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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.

Carteret County Democratic Election Central (CCDP Headquarters)

4911 C, Bridges Street, Morehead City. 

Hours: 10-6 M-F, 10-4 on Saturdays

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Hurricane Florence 

RICHARD FAUSSET: In Flood-Hit Public Housing, a Reminder That the Poor Bear Brunt of Storms’ Fury
WRAL // Opinion //
Septemebr 17, 2018
Summary:  Before the river rose and the water trespassed into her little public housing unit, ruining her black sectional sofa and her children’s clothes, leaving her walls moist to the touch — indeed, before she even knew that the river could be her enemy — Keisha Monk thought she had found something better than basic shelter at Trent Court. “Trust me,” she said this week, as one of the last rain bands of the storm called Florence fell all around her, “when I first came here, I thought it was heaven.” It was January when Monk and her four small children moved to this historic pearl of a Southern city and to Trent Court, a downtown cluster of red brick public housing right on the banks of the Trent River. Monk had been in a family shelter in Columbia, South Carolina, that ground down her soul, she said. At Trent Court, she could gaze out her front door onto the wide, rippling river. She could take in its breeze, its smell, its changing colors and moods.

Record rainfall: Some saw almost 3 feet from Florence
WRAL //  Kathy Hanrahan // September 17, 2018

Summary: Hurricane Florence caused a record amount of rainfall in North Carolina and has created the highest rainfall total for any tropical system to ever strike the East Coast of the United States, according to CNN. The highest totals so far were measured in Elizabethtown, where 35.93 inches accumulated over four days. Swansboro saw more than 33 inches of rain, its highest total since Hurricane Floyd in 1999, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

President Trump approves NC disaster relief, plans to visit region next week
WSOC // AP // September 15, 2018
Summary: President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for North Carolina as Florence continues to push through the region.  This means federal funding will be available to those affected by the storm in the counties of Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, and Pender.

Hurricane Florence leaves Wilmington ‘inaccessible by land,’ NC DOT says
N&O // Paul Specht // September 17, 2018

Summary: Flooding and downed trees from Hurricane Florence are blocking dozens of roads in and around Wilmington Monday, leaving the city largely cut off from the rest of the state. The North Carolina Department of Transportation on Monday morning tweeted that the city is “inaccessible by land,” warning: “Don’t travel, let responders work.” Jim Trogdon, the N.C. Transportation Secretary, clarified in a press conference Monday afternoon that one road to Wilmington is open. But he didn’t identify the road, saying emergency crews need it and worry about its accessibility throughout the week. Gov. Roy Cooper added: “We don’t need (Wilmington evacuees) going back right now, particularly when this route may disappear tonight.”

BRUNSWICK COUNTY: Southport remains without water
Star News // Staff // September 17, 2018
Summary: The city of Southport is without water and the main road is inaccessible. “We’ve been in contact with the National Guard and the governor,” mayor Jerry Dove said. “They are trying to get water sent in for (Dosher hospital) and citizens.” The city is also working with utility companies in an attempt to divert water from their reserves to Southport, Dove said. If water does come back on, residents need to boil it before using it, he said. The mayor said N.C. 211, which is the main entrance to the city in Brunswick County, washed out due to flooding.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY: Several schools sustain ‘major flooding’
Star News // Staff // September 17, 2018
Summary: Early damage assessments from New Hanover County Schools found that several schools experienced “major flooding” during and after Hurricane Florence. In a news release Monday schools spokeswoman Valita Quattlebaum said school officials have completed preliminary assessments at 60 percent of schools. Several schools remain inaccessible due to damaged roads and downed trees.

