The URL for the liveblog replay is: http://tinyurl.com/parkerPHB.


The election of state party chairs is quite relevant because of the circumstances we find many states in — they have lost control of their legislatures to teabaggers and GOP fringers because of the wealth of dissatisfaction over the economy last fall. Incumbents took the hit from the voters at all levels and the NC GOPers in the Gen Assembly are already flexing their bigoted muscles: Republicans file bill to prohibit anyone not in U.S. legally from attending NC community colleges or universities. And yesterday the Republicans elected proud bigot eruption-prone Sen. Jim Forrester as deputy president pro tempore. This is the man who refused to meet with P-FLAG and files a marriage amendment year after year as his first act as a legislator. We’ll see how soon he puts this on the agenda. He (in)famously said last year: “I’m not against homosexuals.” He said he has gay patients who see him in his medical practice “and I treat them like everyone else.”

In the case of North Carolina, a regrouping and fresh ideas are necessary, but in an emerging socially moderate state, the selection of a party chair for Democrats is particularly crucial. And if you’re LGBT, you want to see the party unwilling to let Dems run away from equality issues.

Make no mistake – the national anti-gay forces like NOM, FRC, Harry Jackson and the rest will do whatever it takes (working with the NC Family Policy Council) to secure an amendment on the ballot here; they have been frustrated by the lack of success under Dem control. Will our groups pitch in?

Last week, The National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell said NC is on its radar and promised to help: “The second piece of good news is that you are not alone. So you’ve got Equality NC and you also have the number of national organizations and advocates around the country including The National Center for Lesbian Rights who have your back.”


Attorney David Parker is running for NC Democratic Party Chair (the election is on Jan 29). He wanted to hold a short live blog on the Blend to share his vision of leadership in the North Carolina Democratic Party, which is now facing a challenging landscape as the General Assembly here is now Republican controlled, the first time since Reconstruction. The LGBT community in NC faces the prospect of a marriage amendment that will be heard on the floor of the state House and Senate. Parker seeks LGBT support as an ally. Right out of the box, he’s in favor or transparency and participation for the community and is frank about it:

I am committed to creating an LGBT Caucus in NC and have an endorser who wants to lead the effort at the breakout sessions that I will convene within 30 Minutes of being elected Chair – I have attached my “First 30 Minutes Plan” and Breakout group agenda to show you my vision for that day. There is a “First 30 Days” Plan that dovetails with those efforts as well.

I would very much like your readers’ input and suggestions on how to make this work and not be a flash in the pan. For instance, I would like to see Caucuses and Roundtables in those counties where they can be formed. All three components of Members (organization), Message and Money come into play and need to be worked. We need to be aggressive on our messaging.

In reading through your site, I am committed to the Dallas Principles – they are sensible and should be a part of our Platform with “personal individual dignity” as “core value” to be at the top of our Platform in a Preamble. Part of what has sparked my email to you is seeing where the GOP will be going with the repeal of DADT as indicated by Bill James remarks in Charlotte about gays being “sexual predators”.

My most important action in the gay rights area has been as a part of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians. I have worked closely with Chris and Lou East from Greensboro (she is the minister for Epiphany – you can read about her at http://www.covenantnetwork.org/news/east.html ; Chris is also an ordained Presbyterian Minister and works as a Counselor at Replacements, Ltd.). I have not just given money and attended meetings, I wrote and performed the solo anthem for the national Covenant Network gathering in Davidson several years ago.

I next was a member of the PUP task force that worked through the changes arising out of the General Assembly’s passing of scrupling protocols as a way to permit the ordaining of gays in our Church. Stewart Ellis of Winston-Salem can tell you about my involvement there. We were able to get a protocol adopted in our Presbytery without objection – a signal accomplishment done with a lot of good dialogue.

As a PC(USA) General Assembly Commissioner this past summer, I argued in front of the roughly 2,000 folks there assembled for expanding pension and beneficiary benefits to gay partners. We passed the new enabling policy. You can read about the pension changes at https://www.pc-biz.org/IOBView.aspx?m=ro&id=3271 We have come a ways, but still have a long way to go….We are faced with the prospect of the Bill James of the world being in control – scary, scary stuff – no telling what will come out of this General Assembly. We can expect a Marriage Amendment and other acts to be presented to Gov. Perdue with a challenge to veto them – and a challenge to the State House to sustain her veto. With a 4 vote “cushion”, we may have issues.

