Me thinks the rise of the super PACs played a huge roll in NC politics, and I would argue that the influence of OFA's behavior pales by comparison.
Obama scaring everyone witless in 2009-2010, leading to a Tea Party driven 2010 election, followed by a very effective Republican redistricting, and then topped off by a failed Democrat governor (Dumplin') pretty much sealed the deal for NC Democrats in 2012. A failed party eventually falls.
There's nothing in the redistricting that Democrats wouldn't have done with new GIS data. I don't like it any more than any other Democrat, but there's no moral high ground available here.
We've got about two years in which to get both parties to agree to redistricting reform before one of them will start to believe they'll hold the GA in 2020 when this comes round again. Right now, neither party can be too sure of what's going to happen then, so there's at keast a chance of getting a nonpartisan commission to draw the maps.
To use a different sports metaphor, "One hundred percent of shots not taken don't go in."
There were 17 Republican incumbents that elected not to run, which may or may not have been viable as pick ups.
But a further 26 Republican seats weren't even CONTESTED -- including Thom Tillis'. Is the NCDP really saying that in all of Mecklenburg County they couldn't find one competent Democrat to challenge the ALEC poster boy? Or could they simply not FUND such a Democrat?
Funny that no one mentioned the fundamental changes to the Democratic Party that were ushered in by former DNC Chair Howard Dean and NCDP Chair Jerry Meek that resulted in phenomenal growth of the Democratic Party from the grassroots up. Those changes were single-handedly undone by the Obama campaign beginning in June 2008, largely because a Party run by the grassroots was seen as a threat to the legislative agenda that Obama would be pushing. First and foremost on the Party agenda would be significant healthcare reform: Single-payer universal health care and not the health insurance mandates that the President rejected in secret before he was elected.
So instead of continuing to do what led to Democratic successes in 2006 and 2008, Democrats around the country were lulled by our elected Party leaders into allowing Obama campaign to control the Democratic Party. From picking Tim Kaine to allowing the Obama Campaign organization to morph into Organizing For America and become part of the Democratic National Committee, OFA was able to demobilize the Democratic army beginning in 2008. Instead of following the Democratic Party platform crafted by members and delegates beginning in the precinct, we were forced into supporting whatever the President's "agenda du jour" was - and it changed a lot. We were told that we had to give the President wins on his agenda - instead of realizing that the President ran as the nominee of the Democratic Party, with a mandate from us to work to turn our Party platform into public policy. Which is more "democratic" - a national agenda that began to be crafted in each precinct that works its way up through the county, congressional district, state and then national level - or an agenda crafted by political staffers for the President? It's especially galling to realize that under DNC by-laws the President doesn't even have a vote for DNC officers or on the platform!
And while the OFA campaign methods crafted by Axelrod, Plouffe and Messina were successful in getting Obama elected, they were not much good for anyone else. Obama had no coat-tails in the 2008 election. Many statewide candidates that he did not pull up along with him got more votes than he did: Beverly Perdue, Elaine Marshall, and Roy Cooper. And the OFA methods didn't work in elections held immediately after November 2008: 2008 GA Senate runoff, 2009 VA and NJ gubernatorial races, and the MASS Senate special election to fill Teddy Kennedy's seat. All were losses for Democrats, and if OFA was involved in them - they were too little too late! OFA entered late in the WI recall elections, until they were pulled back by the national leaders.
Certainly there were other problems: Beverly Perdue waiting until the last freaking minute to decide she wasn't going to run for Governor in 2012. She cursed ANY Democrat who would win the nomination because McCrory began running for Governor in 2012 as soon as he lost in 2008. I suggest that Dalton and anyone else interested in running for governor begin to do what McCrory did - start running now. Just because someone loses one year does not hex them for future runs. Frankly I'd like to see someone like Roy Cooper or Janet Cowell run for Governor. But they would need to make amends for interfering with the NCDP in the Spring of 2012.
