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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

McCrory will take his oath Jan. 5, deliver inaugural address a week later

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Governor-elect Pat McCrory's staff disclosed his schedule for taking the oath of office, delivering his inaugural address and hosting a string of open houses and inaugural balls. He'll be sworn in on January 5, with the rest spread over the next seven days. Here's an edited version of the press release we received: Governor-Elect McCrory Announces Inauguration Details “North Carolina has incredible people, talent and resources, and to start a North Carolina Comeback, we must bring all parts of the state together to put them back to work. This year’s inauguration will be focused on highlighting North Carolina’s untapped potential...

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Linda Coleman concedes; Republican Dan Forest is Lt. Gov-elect

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Linda Coleman was trying to be the first African-American woman elected statewide. (The late Ralph Campbell, elected state auditor, is still the only African-American male.) Coleman lost by 0.16 percent, or 6,585 votes out of more than 4.3 million cast. Forest, a tea-party style Republican, is retiring Charlotte Congresswoman Sue Myrick's son. I've seen it suggested — and think there's some truth to it — that if former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, the governor-elect, proves too much of a moderate for the Republican General Assembly, Forest could challenge his Charlotte base in a 2016 primary for governor. Here's Coleman's concession...

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Get a job with Pat: McCrory says, Help wanted !!

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM

One thing I've learned about Republicans over the years: They have a very short bench. Great public servants they're not. Elect a Democrat governor, and all the activists line up for jobs — well-qualified and otherwise. Elect a Republican governor, and the activists think all the jobs should be abolished. Except they aren't, because government performs essential functions that most Republicans aren't interested in doing. Hence, you might not be wasting your time to check out Governor-elect McCrory's new website, WorkforPat.com. Who knows, you could be the next deputy secretary of something. *** Or, share your ideas with Pat. He...

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Friday, November 9, 2012

McCrory off to a bad start: Pearce

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Ah, the social media. Saving me lots of time today. Governor-elect Pat McCrory took the stage yesterday surrounded by Art Pope minions, Art Pope himself and a dollop of ever-lovin' Duke Energy ... which leads me to tweet Gary Pearce: Pearce nails it. RT: Bad Start, Pat talkingaboutpolitics.com/Home/tabid/36/…— Bob Geary (@rjgeary) November 9, 2012...

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Bill Clinton in Raleigh Sunday at Pullen Park: Tickets are free, online

Posted By on Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 10:48 AM

The announced start time is either 3:30 or 4, depending on which Obama announcement you believe. That's when they open things up. "Get there early," they say. Expect Clinton to begin ... well, who knows? I'm guessing 5? The entrance to Pullen Park is on Ashe Avenue. I wouldn't try to drive on Ashe, however. It's a very small street. There's lots of parking in the N.C. State lots, many of which are within a 1/2-mile of Pullen Park and open to the public on a Sunday. Or park somewhere on the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus, which isn't that far...

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

N.C. not on Obama, Romney schedules thru Monday — so far

Posted By on Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

From NBC News guy (h/t Jonathan Kappler) — Obama's travel plans: Obama's final sked: THU — WI, NV, CO; FRI — OH; SAT — OH, WI, IA, VA; SUN — NH, FL, OH, CO; MON — WI, OH, IA— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) November 1, 2012 Romney's plans, with a hole on Sunday: Romney's final sked: THU — VA; FRI — WI, OH; SAT — IA, NH, CO; SUN: —TDB; MON —NH— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) November 1, 2012 But then there's this, a new Obama ad with Colin Powell's endorsement: Obama goes up with new TV ad in North Carolina, a...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mayor McFarlane, UNA, comes out for Obama re-election

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Mayor Nancy McFarlane is an unaffiliated voter on the rolls but a "D" at heart. Today, she joined Durham Mayor Bill Bell, a "D" for sure, at the Boylan Bridge Brewpub, which sounds like it was fun. And she endorsed President Barack Obama's re-election bid, which is a surprise only in that I would've thought she'd already done so. Anyway, for the record, here's what the Obama for America NC folks had to say: Raleigh, NC — Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane today endorsed President Obama alongside Durham Mayor Bill Bell at the Boylan Bridge Brewpub overlooking the site where Raleigh's...

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

N.C. House District 35 race: It's not for a seat on the Wake school board, and yet —

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 1:33 PM

With redistricting, N.C. House District 35 is essentially new and wide open, with no incumbent in residence. The Republican nominee is Chris Malone, who lives in Wake Forest and is currently a member of the Wake County school board — one of the four who remain from the erstwhile Margiotta Majority. (Now, with ex-board chair Ron Margiotta ousted, they could be known as the Malone Minority.) The Democratic nominee is former Wake school board member Lori Millberg, who lives in Wendell and who served before Margiotta & his Republican mates took control in 2009. I just looked at the stats:...

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Sunday at the Capitol, 2 p.m.: Show support for equality, distaste for Amendment One

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2012 at 11:43 AM

The bitter taste of Amendment One is still in our mouths as we approach a holiday weekend dedicated to the men and women who died fighting for — well, we say freedom. We say equal rights for all. Some of us, as Jane Lynch narrates in the video below, are still striving to make it happen. Our friend Seth Keel is one of the organizers, with Carly Campbell, of a "Rally for Equal Rights" this Sunday, 2 p.m., at the State Capitol. (The link is to a FB page.) Their message: "Don't mourn. Organize!" In the wake of Amendment One,...