FLORENCE FLOODS PARTS OF COLUMBUS CO. LEFT ALONE BY MATTHEW
WWAY // Staff // September 17, 2018

Summary:  Columbus County officials say the major flooding that has inundated the area since Hurricane Florence has affected areas that did not flood after Hurricane Matthew two years ago The county also says there have been issues reaching everyone that needs help. Tabor City, areas along the Lumber River, Fair Bluff, Lake Waccamaw, Boardman, Riegelwood and Delco have all experienced life-threatening flooding the county said in a news release. Evacuations have occurred in all of those areas. The US Coast Guard, the National Guard, Homeland Security and swift water rescue teams have assisted with evacuations and rescues, including 95 people rescued Saturday and 238 more Sunday.

Florence flooding spreads as storm heads northeast
WFMY 2 // Chuck Burton // September 17, 2018

Summary: With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence, officials plan to airlift food and water to the city of nearly 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull inland residents from homes swamped by swollen rivers. The deadly storm was still dumping rain and had top winds around 30 mph (50 kph) early Monday, but forecasters said it was expected to gradually pick up forward speed and complete a big turn toward the Northeast. Flooding worries were increasing in West Virginia and Virginia, where power outages also were on the rise. About 500,000 homes and businesses were in the dark.

Dan River water levels to spike further once Duke Energy releases water from Belews Lake dam
Fox 8 // Web Staff // September 17, 2018

Summary: The Dan River has reached an elevation of 21 feet, but that number will rise now that Duke Energy plans to release water form Belews Lake dam. According to a Code Red notice, the river was at 7 feet on Sunday and rose about 13 feet by Monday Due to the heavy rains, Duke Energy plans to release the water from the lake through the dam in order to protect the dam’s structural integrity. The water will flow into the Dan, raising water levels even further. “With the rains from last night combined with the water released from Belews Lake, the potential for flooding in all areas close to the river will greatly increase,” the notice said.

Monday numbers: Potential Florence impacts in western NC
NC Policy Watch // Lisa Sorg // September 17, 2018

Summary: Having devastated the southeast coast of North Carolina, Hurricane Florence is now a tropical depression, making a beeline toward the mountains. Rain and wind could uproot trees and unleash land- and mudslides on steep terrain, including places where they occurred earlier this year. As part of the Hurricane Recovery Act of 2005 the legislature directed the Department of Environmental Quality to provide landslide hazard maps for mountain counties, with money coming from a Disaster Relief Fund. But in 2011, lawmakers cut off funding to the NC Geological Survey, which was in charge of mapping the hazard zones, and the project stopped. Scientists completed their work in just four counties before the money ran out: Henderson, Buncombe, Watauga and Macon.

Pollution fears: Swollen rivers swamp ash dumps, hog farms
WRAL // Michael Biesecker // September 17, 2018

Summary: Flooded rivers from Florence’s driving rains have begun to swamp coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as the swollen waterways approach their crests Monday. Duke Energy said the weekend collapse of a coal ash landfill at the mothballed L.V. Sutton Power Station near Wilmington, North Carolina, is an “on-going situation,” with an unknown amount of potentially contaminated storm water flowing into a nearby lake. At a different power plant near Goldsboro, three old coal ash dumps capped with soil were inundated by the Neuse River.

Florence Washes Away Portion of Coal-Ash Landfill in North Carolina
WSJ // Valerie Bauerlein, Russell Gold // September 16, 2018

Summary: Heavy rains from Florence washed out a portion of a landfill used to dispose of coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal to generate electricity. Part of the earthen top of the 20-foot tall landfill was gone, exposing the deep gray ash beneath, and an undetermined amount of the coal ash washed into nearby Lake Sutton, which feeds into the Cape Fear River. Duke Energy Corp. , owner of the coal-ash landfill at the L. V. Sutton Power Plant near Wilmington, N.C., said crews were on the scene assessing the situation. Paige Sheehan, a company spokeswoman, said she believed a ditch around the landfill’s perimeter contained some of the washed-away coal ash, but some escaped into the lake. “We think it is very unlikely it made it to the river,” said Ms. Sheehan. “We feel very confident that public health and the environment remain very well protected.” The company’s initial estimate was that 2,000 cubic yards of coal ash was washed out of the landfill, she said. Two thousand cubic yards is about two-thirds of an Olympic-size swimming pool.

