Welcome to Carteret County Democratic Party site. We are your neighbors and have the same concerns as you do: a quality education for our young people, affordable healthcare for everyone, jobs with a living wage, and keeping our coast healthy, beautiful, and free from drilling. We work to ensure that all our voices are heard locally as well as at the state and national level. As Democrats, we are traditionally the ‘big tent’ party that welcomes everyone regardless of who you are. All North Carolinians should have a fair shot at a good life, regardless of their background, where they came from, how much money they have, or who they love. This is something we believe in and need to continually reaffirm in practice. You can read our platform here.
Our Carolina Promise
Carteret Democrats want to build an NC where everyone can be successful. That’s why we promise to fight for
✅ our schools
✅ our jobs
✅ our health and safety
✅ and our people
North Carolina Democrats from the mountains to the coast are united in strengthening the Tar Heel state. From our schools and our health to our jobs and our people, this is Our Carolina Promise.
Not Off Our Coast!
A resolution to protect our coast will be presented to Board of Commissioners at the May 21st board meeting. Contact your commissioner & be there to support the resolution. Read it here:
Help Fund a 2018 Carteret County Democratic Headquarters!!
The Primary is over and we are now on the way to building the blue wave to elect our slate of candidates! We have made a lot of progress in organizing for our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) as part of the wave. Another important part is having a Carteret County Democratic Headquarters where our volunteers can meet, train, and execute the plan.
We would like to open a headquarters in July and keep it open through Election Day, November 6, 2018. While we have received generous donations and raised money from events, we are still short $3500. Please click HERE to donate!
Another critical element to having a headquarters is a HQ Manager whose main job is to schedule our volunteers to work in our headquarters. We have a robust list of volunteers who may be interested in pulling shifts; the HQ Manager would be responsible for scheduling the shifts. Please send an email to CarteretDemocrats@gmail.com to let us know if you are interested or know someone who may be.
Carteret County Democratic Party Update
NCDP MESSAGING GUIDANCE
May Eighth, 2018
Good afternoon –
Please see below for our latest messaging guidance, which covers primary elections, the upcoming teacher rally, Matthew recovery, Republican attacks on rural NC, and Trump backing out of the Iran deal.
If you have any questions or if you need further guidance, please email me at RobertHoward@ncdemocraticparty.org.
I. Primary Elections
II. North Carolina Teacher Rally
III. Matthew Recovery
IV. Republicans v. rural NC
V. Iran Deal
From: Tom Perez
Democratic National Committee
Our 40th Flip!
Democrats have now flipped 40 state legislative seats from red to blue. I want to congratulate New York state Senators-Elect Shelley Mayer and Luis Sepulveda, and all the newly elected Democratic New York state Assembly members. The voters of New York have spoken. Not only did Democrats flip a state Assembly seat, we also won two state Senate races that we need to give us the majority in the New York state Senate and put us one step closer to shifting the balance of power in a legislative chamber that has been controlled by Republicans for the better part of 80 years.
The DNC was proud to invest $100,000 in the New York Democratic Party (NYDP) through the State Party Innovation Fund (SPIF) to help expand the party’s efforts to engage and organize voters around the state.
Scott Pruitt Must Go
The head of Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency continues to be dogged by reports of corruption and mishandling of funds. From spending $43,000 on a soundproof booth that violated federal spending laws to lavishly spending taxpayer dollars on first-class flights, Scott Pruitt is not fit to run any office — let alone the EPA.
Note to Betsy DeVos: Pursuing justice is not optional. It’s obligatory
Betsy DeVos seems to think the pursuit of justice is inconvenient. This is worse than lazy, it’s dangerous. Her dismissive treatment of serious civil rights violations is not ‘efficient.’ It’s a gross abdication of duty and a disservice to millions of children and their families who face injustices every day. And it’s an affront to the mission of the Education Department and all those who have fought tirelessly to put that mission into action.
I worked on civil rights cases during the Obama administration, and we understood that federal enforcement is often the last recourse families have when their rights have been violated. That’s why responding to these cases is critically important. The pursuit of justice is not merely an option. It is a constitutional obligation.
Congress Must Act to Protect Dreamers
This week, once again, our judicial system rejected the Trump administration’s cruel and reckless decision to end DACA. But while this decision is another important victory, it remains urgent that Congress take action to permanently protect Dreamers. These are our neighbors and friends, our classmates and co-workers. They are American in every way but on paper, and they deserve the chance to stay in the country they call home.
Democrats believe that diversity and compassion are our nation’s greatest strengths. We believe in fixing our immigration system, not uprooting lives and shattering families. And we will continue to challenge Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s attacks and fight for the immigrant families who contribute to our country every day.
Yesterday, Deputy Chair Keith Ellison sat down with transgender rights advocate and Human Rights Campaign spokesperson Sarah McBride for a conversation about our fight for LGBTQ rights and why Americans are fired up to effect change at the ballot box in 2018 and beyond. You can watch the episode here and on Facebook, and you can see past episodes at https://live.democrats.org/.
That’s just a little bit of what we’re up to here at the DNC. As always, thank you for all you’re doing to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. And I hope everyone gets some time to enjoy the great weather this weekend.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEWS
More school nurses among legislative school safety checklist
WRAL // Matthew Burns // April 23, 2018
Summary: A House subcommittee on Monday approved six recommendations that lawmakers say will help make schools in North Carolina safer, from an app to report potential threats anonymously to putting more nurses in schools. The school nurses recommendation came after lawmakers heard from some nurses and some of the students with whom they work. Liz Newlin, past president of the School Nurse Association of North Carolina, said nurses are on the front lines of student safety. Long before the threat of gun violence, nurses are dealing with the mental health of children struggling with life challenges, she said. “We frequently make home visits to check environmental issues within the home, and we frequently make visits to the doctors as well,” Newlin said.
