete commitments from all candidates, preferably in a very public written way.

In addition to the other ideas presented above, which I fully support, it would be good to see a resolution or two acknowledging the failure of the drug war, both in wasted lives and money, and in support of medical cannabis and industrial hemp initiatives, but I'm not holding my breath.

Show some spine and some vision Dems, break with tradition and conventional wisdom and bring some truly bold ideas to the table. Show us that you aren't just the flip-side of the Republican coin.

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"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

Write your own resolutions

and post them here on BlueNC and here at PDNC so they can be circulated widely. It helps if more precincts pass the same or similar resolutions. They're easy to write but note the formal format of whereas; and therefore.

Progressives are the true conservatives.

Be it therefore resolved

Whereas the leadership of North Carolina Democratic Party has not been successful in recruiting viable candidates to run in every legislative district;

And whereas having candidates is a precondition to actually winning elections;

Be it therefore resolved that the ___________ County delegation hereby declines to offer any substantive resolutions about anything else.

Pardon my cynicism, but if we can't do Job One, what's the point of resolutions?

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

While I agree that the NCDP looks to be in the middle of a

colossal screw up, I see this as an opportunity to light candles.

Oh yeah, one other thing I would like to see in a resolution ...

a call for Dems statewide to join the boycott of Art Pope's retail outlets.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

What James said

Before I go off on this tirade that's been building for the last few days, let me state upfront that I am not very experienced in campaign work, I haven't put in the time or made the sacrifices that many who are reading this have, and I don't have the money or the savvy or the connections to accomplish much more than preaching from my chair. I'm about as close to a nobody as you can be without actually being a nobody. All that said...

Every single Senate District needs to have a Democrat running for the seat. I don't care if the District leans Republican 99 to fucking 1. That one percent of voting Dems deserve someone from their Party to vote for. Period. I'd love to see that in the House, too, but I can handle a few unopposed races there. But to give away a majority of Senate seats to Republicans? That's so monumental a fuck-up the English language doesn't even have the proper words to adequately describe said fuck-up.

Sorry for the language, folks. But (as you can tell) I'm pretty pissed off right now. It makes me feel like every word I've written here has been a total waste of time.

Where do and don't we

have Dems running? I'd be interested in seeing something like this.

Filing fees might also be a challenge for some folks. If its just a factor of making sure at the very least someone is on the ballot, I wonder if more young people wouldn't be willing to run but for filing fees and just being made aware that no one else in their district is running.

This is a pretty good

list of races, but I'm not sure what the question marks next to the candidates actually means. It looks like eighteeen Districts (2,6,7,10,11,19,24,29,31,33,34,35,36,41,43,45,47,48) don't have a Dem candidate.

Does anybody have a hard number on how much it costs to file?

Maps + Fees

Here are 2011 maps:

http://www.app.sboe.state.nc.us/webapps/redistrict/NCRedistrictMapSingle...

I like it because you can zoom in really close and see exactly where you are. And it has the options to click between:

2011 Congressional District Map
2011 Senate District Map
2011 House District Map

So between your list of open state senate races on the dem side, and this map, once can check if they or someone they know is in that district.

I found some info on filing fees too:
http://www.ncsbe.gov/content.aspx?id=64

It's $207 for state house or state senate. I think there are some young people who might only require approaching and some basic financial support, especially if the campaigns are just making a statement that all districts should have voting options rather than serious and hard fought and time consuming campaigns.

Thanks, Jake

That's good info. There's not a whole lot of time left, but maybe someone reading this will come to a decision.

Have someone in mind who you think should run?

You can double check if they are in one of the open districts between the open district numbers list above, and the map I shared if you click on senate, and looking them up here:

https://www.ncsbe.gov/VoterLookup.aspx?Feature=voterinfo

ECU is in district 7

Wonder if there are any college dems there who might be worth approaching?

NC Senators must be age 25 at the time of their election

Just be sure anybody willing to run can qualify for office.

Article II, Section 6:

Sec. 6. Qualifications for Senator.
Each Senator, at the time of his election, shall be not less than 25 years of age, shall be a qualified voter of the State, and shall have resided in the State as a citizen for two years and in the district for which he is chosen for one year immediately preceding his election.

 

Good point

Having been a grad student until last May, I tend to forget that not all students are old enough.

Filing fees and totally screwing up your careeer

For years the filing fees kept me from making just such a run - on the principle that no candidate should ever run unopposed. Today I could manage the filing fee, but the time required to fulfill the duties of office and the very low pay make it an untenable proposition from my perspective.

It's one thing for a wealthy head of a local or statewide business to take time off to be a rep. or senator, but for someone barely getting by as someone else's employee, or like me, who is the only employee in their business, the freakish schedules and small compensation make such a run a non-starter.

I don't think we need to have full time legislators, which is the reasoning behind the low pay, but recent history indicates that it's becoming a full time job.

Just one more way the uppers keep the little people out of the driver's seat I guess.

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"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail