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


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GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEWS 
 
North Carolina GOP tries to change constitution so they can win elections
Share Blue // Josephine Yurcaba // August 10, 2018

Summary: North Carolina Republicans in the state legislature are stepping up their efforts to suppress the vote and further strip Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of his power as part of a larger push to help their chances in the midterm elections. In late July, the state legislature voted along party lines to add constitutional amendments to the November ballot that Republicans claim would protect voters. One of the constitutional amendments on the November ballot would require voter ID at the polls, which would disproportionately impact voters more likely to vote Democrat in future elections. 

New state law reduces Buncombe County early voting sites
Citizen Times // Mark Barrett // August 9, 2018
Summary: Buncombe County voters will have four fewer places to cast their ballots before Election Day this year because of action by the state General Assembly. But a recent decision by the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement means there will be a total of 11 early voting sites in the county instead of the 10 that local officials had planned to conform to requirements of a new state law. The state board approved a plan to have two early voting locations in the downtown area instead of the one site that three of the county Board of Election’s four members had wanted. The county board’s chairman says one site would be enough to handle voters in and around downtown. The member who persuaded the state board to approve two said not using one would make it harder for minority voters and others to cast ballots.

Our Opinion: State should restore tax-free weekend for back-to-school buys
Wilson Times // Editorial // August 9, 2018

Summary: In a role reversal rich with political irony, Tar Heel Democrats are scoring populist points by scolding the state’s Republicans for raising taxes. The North Carolina Democratic Party slammed the GOP last week for eliminating our state’s back-to-school sales tax holiday. The Republican-controlled General Assembly repealed the tax-free weekend in 2013, and while legislative leaders have trimmed the state income tax rate from 7.75 percent to 5 percent in that time, they’ve also raked in revenue through increases in administrative service fees. Democrats are wise to make hay of the hidden hike — the tax-free weekend was popular, and families are feeling more of a pinch in the pocketbook when shopping for new school clothes, computers, backpacks and supplies than they did five years ago.
  GOV. COOPER NEWS  

Cooper touts grant effort at PCC
Courier Times // Anna Fletcher // August 11, 2018
Summary: Gov. Roy Cooper visited Piedmont Community College’s Person County campus Wednesday to promote a new $7 million grant program for community college students across the state. The hour-long visit featured a tour of the Siemens Level I and Electrical Power Production Technology classrooms, followed by a press conference held in that space. “Imagine if you’re trying to make ends meet. You’re trying to get that education. You’re almost there, and some unforeseen financial crisis hits you,” Cooper said. “A medical expense that you didn’t expect; or one of those tough car repair deals that come in, and you’ve got to have your car for transportation. And imagine you couldn’t finish that degree or that certification that you were working so hard to do.”

Democrats on elections board OK with agency’s attorney siding with the governor overlawsuit
N&O // Craig Jarvis // August 11, 2018
Summary: The N.C. elections board on Saturday, in a party-line split, acknowledged the attorney general can defend the agency against a lawsuit brought by the governor any way he sees fit, even if it means supporting the governor’s position in the suit. The vote, taken in a special session by telephone, was in response to Attorney General Josh Stein, a Democrat, supporting the position of Gov. Roy Cooper, also a Democrat, in the lawsuit without the express approval of the elections board. Cooper is suing legislative leaders and the Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement in an effort to keep two proposed constitutional amendments off of the fall ballot.

Board of Elections backs AG’s office in constitutional amendments case
WRAL // Travis Fain // August 11, 2018
Summary: In a vote divided along party lines Saturday, the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement threw at least some of its weight behind the way the state Attorney General’s Office has represented it in ongoing lawsuits over constitutional amendments. The Saturday meeting, held via teleconference, followed some back and forth over just where the board stands on a key issue in those lawsuits: whether the ballot language before voters this November fairly describes the constitutional amendments they’ll be voting on.

Regulatory boards latest flashpoint in Cooper-GOP struggle
AP // Gary D. Robertson // August 10, 2018
Summary: State commissions that regulate child care, hand out clean-water grants and license private investigators are the latest flashpoint in a power struggle between North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-dominated legislature. A panel of three Superior Court judges heard arguments Friday about whether the composition of six boards and commissions violates the state constitution because Cooper lacks sufficient control over them, and whether they should be essentially shut down until the legislature retools them. The judges didn’t immediately rule but asked for proposed orders from the sides by early next week.

Cooper administration may expand tax collections without legislative approval
Carolina Journal // Lindsay Marchello // August 10, 2018
Summary: The state Department of Revenue is gearing up to assess sales taxes on more out-of-state online retailers who make sales to North Carolina residents. But it’s unclear whether the department has the legal authority to do so, a former legislative leader says. NCDOR on Tuesday issued a directive requiring online retailers not physically in North Carolina to start collecting sales taxes on sales sourced to the state. The move may result in a tax increase of as much as $400 million, according to the N.C. Retail Merchants Association.  While the directive cites a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision and existing law as the basis for expanding tax collections, the legislature hasn’t passed a new statute implementing that court decision.

Could the GOP bypass Cooper’s veto using this constitutional amendment?
N&O // Paul  Specht, Will Doran // August 9, 2018
Summary: Some fear one of North Carolina’s proposed constitutional amendments could allow state legislators to bypass the governor’s future vetoes. The amendment is one of six scheduled to appear on the November ballot. As written, it would transfer much of the power to fill judicial vacancies from the governor’s office (currently held by a Democrat) to the state General Assembly (currently controlled by the GOP). Under the proposed amendment, judicial nominees wouldn’t be subject to the governor’s vetoes. But Democrats worry the bill is written in a way that, if passed, it would allow the legislature to attach an unrelated bill to a judicial nominee to circumvent the governor’s veto. Why does it matter? Republicans currently hold so many seats in the state House and state Senate that they can override most of Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes. But if Democrats break the supermajority this fall, when every seat in the legislature is up for election, Republicans will have a harder time implementing their agenda.
 OTHER 

Al Gore
Al Gore, daughter Karenna Gore, Rev. Barber on two-day tour of polluted poor communities in NC
N&O // Craig Jarvis // August 11, 2018
Summary: Former Vice President Al Gore, his daughter Karenna Gore and former NAACP state leader the Rev. William Barber will be in North Carolina on Sunday and Monday for an environmental justice tour. The trio will start with a 9:45 a.m. worship service Sunday at Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, where Barber is pastor. At noon Monday, they will hold a news conference at Belews Creek in Stokes County, which has been contaminated by coal ash. At 6 p.m. Monday, they will attend a Moral Monday meeting at Shiloh Baptist Church in Greensboro, where testimonials from people who live near polluted areas will be included in the program.

Midterms

Instead of tax cuts, GOP candidates motivate with anxiety
AP // Steve Peoples, Bill Barrow // August 9, 2018
Summary: There’s a border crisis in Pennsylvania. The radical left is surging in New Jersey. And Nancy Pelosi is a threat to New York. Republican candidates in the nation’s premier midterm battlegrounds have embraced a central message in their fight to maintain the House majority this fall — and it has little to do with the surging economy or the sweeping tax cuts that the GOP celebrated as a once-in-a-generation achievement just eight months ago. Instead, as Republicans enter the final month of the primary season, they’re looking ahead to a general-election strategy of embracing anxiety as a tool to motivate voters. That was clear this week as the GOP’s closing message in an Ohio special election questioned Democrat Danny O’Connor’s connection to Pelosi, the House Democratic leader and preferred super villain for Republicans. “We wish it got the pitch forks out and it doesn’t,” GOP ad maker Will Ritter said of the Republican tax cuts. Some Republican strategists are frustrated the party isn’t focused on the tax law or the broader health of the economy in the run-up to Election Day. Others concede that in the Trump era, there’s no better motivator than fear of the other side, particularly the prospect of Pelosi returning to the speaker’s chair.

Board of Elections Investigation

Board of Elections investigating alleged misconduct at some voter drives
Progressive Pulse // Melissa Boughton // August 10, 2018
Summary: The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement is investigating alleged misconduct at voter registration drives in New Hanover, Pitt and Robeson counties. The State Board received reports that individuals misinformed voters that they must re-register in order to cast a ballot in November, according to a Friday news release. Voters who are already registered do not have to re-register or update their registrations unless they have moved or wish to change their name or party affiliation. The State Board also reported receiving information that individuals approached people at their homes or businesses, falsely identifying themselves as county or state elections workers. And in recent months, the agency investigated reports of falsified registration documents delivered to county boards of elections offices. “Voters should check their registrations online,” said Board Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach. “There is no reason to submit a new form unless the information is outdated. The State Board will investigate all credible allegations of voter registration fraud by individuals or organizations. When workers involved in voter drives falsify or alter information on registration forms, it can cause problems for innocent voters at the polls.”