This work is based on my belief that sexual orientation is a gift from God.

One of other candidates running for the post, Bill Faison, has had to contend with an interview he gave a few years ago in the Independent Weekly where he stated that he was not a supporter of marriage equality.

Gordon Smith, an ally on the Asheville City Council, did Q&As with Parker (and Bill Faison as well as the third candidate in the race, Dannie Montgomery). You can see all of their answers at Gordon’s blog, Scrutiny Hooligans.

It’s an interesting opportunity for Blenders to think about how the political parties in their state are considering LGBT issues in 2011, particularly if you’re in a state with few or no protections and have to contend with reluctant party leadership.

I hope you’ll join me as David and I discuss the future work a party can do to move equality forward. Video is below the fold.

Transcript:


NCDP chair candidate David Parker (01/27/2011) 

7:58

David Parker: 

Good evening.

Thursday January 27, 2011 7:58 David Parker

7:59

Pam Spaulding: 

HI David. Welcome to Pam’s House Blend.

Thursday January 27, 2011 7:59 Pam Spaulding

7:59

Pam Spaulding: 

Things will start in about a minute. I’m Tweeting that we’re live.

Thursday January 27, 2011 7:59 Pam Spaulding

8:00

David Parker: 

Just let me know when to begin. I assume you will moderate the questions?

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:00 David Parker

8:01

Pam Spaulding: 

Yes. We may have other questions from readers, and I’ll post them as they come in.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:01 Pam Spaulding

8:01

Pam Spaulding: 

Let me start off: What do you see as the major priorities of a NCDP chair in a state that is political flux, with the GOP focused on rollback of progressive or even moderate goals?

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:01 Pam Spaulding

8:02

David Parker: 

We have to address the three areas of the Party activity: Members (organization), Money (raising it and spending it wisely and equitably), and Message.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:02 David Parker

8:03

Pam Spaulding: 

David Parker’s web site is: http://voteparker.com/ The Blend background post for tonight’s liveblog is here: http://www.pamshouseblend.com/…

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:03 Pam Spaulding

8:03

David Parker: 

These areas all require experience.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:03 David Parker

8:03

Pam Spaulding: 

And what is your “selling point” in comparing yourself to your fellow candidates?

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:03 Pam Spaulding

8:04

David Parker: 

My experience includes being a precinct worker in Orange, Precint and County Chair in Iredell, State YD President, manager of the Sanford campaign (which involved raising $2.5 million back in 1992), DNC Member and Treasurer of the DNC Caucus.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:04 David Parker

8:05

Pam Spaulding: 

Since PHB is a blog focusing on LGBT issues, there are huge ramifications for LGBT North Carolinians because of the outcome of the midterms in our Gen Assembly. A question from reader HunterC:What I’m most interested in is for political operators to recognize that in 2011 in North Carolina, embracing LGBT issues is not toxic. What will you do to get through to candidates and the political machinery that NC in 2011 has moved past LGBT items as wedge issues? Even US Senator Richard Burr — A NORTH CAROLINA REPUBLICAN — acknowledged the “generational change” after he voted to repeal DADT.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:05 Pam Spaulding

8:05

David Parker: 

A lot of the experiences that we have shared in working for other candidates (as opposed to just for our own candidacy) has an impact on how I think the Party should work — I am open to ideas and have learned a lot during this campaign.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:05 David Parker

8:05

David Parker: 

Will answer Hunter’s question next

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:05 David Parker

8:05

Pam Spaulding: 

Sure.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:05 Pam Spaulding

8:07

David Parker: 

We are already seeing LGBT issues being used as a wedge: I got a mailing yesterday addressed to 5 million Senior Christians saying that Obama’s signing the Hate Crimes Bill was tantamount to criminalizing Christianity becuase the Bible speaks against homosexuality and is therefore outlawed.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:07 David Parker

8:07

Pam Spaulding: 

We’ll clean up the typos later.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:07 Pam Spaulding

8:07

David Parker: 

