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I am a retired government Records Management specialist with a Ph.D. in History. The reason I got into the business was because I believe in preserving the historical record of our local, state and federal government AND making sure that these records are accessible to future generations.

That said, let me tell you why I think that the current Hillary kerfuffle is a tempest in a teapot, promulgated by journalists who know little and care less about how government records are managed.

I won't bore you with a long and detailed lesson on archives and records management; however, if you follow me beneath the fold I will outline a few principles that I believe all journalists should take into consideration before examining stories involving government records.

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Wed Nov 05, 2014 at 01:18 PM PST

The NC Senate Race--a few thoughts

by NCJan

Boy it was tough last night, especially after all of the work our family did along with thousands of other dedicated staff and volunteers. We were so sure that Hagan would win. And then that agonizing loss.

However, in the clear daylight I was able to chew on some nuggets that, while not exactly heartening for us, should give Republicans in this state some pause as they head into the future.

Follow me below orange squiggly for the rumination, followed by an uplifting message from Rev. William Barber's Moral Monday Movement.

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Wed Oct 22, 2014 at 06:00 AM PDT

Accepted Politico Wisdom

by NCJan

All I can say about Politico's recent article about Thom Tillis is, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

The headline of the article, published on October 21, 2014, is "Thom Tillis claims 'momentum' in North Carolina." In the article, they claim that "Thom Tillis finally seems to have it figured out" and that a "combination of factors has helped Tillis pick up momentum heading into the homestretch."

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Yet if we look back at Politico in 2012, an article published at almost exactly the same time expresses almost the same meme about Mitt Romney.

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Wed Oct 01, 2014 at 12:23 PM PDT

Great news for NC voters

by NCJan

A federal appeals court has blocked two key provisions of North Carolina's draconian new Voter Law--it will now allow same day registration and out-of-precinct voting.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a preliminary injunction against provisions that eliminated same-day registration during the early voting period and that prevented ballots cast outside of a voter's precinct from being counted.
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This will be a quick diary-- I just wanted to get the news out.

North Carolina's Attorney General is Roy Cooper, a Democrat whom we hope will be our gubernatorial nominee in 2016 to defeat Pat McCrory.

Today following the 4th Circuit ruling in a Virginia case, Cooper stated the North Carolina will no longer defend it's odious recent amendment to the State Constitution--the one that states that marriage can only take place between a man and a woman.

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Sat May 31, 2014 at 10:22 AM PDT

NC Moral Monday Protest 5/27/14

by NCJan

Sorry for the short diary. I just wanted to share this awesome video.  It's twelve minutes long and it says it all about the embarrassing behavior of Thom Tillis, the NC State Legislature, and how they also embarrassed the police.

The Rev. Barber and the people of North Carolina who are just following the NC Constitution rock!

Please watch!

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Thom Tillis is the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate, running against Kay Hagan.  

However, yesterday he refused to meet with or talk to the peacefully gathered citizens who made an effort to meet him in his own office.  It would have taken no effort on his part--he was in the building at the time.

Sounds like Thom Tillis only wants to be the Senator for some of us.

As folks from North Carolina say, "Sounds like his mama didn't teach him no manners."

Follow me below for the expanded story.

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Most Democrats would at least privately admit that they would eventually like to turn Obamacare into Medicare for all.

What Republicans are not admitting, however, is that they would like to do the opposite--eventually turn Medicare into Obamacare--but only for those over 65.

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Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 07:46 AM PDT

Syria--a Zen moment?

by NCJan

I must state at the outset that I am a supporter of Obama.  I am also against military action in Syria.  I have no problem with holding these two thoughts in my head at once.

Unfortunately, most Republicans have painted themselves into such a corner that they no longer seem to have the option of such nuanced thought and behavior.

Let's step back for a moment from the precipice, from the fact of imminent war, and consider from a distance the strange place where we find ourselves.

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Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 01:53 PM PDT

Peggy Noonan is an Idiot

by NCJan

There.  I said it.  I insulted Peggy Noonan.

Maybe someone will ban me.  And if they do?  Guess what Peggy Noonan thinks about that?  She thinks she's the one who owes ME something.

Follow me below the orange squiggly for more on the up is down black is white left is right world of Peggy Noonan.

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Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 07:06 PM PDT

McCrory Learns from House of Cards?

by NCJan

As most people on this site know, yesterday Pat McCrory, the illustrious governor of North Carolina, brought cookies to women who were protesting the fact that he signed a bill restricting reproductive rights.

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Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 03:45 PM PDT

Thankful Tuesdays FAIL in NC

by NCJan

Yesterday's Moral Monday, an event that has become a regular occurrence in Raleigh, NC in the last few months, attracted it's usual thousands, with 101 people getting arrested.  Here's some eye candy of the event--

Today, Republicans decided to stage a "counter rally."  Follow me below the orange squiggly for some fun about the fiasco.

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