Victory For Voters

In Victory for Voting Rights, Judge Permanently Blocks North Carolina Purge Loophole
Brennan Center for Justice // Jonathan Brater // August 9, 2018
Summary: A federal judge yesterday permanently blocked election officials in North Carolina from removing “challenged” voters from the rolls en masse without federally mandated protections. At issue was a provision of state law that permits one voter to challenge another’s registration, a provision that activist groups used to try to disenfranchise thousands of voters in three North Carolina counties before the 2016 election. The challenges were filed and processed in large batches, making the activity tantamount to a voter purge — the often-flawed process by which election officials remove large numbers of voters from registration lists.  In November 2016, federal district court Judge Loretta Biggs issued a preliminary injunction against the practice after the North Carolina NAACP and others brought suit, saying that it likely violated the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).  During a hearing on the preliminary injunction, Judge Biggs said she was “horrified” by the “insane” process in which voters were disenfranchised without their knowledge. The law allows individuals to easily file hundreds or even thousands of challenges at the same time, with little evidence to support the claims. In many cases, a piece of returned mail was the only basis. “This looks like something that was put together in 1901,” she said, referring to the state’s Jim Crow laws.  

Const. Amdt’s

Want to hurt NC public schools? Cut the income tax cap.
N&O // Leah Abrams // August 10, 2018
Summary: This November, North Carolina voters will cast their ballots on six constitutional amendments. They range in scope—from a constitutional right to hunting to a constitutionally-enforced voter suppression tactic—but all are desperate North Carolina GOP attempts at maintaining power in a state that increasingly repudiates its politics. In typical N.C. General Assembly fashion, most of these amendments are worded, diabolically, to sound harmless on paper. One in particular—Senate Bill 75—sounds great. The amendment proposes to cap state income tax at 7 percent—a reduction from the current 10 percent cap. The amendment is appealing—after all, who likes taxes? But in the long run, it will ingrain a heaping disparity in our public school system.

Here’s a look at North Carolina’s proposed constitutional amendments
WRAL // Dave Hendrickson // August 10, 2018
Summary: When voters go to the polls in November, in addition to choosing representatives to the state House of Representatives and Senate, as well as county commissioners, school board members and sheriffs, they will also be asked to consider six proposed amendments to the state constitution. The General Assembly voted, mostly along party lines, to put the amendments on the ballot. The Republicans who voted for them say they are necessary. Opponents say these rights are already protected, and argue that the amendments are on the ballot for political reasons — to increase turnout among conservative voters in a year when Democrats are largely expected to make great gains.

Weekly Wrap: Anybody else want to file a lawsuit?
WRAL // @NCCapitol // August 10, 2018
Summary: Isn’t August supposed to be vacation season? It hasn’t been for lawyers and judges, who are dealing with two lawsuits challenging some of the proposed amendments on the November ballot and two others challenging a new state law over who can and cannot have a party label next to his or her name on the ballot. The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement is named as a defendant in the two amendments lawsuits, but the agency has distanced itself from statements made in a court hearing by the Attorney General’s Office, which essentially agrees with the position of Gov. Roy Cooper and other plaintiffs that the proposed amendments are misleading and shouldn’t appear on the ballot as is.

Five former NC governors campaigning against constitutional amendments
WRAL // Travis Fain // August 
Summary: All five of North Carolina’s living former governors will gather Monday to campaign against a pair of proposed constitutional amendments that would shift power from the governor to the legislature. Former Gov. Jim Martin, the only North Carolina Republican to serve two terms in the office, is organizing the event. The group will gather for a press conference in the old House chambers at the State Capitol Building, then huddle for a private strategy session, Martin said Friday.

NC-9 

North Carolina GOP Candidate Thinks America Was Great When Homosexuality Was Illegal
Into // Nico Lang // August 11, 2018
Summary: Congressional hopeful Mark Harris has a plan to Make America Great Again: outlaw homosexuality. Old comments resurfaced this week in which the GOP candidate for North Carolina’s 9th House district claimed America is “sliding from a nation who once shared a moral vision based on Judeo-Christian ethic to a nation floundering in moral decay.” In a 2015 speech delivered at a “religious freedom” rally, he alleged that LGBTQ people are to blame for the nation’s incipient wickedness.

NC-13

All campaign money isn’t created equal
Greensboro N&R // LTE // August 10, 2018
Summary: In response to “The Paper Chase” (front page, July 28): This article doesn’t tell the whole truth. Fundraising is a necessary part of political campaigns, but not all contributions are created equal. Only one candidate in the 13th District race has taken a pledge not to accept corporate PAC contributions: Kathy Manning. This article contains a misleading graphic that implies all featured candidates are accepting corporate PAC contributions. Rep. Budd, on the other hand, has taken more than $280,000 from the financial services industry alone. His campaign is bankrolled by corporate PAC donors like big banks, payday lenders and insurance companies that are looking out for their bottom lines instead of everyday people. And, when money talks, Budd listens. From protecting payday lenders to being hailed as Wall Street’s “best new ally” for choosing big banks over small businesses, Budd’s special-interest corporate PAC contributors are getting their money’s worth.