Another problem was the DNC Convention located in Charlotte. Since we were the host state, many Democrats lost their perspective and lost their freaking minds trying to do whatever it took to go to Charlotte even if it was just to hold the door for some lower-level elected Democratic dignitary. They didn't organize precincts, they didn't build their volunteer list of precinct volunteers, etc. For example, Wake County had 145 organized precincts in 2008 - at one point in 2012 we had under 100. Of the 24 precincts I was personally responsible for in 2008, I had 21 organized. In early 2012, another person had let that fall to 2012. (on a side note - perhaps the reason why we needed to have a school board runoff for Kevin Hill in November 2011 was because 20 of the 26 precincts in his district were unorganized - he could have avoided the runoff had he only won 51 more votes in those 26 precincts - right around 2 votes per precinct).
If you remember the line from Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan - "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one!" It seems as though many Democrats need to take that to heart - especially here in NC. President Obama may have won this state in 2008, but those OFA methods resulted in a nearly 100K loss for Obama in 2012 in NC, but many other North Carolina Democrats lost because we did not have the critical mass needed to advance the entire Democratic slate. We also had OFA staffers poaching Democratic Party volunteers during the campaign, while OFA has yet to share their list of volunteers with the Democratic Party to help us build the Party for the future. This appears to be a re-play of 2008. Only time will tell.
One thing is for sure. Former Presidential candidate and DNC Chair Howard Dean's mantra was: "you have to take back your Party before you can take back your country!" The growth of the Democratic Party from the grassroots made up largely of Deaniacs was proof that you can win elections (2006 and 2008) from the grassroots up. The failures from after November 2008 - including the 2010 and 2012 General elections - are proof that we should tear up the OFA playbook and kick OFA to the curb now that President Obama can't run for office.
Hello, Mike. It may be that "podium" has come to be associated with athletes accepting medals, but there is nothing in the accepted definition to indicate a connection to athletics; in fact, dictionaries specify orchestra leaders and public speakers as those who hold court from these platforms. According to Merriam-Webster and American Heritage, the term is synonymous with "lectern."
One small beef with this article: it is a "lectern", not a "podium". A podium is what an athlete stands on after winning a medal. A lectern is what a speaker stands behind.
For the first question Bill Cole says:
"In the coming decades, fresh water will be more valuable than oil. We need to be thinking now about preserving both the quantity and quality of our fresh water supplies."
I'd just like to post three links which come to mind when thinking about this:
Mike Burry who predicted the sub-prime meltdown is investing in almond farms:
I would think that just as he bought insurance for sub-prime loans that
he predicted were bound to fail -- this is a way that he can invest
in something that he thinks is pretty much bound
to happen -- water shortages.
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney article on water that was sent out about a year ago:
Wikipedia page which discusses water usage:
Looks like the worst case scenario has occurred. There will be buyer's remorse. As I see it and as Pat Mccrory probably sees it, NC is not Alabama nor Mississippi red. Where Republican or Democratic cronyism will be tolerated for long. NC is a split between Republican and Democratic ideologies. PBO was re-elected and the Republican/Tea Party put on notice by the nation that their brand of extremism is unacceptable to a majority of Americans. Pat should be mindful of this, Republican majority or not - the entire GOP has been put on notice.
Shadow money coming in from outside sources like the Koch Brothers (oil and gas industries and Art Pope to name just 2) to push agendas not in line with the citizens of NC nor have the citizens best interests at heart, only with the corporations and the richest 1%.
In the meantime, North Carolinian's should look for up and coming candidates who are truly moderate Republicans, Democrats or Independents, will look out for the needs of ALL the people of NC and their families and protect what makes NC a great place to live - for all!
When the Democrats controlled the General Assembly, whatever method they could use (such as fundraising and re-districting) to stay in power was acceptable. When the Republicans get control, any method they use to stay in power is unacceptable. Makes sense to me.
Perhaps both parties should behave and stop acting badly.
really- we should follow your lead because you are a republican/conservative. How about we vote on who is qualified for the job, regardless of political party. This is our water. without it we cannot live.
Both these candidates have WEAK LinkedIn profiles and hardly and contacts. Shoot... Looks like anyone can run for this position.
"Amusing. With one exception, this was essentially the Democratic party ticket, including judicial and bond issues. Can you explain what value you provide to voters above just going to the Dem party website?"
