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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?
timexliving 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.
ssgncng2 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.
"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.
Damien Thorne Feb 8, 8:24 a.m.
"Thank you, Mr. Voller for speaking out for the majority of North Carolina citizens. Your comments are direct and indisputably accurate."---ILoveDowntownRaleigh
Apparently you missed those little things called elections. The majority of NC citizens rejected this person and party's philosophy.
Perhaps you mean the minority, of which you are part. The Majority spoke and found this guy and your ideas nothing but nonsense.
Damien Thorne Feb 8, 8:20 a.m.
""NC Dem leader: GOP taking state backward"
"taking? they are in reverse with the pedal all they way down.
Its embarrassing."----Grand Union
The Wilmington race riots and the forced sterilization of minorities, both done by the democrats were not?
oleguy Feb 8, 6:52 a.m.
Lot of anti 's there,, I think most working tax paying people will agree with,, and anti Good Ole boy network
oleguy Feb 8, 6:50 a.m.
Its time to go Back, to the day when people took care of them selves,, Looked after their children, Read the bible and followed the 10 Big laws,, Smaller Govt, and Govt EE's that actually worked, instead of riding the roads and going to meetings,, Yeh lets go back,,
determined2win Feb 7, 8:14 p.m.
So, the Conservatives in NC should be against abortion, for the death penalty, for marriage being only between a man and a woman, pro-gun rights, pro strong punishment of illegal immigration, etc.
And the new Dem dude has a problem with this?
FlagWavingFascistCrank Feb 7, 7:13 p.m.
How could he not know the difference, Grand Union?
Easy.....while you'd probably enjoy "Scotland The Brave" on the pipes and drums, he lives in an alternate reality where "North Carolina The Stupid" is on the jukebox.
Hope this helps. ;)
Grand Union Feb 7, 7:01 p.m.
""Which past is that the last 120 years of complete democrat control of this state?"
how could you live in the south and not know the difference between a Democrat and a Dixiecrat?
Grand Union Feb 7, 6:52 p.m.
"NC Dem leader: GOP taking state backward"
taking? they are in reverse with the pedal all they way down.
wildpig777 Feb 7, 6:52 p.m.
I long for the days of Black, Wright, Easley, Phipps, Balance, same sex harassment, and Perdue.
really? well did u visit some of em while they were in prison? real model citizens you know.
elcid liked Ike Feb 7, 6:31 p.m.
"Go a little further back and you get Coolidge, the roaring 20s and less government. You also don't have SSI, Welfare or a whole bunch of other socialist programs that destroyed the family and put a large burden on the middle-class." - JustAName
Interesting comparison, given that the closest corollary to the Roaring 20s that we have is the recent 2000-2007 period.
Same sort of bubble (rampant speculation and cheap credit operating in an environment of lax to non-existent government oversight of the financial markets), same sort of result (kaboom ...)
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 Feb 7, 6:21 p.m.
I say let them. Voters handed them a supermajority and the governorship. They have the political tools to enact whatever they want, with no limitations.
Short version? Every single bad thing and less than positive result that happens over the next 2 to 4 years can be, and will be, blamed on them. They have stepped out into the spotlight with political bulls-eyes on their chests.
You guys have to take the long view, and consider this Republicans having been handed enough rope to hang themselves with.
What they do with it is up to them.
FlagWavingFascistCrank Feb 7, 6:12 p.m.
The heartless, obstructionist, seditious demons who have hijacked the republican party try to defend their indefensible mememe agenda by calling normal, sane, and rational folks "left wing radicals" because they see through the greedy, selfish farce perpetuated by these "patriots"--that's all they've got to offer except for cutting taxes for themselves as a solution to the problems they created in the first place, and WON'T take responsibility for.
banker27520 Feb 7, 6:03 p.m.
"Which past is that the last 120 years of complete democrat control of this state?"
Once again you make a silly comment that makes no sense.
unrecreb Feb 7, 5:34 p.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.
