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  •  Wake County school board (11+ / 0-)

    "deep in the weeds"?

    Actually, not so much. For a few decades, local elections like school boards have served as an entry point for  right wing interests to get its claws on the political system.

    On gaining a number of local offices, they can start coalescing their power; moreover, adherents who started as dog catcher or the equivalent gradually move up and establish a resume qualifying them to aim for more influential offices  or other visible positions at state or even national level. There has been a national coordinated strategy on these fronts -- in fact, I have personally known low-level participants being groomed for this. School boards are useful because not too many people pay much attention to them; and unknown with a reasonably aggressive campaign has a chance and the office allows a candidate to establish a track record of being interested in education.

    The purpose is not just to win elections for a particular party, it is to gain meaningful political control for right-wing principles (at worst, those of Dominionism and the John Birch Society).

    This is what was going on in Wake County, where many citizens assumed that school board elections were not very important; that assumption, to the right wing, constituted an undefended corner of a liberal bastion (Wake County is liberal for NC), therefore ripe for the siege ladders. And so it proved.

    The turnaround says citizens are waking up now. And the New Yorker wouldn't have devoted space to the Wake County school board if it didn't have broader significance as a potential microcosm of the whole.

    •  Yeah... (9+ / 0-)

      Rachel Maddow's blog covered this story as well yesterday.

      Looks like of the 5 races up, Democrats won 4 of them (though 3 were Dem-held seats) outright, with Susan Evans (D) knocking off school board chair Ron Margiotta (R), who had been generously funded by Art Pope.

      So now the school board is deadlocked at 4-4.

      The fifth and deciding race will go to a runoff.  It features incumbent Kevin Hill (D) against another Pope-backed candidate, Heather Losurdo (R).  Hill got 49.7% to Losurdo's 39.8% last night, but you need over 50% to win.  Hill's favored, but you can bet Pope's people will be pouring money into the race, now that it's for all the marbles.

      And Losurdo's a real piece of work.  Last year, her husband wrote on Facebook:

      The skunk has replaced the Eagle as the new symbol of the American Presidency. It is half black, half white, and everything it does stinks!

      She approved that message.  Now she's backtracking.

      Losurdo doesn't deny making the Facebook comments. But she calls it inappropriate and "character assassination" for Progress NC to use statements made by her and her husband from before she was a candidate.

      "It's shocking to me that people who disagree with me personally have chosen to attack me through my Facebook postings, and those of my husband," Losurdo said. "He's not the candidate. I am."

      She said the remarks about Obama were in "poor taste" and that she regretted having made them.

      "It was inappropriate," Losurdo said. "It was a joke. "It has nothing to do with the service that I'll provide to the residents of Wake County."

      It always is a "joke" to them after they're caught making these statements, isn't it?

      •  Another Wake Resident's Thoughts... (4+ / 0-)

        I live in Wake County, and was very, very happy to see the results of the elections.  Hopefully we can get that 5th School Board member elected.

        As for the same-sex marriage constitutional amendment situation, it is bad for gays and lesbians.  Not only does that amendment declare that a marriage is one man and one woman, but it forbids the state from defining any other legal entity that would allow for the same or similar rights of marriage.  There will be no such thing as "civil contracts" in NC if this passes (unless the US Supreme Court intervenes).

        I live in a diverse community - plenty of gays and lesbians, single mothers, homes with moms and dads, divorced folks (like me), etc.  You name it, we have it.  I've seen gay guys get as excited over dates as straight guys.  I've seen couples, both straight and gay, that will be together until they die.  What I have not seen is any activity from a gay or lesbian neighbor that set them apart as evil people.

    •  We have a similar situation here (3+ / 0-)
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      in Jefferson county, and Denver county, Colorado.  Suddenly our quiet, local, non-partisan School Board elections are looking a lot like national elections.  Suddenly there's HUGE amounts of money for Republican candidates, they're buying Ad time on local radio, sending out full color mailers- I got one yesterday.  I've NEVER had a mailer for a school Board candidate!  And mind you, the School Board positions are UNPAID positions.  One candidate has four kids- all home schooled- but thinks HE should be making decisions about our public schools.  the other candidate thinks we should seriously look into vouchers, despite the fact that Co. Has voted vouchers down TWICE, and Douglas county school board Is in a court battle for approving vouchers by fiat.  
        My advise?  No matter where you are, check your local SchoolBoard race, find out who the candidates are, and where they're getting their funding.  The most fundamental and effective place to get control of the country is through our kids, turning out good little ignorant right wingers citizens.

      •  Absolutely! (3+ / 0-)
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        My mom, who lives in Wake County, got blindsided in the past school board election that put the right-wingers in. She's over 80 and didn't feel so well that day, so skipped going to the polls for "only" a school board vote.

        Was she upset about it afterwards! So advise friends and neighbors too, please!

    •  This is just one more example of (5+ / 0-)

      how wrong people are who say voting does not matter, that Democrats are just as corrupt as Republicans. That kind of anarchist rhetoric has been showing up at Daily Kos lately and it is false and plays right into Republicans hands.

    •  I agree with everything you say here, in fact (6+ / 0-)

      I was only pointing out that we don't usually cover school board races at Daily Kos Elections, not that they're not important. To the contrary, this was a great example of why they are. I'd just probably go to an early grave if I tried to follow these all over the country!

      Political Director, Daily Kos

      by David Nir on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 08:35:31 AM PDT

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      •  Sure (7+ / 0-)

        I get that!

        Only if the Right is walking out a coordinated plan to capture school boards all over the country, maybe someone whould be covering them. I appreciate that you're one person and there are hundreds (thousands?) of school board races. And I'm not, unfortunately, able to volunteer to follow them all either. I don't know the answer.

        •  It's the kind of thing (1+ / 0-)
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          You need a left-wing version of Art Pope for, frankly.

          Political Director, Daily Kos

          by David Nir on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 01:58:57 PM PDT

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          •  Someone clever could probably manage it, (1+ / 0-)
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            MichaelNY

            maybe two people splitting the job, for the cost of about one modest full-time working wage plus expenses.

            And heaven knows there are a lot of smart unemployed people who would be delighted to get the task.

            I just don't know who would or could pay for it -- or if anyone with the money has thought of it.

            There might also be some enthusiast(s) willing to start it for free, only I don't happen to know that type of person,  not having  too many personal friends who are into politics.  

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