Coal Ash and Sewage Spill Over as Florence Floods the Carolinas
Bloomberg // Mark Niquette, Christopher Flavelle // September 15, 2018

Summary: A Duke Energy Corp. landfill near Wilmington, North Carolina, failed under the assault of Tropical Depression Florence, spilling about 2,000 cubic yards of coal ash that can carry toxic mercury, arsenic and lead. Authorities said they would investigate whether the pollutant had reached the Cape Fear River, but said it wasn’t yet safe to inspect the site. A flooded parking lot in Wilmington, North Carolina.Photographer: Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg As the weakening storm plodded agonizingly across the Carolinas on Sunday, officials warned of even more catastrophic flooding. The deluge has already killed at least 13 people, washed partially treated sewage into waterways and left entire communities under water. Florence was downgraded to a tropical depression early Sunday as winds diminished to 35 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm was moving west at 8 mph near Columbia, South Carolina, and expected to turn to the northwest Sunday.

Swollen NC rivers swamp dumps, raising water pollution fears
CNBC // Michael Biesecker // September 16, 2018

Summary: As rain from Florence continued to lash the Carolinas, the region’s swollen rivers were beginning to swamp coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms Sunday, raising concerns about water pollution. Duke Energy said the collapse of a coal ash landfill at the L.V. Sutton Power Station near Wilmington, North Carolina, is an “on-going situation,” with an unknown amount of potentially contaminated storm water flowing into a nearby lake. At a different power plant near Goldsboro, three old coal ash dumps capped with a layer of soil were inundated by the Neuse River. An Associated Press photographer who flew over eastern North Carolina on Sunday saw several flooded hog farms along the Trent River. It wasn’t immediately clear if any animals remained inside the long metal buildings ringed by dark water.

Modern-day Noah: Man in bus rescues numerous animals from flood
Spectrum News // Staff // September 17, 2018
Summary: A man from Tennessee has become a social media sensation after driving around the Carolinas, rescuing animals during Hurricane Florence.  Tony Alsup from Greenback, Tennessee, drove a school bus with the words “Emergency Animal Rescue Shelter” posted on the side.

Over 100 volunteers unite to prevent flooding in North Carolina community
CNN // Amir Vera, Cassie Spodak // September 15, 2018

Summary:   The city of Lumberton, North Carolina, doesn’t want a repeat of Hurricane Matthew. Two years ago, the city about 70 miles northwest of Wilmington was submerged in water for days after the Category 1 storm slammed into North Carolina. Part of the reason, citizens and officials said, was because of a spot where a train track runs under Interstate 95. The underpass left a gap in the surrounding levee, which allowed water from Lumber River to flood into the southwest part of the city. The entire area was navigable only by boat, said state Sen. Danny Britt.

Blue Ridge Parkway closed as officials survey damage done by Hurricane Florence
Charlotte Observer // Mark Price // September 14, 2018

Summary:Much of the Blue Ridge Parkway remained closed Monday, as crews removed trees and rocks bought down by Hurricane Florence. “Closures are expected to continue until conditions improve and crews can safely address any damage,” said a statement posted on Facebook. “Please respect the closures as our staff begin to complete assessments. This closure applies to all uses, including hiking and cycling.” Among the National Park’s biggest fears: Landslides. The parkway evacuated all its camp sites on Wednesday and Thursday, then closed the remainder of the 469-mile-long parkway on Friday evening in anticipation of “high volumes of rain, strong winds at higher elevations, and potential landslides across the foothills.”
    GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEWS 
 
Editorial: To ease future storm disruptions, now in Flo’s aftermath is time to plan and act
WRAL // CBC Opinion // September 18, 2018

