11th District Convention News: Luke Hyde Supports His Opponent's Ideas

On Saturday, May 18th North Carolina's 11th District Democratic Party gathered for an annual convention. There were oodles of very interesting resolutions to be considered, there was a sitting Congressman to hear from, and there was a future path to choose.

Luke Hyde, a quick wit and poster child for the Old Guard of the Democratic Party in the area, found out 5 days before the convention that he would have an opponent. Paul Donohue, who's managed 39 political campaigns and won 37 of them, wanted to give Democrats an option. The good ol' boy network has effectively shut out progressive voices for years and refused to alter tactics for a new milennium. Donohue proposed a ten point plan to bring the Party out of the dark ages and into a new partnership. Here's Donohue's 3 minute campaign speech at the convention.

Donohue handed out a 100 day plan:

"In the first 100 days following my election, ten steps will immediately be undertaken to build the most efficient and effective congressional Distict in the State of North Carolina. We are already good, but we can be great. And with all of us working together, we will be great!

1. Provide public relations, fund-raising, and organizational services to the County Parties.
2. Involve District and County Party Officers in all major decisions.
3. Establish a District office and staff it with voluneers.
4. Establish a District newsletter.
5. Begin to raise funds to run an effective District Organization.
6. Initiate a District public relations campaign.
7. Establish a District website.
8. Establish a District voter registration program.
9. Establish a District get-out-the-vote program.
10. Establish District Hispanic, Native American, Young Dems, Teen Dems, Senior Dems, Women Dems, and Afro-American Organizations."

"Surely," you're thinking, "those things must already be in place. What else would a District Chair have been doing all these years?" We don't know exactly what Luke Hyde and his predecessors were busy doing, but it wasn't organizing this district into a juggernaut. It was losing cycle after cycle after cycle until Heath Shuler and the Republicans' No Good Very Bad Year came along.

Luke Hyde, forever gracious, had this to say in response to Donohue's speech:

I'm not sure what the hell he's talking about. There's certainly no ten point plan or anything beyond what he heard once over grace at Ryan's, but folks must've liked it because in the end Hyde was reelected by a narrow margin. Here's the results being announced:

Scrutiny Hooligans would like to draw your attention to a couple of lines from Chairman Hyde's campaign speech:

"Paul Donohue is a good man. He has excellent ideas, and if I should be reelected Chair we hope to use those ideas."

Hyde then went on to talk about folks holding his hand or somesuch nonsense. He essentially told the audience that he'd use Donohue's ideas and then illustrated, by the absolute lack of substance in his own speech, that he didn't have any ideas. It's a good thing he wants to use Paul Donohue's ideas then, isn't it? Otherwise the Party would have just another Old Guard leader who doesn't know how to get organized and open the Party to Progressive voices. Without Donohue's ideas, we'd have a Party Chair who wouldn't do the work necessary to get Hispanics, Blacks, Natives, Teens, and Seniors involved.

So, Chairman Hyde, the clock is ticking. Donohue pledged to get these ideas going within the first hundred days. You pledged support for those ideas. You've still got 89 days to get any of this stuff done, or else people might think you weren't telling the truth when you stated your support.

Congratulations, Chairman Hyde, on your narrow victory. We progressives hope you see the writing on the wall. We hope you see that Paul Donohue's ideas can actually help us to win and that doing politics-as-usual is going to fail.

You have until Monday, August 26th to prove that you mean to lead this Party into a new era.

p.s. Chairman Hyde, I understand, doesn't own a computer or know how to deal with email. So could someone please let him know what's up? If we had a district office, I'd email a link to this post there...


No Catchy Slogan From Me This Time

Thanks for waiting to post this. I think a LOT of people ought to see it and consider it. I will vote for it to be FP.

This is unconscionable in this day & age:

p.s. Chairman Hyde, I understand, doesn't own a computer or know how to deal with email. So could someone please let him know what's up? If we had a district office, I'd email a link to this post there...

