We really need to work on branding. And I'm not talking about a catchy saying or product title, I'm talking about super-heating a steel rod in some hot coals and burning a "J" on the forehead of certain Dem lawmakers. The "J" stands for Jackass, but I'm willing to compromise on the letter.
I had never heard of Texan Wendy Davis until social media alerted me to her filibuster of the Texas legislature. I was able to watch online as she, and Texas Democrats, held the floor until time ran out for the abortion bill. This was the first time I ever realized that parliamentary procedure could be absolutely riveting!!
It continues to fascinate today, and is used effectively by Republican leaders at NCGA. There are many ways to get rid of a proposed bill, something you don't like, one of which is to Table the Bill. Another is to rule the suggestion is Out of Order.
Saturday was a big day for the North Carolina Democratic Party. Many of you may have heard about the fundraiser being held in Charlotte - the Sanford Hunt Frye dinner. As Democrats from across the state gathered for the gala, a much smaller group of 38 members of the Executive Council met earlier in the day to conduct the party's business. Several important decisions were made - all of which move the party forward.
Former Labor Commissioner John Brooks has been removed as chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party’s Council of Review, the party’s committee tasked with resolving internal disputes. In her letter dismissing Brooks, NCDP Chair Patsy Keever referenced multiple violations of the party’s Plan of Organization, as well as, Brooks’ refusal to delay a hearing scheduled for Sunday April 12, at 9:00 a.m. after the Respondent suffered a serious heart attack on Thursday April 2, and underwent emergency surgery. Keever ended her letter with the simple admonishment,
I've attended only one precinct meeting in my life, and it was a deadening experience. But I'm showing up this year because, well, extraordinary measures are called for. It's time to put up or shut up.
In the early days of BlueNC, I followed a challenge made by Lance McCord, a BlueNC founder, to attend my Democratic Party precinct meeting. It is now time for me to issue that same challenge. I know it is cold, and your couch is cozy, but we need your help to get Democrats elected.
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