Newest Legislator saying Hello to BlueNC

Hello BlueNC!
I am Tricia Cotham, the newest and youngest member in the NC General Assembly. I am so honored to serve District 100 and to represent our great state in the NC General Assembly. In addition, I am proud to be the youngest member ever to serve. I am enjoying my new role very much and learning a lot from many of you and other great Democrats. The last several weeks have been amazing and humbling. I have enjoyed listening to some great and historical debate on the House Floor. I am truly fortunate to serve with so many outstanding Democratic Legislators from across our state. They are inspiring and great role models and mentors for me.
For those of you with a county convention tomorrow, I wish you a GREAT day and a GREAT convention. Let's turn NC Blue, one county at a time.

Tricia

(Frontpaged by Anglico)

Comments

Thanks for posting

Grier Martin is here quite a bit as well, but it's great to add another legislator to the mix!

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Also

I think Floyd McKissick is now the newest legislator ;)

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

yup

I think his name went up on the leg website today.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

You are right but I'm still

You are right but I'm still the youngest....lol

Rep. Tricia Ann Cotham
Mecklenburg County/ District 100

Rep. Tricia Cotham
State Representative District 100
www.triciacotham.com

picky

:)

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



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Thank you for coming by

Your strong words in support of the EITC bode well for your decision making in the future. I wasnt in Charlotte for the event, but I enjoyed the video.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

Thank you for your comments.

Thank you for your comments. I was honored to speak to the group. It is crucial we support a living and fair wage and that we support our working families.
Feel free to come to Charlotte anytime!!!

Rep. Tricia Ann Cotham
Mecklenburg County/ District 100

Rep. Tricia Cotham
State Representative District 100
www.triciacotham.com

Welcome.

Thank you for jumping in to our little fishbowl. I hope you find it to your liking.

More to the point, I hope your colleagues in the General Assembly will get a glimpse of the power of this kind of direct communications with people all across the state. You're already setting a good example, which is most encouraging.

Best of luck!

James

I am honored to be here! I'm

I am honored to be here! I'm new to all this so I have somethings to learn. (i.e. I tried to post a pic but it didn't work)

Rep. Tricia Ann Cotham
Mecklenburg County/ District 100

Rep. Tricia Cotham
State Representative District 100
www.triciacotham.com

Do you want a pic as part of your post

so that it shows up each time?

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



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Yes, can you help me? I

Yes, can you help me? I tried to attach my photo but to no avail.

Rep. Tricia Ann Cotham
Mecklenburg County/ District 100

Rep. Tricia Cotham
State Representative District 100
www.triciacotham.com

I can try

first, your photo needs to be scaled down to about 85 x 85 pixels. Then you need to save it on your computer - anywhere, as long as you remember where it is.

Go to "My Account" found in the left sidebar. Look at the tabs at top and select "edit" then scroll down to "picture". Click on the "browse" button and find the saved photo on your computer and click/double click it to select it. Scroll down to the bottom of this same page and click on the "submit" button.

See if that works.

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



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Hello and thank you

for becoming a representitive of this great state!

I know you are new to the General Assembly, and to be honest with you, I am new to the State. So I am not all that smart on what the General Assembly can and cannot do.

However, I would ask you to look into the OLF issue that is affecting NE NC with a potential plan to eminent domain up to 33,000 acres of land. The Navy is strong arming their way into the state. While many elected officials have recently started to question and even posture to stop funding for this plan, the Navy is still moving forward.

The Navy has held this plan over the people of NE NC for over 6 years now. We have had to figure out 3 diffrent plans of land acquisition, threats and misinformation from the Navy in all this time.

When you get a chance to read up on this plan, I ask that you also join the Governor, and numerious local, state and federal officials in questioning the Navy's prefered site at Washington/Beaufort County as well as the other 4 sites being proposed by the Navy. I hope that you will make the determination that the Navy has not properly followed the NEPA process and will require the Navy to truely show where this OLF is required anywhere in North Carolina. Please ask the Navy to show you where the Navy cannot perform the mission of training the Atlantic Fleet airwings for carrier operations at Oceana/Fentress and the other facilitities available on the East coast.

The Navy cannot show you this data because the Navy knows it CAN perform all the military missions required of them with the assets available to them now.

Again, thank you for steping up and reprsenting district 100 directly and everyone of North Carolina indirectly.

what she can do

is be another vote or sponsor for a resolution introduced saying the general assembly is against the issue.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

You are right! Rep. Tricia

You are right!

Rep. Tricia Ann Cotham
Mecklenburg County/ District 100

Rep. Tricia Cotham
State Representative District 100
www.triciacotham.com

First, let me welcome you to

First, let me welcome you to North Carolina. This a GREAT state, the greatest I think. (I'm a little bias though)I appreciate your thoughts on OLF. It is a Federal issue but there are some things the state can do here. I have read a lot of information on this topic and listened to a lot of concerned citizens.
No to OLF!
If I can do anything for you, please let me know.

