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Sunday, December 22, 2019

This is what #PunishingTheBaseToSpiteYourFace looks like on the #DemocraticPartyPlantation in #SweetHomeAlabama

U.S. Sen. Doug Jones and state Rep. Chris England
U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, left, and state Rep. Chris England talk to the media after a faction of the State Democratic Executive Committee elected England as Alabama Democratic Party Chair on Nov. 2. Nancy Worley disputed the validity of the meeting and said she remained chair. But it was England who certified the party's candidates for the March 3 primary this week. (Mike Cason/mcason@al.com)

Regardless of the fact, there is a pending lawsuit over the leadership of the Alabama Democratic Party because the minority wants to rule the majority, the minority faction decided for the majority who will be on the ballot for the March primary.
The Democratic Party dispute is between factions backing England and Nancy Worley. England was elected to replace Worley as chair at a Nov. 2 meeting of the State Democratic Executive Committee.
Worley, who was first elected chair in 2013, maintains that meeting was not valid. She and her backers tried unsuccessfully to block the meeting with a lawsuit. The case is now with the Alabama Supreme Court, which has not ruled on Worley’s assertion that she remains the chair or whether the court has jurisdiction over the matter.
The Democratic National Committee recognizes England as party chair.
That's right (pun intended) the DNC recognizes the Minority faction over the traditional, loyal, Democratic base.  

So now we know for sure
“We not go let folk kick us around and dog us around and keep putting them back in office,” he charged from the podium. “We are not going to do that.”
Reed didn’t mention folk’s name. Didn’t have to.
Sen. Doug Jones has openly led an effort to re-boot the state party by booting Worley and re-writing party by-laws to make party leadership—the 250-member State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC)—reflect a broader, younger swath of the state. He has been backed by the National Democratic Committee (DNC), which has withheld $10,000 a month in support funds since 2018 (“The party’s broke,” Reed says) and revoked the party leaders’ national credentials, and not yet approved the part’s delegate selection plan for the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
 No good deed goes unpunished.
Does Scher really believe that because it takes a right-of-center candidate like Doug Jones to get elected in Alabama, Democrats nationwide should shift their politics to the right and make Alabama politics the national standard? Scher may not realize it, but he is advocating that the Democratic Party reward its African-American voters by showing them that their interests, aspirations and lives don’t matter.
On a personal note, EYE would like to wish you and yours a Happy Holiday Season and EYE shall return next year.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Alabama Democratic Minority Party vs The Alabama Democratic Majority Party, there are two sides to every story.

Regular readers are aware of the ongoing Civil War within the Alabama Democratic Party between the white minority and the black majority but rarely will the white male-dominated  Alabama media present "both sides" in a "fair and balanced" manner

Below is a link to an episode of The Capitol Journal podcast featuring embattled Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley discussing "renewing a lawsuit over an opposing party faction voting her out of the office and attempting to replace her with Rep. Chris England. "Worley says she views that election as illegitimate" and EYE agree. 

 Ignore the person on the left.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Alabama Democratic Minority Party vs The Alabama Democratic Majority Party Round 2


Democratic Party nomination intra-party fight concept as two mountain cliffs each shaped as a donkey clash head to head damaging the party as a 3D illustration. (Photo: AdobeStock)
Democratic Party nomination intra-party fight concept as two mountain cliffs each shaped as a donkey clash head to head damaging the party as a 3D illustration. (Photo: AdobeStock)

The battle for control of the soul (pun intended) of the Alabama Democratic Party begins when the SDEC Minority Caucus dared re-elect Chair Nancy Worley and foiled Senator Doug Jones coup to take over the Alabama Democratic Party so he could control the black block vote. 
In her open letter, which was released by the ADC on Facebook, Bright said, “I am so saddened, insulted and outraged at the DNC for their plan to strip voting rights from blacks elected to serve on the SDEC in order to give Doug Jones the ability to control the outcome of an election he has conspired to have in order to control the majority of blacks presently serving.” 
Speaking specifically of Jones, Bright continued, “He attempted to replace those black officers in last year’s election with an almost entirely white slate and failed because black members voted his slate down. His insistence in this effort, aided by the DNC, speaks volumes to me and echoes what many of us have long understood.” 
She then said that black Americans have historically been taken advantage of after being integral in a political movement’s success, comparing black support that aided Jones’ 2017 special election victory to the efforts to end “slavery” and “Jim Crow.”
“Although blacks have been faithful to the Democratic Party and are largely responsible for electing Doug Jones and any white seeking office in this state, once elected on the backs of blacks, the urgency to remove black leadership begins,” Bright stated. 
 