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Too scary? Efforts to curb N.C. voting in 2012 recall state's 1898 coup

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Democracy NC Democracy North Carolina is, as its slogan says, of, by and for the people. Above all, it's for the people's right to vote — and to cast an informed vote about who's on their side and who isn't. For that reason, Democracy NC is fighting efforts to curb early voting, put an end to same-day registration and voting (on early-voting days) and throw roadblocks in the way of people being able to cast a vote. Roadblocks like the nefarious Voter ID bills pushed by Republican leaders here and in many other states that are aimed at reducing voter...

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Frank Eaton, Mary-Ann Baldwin, Don Vaughan: Next N.C. Dems chair?

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Raleigh City Councilor Mary-Ann Baldwin did, indeed, announce her candidacy for state Democratic Party chair. That was yesterday, I gather, when she sent an email to Democrats and copied the N&O. Today, Frank Eaton joined the race. He's on the Democrats' state executive committee, so he may have a leg up with the voters that way. He certainly has a leg up in terms of his video skills. Watch this (his announcement follows below): FILMMAKER FRANK EATON SEEKS NC DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIRMANSHIP WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Longtime Democratic Party activist Frank Eaton today announced his candidacy for the chairmanship of the...

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

[Updated] Vying for NC Democrats chair: Vaughan quits ALEC, Mary-Ann Baldwin among others in pursuit

Posted By on Sat, May 5, 2012 at 9:31 AM

State Sen. Don Vaughan, D-Guilford, the only announced candidate for state Democratic Party chair, said last night he is quitting ALEC. His statement follows below. In calling around yesterday, I heard from party sources that Raleigh City Councilor Mary-Ann Baldwin is among several others who's been dialing for support; Baldwin is expected to announce soon that she's in the contest against Vaughan. Baldwin didn't return my call. [Update, 2:30 p.m.: I saw Mary-Ann downtown at the OutRaleigh event, working with the "Vote Against" volunteers. Good on her. She said she's been on the phone, will decide whether to throw her...

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Friday, May 4, 2012

New NC Dems chair? It's the first decision Dalton or Etheridge should make

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2012 at 1:55 PM

[Update, 5/5: Sen. Don Vaughan, the only announced candidate to replace David Parker, has quit ALEC following yesterday's disclosures. He sent a statement last night; I've copied it below.] Poor David Parker is out as state Democratic Party chair as of next Saturday, the victim of a sexual harassment claim by an ex-party staffer that he didn't know what to do with. So who should replace Parker? And replace him, I'd add, at a time when the Democrats are in danger of losing the Governor's office, the Lt. Governor's office and everything else that isn't nailed down in Raleigh ......

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wake Reps. Rosa Gill, Darren Jackson get conservation voters' nod in Democratic primaries

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Reps. Rosa Gill and Darren Jackson, both D-Wake, have Democratic primary challengers this year. Gill's opponent (again) is Bernard Allen II. Jackson is up against Don Mial and Michael Slawter. Today, Gill and Jackson were two of the 10 candidates statewide endorsed by the N.C. League of Conservation Voters PAC in primary races. Gill and Jackson received the group's Green Tie award in 2011 and were among the legislators with the best — according to the NCLVC scorecard — voting records in 2012. Gill is running for the second time in District 33 (Southeast Raleigh). She was appointed to this...

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

David Parker will leave his post as Dems' party chair

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM

photo by Bob GearyDavid Parker is leaving as Democratic party chairman [Update: Parker is stepping down as party chairman. He's asked the party staff to call a meeting of the executive council — about 40 folks, he said — to choose a new chair. It will be a.s.a.p., probably on May 12. When they choose, he won't be a candidate, he said. This was at the end of long presentation by Parker about the facts in the case, which supported his view that he followed the law in dealing with an employee who alleged sexual harassment by former executive director...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bad show: Abeni El-Amin's campaign video on RTN

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 3:58 PM

The Indy's primary election endorsements are out today. You'll read that in the House District 38 Democratic race, we endorsed Lee Sartain. The endorsement includes a comment about one of Sartain's opponents, Abeni El-Amin, and a television program she hosted that appeared on one of Raleigh's public cable-access (RTN) channels before it was pulled by the city as a violation of the rule against using RTN to promote political candidates. Our endorsement says that El-Amin showed poor judgment. I wanted to put the program up here so viewers could see it first-hand. It pretty much spoke for itself. But...

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Herman Cain! Here! Wake GOP excited and hoping for free pizza

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Remember when Herman Cain was the front-runner for president in the Republican universe? Good times.Well, the hits just keep on coming as Mr. Pizza-zz brings his show to Raleigh in two weeks. Cain's the cornerman for Newt Gingrich these days, fyi. A Gingrich-Cain ticket could dominate in the over-60 swingers demographic. The news just came across our digits from the Wake GOP (with a subsequent note changing the site from Dorton to Kerr Scott): On Thursday, March 22, the 2012 Wake County Republican Party Convention will be held at Dorton Arena the Kerr Scott Building on the NC State Fairgrounds....