Summary: The rainy day fund that the legislative leadership likes to crow about now has more than $2 billion dollars in it. There’s another $650 million in unspent money from the 2017-18 budget that is also available. Hurricane Flo is the torrent the fund was meant to address. The first priority must be as quickly as possible restoring families, businesses and communities to normal. But that falls far short of addressing long-term solutions that could help minimize or avoid some of the problems communities are now struggling with. Too many communities had barely started to recover from Hurricane Matthew. Failure to take a comprehensive approach has resulted in too many North Carolinians suffering a repeat of the same troubles from previous storms. The unfortunate reality is that current leadership in the state legislature has been reluctant, too often outright resistant, to addressing long-term preventative policies that would discourage building in flood-prone areas or prevent development that would exacerbate flooding conditions.​

Zane and Nichol debate: Where have Republicans taken North Carolina?
N&O // Ned Barnett // September 13, 2018

Summary: Zane and Nichol will debate as The N&O resumes its Community Voices series. Their subject: Where is Republican leadership taking North Carolina? The event will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the North Carolina Museum of History. Admission is free for N&O subscribers and $10 for others. You can register at eventbrite.com. As for the Republican lawmakers and where they’ve taken North Carolina, Zane doesn’t agree with some of their forays into social issues, but he’s happy with the overall direction. “I think the Republicans have been good stewards of the government itself, they’ve put us on a good footing,” he said. “They’ve protected us from the next downturn. The role of government is not to solve all the problems of the world. It’s to run the government well and I think they have succeeded at that.” What Zane sees as good footing, Nichol sees as standing on the edge of a cliff. “I think we’re in a remarkable period in North Carolina history,” he said. “This is not the usual give and take, back and forth, of normal politics. I think we’re in a battle for our constitutional traditions and our decency as a people. If there’s ever been a call for all hands on deck, this is it.”

Unplugged power supply to blame for missing special session audio from House chamber
Progressive Pulse // Melissa Boughton // September 17, 2018

Summary: It took Legislative Services Officer Paul Coble more than a month to mail NC Policy Watch one email from July accounting for missing House chamber audio from the special session in which lawmakers retroactively changed judicial filing rules. “So, not cut wire,” the email from July 25 states. “A power supply was unplugged that is used for the recording PC and the assistive listening devices — that is how this works.” The email is referring to a House audio chamber recording of debate from the July 24 special legislative session. NC Policy Watch inquired about the missing audio in early August while working on a story about Senate Bill 3, a measure that retroactively mandated judicial candidates be associated with their preferred political party for at least 90 days prior to filing for office.
  GOV. COOPER NEWS  
 
‘This is a monumental disaster for our state’: NC Gov. Roy Cooper on Florence
WFMY // News 2 Digital // September 17, 2018

Summary: North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said there are now 17 confirmed deaths in North Carolina related to Florence with the storm finally beginning to move away from the state. Cooper said danger was still prevalent, mostly in the form of severe flooding with rivers not having crested yet. “The crisis in North Carolina continues,” Cooper said as he opened his Monday news conference. “Catastrophic flooding and tornadoes are still claiming lives and property.”Sunday night, a one-year-old girl was swept away by rushing floodwaters in Union County after a woman drove through barricades on NC 218. Cooper urged people to stay off the roads if possible and told evacuees not to try and return home at this point.

Cooper, data agree: Florence is sure to worsen NC’s affordable rental housing problem
NC Policywatch // Clayton Henkel // September 17, 2018

Summary: On Sunday, Governor Roy Cooper declared that affordable housing would be a key focus in the recovery from Hurricane Florence. As the Durham Herald-Sun reported: “Cooper said once the storm passes and towns start to rebuild, there will be an emphasis on housing that is affordable. ‘There’s a concern about affordable housing all over the state, in urban areas but particularly in southeastern North Carolina where we are seeing such significant devastation,’ Cooper said. ‘I know the Department of Emergency Management, Mike (Sprayberry) and I have had significant conversations about that with our partners with how we need to aim toward that goal.’” Of course, North Carolina’s lack of affordable housing stock was an issue well before Hurricanes Florence and Matthew. Appropriations to the state’s main affordable housing programs has remained essentially flat and comparatively paltry for years. The award-winning North Carolina Housing Trust Fund received just $7.66 million in the FY 2019 budget, while the “Workforce Housing Loan Program” received just $20 million and the “HOME match” received only $3 million.
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Midterms

