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Longleaf Politics – Politics without the Spin

These articles are food for thought. What do you think? Lucy Bond, candidate for Carteret County School Board, disagrees with Longleaf Politics on the impact of NC Republicans on public education. Take a look at what she has to say on Our Children Our Future on the Bulletin board below Mark Your Calendars.

Please see below for links to NCDP latest messaging guidance.
If you have any questions or if you need further guidance, please email  RobertHoward@ncdemocraticparty.org.

 

October 12, 2018

FRIDAY TAKEAWAY – FLORENCE PACKAGE APPLAUDED – GOP CULTURE OF CORRUPTION – GOP STRATEGY ON HEALTH CARE: LIE – EARLS GAINS MOMENTUM – BLUE WAVE GROWS

October 8, 2018

I. Hurricane Recovery + Florence Next Steps 
II. Driving the Campaign Message 
III. Campaign Season Momentum 
III. Constitutional Amendments **updated**
IV. Kavanaugh Confirmation **updated**

October 8, 2018

NCDP launched a new toolkit to help you fight back against the Constitutional Amendments: ncdp.org/vote-against. The toolkit features:

  • One-pager on why North Carolinians should Vote Against
  • Explainer on what the amendments say vs. what they do
  • Social media guidance and graphics to help spread our message

October 3, 2018

I. Hurricane Recovery + Florence Next Steps  **new**
II. Driving the Campaign Message **new**
III. Campaign Season Momentum 
III. Constitutional Amendments
IV. Kavanaugh Hearing **updated**

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2018
Contact: Robert Howard, RobertHoward@ncdemocraticparty.org
 

Vulnerable GOP Voted to Block Health Care Access. Now They Have to Explain it to the Voters.
 
“There is no legitimate excuse, no good reason, no justification not to expand Medicaid in North Carolina.”

 
Raleigh – Health care is on the ballot this November, despite Republican attempts to deceive voters on their voting records. And while Republicans across the state grapple with their past stances on expanding health care access, they’re also resorting to deceiving voters on where they stand on maintaining key consumer protections, including ensuring that people with a preexisting condition aren’t kicked off their health insurance. Republicans’ rhetoric doesn’t match their records, and the only way to expand access to health care and maintain protections for preexisting conditions is to vote out this legislature and break the majority. As CBC explained, “Only the loud voices of the voters, heralded from the ballot box, will bring about any change.”
 
CBC: Legislative candidates – Answer ‘yes’ when asked to expand Medicaid
By the Editorial Board
October 8, 2018
 
Among the critical issues before candidates for the North Carolina General Assembly, there is one more than any other that commands a simple and direct response.
 
Will you vote to abolish the prohibition and expand Medicaid health coverage to the more than 625,000 North Carolinians who don’t get it now even though they are eligible under current federal law?
 
Since 2013, the majority in the legislature has not simply blocked expansion, it has explicitly forbidden itThere are 71 Republicans on the November ballot who voted for the prohibition. Their names, and the counties they represent, are listed below. We hope they’ve seen the error of their ways and changed their minds. Given past behavior, we aren’t optimistic but still are hopeful.
 
Medicaid expansion isn’t some wild, radical notion. There are 34 states including Virginia, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, that have done it.
 
It isn’t some vast drain on the state treasury – the federal government has already designated the money. North Carolina taxpayers are helping fund expansion in those other states. We should have our federal tax dollars for Medicaid expansion working in North Carolina too.
 
Failing to expand Medicaid carries a HUGE cost to North Carolina – both in the health of our citizens and to the state’s economy. Every month the toll increases.
 
Since 2014:
 

 
The leadership of the North Carolina General Assembly — specifically Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham and House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland — could easily bring this neglect to an end. But their reflexive disdain for ANYTHING backed by former President Barack Obama prevents a change.
 
Only the loud voices of the voters, heralded from the ballot box, will bring about any change.
There is no legitimate excuse, no good reason, no justification not to expand Medicaid in North Carolina.
Every candidate for the General Assembly needs to let voters know where they stand on Medicaid expansion. Voters should support those who back it and reject those who don’t. Plain and simple.
 
See you at the polls.


Here’s the list of Republicans seeking election this year, who voted in 2013 to prohibit Medicaid expansion. The Senate roll call vote is here. The House of Representatives roll call vote is here.