Did anyone ever hear the Dems calling for an independent commission for redistricting when they were drawing the lines all those years? Just take a look at how they drew Mel Watts' district.
ims1924 Feb 7, 5:31 p.m.
Sometimes you can go foreward too fast and it's good to stop or take a step back to see where you are going.
Paladin2 Feb 7, 5:08 p.m.
The left wing radicals are always trying to demonize the Republicans - that's all they've got to offer except for higher taxes.
dirtydozen431 Feb 7, 4:53 p.m.
Democrats were for slavery in the mid 1800's, against civil rights in the mid 1960's and their social programs have damaged the black family more than racism. At least they are consistant.
mep Feb 7, 4:50 p.m.
Boo hoo... the sky is not falling.
dirtydozen431 Feb 7, 4:47 p.m.
I long for the days of Black, Wright, Easley, Phipps, Balance, same sex harassment, and Perdue.
tayled Feb 7, 4:44 p.m.
I am sad to say that I am a registered Republican, voted for our Gov. even. But he is starting to sound like Obama. He ran on a platform of Republicans and Democrats working together. But what does he do? He takes Dems off of state boards and replaced them with Republicans.
Where is the "working together" in that?
ILoveDowntownRaleigh Feb 7, 4:39 p.m.
"This is a radical and reactionary legislature"
This (Republican) agenda is anti-worker, anti-middle class, anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-women, anti-community, anti-local control – pretty much against everything...it's easy to be against things. It's a lot harder to build things." - Randy Voller
Thank you, Mr. Voller for speaking out for the majority of North Carolina citizens. Your comments are direct and indisputably accurate.
Damien Thorne Feb 7, 4:39 p.m.
Call it like it is Voller. You are definitely on target. NC needs to move forward with jobs, education, and technology. the sad thing is the NC Legislature is stuck in the past. Republicans keep whining and forget their part in creating this recession. Not only that, they have no concern for those that are still struggling and trying to recover."_---free2bme
Which past is that, the last 120 years of complete democrat control of this state?
Damien Thorne Feb 7, 4:37 p.m.
"No ignorance is thinking you can say that Democrats are the racist party. Do a poll anywhere in America & you will find people know better. And I don't think Republicans are racist in all aspects. As long as you believe in the propaganda they are pushing they will except you, but ignorance is not my or many others cup of tea.."----shaun2xlife
Perhaps you should take some time to actual try to find out what you are talking about, since you have no idea I will help you. Presently there are multiple card carrying KKK members serving as elected officials in the democrat party. The same party that brought you the Wilmington race riots and the forced sterilization of many of the minority population. When it comes to ignorance not just being for breakfast then you have had breakfast lunch and supper of it. For you have bitten their hook and taken line and sinker with you instead of finding out for yourself what the truth actually is.
ripetomatoes Feb 7, 4:27 p.m.
Day 2 without a headline gun story. I'm glad that's over so quickly.
FlagWavingFascistCrank Feb 7, 4:26 p.m.
FUN FACT!: The oft-regurgitated talking points that claim "the democrats did it for the last 100 years" completely ignore one unpleasant-for-republicans fact....the people who were democrats that did all that stuff back then are now called.....REPUBLICANS.
How 'bout them cold, hard realities?
shaun2xlife Feb 7, 4:12 p.m.
Ignorance: it is not just for breakfast any more.Damien Thorne
No ignorance is thinking you can say that Democrats are the racist party. Do a poll anywhere in America & you will find people know better. And I don't think Republicans are racist in all aspects. As long as you believe in the propaganda they are pushing they will except you, but ignorance is not my or many others cup of tea...
free2bme Feb 7, 4:07 p.m.
Call it like it is Voller. You are definitely on target. NC needs to move forward with jobs, education, and technology. the sad thing is the NC Legislature is stuck in the past. Republicans keep whining and forget their part in creating this recession. Not only that, they have no concern for those that are still struggling and trying to recover.
shaun2xlife Feb 7, 4:06 p.m.