General

NPR/Marist Poll: 1 In 3 Americans Think A Foreign Country Will Change Midterm Votes
NPR // Miles Parks // September 17, 2018

Summary: About 1 out of every 3 American adults think a foreign country is likely to change vote tallies and results in the upcoming midterm elections, according to a new NPR/Marist poll released Monday. The finding comes even as there is no evidence Russia or any other country manipulated or tried to manipulate the vote count in 2016 or at any other point in American history.  The results give credence to what election officials have been worried about since at least the summer of 2016: that the intense focus by the media and the federal government on Russia’s election interference efforts could be eroding voters’ confidence in democratic institutions.

Trump Flipped Ohio in 2016. Can Dems Flip It in 2018 By Going Old School?
Politico Magazine // Michael Grunwald // September 17, 2018

Summary: The angry old white men in this no-frills meeting room in a $55-a-night hotel off Interstate 70 are mostly retired truck drivers and coal miners, the kind of blue-collar voters without college degrees who tend to get quoted in Rust Belt diners, defending President Donald Trump. They believe the system is rigged, that America has broken its promises to its working class, that the citizens who transport its goods, extract its energy, and shower after work rather than before have been shafted and forgotten. And while “economic anxiety” has become a punchline for pundits who believe Trump’s popularity with this demographic has more to do with racial resentment than trade or wages or health care, the economic anxiety in this room is real. These retirees are at risk of losing the pensions they worked for decades to secure, which is why they’ve gathered to hear the man they trust the most to fight for them in Washington.

Constitutional Amendments 

BTC Report: Income tax rate cap amendment is costly for taxpayers, communities
NC Justice Center // Alexandra Forter Sirota // September 17, 2018

Summary: Imposing an arbitrary income tax cap in the North Carolina Constitution could fundamentally compromise our state’s ability to fund our schools, roads, and public health, as well as raise the cost of borrowing. This could all happen even as the tax load shifts even further onto middle- and low-income taxpayers and the state’s highest income taxpayers — the top 1 percent — continue to benefit from recent tax changes since 2013.

GOP Tax Scam

Trump Promised a Rush of Repatriated Cash, But Company Responses Are Modest
WSJ // Richard Rubin, Theo Francis // September 16, 2018

Summary: U.S. companies have moved cautiously in repatriating profits stockpiled overseas in response to last year’s tax-law rewrite, after the Trump administration’s assertions that trillions of dollars would come home quickly and supercharge the domestic economy. The tax-law revamp ended the practice of taxing U.S. companies when they bring home foreign profits. Companies long complained that profit earned abroad was trapped and held it in foreign subsidiaries to avoid additional taxes. The new law imposes a one-time tax on those old earnings—whether or not money is repatriated. It also removes federal taxes on subsequent repatriations and makes future foreign profits generally free from U.S. taxes.​
GenX 

Gerrymandering

Braxton Brewington: Gerrymandering has sliced and diced voting power at N.C. A&T
Greensboro N&R // Braxton Brewington // September 16, 2018

Summary: I turned 18 years old in 2014, marking my first year of eligible voting, yet my first time voting under fairly drawn congressional districts won’t be until 2020. I cast a ballot in both 2014 and 2016 and will undoubtedly vote this fall, yet in each of these congressional elections, the courts have deemed all of those district maps unconstitutional. Why? Gerrymandering.I had heard of gerrymandering in years past, but it wasn’t until my fellowship with Common Cause that I learned my own campus, N.C. A&T, was divided into two congressional districts: District 6 and District 13. Not only did dividing our campus prompt confusion, it also diluted the voting strength of predominantly black, progressive students by separating us into two safe, Republican-leaning districts.

