Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Senate move must weigh on Blue

Former House Speaker Dan Blue of Raleigh, D-Wake, a longtime member of the state House of Representatives, is a leading candidate for the N.C. Senate vacancy caused by the recent death of Sen. Vernon Malone, D-Wake.

Dome reports today that Blue not only won a straw poll by the influential Raleigh-Wake Citizens Association Saturday, but he was also formally endorsed Monday night by the group. That would put Blue in a strong position to move from the House to the Senate, an action many politicians would jump at.

But is Blue all that interested? Blue, after all, is a creature of the state House, where he first came to political prominence, developed an excellent reputation as a legislator and in 1991 became the first African American speaker of the state House. He is in his 14th term in the House, and he has never regarded a state Senate seat as a move up the political ladder.

He has some reason to feel that way. Senate terms, like House terms, are for two years, so there's no advantages as there is with the six-year U.S. Senate terms compared to U.S. House two-year terms. There are 50 members of the state Senate, compared to 120 members of the House, and thus Senators arguably have a greater vote -- 1/50th of a decision, rather than 1/120th of a decision.

Blue ran once for the U.S. Senate, losing the 2002 Democratic primary to Erskine Bowles for the seat being vacated by Jesse Helms. He rejoined the House in 2006 when Gov. Mike Easley appointed him to a vacancy.

But there's something else Blue has to think about. While both the Senate and the House have political caucuses that guide legislators in their decision-making, the Senate has shorter debates and members often seem to vote along party lines -- Democrats especially, since they're in charge and hold a majority of the votes. But the House often seems more deliberative. One reason may be there are a lot more members, and it's difficult to enforce a caucus position on members. But current House Speaker Joe Hackney allows more debate on issues, and Republican Leader Skip Stam, R-Wake and his party seem to get more opportunity to contribute to the debate, though I don't know if they win any more often than their Senate colleagues.

All that must be weighing on Blue's mind as he ponders whether to try to make the move to the Senate.

9 comments:

Talia.float said...

Bought the Tennis Racquet is important, exercise can reduce the harm, especially for the wrist injury. But the good of Tennis Racket in general in the real prices are more expensive, so a lot of websites now have cheap tennis racquettennis racquet discountcheap tennis racketdiscount Tennis Racket .

best-tutor said...

Hello!

very nice post... enjoyed it very much.

Thank you

http://www.best-tutor.com
http://best-tutor.com"

good site

tutor
tutor

Lorraine said...

cheap wedding gowns
discount bridal gowns
China wedding dresses
discount designer wedding dresses
China wedding online store
plus size wedding dresses
cheap informal wedding dresses
junior bridesmaid dresses
cheap bridesmaid dresses
maternity bridesmaid dresses
discount flower girl gowns
cheap prom dresses
party dresses
evening dresses
mother of the bride dresses
special occasion dresses
cheap quinceanera dresses
hot red wedding dresses

传斌 said...

replica Watches
replica Watches
replica Watches
fake Watches
knockoff Watches
replica Rolex Watches
replica Breitling Watches
replica Cartier Watches
replica Omega Watches
replica Tag Heuer Watches
replica Bell & Ross Watches
replica Panerai Watches
replica IWC Watches
replica Patek Philippe Watches
replica Chopard Watches
replica Gucci Watches
replica Corum Watches
replica Montblanc Watches
replica Jacob & Co Watches
replica A.Dunhill Watches
replica A.Lange & Sohne Watches
replica Alain Silberstein Watches
replica Audemars Piguet Watches
replica B.R.M Watches
replica Baume & Mercier Watches
replica Blancpain Watches
replica BMW Watches
replica Breguet Watches
replica Burberry Watches
replica Bvlgari Watches
replica Chronoswiss Watches
replica Concord Watches
replica D&G Watches
replica De Witt Watches
replica Dior Watches

Anonymous said...

Replica Handbags
Fake Handbags
Knockoff Handbags

Replica Louis Vuitton Handbags
Replica Gucci Handbags
Replica Chanel Handbags
Prada Handbags
Replica Fendi Handbags
Replica Dolce Gabbana Handbags
Replica Chloe Handbags
Replica Jimmy Choo Handbags
Replica Thomas Wylde Handbags
Replica MiuMiu Handbags

Replica Balenciaga Handbags
Replica Coach Handbags
Replica Lancel Handbags
Replica Hermes Handbags
Replica Marc Jacobs Handbags
Replica Anya Hindmarch Handbags
Replica YSL Handbags
Replica Mulberry Handbags
Replica Givenchy Handbags
Replica Valentino Handbags
Replica Versace Handbags
Replica Cartier Handbags
Replica Marni Handbags
Replica Bottega Veneta Handbags
Replica Loewe Handbags
Replica Kooba Handbags

Replica Bally Handbags
Replica Burberry Handbags
Replica Christian Dior Handbags
Replica Juicy Couture Handbags
Replica Ferragamo Handbags
Replica Celine Handbags

eshooes said...

This article is very good,I like it !
The fall is approaching.We should take exercise to keep fit.
Let's do sports together.
Firstly,We should choose some comfort shoes.
puma ferrari shoes
cheap nike shoes
nike shox nz
Ugg Boots
cheap puma shoes
puma drift cat
cheap nike shox
nike air max 360
nike air max
pumas shoes
puma shoes
ferrari shoes
nike 360 air max
nike shox shoes

xiaoxu said...

I like your blog, it's very good!
By the way, do you like spyder ski jackets, I think they are very fashionable and chic, especially the kids north face jackets, I love them so much. In my spare time, I also like playing tennis racket, it can keep healphy, what do you like to do?
polo vest
polo jacket
polo jackets
polo jackets for men
polo jackets for women
polo hoodies for men
polo hoodies for women
polo sweatshirts for men
polo sweatshirts for women
polo shirts for men
polo shirts for women
polo shirts wholesale
polo shirts for girls
ralph lauren polo shirt
polo pants for men
abercrombie fitch shirt
wholesale abercrombie fitch shirts
abercrombie fitch mens shirts
burberry shirts for men
burberry shirts for women
burberry shirts on sale
nroth face jackets on sale
nroth face jackets cheap
nroth face jackets for women
nroth face jackets for men
columbia jackets women
columbia jackets for men
columbia jackets discount
spyder jackets for men
discount spyder jackets
cheap spyder jackets
spyder jacket
spyder jackets for women
tennis rackets
cheap tennis rackets
discount tennis rackets
tennis rackets on sale
prince tennis racquets
head tennis racquets
wilson tennis racquets

lucyliu said...

nike air max 90
nike air max 95
nike air max tn
nike air rift
nike shox r4
nike air max 360
nike shox nz
puma mens shoes
puma shoes
puma speed
nike shoes
nike air
nike air shoes
puma cat
air max trainers
mens nike air max
nike shoes air max
nike shoes shox
air shoes
nike shoe cart
puma future
cheap puma
sports shoes
nike air rifts
nike air rift trainer
nike air
nike rift
nike rift shoes
cheap nike air rifts
bape shoes
jeans shop
diesel jeans
levis jeans

LAN said...

puma mens shoes
puma shoes
puma speed
nike shoes
nike air
nike air shoes
nike air max 90
nike air max 95
nike air max tn
nike air rift
nike shox r4
nike air max 360
nike shox nz
puma cat
air max trainers
mens nike air max
sports shoes
nike air rifts
nike air rift trainer
nike air
nike shoes air max
nike shoes shox
air shoes
Lucyliu IS Lucyliu
nike shoe cart
puma future
cheap puma
nike rift
jeans shop
diesel jeans
levis jeans
nike rift shoes
cheap nike air rifts
bape shoes