Northern Orange Democrats Breakfast - January 14, 2017

The New Year had at least one good start...Roy Cooper took the oath of office on January 1, and is now Governor of North Carolina! That said, Democrats need to reshape or rebuild so that Democrats make significant gains at election time, at all levels, in the years to come. 
The National Democratic Party will be electing new leadership several weeks hence, and some of the people who have expressed interest in the position include: Representative Keith Ellison, out-going Labor Secretary Tom Perez, former Gov. Martin O'Malley, SC Party Chair Jaime Harrison, NH Party Chair Ray Buckley, and MO Sec'y of State Jason Kander. 
In North Carolina, Patsy Keever is stepping down as NCDP Chair, and the current list of candidates to take the helm on February 11, include: former Commissioner of Insurance Wayne Goodwin, Janice Covington, Marshall Adame and Dick Crews. Who will unite the party under one banner, one message, that will motivate voters to vote Democrat and assure progress forward in the 21st century? 
At the next gathering of the Northern Orange Democrats Breakfast Group, we will talk about party leadership at the national, state and county levels. Join the discussion and tell us what you have read, heard or seen. 
Saturday, January 14, 2017
9:00a to 10:15a
The Village Diner
600 West King St, Hillsborough NC
Please remember that The Village Diner is a business and the minimum charge is $6 per person, per the management.

Women's March on Raleigh

Women’s March on Raleigh
WHAT:             Women’s March on Raleigh
                       A March and Rally In Solidarity with The Women’s March on Washington
WHY:                 Because women's rights are human rights, we march and rally to speak with a unified voice. Women stand together in solidarity with our partners, allies, and children for the protection of our  rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
WHEN:             11:00am – 1:00pm, Saturday, January 21, 2017
                           10:30am Gather for March. Step off from City Plaza at 11 am (south end of Fayetteville St)           
WHERE:           MARCH – From City Plaza – Downtown Raleigh to Moore Square RALLY - MOORE SQUARE - 200 S. Blount St. at E. Hargett St (surrounded by parking decks)
WHO:          Everyone who supports justice and equality and wants to make a
                     stand to fight for our values. Social justice, advocacy, and service
                     organizations will be on-hand to showcase their important work
                     and sign up volunteers.
INFO:           Facebook: Womens March Raleigh.
                     Twitter: coming
HOW:           With your involvement and help!
                      Sign up to volunteer, attend, and/or donate by emailing
COMMITTEES:             Program, Outreach, Logistics, Publicity/Social Media, Volunteers, Fundraising/Finance. Short time until Jan 21, 2017, so consider making a time-limited commitment to work on this event!


We’ve reviewed the bill filed by the Republicans, and it’s worse than we originally thought.  The Republicans are trying to strip the Democrats of any authority.  
The GOP has proposed the following:
  • Cutting Governor-Elect Cooper’s ability to appoint members to UNC schools’ boards of trustees and the State Board of Education
  • Empowering the new Republican State Superintendent with more oversight over the Department of Public Instruction by shifting authority from the State Board of Education
  • Requiring legislative confirmation for cabinet secretaries
  • Reducing the number of employees who serve at the governor’s pleasure from 1,500 to 300
  • Moving the Office of State Personnel, Office of Budget Management and the Office of Information Technology to agencies headed by Republicans
  • Making the State Board of Elections a bipartisan body, with equal numbers from each party, instead of being controlled by the Governor
  • Politicizing all Supreme Court and Court of Appeals races by making them partisan again
We cannot allow the GOP to strip the incoming Governor of his power.  What can you do?  You can help stop these bills from becoming law.  Call Pat McCrory right now and demand that he vetoes this bill.  You can call his office at 919-814-2000. You can also call Speaker Moore (919-733-3451) and Senator Berger (919-733-5708) and demand that they pull these bills from the calendar.
Also, go to the General Assembly. Walk the halls. Talk to members. Be present and bear witness to this power grab.  
Let’s stand in solidarity with our Democratic members who say this is an unconstitutional special session.  Call Pat McCrory right now and demand he vetoes any bill that would strip power away from the Governor.

The Special Session


Governor McCrory has called the legislature back into session to address relief for areas of our state hard hit by Hurricane Matthew. However, his proclamation calling the legislature back into session was open-ended to include other matters the legislature wishes to take up. Members of the Council of State from both parties advised McCrory to only call the legislature back to address hurricane relief. What does the legislature intend to do? No one really knows.

You may have heard that there’s a court packing scheme that might come up because Republicans are furious that it is the Democrats who will soon control the State Supreme Court for the first time in nearly a generation. Subverting democracy to maintain partisan dominance is a dangerous power play.

How can you help?

1.       Let the Orange County delegation know you support them in opposing legislation to pack the court or any other special session hijinks:
Senator Valerie Foushee: or 919-733-5804
Representative Verla Insko: or 919-733-7208
Representative Graig Meyer: or 919-715-3019

2.       Encourage your friends to reach out to their legislators and let them know how you feel:

3.       Contact Speaker Moore and President Pro-Tem Berger and tell them you oppose any possible court packing scheme:
Speaker Moore: or 919-733-3451
President Pro-Tem Berger: or 919-733-5708

4.       Show up! Go down to the legislature and make yourself present. The NAACP will be holding an event beginning at 10am and ending at 2pm. The legislature needs to know that we are watching! More information can be found via their Facebook page:

Anger into Action

Fellow Democrats,

If you’re like me you’ve felt a range of emotions – grief, sadness, anger – over the last week. It wasn’t just about Hillary’s loss, the Democratic Party, or not breaking that highest, hardest glass ceiling. It was the about the future of our country, near total Republican government, and the fact that the government we will soon have does not represent the progressive America we know her to be.

