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North Carolina Democratic Party Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2018
Contact: Robert Howard, RobertHoward@ncdemocraticparty.org
 

Mark Harris’ Backwards Positions Continue to Dog his Struggling Campaign


Raleigh – Another week, another backwards looking sermon from Mark Harris that continues to drag down his struggling campaign. Previously it was questioning whether women should have careers, then it was “fondly remember[ing] when being gay was illegal,” now it’s women submitting to their husbands.

The danger of Harris’ out of this century views for North Carolinians are clear; for his campaign, it means one more week where he’s explaining his past statements instead of sharing a vision for how we connect workers with better paying jobs. At the rate Mark Harris is going, tune in soon for another update.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Blue Ridge Public Radio: NC Congressional Candidate’s Views On Women Once Again in Focus
By Jeremy Loeb
August 12, 2018

 
A Republican North Carolina Congressional candidate’s views on women are again the focus of attention.  Former pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte Mark Harris is running for a Congressional seat against Democrat Dan McCready in what is shaping up to be a top target race for Democrats.  Last week, the political publication Roll Call interviewed Harris about past sermons in which he used his sermons to instruct women to submit to their husbands.  Here’s a quote from a 2014 sermon.
 
“You’re not to ever submit, ma’am, because your husband demands it.  But you do it because the Lord ordained it.  Now, ladies, you can rebel against that command.  But just please understand, you’re not rebelling against your husband when you do.  You’re rebelling against the Lord.”
 
Harris told Roll Call he didn’t think submission meant that men and women are unequal.  He’s already been under fire for questioning whether women pursuing careers outside of the home was a healthy choice.  Harris made waves earlier this year in knocking out the first Republican Congressman in a primary this election cycle when he beat Robert Pittenger.

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Read the full article online here.
 

Charlotte Observer: In sermons, NC congressional candidate called on women to ‘submit’ to their husbands
By Brian Murphy
August 7, 2018

 
Mark Harris, the Republican nominee for Congress in North Carolina’s 9th district, is again making news for old sermons about women and their role.
 
[…]
 
Now a 2014 sermon on marriage is making headlines. Roll Call first reported the sermon.
 
In the sermon on Ephesians 22, Harris called on women to “submit” to their husbands.
 
“Well, what’s the message to the wives? Well, God instructs all Christian wives to submit to their husbands,” Harris said.
 
“You see wives, please hear me this morning. The message is not from your husband to submit, the message is from the Lord. You’re not to ever submit ma’am because your husband demands it, but you do it because the Lord ordained it. Now ladies, you can rebel against that command, but just please understand you’re not rebelling against your husband,” Harris said.
 
Harris said in the sermon that “submission is not about inferiority in any way, any shape and any form. It simply reflects a God-ordained function of things.”
 
Harris stood by those comments in an interview with Roll Call.

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Read the full article online here.


Hornet: Watch This Republican Congressional Candidate Fondly Remember When Being Gay Was Illegal
By Matt Keeley
August 10, 2018


Mark Harris is currently running as the Republican nominee for the House of Representatives in North Carolina‘s 9th District. He has worked as a media pastor, sharing sermons via podcast and appearing on the Christian Broadcasting Network. He has also been involved with the anti-LGBTQ hate group the Family Research Council (FRC). So, given all those things, it shouldn’t be terribly surprising that a video has surfaced in which Harris openly longs for the days when homosexuality was criminalized — after all, FRC President Tony Perkins recently said something similar.
 
At the 2015 Rally for Liberty in Jomeokee, North Carolina, Mark Harris told the crowd:
 
“In one generation, you and I have witnessed this country sliding from a nation who once shared a moral vision based on Judeo-Christian ethics to a nation floundering in moral decay. In one generation, we have watched our nation who once believed in lifelong marriages to the same spouse to a divorce rate now well over 50%. We have watched in one generation where homosexuality was once criminalized, to now, we see the criminalization of Christianity.”
 
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Read the full article here.