This approach is just to arouse anti-gay passion and we have got to stand firmly against it and stand firmly for individual dignity also …

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:07 David Parker

8:09

David Parker: 

it is my belief that sexual orientation is a gift from God. I will support the issues of personal dignity and the adoption of the Dallas Principles as well. They make sense across the board. LGBT issues are universal issues and should be treated as such.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:09 David Parker

8:10

Pam Spaulding: 

How will this sensibility be put into effect with Dem politicians reluctant to speak out on these matters because of re-election concerns, rather than the reality that many North Carolinians actually know someone gay.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:10 Pam Spaulding

8:12

David Parker: 

Part of why the Democratic Party lost touch with the electorate is that it failed to communicate its core values – including personal dignity. Elected officials have to talk about values to get voters out to vote — that is why, I think, turnout was down this last election — especially among young voters….

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:12 David Parker

8:13

David Parker: 

If we do not stand FOR something, and merely try to out-bully the GOP, we will continue to fall behind.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:13 David Parker

8:13

Pam Spaulding: 

Raising money. It’s an obvious necessity, since the far-right NCGOP will no doubt use direct mail campaigns, robocalls and the like to appeal to fear. My question — it’s assumed that the Republicans are going to file marriage amendment bills soon. [They have already shown a thirst to roll back health care reform and to prohibit anyone not in U.S. legally from attending NC community colleges or universities, so that isn’t far behind.] First – what do you think as chair, your role should be in publicly addressing the toxic, divisive debate, and second, the issue has national implications because groups such as the National Organization for Marriage will descend on the state, pouring money into anti-gay campaigns to ensure passage. How would you handle that? Is there a conflict between standing for values and pulling in bucks?

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:13 Pam Spaulding

8:13

David Parker: 

It is not enough to berate GOP’s – we need to advocate our issues — education, job creation, personal dignity, care for creation/environment, peace and dignity. All of those core values.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:13 David Parker

8:14

David Parker: 

Ah, money — the mother’s milk of politics….

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:14 David Parker

8:14

Pam Spaulding: 

With a presidential election in 2012, money is everything all the way down the ticket.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:14 Pam Spaulding

8:15

David Parker: 

The Marriage Amendment is coming to a voting place near you all too soon. This Radical Right ploy is designed to activate their base, agitate their contributors and GOTV….

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:15 David Parker

8:16

David Parker: 

I would want to get folks such as care enough about these issues to be on a blog such as this to help formulate specfics — which is why I am calling for an LGBT Caucus in NC (we need to parallel every DNC Caucus here in NC)….

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:16 David Parker

8:17

David Parker: 

My own feeling is that we can talk about personal dignity issues as a segue into talking about LGBT issues…

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:17 David Parker

8:17

Pam Spaulding: 

This is an excellent idea, one that can help break the communications logjam for elected officials in the NCDP who are reticent to commit to anything publicly. How would you challenge those assumptions?

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:17 Pam Spaulding

8:18

David Parker: 

Our values drive the bucks — most of our contributors, particularly when we do not have a State House to get “low hanging fruit” are believers. We have to communicate what we believe in. This is not the time, in the phrase of Thomas Paine, for “sunshine patriots” — it is the time for all good folk to come to the aid of their Party!

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:18 David Parker

8:19

David Parker: 

Running one entry behind! …

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:19 David Parker

8:19

Pam Spaulding: 

No prob. A question from a reader when you’re caught up…

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:19 Pam Spaulding

8:19

[Comment From SeptemberSeptember: ] 

In regard to “personal dignity issues”, will we work to re-frame the Choice issue as well-as the privacy and right to a woman’s own medical decisions as it should be per Roe-v-Wade?

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:19 September

8:19

David Parker: 

Clarify “the assumptions”.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:19 David Parker

8:20

Pam Spaulding: 

Assumptions that equality issues are a “loser” for the NCDP.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:20 Pam Spaulding

8:20

Pam Spaulding: 

The whole “move to the center right” frame.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:20 Pam Spaulding

8:20

David Parker: 

Yes to September — John Edwards was one of the first to clearly and succinctly express that without choice, a woman would never control her own destiny. Edwards had a lot of faults, but he got some things absolutely right….

