Faison

Tom Jensen posts a story he wrote for the Orange Herald over at Orange Politics. I would give a link to the newspaper story, but I can't find it. Call it an update on the goings-on of Bill Faison, or the lack thereof. I think it is an interesting read, so I'll give you a few tidbits after the break, then you can go read OP for the full story.

During his inaugural session last year, he made all sorts of noise. He attracted attention statewide as one of only two Democrats to vote against the state budget, while gaining notice locally for his effort to force a referendum on district representation for the Orange County Commissioners through the N.C. General Assembly. This drew him the enmity of many other local elected officials, who thought his efforts were an attempt to wrest power away from them.

This is how I first came to really know about Bill Faison, having been out of state during the 04 election and missing the Barry Jacobs/Bill Faison race. When I first approached him I was distrusting because of these votes and positions. However, I found him to be engaging and to talk a populist, progressive game. Perhaps that is because I am an Orange Countian and not from rural Onslow. Or, perhaps...

He has expressed interest in serving as speaker of the House if current speaker Jim Black steps down, and in running for governor.

These are pretty high hopes for a first-term legislator, so what are Faison's chances of achieving either position? Not good, but not impossible.

One reason for Faison's less rebellious behavior during this session could be his ambitions to be speaker of the House. Voting against the budget did not endear him to very many of his colleagues last summer, and he may be hoping that toning down his act will help that vote to be forgotten if he enters the speaker election in January.

Like I said, leap across the bit river to OP and read the rest.

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Priory of Faison

I guess it doesn't hurt that he already knows the secret handshake.

Known Masons in the Legislature are: Bob Atwater, Harris Blake, Harry Brown, Arlie Culp, Bill Faison, Mitch Gillespie, Dewey Hill, David Hoyle, Mitchell Setzer, A. B. Swindell, Scott Thomas, Marc Basnight, George Holmes, Edd Nye, Doug Yongue, Keith Presnel, and Jim Black.

Will the secret location of Ethics, the Holy Grail of North Carolina state politics, finally be revealed or, remain hidden?

Oh no! 1826 is coming again?

Priory of Faison
#22943 On 25 July, 2006 1:31pm gregflynn said,

I guess it doesn't hurt that he already knows the secret handshake.

Known Masons in the Legislature are: Bob Atwater, Harris Blake, Harry Brown, Arlie Culp, Bill Faison, Mitch Gillespie, Dewey Hill, David Hoyle, Mitchell Setzer, A. B. Swindell, Scott Thomas, Marc Basnight, George Holmes, Edd Nye, Doug Yongue, Keith Presnel, and Jim Black.

Will the secret location of Ethics, the Holy Grail of North Carolina state politics, finally be revealed or, remain hidden?

Watch it now! This secret brotherhood stuff goes both ways!

On the other side of the political cults is!

Former Chief Justice Grand Master I. Beverly Lake.. This
honorably brother change his name to the fool voters that he
was a women in order to win.

Would you believe the Pope machine is up to their goat rear
with brothers?

And would believe that VR is a brother in drag?

I'd love to get Faison online.

See how he addresses progressive issues.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

...Faison online

I think we'll have to get him online because his website has less than 200 words total on Jobs, Healthcare and Education. Barely enough for a LTE let alone an OpEd. All the words are image files.

that website is an embarassment

for someone with lots of money, a good website is a great tool.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Faison on election reform

He acts as if he supports Public Financing (tells his constituents that it sounds like a good idea) and then asks his colleagues why in the world they would consider giving a leg-up to their opponents.
He is opposed to Same Day Voter Registration.

got moxie