HD-63 

Republicans just released a 35-page oppo report on this NC candidate. It backfired
Charlotte Observer // Editorial Board // August 10, 2018
Summary: The GOP sure has the goods on Erica McAdoo. On Thursday, NC House Republicans released a 35-page report — known as “oppo” to political insiders and observers — on the NC House 63 candidate from Alamance County. “Meet Erica McAdoo,” the @NCHouseGOP account said in a midday tweet with a photo of McAdoo holding a beer (gasp!) and having a good time at an outdoor event with friends. That same photo was in a news release that described the Democrat’s “radical agenda” and invited people to click an ominous red button to “learn more about Erica McAdoo.” We did, and we have to say we’re not sure McAdoo will recover from the revelation that she (checks notes) got a speeding ticket 15 years ago. 

GenX 
 

A Toxin in Every Household
Sierra // Alison Cagle // August 12, 2018
Summary: When was the last time you looked around your kitchen or bathroom for chemicals that are toxic to your health? In many households, those chemicals don’t just come in the form of liquid products like pesticides or bleach. They often can be found in the most common items lying around, like frying pans used to cook up a morning egg, or in that popcorn bag heating up in the microwave. That’s because a class of highly toxic, long-lasting chemicals called perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has become ubiquitous in American products.  Minnesota filed a lawsuit in January against Wolverine World Wide, to recoup the cost of PFAS cleanups and municipal water installations for contaminated wells. In February, North Carolina sued Chemours, a spinoff of DuPont, for failing to take action after rainwater runoff mixed with GenX, Chemours’ special group of PFAS used in Gore Tex clothing, and contaminated the Cape Fear River. In that same month, Ohio sued DuPont and Chemours for contaminating waterways with PFAS used to make Teflon, and for withholding knowledge of PFAS’ dangerous side effects to the public.

Kemp Burdette: We can’t wait for GenX action
Fayetteville Observer // Kemp Burdette // August 11, 2018
Summary: On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is coming to Fayetteville to hear from the North Carolina Community about GenX and other perflourinated chemicals that have contaminated our drinking water for decades. Although it is important that the EPA is touring the country to listen to the concerns of those who have been affected by chemicals like GenX, it is critical that both our federal and state governments act to fix the problem. We will be sure to take this opportunity to voice our frustration and anger, and to propose long-term solutions to this problem. But we want more than to be heard. We want immediate action on Chemours’ continuing pollution of our environment. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality can and must act now to stop Chemours’ toxic contamination.

Trey Glenn: What the EPA is doing about PFAS chemicals
Fayetteville Observer // Trey Glenn // August 11, 2018
Summary: Protecting America’s drinking water is a top priority for EPA and that’s why we are coming together with state and local partners in North Carolina to gather input about a group of chemicals called per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These substances are a group of man-made chemicals that include PFOA, PFOS and GenX. Since the 1940s, PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of everyday products including firefighting foam, stain-resistant textiles and food packaging. In recent years some communities in North Carolina have been impacted by PFAS chemicals, including GenX, in their water supplies. I grew up in the Southeast, and I know how fortunate we are to be blessed with abundant water resources and how important it is that we protect these resources for communities. A replacement for the chemical PFOA — GenX — has been detected in the Cape Fear River, several public water supplies and some private wells. Understanding the scope and potential health impacts of GenX and other PFAS compounds is especially important to North Carolina residents, including the more than 3 million private well users who rely upon groundwater for their drinking water supply.


NC Education 

Two formerly-high level DPI staffers out, another State Board member resigns
EdNC // Alex Granados // August 10, 2018
Summary: The Chief Financial Officer and former Chief Academic Officer of the state Department of Public Instruction are both leaving the department, and yet another member of the State Board, Greg Alcorn, announced his resignation today as well.  Adam Levinson was made CFO by the State Board of Education in March 2017 following former CFO Philip Price’s departure back in February of 2017. Superintendent Mark Johnson was opposed to his hiring, according to an affidavit filed as part of a now-resolved lawsuit between the State Board and Johnson. You can read the affidavit, posted by WRAL.com, here.  Stacey Wilson-Norman, who previously worked as deputy superintendent of academics at Durham Public Schools, was made Chief Academic Officer of DPI in September of 2017. At the time of her hiring, Johnson opposed the Board making any new high-level hires until the lawsuit between he and the Board was resolved. 

