Jim Black, Inspiring Netroots Action

While so many of us are waiting to see family during the holidays, House Speaker Jim Black is waiting to see if he'll be indicted after being fingered as a co-conspirator by convicted extortionist, Michael Decker.

Representatives are, by and large, coy over whether they'll support another Jim Black term as Speaker if he somehow avoids indictment. There are a few exceptions - Bill Owens says, "Even if he is indicted, it doesn't mean he's guilty", and Bill Faison says, "We do not need a sitting speaker indicted and carried off the podium in handcuffs."

A new Democratic netroots effort, fertilized by the sulfur spread by Black, is underway at BlackOut-NC.com. The tagline says it all:

"Encouraging our representatives to make an ethical choice when voting for Speaker of the House. Promising respect for candidates who choose to elevate our party and our government, and promising a permanent pain in the ass to those who don't."

After pointing out an N&O article stating that "23 or 24" Democrats are committed to voting for Black, BlackOut-NC is asking readers to contact their local representatives:

"We're making a list, and we need your help. Please contact your representative's office today and ask them for a commitment to vote for anyone other than Jim Black. Then let us know what they said. Blackout-NC will pass the info along as we get it.

Go give 'em some love, and then call your reps. That listmaking sounds like the right idea.

Comments

bill faison link?

I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for. ~ Thornton Wilder

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Great kick-off, Screwy.

Maybe some of the mainstream media can press reps in their areas to answer said question.

I'll contact Orange County reps today.

Awesome.

I've emailed Joe Hackney's office, which is like dropping a message in a bottle from a desert isle. It does go somewhere, but you're never quite sure where.

Yes, it does say it all!

"Encouraging our representatives to make an ethical choice when voting for Speaker of the House. Promising respect for candidates who choose to elevate our party and our government..."

Excellent!

I recently moved and both of my new reps are Rethugs (Stam and Stevens)...sigh.

If you are not sure who your state reps are:
NC General Assembly-reps by district search

For those who vote straight Dem ticket and may not know what their districts are, find out by doing a voter search on yourself:

NCBOE Voter Search

Or...do a voter search on people you suspect may be Repubs...LOL! I've done this with a few of my kids' teachers. And, I've heard that at least one other BlueNCer also checks on people this way. ;)

I suppose I could email some Dem reps...it is my party too, after all!

Contact As Many As You Can

By Christmas I'd like to have a comprehensive list of who's committed to vote for/against Black and who's undecided.

Any help anyone can give will be greatly appreciated by the whole BlackOut-NC team.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

Anyone have a form letter, I'd like to help

I will take x number and email to them or send via snail mail whichever you think will work best. Also think it would be best if it mentions it is for a study/article being written at BlueNC. If they don't know that name yet....they will very, very soon.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Form (ish) letter

(Here's what I'm using) - do what you will with it, and offer suggestions/alternatives.

I'm writing today to ask about your plans regarding the Speaker position in the next legislative session. Jim Black may be indicted before the election for Speaker, and even if he's not indicted his long list of ethical problems ought to, I believe, exclude him from consideration.

Democrats need a leader we can trust, and, regardless of what happens regarding indictments, we can't trust Jim Black.

Will you commit to voting for anybody but Black in the upcoming election for Speaker?

Thanks for your attention,

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

its not that he might be indicted

Its that he challenges the assertion that the Democratic party is opposed to the 'culture of corruption' from the Republicans.

If we want to say the Republicans cant be trusted then we have to prove WE CAN be.

HelpLarry.com

"Keep the Faith"

That Too

How about...

"Republicans like Charles Taylor found out on November 7th that ethics matter and that they will be held accountable for their repeat offender behavior.

What Democratic voters are waiting to find out is whether Democratic representatives will hold Jim Black accountable for his unethical behavior.

If we believe that Republicans can't be trusted, then we have to be above suspicion in our own party. The alternative is a broken government and an apathetic people.

Will you commit to voting for anybody but Jim Black in the Speaker's race?"

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

Or how about

Dear Conflicted:

Politicians with stinky ethical problems suck. Please tell me you aren't dumb enough to vote for one for Sneaker of the House. Pretty please?

Campaigning against

someone always seems like a bad idea. I'm not saying I'm for Jim Black - not by any means. Who are you suggesting in his place? "Anybody" doesn't wash - that's a placeholder, a cypher. Draft someone.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

I draft...

the first Democrat who is running for the office and comes out in PUBLIC to say what they have been saying in private - Jim Black has got to go because of the corruption.

I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for. ~ Thornton Wilder

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Anybody But Black

There are at least seven other candidates for Speaker, and I don't know enough about any of them to get behind them. I do know enough about Jim Black and about corrupt politicians to know that Black has to go.

I'm sticking with Anybody But Black as a principled statement against corruption.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

I emailed links to both our new blogs

to a lot of people. I'm just sure our sites are behind Black's announcement, aren't you? hehehe....I know, I know...I'm pushing it.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Netroots Inspiring Jim Black Action?

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Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.