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GOP Twitter Wars

It seems my Father's Day gift to Thom Tillis offended some Republicans and they took to Twitter to let me know just how they feel. Mark Cates of Asheville was offended that I would use a high holy Hallmark holiday to criticize good ol' "traditional" Thom, while No Status Quo called me a "condescending POS" as he or she hid behind the safety of a pseudonym.

My Father's Day gift to Thom Tillis

On this Father's Day I can't help but think about all the senior dads, the disabled dads, the uninsured dads, the gay dads, the dads who are teachers, the dads working three minimum wage jobs just to make ends meet, and the long-term unemployed dads who are still looking for jobs - all dads who have been hurt by the mean-spirited actions of Thom Tillis and his fellow Republicans in the North Carolina legislature.

Change is good

We are about to begin the process of upgrading BlueNC to a spiffy responsive design that will work beautifully on any size screen without loss of functionality or content regardless of whether the site is accessed on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone.

There will be some unavoidable structural changes because we are upgrading versions of Drupal, but hopefully they will enhance the site.

We've always sought to keep BlueNC lean - though we've tried a few functions and features that were ultimately removed. We may look for new features for the site once we have the initial upgrade completed.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, please speak up in the comments. I know I speak for the entire admin and front page team when I say we would love to hear from you.

Most of the work will happen late at night, but I will notify you in advance so I don't take the site down in the middle of anyone's blog post masterpiece.

North Carolina Democratic Party Convention News

After a quick three hour drive, we arrived in Raleigh and easily found parking despite the hysteria on Facebook from a few in the party warning us that a PREVIOUS employee had planned the convention LAST FALL and there were four high school graduation ceremonies at the convention center that would make parking difficult. I'm sure some who arrived after 11:00 a.m. had a harder time finding parking, however there were entire sections of the parking deck empty when we pulled up.

The convention hall is very organized and they are now moving people forward because the number of attendees does not match the number who RSVP'd for the convention. That happens at an event this large. It is a nice facility...so...go Raleigh.

Voller just recognized a gentleman who was part of D-Day to a standing ovation.

Will continue....

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Republican Tracker caught videotaping Lillian's List fundraiser attendees and their license plates

A Republican tracker was caught videotaping attendees at a Lillian's List fundraiser. He also taped the license plates of cars parked outside the event.

Trackers are fairly commonplace. Democrats hire them too, so we won't pretend to be shocked. I just think it is fun to turn the tables on him.

Thanks to Greg Flynn, we know a little bit about our new friend. According to his license plate cover - if you can trust these things - he is or was a brother at Sigma Tau Gamma. While there are plenty of chapters in the U.S., there are three chapters in North Carolina - at UNCG, UNCC and ECU. His car was purchased in Raleigh from one of the Crabtree dealerships. He drives a gray Pontiac Grand Prix.

I'm sure he's a nice enough guy...once you get over that whole voyeur thing he has going on.

Job well done, Mecklenburg Co. Democratic Party

With all of the missteps of NCDP Chair Randy Voller and the attention on infighting within the North Carolina Democratic Party, it should not go unnoticed when a county party does something well. On Saturday voting members of Senate District 37 met to select Senator Dan Clodfelter's replacement in the NC Senate and voting members of the SEC and CEC from the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party met to select a new third vice chair of the party. I kept waiting for typical Democratic Party nastiness to rear its ugly head, but party chair Robin Bradford and the rest of the leadership team did a very good job of running an orderly meeting and a transparent selection process.

UNC on List of 55 Universities with Open Title IX Sex Assault Investigations

Finding UNC on a list of universities in possible violation of Title IX over handling of sex abuse cases isn't news for most of us since the complaints against UNC have been publicized, but it is never fun to see something like this in print. Sadly, we are in good company. Normally it would be a point of pride to find my beloved UNC on a list that includes Harvard, Dartmouth, Princeton, Vanderbilt, and UVA. This list? Not so much.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released today a list of the higher education institutions under investigation for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints.

Voting Machine Error in Union County Cast Vote for Levinson when Hudson's Name Selected

Please watch your votes. Today in Union County at the Wingate early vote location a voter had to get a judge to help correct how a vote was registering. Twice she selected Justice Robin Hudson's name and twice the machine indicated she had cast a vote for Eric Levinson. She contacted the chief judge to help correct the situation. She was finally able to cast her vote for Justice Hudson, but you have to wonder how many people who intended to vote for Justice Hudson had their vote count for Levinson. Please take time to double check everything and call a chief judge if your vote is not registering accurately.

Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin Voter ID law. Is NC's next?

A federal judge struck down Wisconsin's voter ID law today saying that requiring a photo ID presents an unfair hardship to minorities and the poor who wish to vote. The article suggested this could be good news for North Carolina.

Adelman's decision invalidates Wisconsin's law and could set a precedent for similar legal challenges in Texas, North Carolina and elsewhere. At least 14 states require voters to show photo ID, and legislation in dozens of other states includes proposals to either introduce new voter ID laws or strengthen existing ones.

North Carolina is being sued by the federal government over its voter suppression laws. In September 2013, the Justice Department announced that it was suing the state over four specific parts of the law.

Duke Energy shareholders calling for directors' heads on a platter

Two major Duke Energy shareholders are urging other investors to vote out the directors in charge of the company's environmental, safety, and health compliance.

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the New York City Pension Funds wrote fellow shareholders Monday. They asked that shareholders not re-elect four members of the Duke board’s regulatory policy and operations committee at the May 1 annual meeting.

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The letter cites the Feb. 2 ash spill into the Dan River, saying Duke had “forewarning of the public risk” from environmental groups that had intended to sue Duke over ash contamination.

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