Nurses discuss how they contribute to school safety during School Safety Committee meeting
ABC 11 // Gloria Rodriguez // April 23, 2018
Summary: School safety and student mental health were the main topics discussed at the House Select Committee on School Safety meeting at the legislative office building in Raleigh on Monday. The committee, made up of lawmakers, was formed in response to the massacre in Parkland, Florida. Members have been discussing ways to make schools in North Carolina safer. Retired school nurse Liz Newlin, of the School Nurse Association of North Carolina, spoke at the committee meeting about the important role nurses play. “Our big thing is prevention,” she said to ABC11. “We don’t want to get to the point where we have one of these situations occur with all the crises we’ve seen in these other schools. We want to be able to identify students that need and deal with them immediately so they don’t get to the point where it’s a crisis in the school.” “The primary thing we need right now is more funding for school nurses,” said Rob Thompson, Deputy Director of NC Child. “That is really what we want to see coming out of this committee’s recommendations over the next couple of weeks.” Just last week, Governor Roy Cooper announced he’d like to see a boost for school safety. His budget recommendation includes $40 million alone for personnel such as nurses, counselors, psychologists and social workers.
Why NC leaders think more nurses, counselors and social workers could make schools safer
N&O // T. Keung Hui // April 23, 2018
Summary: Support is building among state leaders to try to make North Carolina schools safer by hiring more counselors, psychologists, nurses and social workers to target the mental health needs of students. On Monday, a state legislative subcommittee adopted a report recommending that the state increase the number of school support personnel to provide better care of the social and emotional needs of students. The report comes a few days after Gov. Roy Cooper unveiled a $130 million school safety proposal that includes $40 million to hire more counselors, psychologists, social workers and nurses, and $15 million for additional “innovative programs” to address students’ mental health challenges. Unlike Cooper’s plan, the legislative report didn’t recommend any specific dollar amounts. But a different state report found that it could cost $45 million to $79 million more a year to meet different recommended staffing standards for school nurses. “School nurses are on the very front lines of identifying and coordinating help for students with challenges, not just medical challenges but emotional challenges,” said Rep. Craig Horn, a Union County Republican. “I think that recognizing that in particular and urging the General Assembly to meet the national standard on school nurses could go a long way and help us get out in front of the mental health needs of our kids”
Threat teams, peer counseling recommended for school safety
Greensboro N&R // Gary Robertson // April 23, 2018
Summary: Some North Carolina legislators studying school safety improvements agreed Monday to back mandates for schools to formally identify troubled youth needing help and for programs that let young people mentor classmates. A subcommittee of a House school safety panel on student health issues also agreed more people needed to be hired to fill gaps and vacancies for school counselors, nurses, social workers and psychologists. The subcommittee didn’t identify exact increases in employment or spending levels. Reaching staff-student ratio standards set by national organizations likely would take years to complete. The recommendations and related legislation have a long way if they are to become law. They must work their way through the full panel meeting next month, then get approved by both chambers of the General Assembly before going to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. The legislature reconvenes May 16.
Planning for tragedy: NC officials want to tackle school shootings before they happen
WRAL // Adam Owens & Mikaya Thurmond // April 23, 2018
Summary: While lawmakers met downtown Monday to discuss school safety, a committee of the Governors Crime Commission met about 5 miles away on the same issue. The commission’s Special Committee to Improve School Safety is made up primarily of law enforcement officials who hope to use their experience to develop strategies to prevent gun violence in schools. “What can we do before it happens? What can we do to be able to detect that person that may be in that school? Is there a student or are there students that we need to know about prior to something happening?” said Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison, co-chairman of the committee.
Students and lawmakers have reverse town hall about gun control
Spectrum News Central NC // Taj Simmons // April 23, 2018
Summary: Guns have been a hot button political issue since the Parkland, Florida high school shooting in February. On Sunday, politicians got to hear what students felt about them. The University of North Carolina’s “reverse town hall” featured four state lawmakers — Sen. Jay Chaudhuri (D-Wake), Rep. Cynthia Ball (D-Wake), Rep. John Torbett (R-Gaston) and Rep. John Faircloth (R-Guilford) — asking questions to a diverse group of high school and college students. The high school students came from all corners of the state and the college students represented organizations such as College Republicans, Young Democrats and the UNC Black Student Movement.
LINDSAY WAGNER: Will General Assembly fix critical flaws in new principal pay plan?
WRAL // CBC Editorial // April 19, 2018
Summary: It’s been a year and a half since a legislative committee heard testimony from education and business stakeholders about innovative ways to bring North Carolina principal pay up from its abysmal rank of 50th in the nation. Since then, the General Assembly has enacted a new compensation model for public school principals that its proponents say is a huge improvement, offering substantial increases in pay that began last fall. However, several experienced principals, superintendents and lawmakers say the new plan results in steep losses in pay for many veteran principals – a concern that’s been addressed with a hold harmless provision that prevented drops in pay this year, but is set to expire before the start of the next academic year.
More deaths likely if prison reform doesn’t happen soon
The Mountaineer // Colin Campbell // April 23, 2018
Summary: Most of us don’t have to deal with the most troubled agency in North Carolina government, but the crisis in our state prison system is bad enough to make headlines nearly every week. The attention largely stems from the October 2017 inmate attack at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City that left four staffers dead and exposed massive security failures. Prison system officials have made some changes to prevent similar incidents, but violent incidents keep occurring regularly. The main causes of trouble seem to be a high staff vacancy rate — around 20 percent of positions aren’t filled, with higher rates at the worst facilities — and low pay for corrections officers. The average officer salary for maximum security prisons is about $38,000 annually — about $8,000 less than the national average. Would you risk your life and spend your days with hardened criminals for that salary? Most folks with an interest in law enforcement would rather sign up with a police department, where at least part of your day involves helping non-criminals. Legislative leaders have promised raises, but no formal proposals have surfaced yet. The state has to spend money to solve the problem: Pay prison officers a better wage, beef up recruiting efforts, and improve training so officers feel confident in their work and confident about their safety.
