Women Rule in North Carolina

And, I mean that Literally.

I was starting to put together a review of the races for myself and was immediately struck by something that I already knew, but maybe had forgotten or not put enough thought into. Women stand a good chance of controlling most of North Carolina Democratic Politics this year. Go below the fold for a quick list of key women and the races they are running.

Beverly Perdue – Governor (picture taken at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure)

We all know about Beverly Perdue, former House member, former Senate member, current Lieutenant Governor. Vying to be the first women leader of the State of North Carolina.

Beth A. Wood – Auditor
From her website, “Beth Wood is a long-time public servant with 15 years of auditing experience. Beth served in the State Auditor’s Office for more than a decade and previously served in the State Treasurer’s Office. She would be the first woman elected to the position of State Auditor in North Carolina."

Mary Fant Donnan – Commissioner of Labor
“Mary Fant Donnan is a program officer for the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Prior to joining the foundation, Donnan served as policy analyst and director of research and policy at the North Carolina Department of Labor.”
Defeat the elevator lady, Cherie Berry. I’ve been meaning to harp on this harpy for some time. Do you know when a fiscal conservative is not a fiscal conservative? When she tears down inspection sheets on 24,056 elevators that have EIGHT lines for inspection certification and replaces them with sheets that have TWO lines and her photo.
Elevator lady.
That means that those sheets have to be replaced FOUR-TIMES as often. That is fiscally irresponsible.

Elaine F. Marshall – Secretary of State
“Marshall was first elected to public office in 1992 as a member of the North Carolina Senate representing the 15th Senate District. She ran for the post of North Carolina Secretary of State against Republican challenger and former stock car racer Richard Petty, taking the office as the first female elected to statewide executive office in North Carolina in January 1997. Marshall was re-elected in 2000 and in 2004. She is expected to run for re-election again in 2008.”

June St. Clair Atkinson – Superintendent of Public Instruction
“June St. Clair Atkinson was elected North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction on November 3, 2004, in a race that was decided by the North Carolina General Assembly on August 23, 2005. Dr. Atkinson is the first woman elected to the post of State Superintendent, and is also a member of the North Carolina Council of State. As State Superintendent, Dr. Atkinson heads the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, an agency which she served for nearly 28 years (1976-2004)”

Janet Cowell – Treasurer

“Janet Cowell (born July 19, 1968) is a Democratic member of the North Carolina Senate (representing Wake County) and a candidate for North Carolina State Treasurer in 2008. Cowell served two terms on the Raleigh City Council before being elected to the state Senate in 2004. Cowell is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA), Penn's Wharton School of Business (MBA), and the Lauder Institute (Master's in International Studies).”

Verla Insko – NC House
Beyond her six terms in Raleigh, word on the street is that Rep. Insko is a key figure/supporter/ally of fellow Orange County Representative Joe Hackney, a.k.a. Speaker of the House. She remains the loudest voice for equal, quality health care in North Carolina.

At the state level, Democrats stand a great chance of holding all these offices and that means Democratic women stand a great chance of controlling the power of all these offices. Things are more limited at the national level, but we have two candidates with some shot at gaining power.

Kay Hagan – US Senate
“Kay R. Hagan is a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's 27th Senate district, including constituents in Guilford County. She is the Democratic nominee for United States Senate against incumbent Elizabeth Dole, North Carolina's first female senator. An attorney, Hagan is currently (2007-2008 session) serving in her fifth term in the state Senate. Hagan was first elected to the State Senate in 1998.

Hagan's earliest political activity was as a child placing bumper stickers on cars for her uncle, Governor and U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles. Her father, Joe P. Ruthven, served as the mayor of Lakeland, Florida”

Teresa Sue Bratton– US Congress, District 6
“For 25 years Teresa served Piedmont families as a pediatric allergist. She retired from private practice in 2006 but continues to help local families through the allergy/asthma clinic for indigent children at Guilford Child Health. She also helps train the doctors of the future as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine.”

The future is bright for Democrats in North Carolina. It looks like it will be lead by a cabal of good old boys in the Senate, the temperate and liberal Joe Hackney in the House, and a lot of powerful women in the executive branch.


Chances for a clean sweep? Prognostication Open Thread?

What are our chances of having all or some of these women in power come January 2009? I think that the incumbents will hold their seats, Cowell will prevail, and that it might finally be time for Berry to fall.

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

Labor Commish

Hope Mary doesn't mind but we used one of her campaign flyers to alter the elevator certificate at Meck Dem Headquarters.

Have you ever heard of a liberal shooting up a church?

Defacing government property.

This is one case where I think de"facing" government property is the fiscally-correct thing to do.

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

Women in Judicial Races

By my count, there are 19 races on the statewide ballot this year. U.S. Senate, Gov, 10 Council of State (incl. Lt. Guv.) and 7 judicial races (1 Supreme Court; 6 Court of Appeals). Of the judicial races, there are 5 with women candidates. Four of those women, Suzanne Reynolds (Supreme Court), Linda Stephens (Court of Appeals), Kristin Ruth (Court of Appeals), and Cheri Beasley (Court of Appeals), are super women and very worthy of support. One of the races is between Judge Jim Wynn, the incumbent, and Jewel Ann Farlow, who is a right wing . . . um . . . candidate.

Judge Wynn is an outstanding jurist, and nationally recognized as a leader on issues of judicial independence. So, just this once, the woman is not the better choice.


The Cherie Berry you see in the elevator is not the Cherie Berry you'd see in the street.

Here she is with Patrick McHenry at a Duke Cliffside expansion groundbreaking. Apparently only Republican politicians attended.

Berry! Hunter! Confusion?

Greg! I want to clear up this Berry and Hunter name before it gets out of control and destroys me and my wife's career due to rumors.

1. I am not kin to the present Cherie Berry nor has any member of my Berry Klan has had sex with her in a elevator on State property.

2. Relial Hunter, John Edwards former appointment and political adviser is not kin to my Supermodel wife Rachel Hunter. She also denys that she had sex with John Edwards and Cherie Berry in a elevator at the same time.

I hope this ends these rumors of Global warming by the Edwards and Berry factions of the political process.

Madame Injustice

Given Berry's indifference to workers in the poultry industry, she may have earned the title "Madame Injustice" which may lead to some comparisons to and public confusion with "Madame Justice". It is usually better to be the Hunter than the hunted.

Thank you

I would like to thank Robert P. for drawing attention to the growing number of women leaders in our state, myself included, who are highlighting this year's Democratic ticket. Not only are more women's voices needed in the halls of power, but the perspectives of doctors and others in the healthcare profession are vital as well. If elected, I will bring a fresh perspective to Washington and will work to achieve results for the people of North Carolina's 6th District who are struggling to pay for adequate health care and I will begin to move the United States to a real health care system, not the broken sick care system that exists now.

Teresa Sue Bratton, M.D.

Thank you Dr. Bratton

Thank you for running against such an entrenched candidate and for pitching Democratic ideals in such a key election year. Every voter you get out is one closer to a win for you, and also one closer to a win for Perdue, Hagan, and Barack Obama.

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