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NC Dem leader: GOP taking state backward

Posted February 7, 2013

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— In his first news conference as North Carolina Democratic Party chairman, Randy Voller vowed Thursday to fight the Republican majority in the General Assembly and enlisted state residents to join in the battle.

"We cannot just lie down and let this train run over us," Voller said in fiery remarks to reporters.

"This is a radical and reactionary legislature," he said. "There's a small group in this state that's trying to take us back in time. Depending on what the bill is, they're either taking us to the 20th century, the 19th century (or) some might even say the Middle Ages."

The Pittsboro mayor, who was elected party chairman last weekend, said he recognizes he faces an uphill battle, with Republicans controlling state government. Also, the state Democratic Party has been in disarray for the past year after a sexual harassment scandal at the party's headquarters, and its fundraising has been lackluster.

He said Democrats will turn to grassroots advocacy to rebuild the party from the ground up, and he immediately set out to define the party as one of fairness, transparency and equality, one that will invest in children and one that believes diversity is a strength.

"This (Republican) agenda is anti-worker, anti-middle class, anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-women, anti-community, anti-local control – pretty much against everything," he said. "I want to know what they're for. They told us they're for jobs, (but) where are the jobs?

"It's easy to be against things. It's a lot harder to build things."

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Voller said GOP lawmakers need to live up to their promises of focusing on job creation and stop getting sidetracked by legislation such as a Senate bill that would fire all sitting members of some key state boards and commissions.

"People are struggling, and all I hear up here (at the legislature) is cut, cut, cut," he said. "North Carolina needs to have jobs."

Republican legislative leaders say they are creating jobs by cutting taxes and regulatory burdens on business.

Voller called on lawmakers to halt plans to slash unemployment benefits and restructure the state tax code, which he said would favor business over families.

"We are the party of the New Deal," he said of Democrats. "They are the party of the raw deal."

He also criticized Gov. Pat McCrory's plan to fund higher education based on the rate at which university graduates obtain jobs, saying it would turn the University of North Carolina into "a vocational college" and no longer cultivate the innovation needed to succeed in the future.

Voller said the GOP gerrymandered voting districts last year to strengthen its hold on state government, and he called on lawmakers to appoint an independent commission to handle redistricting in the future. That's the only way to have fair elections, he said.

Still, he said, he's confident that Democrats will return to power in North Carolina as demographics change.

"The future is on our side, and I invite my brothers and sisters to join us because the bigger problems need to be solved," he said.

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  • JohnFLob Feb 8, 6:48 p.m.

    Strange things can happen here. Type Obama. It is flagged as misspelled.
    Double click Obama to highlight it. Right click for the suggested "correct" spelling. Why is Osama at the top of the list?

  • Ex-Republican Feb 8, 5:52 p.m.

    "the state Democratic Party has been in disarray for the past year after a sexual harassment scandal at the party's headquarters"

    That scandal was the tip of the iceberg when it comes to NC's Democratic party's shananagans. The past 8 or 9 years has been a hit parade of Dem officials going to prison beginning with the former agri commissioner. The Republicans have no place to go but up and forward from here.

  • JohnFLob Feb 8, 4:58 p.m.

    Well Mr. Voller is right.

    In approximately 1 month the Republicans have so totally devastated North Carolina that a special conference of national and international cartographers has been convened to consider a resolution to remove North Carolina from all maps. It only seems appropriate considering we no longer exist. We are but a distant memory.

    North Carolina was one of the 13 colonies that ratified the Constitution. Since, according to Mr. Voller, North Carolina no longer exists does that render the Constitution null and void? If so Michelle Obama's spouse should be happy.

  • superman Feb 8, 4:28 p.m.

    What a wonderful replacement. He will do more to help the Republicans more than he can ever know. Keep going Mr. Everytime you speak you just make the other party stronger.

  • FlyingTurtles Feb 8, 3:21 p.m.

    Day 1 for this guy and it's all hate and bile.

    He came out guns blazing.

    And to think people wonder why the two parties cannot work together. It's hard to work with someone when that person is demonizing you and basically accusing you of being a Nazi-monster-Klansman that wants to enslave black citizens and slaughter the poor because they're pure, raw evil.

    Don't be surprised when the Republicans refuse to cooperate or even listen to the concerns and comments of the Democrats. Why would they? If this guy is the public face of the Democratic Party in NC, the Republicans would be fools to waste any time trying to communicate or work with them.

    The Republicans will simply ignore them and drive on. There is nothing they can do that would change his hateful rhetoric and it would be a mistake to appease him as it would only teach him that being a bomb throwing hater is a valid and productive tactic.

  • b4reelnow Feb 8, 2:40 p.m.

    "And the government shall be upon his shoulder."

  • goldenosprey Feb 8, 10:03 a.m.

    ""Voller said the GOP gerrymandered voting districts last year to strengthen its hold on state government..."

    You mean like the Democrats have done for the last hundred years?" beachboater

    No, beachboater. While it's true dems designed the districts before and there were a couple of strange shaped ones, The popular vote was close to the actual results. A look at the current map reveals no geographical pattern whatsoever. The sole goal of the map was to cram as many minority voters into as few districts as humanly possible. That is why dem candidates in the GA actually got more votes than the reps.

    Knowing there is a minority of opinion backing them, one would think the GA would tread lightly over the rights of working NCers. But they run roughshod over workers, the environment, education, etc. Enjoy the next couple of years, reactionaries. These clowns will vanish.

  • beachboater Feb 8, 8:59 a.m.

    "Voller said the GOP gerrymandered voting districts last year to strengthen its hold on state government, and he called on lawmakers to appoint an independent commission to handle redistricting in the future. That's the only way to have fair elections, he said"

    You mean like the Democrats have done for the last hundred years?

  • Damien Thorne Feb 8, 8:35 a.m.

    "I long for the days of Black, Wright, Easley, Phipps, Balance, same sex harassment, and Perdue.

    dirtydozen431

    "really? well did u visit some of em while they were in prison? real model citizens you know."-----wildpig777

    Absolutely they are the very epitome of a democrat. Do as I say and not as I do.

  • Damien Thorne Feb 8, 8:33 a.m.

    "They say that history repeats itself. I think that I'm coming to the conclusion that it does so because people are too stupid to keep themselves from making the same mistakes over and over."---elcid liked Ike

    History does repeat itself. Especially when you have people like professors at UNC teaching lies and trying to cover up the truth about what is going on and trying to rewrite history. These ignorant people are doomed to recreate the very situations they do their best to hide. Those people are the true enemies of this country, because their idealistic goals have caused them to put blinders on and hide the facts about the past. Instead trying to gloss it over. They are failures, because of people like that we are doomed to repeat errors over and over again.

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