Live-Blog with Rep. Ty Harrell, NC House District 41

Please join us this evening for a live-blog chat with Ty Harrell, the Representative for North Carolina's State House District 41. Ty is one of the first African American elected officials to represent a majority white district, if not the first. His district leans Republican, and he campaigned with a progressive platform at GOP events.

If you aren't able to join us this evening at 7:00 p.m., please leave your questions on this thread.

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Welcome, Mr. Harrell

Two questions:

1. To what extent do you see alignment between the Black Caucus in the House and the progressive wing (assuming there is one) of the North Carolina Democratic Party?

2. What's your take on the way the House handled the Thomas Wright case?

About that "progressive wing"

I honestly don't see much evidence of it in Raleigh. There are a few dependable progressive voices, but I don't see them operating as a bloc with any clout. It my reading correct ... or are they just the best kept secret in NC politics?

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Black Caucus prt. 2

LOL! They may not have the "teeth" they once had, but they're still moving forward.

But I'll add, as THE youngest member of the Black Caucus, new blood would not be a bad thing to help move the group forward.

thanks again,
Ty

HKonJ

What real efforts were there to move forward this agenda? Specifically on Health Care for All, did every member who said they supported the HKonJ actually sponsor or co-sponsor Verla Insko's "Health Care for All" bill? Were you a sponsor or cosponsor (I could look this up, I know, I know).

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HKonJ

Robert,
There are several "real" effects of HKonJ that we tackled in the House. However, in my opinion, one of the best things that occurred with HKonJ is that we're still talking about HKonJ. The conversation must continue if we are to seriously address the concerns outlined in the document.

As for Rep. Insko's bill, I supported it, but I'm certain who else did.

Thanks for your question, Robert.

Welcome

Welcome to you, Rep. Harrell. Thanks for stopping by BlueNC to share your views.

Your successful campaign in the House 41 is, undeniably, impressive on a number of levels. What can other Democratic candidates, running in districts that one might consider "unfavorable," learn from your campaign? What lessons can others take from your success?

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

Campaign Advice

Well, my campaign advice is worth what you're paying for...

Thanks for the question. I was fortunate to be able to relate to the voters in my district through common sense solutions and a willingness to work with people whom I may not see eye-to-eye.

Additionally, based on the previous poor representation my district endured for 12 years, the voters wanted accountability and solutions. Based on the rankings that were just released by the NC Center for Public Policy Reseach, the distict now has the most effective freshman member of the house, a 65-point positive swing in effectiveness ratings.

Thanks for your question!

Wow....excellent. Good for you!



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Correction

Re: black elected officials representing majority white districts - My main man Tony Foriest's 24th Senate district is majority white. He's the first black Senator from that district.

Connection w/ Howard Dean and Democracy for America

Gordon, thanks for the question.

My connection to Dean is fairly simple. I was asked to help him raise "traditional" money for his campaign - recall he raised the bulk of his early dollars via internet - and I elected to do so. That's the simplest answer.

Thanks again.

Short Session vs Long Session

During the Short Session its hard to get "big" changes done. What are you looking to do in the next few months?

When (knock on wood) you are reelected, what are you going to focus on? If you could only attach your name to 2 or 3 bills, where would you put your efforts?

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Welcome, Mr. Ty!

I have two questions for you--and one might be a bit personal.

I've sat in several House sessions downtown, and was so impressed with everything that you had to say. I also noticed (thanks to those awesome boards on the walls) that you voted exactly as I would have (had I been in your seat) EVERY single time without fail. So...who do you support in this upcoming election / primary--Hillary or Barack? Why? I, and I don't think I'm alone in saying this, treasure your opinion.

Also, I think you're an Episcopalian (like David Crabtree!). I am, as well. Do you think your faith has changed anything in your views of the government, economy, health issues, education issues, or even immigration issues? Or have you created a barrier between your religion and your title?

And for the record, I think you should run for president in a few years. (: You'd have all of NC backing you, I promise.

