ist2_5215661-vector-human-brain-blueprint.A lot of folks are excited about this “leak”. Discuss.

Jim Morrill of Charlotte’s News and Observer:

With Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and other conservatives controlling state government, what’s a North Carolina liberal to do?

According to one group, they should:

• “Crippl(e) their leaders (McCrory, Tillis, Berger etc.)”

• “Eviscerate the leadership and weaken their ability to govern.”

• “Pressure McCrory at every public event.”

• “Slam him when he contradicts his promises.”

Those were among the talking points and action steps in a memo forwarded by Blueprint North Carolina, a partnership of advocacy and policy groups based in Raleigh.

The memo was emailed to partner groups last week with a warning: “It is CONFIDENTIAL to Blueprint, so please be careful – share with your boards and appropriate staff but not the whole world.”


  1. Gordon Smith says:

    Here’s the WRAL story. Excerpt:

    Paul Shumaker, a longtime Republican strategist based in Raleigh, said the document is far from shocking.

    “It comes as no great surprise that, now that Republicans are in control, you are going to have those stationed on the left attacking conservatives,” Shumaker said. “I’m sure they feel like this is just what was done to them when they were in control.”

    Shumaker pointed out that conservative nonprofits regularly questioned the ethics and conflicts of interest of former House Speaker Jim Black and former Govs. Mike Easley and Bev Perdue.

    The memo indicates there are close ties between the liberal groups and the Democratic Party itself.

  2. Ascend of Asheville says:

    I’d hope some other obvious points were in that list:
    Follow them around like dogs after a trash truck.
    Video their every move. ‘Hi Tim, how was breakfast?’
    Raise money like there’s no tomorrow. Because there isn’t.
    (I haven’t gotten a state or local level email other than Bothwell’s all week. What’s up with that? Get in people’s faces already!)
    Use every excuse to throw up procedural barriers to their agenda, catalog the committees and any other place you might be able to move something your way and use it.
    Lawyer up.
    Raise every investigation imaginable.
    Attack them for their hypocrisy. Next election is about walking your talk, and they haven’t done that.
    Get every Democrat in a room and threaten their careers, their political existence if they fail to provide support and a united front.
    Attach an independent district re-write to every single piece of legislation. Make it an issue that won’t die. Six states already do it, we can too.
    Above all, and here’s the tricky part, make sure every Democrat is on their best behavior from now until election day. No surprises, no deals, no stupid hidden girlfriends or boyfriends, nothing. Pure as driven snow from now til then. Anybody can’t live like that for two years, expose them yourself now while the time is right.
    Quit leaning on the Press to do the work for you.

  3. Davyne Dial says:

    Ascend, you mean this is not already being done? If not, why not? It is the only real way we can get the needed checks and balances that supposedly set us apart from ordinary self-serving Governments.

    BTW…I’m out there with my video camera or iPhone on a regular basis, these days. Amazing what the video camera picks up.

    This is from this week’s work. Public Comment is from BC Government video.

    Public Comment ; http://www.tubechop.com/watch/953944

    Video clip of Dr. Baldwin’s presentation | Commissioner discussion and vote . http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/29413111/highlight/326383

  4. Hilarious:

    “But one Republican consultant said the memo doesn’t help any hopes of bi-partisanship in a GOP-controlled legislature.

    “The North Carolina Democratic Party’s attempt to retake the legislature better start today,” said Larry Shaheen of Charlotte. “Any hope they had of working together in the legislature just got dashed.”

    Yeah, it’s the fact that one liberal thinktank is urging mainstream Democrats to fight back – THAT’S why there’s no bi-partisanship. The fact that Asheville is saying that they don’t want to voluntarily surrender their water system – THAT’S why we have to take it by force. Right.

    “Daddy beats you because you cry, honey.”