“In other words, as long as we’re working in the fields all is well, but when we move to positions of authority, a challenge begins,” she added. “From slavery through Reconstruction, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights movement, we are constantly being shown how little respect blacks receive for being hard working and loyal.” 
Bright went on to say the electoral challenge to Worley is “a smoke screen to make it appear that Jones and the DNC is not attacking his true target, blacks.”
“This is a huge taint on the national Party and the Senator (Jones) who depends on our vote to get re-elected,” she concluded.
The minority assisted by DNC Chair Tom Perez and the Republican-controlled Alabama Supreme Court received permission to rule the majority and start their own separate and unequal party 
Blacks got their position in the ADP largely because whites left it. We should not be penalized for our loyalty. White voters should not resent blacks on the SDEC or disparage them publicly for insisting on fairness for everyone. It is incumbent upon all Democrats to recruit new Democrats daily, through their friends, their families, and common concerns.
To be clear, this is about the Minority deciding who represents the Majority under the guise of diversity.  
The Democratic National Committee (“DNC”) Charter has two slightly different “inclusion” provisions. Article Eight, Section 2 provides that “discrimination” in the Party (including state units) “on the basis of sex, race, age (if of voting age), color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic identity or physical disability is prohibited.” There is really no comparable provision in the ASDEC Bylaws. 
 Article Eight, Section 3 provides that “to encourage participation by minority groups, blacks, Native Americans, Asian/Pacifics, Hispanics, women, and youth ... [the state parties] ... shall adopt and implement an affirmative action program which provides for representation as nearly as practicable of the aforementioned groups, as indicated by their presence in the Democratic electorate ...” This is the language the Shadoin amendment copied, which is why LGBT and disabled persons were not included. 
There are effectively parallel provisions in the ASDEC Bylaws with respect to women and blacks. Article III, Section 1(d) provides that one male and one female shall be elected from each State House district, assuring gender equity in the overall membership. Gender equity is further enshrined in Article IV, Section 1, which requires that the Chair and First Vice-Chair of the SDEC be of differing genders. Article III, Section 1(a) provides the mechanism by which the black percentage of the SDEkC is the same as the black percentage of the Democratic presidential electorate.
This is necessary to prevent black under-representation, as many of the 210 “district” members are elected from heavily white Republican districts in places like Baldwin and Shelby Counties. Members elected by the Minority (black) Caucus under Section 1(a) are required to be elected in equal numbers of men and women, to preserve gender equity.
So while the Republicans are recruiting candidates and winning elections the battle continues.
The DNC ordered in February that the state party hold new elections and review bylaws to diversity(sic) the membership of the SDEC, the governing body of the Alabama Democratic Party. Since that order, the DNC and the Worley faction have clashed over how the reforms should be implemented and concerns surfaced earlier this fall that all of the squabbling could prevent Alabama delegates from attending next year’s Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.
Stay tuned

Friday, November 8, 2019

The Alabama Democratic Minority Party may have won the battle but the war is far from over #PunishTheBaseToSpiteYourFace

Cue in Battle Hymn of the Republic



The first shots were fired in the Alabama Democratic Party Civil War when embattled Alabama Democratic Chairwoman Nancy L. Worley filed a lawsuit to block the minority from ruling the majority. Judge Gregg Griffin granted the TRO then the Minority(enabled by the DNC) scurried across the street to their friends on the Alabama Republican-controlled Supreme Court to stay the TRO which allowed them to form their own separate and unequal Alabama Democratic Party.

B-But it's not over.......
The motion for recusal asserts that Griffin has a close relationship with Joe Reed, the chair of the Democratic Party’s black caucus and a supporter of Worley.
Let me see if EYE have this right(pun intended), how can you complain about the judge being black when you had 6 out of 9 white Republican Supreme Court Justices reverse the black judges TRO?  EYE mean, really?