Wow! Thank you for those

Wow! Thank you for those very kind and flattering words.

Question 1. - I support Sen. Obama for President; I was the first elected official in the state to publicly endorse him. I did so because I views on politics and how we can improve our community, state(s) and nation are congruent. I strongly believe he can bring forth the change (and reestablish the reputation of our country!) that we so desperately need.

Question 2. - Yes, I'm an Episcopalian and I believe my faith is one of the many lenses that I use to guide my views and perspectives when it comes to how I wish to see my community, how I wish to better myself and those around me, and how I believe I should approach legislation/governance.

Thank you for your question.

Welcome Ty!

Recently a provision that would protect high school students that were GLBTQ was removed from legislation protecting students from bullying in schools. Did you support the removal of this provision? What would you do to protect our students that identify themselves as members of the GLBTQ community?

Bullying Provision

Great question! I did not support the removal of this language.

I believe one of the biggest reasons for bullying in our schools is the ignorance of a group that dictates their behavior and attitude. Those who oppose this provision don't feel as if the GLBT(Q) community needs protecting. Perhaps that's because of their own ignorance. I'll continue to do whatever I can to protect safety and fairness of all of our citizens regardless of race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.

Thanks for your question.

Good evening, Rep.

I'm interested in knowing from BlueNC why, of all things, race was used in this teaser? Seems odd.

Haven't seen a District Dialog lately -- still doing those?

Until we're no longer fighting prejudice

and it is no longer remarkable - even if only slightly so - that an African American can be elected in a majority white district, then it should be noted as an accomplishment. I'm not willing to declare racism a thing of the past even if we are making progress.

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Race as a descriptor

Thank you, kbay4, for your question.

Honestly, I'm not sure how/why the description teaser was laid out that way. The heart of the description is accurate, but I have numerous other accomplishments to tout as well. I certainly don't believe there was any mal-intent with the description and would concern myself over it, if I were you.

As for the District Dialogues, I'm still holding them. Be on the look out for more to come soon.

Thanks again.

Another Question

You been outspoken on the failings of the NC Department of Transportation--what can be done, from a legislative perspective, to ensure that the DOT becomes better stewards of taxpayer money?

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

DOT = PROBLEMS

Yes, I've been VERY vocal about NCDOT problems. The simple answer, NCDOT appears to need a shake up from top to bottom.

Thanks for your question.

Edit....Ty is here - Welcome Ty!

I spoke too soon. I'm so happy you're here.



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I'm delighted to be here

I'm delighted to be here Betsy. Hope you're well.

Doing great! There are questions listed above

pick the ones you want to answer and click on the reply tab under that question. There will be others posted I'm sure. Don't worry if you can't answer them all.

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moratorium

Ty, The Supreme Court ruled that the method of execution NC uses is not considered cruel and unusual punishment. This opens the way for the moratorium to be lifted. Do you support the moratorium and if so, what can we do to see that it stays in place until North Carolina works out the issues we have with how the death penalty is meted out in our state?

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Moratorium

I fully support the moratorium, and was the ONLY freshman member to sign on to the letter to the Governor calling for a moratorium.

One possible way to continue the moratorium is to continue shining a light on those individuals who were on death row and have been exonerated or by relaying the stories of those who were executed but found innocent AFTER THE EXECUTION. Simply put, keep the pressure on the legislators and the gov.

Thank you for chatting with us, Ty

If there are any questions you want to come back to at a later date, please feel free to stop by. We are always happy to hear District news or general news from the House. Thank you again.



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I like Mr. Harrell's style and responses

I can see why he zoomed ahead in terms of effectiveness and impact. It's amazing what a person can accomplish if they shoot straight, tell the truth, and don't hide from hard questions.

Nice work ... and thanks for joining us tonight.

Very nice job.....

Thanks, Ty

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Great Form

Every other candidate can take tips from Rep. Harrell's liveblog. Crisp, direct, and brief answers allowed him time to respond to everyone.

Thanks for doing what you're doing, Ty.

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