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:20 David Parker

8:21

Pam Spaulding: 

And yes, the Republicans here are already making it clear choice is up for discussion. Sad.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:21 Pam Spaulding

8:22

David Parker: 

Personal dignity, home as castle, etc. are strong American values that logically extend (think the “penumbra of privacy” that Justice Douglas used to extend rights that lead to Roe v. Wade)… to all privacy interests.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:22 David Parker

8:23

Pam Spaulding: 

Q: Last week I was at an event with The National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell and she promised to help in the fight to keep a civil rights matter off of the ballot: “The second piece of good news is that you are not alone. So you’ve got Equality NC and you also have the number of national organizations and advocates around the country including The National Center for Lesbian Rights who have your back.”What role might the party play in working with elected Dems that are faced with the push and pull of high-profile campaigns by outside groups such as the National Organization for Marriage?

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:23 Pam Spaulding

8:24

David Parker: 

Choice may be an issue submitted to Gov. Perdue that tests our ability to sustain a veto. Four Democrats (who happened to endorse my opponent) voted for the GOP speaker I read tonight — I have not checked the Vote out on-line to verify, but if that is so, we are in serious danger — it would mean that our Democratic House Caucus will be in disarray — not a real good time for them to have such a strong influence over the Party.

This has to remain OUR Party. I am from the “Democratic wing of the Democratic Party” to use Howard Dean’s famous phrase.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:24 David Parker

8:25

David Parker: 

Obviously, NCLR is a strong, funded voice for civil and personal dignity issues….

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:25 David Parker

8:26

David Parker: 

I want to learn more about ENC (sorry for the delay — the cat wanted out!)

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:26 David Parker

8:26

Pam Spaulding: 

(LOL real life intervenes)

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:26 Pam Spaulding

8:27

Pam Spaulding: 

http://equalitync.org will be sponsoring a Day of Action, where LGBTs in NC will head to the Gen Assembly to speak with elected officials.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:27 Pam Spaulding

8:27

David Parker: 

I have looked at the ENC website — is this a group that we use as a resource for the NC Dem Party? I would like to learn more and make those connections through the LGBT Caucus.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:27 David Parker

8:27

David Parker: 

Sounds like a good time for some solidarity planning to me.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:27 David Parker

8:28

Pam Spaulding: 

You should definitely be in touch with ENC. Here is the information about the Day of Action: http://equalitync.org/events2/… (Feb 15)

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:28 Pam Spaulding

8:28

David Parker: 

I have my Solidarnosc pin from Poland around here somewhere — maybe we should take that approach?

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:28 David Parker

8:29

Pam Spaulding: 

Just imagine all of the shocked members of the GA when they see real, live taxpaying LGBTs who politely let them know that they work for us.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:29 Pam Spaulding

8:29

Pam Spaulding: 

Question from reader Jake Gellar-Goad:What strategies will give us the best defense on victories when gained under Democratic control that are now threatened under GOP control. Not only in continuing to prevent a marriage discrimination amendment, but also in with the anti-bullying law that includes sexual orientation & gender identity, and HIV related funding as well? (Could we see a rollback of the anti-bullying law now in place by the Repubs?)

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:29 Pam Spaulding

8:29

David Parker: 

2/15/11 is coming up awfully quick. We have much to do — and so little time, speaking of which, I am fine going on with this — it is fun for me.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:29 David Parker

8:30

Pam Spaulding: 

ok. we will extend 15 min for now and see if you can handle a few more Qs.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:30 Pam Spaulding

8:31

David Parker: 

We have to use the Party and the Council fo State officers (to the extent that they are willing to do so) as a pulpit. I have worked in the Presbyterian Church to make that pulpit more open and accessible. We have a lot of strong voices – we just need to work on our messaging so that it impacts more efficiently and more broadly. We have a lot of talented folks out there that can help with this.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:31 David Parker

8:31

Pam Spaulding: 

People can register to attend the ENC Day of Action here: http://goo.gl/gMzOR

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:31 Pam Spaulding

8:32

[Comment From ChrisChris: ] 

Ian Palmquist does a great job as ED of ENC and I agree David that we need to tap all of these organizations to help deliver our message. Especially in such cases where someone like Rep. Larry Brown embarrasses his constituents.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:32 Chris

8:33

Pam Spaulding: 

(Argh. Larry Brown, James Forrester, Bill James…the list goes on and on).