Healthcare

The Affordable Care Act lives. Now let it thrive.
N&O // Editorial Board // August 3, 2018
Summary: Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration have done just about everything they can to it. They’ve eliminated the requirement that people buy it. They’ve cut advertising for it. They’ve reduced the sign-up period by half and reduced funding for “navigators” who help people sign up for it. But the Affordable Care Act lives. And it’s not just surviving. It’s getting stronger. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina announced this week that it has asked the state to approve lower rates for its subsidized ACA plans in 2019. On average, rates will be 4.1 percent lower. The request could have been at least 15 percent lower if the Trump administration and Congress had not undermined the health care plan, Blue Cross said.

Economy 

China says US farmers may never regain market share lost in trade war
Sout China Morning Post // He Huifeng // August 11, 2018
Summary: China can easily find other countries to buy agricultural goods from instead of the US, its vice agriculture minister said, warning that American farmers could permanently lose their share of the Chinese market as a result of the trade war. “Many countries have the willingness and they totally have the capacity to take over the market share the US is enjoying in China. If other countries become reliable suppliers for China, it will be very difficult for the US to regain the market,” Han Jun told official Xinhua news agency in an interview on Friday. He also warned that American farmers could lose the position in the Chinese market they have spent several decades building up. Han said they may not be able to make up the losses brought by retaliatory tariffs, even with the White House’s planned US$12 billion aid package for farmers caught in the dispute.

In times of trade war, some American companies are getting creative to avoid paying tariffs
 Bloomberg // Andrew Mayeda, Mark Niquette // August 11, 2018
Summary: Facing the barrage of President Donald Trump’s tariffs, Steve Katz is ducking for cover in the trade-war version of a demilitarised zone. Katz manages a plant at United Chemi-Con in Lansing, North Carolina, a village of about 150 people with no traffic signal. The facility, which makes capacitors for industrial and consumer products, is covered by a foreign-trade zone based in Greensboro. Trade zones are areas in or near ports of entry under US Customs and Border Protection supervision that are generally considered outside CBP territory. With the blessing of the US government, companies can import goods into the zone with reduced duties on a case-by-case basis. That can be a vital tool for a company in times of trade war. To avoid US tariffs on imported aluminium from Japan, Katz secured US Customs approval to alter the activated area of the trade zone to include a shipping dock for exports. The company is also hoping to designate a new trade zone around its warehouse in California to avoid tariffs on Chinese imports sent outside the US.

Consumer prices up 2.9 pct, leaving Americans worse off
N&O // Josh Boak // August 10, 2018
Summary: Consumer prices climbed 2.9 percent in July from a year earlier, a rate of inflation that suggests Americans are earning less than a year ago despite an otherwise solid economy. The Labor Department said Friday that the consumer price index ticked up 0.2 percent in July. Annual inflation matched the 2.9 percent pace from June, which had been the highest level since February 2012. Core prices, which exclude the volatile food and energy categories, rose 0.2 percent in June and 2.4 percent from a year earlier. Core prices have risen at the fastest annual pace since September 2008.

Immigration 

Strong borders don’t require a closed heart
N&O // Editorial Board // August 8, 2018
Summary: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, taking his cue from President Trump, has turned the Statue of Liberty’s “golden door” into a barbed-wire gate bristling with cruelty and rejection. Fortunately, the ACLU and North Carolina Rep. David Price are seeking to clear some of the meanness that immigrants  are meeting on the nation’s southern border. The ACLU successfully sued to end the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents, though the administration is still struggling to reunite hundreds of families. On Tuesday, the civil rights group sued to end Sessions’ heartless crackdown on immigrants seeking asylum. Under a policy imposed in June, the conditions that qualify for asylum were narrowed to exclude people seeking refuge from gang violence and domestic abuse in their native lands.

Military / Veterans 

Drew Brooks: NC leaders pledge to keep fighting for military investment
Fayetteville Observer // Drew Brooks // August 11, 2018
Summary: North Carolina might have lost out on being home to U.S. Army Futures Command, but state leaders have no doubt the military will continue to play a big role here, even without a new four-star command. Speaking in Fayetteville last week, Sen. Thom Tillis and Larry Hall, secretary for the North Carolina Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, each praised the state’s efforts to attract the command and thanked the other for their support. Years ago, Tillis and Hall sat across the aisle from one other as members of the North Carolina House of Representatives. Tillis, a Republican, and Hall, a Democrat, don’t always agree on what’s best for the state. But in their attempt to attract Futures Command, the largely Republican congressional delegation and the Democrats leading the state’s executive branch presented a united front, officials said. Tillis and Hall thanked each other and Gov. Roy Cooper for those efforts, even though the state lost out to Austin, Texas, for the new unit that will oversee the Army’s modernization efforts.