Senate plan to draw Asheville districts could set off battles
Carolina Public Press // Kirk Ross // April 23, 2018
Summary: Citing a decision by Asheville City Council not to move ahead on creating council districts, the N.C. General Assembly last week began collecting comments on a redistricting plan of its own. A comment form posted last Thursday notes legislation passed last year that was intended to force action on the districts and the city’s decision not to alter it’s charter as required. “It is therefore the intent of the N.C. General Assembly by virtue of S.L. 2017-83 to design the new city council districts,” the form states. “The N.C. General Assembly is now seeking input from the public on the criteria that might be considered in order to draw these city council districts. Please submit suggested criteria, ideas, or plans using the form below.” In a statement released shortly after the link to a comments form was posted on the General Assembly web site, Sen. Chuck Edwards, R-Henderson, said he is pushing ahead based on legislation passed last year giving legislators the authority to create districts if the city did not act. “It was my sincere hope that the leaders of Asheville would take the time they were granted to draw the districts without the need for intervention by the General Assembly,” Edwards said in a statement released last week. “I regret that they have not responded, nor have they offered other solutions.”
Inside Politics: Richardson is teacher assistant group’s Legislator of the Year
Fayetteville Observer // Monica Vendituoli // April 23, 2018
Summary: The North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants Legislative Committee announced that North Carolina Democratic Rep. Billy Richardson, who represents District 44, has been named the organization’s Legislator of the Year, in a news release. Richardson, who represents Cumberland County, was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1992 and continued until 1997. He was nominated to finish the term of then-Rep. Rick Glazier in 2015 and was re-elected in 2016. Richardson attended public schools in Fayetteville and graduated from Terry Sanford High School in 1973. He received his bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill in 1977 and earned a law degree from Campbell University in 1980.
Work Requirements Give Republicans Cover to Expand Medicaid
US News // Gabrielle Levy // April 23, 2018
Summary: Virginia’s Republican-controlled legislature appears poised to drop years of opposition and expand the criteria for Medicaid eligibility, one of a number of seemingly intractable states where GOP lawmakers are reconsidering the issue after the Trump administration’s decision to permit them to institute work requirements for recipients. Lawmakers in the Old Dominion moved last week to amend the law to make nearly half a million people who earn no more than 138 percent of the federal poverty level eligible for the government-funded program, which provides medical coverage at little or no cost to low-income residents. And The Washington Post recently quoted GOP lawmakers in Idaho, North Carolina and Wyoming – all statehouses decisively under Republican control – who say that the new option is an incentive to take another look at expansion.
Carolina General Aviation says goodbye to Horace Williams Airport with final flying event
Daily Tarheel // Mark Burnett // April 22, 2018
Summary: With a little over a month remaining until the closure of Horace Williams Airport, Carolina General Aviation hosted its second flying event Sunday. Experiencing unusually high levels of traffic, Horace Williams Airport was filled with both passengers and planes. Carolina General Aviation brought in about 24 people for an aerial tour of the University. Everyone was divided into groups that took off at different times, with the flight generally lasting for about twenty minutes. Founder and Vice President of Carolina General Aviation Daniel Schwartz and President of Carolina General Aviation Sevryn Schaller were the two pilots taking students on aerial tours. During the pre-flight check, the pilots gave a brief description of the different parts of the plane. They then turned on the engine and propeller, and the plane taxied toward the runway. The winds were slow, the clouds were few and the sun was shining bright as the planes rushed toward the sky.
State Leaders Won’t Blow Surplus
The Mountaineer // John Hood // April 23, 2018
Summary: Over the past two weeks, government budget agencies have delivered two key reports to North Carolina taxpayers. One should infuriate them. The other should please them. The infuriating report was, naturally, about the federal budget. The Congressional Budget Office updated its deficit projections. Even after accounting for the economic growth fostered by the Republicans’ tax package — yes, the CBO confirms that tax cuts will boost growth substantially — federal revenue will be significant lower than originally projected last summer. On the other side of the ledger, thanks to the recent bipartisan budget “deal” that pulverized previous caps on spending growth, federal outlays will grow about $1 trillion more than originally projected over the next decade. The net result is that the federal deficit will exceed $800 billion this year. Through 2028, it will total $11.7 trillion. That’s $1.6 trillion higher than the previous 10-year deficit projection. Every year, federal borrowing will run about 5 percent of American’s gross domestic product, driving total federal debt near 100 percent of GDP by 2028.
GOV. COOPER NEWS
Cooper proposes million-dollar NC budget deal to improve school safety
Asheville Citizen Times // Alexandria Bordas, Mark Barrett // April 23, 2018
Summary: Gov. Roy Cooper announced a proposed $130 million to be invested in public school safety and prevention across the state on Monday morning while on a visit to an area high school. The proposal comes after an increased number of shooting threats have been made to schools in Western North Carolina, resulting in lock-downs, arrests, heightened fear among parents and student protests demanding changes be made to keep schools safer. Cooper addressed a room full of students, faculty and other local representatives at Roberson High School after taking a tour of the campus, noting the 45 different entrances into the sprawling school grounds and the danger that imposes. “Across the country there are too many reminders of things that could go wrong,” Cooper said. “After the tragic shooting in Parkland, these issues have created new urgency.”
Governor Cooper talks school safety at TC Roberson
WLOS // Liz Burch // April 23, 2018
Summary: Governor Roy Cooper and his staff are in Western North Carolina on Monday to discuss several important issues, including school safety. Cooper told a crowd of educators and students at T.C. Roberson High School about his proposed $130 million budget to help keep students and schools safe. The proposed budget includes $40 million to fund 500 additional positions in public schools for nurses and counselors. The budget also included $10 million for school resource officers. The crowd gave the governor a standing ovation after he talked about his proposed budget and how it relates to school safety. The students said hearing from the governor made them feel like their concerns were being heard.