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dems: Dan Blue out for governor, running again for Senate

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 6:09 PM

And to the list of Democrats not running for governor, add the name of state Sen. Dan Blue, D-Wake. His statement, as quoted by the N&O:: “After long and very deep thought, I have decided not to run for governor,” Blue said in a statement. “But I am greatly moved by and want to thank the hundreds of people who called, emailed and talked to me about mounting a campaign. I am forever grateful.''“As we look to our future,” Blue said, “its going to take a lot of discussion, deliberation, determination and thoughtful decisions, and we have to be focused...

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Dems: Erv Portman running for state Senate, Caroline Sullivan for his Wake Commissioners seat

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 5:44 PM

In state Senate District 17, southwestern Wake, the incumbent Republican Richard Stevens isn't running, and this afternoon Democrat Erv Portman, a county commissioner, filed for the seat. Apparently that "Draft Portman movement" I mentioned last week came true. Portman, unopposed thus far, will likely face Tamara Barringer, a Republican activist and the only GOP candidate to file — with one more day to go. Senate 17 is a Republican-learning district, but no so much that a Democrat couldn't take it away if the wind is right. Especially with a formidable candidate, which Portman certainly is. A business owner, Portman is...

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Wake Rep. Grier Martin steps aside for Deborah Ross

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I don't have Martin's announcement Now I do have it ... h/t Greg Flynn ... along with the earlier statement from House Minority Leader Joe Hackney, D-Orange, on Martin's decision. First, Martin, who notes that Republicans seemed to target Democratic women legislators for extinction: The abusive redistricting plan enacted this year does many things. It seeks to racially re-segregate the state. It splits a stunning number of precincts, sowing confusion and putting up barriers to voting. And, it targets female legislators. One way the plan targets women is by “double-bunking” them into districts with other incumbent legislators. That is the...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rep. Jennifer Weiss won't run again: Bad news

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 9:28 AM

State Rep. Jennifer WeissThe Republicans took hold of the redistricting process last year with a vengeance, and one casualty is Rep. Jennifer Weiss, D-Wake, a true progressive and someone you could depend on throughout her 12 years in the General Assembly to do what she thought was right, not what was politically expedient. Weiss's home address in Cary was drawn into a Republican-heavy district now represented by Rep. Tom Murry, R-Wake; meanwhile, a Democratic-leaning district next door was left without an incumbent. That's how they roll. Weiss issued this statement today: For the past twelve years, it has been a...

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

My god, is it an earthquake? Or —

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM

National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationNOAA's measuring the shockwaves I know I'm feeling it. The earth is rumbling, my friend. I can sense the tremors, but it's not an earthquake. No, it's that groundswell of political support that comes with a politician at campaign season ... and the ground is swelling at the same time for so many Democratic candidates for so many offices that the cumulative impact is literally nerve-jangling. Just today, I learned there's a groundswell of support for Hampton Dellinger to run again for lieutenant governor. The Indy endorsed him in the '08 Lt. Gov. primary; he ran...

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Brad Miller: Yup, I'm thinking about it

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Congressman Brad Miller, who stepped aside last week for David Price, is in the thick of the speculation about replacing Bev Perdue on the Democratic ticket. Today, Miller said he's undecided about running in the primary for governor. But: “I had not given the first thought to running for governor before Thursday. Shortly after Governor Perdue’s announcement, I began receiving unsolicited encouragement to run. I have worked on national issues for the last nine years, but I spent eight years in the legislature and I care a lot about state issues. In addition to the calls and e-mails I’ve received...

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Friday, October 28, 2011

[Updatedx3] Capitol cops arrest 8 @OccupyRaleigh when disabled woman remains seated

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 1:45 PM

photo by Bob GearyMargaret Schucker as she was arrested by State Capitol cops; RPD officers stood by (the light blue uniforms) but did not make the arrests *** [Update3, Friday, 1:30 p.m. In response to the question I raised in the piece below, i.e., whether the Capitol Police acted at Gov. Perdue's instigation and, if so, why? ... Here's the response I received from Mark Johnson, Gov. Perdue's spokesman: It goes without saying that Gov. Perdue supports citizens' rights to express their First Amendment freedoms. Gov. Perdue also believes that all North Carolinians must have the right to enjoy the...

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Don't throw that dirt on Brad Miller's casket just yet

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Congressman Brad Miller, D-RaleighThe Republican plan for congressional districts puts Raleigh Democrat Brad Miller in the crosshairs, no doubt about it. As much as the GOP's plan is aimed at replacing other Democrats too (Larry Kissell, Heath Shuler, Mike McIntyre), Miller is their Enemy No. 1. That said, they may have gone too far in trying to eliminate him, meaning Miller just might survive the Republican putsch. Two points, one on Miller's residence and the second on the likely illegality of the GOP's proposed District 13 (clarifying: the likely illegality of District 1, with direct impacts on District 13) under...

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