Charlotte Observer: Political cartoon: How Mark Harris woos women voters
By Kevin Siers


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GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEWS 
 
Pushback Path Leads to Court
NC Council of Churches // Steve Ford // August 13, 2018

Summary:A summer of hectic twists and turns has made it increasingly clear: The N.C. General Assembly’s ruling Republicans have been driven by desperation. They must be desperately worried that their lease on unbridled power is about to expire. So, while they still have the chance, they’ve set about trying to change the very structure and dynamics of state government to extend their influence even if the elections this fall work against them. They’ve gone about it with a contempt for long-standing principles of checks and balances. And not surprisingly, one result has been a vigorous legal pushback. Even before the voters finally speak, the state’s courts will have a chance to call this effort what it is – an unprecedented attempt by legislative Republicans to ensure their dominance – and to bring it to a screeching halt. Which they should. Lawsuits have been filed by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, whose powers would take a beating under proposed changes to the state constitution, and by civil rights and environmental advocates. Also in the fray is a candidate for the state Supreme Court who legislators have said cannot have his Republican affiliation listed on the ballot. They had to return to Raleigh for an extra session to strip him of his ballot label – worried that he’d siphon votes from an incumbent Republican justice running for re-election in a three-person field that includes a strong Democratic candidate.
  GOV. COOPER NEWS 
 
Gov. Cooper announces Finish Line Grants program at PCC
Caswell Messenger // August 13, 2018

Summary:  On Aug. 8, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper visited Piedmont Community College to promote an upcoming federally-funded Finish Line Grant program to help students overcome adversity. “We know far too many students cite challenges other than academic reasons for not finishing school and this program will help ensure more people can finish their training and get a good-paying job to support themselves and their families,” said Cooper. The new grant program will be available to all North Carolina community college students during the Fall 2018 semester. To qualify, students must be in good academic standing and have completed 75 percent of their degree or credential program.
 NCDP NEWS & MENTIONS  

Derwin Montgomery to replace Ed Hanes in NC House District 72, plans to focus on health care, education, affordable housing
Winston-Salem Journal // Fran Daniel // August 12, 2018

Summary: Winston-Salem City Council Member Derwin Montgomery was chosen on Sunday by the Forsyth County Democratic Party to replace former N.C. Rep. Ed Hanes, D-Forsyth, who resigned Tuesday from the N.C. General Assembly. Hanes had recommended that Montgomery be his replacement to represent House District 72, and Montgomery submitted his name last week to the local Democratic Party to succeed him. At Sunday’s meeting, Jemmise Bowen, the chairwoman of Precinct 304 at Forsyth Tech — Mazie Woodruff Center, nominated Annette Scippio to succeed Hanes. Scippio is the chairwoman of Precinct 401 at Winston Lake Family YMCA. She is a retired executive director of Leadership Winston-Salem as well as the Delta Arts Center in Winston-Salem. Montgomery, 29, was first elected to represent the East Ward on the city council in 2009 after he defeated incumbent Joycelyn Johnson and two other Democratic challengers in that year’s May primary. He was 21 at the time and the youngest person to win a city council seat. He was re-elected in 2013 and 2016.

 OTHER 

Al Gore Tours NC 

Al Gore on 2-day tour of NC focusing on ‘ecological justice’
WNCT // WNCN // August 13, 2018
Summary:  Former Vice President Al Gore and Reverend Dr. William Barber kicked off their two-day “Ecological Justice Organizing Tour” on Sunday in Wayne County. The duo is touring communities across the state that they say have been directly impacted by toxic waste contamination. “We all need clean air,” Gore said. “We all need clean water. We all need the jobs that can be created in our communities by shifting to solar and wind.” The pair started their tour on Sunday in Goldsboro. “North Carolina also doesn’t just have to be number one in basketball,” said Barber. “We can be number one in environmental justice.” In 2015 Duke Energy pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water Act by illegally discharging pollution from coal-ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants. One of those plants is in Goldsboro. “For the longest, a lot of people were still drinking the water,” said Michael Thomas Carraway, who lives in Goldsboro and helped organize the Down East Coal Ash Coalition. “So, you got all these toxins floating in the water and especially around a plant, a lot of people live off of well water and so drinking, eating, bathing.” Gore said better water monitoring is needed. “We need policies and laws that require them to monitor what’s happening to the drinking water,” said Gore. “We need a requirement that they need to not just cover it on top, but cover it underneath so that it doesn’t continue leaching down into the groundwater and rivers and then we need to stop making so much of it.”