Federal News  

Trade War

U.S. to Spare Some Apple Goods From Latest China Tariffs, Sources Say
Bloomberg // Jenny Leonard, Saleha Mohsin // September 17, 2018

Summary: The Trump administration will spare a category of high-tech products that includes the Apple Watch and AirPods headphone from the next round of tariffs it’s imposing on Chinese goods, according to two people familiar with the matter. The government is expected to release as early as Monday the final list of as much as $200 billion of Chinese products that will be hit with a new 10 percent tariff, according to five people familiar with the matter. A product code that covers Apple Inc.’s Watch and AirPods — as well as similar smart watches, fitness trackers and other goods made by competitors including Fitbit Inc. — is not on the list, the two people said. The people asked not to be identified because the new round of tariffs hasn’t yet been announced. Apple and Fitbit didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. The product code covers wireless devices, and it was included on a preliminary list the administration released in July. Other Apple products under the code include the HomePod speaker, BeatsWL headphones, and AirPort and Time Capsule internet routers. The value of such imports from China is about $12 billion, according to one of the people.

SCOTUS Nominee 

Delay the Brett Kavanaugh vote, Sen. Tillis
Charlotte Observer // Editorial Board // September 17, 2018

Summary: Republicans in Washington, including Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, find themselves politically cornered today as they consider what to do about the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. That nomination is suddenly in jeopardy thanks to a credible accusation from a California woman, Christine Blasey Ford, that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were in high school in the 1980s. The White House and Republicans are standing by Kavanaugh for now, but there’s apparently some internal consternation about how to respond to Ford and keep Kavanaugh’s nomination on track. Especially important to many is a Thursday vote of the Senate Judiciary Committee to send that nomination to the whole Senate.

Conservatives call on Senate to hear from Kavanaugh accuser – and quickly
McClatchy DC // Katie Glueck // September 17, 2018

Summary: Blindsided by an accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, conservative groups still pushing for his confirmation had a message Monday: Let’s hear from the accuser. “Obviously Ms. Ford’s allegations are serious and should be heard,” said Mallory Quigley, a spokeswoman for the anti-abortion rights group Susan B. Anthony List, which has been organizing in states with key 2018 contests to push Kavanaugh’s confirmation. “Judge Kavanaugh should also have an opportunity to respond. This should be done as quickly as possible so that the vote can continue without delay.”

ICE

Our Opinion: ICE’s request for voting data isn’t cool
Greensboro N&R // Opinion // September 15, 2018

Summary: Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known widely as ICE, typically investigates and pursues non-citizens to ensure they are in the United States legally. Now ICE may be interested in you. Even if you are a card-carrying member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, your voting records for the past eight years and your driver’s license records may be sought for review by this arm of the Department of Homeland Security — an arm that appears to have outgrown its sleeve. This grab at your privacy emerged Sept. 5 when elections officials in 44 counties of eastern North Carolina were bombarded with broad and demanding subpoenas to provide records of who registered to vote, whether they voted and how they voted in elections dating back to 2010.


FEMA

Brock Long’s Woes Mount as House G.O.P. Launches Travel Inquiry
NY Times // Nicholas Fandos, Ron Nixon // September 17, 2018

Summary: House Republicans will investigate reports that Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, repeatedly misused government vehicles to commute from Washington to North Carolina, where his family resides. Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina and the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wrote to Mr. Long on Monday requesting documentation and other information related to his use of government vehicles and about the agency personnel who may have accompanied him on the trips. Mr. Gowdy learned of the potential misuse last week from press reports, but he delayed launching an inquiry as FEMA girded for what was then Hurricane Florence, which was bearing down on the Carolina coast. For Mr. Long, who is already under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general, news of another federal investigation will only complicate an already precarious balancing act as he marshals an ongoing rescue effort and what will be a sprawling recovery program, even as he tries to convince investigators he did not knowingly violate agency rules.