Governor Roy Cooper visits Roberson High School
Asheville Citizen Times // Ashley Wright // April 23.2018
Summary: Photos from Gov. Cooper’s visit to Roberson High School.
In wooing Amazon, North Carolina offers HBCUs as diversity fix
WRAL // Travis Fain // April 22, 2018
Summary: North Carolina has more HBCUs than any state but Alabama and a particular reputation for technology programs. North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro produces more black engineers than any school in the country, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, which has been tracking issues like this for years. “If Amazon and Apple are looking to hire more African-Americans and to diversify, it would be smart to come to North Carolina,” said Marybeth Gasman, a University of Pennsylvania professor who studies minority-serving institutions. Gov. Roy Cooper brought the issue up unbidden earlier this month, saying HBCUs “have been key to our recruiting process.” “A lot of these companies are looking for diversity,” Cooper said. “Not only can we provide them talent in North Carolina, we can provide them with the diversity that they seek, along with a lower cost of living, the great quality of life and all of the attractions that this state presents.”
KEY TARGETS NEWS – HOUSE
Matthews Commissioners Vote To Support Charter School Legislation
WFAE // Kerry Singe // April 24, 2018
Summary: Matthews town commissioners voted 4-3 Monday night to support House Bill 514, which would let the town open its own charter school, a move critics say could lead to higher taxes, weaker public schools and more segregation.Before the vote, 13 local residents addressed commissioners. One man spoke in favor of the bill, saying Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools had failed to provide a quality education to residents, while the other speakers urged caution and argued against the bill. Matthews resident Monica Raab brought her three children with her to the lectern, where she said she worried a municipal charter school would not be as inclusive as public schools and that separate schools would increase segregation. She told commissioners they could work harder with CMS to find other options. “When the American dream takes a hit in our community, that is bad for everybody,” she said. “I think what we’re going to get out of this is Matthews for Matthews, and the heck with everybody else. And that is not the lesson we want our children to absorb.” HB 514 was introduced last year by state Rep. Bill Brawley, a Matthews Republican, amid concern about CMS’ student assignment review. Brawley has said he is pushing the bill because his constituents want more choice in the education available for their children. Fears about new boundaries and a return to busing students long distances from their homes did not materialize.
Davis, Ford contest New Hanover GOP NC House primary
StarNews // Hunter Ingram // April 23,2018
Summary: The Republican primary for N.C. Rep. Ted Davis’ District 19 seat will be a head-to-head contest between Davis and challenger Hunter Ford. Davis has held the seat since being appointed in 2012, while Ford is a political newcomer and local business owner. This year is the first time since the 2012 election that Davis has faced an opponent.
NCDP NEWS & MENTIONS
Former Lt. Gov. Pat Taylor dies at age 94
Fayetteville Observer // AP // April 24, 2018
Summary: Former North Carolina Lt. Gov. Pat Taylor has died more than 45 years since serving as the state’s second-highest executive branch official. Taylor died Sunday at his Wadesboro home at age 94, according to Leavitt Funeral Home. Funeral director Ken Caulder said late Monday that Taylor had been in declining health and under hospice care. Hoyt Patrick Taylor Jr., a longtime lawyer who served in the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War, joined the state House in 1955. The Democrat became House speaker in 1965. In 1968, Taylor was elected lieutenant governor – the same position his father Hoyt Patrick Taylor Sr. held 20 years earlier.
GOP’s Woodhouse deposed, releases opposition research wish list
WRAL // Travis Fain // April 23, 2018
Summary: A legal team for the state Democratic Party deposed the N.C. GOP’s executive director for an hour and a half or longer Monday morning. Dallas Woodhouse said he answered some questions “out of respect to the courts,” declined to answer others and didn’t think anything he had to say was particularly helpful to the federal lawsuit the state Democratic Party filed against Republican legislators over the cancellation of this year’s judicial primaries. “We anticipated a fishing expedition and, as far as I’m concerned, that’s what we saw,” Woodhouse said after appearing under oath before attorneys at the downtown offices of Poyner Spruill. Woodhouse provided members of the media with a packet of documents that he said he also turned over to Democrats in answer to their subpoena. It was made up largely of talking points against Anita Earls, a Democrat running for the state Supreme Court.
Deposed North Carolina GOP leader testifies for lawsuit
AP // Staff // April 23, 2018
Summary: A top North Carolina Republican Party official says he’s testified in pending litigation by state Democrats challenging the elimination of judicial primary elections for this year by the GOP-controlled General Assembly. GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said he completed the testimony Monday morning at a downtown Raleigh law firm. Woodhouse had objected to his deposition by Democratic Party lawyers, accusing them of trying to pry political strategy out of him. A GOP lawyer filed a motion last week to block the subpoena, but the judge in the case hadn’t addressed the request before the deposition time.
The Democratic wave is receding? Not really
Greenville Reflector // Albert Hunt // April 23, 2018
Summary: Two surveys popped up this week that seem to show improved prospects for Republican House candidates this November. Disregard them! A Washington Post/ABC News poll released on Monday showed that 47 percent of registered voters prefer the Democratic candidate in their district, as against 43 percent who favor the Republican. The gap was about twice as large at the beginning of the year. In a Marist Poll that came out Wednesday, voters preferred a Democratic House candidate by a five-percentage-point margin, unchanged from last month. That kind of mid-sized advantage for Democrats might not be enough to power their quest to regain control of the House, for which they will need to pick up two-dozen seats now held by Republicans. But Peter Hart, who conducts the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, which shows a seven-point Democratic advantage, still thinks the blue wave that Democrats hope for is coming. A Democrat not given to partisan exuberance, Hart cites a more important factor than the generic-preference questions that pollsters are asking now: intensity. Two-thirds of Democrats in his survey expressed a strong interest in this year’s election vs. 49 percent of Republicans, exactly the intensity advantage Republicans had in 2010, when they won back the House in a landslide.