Midterms

Constitutional Amdts 

5 ex-North Carolina governors rebuke lawmakers on amendments
WRAL // Gary D. Robertson // August 13, 2018

Summary: North Carolina’s five living former governors delivered an extraordinary rebuke Monday to the Republican-dominated legislature for two constitutional amendments that lawmakers put on the fall ballot, saying they would shred gubernatorial power and government checks and balances if approved. The ex-governors — three Democrats and two Republicans — gathered for a rare appearance in the old Capitol, urging voters to defeat the two November ballot questions. Democrats Jim Hunt, Mike Easley and Beverly Perdue and Republicans Jim Martin and Pat McCrory served from 1977 through 2016. Some would appear to be unlikely allies. Perdue narrowly defeated McCrory in the 2008 gubernatorial election. “It would be a mistake to say this is a partisan fight between Republicans and Democrats. It’s worse — it’s legislators versus governor,” said Martin, governor from 1985 to 1993. Hunt, a four-term governor who left office in 2001, added the amendments are “really about whether or not a few politicians in the legislature will increase their power at the expense of the people of North Carolina.”

Legislative Power Grab Fires Up Ex-NC Governors
Courthouse News Service // Erika Williams // August 13, 2018

Summary: All living former North Carolina governors unified on Monday to protest two power-shifting constitutional amendments proposed by the General Assembly for the November ballot. If passed, the two amendments would transfer power of appointment from the governor to the state’s legislative branch. Former Governors Mike Easley, Jim Hunt, Jim Martin, Pat McCrory and Bev Perdue crossed party lines this morning to assemble at the old State Capitol Building in Raleigh for a press conference centered around their collective opposition to two of the six proposed ballot questions in the referendum. One of the contested amendments combines the Board of Elections and Ethics Committee and gives appointment authority to the Legislature over about 350 boards and commissions.

‘Don’t hijack our constitution,’ McCrory says as all 5 ex-governors blast power shift
N&O // Paul Specht // August 13, 2018
Summary: It usually takes a fancy event or a funeral for all five of North Carolina’s living former governors to convene. On Monday, they congregated at the old Capitol in downtown Raleigh to warn voters about a pair of proposed constitutional amendments that would weaken the governor’s office and shift power to the legislature. The proposals are two of six amendments scheduled for the ballot this fall. One of them would limit the governor’s authority to fill judicial vacancies. The other would grant the legislature — not the governor — the ability to set up a new state elections board and make appointments to state boards and commissions that have historically been made by the governor. Reporters from across the state huddled behind antique desks in the former House chambers as former governors Pat McCrory, Bev Perdue, Mike Easley, Jim Hunt and Jim Martin stood shoulder-to-shoulder behind a podium. Republicans Martin and McCrory offered some of the sharpest criticisms of the amendments’ Republican authors.

5 ex-North Carolina governors gather to oppose 2 amendments
ABC 11 // Jonah Kaplan // August 13, 2018

Summary: North Carolina’s five living former governors on Monday delivered an extraordinary rebuke of the Republican-dominated legislature for two constitutional amendments it put on fall ballots, saying they would shred gubernatorial power and government checks and balances if approved. The ex-governors – three Democrats and two Republicans who served a combined 40 years – gathered for a rare appearance in the old Capitol, urging voters to defeat the referendums, among the six that lawmakers are submitting to voters. Democrats Jim Hunt, Mike Easley and Beverly Perdue and Republicans Jim Martin and Pat McCrory served from 1977 through 2016. Some would appear to be unlikely allies. Perdue narrowly defeated McCrory in the 2008 gubernatorial election.

NC Supreme Court 

Republican legislators violated a candidate’s constitutional rights, judge rules
N&O // Will Doran // August 13, 2018

Summary: A judge threw out a new state law Monday, ruling that it violated the constitutional rights of at least two politicians whose 2018 campaigns the law had targeted. Chris Anglin, a Republican candidate for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court, had sued the legislature along with Rebecca Edwards, a Democrat who is running to become a district court judge in Wake County. Earlier this summer, the legislature passed a new law that would have prevented Anglin or Edwards from being able to have their party affiliations on the ballot. They argued that the law unfairly targeted them because their competitors in this November’s elections would still have their own parties listed on the ballot. Anglin, who is believed to have been the main target of the new law, is one of two Republicans running for the Supreme Court seat against a single Democratic candidate.