The traditional, loyal, democratic base is not going to the back of the bus without a fight.
“Those who think you got blacks in your pocket you better check your pocket because there’s a hole in it. We don’t have to vote for anybody.
“We don’t have to embrace those who kick us around,” he continued with a preacher’s crescendo. “Let the word go from this time and place: You can’t cuss the party during the day and beg from us at night.”
Stay tuned

Monday, November 4, 2019

#PunishTheBase to Spite Your Face Life on the #DemocraticPartyPlantion in #SweetHomeAlabama

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EYE will thank Alabama's African Americans especially women for this sad, sorry, state of affairs. Wham, Bam, Thank you, Mam. No good deed goes unpunished. African Americans especially women will be the key voters in 2019. Which explains why Senator Doug Jones, enabled by DNC Chair Tom Perez wants to control the state with the highest number of registered African American female voters. 
All but 4 percent of African-Americans voted for Jones, and blacks accounted for roughly 30 percent of the Alabama electorate, according to a CNN exit poll. And 98 percent of black women (17 percent of the electorate) cast ballots for Jones. Certainly, Jones needed each vote—but astonishingly, if Moore courted just a slither of the black electorate, he would have won by a landslide.
Lets Recap:
On Friday, Six Republican Alabama Supreme Court Justices stayed Judge Greg Griffins temporary restraining order filed by embattled Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley, on the grounds the meeting was being held illegally. 
Earlier Friday a Montgomery circuit judge blocked a faction of the Alabama Democratic Party from holding a meeting and election this weekend.

Judge Greg Griffin granted a temporary restraining order filed by party chair Nancy Worley and others, which sought to stop a group of the party’s governing committee from meeting this weekend to elect new leaders.
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The defendants - members of the reform group within the party - filed an appeal.

The lawsuit argues the Saturday meeting, where the reform group intends to elect a new chair, is unauthorized and is being held illegally.

“I can’t think of anything more damaging to the party than what’s going on right now. This is a party crying out to the court. Help us,” said Bobby Segall, who is representing Worley, during court Thursday.
Can you say #PunishingTheBase?
The coalition’s effort follows the upset victory last December by Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate race. Black women, who led get-out-the-vote efforts, are credited with helping Jones become the first Democrat in 25 years to win a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama. He was favored by 98 percent of black women voters.
Black women's groups also rallied behind Stacey Abrams, who won the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Georgia in May. If Abrams wins on Nov. 6, she will become the nation’s first African American woman governor.
“We show up for everybody,” Brown said. “We’re showing up, but who is showing up for us?"
The groups have long worked to boost the number of black women running for elected offices and black voter participation, but said they wanted to band together for the upcoming midterm and local elections.
The coalition includes Black Voters Matter, the Black Women’s Roundtable and the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative.
DNC Chair Tom Perez and the DNC leadership have long backed Doug Jones who voted with Republicans 53% of the time and the so-called “Reform Caucus” of the ADP over the tradition, loyal, democratic base
Worley and her supporters maintain that the valid bylaws were those adopted at an Oct. 12 meeting. The Nov. 16 election date for chair and vice chair was also scheduled that day.
Ben Maxymuk, an attorney representing Worley’s side in the dispute, said in an affidavit (see below) that the DNC has no authority over the state party’s bylaws. Maxymuk said any effort by the DNC to stop Alabama delegates from voting at next year’s national convention would result in litigation.
The bylaws adopted at the Oct. 5 meeting would add new minority caucuses to the SDEC for youth (35 and under) Hispanics, Asians/Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGBTQ.
The agenda for Saturday’s meeting calls for elections to those new caucuses before the elections for chair and vice chair. Maxymuk said in his affidavit that the youth caucus would have 50 or more members. The SDEC has approximately 250 members now.
B-But it's not racial.......nod nod wink wink

Stay tuned because it's not over.
With qualifying deadlines for primaries on Nov. 8, the state party will have to resolve its internal dispute, which threatens the state's presence at next year's Democratic National Convention. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) in February ordered the state party to hold new elections and revise bylaws to diversify the membership of the SDEC, the governing body of the Alabama Democratic Party.
B-But maybe that's the plan.......