But as someone once told me, you should always take anger and turn it into action. That’s what we intend to do with the Orange County Democrats. Our party has the opportunity to be the pulse of the North Carolina Democratic Party. We recruited more volunteers than most in the state and more than some state parties across the country. We are well positioned to help break Republican government.

Please join us for an organizing meeting, even if you don’t know how you want to be involved. We might have special elections following redistricting as early as next November and we’ll need to assist in defeating Republican legislators in those new districts. Of course, we’ll have midterm elections in two years and will need to help protect the Governor’s Mansion.

Please join us on Sunday, December 4th from 3pm to 5pm at the Southern Human Services Building (2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill). Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing via this link:

In solidarity,

Matt Hughes

PS – Feel free to forward this email to your friends and get them involved!

Statement from OCDP Chair


I’m still shaking my head in disbelief from yesterday’s election.  There were so many surprises that no one anticipated—not only in North Carolina, but across the United States.

We Democrats in Orange County need to be proud of our efforts.  Because of you, we were able to increase our Democratic turnout.  We have some of the largest winning margins in North Carolina.  That’s because of your hard work, perseverance, and dedication.  Thank you!

We had some prominent victories.  Elaine Marshall won her re-election.  In fact, of all the Democrats on the ballot, she received the most votes.  Orange County native Josh Stein won too, and I look forward to him serving as our next Attorney General.  Mike Morgan was elected to the NC Supreme Court—because of you, we will have our only African American male on the state court.

Even though Roy Cooper declared a victory, Pat McCrory has not conceded.  I understand that McCrory will request a recount before he determines anything.

We cannot dismiss what happened last night.  We lost some of our Democratic Council of State incumbents.  We lost some Democratic members in the House and Senate.  We elected a president who is on record bragging about his racism, misogyny, and hatred of others not like him.  History has a way of repeating itself.  We need to stick together now more than ever.




We have only two more days until the election, then we can resume to our regular lives.  I want to celebrate Tuesday night with major victories—how about you?
This election has been one of the most volatile in history, but it’s almost over.  
During the course of the election, we have witnessed the volatility of Donald Trump.  He created a fake university, refused to pay his vendors, filed numerous bankruptcies, sues anyone who criticizes him, talks in a derogatory, sexist, racist manner.  Our country does not need Trump as our president.
Hillary Clinton is more qualified to be president than the past several presidents combined.  
I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited about electing our first woman president on Tuesday.
Please join me in reminding at least 25 people to vote on Tuesday.
P.S., Join us at our Orange County Victory Party on Election Night. We will be gathering at R&R Grill (137 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill) beginning at 7:30pm when polls close. RSVP here:

Early Voting Event with Angela Bassett


Do you like pulled pork?  Do you still need to vote early?  Want to hang out with Angela Bassett?

Join us on Monday afternoon, 4:30-6:30, at the pavilion at Carrboro Town Hall.  Feel free to swing by or sign up here:

PS: Bring some colelsaw to share if you like!

Carrboro Early Vote Event with Angela Bassett
Monday, October 24, 2016, 4:30PM – 6:00PM EDT
Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510


Final Debate Watch Parties


Wednesday: The Final Presidential Debate


Secretary Clinton will take the debate stage for final time against Donald Trump on Wednesday. We will be holding debate watch parties in both Chapel Hill and Hillsborough!

Join the North Carolina Coordinated Campaign and Orange County Democratic Party for these event! 

Chapel Hill Watch Party
R&R Grill
107 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
Phone banking begins at 6:00pm
Debate begins at 9:00pm
Click here to RSVP


Hillsborough Watch Party
Hot Tin Roof
115 West Margaret Lane, Hillsborough
Phone banking begins at 6:30pm
Debate begins at 9:00pm
Click here to RSVP

Statement on Orange County Republican Headquarters Attack


From Orange County Democratic Party Chair Matt Hughes:

I got a phone call Sunday morning that the Orange County GOP headquarters was essentially firebombed and graffiti spray painted across the building referring to Republican Nazis needing to leave town “or else." This sort of behavior is completely unacceptable, criminal, and goes against the very principles of our democracy and civil discourse.

Sunday afternoon I spoke with Daniel Ashley, the Orange County GOP chair. They are still assessing the damage and working with law enforcement to identify a perpetrator. I let Mr. Ashley know the the local Democrats are willing to help in anyway possible during their recovery and that our thoughts are with them.

Below is the statement released by the NCDP and our chair Patsy Keever.

NCDP Statement on the Attack on Republican County Party Headquarters: The North Carolina Democratic Party strongly condemns this attack. Violence has no place in our political system. We hope the perpetrators of this attack are brought to swift justice, and we are thankful that no one was hurt. Our deepest sympathies are with everyone at the North Carolina Republican Party. – North Carolina Democratic Party Chairwoman Patsy Keever Democratically yours, Matt Hughes, Chair Orange County Democratic Party