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Re: “The Case for Bernie: 5 Reasons the Vermont Socialist Deserves Your Vote

Forgetting that the caucus process was and is a process that could be manipulated by insiders - and there is evidence this was done by both Republicans and Dems.

Forgetting also that the whole party establishment has been rigging everything including the debates for Hillary since June 2008 - and we aren't supposed to care about that . When this issue is raised, the response is redirect to ask if you will vote for Hillary if she wins. Because the only reason the party exists is to vote for Democrats - even when they act like Republicans.

Then there is the SC touchscreen voting machines which gave the 2010 US Senate nomination to a guy who hadn't done any campaigning whatsoever. The other guy won 80% of the absentee paper ballots, but got creamed on election day - and there was no forensic audit done because the flash cards had to go right back into service for the runoff in another statewide race. How many other primary elections will be determined by unverifiable touchscreen voting machines?

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Posted by ProgPitBull on 03/01/2016 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Raleigh one of nation's most affordable cities, say people who've never tried to buy a house here

Housing in Raleigh is not cheap. Ask the people who aren't STEM grads or who don't work in tech or finance. Ask the new teachers or other state government workers if they can afford to buy a home in Raleigh - or in Wake County - or like my friends moved to Franklin County because they could buy the home they need (given some health issues) and work in an adjacent structure for HALF the cost of building in Wake County

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Posted by ProgPitBull on 10/18/2015 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Why is Raleigh's City Council rezoning downtown before its downtown plan is finished?

Not buying into the pro-development pablum being spewed here. Raleigh needs to get a handle on things like improved public transportation and affordable housing BEFORE figuring out the rest of the comprehensive plan and remapping. No builder is going to plan a 20 story building that includes affordable housing unless they are made to set aside affordable units inside their buildings or set-aside lots that will be used for affordable housing. Even people with full-time jobs as teachers or state workers won't be able to afford living and working downtown (or almost anywhere else in Raleigh) the way this City Council is going. Or is that the plan all along - let the developers have their way, and only allow the beautiful young people working in hi-paying tech and finance jobs live and work in downtown Raleigh?

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Posted by ProgPitBull on 09/23/2015 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Watch the throne: Three young, credible challengers seek to upend the Raleigh City Council

I'd like to hear from any of the at-large candidates or the District A candidates what they are going to do up in North Raleigh to improve public transportation from where I live around the town? I'd like to be able to come and go on public transportation after 10 PM. What about light-rail? What about bike lanes that could get me downtown without doing alpine hill climbs and take me over to the Fairgrounds or Knightdale on the way to downtown? What about the Raleigh Police Department failing to go after hit-and-run drivers who have cars registered outside of Wake County?

Posted by ProgPitBull on 09/22/2015 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Watch the throne: Three young, credible challengers seek to upend the Raleigh City Council

It's very interesting that the young crowd is choosing to pick the issue of bars and sidewalks to pick a fight over.

I've long since given up going to downtown Raleigh to do anything past 10 PM. Parking is hard to find, there is no public transportation after 10, there are too many panhandlers, and too many loud and obnoxious drunks (both male and female). Call it a vibrant night-life if you want - but it's almost getting to be a combat zone.

When I used to live in NJ, I could take reliable public transportation (NJ Transit buses or PATH trains) into NYC, party till whenever, then head back to NJ on trains or buses that ran less frequently after 12 midnight - but at least they ran. The WolfLINE buses are doing it right - but they only run where the students frequent.

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Posted by ProgPitBull on 09/22/2015 at 10:26 PM

Re: “The lie behind the shrinking labor force

Maybe as you read this book and lament the lie behind the shrinking labor force, you should ask yourself how you are helping the shrinking labor force by supporting neo-liberal DINO Dems who are trying to hijack the NCDP?

Posted by ProgPitBull on 04/21/2014 at 12:11 AM

Re: “Party chairman Randy Voller's latest ruckus should be his last

Bob: Many of our candidates are hurting, but not from Randy Voller.

They are hurting from the way that we stopped building the Democratic Party right about the time when Barack Obama sealed the nomination in June 2008. Even though the Obama campaign had no authority to stop that party building. And we are also suffering from a particular disease called: "the most important race" which if we do all we can for it, it should (but so far hasn't) help all other races.

When you combine establishment Dems with OFA methods and "TMIR" - it's a recipe for disaster.

When the SEC rubber-stamped Bev Perdue's choice of David Young as the next NCDP Chair, we were doomed. Young brought in Blue-Dog Andrew Whalen to be ED. Whalen hired one staffer with legislative experience, one staffer who worked for OFA, and another who formerly worked for a COS member. Then they hired 5 Regional Field Directors (4 noobs and one with outside experience). The party took 3 of those RFDs and $750K to Charlotte for the most important race of 2009 - Anthony Foxx for Mayor. How well did that work here in Wake County when we lost those school board seats?

