Madame Speaker? (and the political education of a toddler)

My almost 5-year-old daughter, Madison, visited the House chamber in the North Carolina General Assembly the day after adjournment. She found herself at home in Speaker Joe Hackney's chair and, as you can see by the accompanying photo, is already practicing to wield the gavel. Oh how she makes her parents proud!

Of course, for those who are familiar with Madison's occasional visits to legislative committees and the House floor with her mother, Rep. Melanie Wade Goodwin, Madison is often more intently listening and courteous during debate than many of the legislators. And she is certainly much better at coloring within the lines.

True story Number 1: Back when she was a tad over 3 years old, Madison frantically called her mother - with help from Grandma - on the telephone. Melanie had been in session all day. Madison, however, had been in preschool and had realized that her favorite baby doll had remained in the car which was parked underneath the Legislative Building. She exclaimed to her mother, without coaching - "Mommy, I am so sad. My baby has spent all day under the Leg-is-la-ture!" Hence, her first four-syllable word.

True story Number 2: Since the time she rode in her first parade several years ago with her Daddy and Mommy, Madison has a very simple yet appropriate answer to the question, "How do we vote, Madison?" ... "Vote Democratic, Daddy!" She has become quite popular at rallies with that one.

True story Number 3: One day during the 2006 legislative session I was escorting Madison around the Legislative Building and running various errands. We bumped into UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Moeser. Seeing an opportunity for her to ham it up, I immediately said to the Chancellor, "Watch this! ... Madison, how does that song go? " With my merely saying the first two words - "I'm a ..." she then ran with the rest of it and proceeded with her rendition of the Tar Heel fight song. With her early passion for all that is Carolina, I'm still hoping it might get her tuition waived.

True story Number 4: Melanie and I had it all planned ... name the baby "Madison" if a girl or "Jackson" if a boy. That's right, our child was going to have the name of a Democratic President no matter what. With no women elected President yet, we were quite limited in what to name our baby girl. (Though we did briefly consider "Eleanor", spouse of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.)

True story Number 5: I kid you not ... in what was a sure sign that she had been to too many political meetings, in October 2006 Madison was overheard telling someone "I support Larry Kissell because Robin Hayes took our jobs away!" Suffice it to say that all who heard our daughter - then a mere 4 years old - were stunned. Including her parents. Frankly, we didn't teach her that one. I didn't realize that nursery school focused on CAFTA quite yet. But, hey, if no child is going to be left behind then they need to know these things.



Go, Madison.

Wayne, this is wonderful! Children really do learn what they live, and it's obvious that you and Melanie include her in your "grown-up" world whenever possible. I know that there are Teen Democrat groups all over the place. Maybe she can start our first Kindergarten Dem group!

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

As a long time fan of Madison

let me say that we can count on big things from this young lady. She works a crowd like a pro. I wonder where she gets that talent from????

Met Rep Goodwin to introduce amendment to Registration law

I didn't realize your wife is Melanie Goodwin. I had the pleasure of meeting her earlier this year to discuss North Carolina's restrictive "No Match No Vote" policy. She gave me (and Perry Woods) about 15 minutes to discuss the high rate of provisional ballots cast (and discarded) in North Carolina, and part of the underlying cause. We presented her this report on how "No Match No Vote" blocked many eligible voters.

The "No Match No Vote" rule would block many voters, regardless of whether they registered through the mail or through the early voting "in person" (also called Same Day) registration.

Melanie worked with us (and the Brennan Center for Justice and Project Vote) to introduce an amendment to then voter registration law to remove arbitrary and unfair barriers to voters caused by matching personal data against various govt databases.

The amendment and the bill it was embedded in, HB 1724 passed and was ratified on August 2. The Brennan Center for Justice will be sending out a press release soon to praise the improvement of voters rights in North Carolina.

We thank Rep Goodwin for her work to remove this nearly invisible but large barrier to voters in North Carolina.

if you can tech her just two...

...more catchphrases, and maybe six buzzwords, she'll be ready to replace tucker carlson.

"...i feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up." --tom lehrer, january 1965

I love these stories

Wade, we coached our daughters from a very, very young age to say "Go Tar Heels". Of course, that's what they said regardless of the teams playing. When a three-yr-old shouts "Go Tar Heels!" at the Carolina Panthers nobody seems to mind.

No offer of tuition for us either. ;)

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

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

If I may quote a well known A-Political guy....

"Suffer the children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven"
Jesus Christ

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