    BTW, this reporter Jim Morrill interviewed me for a long while last week about the Charlotte/Asheville airport/water debacles. We covered all the structural shifts in governance, the economic impacts resulting from diminishing municipalities control of their infrastructure, the mistakes that Moffitt & crew made that have the FAA holding up the airport transfer, etc. This is all he chose to use of what we talked about:

    “(It’s) very much sort of partisan, smack-down of the city,” says Barry Summers, a local activist. “It was all about the Republican legislators being in a position to settle scores and … basically bullying the city.”

  5. TJ says:

    Davyne, I love you with your camera! (Nothing weird intended, you know).


    The parental admonishment, “stop crying, or, I’ll give you something to REALLY cry about!” comes to mind.

    Now that I have wheels again, time to go back to being a fly on the wall again…

    Biding my time as I bear witness to the insanity and show it to my conservative ties that there are details sorely missing from important discussions and judgments they make.

  6. TJ says:

    You know how the city is all happy about the meter app?

    Here’s some Ellen D. found on iTunes:


    I wonder if another strategy could be to create some app that renders them completely innocuous?

    Or, failing that, we could load their phones with that faulty autocorrect. Examples can be found on:


    We could design one that always defaults their BS to the actual truth. Maybe their “smart” phones are smarter than they.

  7. The Exec. Director of BlueprintNC now says that the “strategy memo” attributed to his group that has everybody up in arms, was not passed on by them, but may have been maliciously attached by someone trying to discredit them (& by extension, every progressive group associated with them.)



    If you look at the 38 pages that the Charlotte Observer and WRAL say was given to them by an anonymous somebody who says they got it from another anonymous somebody who says they got it from BlueprintNC, you’ll see that the cover letter from Blueprint’s Comm. Director spells out what was in it – “the talking points memo, the slide deck from Tuesdays briefing, and the data file from the Project New America poll”. Those three things follow in the email. The source of all the outrage, this 3-page draft “strategy memo” (“cripple”, “eviscerate”, etc.), is not listed as having come from BlueprintNC, but was attached by someone after the fact, as was the speech by Jerry Hall, the Democratic response to McCrory’s state of the state speech.

    The E.D. doesn’t deny that the “strategy memo” was circulated by somebody at an earlier briefing, but it was not something that was endorsed and distributed by BlueprintNC. “We never drafted that. All these news outlets have been had.”

    It looks entirely possible that we’ve all been Breitbarted.

    All the rightwing media in North Carolina, including our own Pete Kaliner, is going apey over this. I wonder if they have the integrity to look closely & acknowledge that it’s not necessarily as it appears?

  8. Tom Sullivan says:

    The DRAFT memo is a bit over the top for any official document, but not necessarily over the line. Except for some donors. Spooking them is maybe why it was attached and leaked.

    These nonpartisan groups know better than to slam political opponents’ party in printed materials. They can criticize “conservatives” or “liberals” and their policies all day long, or note the party affiliation of key players, or attack their affiliation with the religious right or big money, or slam legislation as anti-American or anti-woman or anti-democratic, but they always criticize the policies or the individual, not specifically the party. That’s what you see here. That’s how it’s done. Ask anybody attending CPAC. Or Heritage. Or Cato.

    I once sat in as a very conservative crowd had an issues discussion led by Jack Hawke, then president of the Civitas Institute, as he presented talking point stuff like this. With a sly grin he reminded the audience (per statutory requirements) that Civitas is officially non-partisan. Then he winked.

  9. If you needed one more bit of evidence that this BlueprintNC thing was a James O’Keefe/false flag type thing, check the dates on the various items in this one “document”:


    The talking points memo from Myers Research is dated Feb. 12th. The email cover letter from BlueprintNC was printed out on Feb. 15th. So this whole thing was supposedly sent out sometime between those dates.

    Rep. Larry Hall’s State of the State response speech was tacked onto the end – but it wasn’t delivered until Feb. 18th, three days after the latest possible date that the BlueprintNC document was sent out. So that was tacked on after the fact by whoever handed it to the reporters. And the notorious draft “legislative strategy” memo was obviously tacked on also.