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I guess none of us is surprised to see this happen. I didn't think the pileup would start this quickly, though. The second Democrat in the N.C. House has called for Jim Black to resign.

Rep. Pricey Harrison, a Democrat from Greensboro does have a slightly different take on the situation. He thinks Black should temporarily step down from his leadership position. Maybe this keeps him from the vulture-circling-the-body category, but it is unmistakably a sign that Democrats in the NC legislature are losing confidence in Jim Black's ability to lead effectively while he is dealing with his legal issues.

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I am going to post the funnies in the morning and then will have to get ready for the convention.

I am going to attend the Mecklenburg County Democratic Convention. It will be my second in 20 years. I attended frequently in my teens and early 20s.

Mel Watt is speaking and I promise to take notes and pictures. While I'm not fond of most of our board critters, I do think this will be fun.

If anyone can think of any questions I need to ask please leave them in the comments.

Sweet dreams everyone.

Rep. Coates Calls for Black to Resign

Rep. Lorene Coates, D-Rowan has called for Jim Black to resign according to both NPR radio and the Greensboro News and Record.

"I just think he really needs to step aside at this time," said Coates, D-Rowan. "He has been a friend to me, but I think he needs to focus his time on the court case. The Legislature, we need to be taking care of the business of North Carolina."

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Thursday Action Plan - Fully Fund IDEA

Today's action plan is simple. I am going to list four people who have supported full funding of IDEA. I will give you their contact information. All four are Democrats (surprise!) and all four are running for re-election.

Today, we will thank them for their efforts on behalf of disabled children and encourage them to continue to take a stand.

Please see contact information below the fold...

Tuesday Action Plan - Fully Fund IDEA

Now that we are fully informed about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) we are ready to write those emails, letters and faxes to our U.S. Senators and Representatives serving in the U.S. House. Please remind them that you are a constituent and remember to thank them for their service to our country - even if you would rather throw a pie in their faces!

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Kissell Wins Two Major Endorsements

I have received a press release from the Kissell campaign and there is good news. He has received the endorsement of the AFL-CIO and the NCAE, the North Carolina Association of Educators.

While it isn't unexpected for a progressive to earn either endorsement it is a huge feather to receive it so early in the campaign. Both endorsements will probably be followed with PAC contributions to the campaign.

Kissell: "My campaign is on the move. In just a few months we've gone from an upstart grassroots campaign to a well oiled machine that is hitting on all eight cylinders."

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Monday Action Plans #2 and #3

These are important action plans that have upcoming deadlines.

One deadline could spell the end of hundreds of thousands of acres of our national forests. The other deadline could mean the end of a man's life.

If you haven't taken action on these two items, today is the day to do it! Find out how below the fold

Monday Action Plan #1 Fund IDEA

This week we are going to tackle pushing full funding for the IDEA Act. Robert Peterson wrote this diary last week informing us about IDEA and the fact that the Republican Senate, House and President have been all talk and no action when it comes to funding this program, that is so critical to the education of disabled children.

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