NC-13 

Manning is in control already of the issues
Greensboro N&R // LTE // August 12, 2018

Summary: Congressional candidate Kathy Manning doesn’t speak in taglines or mottos or platitudes when she talks about the issues. Listening to her speak, you quickly realize that she’s already done a deep dive on the issues at hand. It’s as though she has already assumed this post, and she’s already working on solutions to problems she will be tasked with in office. She will hit the ground sprinting. There is an intensity there; it’s palpable. There’s excitement around her. She has my vote come November. She listens to the people around her, whoever shows up. She takes in what people say and she responds. You see a spark in her eye when she is gaining new information. She listens to people’s stories and asks for more details. She steadily gathers information. If you hear her speak more than once, you can tell she’s expanded on what she knows from the last time. Kathy has momentum. It’s unmistakable. It’s about the constituents. That’s her focus, that’s who she’ll be beholden to. She’s not taking big PAC money. She won’t get to D.C. owing favors to special interests. For her, it’s about service to the constituents of 13th Congressional District.

Voter Disenfranchisement

Voter fraud case offers no records
Rocky Mount Telegram // Lindell John Kay // August 12, 2018
Summary: Federal, state and local officials won’t reveal the party affiliation of a Nash County man sent to prison last week on charges of voter fraud. Roberto Hernandez-Cuarenta, 57, was sentenced to four months in prison on two counts of voting by an alien. He is a Mexican citizen who has lived legally in the United States for more than two decades. Prosecutors said Hernandez-Cuarenta voted in the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections. Hernandez-Cuarenta’s party affiliation wasn’t used in court so it won’t be released, said Don Connelly, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of North Carolina. It wasn’t immediately clear how prosecutors could win a successful conviction without entering into evidence Hernandez-Cuarenta’s voting record, which includes party affiliation. Hernandez-Cuarenta lives on U.S. 264A in Zebulon. A small portion of Zebulon sits within southern Nash County, where Hernandez-Cuarenta was registered to vote. Staff at the Nash County Board of Elections was unable to find Hernandez-Cuarenta’s voting records on Friday.

Patrick Ganonn, the public information officer for the State Board of Elections, said he couldn’t locate the records either.
An assault on minority voting continues in North Carolina
WAPO // Editorial Board // August 12, 2018

Summary: WHEN ELECTION officials in North Carolina audited the 2016 vote, they found 441 ballots had been cast by felons on probation or parole who voted despite a state law barring them from the polls until their sentences are complete. Those votes were illegal, but most state prosecutors sensibly declined to bring charges on the grounds that the offenders didn’t know the law, weren’t alerted to their ineligibility and didn’t realize they had done anything wrong. Not so in Alamance County, a small locality in the Piedmont where a dozen individuals convicted of felonies, nine of them African Americans, cast votes. There, the Republican district attorney, Pat Nadolski, has gone forward with prosecutions that reflect his own lack of judgment while reminding the nation of North Carolina’s recent poisonous racial history. In North Carolina, where 70 percent of the population is white, blacks represent a hugely disproportionate share of convicted felons and incarcerated people. African Americans make up more than two-thirds of the 441 citizens statewide identified as having voted illegally.

Voting Rights Advocates Used to Have an Ally in the Government. That’s Changing.
WAPO // Michael Wines // August 12, 2018
Summary: A new voter ID law could shut out many Native Americans from the polls in North Dakota. A strict rule on the collection of absentee ballots in Arizona is being challenged as a form of voter suppression. And officials in Georgia are scrubbing voters from registration rolls if their details do not exactly match other records, a practice that voting rights groups say unfairly targets minority voters. During the Obama administration, the Justice Department would often go to court to stop states from taking steps like those. But 18 months into President Trump’s term, there are signs of change: The department has launched no new efforts to roll back state restrictions on the ability to vote, and instead often sides with them. With support from the Justice Department under Mr. Obama, lawyers were steadily persuading federal courts to invalidate district boundaries in states like Alabama, Texas and Virginia that were drawn to reduce minority voters’ influence. Voter ID laws and other restrictions in North Carolina, Texas and other states were struck down with the department’s help. Some of those legal victories have already been undone. A federal court in Texas had found that the state intentionally crippled minority voting power when it drew new state legislative and congressional districts in 2011. The same court found that replacement maps the state drew also were discriminatory. But in the Supreme Court this year, the Justice Department argued that the new districts were legal, and the justices largely agreed.

