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  • Shenanigans

    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.



  • Two.More.Days.

    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: