The Political Agitator response: I disagree that the Democratic Party has become a confused political party. The problem in my opinion is that there is a new set of white Democrats whom are in the game now and they don’t have the same mentality as those that were very active dating back to the early 90’s when I became active. I say that because I look at how the local Edgecombe County Democratic Party used to be a majority white and every meeting used to be a fight as black folks whom became the majority in the county back in the 90’s were fighting to get positions in the local party. I am not talking about fighting to get elected to serve as elected officials on the state and national levels, that was another fight. Now that the local party is a majority black the whites have stopped coming to the meetings, wonder why? In Raleigh the majority serving in the Democratic Party state office is white and major infighting seems to become an more and more prevalent during the elections a State President and State Officers. While the infighting is going on the state level the damn real fight ought to be with the Republican Party holding the majority of the offices in the NC General Assembly. This is something that I have kept in mind since the days that Jesse Helms was re-elected over and over again but yet the state was and is a majority Democrat. So you do the math. I figured it out a long time ago. Until we figure out who the real Democrats are going to the polls nothing else will matter. And lastly the election of a Black President also have shown us who some Democrats really were/are. Yep that’s right! Until the fight in Raleigh with State Democratic Party became a fight for electing a black majority on the state level, we will continue to get what we get. But the problem with that is, will the whites continue to go to the state meetings. And then the next fight will be to get more blacks in the General Assembly. It seems that if it ain’t a fight about black and white, nothing changes but we know what happens when blacks get in office somehow some whites stop being seen actively engaged. When Democrats recognize and understand that the fight ain’t in-house that it is with the Republican agenda the better off we will be.
WASHINGTON — Democrats have become a confused political party with a muddled message and an inability to turn out enough of its loyal voters, a party task force charged with how to revive the embattled party said Saturday.
“I am here to tell you the Democratic Party has lost its way,” said Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky, who presented the report to the Democratic National Committee WINTER.
The report, an effort to dissect the party’s crushing losses in last year’s congressional and gubernatorial elections, found “the circumstances that led to the series of devastating electoral losses did not develop overnight.” Republicans have done a better job adapting to the rapidly changing electoral landscape, it said, particularly in the area of fundraising.
Democrats have lagged in wooing its own, most supportive constituencies, while losing others.
“In order to win elections, the Democratic Party must reclaim voters that we’ve lost, including white Southern voters,” the report said. But the party also has to “excite key constituencies such as African American women and Latinas.” (Source: Read more)
I am so sick & tired of people of color having to always take second of everything! It’s always vice chair, assistant to something…never Chair or President of a corporation…always vice president..or as in the NC Democratic Party, vice chair. They have had two Caucasians at the top of the helm the past 2 years. Yet, if we mention having 2 blacks or even a black and Hispanic, no one wants to hear of it!!! It’s time we band together and flex our mental strength & demand not 2 take it any more or we hold our own votes hostage at the polls! I’ve had it!
The Political Agitator response: When all Democrats begin to vote only Democrat then it will always be a win, win! Democrats voting Republicans? Oh yeah look at the Governor races when Helms was in office and now look at what just happened. It is a damn shame but I voted for my party agenda even though there are some Democratic Elected Officials who just showed us they didn’t support the DEMOCRATIC President.
There’s been a bit of gnashing of teeth among North Carolina Democrats over the election results. A number of people bemoaned the make up of the electorate. They seem to believe that a more progressive campaign with a more grassroots feel could have changed who voted, or at least motivated more Democratic voters.
That’s just not true. The electorate was relatively good for Democrats, especially for a midterm. African-Americans made up 21% of the voters, more than they’ve made up in decades. Wake and Orange Counties turned out at about 49%, five points higher than the state as a whole. Buncombe and Guilford voted at 47% and Durham at 45%. Mecklenburg was the big disappointment with only 39% turnout. (Source: Read more)
Republicans are getting worried about their 2014 chances because Democrats have taken their fundraising advantage and spent it on registering hundreds of thousands of new voters including 60,000 new voters in 48 competitive House districts.
For House Democrats, this strategy is about laying the groundwork to win back the lower chamber in 2016 or 2018, but their efforts will pay dividends this year in close gubernatorial and Senate races in states like Florida and Georgia. In the Peach State, Republicans are already freaking out and trying to stop a massive non-DCCC voter registration effort with a voter fraud investigation. (Source: Read more)
In Edgecombe County I have attended the Board of Elections meetings faithfully over the years until around 2 years ago. I used to go in and watch them go through provisional ballots and etc. So I know they verify the the ballots.
It does not take a rocket scientist to know that the only reason the Republicans wanted to suppress the votes is because they are afraid black folks will not vote Republican and that the black community advertise and promote voter awareness to get black folks to the polls. And then on election day black folks can be seen working the polls passing out voter information about candidates.
So the issue of Voter ID for me ain’t even worth talking about if RACE ain’t going to be discussed because I know what is real and what is perceived.
Report shows impact of new voting law
Sad I have learned some things during this election. Some folks wants to change the rules. In Edgecombe County some ignant Democrats want to say EXPERIENCE does not matter and DEBATE is not being political. And then some ignant Democrats in Wilson have a problem with folks telling the truth.
Damn but they call themselves Democrats though! SMDH!
The Political Agitator response:
I am an active Democrat and voter and will not give up but I will challenge DEMOCRATS because they are suppose to be just that a Democrat. Hell giving money to the TEA PARTY or any Republican just ain’t morally right for me. Just my ignant ass opinion. Hell naw it ain’t nothing new for these guys to do this because ain’t no way Senator Helms stayed in office all of those years without Democrats voting for him. But damn to take it to a whole new damn level by blatantly giving money to the Republican Party is a bit much.
Raleigh—NC Welcome to North Carolina, the home of dysfunctional politics mixed with a hint of confusion.
I’ve included Rep. Justin Burr’s voting record and campaign finance reports!
The title says it all, former North Carolina Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt is indeed writing campaign contribution checks to at least one right wing tea party Republican named Justin Burr. Mr. Burr represents House District 67 in the North Carolina General Assembly.
Check this out—Justin Burr has Democratic competition.
Here’s what happened:
John Frank, with the News and Observer, originally broke the story that campaign finance reports show former Gov. Jim Hunt contributing $1000 to the Justin Burr for NC House committee. Here is a link to the original story: News and Observer, Raleigh NC
What is interesting about this story is that it was buried in the nosebleed section of the newspaper but it was easy enough to find for people who read the paper every day. And uncharacteristically odd of the News and Observer and all the other media outlets is that no one ever bothered to follow up with former Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt or Tea Party Republican Justin Burr to get his their side of the story.
Public records obtained from the North Carolina Board of elections show with 100% accuracy that Jim Hunt indeed, donated the money. (Source: Read more)