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:33 Pam Spaulding

8:33

David Parker: 

I do not know Ian – but would like to. Brown is a humiliation for all people — we can use his type of extremism, though, to make our points. I do not like the “slippery slope” arguments, but we could turn those on their head and talk about this kind of bigotry being extended to all sort of folks.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:33 David Parker

8:34

Pam Spaulding: 

Do you think the Republicans will try to roll back the anti-bullying law? That would be brazen.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:34 Pam Spaulding

8:34

David Parker: 

What a cast!

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:34 David Parker

8:34

[Comment From SeptemberSeptember: ] 

I am still in close contact with some of the Obama Pride folks and a place in an LGBT Caucus would be a great way to further integrate those activists into the party organization. Just FYI 🙂

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:34 September

8:35

David Parker: 

Yes — and we need all ahnds on deck in teh legislature to try to fight that. Some legislators are talking about having very little to do in this next term because they are not in power. I say this is the very time that they should be working the hardest to bring the NC people into the fray to get the GOP to keep our basic NC values….

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:35 David Parker

8:35

Pam Spaulding: 

I agree.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:35 Pam Spaulding

8:35

[Comment From Chris: ] 

Also, there is a new group Equality Winston Salem which has gotten off the ground by some strong professional from the Forsyth LGBT community who are working to increase visibility of the needs and attributes of that community. We need to have people on the ground that know what’s going on in counties across the state so that our party can gain support from these groups and build a strong coalition for the future of our party

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:35 Chris

8:36

David Parker: 

Good point, September. And some of those folks made our fundrsaier for Kay Hagan here at the house a success … but then seemed to fade away.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:36 David Parker

8:37

David Parker: 

My hope (dream?) is that the caucuses would take off in counties – and not just at the State level. Obama says “we can do big things” and I know we can — but we have to try first!

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:37 David Parker

8:37

David Parker: 

We need to build our connectedness … both as a people and as a Party. That will be the key to getting this country and state going forward instead of this drifting.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:37 David Parker

8:38

Pam Spaulding: 

I think the LGBT caucus idea will help with brainstorming and messaging. We need to do it for ourselves here in NC, because Beltway consultants seem to think all of NC is years behind politically.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:38 Pam Spaulding

8:38

Pam Spaulding: 

BTW, for those who are unfamiliar with the bigotry of Bill James: http://www.pamshouseblend.com/… or Larry Brown: http://www.pamshouseblend.com/…

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:38 Pam Spaulding

8:38

David Parker: 

I have also got a lot of friends in the Presbyterian Church’s Covenant Network of which I am a member — lots of connections we can use there too. Most are Dems (unless they have despaired of political solutions … which is sad)

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:38 David Parker

8:39

David Parker: 

Bill James is a special guy, to be sure.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:39 David Parker

8:39

David Parker: 

The Charlotte folks should have spoken directly — a talking pint among Dems across NC would have been a good way to point out his attitude as being fundamentally anti-American.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:39 David Parker

8:40

David Parker: 

We can do better.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:40 David Parker

8:40

Pam Spaulding: 

The fact is that we have to constantly remind people that there are members of the faith community in favor of equality for LGBTs. We must underscore that those in non-accepting faith communities are actually denying those of faith with different beliefs the ability to say, legally marry a same sex couple.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:40 Pam Spaulding

8:40

Pam Spaulding: 

We definitely can do better.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:40 Pam Spaulding

8:40

Pam Spaulding: 

Q 2 from Jake Gellar-Goad:I’m also worried that the GOP is stacking the deck for the next election cycle. Citizens United was bad enough, but now the NC GOP has abandoned calls for independent redistricting the second they came to power, they’re likely to push a voter ID law which will cost the state millions to solve a nearly non-existent problem that may discourage many more legitimate voters. I saw the US House just passed a bill to try to kill voter owned/publicly financed elections that were designed to limit big special interest money influence, so I imagine NC can’t be far behind. How do we stand up to the deck stacking?

