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, 20179:00a to 10:15aThe Village Diner600 West King St, Hillsborough NCPlease remember that The Village Diner is a business and the minimum charge is $6 per person, per the management.
Women’s March on RaleighWHAT: Women’s March on RaleighA March and Rally In Solidarity with The Women’s March on WashingtonWHY: 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, 201710:
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 RAL LY - 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 astand to fight for our values. Social justice, advocacy, and serviceorganizations will be on-hand to showcase their important workand sign up volunteers.INFO: Facebook: Wome ns March Raleigh.Website: https://womensmarchonraleigh.o rg/Twitter: comingHOW: With your involvement and help!Sign up to volunteer, attend, and/or donate by emailingCOMMITTEES: Progra m, 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:
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.
- 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!