Name one

I'm appreciating Matt Hill's comments about feeling left behind by the Democratic party, but you don't have to be gay to feel that way, Certainly not here in North Carolina, where the main difference between Democrats and Republicans seems to be which industry they're beholden to. I'm sure there are some great people somewhere down there in NC House and Senate, but the leadership in both parties gives me the creeps. With Art Pope owning a solid core of right wing wackos and Jim Black trafficing in favors among favors, it's hard to stomach sometimes.

Do you have a Senator or Representative in the NC legislature that you're particularly proud of?

I'd really like to know who the next generation of leaders will be, because from where I sit, it's not very encouraging.

PS Is anyone going to attend this meeting? I hate meetings, but . . .


I'm proud of Verla Insko.

I'm disappointed in Joe Hackney for not standing up to Jim Black.
I'm disappointed in Ellie Kinnaird for voting against poor, blind, disabled elderly and for the wealthy and corporations in last year's Senate budget.

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.

I like Verla too.

But I don't have a good feel for what she gets done.

And I honestly can't imagine being a woman trying to make headway in the Boy's Club. You have to hand it to her just for showing up.

I'm biased.

In that she is the only one pushing universal healthcare in North Carolina.

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.

Susan Fisher, John Snow

I know you're upset about Black. So am I. but he hasn't been charged yet. Once he's charged, then complain if they say nothing.
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

Fisher. Snow. Insko.

The start of a good list.

I know the ethical standards for public officials float just above whale shit in the bottom of the ocean, but I have a hard time withholding my ire until charges are filed or not filed. I was all over Tom Delay way back when and didn't need Ronnie Earle to push me into action. And I call people like John Hood on their hypocrisy all the time. Which is why I can't keep quiet about Black. He may not have done anything illegal . . . but he himself says he's operating in the "gray" area.

I don't want to have to worry which shade of gray public officials are occupying. I want them to be beyond reproach.

I want Jim Black to say, "I'm sorry. What I did was not right (take your pick on his issues) and I think North Carolina would be better served by a leader who doesn't have this cloud hanging over him."

I want Art Pope to say the same thing about pouring corporate money into elections. It may not be illegal, but it's wrong, wrong, wrong. And anyone with half a brain knows that. That' why I find Hood's silence on the issue so sad and unfortunate.

I'll Second On John Snow!

I second DQ's motion on Senator John Snow-D of Murphy,NC. Represents 50th Dist. I have known Former Judge ,His Honor John Snow for a long time ever since I worked in the Sheriffs Dept. here back in the 90s. From my time spent around him then and now as a Senator for my District I can honestly make this statement about him.

The State Senate hasn't changed him much at all! He is a man of high moral chaerter ,Has Family Values and a strong belief in God and doing what is right for everyone. Before we got John Snow as our Senator in the 50th District folks used to have a saying in these parts that "The State of N.C. Offically ended at Balsam Gap" outside of Waynesville in Haywood County as far as Raleigh was concerned with this part of WNC.

I have the responsibility to tell you what I know as facts, not what I hear folks say. John Snow ,even while serving on the bench has always been a fair & honest man. Not to say though, that while he served on the bench, If you did the crime and were guilty of the crime,He sentenced you for the crime. He never showed any favoriteism in his court.

On Court day ,you had better be ready to hold court if you were in charge of courtroom security because the man was always on time,well prepared to do his job and those of us in Law Enforcement knew he did not put up with any BS. If you made charges on someone you better had made them by the book.

I personally feel he represents me in the same way in Raleigh. Two issues I know of I can relate to you because they involve me personally. One, When we needed replacement N.C. Flags for the 2 Veterans Post here we had contacted all the other sources includeing the Div. of Veteran Affairs. Well all we had to do was what we should have done in the first place, Contact John Snow!

He had them to us in only a matter of days and hand delevered them. Not only that he sat with us for well over a hour & 1/2 to discuss & find out about Veterans Issues in this part of the District. Useing his own words,

If i dont know what you need help with ,then I cant fix it!

I had also been trying to find help within the Legislature to get something done about all these people running around wearing Medals & Ribbions they never earned in service along with displaying NCDMV car tags with veteran Symbols on them. It seems he was already aware of the problem in his own county. Well, he discussed it over with me and that night I wrote the Resolution for the NC Stolen Honor Act. Senator Snow's folks are working on it as I write. He is a veteran himself. He was present for the opening on our Veterans Service Office and presented me with my Certificate of Completeion in Veterans Law & Advocacy from Nat. Vets Legal Services. It was a real Honor to me for him to be the one,Ex- Lawyer,Judge and now State Senator to be the one to present it to me. Of course I was also proud to have Heath Shuler standing next to me at thet time also!

So to wrap this up in a nutshell, We look for honesty,fairness,experence, knowledge in our folks who represent us in Raleigh. Well, My Senator has all of that so I guess I will just have to Second DQ's motion on John Snow.
Dan Siler,Robbinsville ,NC/Graham County/50th Senate Dist.

I like and have been impressed with

my own Rep, Alice Bordsen. This isn't based on a study of her work, but my sense from the times I've met her.

Well I would have said Doug

but he's not elected yet!
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

Joe Sam Queen

He got the watershed for Lake James protected by alliances with eastern legislators.

He's out now but he needs all our help to get back in.

He's your classic good man. And Keith Presnell is your classic . . . (I'll let y'all fill in the blanks.
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

Adams & Womble

I've got two: Rep. Alma Adams and Rep. Larry Womble. Both are great and open allies of the LGBT community in North Carolina. Rep. Adams is also a great ally to the students of the UNC System.

Matt Hill Comer | The Q-triad Blog


There are many dems in the legislature that I'm very happy are there. Sure, I may never agree 100% with them...and even once in a while they may do something completely I'm against. But I'm still glad they're there.

Some Dems I've been particularly impressed with over the years:
Julia Boseman
Janet Cowell
Jeanne Lucas
Deborah Ross
Jennifer Weisz
Ellie Kinnard
Verla Insko

(and former members Brad Miller & Eric Reeves.)

Raleigh Rob

Velly interesting. Your (current) list is all women.

You're the first!

Hell, I don't even have 100% agreement with myself half the time.

Lump of coal for Coleman

I would leave Linda Coleman off the list as she is allowing herself to be corrupted. She accepted $4,000 from Jim Black, 3/25/06 and now she's the cheerleader for the second coming of the Black eye exam.

The same budget bill that introduced the kindergarten eye exam also limited funding for the Medical Eye Care Program of DHHS Div. of Services for the Blind by eliminating an increase of 5% for inflation. The Medical Eye Care program provides assistance for screening, treatment, surgery, glasses and eye-related medications for low-income NC residents of all ages with vision problems who do not qualify for Medicaid.

Coleman now wants to add $6.5 million to $2 million already earmarked for the Black eye exam program while the Medical Eye Care Program funding remains a paltry $1.6 million.

She also accepted $500 from payday lobbyist Denise Harrod 3/29/2006 and accepted $250 for payday executive Dennis James 1/1/2006 without listing his occupation or employer. They have written a bill with the help of Rufus Edmisten that reintroduces payday lending under the guise of "credit enhancement services". (H2836)

Thanks Greg

This is great, a good list of who is who and who sucks is emerging.

Um...lesseeee Mecklenburg...

Jim Black


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