2 Democrats looking to challenge Rouzer
StarNews // Tim Buckland // April 21, 2018
Summary: A Kure Beach physician and Goldsboro businessman are hoping voters will make them the Democratic nominee to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. David Rouzer. Dr. Kyle Horton has been campaigning since announcing last year, hosting town halls and appearing at numerous events throughout the 7th Congressional District, which stretches from Brunswick County to the suburbs of Raleigh. She was joined in the race by Grayson Parker of Goldsboro, who has run a quieter campaign so far. Rouzer did not draw a primary challenge and moves on to the November general election for the position, which comes with a salary of $174,000.
U.S. Attorney’s Office launches initiative combating crime in eastern N.C.
WNCT // Nikki Crothwaite // April 23, 2018
Summary: The U.S. Attorney’s Office held two news conferences Monday to announce a new initiative to combat violence and drug crimes in eastern North Carolina. Officials met at Kinston City Hall to discuss a new way to stop crime in the region. Serious offenders could soon see more serious consequences. The “Take Back North Carolina” initiative will bring the full weight and resources of the federal court system in the fight against crime to several N.C. counties. The goal is to focus on decreasing crime rates, with a focus on drug trafficking and the deaths associated with them.
State of emergency lifted for Greensboro, Guilford County
Winston Salem Journal // Staff // April 23, 2018
Summary: The state of emergency declared by the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Chairman Alan Branson for Guilford County including the City of Greensboro was lifted Monday at noon. The declaration was issued April 15 after a devastating tornado ripped through parts of East Greensboro and Guilford County, according to a news release from the county. The storm damaged more than 1,000 homes and caused a massive power outage.
GenX: Two Studies Show Growth Of Contaminated Water Areas
WHQR // Vince Winkel // April 23, 2018
Summary: The first phase of a North Carolina State University water study on GenX is complete. Nearly every home whose tap water researchers tested last fall showed levels of GenX, and they found other perfluorinated chemicals as well. Meanwhile an environmental group in Washington has released a new map to learn more about bad drinking water across the country. “So we are here tonight to start to share the results from our GenX exposure study. We enrolled over 300 people in November. We collected blood and urine, and we collected tap water samples at people’s homes ……” That’s Jane Hoppin. She’s the Deputy Director of the Center for Human Health and the Environment at N.C. State. She’s speaking to about 70 residents at UNCW’s Lumina Theater about the GenX study. Only the first part of the study is complete – the testing of tap water in peoples’ homes.
Brunswick petition prompts concerns
Star News // Makenzie Holland // April 23, 2018
A Brunswick County resident is attempting to get her name on the general election ballot through a petition process, but some are concerned the petition is being presented to voters under a misleading context. After receiving a number of calls from concerned voters, Rich Leary, chair of the Brunswick County Republican Party, sent an email Monday to registered voters asking them to carefully read any petition before signing it. The petition in question, Leary said, is one to put Marilyn Priddy, a Shallotte resident, on the general election ballot for the Brunswick County Commissioner District 2 seat. Leary said the complaints he has received are that volunteers at early voting locations are asking for signatures against offshore drilling — not to put Priddy on the ballot. “Instead of it being a petition that is specifically opposed to offshore drilling, it’s her petition to get names,” Leary said. The petition states that “the undersigned registered voters in Brunswick County hereby petition on behalf of Marilyn Priddy as an unaffiliated candidate for the office of County Commissioner District 2 in the next general election.” County Elections Director Sara Knotts said she’s also received phone calls from concerned voters and she’s reached out to the N.C. State Board of Elections for guidance. Priddy, who moved to Brunswick County five years ago, said she decided to run for the county board after the commissioners decided to remove a resolution opposing offshore drilling in March. To get on the ballot, Priddy needs 3,900 signatures. So far, she has 1,817 signatures that have been verified by the county. Should Priddy get her name on the ballot, she would run against Republican Commissioner Marty Cooke, who has served on the board since 2008 and has historically supported offshore drilling.
Infrastructure improvements have Wilmington port on record pace
Star News // Tim Buckland // April 23, 2018
Summary: A mix of infrastructure improvements and the maintaining of quick turnaround times has the Port of Wilmington looking toward another record year. Hans Bean, the port’s vice president of trade development, said a host of aligning factors have contributed to the growth. They include infrastructure improvements that saw the turning basin widened and the purchase of new cranes, sales teams working to attract new customers, and being able to provide quick movement for customers.“Now it’s starting to translate into physical cargo and customer transactions, which is the ultimate signal of progress,” Bean said. The port has brought in more than 230,000 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) of containers, which is the industry’s standard measurement for container movement, from July 1 through March, according to the port. The port set a record with just under 300,000 TEUs for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Tariffs to protect jobs drive up prices in North Carolina
Fayetteville Observer // Paul Woolverton // April 23, 2018
Summary: The ongoing trade dispute between the United States and China is poised to drive up the operating costs for North Carolina farmers. If it goes unresolved, the dispute could drive down the sale prices for their crops. Elsewhere in the economy, home builders are paying more for lumber, in part because of recently enacted tariffs on Canadian timber. Imported clothes washing machines cost more. And a Cumberland County solar energy company anticipates the solar business will slow down in the next few years. China, America’s largest trading partner, responded by imposing new tariffs on some American products. This in turn has led to threats of even more import taxes between the United States and China. China’s threats include 25 percent taxes on American soybeans, cotton and tobacco. As of 2016, North Carolina was the nation’s top tobacco producer and it exported $156.4 million in tobacco products to China in 2017, according to data provided by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. North Carolina’s cotton and soybean production ranked 10th and 17th nationally.China is the top customer for American soybeans, according to the United Soybean Board. The Reuters news agency reported that in January, American soybeans accounted for 67 percent of China’s soybean imports that month.