GenX 

What to expect from Tuesday’s EPA event on GenX, other chemicals
StarNews // Adam Wagner // August 12, 2018
Summary: In its effort to determine what steps to take on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), the Environmental Protection Agency will visit Fayetteville on Tuesday. The all-day event will feature wide-ranging discussions, as well as a five-hour public comment period. North Carolina residents have been exposed to PFAS chemicals ranging from GenX in the Cape Fear River to PFOA in firefighting foam on military bases to PFOS in drinking water in Greensboro. Tuesday’s meeting represents a chance for governments and communities to help shape the EPA’s response to the contamination.
 
Protesters blame Chemours, DuPont for health problems
Fayetteville Observer // Michael Futch // August 11, 2018
Summary: “Give Us Clean Air and Water” read a handmade sign that Rebekah Cain Saenz held up by the side of the highway. Beside her, a fellow protester displayed the words “Stop Chemours” from an upright placard. Occasionally, a truck driver or motorist honked in support while barrelling by on N.C. 87 North. Eight people had gathered just after noon Saturday at the corner of N.C. 87 and County Line Road, which serves as the main entrance to the Fayetteville Works site. There, along the Cape Fear River, Chemours and DuPont are among the three companies that produce various products. Some of the products contain fluorochemical compounds, which research has shown can cause cancer and disrupt sexual development in lab animals. The health effects of one of these compounds, GenX, on humans remain controversial. Saenz, who is 30, is a stay-at-home mother who lives in Hope Mills. She’s no newcomer to this cause. She’s tied to it by family. “This is home to me. This is where I grew up,” Saenz said, referring to Pages Lake Road by Camp Dixie. “For over 100 years, my family has had a family farm in this community. I believe clean air and clean water are basic human rights, and I believe they have been taken away from us.”

NC Healthcare 

Calling health care a right, most NC influencers say expand Medicaid, keep Obamacare
N&O // John Murawski // August 11, 2018

Summary: The soaring cost of health care, which leaves too many families without health insurance coverage or forces households to choose costly medical coverage over other necessities, is one of the biggest challenges facing the state, according to a survey of some of the state’s thought leaders. Among the 48 leaders who answered this week’s North Carolina Influencers survey, a consensus emerged that the inability of residents to afford health care is an economic impediment to local businesses and national prosperity, and a moral indictment of an affluent society. And a number of the influencers from a wide range of backgrounds — political, business, academic and faith communities — believe that health care is so important to the state and to the nation that it should be treated as a moral obligation for society to provide to its citizens. Some even went so far as to say that health care is a basic human right, implied in the U.S. Declaration of Independence affirmation that all people are endowed with the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

NC Education 

UNC’s obsession with secrecy is hurting it
N&O // Editorial Board // August 13, 2018
Summary: In Tom Fetzer’s defense of his recent actions as a member of the UNC Board of Governors, he was right about one matter: Secrecy is not paramount in the search for a new chancellor at one of our state universities. Fetzer, in a column published by The News & Observer, defended his involvement in the search for a new chancellor at Western Carolina University. In our view, his actions were meddlesome and indicative of the larger problem of some board members being too involved in campus matters. We agreed with some current and former board members that Fetzer’s handling of the matter did not represent good board governance. But we agree with an important point Fetzer made involving the misplaced and almost obsessive desire for secrecy when searching for the leader of one of our state universities. Fetzer noted that UNC President Margaret Spellings had been quoted recently as saying, “Confidentiality is paramount in the search process.’

Former UNC board members concerned about current board’s ‘bad governance’
WRAL // CBC Opinion // August 10, 2018

Summary: Good governance can take many shapes and forms, depending on the organization and circumstance, and is not always easy to see or detect. Bad governance is different – like many things, you know it when you see it. And what we saw at a recent meeting of the UNC Board of Governors was clearly bad governance.

  • First, an individual board member took it upon himself to retain a third party to do a background check on the UNC President’s recommended candidate for Chancellor of Western Carolina University.
  • Second, a committee chairperson allowed the unanimous recommendation of a candidate by her committee and her President to be overturned by the board without returning it to the President or the committee for their input and recommendation. This inappropriate action severely undermined both.


