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Democrats in North Carolina got a one-two punch yesterday as both Congressman Brad Miller and Governor Bev Perdue announced their respective retirements.

We've had speculation about whether Miller might be interested in the Governor's office or whether Elaine Marshall would be interested (two high-profile North Carolinians) and at this point Elaine Marshall has declined as she is still interested in being Secretary of State.

A few minutes ago I received an email from Lt. Governor Walter Dalton that he's in and going to run across Pat McCrory (T-bagger).

My understanding is that the filing deadline is in February, so there isn't a lot of time for us to:

1) come up with credible candidates
2) make it a state-wide fight

It is VITALLY important that we elect a Democrat to the Governor's Office.  In 2010, for the first time since Reconstruction†, the Republicans control both halves of the NC Legislature.  They Gerrymandered us pretty badly in 2010 and unless we can stop them from taking the Governorship we're going to resemble Georgia or even worse: South Carolina.

I'm not endorsing Dalton yet (as I want to learn more about him and see who else declares), but it is imperative that we hold the line and somehow take back parts of the Legislature, too.

Hopefully Obama will have coattails so we can try to undo the down-ticket disasters of 2010, so the burden lies upon us.  McCrory wants to dismantle education (among other things) in North Carolina and we really don't need a Walker clone down here in NC.

Lt. Gov. Dalton already has an ActBlue page, but like I said I'm waiting to see who else enters the race.

Reconstruction: Also called "Radical Reconstruction."  That period from 1865 to 1876 where the South was occupied territory following the Civil War.  Following that time, Republicans were not highly thought of in the South.  That didn't start to change until the Nixon Era and the "Southern Strategy."

Here's Dalton's announcement:

Join Walter's campaign to move North Carolina forward.

As I travel across our state as Lieutenant Governor talking with people, I hear a lot of concerns and I realize people are frustrated. I understand that what they want is an opportunity to work and provide for their families. However, I have seen up close their determination and their hope for a brighter future.

I am asking you to join me now in equal determination to move our state forward. A brighter future depends on creating jobs and maintaining our historic commitment to quality education. After all, education is in North Carolina’s DNA – from the first public university, to the best community college system, to innovations in our public schools and investments in early childhood education. Education is what builds a stronger economy and better opportunities for future generations.

But North Carolina can’t move forward if we are pointed in the wrong direction. Pat McCrory and the Republican leadership are putting our state on the wrong path by cutting teachers, reducing scholarships and abandoning economic development. They are doing lasting damage to our state. They are wrong.

Stand with me against Pat McCrory and the GOP's anti-education agenda
 that is putting North Carolina's future in peril.

Together we can change the course.  I’ve dedicated my career to improving education at all levels and making North Carolina a great place to do business. I have led efforts to pair businesses and schools to prepare our future workforce and I’ve fought to fund training programs for displaced workers. Because of Pat McCrory and the Republican leadership, education – and our future economy – are under attack.

That's why I announced yesterday that I am running to be your next Governor and I need your support.  We need to get North Carolina back on the right track, toward a future with better jobs, a stronger economy, and a recommitment to quality education.

Lucille and I love this state and we understand tough political races. I am the only candidate who has run and won statewide and I look forward to waging an aggressive campaign.  Elections are not easy but this race is important. As a state we must decide the direction in which we will turn. With this campaign , I choose to look ahead to a brighter future.  I choose progress.  I choose a future where public education is the foundation of our economy.   Please join us in this fight.

[signed Walter Dalton]

Now I have to find out more about him.  According to the sitemap on his page, it was put together at 3:59pm yesterday.  Fast action.  Then he had to get the mailing list.  Gotta respect that.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 10:33:26 AM PST

  •  Dalton polled remarkably well (6+ / 0-)

    for his low name recognition. I'll be looking for fresher numbers but I appreciate how serious he seems to be about this, if nothing else, you can't accuse him of dragging his feet.

    (-7.62, -6.31), Blood type "O", Democratic-socialist, social anarchist, KY-01, "When smashing monuments, save the pedestals. They always come in handy." — Stanisław Lem

    by Setsuna Mudo on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 10:52:21 AM PST

  •  And I'm going to follow you... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    MKSinSA, polecat, Setsuna Mudo

    … to see what you find out, and share what I find as well ;-)

    •  Don't know much. Email was posted at 12:01pm EST (2+ / 0-)
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      Setsuna Mudo, highacidity

      today, and the website (one page) was edited last at 3:59pm yesterday.

      Fast action.  From what I can tell, Purdue didn't tell anybody ahead of time.

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 11:10:12 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Perdue's email was from 12:09pm yesterday (3+ / 0-)

      So Dalton had about four hours to put it all together.

      Dear Friend -

      Like the rest of the nation, North Carolina has been facing difficult
      economic times -- demanding many difficult decisions.  I have had to make
      painful budget cuts in important areas of government.  But I believe I have
      approached this challenge in a way that is consistent with my values and the
      values that have made our state a wonderful place to live and raise a
      family.  I have spent my tenure in office - and, in fact, my adult lifetime
      -- fighting for things that I care deeply about.  And as anyone who knows me
      will tell you, I do not back down from tough fights.

      But I understand this:  We live in highly partisan times, where some people seem
      more worried about scoring political points than working together to address
      the real challenges our state faces.  And it is clear to me that my race for
      re-election will only further politicize the fight to adequately fund our
      schools.   A re-election campaign in this already divisive environment will
      make it more difficult to find any bipartisan solutions.

      The thing I care about most right now is making sure that our schools and
      schoolchildren do not continue to be the victims of shortsighted legislative
      actions and severe budget cuts inflicted by a legislative majority with the
      wrong priorities.  Therefore, I am announcing today that I have decided not
      to seek re-election.  I hope this decision will open the door to an honest
      and bipartisan effort to help our schools.

      To those of you who have supported me throughout my years of public service, I will always be grateful for the confidence you have placed in me. In my remaining months in office, I look forward to continuing to fight for the priorities we share, by putting North Carolinians back to work and investing in our children's future. To my children and grandchildren, and especially to my husband Bob, thank you for always being there for me - especially as I've weighed this difficult decision.

      Thank you all, and God bless North Carolina.


      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 11:13:14 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  PPP (3+ / 0-)
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    Setsuna Mudo, polecat, bear83

    Indicates Erskine Bowles may be the strongest candidate against Pat McCroy.

    Not that this excites me,mind you.

    I'd rather wait to see more recent numbers.

  •  I'm worried about NC (2+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, highacidity

    Probably because they were on the verge of turning purple-ish. I was enjoying this trend of southern states getting less red. I really felt like momentum was with us. Obama won there, which was pretty shocking. Still. Seems like NC could still go back to being fairly red now? What do you guys think?

    •  Gonna be a battle to the finish (5+ / 0-)

      I think Bev Perdue threw a real hitch in the GOP get along yesterday. I am proud of her. She threw herself over for the good of the Party. What's McCory gonna run against now? I think as long as we can keep the Voter ID bill off the table, we've got an excellent chance.

      "Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me."-- Harry S. Truman

      by irmaly on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 11:35:07 AM PST

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      •  Looking at Dalton's Lt.Gov page, Education is his (2+ / 0-)
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        Setsuna Mudo, highacidity

        area of interest/expertise.

        And the 15% across-the-board cut in Education really hurt last year.  There is a basis to beat the Republicans up.

        Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
        I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
        —Spike Milligan

        by polecat on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 12:00:29 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Here's my thinking (4+ / 0-)
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    highacidity, polecat, bear83, heiderose1

    I have ONE question of each of the candidates. Which, if any, of the vetos Bev Perdue would you not have made?

    Bev has made vetos against fracking, Voter ID, the billboard industry, cuts in education cuts, etc.

    I'm looking to get behind someone who stands 100% behind each of those vetos.

    "Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me."-- Harry S. Truman

    by irmaly on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 11:33:10 AM PST

  •  Before he became Lt. Gov. (0+ / 0-)

    Dalton represented my hometown in Rutherford (pronounced Rulfton) County in the State Senate.  While on social issues, he's no David Price, and certainly not a Brad Miller, he's not knuckle-draggingly conservative (looking at you Heath) either, and most importantly, he doesn't run away from the party, as many rural, especially Rural Appalachian candidates have, so he's not really a Creigh Deeds in the making.

    Curiously, he's probably the Westernmost Democrat in state government from the old Jim Hunt Wing (rural economic populists) of the party, probably the biggest reason he was put forward as LG in 2008 (the Democratic Party in NC has historically been heavily weighted toward the Eastern part of the state, and over the last 2 decades, the Piedmont cities).

  •  Anaysis of Dalton from 2008 Lt Gov Race (1+ / 0-)
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    6 terms as a State Senator from Rutherfordton (about an hour SE of Asheville), Co-chair of Education Committee and Appropriations Committee

    Dalton's Senate record, like the Democratic caucus, is pro-business and fiscally moderate, with strong support for education and university spending, but skimpy allocations to social services funding and an inclination to keep taxes down on the wealthy.

    Dalton's Senate record was positive on education and housing, poor on the environment.

    Dalton's backers are a "who's who" of Democratic centrists in the state, including former Lt. Gov. Bob Jordan, ex-Glaxo CEO and Democratic Senate candidate Charlie Sanders, Senate President Marc Basnight

    Per BlueNC, Dalton has said he will vote 'No' on the marriage amendment, which would be a switch from when he sponsored a similar amendment as a senator 'at his constituents' request' per the Indy story.

    •  You are right on Dalton (1+ / 0-)
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      although he has been making pretty progressive speeches lately -- probably because his audience was progressive.

      Another name that has already made the rounds is Bill Faison, who has predicted that Gov. Perdue will not seek re-election for some time now.  He also happens to be my representative but would be the last person I would endorse. I know him too well. He is an opportunist who does not shy away from using any trick in the book that would advance his ambitions.  But while he has loaned his campaign $500,000 a few weeks ago and is making the rounds in NC, he won't have a chance.

      If money is speech, then speech is money and I should be able to pay my bills with witty social commentary, astute political analysis or good old blarney

      by heiderose1 on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 05:02:57 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  That's my impression of Faison, too (0+ / 0-)

        He could not be much more different than Joe Hackney and still be a Democrat.

        Between Dalton and Faison, Dalton seems like the better choice - but I would hate it if he has anti-environment positions. Can't wait to see who else we get to choose from.

  •  Brad Miller's Facebook (0+ / 0-)

    On Brad Miller's Facebook page today around 2 pm he posted "Brad Miller writes: "So filing opens in a couple of weeks and I'm not running for Congress. What else is up this year?".
           Sounds to me like he might really be considering a run and is testing the waters to see what kind of support might be there. As a resident of NC who has seen things decline since the GOP took over the state legislature, I would really like to see a true liberal like Miller get the nomination rather than conservadems like Heath Shuler
    or big business tools like Bowles. I encourage anybody who wants this to happen to go to his page and express support:

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