Work requirements aren’t always a SNAP
Greenville Reflector // Editorial // April 24, 2018
Summary: Have you noticed how spending on welfare and other benefits for the poor is bankrupting the federal government? Neither have we. The Congressional Budget Office this month forecast a vast increase in the federal debt over the next decade, due in large part to the GOP’s recent $1.5 trillion tax cut, most of which goes to businesses and wealthy households. On the domestic spending side, the biggies remain middle-class programs such as Medicare and Social Security. Yet President Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress are on an election-year campaign to “reform” means-tested safety-net programs. The day after the CBO released its figures, in fact, Mr. Trump ordered federal agencies to review all such programs — with an eye toward toughening work requirements for their recipients. On April 12, the House Agriculture Committee unveiled a proposed 2018 farm bill that would make it harder for non-working adults to get food-buying aid under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Dozens of prison workers debilitated since NC escape attempt
Greensboro N&R // Emery Dalesio // April 23, 2018
Summary: North Carolina’s understaffed prisons remain a dangerous place for employees six months after the bloodiest escape attempt in state history left four workers dead, according to agency data and separate case reports. About three dozen workers at the state’s correctional facilities have been assaulted so badly that they have lost work time, prison officials said in response to a public records request from The Associated Press. Leading the official list of assaults is the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City, where eight workers have been badly harmed since the fatal breakout attempt there on Oct. 12. The list provided to the AP, which covered 34 assaults through March 27, did not include an attack at a Morganton prison that hospitalized a worker with stab or slash wounds. Officials from the state Department of Public Safety did not say why when asked Monday or during the previous two weeks.
See where N.C. ranks in the US on average teacher pay and how far it has to go
N&O // Keung Hui // April 23, 2018
Summary: North Carolina is climbing the national rankings on average teacher pay, jumping over $50,000 for the first time. But a new report puts the state 37th in the U.S. and $9,600 below the national average. North Carolina’s average teacher salary this school year is estimated to be $50,861 by the National Education Association, up from $49,970 last school year, according to new figures released Monday. The NEA estimates that the average salary for a U.S. teacher is $60,483. The new average salary helped raise North Carolina’s estimated national ranking by two spots to 37th. The NEA had initially estimated that the state ranked 35th last school year, but final figures released in the new report said North Carolina was actually 39th. In addition to teacher pay, the NEA report estimates that North Carolina is ranked 39th in the nation this school year in spending per student at $9,528 per child. The national average is estimated at $11,934.
Fast-growing Johnston County wants to build more schools, including a high school
N&O // Autumn Linford // April 23, 2018
Summary: Johnston County voters could be asked this fall to borrow $133 million to build a new high school and elementary school in the fast-growing western part of the county. The school board has made the request to county commissioners, who will decide the details of a bond referendum on the November ballot. County leaders say they want to meet the school system’s needs without raising the property tax rate. “We’re growing a school a year,” said Mike Wooten, chairman of the Johnston County school board. “We are blessed to be in a county that’s growing, but we are growing faster than we can build schools.” Johnston County was the third fastest-growing county in North Carolina last year, at 2.94 percent. Its growth outpaced that of Wake County, which was ninth at 2.2 percent.
Pope Foundation gives UNC $10 million for cancer research and philosophy and politics program
N&O // Jane Stancill // April 23, 2018
Summary: UNC-Chapel Hill announced Monday a $10 million gift from the John William Pope Foundation of Raleigh. The donation will be distributed among four areas at the university:
▪ $5 million for a fellowship fund at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, to recruit cancer researchers.
▪ $3.75 million for the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program, to fund two new faculty positions and two visiting assistant professorships, as well as a speaker series. The program is currently a minor area of study but UNC has plans to make it an academic major. Started in 2005, it is a joint program with Duke University and now has about 350 students.
‘Revolt against Folt!’ Students march on UNC chancellor’s office, demanding arts money.
N&O // Jane Stancill // April 23, 2018
Summary: Art students at UNC-Chapel Hill marched on the administration building Monday, saying their roof is leaking, their professors are leaving and their department is poorly funded — despite a splashy “Arts Everywhere” public art event recently on campus. About 50 students marched to South Building for a rally and then entered a lobby outside Chancellor Carol Folt’s office, where they chanted “Open the door!” and “Revolt against Folt!” There they were met by Kevin Guskiewicz, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who said the administration hears their concerns and promised that the Hanes Art Center roof would be repaired starting next month. But he also suggested the students narrow their list of 16 demands, which strayed from art studios and faculty to a new scholarship fund and the removal of the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam. “We’re very committed to the arts at Carolina,” Guskiewicz said.Students say they were spurred by a recent university event called “Arts Everywhere,” which featured public art projects around campus and gave a false impression that the university was investing in the art department. In fact, students said, they’ve been rained on in class and several high-profile faculty have been recruited away, making it hard to get the courses they need for their major. “We see it as an exact antithesis to what the chancellor’s office is sending out,” said Annie Simpson, a 20-year-old junior and art major from Charlotte. “It doesn’t sit well with us.”
Our Opinion: Name names to reform campus kangaroo courts
Wilson Times // Times Editorial // April 19, 2018
Summary: Our state’s flagship public university can no longer hide behind federal student privacy laws when it comes to shielding the people it’s disciplined for sexual misconduct from scrutiny. A unanimous three-judge N.C. Court of Appeals panel ruled Tuesday that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill must disclose the identities of students and faculty members it has judged responsible for sexual assault and sexual harassment. The ruling is a win for open government advocates — The Daily Tar Heel student newspaper, WRAL-TV owner Capital Broadcasting Co., The Charlotte Observer and The Herald-Sun of Durham are the plaintiffs — and it will subject both the accused and the system that judges them to necessary public scrutiny. Student editors sued UNC after it refused to fulfill a September 2016 public records request seeking documents related to individuals “found responsible for rape, sexual assault or lesser included sexual misconduct” by the college’s honor court, its Committee on Student Conduct or its Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office. Releasing public records on these often farcical campus hearings will rally victims and their advocates against insufficient punishments and give the wrongfully accused an incentive to clear their names in a real courtroom. Sunshine is the best disinfectant, and it could be the saving grace that leads to increased criminal prosecutions for college sexual assault.
