Will Black Retain Role as Speaker?

He thinks that he will, according to the Charlotte Observer:

Another measure [of Black's strength] is the support he still claims from Democratic colleagues. On Thursday, fellow Democrats welcomed him to a news conference with a standing ovation. He believes he'll have the votes to be re-elected speaker in January.

"The members of my caucus know me best," Black says, "and when I talk to them (they say), Don't you even think about stepping aside. We've got important work to do."

If Black gets reelected to the House in the fall, well that's between him and his constituents. But is there no one among the 63 Democrats in Raleigh capable of taking on the job who might not also bring the whiff of scandal that Black wears like cologne? If so, that's just lame.

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Surely we can do better

NC Dems are in a good position with regards to Black. His problems could well have become everyone's, but that seems less likely in the wake of a successful legislative session. Now that the job has been done and Dem leaders can go back to their districts and tout what they've accomplished, now would be an excellent time to line up Black's successor as speaker.

Big question mark

My vote is that he does not get reelected. But how many seats will we lose because Democrats did not work to oust him soon enough.

I haven't heard any polls

I haven't seen or heard anything locally and there is a lot of loyalty to him in these parts. I have no idea whether he will be able to pull it off or not.



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Reelected Speaker.

Sorry for the confusion.

I am pretty sure he will be reelected to the house.

I thought there were a couple stepping forward

I'd have to go back through archives to drag up their names, but I haven't heard a bit about it in months.

BTW...remember the Wake Co. Prosecutor promised us a decision on whether charges would be brought by the end of May. It's now the end of July.

AND...remember the law he supposedly broke by accepting blank checks and doling them out? If it was so illegal, why did the legislature just pass another law making it illegal? Now, I realize there are several strikes against the good speaker, but this action is probably the one I've read most about in the newspaper here in Charlotte. If it had been illegal for Black to do that the legislature wouldn't have had to pass a law making it illegal...right? Or am I missing something here?

Let me just add....(Not enough caffeine yet this morning...)
I hope someone steps forward. I personally like Jim Black. He's a friend of my mother's and he really is a good man. There are things that are wrong that aren't against the law. I expect the people we elect to be able to make that distinction. Jim Black seems to have failed at that given the information we have.



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Laws, Laws, Laws

We all the time pass laws that are either intended to clarify the current state of things or are simply redundant. The argument that a new law was passed has nothing to do with whether an act was illegal to begin with.

I can understand clarifying

especially if the law was poorly written to begin with, but spending the people's time and money to pass something that is already on the books just to look like you're doing something....well...that's...it ought to be against the law! ;)



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I think many progressives let up on Black

because it was so obvious he would graciously decline to be considered for Speaker in 2007. I know I did. I thought, what would be the point of beating a dead horse?

But I'll tell you this: If the the Democratic Party in North Carolina can't manage to find a suitable replacement for Mr. Black, I personally will do everything I can to break all hell loose. I promise. I will be a total pain in his ass.

So please. Jerry Meek. Joe Hackney. Jim Hunt. Please. Step up and be the leaders we need right now. Because the Southern Dem got it right:

There are things that are wrong that aren't against the law. I expect the people we elect to be able to make that distinction. Jim Black seems to have failed at that ...

Grrrrr

I'm sorry, but this quote by Black just totally pisses me off:

"The members of my caucus know me best," Black says, "and when I talk to them (they say), Don't you even think about stepping aside. We've got important work to do."

Who are these freakin' people he's talking to? Does Black have photos of them having sex with dogs?