hing that gets me is this. Where was these people when the inept Democrats had the state legislature and NC was bankrupt?!? These people need to get a break, if they can't be honest and fair in thier protests, they don't need to be protesting. The ones that protested in the 60's were protesting Democrats and REpublicans at least they were honest. All I see is them following the con man Reverend Barber the Charles Manson of North Carolina.
I am the "lightly bedraggled" female student who was passing out the flowers. I understand that you were attempting to write a clever introduction to your piece, but commenting on my appearance added absolutely nothing to your story and is decidedly not clever. You did not comment on anyone else's appearance and I deserve the same respect. Please remove the phrase; it is unprofessional and unkind. Indy should know better.
Linda B., you may find more of what you're looking for in our interview with Greta Gerwig: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/greta-gerwig-on-the-end-of-youth-and-frances-ha/Content?oid=3649205
Good review of "Frances Ha," especially the comparison of this film's New York 20-something scene with Woody Allen's earlier ones.
I would have like more about Frances' psychological journey. That is, in the beginning she seems just slightly off-center. Then, as she navigates among these creatively-cursing New Yorkers, she moves farther away from the center. To wit, she's just a little quirky when she cleans her room by taking all the dirty clothes from her bed and putting them on the window sill. She is in need of help when she tries to impress friends by booking a weekend trip to Paris, where she spends half the time sleeping and the other half wandering aimlessly. You should give up on her, but you don't.
Your "grassroots explosion" of five online commenters is about as real as one of your daily acid trips, Carmichael. If that's your definition of grassroots, we're going to keep losing elections for decades to come.
Frank Eaton cranks up the pressure with a call for a vote of confidence (or no confidence) in Voller at the Democratic state executive committee meeting in August. The SEC elected Voller in February. Here's Eaton's video tweet:
VIDEO: Can the #NCDP be honest enough with itself to convince voters that we will be honest with them? bit.ly/1a0n7j4 #ncpol #ncgov— Frank Eaton (@bullydoc) June 11, 2013
Mr. Franklin, As a new sustaining fund co-chair, how much money did you raise in the last month?
Was it more than Ms. Szlosberg-Landis? Which old pols are you referring to. I recall winning an election out your way once. We lost that seat after I had moved on. Was it your fault then?
Not sure why you continue to defend Mr. Parker. He either covered up sexual harassment or exhibited the worst political judgment in the history of the Party. He compounded that by placing himself above the good of the Party, then lying to everyone from our Gubernatorial nominee, to SEC members to the DNC by orchestrating that farce of a meeting. No one attacked Mr. Parker before or during that meeting because we made the mistake of believing him, and for good of the party, let him try to save face. Instead what we got was orchestrated false attacks from people like you and Mr. Telesca on our elected officials, as well as on Sallie Leslie who did nothing but serve the Party honorably for 18 years.
You can attack Nina, but she has done far more to elect democrats than you, Mr. Voller, and the rest of your 'cabal' have combined. She won overwhelmingly in January against the incumbent, (whom Mr. Voller put back on Executive Council despite her overwhelming defeat) while Mr. Voller won by just 11 votes against a man who said he did not want the job and was not there. Instead of realizing he won a narrow election and that being Party Chair does not make you important, just gives you a chance to make Party important, Mr. Voller and his supporters have continued to attack and bully to try and consolidate power (that does not exist), rather than reaching out and actually unifying the Party.
I would suggest that instead of attacking anyone who raises questions, you guys take Nina's resignation as a wake up call, because quickly you not going to be able to even pay for Mr. Voller's legal expenses, much less keep the doors of the Goodwin House open.
Unlike Michael Carmichael and his friends I won't hide behind fake names.
For all the talk of "hard work" and "putting the party above internal squabbles" we have here the actual nature of Voller's reign as Chair. "Hard Workers" who have never knocked on a door, made a phone call or raised a dime for anyone. People who say we must take back the General Assembly then come just short of calling it treason to fundraise for the campaigns of those potential future Representatives and Senators. People who badmouth hard working Democrats in every comment section available to them, even in unrelated posts.
" The Party lashed back, and the grassroots told her to stop or resign -- in an uproar of criticism that rained down on Nina Szlosberg Landis....many Democrats are rejoicing " There is not one shred of evidence that any of this is real. But then again, when you Chair is taking advice from a "Scholar" of hallucinogenic drugs is it any wonder that they have chosen fantasy over facts?
Nina was elected by the Democratic Party as vice-chair of the NCDP because she said she could raise money, something she has not done yet, not one dime. She had never served as a precinct, county or district officer, but stepped straight to the vice-chair because she said she could raise money, to support the expenses of campaigning by Democrats running for all levels. The NCDP supports candidates running for every office in the State, State wide office, County level and Congress, the US Senate, all of it.
Now, after 4 months, she is leaving that job untouched, she never raised a dime to help keep the lights on in the Democratic Party, now she wants to raise money for someone else, keeping that money away from the Party members and candidates who trusted her and elected her.
It seems she objects to a Chair that works for the people of NC, who supports the opposition to the GOP run Legislature on Moral Mondays, who fights for jobs, Medicaid expansion, education and a clean NC. She objects to the man who spent last Saturday on a panel at the Civil Rights Forum in Greensboro fighting for dignity for NC's people, not at her country club.