I understand many people of his generation aren't conversant in this new medium. I would suggest someone volunteer to help him out. Be a staffer - a dedicated staffer and print out his emails and give them to him. Set him up a gmail or yahoo. I don't care. Just DO it.

If he is sincere in his admiration for Paul Donohue's ideas - hold him to it statements.

It's disappointing that 'sound bite' messages proved to be more persuasive than a real meat meal. But that being said, I also understand that just a few people not showing up can make a big difference in elections. I missed the numbers in the vid. But 3, 5, or even 15 isn't a very big number is it?

I don't live over where you are and from waaay over here where I am I don't know how much I can do for you. But I'll do what I can because I have a soft spot in my heart for you all - You Rock!

There are still 7 or so county chairs in NC

that don't have e-mail. And it's not like all 100 counties have county parties ...

actually, that's why NC-11 needed Donohue's plan. Some congressional districts (like mine) aren't natural districts and have all of the counties organized (and are better served by working through county parties), but the 11th isn't one of those districts. Maybe SH can tell us about what the ratio of organized to unorganized counties is, but I'm sure it's not greater than 60%.

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

I believe Screwy was not quite accurate there

It is my understanding that Mr. Hyde has computers and an email account. He just doesn't use it as often as one would hope.

And the former district chair (who is now Heath's District Director) was similarly out of touch.

Neither one of them seems to have much interest in the internet, in blogs, or in using the internet to communicate with either party members or constituents. But it's not really their inability to take advantage of the internet that is the problem. The internet is just exposing a long-term (and pre-existing) lack of interest in communicating clearly with their fellow Democrats.

You see, the good ole boys who have been running the 11th since I moved to North Carolina in 1990 don't want communication to be facilitated (by the internet or anything else). They do their work in the dark. They hold meetings but the decisions have usually already been made. Attendees at meetings are not expected to offer ideas. Well, if they do offer up some kind of suggestion, that idea rarely gets acted upon.

Because the internet threatens that system, most 11th District good ole boys choose to ignore it.

Let's hope Mr. Hyde acts upon the suggestions Mr. Donohue put forward. Let's hope he opens up the 11th to the wonderful ideas and energy of its county officers and activists who worked so hard to get Heath Shuler elected. Let's hope he listens to those who deserve so much to be treated with respect, who have earned the right (through their hard work and the electoral process) to be included in the district's decision-making and administration. Let's hope he changes the direction the 11th has been heading for years and leads his fellow Democrats to a place where strong-willed women are treated with respect and minorities and progressives included.
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

no wonder

the 11th elected Republicans for so long. It sounds like a bunch of Wolves in Sheeps clothing if you ask me.

Its called the DEMOCRATIC party for a reason damnit.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

These so-called Democrats don't care at all about

working to make the party stronger, more organized, or anything that sounds good to you or me. They have always spent the bulk of their energy working to keep their positions within the party. Some of them do keep winning local elections or their house or senate seat is "safe," so they don't do anything to kick out the do-nothing, non-Democrats running things.

But these days there are a lot of absolutely wonderful people in lesser positions working their asses off for absolutely no thanks at all. Unfortunately, the people who have been running the place for years do not for one minute believe in little-d democracy. They truly spend more energy fighting for their spots in the party against their fellow democrats than they ever spend fighting Republicans. It's really pathetic. It's obvious that their obstructionism, sexism, and lack of inclusion is one of the biggest threats to Shuler's incumbency (along with newly organized and motivated Republicans in Henderson County.)

These good ole boys need to be retired. I'm just hoping that Luke Hyde takes advantage of all the truly amazing people out there willing to work to make the 11th a more organized, inclusive, and little-d democratic district.
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

Hey now

Wolves get a bad rap.

Elephants. They are pachyderms, my friend. Pachyderms.

The Den
It's your democracy; use it.



There was a lot of turnover among county chairs, and those who accepted positions are ready to work. I think the District is ready to create a lasting Party infrastructure, and there's a chance that Chairman Hye could help that along. Whether he will is a question only time will answer.

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

Thank you for posting this report.