"WE THE PEOPLE" take back our state RUSTYROVER
Don't worry we will, but you may not like the results. The way conservatives are going they won't last long....
Ohyoupeople Feb 7, 4:03 p.m.
I thought UNC was a vocational college, if that. He should not have used UNC as the example. Isn't UNC in trouble for giving away degrees to athletes that were not earned. But I guess the democrat philosophy is if you don't talk about it, it didn't happen.
bubbaredneck Feb 7, 4:01 p.m.
And some people ask me why i changed my political party to republican 12 years ago. Go figure????
bubbaredneck Feb 7, 3:59 p.m.
We should be proud that we are going backwards!! That means a lot of my friends with get their jobs back!! I sure and tired of going forward with the current policies of the dems! At this rate death is the only thing to look forward to!! At least that would be the end!! But then they will take everything your family has!!
JustAName Feb 7, 3:58 p.m.
"The republicans are going to take us back to "Hoover Times"" -
Go a little further back and you get Coolidge, the roaring 20s and less government. You also don't have SSI, Welfare or a whole bunch of other socialist programs that destroyed the family and put a large burden on the middle-class.
Damien Thorne Feb 7, 3:57 p.m.
As mayor of Pittsboro this gentleman had a great record of job creation. He would make sure his friends got property rezoned from residential to commercial so that his buddy Wooten could expand an asphalt plant and another buddy could put multiple ministorage facilities in places that will cause wrecks. Places that have blind exits onto 55mph roads. There have been 4 wrecks already with one fatality of a 17 year old girl that hit a boat being pulled out of one ministorage.
Not to mention the asphalt plant poisoned the water table for a mile around it, causing the condemnation of all property nearby.
See, he is all for business.
shane4 Feb 7, 3:56 p.m.
Some things the GOP is for include protecting unborn children from murder, a heavily armed military, marriage between a man and a woman, deporting illegal aliens, lowering taxes and the deficit by decreasing entitlements and other wasteful spending, just to name a few. Jobs are available, but a lot your democratic brothers and sisters can't seem to venture very far away from that front porch. Why should they when the checks keep on coming?
RUSTYROVER Feb 7, 3:51 p.m.
The Democrats have made a joke out of state and federal goverment with all their scandels and bypassing the constitution , its time "WE THE PEOPLE" take back our state
Damien Thorne Feb 7, 3:50 p.m.
""We desperately need to go back to about 1954.-veyor
Segregation, much higher taxes, government witch hunts for having ‘unpopular’ beliefs etc?"
"As well as no pollution controls anywhere for anything, few work safety standards, rampant racism and bigotry, yeah, that's a conservative Utopia right there!"----Bendal1
Is it not funny that is was democrats created it?
Ignorance: it is not just for breakfast any more.
joesusan Feb 7, 3:49 p.m.
I see the democrats still don't get it. Tax and spend doesn't work. It was killing the middle class and that is why they lost in the last election. We, the middle class, are tired of being taxed to pay for everyone else. The rich don't care about such things as medical bills, they can afford them but we are asked to pay for people that won't work to help themselves. And don't bring up children. If you can't afford them, don't ask me to support them so you can have them. I am tired of paying for baby milk.
rand321 Feb 7, 3:48 p.m.
so far rather than focus on jobs the GOP wants us to have papers to vote and to let former utility consultants appoint those responsible for regulating these very same industries who also contribute millions to the candidates.
get ready for big Duke energy bills
FlagWavingFascistCrank Feb 7, 3:41 p.m.
I agree wholeheartedly, paul....them speaches can SURE creep up on you if you ain't careful.
shaun2xlife Feb 7, 3:41 p.m.
So, are we going back to lower unemployment and a booming economy? JustAName
That must be a joke because in my lifetime, not one single Republican administration has accomplished that. Oh yeah I'm under 40 so this Republican fantasy land of our party is pro-growth party is a myth to me. Because what the last 2 Republican administrations did was run America into the ground. Seriously
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03