Rep. Tricia Ann Cotham
Mecklenburg County/ District 100

Rep. Tricia Cotham
State Representative District 100
www.triciacotham.com

I thank you for taking a side.

I ask that you try to get others of the General Assembly to work on this issue.

When 2005 BRAC was happening, the politicians of Virginia, from their gov down to the Mayor of Virginia Beach where standing as one in support of keeping Oceana operational.

That same pull from the General Assembly supporting and standing side-by-side with the Governor and other State officals will send a clear message to the Navy that North Carolina as a whole is opposed to their process.

Welcome to BlueNC

See you tomorrow at the convention.



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Looking forward to it! See

Looking forward to it! See you soon.

Rep. Tricia Ann Cotham
Mecklenburg County/ District 100

Rep. Tricia Cotham
State Representative District 100
www.triciacotham.com

Wooo hooo!! Welcome

to another legislator. Thanks for stopping by.
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.

Thank you!!!! Rep. Tricia

Thank you!!!!

Rep. Tricia Ann Cotham
Mecklenburg County/ District 100

Rep. Tricia Cotham
State Representative District 100
www.triciacotham.com

Welcom Rep Cotham

You are taking a good step into the blogosphere thru BlueNC. I hope you come back often and join our community. We, like you are working for a Dem majority whick ultimately means for the common good. Like many have noted, the tubes open up a whole new world for the citizens and legislators alike. I hope you take the time to follow this link to Blue South's article, Candidates and Blogging. I think he explains the whole process wonderfully and can help you understand this world a little better.

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

Progressive Discussions

Great to see you

What made you decide to run? How competitive was the campaign?

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

C'mon Screwy ask the question....

Where do you stand on health care reform in our back-of-the-pack state? Mental health parity? universal children's insurance?

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

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

Thank you for asking. I

Thank you for asking. I became active in politics (on my own) when I was 11. I was curious about several campaigns and I asked my mom to see if I could volunteer for the party. She had to call for me and I became the youngest volunteer for the MCDP. (later I received an award for this)I used to go each Saturday with a registar (not my parents) and walk inner city neighborhoods and register people to vote and campaign for Harvey Gantt. I loved it. Even if I was under the age to vote, I want others to vote. While in high school, I was very politically active. In college, I met John Edwards and organized his first fundraiser in Charlotte. (Everyone else here was supporting DG Martin.) This is where my parents became active in local politics. (There have been many incorrect postings about my family and me.) I was asked to be Edwards' first intern in DC as a result to my endless campaigning. I lived in DC during the summer and loved it. Over the next few years, I remained active in politics but began to focus my efforts on graduating college and becoming a teacher. I majored in History and Political Science. I told my Political Science professor of NC State Politics that I was going to be in NC General Assembly someday. This was always a goal of mine. This January, while in Raleigh at an Education Conference, I was approached by some folks from all over to seek this seat. I was honored by their comments and decided to look into it. I talked with my principal who was most supportive. I then began to hear from many democrats who encouraged me to run so I did. the campaign was so hard and tiring. I worked all day as a high school administrator and then the nights as a candidate. I gained a true appreciation of how hard this process really is on candidates. I believe in grassroots politics and I focused my efforts here as most candidates do. I was so honored to be elected and I am committed to public service.
I appreciate you asking and I hope this long response gives you and others a little insight.
Rep. Tricia Ann Cotham
Mecklenburg County/ District 100

Rep. Tricia Cotham
State Representative District 100
www.triciacotham.com

That's a compelling story.

Thanks for taking the time to tell it.

Drama Queen was right about my needing to know where you come in on the recent decision by DHHS Secretary Carmen Hooker Odom to retroactively slash rates while smearing professional mental health providers as "abusers". The Secretary, after cutting rates far beyond what would support a mental health system, decided to do a cost analysis.

I could go on and on. Rep. Charles Thomas moved for a public hearing, which passed his Appropriations Subcommittee but hasn't yet, as far as I know, been scheduled. Hooker Odom has postponed any decision on a new rate for another week, leaving our network of provider scrambling to borrow money from LMEs and whoever else to tide us over until the odious Odom gets her head out of her ass.

What's your angle, Rep. Cotham? Are you willing to get out in front of this issue? Many are calling for Sec. Odom's dismissal, but Governor Easley, who evidently cares more for Carmen than for the hundreds of thousands of mental health service recipients, has a heckuva lot of confidence in her. You?

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

I'm glad to hear nixon was so supportive...

I graduated for East Meck 4 years ago, the first year he became principal.

Congrats and welcome ....

Stay true to the Democratic principles which got you elected Tricia. You can do much good there, or you will not. I know you will excell and we will all be proud of you.

JFK said "One person can make a difference and everybody should try".

God bless you in your service.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

Thank you very much! Rep.

Thank you very much!