 
  
HURRICANE MICHAEL

Hurricane Michael will bring high winds, floods to Charlotte, forecasters say
Charlotte Observer // Mark Price, Joe Marusak // October 10, 2018

Summary: As Hurricane Michael barreled north from the Florida Panhandle, Charlotte emergency officials continued to warn of possible flash flooding, high winds and downed trees on Thursday from the storm. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will be closed Thursday due to the storm, the school system announced at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Union County Schools and some schools in York County, S.C., will also be closed Thursday

Triangle schools closing Thursday due to Hurricane Michael
N&O // T. Keung Hui, Mark Schulz // October 10, 2018
Summary: Nearly a month after Hurricane Florence shut schools down for several days, most Triangle school systems will lose some more time Thursday due to the pending arrival of Hurricane Michael. On Wednesday afternoon, Durham Public Schools, Johnston County schools, Orange County schools, Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Wake County all announced they’ll be closed Thursday. Durham cited the “probability of travel conditions becoming unsafe during the school day” and Orange cited “expected heavy rains, high winds, and flooding.”
 
Hurricane Michael: Category 4 storm hits land, threatens heavy rain, landslides in WNC
Citizen Times // Sam Degrave // October 10, 2018
Summary: A Category 4 storm, Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday on the Florida Panhandle.  Though its potential impact to Western North Carolina doesn’t match that of Gulf Coast towns, forecasters with the National Weather Service warned the mountains, too, are likely to see flooding.  As of Wednesday morning, Buncombe County and 14 other WNC counties — including Avery, Henderson, Transylvania and Yancey — are under a flash flood watch until Thursday night. 
    HURRICANE FLORENCE RECOVERY
Voting Impact
 
Protecting voting rights after Hurricane Florence
FacingSouth // Sue Sturgis // October 9, 2018
Summary: As the response to Hurricane Florence shifts from relief to recovery mode in the Carolinas, voting rights advocates are taking steps to ensure people living in or displaced from flood-stricken communities have access to the ballot in the upcoming election. Just days after the storm made landfall south of Wilmington on Sept. 14, the North Carolina NAACP announced it was launching a campaign to provide absentee ballot applications to registered voters in impacted counties. Under state law, any registered North Carolina voter may request an absentee ballot, no excuses needed, through 5 p.m. on Oct. 30.

Education Impact

New Hanover schools: the latest on make-up days, damage, redistricting
StarNews // Cammie Bellamy // October 9, 2018
Summary: Starting Dec. 1, New Hanover County Schools students could spend an extra 20 minutes in class for the rest of the year. That’s part of the plan district leaders laid out for post-Hurricane Florence make-up days at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. That extra time — 10 minutes at the start of the day and 10 minutes at the end — will let the district recoup nearly 6 days’ worth of lost class time. Other proposed calendar changes include making four half-days into full days, and doing away with an April 22 vacation day. A teacher workday on Oct. 26 could also become a class day. Calendar changes will not be approved until the board’s November meeting.

Housing Impact

Hundreds face eviction, uncertain housing after Florence
StarNews // Cammie Bellamy // October 9, 2018
Summary: The boxes in Alicia Brooks’ The Glen apartment were barely unpacked when she had to start looking for a new home. Brooks arrived in Wilmington from Virginia Beach at the end of August. Hurricane Florence followed on Sept. 14; less than two weeks later, The Glen announced it was closing and evicting all tenants due to storm damage and mold growth. A letter taped to Brooks’ door told her she had to leave. “They didn’t even knock or anything, so it’s pretty frustrating,” she said. “I’m stressed to the limit, but luckily I have family here to help me move, and I was able to afford to hire movers. That’s been really helpful.”


Infrastructure Impact

Bridging the post-Florence gap on US 421
Star News // Tim Buckland // October 10, 2018
Summary: When the asphalt pieces of a 700-foot stretch of U.S. 421 were removed after being destroyed by Hurricane Florence, the resulting creek looked almost like it might have centuries ago. “It basically recreated what Fisherman’s Creek looked like before the road was here,” said Daniel Waugh, resident engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT). “Mother Nature took back what was hers.” Crews from Balfour Beatty Construction, under a contract with the DOT, were in the process this week of building a temporary crossing of the creek that DOT officials hope will be open for two-lane travel by the end of October or early November. Previously, the creek at the New Hanover-Pender county line was channeled under the road through a 78-inch culvert that was destroyed by floodwaters.
 