Fellow Democrats –
 
Earlier this week, news broke that the Trump Administration, through Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), issued an unprecedented subpoena of voting records in North Carolina, including previously cast ballots and sensitive voter information. The broad scope of the subpoena and its proximity to Election Day has sparked concern across our state.

While the Trump administration has backtracked when the state must comply with the order to January 2019, make no mistake: this is an attempt to intimidate voters, in particular voters of color.
 
The North Carolina Democratic Party and our attorneys are monitoring the situation closely and are assessing what role we can play in combating this attempted act of widespread voter suppression. The N.C. Democratic Delegation as well as Ranking Democrats on numerous Congressional committees have launched formal inquiries, and the party has secured a voter protection hotline number: 1(252) 297-VOTE (1-252-297-8683). Please use this number to share any concerns and to report any information.
 
We strongly support the right to vote and wish to reassure all of North Carolina’s communities that we stand beside you in protecting your access to the ballot box. Talking points are provided below if you would like to help spread our message.
 
As always, thank you for everything that you do to elect Democrats. The Party will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed of any developments.
 
Best,
 
Wayne Goodwin


Chair, NC Democratic Party


Messaging Guidance
 
Talking Points

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2018
Contact: Robert Howard, RobertHoward@ncdemocraticparty.org
 
Trump Administration, DOJ, ICE Launch New Voter Intimidation Effort Targeting NC
 
“Fishing expedition” serves “no useful purpose” besides “breaching secrecy”
 
Raleigh – The Trump Administration, including the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), recently filed a subpoena for “massive” troves of voter data, including previously cast ballots, opening a new front in Republicans efforts to suppress voters for this fall’s elections.
 
The subpoenas cover the 44 counties that make up eastern North Carolina, and asked for “poll books, e-poll books, voting records, and/or voter authorization documents, and executed official ballots (including absentee official ballots).” Meanwhile, a separate DOJ subpoena covers more than 8 years of voting records for the entire state – all 100 counties.
 
The message is clear: the Trump administration and ICE is trying to intimidate voters, especially minority voters, ahead of this year’s election.
 
The subpoenas’ scope is unprecedented – the State Board of Elections called the subpoenas “the most exhaustive on record,” while Wake County Board of Elections Chairman Greg Flynn called it a “fishing expedition” that “serves no useful purpose” other than “breaching secrecy.”
 
Meanwhile, the state is sixty days out from the midterm elections where young people, people of color, and Democratic-leaning voters are expected to show up at a higher rate than normal. Turnout among these voters have fueled Democratic victories in special elections and primaries across the country since 2016. Now these very same people are being intimidated by a Trump administration that has repeatedly shown its hostility to voting rights and minority voters.
 
“The Trump administration and national Republicans appear to be launching a massive, unprecedented voter suppression effort in North Carolina just sixty days until the midterm elections,” NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds said. “Repeated phishing attempts by the Trump administration to find widespread voter fraud have failed, and now they’re turning to blatant scare tactics to keep Democratic-leaning voters from the polls.”

 

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Meetings

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. Signs go out September 20th. We will be handing out signs to be placed in public areas as well as canvassing lists. We need a great turnout for this last push. Bring your fired up friends!

Important Dates

September 16 – Begin deploying signs
October 1 – November 2 – Canvassing
October 12 – Voter Registration Ends
October 17 – November 2 – Early Voting
November 6 – Election day

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

Gerald Godette Website

Canvass meet-up

When: Sat, September 22, 10am – 4pm
Where: CCDP Headquarters (map)
Description: Join us at our new Headquarters location at 4911 C Bridges Street Extension in Morehead City every Saturday morning for coffee and donuts and then we hit the pavement! Please help us Get Out The Vote. YOU can Be the Blue Wave~ We will also have an afternoon shift at 1pm. Let’s TURN CARTERET BLUE~

Meets at Courthouse in Beaufort. Agenda, Minutes, Video.