Really good questions. Unfortunately, I haven't taken the time to research every candidate for every race (Ag anyone?) and based on the Independent's history of social justice and shared responsibility I am willing to take their word on on the less sexy races, and it just so happens that the democrats appear to be fielding candidates who seem more appealing than the republicans. I'd love to see more independent candidates but we have to make do with what we have in elections, anyone want to run my campaign?
Besides, republicans in general wanted to pass the constitutional amendment banning marriage equality and I wouldn't want to vote for anyone who spent millions adding a constitutional amendment against something that was already illegal in NC and did little but sully our national reputation.
In all disclosure - I'm in the wedding Industry and would have loved the extra work, instead people are traveling to f*cking New Hampshire. New Hampshire!!!
- Jason Huggins
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Pat Lawson is getting my vote and I'm a conservative/ Republican.
Facts are facts. The economic recovery is occurring in spite of 271 republican filibusters. Obama should be president. Since the beginning of the Recovery Act over 5 million jobs have been created, unemployment has steadily decreased from over 10% to 7.8%, the stock market is up 75% from almost 8000 to over 13000, and both deficit causing Bush wars are ending. And all Romney wants to do is turn back the clock so he can wreck the economy again.
Steve Smith your first two sentences are liberal nonsense, sorry.
Romney changes his position to match whatever he thinks his audience will want. His flip flopping is an insult to the Republican Party. This is unfortunate for the party that brought us Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Reagan, the emancipator, and the monopoly buster and the communicator. I am sorry for his shaming our memories of those great men.
Holding is the second son of the second son. In 19th century England, he would have had to join the priesthood or the military. Here, things are different. The family had to find something to do just to keep him out of the bank where they did not want him, obviously. He's a stuffed shirt and a jerk. That said, money will take him to Congress at least for a while. It's disgusting.
> Meanwhile, Brooks, who served as labor commissioner for 16 years, from 1977–1993, has a spotty history. It was under his watch that the infamous fire at a Hamlet chicken processing plant, Imperial Foods, killed 25 workers. It was later learned that exit doors had been locked and the labor department had not conducted a safety inspection at the facility in 11 years.
> Should this incident color Brooks' political career? For the families of the 25 workers, yes it should. In addition, Brooks, currently a staff attorney with the N.C. Industrial Commission, had 16 years to accomplish his goals.
This is just bull and any responsible reporter should know that. Go to any law library and you will find more pro-worker labor law precedents set when John Brooks was Labor Commissioner than any one fore or after him - even their precious Harry Payne.
Yes - John Brooks was Labor Commissioner when there was a fire at the Hamlet Food Processing Plant - it was not a chicken processing plant. Get that right PLEASE!
But due to the business progressives in the NC Legislature, they wrote the laws which stated clearly that NC-OSHA can only inspect businesses that are registered with the Secretary of State's office, or if there was a complaint received. There were no complaints received from employees, and the folks at Imperial Foods did not properly register their business. Therefore NC OSHA didn't know Imperial Foods even existed until the fire. So please tell me how that is the fault of John Brooks?
You mention the locked exit doors - that's the responsibility of the Fire Marshall who is also the Insurance Commissioner. So why blame the Labor Commissioner for that too?
The incident should not color Brooks' political career. You are either lying or misleading your readers and the families of those workers when you continue to spread falsehoods about John Brooks. And you most certainly know that we've had plenty of elected leaders want to make much needed reforms and they can't succeed because of resistance even from members of their own party. How long have we been trying to have real health care reform in the USA? How long have we been trying to get collective bargaining for public employees? Yet you have the nerve to claim that one man trying to bring labor law into the 20th century when dealing with legislators who after Payne was elected overturned a reform that came about AFTER the Hamlet Fire?
I saw you smear Brooks when you endorsed a corporate lobbyists (government affairs lawyer) for the Democratic nomination. But when real Democrats spoke up and elected Brooks in the primary runoff, I can't believe that it pissed you inside the Beltline types so much that you would pick Cherie Berrie? Are you nuts? She's ready to re-institute child labor and indentured servitude!
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