Environmental Impact

Coming: Hell and High Water
Progressive // Jenna Ruddock // October 9, 2018
Summary: As Hurricane Florence bore down on the Carolinas this past September, projections that it would make landfall as a Category 4 storm were gradually scaled back. But scientists, weather forecasters, and public officials across the country scrambled to echo the same warning: the water is still on its way.A storm surge as high as thirteen feet. Up to forty inches of rain. The slow-moving behemoth of the storm reminded some forecasters of Hurricane Harvey which, just one year ago, lingered over the Houston area for days, dumping some sixty inches of rain. Also like Harvey, sitting directly in Florence’s path were industrial facilities producing prodigious amounts of waste. These recent disasters reveal how the U.S. is struggling to adapt to heavier rains and more frequent major storms.

Future Planning

We need new ideas to rebuild after Hurricane Florence
N&O // Christopher Gergen, Frederick Mayer // October 10, 2018

Summary: The water crested at 31 feet, flooded 10 square miles, displaced over 10,000 residents, and caused $6 billion worth of damage. Occurring on Friday, June 13, 2008, the flooding of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was considered one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. But ten years later, it also offers some important lessons as North Carolina seeks to recover from Hurricane Florence. Immediately following the flood, city and community leaders in Cedar Rapids embarked on an ambitious strategic recovery plan. The first phase focused on flood management. Through a series of open houses engaging 2,680 community members, different options were debated ranging from buying out all 7,000 properties in the flood plain to “armoring the front line” and building a high wall along the river while trying to protect and preserve all vulnerable properties.
    MIDTERMS  
In Greensboro stop, former U.S. attorney general emphasizes to Democrats importance of state legislative races
Greensboro N&R // Taft Wireback // October 9, 2018

Summary: Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had a succinct message for Guilford County Democrats in a brief visit Tuesday afternoon. Think smaller when it comes to political office, Holder said, but work just as hard. “We get all excited about who’s running for president,” he said, “but we don’t give enough attention to those who are running down ballot.” Holder told his audience of about 100 that the winners of those “down ballot” seats in the N.C. House and N.C. Senate will be the decision-makers who draw new lines for congressional districts in years ahead.

How you can help track voting problems during the midterm elections
WRAL // Staff // October 10, 2018

Summary: The election is less than a month away. If you’re planning to vote, either on Nov. 6 or during North Carolina’s early voting period, you can help ensure that every qualified voter gets to cast a ballot. If you encounter any problems that prevent people from voting – such as long lines, registration problems, purged voter rolls, broken machines, voter intimidation or changed voting locations – let us know, using the directions below. You can also just tell us about your voting experience.

North Carolina should value “food security” as much as national security
N&O // Opinion // October 10, 2018

Summary: After the November elections, Congress will vote on the Farm Bill and the final versions of the fiscal year 2019 budget and spending bills. The Farm Bill contains support for nutrition programs including the highly efficient and effective Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps keep food on the table for people who are struggling financially. This election season provides a good opportunity for voters to ask candidates what they are doing to reduce poverty and increase opportunity? If the candidate responds with some version of “we can’t afford anti-poverty programs,” ask them how much is being spent on the enrichment of military contractors compared to what’s spent on SNAP?

Constitutional Amendments 

Teachers voice concerns with proposed amendments ahead of election
CBS17 // Zak Dahlheimer // October 10, 2018

Summary: Teachers and activists are voicing their concerns with proposed amendments on the November ballot. “We’re making sure that everybody knows that public education must lead the turnout across North Carolina,” North Carolina Association of Educators President Mark Jewell said. They’re also speaking up on school funding.  “When adjusted for inflation, North Carolina is spending 55 percent less on classroom supplies than the state did a decade ago,” Johnston County teacher April Lee said.  Added President of Wake County Association of Educators Kristin Beller: “I had textbooks in my classrooms that were the same ones that I used in elementary school. The teacher before me had kept them, because they felt like having old textbooks was better than having no textbooks at all.” 

Second thoughts: Now it’s three GOP lawmakers who oppose judicial appointments amendment
Progressive Pulse // Rob Schofield // October 10, 2018
Summary: As we reported in this space yesterday, Republican Senator Wesley Meredith has done an about-face on the proposed constitutional amendment that would take the power to fill judicial vacancies from the Governor and, for all practical purposes, give it to legislative leaders. Meredith’s explanation was lame and confusing, but he made it clear that he now opposes the amendment that he voted on multiple occasions to place on the ballot.

Understanding the 6 constitutional amendments on the NC ballot
FOX 8 // Bob Buckley // October 9, 2018

Summary: You’ll have some extra reading to do, when you enter the voting booth, this year. North Carolina has an unusually high number – six – constitutional amendments on the ballot. 

