'Rep. Ellmers says NC will benefit from McCrory's actions'

From a couple of weeks ago via WNCN in Raleigh:

Despite the state being the target of a wave of negative press in national media, Rep. Renee Ellmers says legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory marks positive moves for the state.

The New York Times published an article Wednesday saying that North Carolina's "right turn" under the McCrory administration is leaving residents "across the political spectrum worried that the state's often-hailed political pragmatism may have given way to the ideological warfare of Washington."

"The agenda that did pass was unquestionably a right turn for a state that only five years ago voted for Barack Obama, the first Democratic presidential candidate to win here since Jimmy Carter," the article read...

But Congresswoman Ellmers (R-N.C.) said the laws that McCrory has signed this session will prove to be positive for the state.

"All of the positive moves that the state legislature and Gov. McCrory are making on education, on the budget, on tax reform, these are all great moves that they're working on, and we'll have to let them play out so we can see the results," Ellmers said Wednesday.


Renee Ellmers is a beautifully unique sparklepony

That's not news.

But it's always nice to see what new interesting thing she said lately.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Posmo, while I personally agree on Ellmers,

most voters don't keep up with national politicos very carefully until just before election time, if at all. That is why folks like us, bloggers, have to be truth tellers and tell it widely and often. Maybe if we adopt the tactics of the opposition, with the big difference of spreading the truth widely, instead of repeating lies--well, maybe we can be more competitive in 2014 and beyond.

This is also why I try to refrain from name-calling and over-the-top attacks on this blog. I want BlueNC to be different from the far right echo chambers. Moderate? Maybe not, but can't we be liberal and still civil? Absolutely.

Martha Brock

It's hard

I find myself far too often in the name calling camp, and I mostly regret it. Though sometimes the catharsis is worth it.

Thanks for the nudge. I like your vision of BlueNC. You're helping us get there.


This is why

I try not to say much. I have a terrible tendency to call liars liars, or worse.

Ellmers makes me angry just looking at her, and then she opens her mouth and I lose it completely.

Keep pushing us in the right direction.


"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

Me too. She drives me up the wall.

More to the point, no one will ever accuse me of mincing words. That said, this is Martha's blog post and I tend to defer to the wishes of original authors regarding tone and tenor of comments on their posts. I don't always succeed in biting my tongue, but I do work at it.

It's all good.

In the spirit of cooperation...

...I edited my original post.

Nevertheless, I will go to my grave believing that Ellmers is delusional and says stupid things.

I used adjectives. That's not name-calling. Anyone who believes that equating Islam with terrorism is OK, and is not delusional and stupid, is entitled to that opinion.

I express myself more like Chris Kluwe does. I don't see it as "over the top".

It takes a village. We're all in this together.

In the spirit of cooperation, beautifully unique sparkleponies reign here.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

If I really were really unhappy, I would have edited

I could have, but I was just taking an opportunity to reiterate my concerns about the blog becoming too rancorous to attract new, more "average", readers. Folks drop by, look us over, and they can return--or not.

And, yes, it does "take a village." But note that i am the only woman who posts here very often. I do not think that is an accident.

I have been doing some research on blogging and editing in preparation of a presentation I will do at NC State's Encore Program in the spring. There are a mind-boggling number of blogs to choose from on the web today. Even if only looking at political blogs, folks can take BlueNC.com or leave us.

I don't speak for anyone but myself, but I will try to maintain a civil tone. I am a Southern Belle by birth. All belles were taught, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." It's hard to ever outgrow such a restrictive upbringing. I do agree that calling "liars" by their rightful name is not really breaking the rules of civility.

Martha Brock

I like the alternate version

I like the alternate version of "if you can't say anything nice...." saying. "If you can't say anything nice about someone........come sit down right here beside me." : )

I'm a moderate Democrat.



"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014