NC Environment 

9 investigates: Duke Energy looks to recycle millions of tons of coal ash
WSOC // Brittney Johnson // August 13, 2018

Summary: Duke Energy is racing to meet a state mandate to recycle millions of tons of coal ash. For years. Channel 9 has covered the push to get the company to clean up coal ash, and Duke Energy’s attempts to raise customer rates to pay for it. Now, there’s new technology that some environmentalists say could solve the problem. Bill McMahan, CEO of Nu-Rock Technologies, is confident he has the solution. “Once this is in the market, people building houses and condos and all the rest would much rather be building with this,” McMahon said. Nu-Rock takes coal ash, the residue left after burning coal, and recycles it into bricks and pavers, and it does so using chemicals alone, no heat. North Carolina alone has more than 100 million tons of coal ash.

Our view: Rollback of mileage standards would be harmful
Winston-Salem Journal // Editorial Board // August 11, 2018

Summary: Rolling back federal limits on tailpipe emissions and mileage standards for cars is a bad idea that will do lasting damage. Wisely, attorneys general from 19 states — including North Carolina’s Josh Stein — and the District of Columbia are working together to block the Trump administration’s latest assault on the environment, health and ordinary consumers. A draft rule released by the federal Environmental Protection Agency would halt the considerable progress that’s being made under standards imposed during the Obama administration. Working with the automakers, the Obama administration devised an agreement for standards for model years through 2025. The standards were designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the consumption of oil. They also would have saved drivers money as they began to drive newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles. Early in 2017, the EPA’s review of how the plan was working found that the standards were realistic and automakers should be able to achieve those set for model years 2022 through 2025.

Western NC Mudslides Recovery

Polk County mudslides: Residents recover while FEMA deliberates
Blue Ridge Now // Derek Lacey // August 11, 2018
Summary: Rocks and trees have been cleared from the highway, and tons of dirt and debris have been trucked off from the area around Pam and Ron Ward’s home on Highway 176 in Tryon. But repairing the damage done by flooding and mudslides in May is far from over. As the Wards and their neighbors continue to dig themselves out, Polk County leaders wait for a disaster declaration that could mean federal funding to help with getting the county back to normal. N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper formally requested the declaration for 13 Western North Carolina counties in a letter to President Donald Trump in late July. Earlier this week, U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis threw their weight behind the request, sending a letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long in support of declaring a major disaster as a result of the rain, flooding and related damage the last two weeks of May.

N.C DMV Wait Times 

DMV seeks volunteers to help with long lines at driver’s license offices
N&O // Richard Stradling // August 13, 2018

Summary: The long lines at Division of Motor Vehicles driver’s license offices across the state have prompted the DMV to ask for volunteers — to hand out bottles of cold water to customers waiting in line. The DMV sent an email to all state Department of Transportation employees on Monday afternoon asking them to volunteer for four-hour shifts at driver’s license offices in North Carolina. It was sent on behalf of DMV Commissioner Torre Jessup, who acknowledged last week that customers at many DMV offices have been waiting for hours to see someone. “We need your help!” the email begins. “Commissioner Jessup is requesting volunteers to hand out water at the Driver License offices that are experiencing excessively long wait times and lines over the next four (4) weeks. It is four (4) hour shifts any day you can volunteer. “Providing GREAT customer service is our goal, and we need your help to achieve this mission,” the email continued. It concluded: “We appreciate everyone’s efforts as we try to improve customer service and wait times.”

There’s no excuse for these DMV lines
N&O // Colin Campbell // August 10, 2018

Summary: If you haven’t been to the DMV lately, prepare to be unpleasantly surprised. Everyone’s favorite state agency has upped its game and now offers an even more hellish experience. I’m writing this column while sitting cross-legged on the floor at a DMV office. State leaders have been urging people to get their REAL ID well in advance of the October 2020 deadline when it’ll be required for air travel, so I’m trying to get mine. I’ve been told to expect a three-hour wait before employees can scan my four required identification documents and issue the ID. I ventured out to the Clayton location because it’s one of the DMV’s least busy offices. Other DMV customers have been forced to wait in long lines outside in the blazing August heat for nearly an entire day, according to Twitter posts. I basically won the lottery by getting an indoor spot on the floor. DMV officials are blaming the federal REAL ID requirement for the insane lines and waits, coupled with the usual summer traffic from teenagers looking to get their driver’s license before school starts.