Our View: Bragg brings more economic opportunity
Fayetteville Observer // Opinion // August 11, 2018
Summary: We talk often here about building up an economy that’s separate from Fort Bragg — jobs and businesses that aren’t dependent on the nation’s defense budget and spending decisions made at the Pentagon. And to some extent, we’ve had successes in recent years, with locally owned businesses of many kinds springing up — call centers, shipping and distribution companies, service businesses of all sorts. But let’s never kid ourselves: Fort Bragg is the economic engine driving all of this region, especially Cumberland County. And it’s our good fortune that the post continues to grow and thrive. Every time we hear someone refer to it as “Pentagon South,” we smile, because it’s a good sign of a permanent institution — one that we surely need.

Concerns build over Trump’s unofficial advisors on veterans policy
Military Times // Leo Shane III // August 10, 2018
Summary: Democratic lawmakers are pushing for a full investigation into what role a small group of President Donald Trump’s personal friends may have in influencing Veterans Affairs policy, calling it a possible violation of federal law and public safety. “These accounts … paint a disturbing picture of corruption and cronyism that is not only antithetical to transparent, accountable and ethical government, but will make it more difficult for (VA Secretary Robert Wilkie) to lead the VA in a way that allows him to exercise his independent judgement,” Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, wrote in a letter to the VA inspector general’s office on Friday.

NC Environment 

DEQ report indicates methyl bromide alternatives available
StarNews // Adam Wagner // August 10, 2018
Summary: Environmental officials and the industry they are seeking to regulate disagree about whether it is possible to capture and control 90 percent of a powerful, toxic chemical used to fumigate logs at several facilities in Wilmington and surrounding areas. Malec Brothers’ request to submit as much as 140 tons of methyl bromide to fumigate southern yellow pine logs at a Columbus County facility spurred a powerful response, with more than 1,000 public comments collected over the course of two public hearings featuring only seven comments in favor of the operation. The outcry — which followed by months a similar response to a Wilmington facility — led to the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announcing a series of steps regarding the chemical, including requiring all operations to meet the 90 percent capture and control mark. It is that standard, Malec Brothers warns, that could be onerous for industry, while DEQ and environmentalists point to other facilities already using the technology.

New FERC filing claims Atlantic Coast Pipeline unnecessary, duplicative
WV News // Joanne Snoderly // August 9, 2018
Summary: Environmental groups pointed to a recent filing to the South Carolina Public Service Commission as evidence in their request for rehearing on a key Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-issued certificate for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. In the July 16 filing to the Public Service Commission, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. claims that planned Dominion Energy infrastructure would be “duplicative.” The company claims their own established and operational pipeline infrastructure is enough to meet the natural gas needs of the southeast United States “for many years.” According to the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. filing, the costs for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline infrastructure would be passed off to “captive ratepayers.” The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of several environmental groups, entered the filing into the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission docket in support of their request last Nov. 13 for rehearing on the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Electoral College Law Suit

Group Files Lawsuit to Challenge Electoral College
Roll Call // Eric Garcia // August 10, 2018
Summary: A group is suing two red states and two blue states to change the Electoral College system. Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig and David Boies, who served as former Vice President Al Gore’s lawyer in Bush v. Gore, make up the group according to the Boston Globe. The group is suing two predominantly Democratic states (California and Massachusetts) and two predominantly Republican states (Texas and South Carolina.) They argue the winner-take-all format of the Electoral College disenfranchises numerous voters and that it violates the principle of “one person, one vote.” Boies said the Electoral College system leads to candidates only campaigning to certain groups of voters and ignoring others. “You shouldn’t have voters going to the polls knowing their votes don’t count,” Boies said to Judge Patti B. Saris. “That’s why political candidates don’t come here to campaign the same way they go to Ohio or Florida or other so-called battleground states.”

NC Economic Development  

Amazon to open new distribution center in Garner
WRAL // Ken Smith // August 9, 2018
Summary: Garner city officials announced Friday that Amazon will open a new distribution center on the property that was once home to the ConAgra plant. “Amazon is coming to Garner!” Mayor Ronnie Williams said during a 10 a.m. press conference. Officials said it is Amazon’s first location in Wake County and the project will bring 1,500 new jobs to the area along with a $45 million payroll. The changing landscape is a sign of progress for a property on Jones Sausage Road that’s been dormant for almost 10 years. Residents like Jonathan King, who has lived near the former ConAgra site for years, said they’re excited for the change.