Supreme Court

Watauga County Democrats hold Fall Rally
Watauga Democrat // Thomas Sherill // October 9, 2018

Summary: Excitement and change were two of the keywords used by Democrats on Oct. 6 as the Watauga County Democratic Party held its annual Fall Rally event at the Roess Dining Hall on the campus of Appalachian State University. Starting and ending the night were N.C. Supreme Court candidate Anita Earls and Watergate counsel and Boone citizen Rufus Edmisten, respectively, who spoke on the importance of electing Democrats up and down the ballot. “Never give up, never lose hope and never doubt that you can make a difference because our lives and our future depends on it,” Earls said.

HD-9


House candidate says Medicaid expansion should be priority
Reflector // Ginger Livingston // October 10, 2018

Summary: A recent college graduate said democracy is only healthy when voters have a choice, which prompted him to challenge Pitt County’s one-and-a-half term state representative. “I am not in this for myself. Running for office is not in my plan. It’s a decision I made 18 hours before filing ended,” said Kris Rixon, the Democrat challenging Republican Rep. Greg Murphy for the state House District 9 seat.

HD-24

Lee Rodio, Duke football walk-on, lending voice in Durham to those without it 
Greensboro N&R // Brant Wilkerson-New // October 10, 2018

Summary: It’s a good thing Lee Rodio doesn’t stick to football. To be honest, he’s shocked that could even be a consideration as a junior at Duke University, and it would certainly disappoint his coaches and teammates if he chose to focus exclusively on the game. “He brings it from all different areas of a Duke student,” linebacker Ben Humphreys says. “He’s a part of so many different things on campus and he’s a great part of our team and I’m proud he’s one of my teammates.” Football — where he’s a walk-on long snapper — might be Rodio’s least-visible role. He has performed the national anthem at Cameron Indoor Stadium and Durham Bulls Athletic Park while also balancing a full course load and helping manage a re-election campaign for state Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield after completing an internship at the N.C. General Assembly during the summer. “Sleep and I have a very strange relationship,” Rodio says, laughing. For Rodio, a packed schedule is a privilege of being involved in so much, just as it will be when he’s working to serve the people of Durham down the road.

LTE’s 

Shafer and Garrett for common sense
Greensboro N&R // LTE // October 8, 2018

Summary: As a fiscally conservative CPA, I am perplexed by elected officials in Raleigh who claim to be pro-business and financially judicious when they pass tax laws and budgets that are neither. They eliminated a tax credit for small businesses that exempted their first $50,000 from income tax. This harmed hard-working plumbers, painters and other small business owners across the state. They prepared a budget behind closed doors so that 110 Republican legislators had sole discretion over how to spend $23.9 billion. If it was such a great budget, why couldn’t we review it?

NC-5

Foxx defends Florence funding votes
Watauga Democrat // Thomas Sherill // October 9, 2018
Summary: U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-Banner Elk) said that what she views as ineffective federal program spending in the past is the reason why she was the only North Carolina representative in either chamber to vote against a bill that included $1.68 billion in Hurricane Florence funding.

North Carolina’s 5th congressional district race: Virginia Foxx vs. DD Adams
Fox 8 // Michael Hennessey // October 9, 2018

Summary: Even if you don’t live in North Carolina’s 5th District, your life has probably been affected by decisions made by Republican Congresswoman Virginia Foxx. On Nov. 6, Foxx’s seat will be challenged by newcomer Democratic candidate Denise “DD” Adams. Foxx, currently chairwoman on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, is a member of the House of Representatives class of 2004. “We’re a center-right country, and we’re definitely a center-right state,” Foxx said in an interview with FOX8 Monday afternoon. Although she’s going on her 14th year, Foxx says she’s particularly happy with what’s been accomplished in recent years.

NC-9 

Concrete answers few and far between at Harris-McCready debate
Charlotte Observer // Editorial Board // October 10, 2018

Summary: If you missed Wednesday night’s debate between Democrat Dan McCready and Republican Mark Harris, allow us to get you up to speed on what you would have learned about the candidates in the 9th Congressional District and what you wouldn’t have.
You would know McCready is a former Marine. You would know he started a solar energy business. You would know Harris thinks he’s running against Nancy Pelosi. You would know he thinks McCready is lying about Harris’s stands on issues. And that’s about it. You wouldn’t know how they would balance the budget, or what they would do about massive student loan debt. You wouldn’t have a clue what they think of teaching evolution in public schools or how to get out of Afghanistan. You wouldn’t know if McCready would support an effort to impeach Trump or if Harris disagrees on President Trump about anything.