 

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The Progressive Caucus of North Carolina

 


NCDP Progressive Caucus Economic Action Group

Week-end Wrap – July 28, 2018



Action Groups

Health CareRebecca Cerise rcerese@gmail.com and Jesse Goslen jessegoslen@gmail.com

Education: Derek Scott dscott@gmail.com

Judicial Reform: Marguerite Most marguerite.most@gmail.com 

Economics, Infrastructure and Housing: Tony Wikrent 2nbbooks@gmail.com

Science, Energy and Environment: Kathy Kaufman kknarotsky@gmail.com

Civil Rights and Liberties: Brandi Brown brandi@brandibrownonline.com



Elections

At the Aug. 25 meeting of the Progressive Caucus of the North Carolina Democratic Party, we will need to elect a new member of the Judicial Board. Please read the obligations of judicial board members below. Email brandi@brandibrownonline.com if you intend to run.

Article 5: Judicial Board

Section 1. Purpose

There is hereby established a Judicial Board for the purpose of hearing and rendering fair and impartial decisions on such disputes and controversies which may arise within the Caucus when the same are made known, in writing, to said Judicial Board by the NCDP, Caucus President, the Caucus Executive Committee, or by an aggrieved active Caucus member.


Section 2. Selection and Tenure

  1. The Caucus Judicial Board will consist of active members of the Caucus and shall consist of 5
    voting Judicial Board Members, and one Judicial Board secretary. The voting members include
    one (1) Judicial Board Chair elected by the Judicial Board members.
  2.   Caucus officers at any level are not eligible to be on the Judicial Board. 
  3.   The Judicial Board shall be elected by a majority vote of the entire membership of the Caucus in attendance.
  4.   Elections shall be held at the Caucus meeting, held in August every even numbered year. The
    term of office shall be no longer than two years.
  5.   The Judicial Board Secretary is appointed by the Caucus President, is a non-voting member
    and is responsible for documenting the decisions of the Judicial Board and generating reports
    to the Caucus Executive Committee and the NCDP.
  6.  Nominations of candidates for offices can be made from the floor at any time prior to the vote.
march calendar

Mark Your Calendars!

Meetings

Meets at Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, Morehead City meeting at Morehead Parks and Recreation.

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.

Meets at Webb Library (piano room), Morehead City. Join us. Cool stuff happening. Will be assembling signs and doing last minute prep for August 25th Ice Cream Social.

Call 252-732-0284 or email Cindy Wear  for information.

Gerald Godette Website

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.

Events

You Are Invited

to dedicate and to celebrate

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park

10th Street and Arendell

Morehead City

(behind the train depot)

 

Tuesday August 21, 2018 6-7pm

You are cordially invited to
The League of Women Voters
of Carteret County
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2018 Woman of the Year Award Luncheon
Celebrating Women’s Equality Day
Thursday, August 23rd
11:45 am- 1:30 pm.
Crystal Coast Country Club
152 Oakleaf Drive
Pine Knoll Shores, NC
 
Guest Speaker-Dr. Lin Logan, Ms, PhD LWV Dare County   
Tickets- $25.00- includes lunch and beverage (tea or coffee)
RSVP to: jreneehawthorne@earthlink.net by August 10th
(can pay at door or mail check to: LWVCC, PO Box 2181, Beaufort, NC 28516)

Tue, August 28, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
WhereNo Name Pizza, 5218 Hwy 70 W, Morehead City, NC 28557, United States (map)
Description: Each month there is a special guest speaker. Beth Parker and Lucy Marino Bond, candidates for school board, will be speaking.
 
Dutch treat social at 5:30pm, meeting begins at 6pm.
Thu, September 13, 5pm – 7pm
Where: To be announced
Description:Monthly social goes 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

When:  Sat, September 13, 8:30am – 11:00am
Where: Golden Corral, 4060 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC (map)
What: Dutch treat breakfast social at 8:30, meeting at 9:00 am.

Carteret County Democratic Party Bulletin Board  


CCDP Headquarters

4911c Bridges Street Ext, Morehead City, NC, 


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 The meeting of the Progressive Caucus of the North Carolina Democratic Party will be held Aug. 25, 2018 at 12:00 PM at Guilford County Democratic Party Headquarters, 2300 W. Meadowview Road in Greensboro. For meeting detail click below:

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