A plague o' both thy houses

This is from a Wonkette blog from today and it is well worth a read!

Ancient North Carolina Lady Resigns Senate To Personally Register Every Voter Herself
by Doktor Zoom

If you can't stop a dumb law, you can help people overcome it. Progressive state Sen. Ellie Kinnaird resigned her seat in the North Carolina Senate Monday so that she can work on a project to register voters and help ensure that people get proper ID so they can vote despite the state’s idiotic new voter suppression laws. Can we nominate someone for Legislative Badass of the Year even though she came to our attention for leaving the state legislature? When it’s a body as thoroughly awful as this year’s North Carolina General Assembly — our first whole-legislature nominee for Legislative Shitmuffin of the Year — then leaving is probably the smartest move.

In an email, Kinnaird, 81, cited the “immoral agenda” of the Republican majority, which included rejecting expansion of Medicare under the ACA and passing a huge tax package that lowered taxes on the very rich and raised them on the poor. She also explained that since next year’s session will be shortened, she believes she can accomplish more out of office than in the state Senate.

So what is Kinnaird going to do now, after 17 years in the legislature? She’s going to be organizing and agitating.

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Ellie's replacement

Much discussion ongoing in Orange County about Ellie's replacement. The rumor mill has churned out conversations about Alice Borsden, Mark Chilton, Valerie Foushee, and Amy Tiemann ... and I'm sure there are others.

For my part, I'm looking for a firebrand who will be an articulate and outspoken champion for progressive policy statewide.

Given the gerrymandered majorities in both houses, the likelihood of winning either in 2014 is slim. If Democrats remain in the minority in the Senate, the representative from our district must be able and willing to step into a leadership role in a statewide grassroots uprising. That's what Ellie has decided to do in the area of voter registration.

If Democrats somehow eek out a Senate majority, we should have the most progressive and competent representation possible in every way.

The case could be made for taking the easy way out and choosing a person who will not run for election in the next cycle. The case could also be made for choosing someone who will get in there and raise holy hell. If the "deciders" choose someone who wants to stay in the game, they may very well be choosing our Senator for a dozen years or longer. There's a lot at stake.

PS Rick, respecting fair use, I shortened your post so as not to include the entire text from Wonkette.