Our View: DOT update: Too many still in limbo
Blue Ridge Now // Editorial // April 22, 2018
Summary: N.C. Department of Transportation officials told county commissioners Wednesday they are narrowing the list of potential routes for the proposed Balfour Parkway to six from an original list of 24. The update is welcome, but will do little to relieve anxiety of residents who live in the potential path of the proposed four-lane road. With a formal decision not expected until summer on these six options, and the state dragging out the decision on a final route until summer of 2019, too many residents are being left in limbo for too long.
Our Opinion: Actual malice in election challenges
Greensboro N&R // April 23, 2018
Summary: A powerful person or organization attacks your personal credibility. A report is filed with authorities, and a hearing is conducted. These charges against you are discussed in a public forum. Media are there. Your name is mentioned numerous times, and your challengers are asserting that you have committed a crime by signing false documents and further by even seeking those documents. This is not a courtroom. You haven’t been charged by law enforcement with a crime. You’ve not drawn attention to yourself. All you’ve done is go about your business, but your challengers suspect you have something to hide. And they say so as everyone listens. Only you don’t have anything to hide. The charges, which enrage you, are proven patently false. You have been castigated wrongly and apparently maliciously while everyone in your vicinity watches and listens. So you suggest that these unfounded public charges have damaged your name and reputation and that those who brought you into this maelstrom are guilty of slander and libel. That’s the argument that emerged last week in Wake County Superior Court in Raleigh, where four voters from Guilford and Brunswick counties, whose validity to participate in the 2016 elections had been questioned, are suing those who united to help former Gov. Pat McCrory try to overturn his narrow defeat to Roy Cooper.
LaWana Mayfield’s sorry for 9/11 post but doesn’t say if plane took down twin towers
Charlotte Observer // Steve Harrison // April 22, 2018
Summary: Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield apologized on the WCNC show “Flashpoint” for “the hurt and pain” due to her social media post about an “alleged plane” in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But in the interview, which aired Sunday morning, Mayfield did not say definitively whether she believed the World Trade Center towers fell because they were hit by two jetliners hijacked by terrorists. Host Ben Thompson asked Mayfield: “Do you believe the planes took down those towers?” Mayfield responded: “What I believe is that we lost Americans during this event. What I believe is that after this event, our nation identified a segment of our community and said this community is now terrorists. And from that moment, we have been saying ‘terrorists, terrorists, terrorists.’ ” But, she said, “white Americans who have committed mass killings since that time” were not called “terrorists.”
DISPATCHES FROM THE POLITICAL BATTLEFIELD
Politics NC // Thomas Mills // April 20, 2018
Summary: Ever since the inauguration of Donald Trump, progressives have been marching and organizing. At the national level, the movement was kicked off by the Women’s March that drew more people than Trump’s inauguration. On the local level, groups like Indivisible sprung up attracting people to meetings and holding town hall meetings. In North Carolina, it felt like the energy of the Moral Monday groups had spread across the nation. All of these organizations spurred a sense of momentum heading into the 2018 midterm elections. The feeling has been backed up by polls that show a yawning enthusiasm gap that favors Democrats. Generic ballot questions give Democrats an advantage that could put them in control of the US House.
NEW JOINT FUNDRAISERS:
Politico // Theodoric Meyer, Marianne Levine // April 23, 2018
Summary: Primary Patriot Day 2018 (Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.), Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.), Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.), NRCC)
The one woman in Republican leadership is under siege
Politico // Rachel Bade // April 23, 2018
Summary: If 2018 is the year of the woman, don’t tell Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The lone female member of House Republican leadership is under siege in D.C. and back home in Washington state. In Congress, several fellow GOP members are pining for her job, questioning her effectiveness as chairwoman of the conference and weighing whether to challenge her. At the same time, McMorris Rodgers has suddenly found herself at risk of losing her seat altogether — a Republican in a blue-trending state with a Democratic wave potentially on its way. During a whip meeting just after the botched rollout of the Republican health care repeal effort, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) criticized the lack of strategy behind the bill’s unveiling. Hudson said that he put more planning into how to spend his last trip to his district than leadership had in the entire repeal rollout. Though he didn’t name McMorris Rodgers, some people in the room took his remarks as a jab at the conference chair and approached Hudson about running for the position, according to sources familiar with those conversations. Hudson told POLITICO his comments weren’t aimed at McMorris Rodgers and that he would not run against her.
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April 11, 2018
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NCDP on NCGA Republicans’ Plan to Resegregate Our School Districts
Raleigh – In response to the Joint Legislative Study Committee on the Division of Local School Administrative Units approving of a draft report that will break up North Carolina’s county-wide school districts and resegreate North Carolina’s public schools, North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds released the following statement:
“This is a racist plan to resegregate our schools, plain and simple. Our school districts are national models of successful racial integration and economic stability, just like our public education system is a source of pride for every North Carolinian. Now, both are under attack from far-right ideologues in the General Assembly. Allowing rich, often white suburbs to secede will leave communities of color and low income North Carolinians worse off and will hurt future generations, our economy, and the entire state. Republicans should drop this plan immediately.”
Bloomberg: The South’s Push to Resegregate Its Schools
By Margaret Newkirk
April 10, 2018
North Carolina is the latest state to consider breaking up countywide school systems, endangering districts that are models of racial integration and economic stability.
On April 4, a little-known legislative committee met for the fourth time in six weeks in downtown Raleigh, N.C. Although its name is dull and obscure—the Joint Legislative Study Committee on the Division of Local School Administrative Units—its mission is anything but. The committee is the front line of a legislative push, led by statehouse Republicans, to dismantle North Carolina’s big countywide school districts by allowing rich, often white suburbs to secede.