With no party building going on, and a rubber stamp Chair and a BlueDog ED, the most important race was the US Senate race. The most important candidate was Cal Cunningham, and when he lost the second primary, no one cared about anything else. So Elaine Marshall and all the other candidates were left twisting in the wind - and we saw what happened there.

I think there was much justification for dumping Dempsey. And the rest of them even if they didn't resign. These so-called professionals were a combination of one or more of the following: disrespectful, arrogant, rude, insubordinate. I can't determine if some of their actions or inaction were due to incompetence or deliberate acts of sabotage.

Parmley "resigned", but when he filed for unemployment compensation, the ESC determined that he was forced to resign - basically he was fired. They also found there was no cause for his termination. Meaning there was no proof of any sexual harassment. Which was pretty much what the internal NCDP investigation determined.

Parker was not forced out. By that logic, if you claim that someone who doesn't want to run for another term was "forced out", that means that both David Young and Jerry Meek were forced out. Any public elected official who doesn't want to run for another term could be forced out. Ridiculous especially when you consider that Parker's resignation was rejected by a larger number of votes and margin than he won office by in 2011. You know that Parker was required by the NCDP POO not to violate federal or state laws. And employment law requires confidentiality when dealing with employment matters. Had not some mysterious "third party" used an e-mail from SEC member Watt Jones and a confidential document taken from NCDP files, there would not be any allegations. It was not the place of any NCDP employee to release that information based on their own personal feelings. Would you excuse a billing clerk in a doctor's office for releasing confidential medical data about a patient because the clerk does not approve of the patient's lifestyle?

Furthermore, Parker was vindicated this summer when half the Ortega lawsuit was dismissed and the other half was withdrawn. And two weeks later, Ortega's original attorney K. Shanahan resigned from Public Safety. Had Parker chosen to counter-sue, I honestly believe that we'd have seen this scam go up the line to McCrory's campaign. And then we'd see that the consultants and others who played a role in the attacks on Parker cost the state party millions in donations and support for our party's candidates. They had a big role in the election defeats of May and November 2012. One day soon their role will come out - and I hope by then good Democrats will refuse to vote or otherwise support any candidate, campaign or party organization that does business with them.

Voller barely won because some of the NCDP staffers who didn't want Voller to win were doing things they shouldn't have been doing with proxies. I saw these things with my own eyes and heard them with my own ears - NCDP staffers actively calling people to get them to come in and vote proxies against Voller well after the cut-off point for proxies. There was also some evidence that proxy ballots were signed in one hand and voted for Etheridge (against Voller) in another.

And the last minute substitute was someone who previously declared he didn't want to run. And he showed up early to the meeting then left to attend a basketball game. Why on Earth did the people who pulled him back in think he was a good choice when he couldn't even be bothered to stick around and preside over the meeting had he won?

And Voller did try to make peace with the other side by putting your admittedly close friend Nina Szlosberg-Landis in charge of the ED selection committee along with other folks who supported Nina.

Bob - you've been around long enough to know that no one at NCDP has a job for life. Everyone from the ED on down serves at the pleasure of the Chair, or otherwise works "at will". Nearly every other time a new Chair took over from a previous Chair, people leave on their own or they get asked to leave. Before Randy Voller, no one seemed to care. Interim ED Tammy Brunner was either going to get hired FT (not likely) or get replaced by someone who had more experience. As for the others - you were with me and three other people at the PR in August 2012 when an NCDP staffer drunk-dialed and -texted party volunteers. You thought it was out of line then - are you really going to defend that disrespectful behavior ( to say nothing about incompetence and being drunk on the job) and say that person gets to keep their job simply because Randy's opponents liked them?

NCDP staffers who were terminated, RFDed or left on their own after Randy was elected were some of the rudest, more arrogant, incompetent and insubordinate people I have ever seen working ANYWHERE! That goes for the crew that left by May 2013, and the crew that recently left. Please tell me on what planet you come from whew you get to tell your boss to go fuck himself when he tried to supervise your employment and get you to correct your mistakes?

Dempsey was spending too much time helping Hagan's people. He was practically selling-out the place to Hagan. And he suffered from that affliction I previously labeled "the most important race". You can't focus on only Kay Hagan's race and forget all the other races down the ballot. Dempey and the rest of the staff left a lot of other work undone - work that used to get done in previous years by a staff the same size but a whole lot more talented.

I know your friend Nina prides herself in being super moderate - sitting in the center no matter what. And while there were tons of Hagan surrogates at the SEC and SHF dinner in Charlotte - where was Kay? She was in Charlotte the day before. Why did she snub the party that she expects to support her?

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Posted by ProgPitBull on 02/27/2014 at 3:47 PM

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