Candidates Harris, McCready clash in first debate for crucial NC congressional seat
Charlotte Observer // Ely Portillo // October 10, 2018

Summary: In their first debate, the candidates in a critical race for North Carolina’s 9th District congressional seat showed voters sharply different visions for the future of the district and the nation. Democrat Dan McCready and Republican Mark Harris argued over issues from immigration to the investigation into possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, from NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to whether minority leader Nancy Pelosi is pulling strings in the contest. In the end, they agreed on one big point: The differences between them. “I don’t think there’s anywhere in the country where there’s more of a difference on the ballot,” said McCready.

Outside groups spending big to help Harris, McCready in Charlotte-area US House race
N&O // Brian Murphy // October 10, 2018

Summary: A Republican group linked to House leadership is spending $1 million to air television ads in the Charlotte media market slamming Democratic congressional candidate Dan McCready beginning Wednesday — another example of big spending by outside groups in the state. McCready is facing Republican Mark Harris and Libertarian Jeff Scott in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, which stretches across the state’s southern border from the Charlotte suburbs to Fayetteville. The seat is held by Republican Robert Pittenger, who lost to Harris in the May primary, and Republicans have held it for nearly five decades.

In a close NC congressional race, VP’s wife makes a pitch for the women’s vote
Charlotte Observer // Jim Morrill // October 8, 2018

Summary: With two high-profile events, supporters of Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris are taking aim for what’s likely to be the largest group of voters in next month’s elections: Women. Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, headlined a Monday rally in Charlotte and kicked off a bus tour for a group called Women for Harris. On Tuesday Fox News contributor Kimberly Guilfoyle will appear at another Charlotte rally.

NC-13 

Davidson County Republican Party to hold headquarters grand opening Saturday
The Dispatch // Release // October 9, 2018
Summary: The Davidson County Republican Party will hold the grand opening of its party headquarters Saturday. The event, which is scheduled for 1 p.m., will feature Davidson County GOP elected officials and Republican candidates for office, including Congressman Ted Budd. This location will also serve as Budd’s Victory Headquarters for Davidson County.
    GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEWS 

DRAUGHON DRAWS: Editorial Cartoons from CBC Opinion
WRAL // Dennis Draughon // October 11, 2018

Summary: Editorial and political cartoons from Dennis Draughon, Capitol Broadcasting’s editorial cartoonist.




EDITORIAL: Legislature must ensure schools are able to reopen
StarNews // Editorial Board // October 10, 2018
Summary: The state constitution lets the General Assembly “assign to units of local government” the responsibility for schools, but that responsibility ultimately lies with the legislature. In the wake of Hurricane Florence, some school systems are in desperate straits. In Pender County, for example, many schools remain unusable and repair money has been depleted. Further complicating things is a law that forbids school systems from signing repair contracts unless the money is in place. Monday night, Superintendent Steven Hill announced that the reopening for Pender Schools has been delayed until Oct. 18, at the earliest. Hill noted that the system was in discussions with local, state and federal officials to “try and overcome this situation.” Schools in Pender County already have been closed a month. If a lack of cash is forcing students to miss even more days, the General Assembly must step in immediately and help the school system and county do what is necessary to get students back in class ASAP.

Editorial: Vote NO
WRAL // CBC Opinon // October 10, 2018
Summary: What problems could arise from the General Assembly’s plan to rewrite the North Carolina Constitution and take control of the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement? Look no farther then recent revelations concerning House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland. The proposed constitutional amendment would strip the governor’s authority to appoint the board and essentially put it in the hands of the legislature. It would also reduce the membership from nine, to eight members (four from each major political party) – rendering it likely that resolution of controversial, high-profile issues end in tie votes and render the board toothless and worthless.

Gaston to host school safety committee
Gaston Gazette // Eric Wildstein // October 10, 2018
Summary: The North Carolina House Select Committee on School Safety will meet 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Kimbrell Campus of Gaston College at 7220 Wilkinson Blvd. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The discussion will be led by Gaston County Schools Superintendent Jeff Booker, Assistant Superintendent Melissa Balknight, as well as law enforcement, and teachers, parents and students from Gaston’s public schools. Committee Chairman John Torbett, R-Gaston, said topics will include the safety measures currently in place, as well as the availability and access to mental health resources for students. He said the meeting is an opportunity for the public to learn about, and voice their input on how school safety is being addressed in their local schools and throughout the state.
  GOV. COOPER NEWS  