I'm impressed that the convention was apparently as organized as it appears to have been. And I'm extremely impressed with Mr. Donohue's 10 pt. plan. I hope that Mr. Hyde really does take those ideas and run with them. If he's sart, he'll appoint Mr. Donohue to carry out some of the more progressive of them and get it going.

And yes, someone should volunteer to handle electronic communications for the district. Someone who is 'savvy' with computers. Do you know anyone like that, Screwy?
The Den
It's your democracy; use it.

Good News for broadband in North Carolina

I recall that Luke Hyde became chair of the 11th in 2005, when the old chair stepped down. Mr. Hyde got folks involved, precincts organized, and worked the ground hard.

I think the action plan of Mr. Donohue sounds great, and maybe he can lead the committee. We need to remember that a position in the Dem Party is a 'Volunteer Position'. We also need to remember that a good Democratic Volunteer always finds a way to bring added value to areas where they excel.

Now, regarding email/internet access:

Broadband has an opportunity to be available statewide, which will help bring Dems in Rural Counties access to what Urban areas currently have.

The only holdup is that the cities want to remain in control...which would stunt the growth of broadband statewide, and keep costs high. Are city leaders getting some type of benefit by not allowing competition? Just seems odd....and I kinda like lower prices

Here's the bill for progressive action on expanding broadband.

Local Gov't Fair Competition Act


The only holdup is that the cities want to remain in control...which would stunt the growth of broadband statewide, and keep costs high. Are city leaders getting some type of benefit by not allowing competition? Just seems odd....and I kinda like lower prices

Please back this assertion up with something. Especially as it applies to rural areas, name the cities trying to keep out competition in broadband. If anything, municipal broadband might be the only option in places where the commercial providers don't see big profits. This bill seeks to keep costs of broadband high by putting up roadblocks to essentially keep municipalities out of the business. If commercial providers were truly scrambling to provide affordable 100%broadband coverage in the state and being hampered by the cost advantages of all those imaginary hundreds of municipalities' and counties' systems, the bill might make some sense. Instead, the bill seeks to ensure that ONLY commercial providers can supply the services and then ONLY when they see fit.

a dilemma

I'm against using taxpayer money to prop up companies who are already turning a profit. At the same time, I want all North Carolinians to enjoy access to the interweb if they want to. Let Charter and Time-Warner and whatever other Pirate-I-mean cable company wire the state. Or let's see DSL become available readily. If the state feels the need to incentivize the process, then I want guarantees from those companies that my rates will not go up for a period of no less than 5 years, since my taxes helped them increase their customer base.

just sayin'.

Can Someone Tell Me

Why do they underline everything in those bills?

It makes it so ***** ****** hard to read. I shut the window after the introduction.

Seriously, why do they do that? A protective measure?

Legalese I can wade through (sometimes) How about a little transparency there? Ugh.

I thnk it might have something to do with editing

I've read bills that have been through significant editing, and there are linethroughs for words that have been deleted, and the underlines are what have been inserted. I think. Don't quote me.

The Den
It's your democracy; use it.

Then Rewrite the Darn Thing

You tell me, did your teacher let you turn in an outline?

No, she did not. She wanted the finished product on her desk by 3pm on Friday. No excuses or you lose points.

Why should We the People settle for less?
Back to you lcloud. :)

No we should not!

But I think they do it so they can keep track of the changes before it's passed or defeated. It drives me nuts. I hate it. Absolutely hate it.

And.....that's it for me tonight!
The Den
It's your democracy; use it.

Its actually simple

Anything written down in a bill in plain type is already part of the law.
Anything underlined would be added to the statutes already in place.
Anything stricken out would be taken away from the statutes already in place.

In a bill like this where it is almost entirely new it looks really silly, but when you start talking about changes to other statues, like how we elect presidential electors, its essential.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

There has to be a better way

I mean really. Just because they have to go blind, doesn't mean they have to post it that way so the rest of us go blind.

Mark them 1st, 2nd, 3rd - whatever. Of course you keep your working copies to refer to - it should be criminal to throw those out. But when it's headed for the vote to be a real deal. Fix it.