Our Carolina Promise
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.
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- JOIN US: “Protect OUR Constitution Tour” Educates Voters About Amendments
- NEW REPORT: Voter Restriction Amendment Will Cost Millions At Voters’ Expense
- U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Report: Voters of Color Are Being Shut Out
- VICTORY! North Carolina Election Officials Will Fight ICE Efforts to Target Voters
- Do you know who runs North Carolina?
- What’s up with NC Confederate monuments?
- NC Young Political Stars (of all persuasions)
- NC Gun Laws – a Primer
- Impact of NC Republicans on K-12 Public Education
These articles are food for thought. What do you think? Lucy Bond, candidate for Carteret County School Board, disagrees with Longleaf Politics on the impact of NC Republicans on public education. Take a look at what she has to say on Our Children Our Future on the Bulletin board below Mark Your Calendars.
Please see below for links to NCDP latest messaging guidance.
If you have any questions or if you need further guidance, please email RobertHoward@ncdemocraticparty.org.
October 12, 2018
October 8, 2018
October 8, 2018
NCDP launched a new toolkit to help you fight back against the Constitutional Amendments: ncdp.org/vote-against. The toolkit features:
- One-pager on why North Carolinians should Vote Against
- Explainer on what the amendments say vs. what they do
- Social media guidance and graphics to help spread our message
October 3, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2018
Contact: Robert Howard, RobertHoward@ncdemocraticparty.org
“There is no legitimate excuse, no good reason, no justification not to expand Medicaid in North Carolina.”
Raleigh – Health care is on the ballot this November, despite Republican attempts to deceive voters on their voting records. And while Republicans across the state grapple with their past stances on expanding health care access, they’re also resorting to deceiving voters on where they stand on maintaining key consumer protections, including ensuring that people with a preexisting condition aren’t kicked off their health insurance. Republicans’ rhetoric doesn’t match their records, and the only way to expand access to health care and maintain protections for preexisting conditions is to vote out this legislature and break the majority. As CBC explained, “Only the loud voices of the voters, heralded from the ballot box, will bring about any change.”
CBC: Legislative candidates – Answer ‘yes’ when asked to expand Medicaid
By the Editorial Board
October 8, 2018
Among the critical issues before candidates for the North Carolina General Assembly, there is one more than any other that commands a simple and direct response.
Will you vote to abolish the prohibition and expand Medicaid health coverage to the more than 625,000 North Carolinians who don’t get it now even though they are eligible under current federal law?
Since 2013, the majority in the legislature has not simply blocked expansion, it has explicitly forbidden it. There are 71 Republicans on the November ballot who voted for the prohibition. Their names, and the counties they represent, are listed below. We hope they’ve seen the error of their ways and changed their minds. Given past behavior, we aren’t optimistic but still are hopeful.
Medicaid expansion isn’t some wild, radical notion. There are 34 states including Virginia, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, that have done it.
It isn’t some vast drain on the state treasury – the federal government has already designated the money. North Carolina taxpayers are helping fund expansion in those other states. We should have our federal tax dollars for Medicaid expansion working in North Carolina too.
Failing to expand Medicaid carries a HUGE cost to North Carolina – both in the health of our citizens and to the state’s economy. Every month the toll increases.
- 2,115 to 6,346 North Carolinians have died for lack of needed medical care.
- 121,720 diabetics have had to go without medication.
- 56,233 women have gone without annual mammograms for breast cancer screening.
- $11.52 billion in federal funds have been lost.
- 67,160 jobs have not been created.
The leadership of the North Carolina General Assembly — specifically Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham and House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland — could easily bring this neglect to an end. But their reflexive disdain for ANYTHING backed by former President Barack Obama prevents a change.
Only the loud voices of the voters, heralded from the ballot box, will bring about any change.
There is no legitimate excuse, no good reason, no justification not to expand Medicaid in North Carolina.
Every candidate for the General Assembly needs to let voters know where they stand on Medicaid expansion. Voters should support those who back it and reject those who don’t. Plain and simple.
See you at the polls.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2018
Contact: Robert Howard, RobertHoward@ncdemocraticparty.org
Raleigh – Access to health care is on the ballot this November, and Republicans are working overtime to deceive voters on their past positions to save their seats.
In an interview with WXII, Donny Lambeth tried to tout his position as the Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services as an example of his efforts to expand health care access to low income North Carolinians.
Lambeth forgot to mention that he voted against expanding Medicaid and against setting up a state-based health care exchange, two efforts that would lower costs and expand access. His position was so untenable that he later – and off-camera – admitted that a Republican-controlled General Assembly won’t expand health care access.
Nelson Dollar last month went even further to scrub clean his record on health care. More so than almost any single legislator, Dollar has been responsible for blocking Medicaid, writing several budgets that refused to expand health care to low-income North Carolinians.
Now, with his seat in jeopardy, he’s being dishonest about his record:
In an interview with The Washington Post, [State Rep. Nelson] Dollar also said he would vote to let North Carolina expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act — something he has opposed since Republicans took over in 2010.
Dollar once claimed that most people who would be covered by Medicaid expansion are “relatively healthy” and could always get care in emergency rooms. He also voted against expanding health care access.
Lambeth and Dollar aren’t suddenly converts to the benefits of expanding Medicaid – extending coverage to more than 600,000 North Carolinians, creating 40,000 jobs, and easing the burden on rural hospitals, like the one in Sen. Berger’s backyard that declared bankruptcy because of dwindling Medicaid reimbursements.
They’re trying to mislead voters on their record because of competitive challenges from strong Democrats. Like NC GOP Congressional incumbents, General Assembly Republicans are trying to pull the wool over voters’ eyes. It won’t work.