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:40 Pam Spaulding

8:40

David Parker: 

Yes — not all Christians have cut the “neighbor” sections out of the New Testament.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:40 David Parker

8:42

David Parker: 

The GOP is interested in the perpetuation of its majority. There is a reason they have not had that since 1898 (when Plesssy v. Ferguson’s “separate but equal” was the law of the land). Their attempts to roll back time in Wake County’s schools is typical…

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:42 David Parker

8:42

Pam Spaulding: 

Don’t get me started on the Wake County schools debacle.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:42 Pam Spaulding

8:42

David Parker: 

The GOP has stated openly (see the John Locke Foundation’s 11 issues for 2011) that it intends to stop the little bit of publicly funded elections that we have now.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:42 David Parker

8:43

Pam Spaulding: 

We have to remind people that complacency is our enemy. Progressives and sane people stayed at home and 2% elected the conservative majority to that school board.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:43 Pam Spaulding

8:43

David Parker: 

Go to http://www.johnlocke.org for the entire fetid mess.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:43 David Parker

8:44

Pam Spaulding: 

Yes, another link to click to show how extreme the right has moved as our state has actually become more diverse politically.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:44 Pam Spaulding

8:44

[Comment From ChrisChris: ] 

We already have an announced candidate against Larry Brown; but given that it’s a +20% Republican district, how best would you propose supporting this candidate. (David Moore)

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:44 Chris

8:45

David Parker: 

Yes — the Triangle is not immune. I grew up in Raleigh and went to school with Paul Coble (Broughton, ’72) — he bragged about being Jesse Helms’ nephew then and is trying to live out his uncle’s dreams now. Seems like I have been fighting these same battles for nearly 40 years!

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:45 David Parker

8:46

Pam Spaulding: 

It’s a sad state of affairs for the NCGOP. It’s like a time warp back to the past. It will come back to bite them.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:46 Pam Spaulding

8:46

[Comment From HunterCHunterC: ] 

@ Chris: I’d wait until the districts are redrawn by the legislature to see if Rep. Brown’s opponent will actually be in his district.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:46 HunterC

8:47

Pam Spaulding: 

What needs to change is for the NCDP to identify and support challengers to these fringe right elected officials who run unopposed.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:47 Pam Spaulding

8:47

David Parker: 

Having candidates for every ballotted election is critically important — it makes the GOP defend their base … which in turn means that they cannot spend all their money on swing seats. Run someone hard against him and go after him. The Party should help with messaging and delivery of the message as well. Making up votes in “red” counties is part of why we carried for Obama in 2008. We have to Keep the Faith, even in the midst of adversity.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:47 David Parker

8:47

Pam Spaulding: 

…after redistricting, as Hunter said.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:47 Pam Spaulding

8:48

Pam Spaulding: 

Q from me: What are your plans to work with new media (blogs) as party chair? Will the party be ready to deal with the increasingly fast-paced world of social media (Twitter, Facebook) on your watch?

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:48 Pam Spaulding

8:48

David Parker: 

To Pam: yes — and the Legislative Cucus’ targeting does not do that — the Party has to do that. All of us. And redistricting will make it more difficult, no dobut, but we can perhaps bottle that up for a spell 😉

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:48 David Parker

8:50

David Parker: 

Yes — but we will need help from the community. I am more than open to suggestions. We have tried it, but have not really worked it. Has to translate into action in the world as well — as we all know. Meetups, etc. drive politics — as does face-to-face work. We have to go through all avenues.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:50 David Parker

8:50

David Parker: 

Part of the challenge is just the pure time commitment necesary to make it all work.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:50 David Parker

8:51

Pam Spaulding: 

You’d be surprised how efficiently social media can pay off. Particularly as a rapid response to outlandish claims and lies by those on the other side.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:51 Pam Spaulding

8:51

David Parker: 

I want to intgerate those aspects into the Rapid Response ideas on the “1st 30 Minutes” plan under the MEDIA tab on my website at http://www.voteparker.com

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:51 David Parker

8:52

Pam Spaulding: 

Holding liveblog sessions like this can also draw people to act offline as well.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:52 Pam Spaulding

8:52

Pam Spaulding: 

The NCDP chair should use an online town hall approach to complement offline gatherings.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:52 Pam Spaulding

8:52

[Comment From ChrisChris: ] 

Yes I agree and have spoken with the candidate about that; but he’s just damned and determined to go after Larry Brown…..gotta love the energy. Plus there is a chance that we will run 2012 on the old districts if we are able to hold up redistricting in court…..isn’t that correct David?

