Thank you, BlueNC! Now on to November ...

Mere words cannot fully express my deep felt appreciation for BlueNC's vital efforts in my Insurance Commissioner campaign!

In a very short period of time between my filing and May 6th we were able to stress why the 2008 Democratic Primary for NC Insurance Commissioner should be on everyone's political radar. Playing a significant role were the blog posts, BlueNC's Live Blog, and the recent BlueNC Blogger Bash.

And with your individual roles in my campaign, as well as the dialog among the BlueNC community, we were able to get out my campaign message and win 56% of the Statewide vote!

This grassroots campaign team was very blessed to have many persons chipping in to post signs, speak as a surrogate, deliver materials, coordinate multiple mailings, create and post blog entries on various relevant political sites, and successfully conduct a multitude of in-person meetings with key leaders and consumer groups in the State.

With BlueNC's help I was also able to surpass the mandatory minimum thresholds for public financing – both by comfortable buffers or margins. Given the short period of time between when I learned of my candidacy and the May 6th election, I was joyfully amazed with the sheer volume of work so many of you did to interest folks in making "qualifying" contributions. It was no easy task, but with every one doing their part this campaign was the first to meet the thresholds.

I could go on further, but do know this: Working together, we will duplicate our success in the November election and prove to the State that our best years are still yet to come.

Again, thank you for everything you did to make our team's victory happen!
- Wayne

P.S. I would have contacted you earlier today but my obligation to take care of my 5-day-old newborn son, Jackson, and my wife, Melanie, took priority. I'm sure you understand! In the near future you will see one or two photos of North Carolina's newest Democrat!


Get some sleep, Wayne!

Congratulations! I picked up two of your signs. I can take them to HQ in Monroe if you want me to.

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

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

Congratulations, Wayne!

On several fronts!! I'm looking forward to voting for you in November and telling all my friends who may not normally vote down ballot how important your race is.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Two wins in less than a week...

How do you plan to top that in November!? Seriously, though, listening to you I learned more about the office than I ever wanted to know... and now I am glad I did. You're the right one for the job, Wayne.

Photos of Baby Jackson!

As requested by Linda and many other BlueNC'ers, I have attached to this message two photos of North Carolina's newest Democrat (and one not-so-new Democrat)!

... I hope that everyone who checked in at my "Wayne's World" blog over the last few days - a massive, record number of hits to that site, by the way - will have the opportunity to check back in for this post of appreciation. ... Or, if they're reading this post here at BlueNC then they'll get the message notwithstanding.

You can tell Jackson is not as fired up as his Dad about the elections process yet! But there's plenty of time for that to change, of course.

Again, you have my and my family's many thanks. Jackson is beautiful

....the closeup makes him look like he's for my dad, or else! Beautiful child! Send our best to Melanie.

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

He's beautiful, Wayne.

Absolutely beautiful.

And in 30 years, I guess I'll be hobbling to the polls to vote for young Mr. Jackson Goodwin, and his sister Madison, for something.

Bright Blessings to the Goodwins - thank you to you and Melanie for ALL you do for North Carolina.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

I love the phrase

I love the phrase "when I learned of my candidacy". Even if I hadn't heard Wayne at the blogger picnic, Jim Long's endorsement is all that I needed to know (it was kind of fun to hear how fired up Wayne sounded, too, of course!).

I'm deeply grateful that Jim Long has kept the insurance companies in reasonable check in North Carolina for some time now, and I'm confident that Wayne will continue the tradition if we get the word out to all the folks voting in November. Even some Republicans might want to have lower insurance rates, don't you think?

-- ge

Besta é tu se você não viver nesse mundo

Besta é tu se você não viver nesse mundo

Preach on, brother



I thought you pitched your speech at the BlueNC bash a bit too "big" for the audience, but my wife Michelle thought you were the most engaging speaker. I sure couldn't fault you for the fundamentals: you projected, exhibited absolutely no fear or lack of confidence, and most importantly, you repeated your name and which office you were running for, which is critical for down-ballot races. There's a reason those are the 2 things you're supposed put on the yard signs...

Anyway, this shows what I know! Go big and stay big!

So, uh, my insurance company (Farmer's of Illinois) doesn't write policies in North Carolina. Apart from just shopping around for competitive rates for renter's and auto, anyone have any recommendations? Which NC insurance companies are least-sued by their policy holders?

relocating from Indianapolis, IN to RTP, NC soon; got any advice for me?

I wouldn't recommend drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me. -- Hunter S. Thompson

Garner, NC

I wouldn't recommend drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me. -- Hunter S. Thompson

I'd ask some of your Durham neighbors for a good local agent

and then sit down with that agent and talk about your needs. I'd give you my guy's name, but he's about an hour's drive for you.

I can't stress how much peace of mind tenant's insurance gave me. We have way too much stuff to put on the line if there's a problem with the property we're in. And getting that insurance gave us a discount on our car insurance, too.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

That's excellent advice, Linda!

... If he needs any additional information or doesn't get enough feedback from the neighbors, then I'll be happy to do some checking for him, too.

Regardless, based on the above request it would be interesting to determine which carrier(s) are least involved in litigation. Of course, one thing to note is that the larger the book of business and the larger market share in the State, then the numbers of visits to the courthouse and the legal system are increased. Size of the market share is one objective factor. There are other subjective factors, too, that include poor or erroneous claims adjustment, poor selection of legal counsel, etc. Food for thought.

Thank you for the feedback, Branden ...

... I sometimes wonder if I lay it on a little too thick, but - believe it or not - I do temper my remarks based on the audience! At the Blogger Bash I was a little "big" - using your term - mainly because the remarks were being webcast and I figured that for folks who couldn't see me in person then there needed to be something a tad extra. I also am very passionate about my campaign platform. ... And if an event has any semblance of a "rally", then I get fired up!

Please tell Michelle I appreciate her feedback, too - Learning that she found my mini-speech "most engaging" is a great booster shot after a long day of changing diapers of my newborn son.

Regarding your insurance question, Linda had some excellent advice for you (see her post above). We may want to see if Farmer's has a NC affiliate, as opposed to the Illinois version you have had. Among the 1,313 insurance companies who are licensed to do business in NC, I thought Farmer's would have some sort of a presence here. Let me know if you want me to look into this further for you.

And, as all of us who enjoy BlueNC are sure to agree, WELCOME to North Carolina, Branden and Michelle!


Let me know if you want me to look into this further for you.

Now that is what all public officials should sound like.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"