- 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
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: Valerie.Foushee@ncleg.net or 919-733-5804
Representative Verla Insko: Verla.Insko@ncleg.net or 919-733-7208
Representative Graig Meyer: Graig.Meyer@ncleg.net or 919-715-3019
2. Encourage your friends to reach out to their legislators and let them know how you feel: http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx
3. Contact Speaker Moore and President Pro-Tem Berger and tell them you oppose any possible court packing scheme:
Speaker Moore: Tim.Moore@ncleg.net or 919-733-3451
President Pro-Tem Berger: Phil.Berger@ncleg.net 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: https://www.facebook.com/events/156485208164992/
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: http://orangedems.ngpvanhost.com/form/1720358134358280192
PS – Feel free to forward this email to your friends and get them involved!
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.
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
: The Final Presidential Debate
Join the North Carolina Coordinated Campaign and Orange County Democratic Party for these event!
Chapel Hill Watch Party
107 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
Phone banking begins at
Debate begins at
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Hillsborough Watch Party
Hot Tin Roof
115 West Margaret Lane, Hillsborough
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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