Rep. Tricia Ann Cotham
Mecklenburg County/ District 100

Rep. Tricia Cotham
State Representative District 100
www.triciacotham.com

A Class Act

Rep. Cotham, you have already demonstrated to this Dem that you will rise above the pack by your grace & fortitude in the face of the very dirty tricks from some who opposed your candidacy. Your campaign amply demonstrated that you are made of finer stuff. Thanks for rising to the challenge and serving. It is hard work with long hours, ridiculously low pay for what is asked of you and requires many personal sacrifices. Few recognize what an intellectually and physically challenging marathon public service is, yet many are quick to criticize , second guess, nit pick,and snipe&gripe from their comfy couches. You have my admiration and support. Though I am not in your district, I am in Charlotte and at your service.

I will not be at the convention due to my wish to avoid the mentally unbalanced personal attacks of one who you also probably have had enough of to last a lifetime. My personal credo is to always try to respond with compassion and, in this case, that means staying home. It feels a bit like not going to the prom when I've worked so hard on the decorations but it is the best for the party.

Public service is not an "All About Me" game anyway. The Democratic agenda stands as a bulwark against the darkness that shrouds our nation. Our success is critical to restore hope to the world that the U.S. is not lost forever to the depths of greed, violence and madness. What is true of the political is also true of the personal. Yours will not be an easy job but we are grateful to you for stepping up to the plate and enduring the slings and arrows.

The thing about politics, and life in general, is that destructive clowns come in all colors, stripes and political affiliations--no party has a corner on the market of doofuses. Humans are deeply flawed beings who largely operate from a deep pool of deprivation, despair and fear; and so can inflict a great deal of harm, as we see so acutely on a daily basis. I have great faith in your ability because you confronted this ugliness head on and never sunk to that level in your responses. It takes strength of character to respond with the compassion and restraint that you have displayed--and that is the mark of a true leader. Congratulations on your new gig!

Be kind to one another. Remember we are all bozos on this bus.

What ugliness?

People debating and asking hard questions? People looking for answers in the face of surprise? That's ugliness?

That said . . . I agree with your admiration of the representative. A lesson in grace for each and every one of us.

Plenty O' Ugly

Let me count the ways: anonymous letters smearing the candidate deposited into mailboxes, the whisper and yelling campaign to discredit her, the telephone calls and arm twisting to vote against her, the outright name calling by malicious malcontents. Not to mention the other tactics already reported by mainstream media. These were tactics worthy of Lee Atwater. The "debating and people asking hard questions" were hardly what I was referring to. But then perhaps you were not privy to the rest so I shan't judge your derision harshly. Tricia held her own in the debate AND in the smear campaign.

Be kind to one another. Remember we are all bozos on this bus.

I didnt see

any word of anything malicious in the media, but its likely I missed it.

As for the other things, I didnt hear about any of that either. If people were "depositing" things into mailboxes, you might want to contact the government for what is in fact a felony. Unless they were just normal letters...

As for phone calls, I am sure that everyone made phone calls asking for votes. I can imagine anything else occurring. As to the nature of those calls well, obviously if there were people twisting arms to force a vote against now Rep Cotham, they obviously were not very effective.

As they say, dont sweat the small stuff. She did very well in the special election, so I doubt there is much anger directed at her, if any at all.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

DEFuning - nice to see you. It's been a while

The convention was uneventful and Rep. Cotham did a very nice job bringing greetings from the lege (more about that later)...however....don't nominate her for sainthood just yet. She did get in a nasty swipe or two in her responses and that was fairly well publicized. The problem is the only thing the press publicized coming at her were simply remarks about her not living in the district which made things look a bit one-sided in the "ugliness" department to folks who weren't there. None of her "opposition" seemed to be in attendance today and she announced she will run in '08 which received a very nice round of applause.

The convention went fairly well, but turnout was very disappointing. (more on this later) I missed seeing you there. I really wanted to feel a new sense of energy and excitement, but it wasn't there. Not yet. I have high hopes. James Ferguson is wonderful....ok...the rest has to wait for my writeup!



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Ours was ill-attended as well.

I was one of only two from our normally very-active precinct, and I had to leave early!!!

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

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

We have somewhere around 196 precincts

and about 125 were in attendance and some of us couldn't even vote.

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.

Thank you for your remarks.

Thank you for your remarks. I appreciate your support and advice. Have a GREAT weekend.

Rep. Tricia Ann Cotham
Mecklenburg County/ District 100

Rep. Tricia Cotham
State Representative District 100
www.triciacotham.com

Being the youngest

being the youngest member of the House should mean that you will have the courage to take on the tougher issues. Fight for change in mental health care and also for an end to the death penalty. Ending the death penalty would save millions and that money could be spent on mental health and so many other things that need so much attention.
Welcome,and I do hope that your political career will be one that will make this state proud. Please don't think that you have to be like the rest of the members of the House. Make a difference~!!!