“Republicans across the state spent years blocking efforts to bring health care coverage to more North Carolinians. Now they’re trying to deceive voters because they know voters are ready to kick them out because they stood in the way of lower premiums and better care,” NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds said. “Republicans like Nelson Dollar and Donny Lambeth have for years blocked efforts to expand access to health care – and no election year back peddling can change that.”
Click on NCDP Clips date you are interested in. Daily Clips provide news articles from across the state that are of interest.
- 10/11/2018 – NCDP Clips 10/11/18
- 10/10/2018 – NCDP Clips 10/10/18
- 10/09/2018 – NCDP Clips 10/9/18
- 10/08/2018 – NCDP Clips 10/8/18
- 10/05/2018 – NCDP Clips 10/5/18
- 10/04/2018 – NCDP Clips 10/4/18
- 10/03/2018 – NCDP Clips 10/3/18
- 10/02/2018 – NCDP Clips 10/2/18
- 10/01/2018 – NCDP Clips 10/1/18
- 09/28/2018 – NCDP Clips 9/28/18
- 09/27/2018 – NCDP Clips 9/27/18
- 09/26/2018 – NCDP Clips 9/26/18
- 09/25/2018 – NCDP Clips 9/25/18
- 09/24/2018 – NCDP Clips 9/24/18
- 09/21/2018 – NCDP Clips 9/21/18
- 09/20/2018 – NCDP Clips 9/20/18
- 09/19/2018 – NCDP Clips 9/19/18
- 09/18/2018 – NCDP Clips 9/18/18
- 09/17/2018 – NCDP Clips 9/17/18
- 09/12/2018 – NCDP Clips 9/12/18
- 09/11/2018 – NCDP Clips 9/11/18
- 09/10/2018 – NCDP Clips 9/10/18
- 09/07/2018 – NCDP Clips 9/7/18
- 09/06/2018 – NCDP Clips 9/6/18
- 09/05/2018 – NCDP Clips 9/5/18
- 09/04/2018 – NCDP Clips 9/4/18
- 08/31/2018 – NCDP Clips 8/31/18
- 08/30/2018 – NCDP Clips 8/30/18
- 08/29/2018 – NCDP Clips 8/29/18
- 08/28/2018 – NCDP Clips 8/28/18
- 08/27/2018 – NCDP Clips 8/27/18
- 08/24/2018 – NCDP Clips 8/24/18
- 08/23/2018 – NCDP Clips 8/23/18
- 08/22/2018 – NCDP Clips 8/22/18
- 08/21/2018 – NCDP Clips 8/21/18
Mark Your Calendars!
Meets at Courthouse in Beaufort. Agenda, Minutes, Video.
Meets at Morehead Parks and Recreation.
Where: 4911 Bridges Street Ext, Morehead City, NC 28557, USA (map)
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Meet the Candidates
NC State Senate Seat
Pamlico, Craven, and Carteret Counties
Tuesday October 30, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Carolina Colours Pavilion Ballroom
3300 Waterscape Way, New Bern, NC
Admission is free, but seating is limited.
Pre-registration is required by October 22nd
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Our Children Our Future - Fight for Public Education
Carteret County teachers, administrators, and staff share a deep commitment to the success of our students. They work hard giving their best every day to our children. However, the challenges our teachers and administrators face require that our county government shares a similar commitment to excellence in our public schools. This means backing our Public Schools with the level of financial support needed to make excellence happen. This includes paying teachers a competitive wage and providing the schools with the resources they need to educate our children.
- Local spending on public schools in North Carolina is 40th in the nation**
- Teacher pay is 39th in the nation*
- Investment per student is 41st in the nation**
- Carteret County has 18 schools – they face huge challenges
- Almost 50% of our students not prepared in English and Math for college or ready for a career*
- Economically disadvantaged students*
- 11 schools have more than 50% economically disadvantaged students
- 3 schools have more 62% economically disadvantaged students
- 5 schools have more than 30% and less than 50% economically disadvantaged students
- 2 schools have less than 30% economically disadvantaged students
- Academic Readiness*
- 47-63% of our students moving up from middle to high school are not ready
- 32-56% of our students moving up from elementary to middle school are not ready
- Academic Success*
- 3 of 4 middle schools received an NC rating of C
- 1 high school and 1 elementary school received an NC rating of A
- SAT Score Rankings***
- 30% of students took the SATs
- Average SAT score was 1182
- Of 113 NC School Systems, Carteret ranks 88th in percentage of students who took the SATs but ranks second in average score
Lucy Bond, running for the school board had this to say about the Longleaf article (note she also provided a link for more information on vouchers):
“I am not on the same wavelength with Longleaf Politics when it comes to teacher salaries. I also think that per-pupil expenditure is a problem for NC. We are not keeping up with how fast NC is growing or the cost of living increases when it comes to teachers. I totally disagree with their view on the voucher program. I see that as a slippery slope. I included a link to a report from the LWV (nonpartisan) about the increase in money spent for many (though not all) private schools that do not adhere to the Standard course of study. Certain religious schools use the Abeka curriculum which gives a biblical world view not rooted in research or science or even history. These schools are growing and there is little oversight. I believe the GOP wants to get away from public schools and let private schools and private charter schools education on for-profit bases. Their teachers do not have to have the same educational standards as PS. Those schools also tend to be more segregated. Vouchers are not a problem in Carteret County but because we do get a lot of money from the state, we will have less in the future and so will our teachers.” Voucher Report
Follow the fight on amendments and other actions for democracy at Democracy North Carolina
Listen to a conversation on Voter ID and other amendments here.
A new Elon University Poll found that support for two constitutional amendments to appear on the ballot this fall shifted when voters received additional explanation of what the amendments entail. Read about it here.
Get your Amendment tool kit here: Amendment ToolKit