Canvass meet-up

When: Sat, September 29, 10am – 4pm
Where: CCDP Headquarters (map)
Description: Join us at our new Headquarters location at 4911 C Bridges Street Extension in Morehead City every Saturday morning for coffee and donuts and then we hit the pavement! Please help us Get Out The Vote. YOU can Be the Blue Wave~ We will also have an afternoon shift at 1pm. Let’s TURN CARTERET BLUE~

Democractic Women LTE Meets

When: Thu, October 4, 5pm – 6pm
Where: Webb Library Morehead City (map)
Description: This is a monthly meeting of individuals who want to express Democratic opinions in the local and state newspapers.

Canvass meet-up

When: Sat, October 6, 10am – 4pm
Where: CCDP Headquarters (map)
Description: Join us at our new Headquarters location at 4911 C Bridges Street Extension in Morehead City every Saturday morning for coffee and donuts and then we hit the pavement! Please help us Get Out The Vote. YOU can Be the Blue Wave~ We will also have an afternoon shift at 1pm. Let’s TURN CARTERET BLUE~

Canvass meet-up

When: Sat, October 13, 10am – 4pm
Where: CCDP Headquarters (map)
Description: Join us at our new Headquarters location at 4911 C Bridges Street Extension in Morehead City every Saturday morning for coffee and donuts and then we hit the pavement! Please help us Get Out The Vote. YOU can Be the Blue Wave~ We will also have an afternoon shift at 1pm. Let’s TURN CARTERET BLUE~

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)

Canvass meet-up

When: Sat, October 20, 10am – 4pm
Where: CCDP Headquarters (map)
Description: Join us at our new Headquarters location at 4911 C Bridges Street Extension in Morehead City every Saturday morning for coffee and donuts and then we hit the pavement! Please help us Get Out The Vote. YOU can Be the Blue Wave~ We will also have an afternoon shift at 1pm. Let’s TURN CARTERET BLUE~

Canvass meet-up

When: Sat, October 27, 10am – 4pm
Where: CCDP Headquarters (map)
Description: Join us at our new Headquarters location at 4911 C Bridges Street Extension in Morehead City every Saturday morning for coffee and donuts and then we hit the pavement! Please help us Get Out The Vote. YOU can Be the Blue Wave~ We will also have an afternoon shift at 1pm. Let’s TURN CARTERET BLUE~
Events

Will be rescheduled due to hurricane.

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.
Dutch treat social at 5:30pm, meeting begins at 6pm.

Justice for All Dinner with Anita Earls, NC Supreme Court Candidate

When: Sat, September 29, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Sanitary Fish Market and Restaurant, 501 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557, USA (map)
Description: Carteret County Democratic Women cordially invite you to join us for our “Justice for All” Dinner and Chinese Fundraising Auction. Our special speaker for the evening will be our Supreme Court Justice candidate Anita Earls. This is one of the most important seats that need to be filled right now in North Carolina. The tickets are $30 each and you may email me @teel_suzan@yahoo.com or message me Suzan Magaña Teel on Facebook. Tickets will also be on sale at our next Carteret Democratic Women Meeting on Tuesday August 28th and at other Carteret County Democratic events and meetings.
You can also conveniently buy tickets on the CCDW web page: Carteret County Democratic Women
Thu, September 11, 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. 

LWV Board of Education Candidate Forum

When: Tue, October 9, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Joslyn Hall, Carteret County Community College. Joe Barwick is the moderator. (map)

LWV Board of Education Candidate Forum

When:  Tue, October 9, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Morehead City, NC 28557, USA (map)
Tue, October 23, 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.
Dutch treat social at 5:30pm, meeting begins at 6pm.

Carteret County Democratic Party Bulletin Board  

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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 

Resources:

* NC Report Cards   ** US Rankings By State  ***SAT Scores By State Local School Finance Study

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Carteret Democratic Party HQ Ribbon Cutting

NIX THE SIX on November 6

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