NC ABC 

Will wasteful state spending lead to private liquor stores in NC? Curious NC investigates.
N&O // WIll Doran // August 10, 2018
Summary: In the coming months North Carolina politics might feature a fight over whether to end the state-run monopoly on liquor. For a state that’s been home to famous moonshiners from the mountains in the west to the farmlands in the east — and equally famous preachers to match — the battle over who gets to sell liquor, plus when and where, has been going on for decades. Right now, the state controls every aspect of the liquor store business, from the hours (closed all day on Sunday and at 9 p.m. every other day) to the prices (higher than in many other states). Most states don’t ban privately owned liquor stores, so North Carolina’s relatively rare system has confused some newcomers to the Tar Heel State.

Hog Nusiance Lawsuits 

Smithfield Foods removing hogs from farms involved in court losses
WRAL // Travis Fain // August 10, 2018
Summary: Pork giant Smithfield Foods is cycling its hogs off of the farms targeted in recent successful nuisance lawsuits against the company, further heightening concerns for farmers worried that the suits will run them out of the hog business. In at least one case, the company agreed to discuss continued payments after the hogs are removed, but whether an accommodation was reached is not publicly known. The federal judge overseeing these cases issued a gag order in them, limiting what people involved in the lawsuits are willing to say. For state lawmakers, farmers and others who’ve been sounding an alarm about the impact nuisance lawsuits could have, the company’s move is clear evidence of the mounting economic impact from jury verdicts that have already topped half a billion dollars from just three of 26 scheduled trials. For environmentalists and advocates for people living near the farms, it’s evidence of intransigence from a company that could afford technological upgrades to control the stench of pig waste but would rather spend money on attorneys and public relations.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2018
Contact: Robert Howard, RobertHoward@ncdemocraticparty.org
 

ICYMI The Hill: GOP fears steep losses in state legislatures

“There is more Democratic enthusiasm than I have seen in the last few cycles. That’s a reality I can’t ignore” – GOP state legislator


The Hill: GOP fears steep losses in state legislatures
By Reid Wilson
August 7, 2018


Republicans hoping to hold on to their majorities in state legislative chambers across the country are nervously eying President Trump’s anemic approval rating, concerned that a wave of voter anger could undo years of gains.
 
In interviews at the National Conference of State Legislators annual meetings last week, Republican leaders from purple and red states said they were worried that their members — most of whom are little-known even inside their own districts — are most vulnerable to an electoral atmosphere that even slightly benefits Democrats.
 
“There is more Democratic enthusiasm than I have seen in the last few cycles. That’s a reality I can’t ignore,” said Robin Vos, the Republican speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly. “Almost everybody has an opinion on national politics today. Even if you’re totally uninformed, you still have an opinion.”
 
After notching major gains in 2010 and 2014, when Republican waves cost President Obama’s party about 1,000 state legislative seats across the country, Republicans control both legislative chambers in 31 states. 
 

 
Many legislators pointed to Trump, whose approval rating stands between 41 percent and 45 percent in recent reputable polls. While they praised Trump and his accomplishments on the record, many privately said his leadership style and polarizing nature would make their re-election bids more difficult.
 
State senators and representatives, who raise and spend just a fraction of the money spent on congressional or U.S. Senate races, are uniquely vulnerable to national trends, even if they ultimately have little say over federal policy or the president’s agenda.
 
“The drama around D.C. does sometimes weigh into the equation,” said Jeanette Nunez, a member of Florida’s House Republican leadership team. “There’s this air of anti-elected official, anti-career politician.”



The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, which raises and spends money on these low-level races, has spotlighted state Senate chambers in Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, New York, Wisconsin, Arizona, New Hampshire and Florida; in those eight chambers, Democrats are just a combined 17 seats away from winning control.
 
A wave of special elections that Democrats have captured from Republicans in recent months has exacerbated the sense of dread among GOP leaders. Since President Trump took office, Democrats have won 24 seats formerly held by Republicans in special elections, while Republicans have flipped only four seats the other way.
 
“There’s always challenging environments out there, and you have the long-term historical trends that you have to be aware of,” said Matt Walter, who heads the Republican State Leadership Committee. “There are people who want to have a national conversation, to the extent that that ultimately winds up benefitting them.”
 
Some of those races that Democrats won came in deeply conservative districts Trump won by wide margins, including states like Georgia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin.
 
“There is unmatched Democratic volunteer enthusiasm out there,” said Jessica Post, who heads the DLCC.
 
Democrats cautioned they still have hard work to do in the three months before Election Day. Some said that Trump’s outsized presence in politics today will make his impact on the election unavoidable. 
 