Though it has no law allowing school secession, North Carolina is the latest Southern state looking to resegregate what’s left of the region’s integrated public schools. More than 60 years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling made school racial segregation unconstitutional, school secession has been gaining momentum across the South, with richer areas trying to wall their kids and tax dollars off from big districts in Atlanta; Dallas; Little Rock, Ark.; Baton Rouge, La.; Birmingham, Mobile, and Montgomery in Alabama; and Memphis and Chattanooga in Tennessee.
Since 2000, 71 areas in the U.S. have tried to secede from their school districts, reversing a decades-long consolidation trend, according to EdBuild, which studies school funding. Forty-nine succeeded; nine are in process. The moves come as federal courts have gradually released districts from the oversight in place since Brown. Linda Brown, the schoolgirl at the heart of the landmark case, died at age 75 on March 25.
For integration proponents, North Carolina’s move is particularly disheartening because desegregation worked so well there. Its big urban districts have been national role models for successful, integrated schools, helping to attract businesses and power local economies. The Raleigh-centered Wake County district is “one of the foundation stones of our economy here,” says Wake County Commissioner John Burns. “People want to move here for the public schools.”
Raleigh’s countywide district was the brainchild of business leaders. In 1976 they got state lawmakers to merge the mostly white county district and the increasingly black city one, creating a sprawling entity with enough resources to tackle integration head-on.
Wake divided the district into segments and allocated students within them socio-economically. They set parameters on how many students in a school received free lunch, to prevent lopsidedly rich or poor schools. A third of Wake schools became magnets, drawing suburban kids into the city. The result was a high-performing system with more than 160,000 students, ample resources, a stable tax base, and strong student performance and graduation rates.
But overall, the district has prospered. In February, the secession study committee listened in silence to a staff presentation on statewide student performance broken down by district size. The mega-districts in Raleigh and Charlotte scored best.
The Southern secession movement follows the gradual lifting of federal desegregation court orders in the 1990s and 2000s, says Erika Wilson, a University of North Carolina law professor. Federal courts began releasing school systems from oversight based on demonstrations of “best efforts’’ to integrate, paving the way for secessions that courts once would have stopped. “Southern municipal secessions threaten to serve as the proverbial nail in the coffin for students’ ability to attend racially non-segregated schools, at least in the South,” Wilson wrote in the Cornell International Law Journal in 2016.
The region that once required school segregation by law is also where desegregation worked best, in part because Southern school districts are so big. Even before Brown, Southern districts tended to follow county lines or be divided between a single city and a single county district. Northern ones follow municipal boundaries, with a district in every suburb. New Jersey, with 1.3 million students, has 590 school districts. Ohio has 1.7 million students and 618 districts. North Carolina, with 1.5 million students, has 115.
Although the Supreme Court in Brown required integration within districts, a 1974 ruling said desegregation plans could not be enforced across them, essentially giving the district-by-district segregation of the North a pass. Southern secessionists want to be organized more like their Northern counterparts. In North Carolina, in fact, breakaway rumblings have often come from transplants used to small districts. One push in Cary, a Raleigh suburb known locally as Containment Area for Relocated Yankees, was led by a newcomer from Boston. Another transplant ran for town council last year on the issue—and lost.
With court orders fading away, legislatures alone shape schools. “States have such vast authority on how schools can be organized that it turns into a question of politics,” says UNC’s Wilson. Of 30 states with laws allowing secession, six require a review of the racial or economic effects on districts left behind.
In North Carolina, the legislative move to allow secession began last year, when a Republican state representative from Charlotte’s Mecklenberg County, Bill Brawley, introduced a bill allowing two suburbs to secede and form charter districts. It passed the House, but remains stalled in the Senate. Brawley’s second bill created the secession study committee, which will issue its findings in May.
Since February, the committee’s eight Republican and two Democratic lawmakers have heard testimony on other states’ school organization and how North Carolina’s mega-districts compare with smaller ones. One expert said bus routes would be less efficient if big districts broke up. Another asked what would happen to big district warehouses for storing school lunch supplies. A lawyer discussed repercussions for employment contracts, purchasing, and lawsuits, and two scholars testified about the lack of conclusive research on the effects of district size.
Last week, the committee’s final testimony came from small school districts and charter schools that had innovative programs for minority children. The speakers included Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Clayton Wilcox, who was invited to discuss a public-private partnership program in his district and not the school system itself. It was the first time the committee had heard from anyone representing either of the districts most likely to be broken up, if secession becomes legal in North Carolina. Only four of the committee’s
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Meets at Courthouse in Beaufort. Agenda, Minutes, Video.
Meets at Unitarian Coastal Fellowship, Morehead City. Facebook for more info.
Next scheduled meeting for OUR REVOLUTION Carteret County will be at 6 pm at the Webb Library in beautiful downtown Morehead City.
Please bring a friend or 5 with you!
BE ENGAGED – BE ACTIVE – BE LOUD – BE HEARD – BE UNRELENTING
Our Revolution meets at the Webb Library, Morehead City.Our Revolution Carteret is a formal chapter of the national Our Revolution organization and is composed of progressives who believe the best way to make change is to work within the Democratic Party. All are invited regardless of voter affiliation.
Meet at the Webb Library, Morehead City.This is a monthly meeting of individuals who want to express Democratic opinions in the local and state newspapers.
Meets at Courthouse in Beaufort. Agenda, Minutes, Video.
Meets at Morehead Parks and Recreation.
Meets at Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, Morehead City meeting at Morehead Parks and Recreation.
Speaker: Marena Groll NCDP Director for ERA
Gather at No Name Pizza, Morehead City.
The meeting will start promptly at 6:00 pm Come at 5:30 pm for a good seat and to order from the menu.
Phone Bank Polling Training
Gathers at Mckinnon Center Raleigh. Sanford-Hunt Breakfast will be that morning also at the McKinnon Center.
June Venue: TBD
Monthly social is from 5-7 on the Second Thursday of each month. The event will move from venue to venue in order to give all county residents an opportunity to attend. This is an excellent time to just build relationships, have fun, and talk a little/lot politics.
2nd Saturday Breakfast Meeting