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:52 Chris

8:52

David Parker: 

Absolutely. Can also translate into mainstream media. For some reason, the local TV folks like to interview me — I did a lot of talking head interviews on CNN, FoxNews (that was a trip), and ABC News — those are on my website and on youtube as well.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:52 David Parker

8:53

David Parker: 

I do love the energy — zealousness in the name of righteousness!

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:53 David Parker

8:53

Pam Spaulding: 

One video:

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:53 Pam Spaulding

8:53

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:53 

8:53

David Parker: 

Chris — there is exactly that chance.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:53 David Parker

8:55

Pam Spaulding: 

Q: One of the strengths of NC is its high-tech, med, and higher ed communities — most are progressive on equality issues and have anti-discrimination policies and even same-sex spousal equiv policies. How would you as chair, marshal these communities to battle anti-gay GOP pols who do respond to the business community?

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:55 Pam Spaulding

8:55

David Parker: 

Don’t know how that got on the blog! But that is me … in the State House.. Frank Eaton from Winston does phenomal work. I am a bit intense in the spot, but there is a lot to be intense about. Let’s get going!!

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:55 David Parker

8:56

David Parker: 

You will all have to help with this terrific idea. …

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:56 David Parker

8:56

David Parker: 

Some of the folks are already involved, but we have to network to do a better job.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:56 David Parker

8:57

Pam Spaulding: 

Many of us work for such institutions and can publicly speak to the fact that the world didn’t end for any of these businesses or institutions because they were fair and respected the dignity of their LGBT employees.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:57 Pam Spaulding

8:57

Pam Spaulding: 

These are the people the party chair can reach out to – gather everyday people to dispel the lies and misunderstanding.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:57 Pam Spaulding

8:58

David Parker: 

The 2008 clips are at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v… if you want to watch (hopefully, it won’t pop up this time unless you click it)

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:58 David Parker

8:58

Pam Spaulding: 

It’s coming up on 9PM, David.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:58 Pam Spaulding

8:58

[Comment From SeptemberSeptember: ] 

I can speak first hand to how David Parker is a believer and adopter of online media. He was the second person to write me a check to support the founding of the Iredell County Democratic Party’s website- years before the NCDP took steps to help counties get websites up and running.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:58 September

8:58

Pam Spaulding: 

You have been generous to give us an hour of your time.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:58 Pam Spaulding

8:58

David Parker: 

Yes — we just need to get them invovled. Again, I am hoping the Caucus/Roundtable idea will spread to counties so we can accomplish just that.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:58 David Parker

8:59

Pam Spaulding: 

The idea is a good one. Thanks for that info, September.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:59 Pam Spaulding

8:59

David Parker: 

I have really enjoyed it. Got some fresh new ideas, too. Stay in touch. My cell phone is 704-437-6600

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:59 David Parker

8:59

David Parker: 

Thanks, too, for waiting til 8 and for hosting. Has been a treat for me.

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:59 David Parker

8:59

Pam Spaulding: 

The replay of this liveblog will be available at: http://tinyurl.com/parkerPHB

Thursday January 27, 2011 8:59 Pam Spaulding

9:00

David Parker: 

With cleaned up typing, I hope!

Thursday January 27, 2011 9:00 David Parker

9:02

Pam Spaulding: 

Yes, : ) Thanks, everyone for your questions. Some links as we close:

http://voteparker.com/ David Parker’s Web Site

http://www.twitter.com/voteparker Twitter

http://www.facebook.com/home.p… Facebook

Thursday January 27, 2011 9:02 Pam Spaulding

9:02

David Parker: 

Good night … thanks, again.

Thursday January 27, 2011 9:02 David Parker

9:03

Pam Spaulding: 

Good night all. Transcript will be embedded in the Blend post: http://www.pamshouseblend.com/…

Thursday January 27, 2011 9:03 Pam Spaulding

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