“Complacency is our number one enemy,” said Brian Egolf, the Democratic speaker of the New Mexico House. Trump “is historically unpopular. The more he keeps it up, the more people are encouraged to restrain him.
 
Others said they planned to avoid Trump as an electoral issue, focusing instead on kitchen table issues concerning everyday Americans.
 
“We have to continue to speak to average people about what average people care about,” said Jason Frierson, the Democratic speaker of the Nevada Assembly. “I’m not interested in talking about the president.”



Both sides said they will urge their candidates to look forward, and to offer voters solutions rather than re-litigating races past.
 
“We have the ability breakthrough some, not all, but some of the political division that we see these days,” Wisconsin’s Vos said. “Two-thirds of your campaign should be about discussing the future, and one-third should be about your past.”

Read the full article online here.

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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2018
Contact: Robert Howard, RobertHoward@ncdemocraticparty.org
 

President Obama Endorses Six North Carolina Democrats

 
Raleigh – Earlier today, President Obama announced his first wave of endorsements for the 2018 midterm election, including six North Carolina House and Senate candidates:

  • Wiley Nickel (SD 16)
  • Ron Wesson (HD 1)
  • Terence Everitt (HD 35)
  • Julie von Haefen (HD 36)
  • Sydney Batch (HD 37)
  • Rachel Hunt (HD 103) 

In announcing the endorsement, President Obama said “I’m confident that, together, they’ll strengthen this country we love by restoring opportunity, repairing our alliances and standing in the world, and upholding our fundamental commitment to justice, fairness, responsibility, and the rule of law. But first, they need our votes.”
 
“North Carolina Democrats are immensely proud of our candidates for receiving President Obama’s endorsement and we look forward to seeing how their hard work, dedication, and commitment to Democratic values brings positive change to North Carolina.” NCDP Chairman Wayne Goodwin said.
 
“I am honored to be running for the NC Senate with the support and official endorsement of President Barack Obama,” Wiley Nickel (SD 16) said. “As a former White House staffer, I am proud to run a campaign that continues the work we started back in 2008.”
 
“I am honored to receive President Obama’s endorsement,” Ron Wesson (HD 1) said, “President Obama has never stopped fighting for progress and I look forward to continuing that fight as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly.”
 
“President Obama stands for the Democratic values we hold dear in North Carolina – quality public education, affordable health care, and equal access to opportunity for everyone,” Terence Everitt (HD 35) said. “I am honored and humbled to receive his endorsement and support.”
 
“President Obama has shown us what can happen when we put aside our partisan differences and work towards a greater good,” Julie von Haefen (HD 36) said. “To receive his endorsement is a true honor.”
 
“I am deeply honored to receive the support of President Obama,” Sydney Batch(HD 37) said. “With the continued support and enthusiasm from our community and our state, we can win this race and bring common sense back to North Carolina.”
 
“From supporting public education to fighting for fair maps, President Obama has stood up for Democratic values across our nation,” Rachel Hunt (HD 103) said. “I am honored to receive his endorsement to continue the fight for these shared values in Raleigh.”

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2018
Contact: Robert Howard, RobertHoward@ncdemocraticparty.org
 

GOP Legislator Cancels Town Hall After Only Three People Show Up
 
What does an “enthusiasm gap” look and sound like? This.

 
Raleigh – This week, one of the most vulnerable members of the House, Chris Malone, held a town-hall in his suburban Wake County district. Or tried to hold one… he shut it down because only three people showed up.
 
Chris Malone, to the three people in attendance:

We “didn’t think there was enough turn out for a formal town hall. But the opposition knew about this event.”

Republicans are facing down a bruising midterm election, and perhaps the most frightening measure – beyond being behind in the money chase, an unpopular president, and people marching in the streets to protest the General Assembly’s underfunding of public education – is a huge and widening “enthusiasm gap” between Democratic and Republican voters.
 
In short, Democrats are more fired up to turn out to vote, even in rural and conservative-leaning districts. (Even the Republican House Caucus told their members that there is a “huge and growing enthusiasm gap”.)
 
Now, that enthusiasm gap is becoming crystal clear for Republican candidates.
 
It’s not just Malone that’s having trouble firing up Republicans. The most powerful Republican in the state, Senate Leader Phil Berger, kicked off his campaign in an empty warehouse. With enough tables to seat dozens if not a hundred, Berger instead met with only a handful:

Meanwhile, Democrats had hundreds of volunteers come out in the July heat to knock 8,500 doors in our first weekend of action. This is what an enthusiasm gap looks like – and it’s a huge reason why Republicans are sunk this November.
 
“lol,” NCDP spokesman Robert Howard said.

march calendar

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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.

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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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