It seems Nina Szlosberg-Landis objects to work, real work, like getting real Democrats elected. Fundraising is hard work. Rebuilding the party, uniting strong county organizations and funding strong candidates go together.
Real Democrats work. Nina found it was too hard, so she quit. It is best for the NCDP to learn that now, and move on.
So Michael Carmichael resorts to pseudonyms to spread falsehoods about Nina Szlosberg-Landis while taking to every editorial comment section in the state to attack his political enemies. Is that in the contract, Michael?
The "grassroots explosion" Mr. Carmichael references (and if it is not Mr. Carmichael, then by all means, pseudonymous coward who attacks women online, reveal yourself to be someone else), was one email from the woman that Nina defeated in a fair election. It was preceded and followed by an orchestrated campaign of personal attacks from the likes of Mr. Carmichael and the otherwise unremarkable Wafranklin.
Put down the Guy Fawkes masks, gentlemen, they make you look ridiculous.
Nina Szlosberg-Landis is a dedicated and highly successful Democrat. She has raised more money for more good causes than any of the people attacking her combined. She knows how to win elections and support candidates and causes with real effort and real money, not endless rants on comment threads. It is her association with these folks over the last few months that has crippled her ability to do what she set out to do. She is smart to leave this collection of miscreants and shamans behind.
Randy Voller would do well to do the same. If he wants to save the Party, unplugging from Mr. Carmichael and Mr. Franklin would be a good first step.
Solomon Davidson is a known pseudonym of Michael Carmichael, paid consultant to the Democratic Party. Your party money is being used to pay a political coward to attack a good woman.
tarheelpolitico sounds like a Democratic consultant, eager for the days when his folks lost us the state with their arrogance and ignorance of how to use local volunteers, a fundamental political skill I have been taught by some old pols who actually won their stuff. Sounds like sour grapes to me - tarheelpolitico sounds like he does not like party regulars very much - and was he perhaps one of the ones with their fangs buried in NCDP which Parker dispatched - I sure hope so. Perhaps this masked desperado would like to join the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party rather than support destructive cabals against it. Of course he could just as easily continue to put sticks in the bicycle wheels like some troublesome kid.
Nina Szlosberg-Landis quit?
The old way of doing business failed in 2010 and 2012, the party is in need, dire need, of new direction now. She knew that when she ran for vice-chair. Building the party and uniting behind strong County organizations and strong new candidates and fundraising go together.
But it is very hard work. Nina found it was too hard, so she quit. It is best for the NCDP to learn that now, and move on.
At least five times since she was elected in February, Nina Szlosberg Landis tried and failed to engineer the ouster of Randy Voller. Last week, Nina Szlosberg Landis signed a fundraising letter to raise funds - not for the NCDP - but for the House and Senate Caucuses. That was one step too far. The Party lashed back, and the grassroots told her to stop or resign -- in an uproar of criticism that rained down on Nina Szlosberg Landis. Then, she quit. Many people blame Nina Szlosberg Landis for disrupting the Party at a time when the Republicans are ripping the heart out of public schools, throwing tens of thousands of sick people out of hospitals and firing thousands of teachers in a horrifying race to the bottom of the barrel in the USA. With her departure, many Democrats are rejoicing that this divisive egotist will now become persona non grata in the Party she has attacked so vehemently.
"Grassroots infrastructure" = field offices staffed with full-time professional field organizers and directors who recruit, train, and manage volunteers who knock doors and make phone calls to voters. You would have a hard time finding a Voller detractor who disagrees with such expenditures.
Unfortunately, NCDP's "grassroots wing" defines it as funneling money to amateur county party operations with no plan, measurement, oversight, or accountability.
And Nina Szlosberg-Landis of Raleigh, 1st vice chair of the party and a power in the women's and environmental ranks, is resigning in protest. She no longer wants to be associated with Randy Voller:
Tori StillStandin Stimpson, your story may indeed be true, but your comments contain libelous statements that we cannot prove to be true, so they have been removed. (We prefer to avoid name-calling as well.) We must leave it up to the detectives and lawyers to prove your case.
I want to go so i can watch you all be arrested and taken to jail.
Well-written story ... although I cannot help but wonder how a man born in 1958 could have been "a Vietnam Vet". The draft was over by the time he was 18 in 1972, the few remaining US troops withdrew in 1973, and the last US presence flew out of the Embassy at Siagon in 1975. The last US draftees were conscripted in 1972 at the age of 30. They did not report for duty until mid-1973. What year was Bobby Hocutt in Vietnam?
I met Bobby thru the Joint as it was over my favorite news stand on Hillsborough St. He had posted a list of records (you remember those don't you) that he was looking for and I had one of them. I think I gave it to him and a friendship was born. As most of us are, Bobby was his own worst enemy but he turned me on to a lot of good music and I turned him on to a lot of "gravy on the fries" dinners at Brothers. After Booby's bust mentioned in the obit, he relocated to the Outer Banks for a while, living in a very small travel trailer painted (by him) to look like a Marlboro cigarette box. I drove down to OBX to see Bobby and camped out next to the Marlboro box. We cooked steaks on a fire and just hung out for a while drinking beer. Good times and that's they way I want to remember him. RIP brother.
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