Florence did $13 billion in damage, Cooper estimates as NC braces for new hurricane
N&O // Craig Jarvis // October 10, 2018

Summary: Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday put a price tag on what it will take to at least partially recover from Hurricane Florence, even as a second hurricane threatens North Carolina with more rain and flooding. The governor released what he said is an early estimate of the damage — $13 billion — and presented a $1.5 billion wish list for recovery funding at a news conference in advance of a special hurricane-funding session of the General Assembly on Monday. The $13 billion preliminary damage estimate dwarfs the $5 billion incurred in this state in 2016 during Hurricane Matthew and the inflated-adjusted $7 billion to $9 billion of Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Cooper Unveils $1.5 Billion Florence Aid Package, Seeks $750 Million Now
BPR // AP // October 10, 2018
Summary: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper asked state legislators Wednesday for $750 million toward a proposed long-term $1.5 billion Hurricane Florence recovery effort, with an early focus on housing, farms, business and schools. The Democratic governor unveiled his request while providing new estimates for the scope of last month’s storm, which dumped more than 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rain in some areas of southeastern North Carolina and contributed to 40 deaths in the state.

Cooper calls for $1.5 billion Florence recovery fund
WRAL // Travis Fain // October 10, 2018

Summary: Gov. Roy Cooper called Wednesday for $1.5 billion in state funding to recover from Hurricane Florence, saying “an unprecedented storm requires an unprecedented response.” Preliminary damage estimates from the storm are nearly $13 billion, Cooper said. That’s about what the damage estimates were from hurricanes Matthew and Floyd combined. Much of the figure is based on computer mapping for floodwaters and wind, not in-person inspections that are still ongoing three weeks after the storm.

NC governor declares state of emergency as Cat-4 Hurricane Michael batters Florida
N&O // Abbie Bennett, Craig Jarvis // October 10, 2018

Summary: As Hurricane Michael moves inland in Florida, North Carolina is preparing for heavy rain and strong winds from the storm.As of about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, a flood watch was issued for much of central North Carolina, and a tropical storm warning was in effect for most of southern and eastern North Carolina, according to the National Weather Service in Raleigh. Florence hit the same area last month, causing widespread flooding.

Hurricane Michael: Fast-moving storm expected to hit NC by morning
WRAL // Alfred Charles, Deborah Strange // October 10, 2018

Summary: Hurricane Michael weakened to a Category 3 hurricane as it was close to crossing into Georgia, according to the National Hurricane Center. It had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph. The storm made landfall near Mexico Beach on Wednesday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, 1 mph weaker than a Category 5 storm, WRAL meteorologist Kat Campbell said.
 NCDP NEWS & MENTIONS  

How many seats will Democrats gain in the NC legislature? Here’s what history tells us.
N&O // John Hood // October 10, 2018

Summary: North Carolina’s 2018 election cycle may be considered a “blue moon” — but Democrats aren’t just standing around without a dream in their hearts. They dream of a sweeping victory this year, and are working hard to try to accomplish it. Every 12 years, North Carolinians go to the polls in midterms with no statewide races on the ballot other than for the appellate courts. That’s what constitutes a blue-moon election. Lacking a presidential, gubernatorial, or U.S. Senate contest to galvanize public attention across the state, voter turnout tends to be low.
 OTHER 
NC Schools 
Incident involving Winston-Salem student and school resource officer sparks outrage
Winston Salem Chronicle // Tevin Stinson, Timothy Ramsey // October 10, 2018

Summary: During the monthly public safety news conference held this morning, Oct. 10, Winston-Salem Police Chief Catrina Thompson released a statement on a viral video that shows an incident involving a female student at Hanes Magnet School and a school resource officer (SRO). Meanwhile, this afternoon, the Ministers’ Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity (MCWSV) was joined by Tameka McLean, mother of the student involved, at a news conference at Emmanuel Baptist Church to call for the officer’s firing. And on Tuesday, Oct. 9, James Perry, president and CEO of the Winston-Salem Urban League, issued a statement calling for the officer to be removed from Hanes and the school system and fired from the police department. The issue appears to be the alleged force the officer used on the 14-year-old.

NC Solar 

Currituck planners table new solar rules
Daily Advance // William F. West // October 11, 2018

Summary: The Currituck County Planning Board has tabled consideration of proposed regulations that would again allow solar farms to be built in the county. During Wednesday’s Planning Board meeting, Chairman Fred Whiteman and board member Steven Craddock both said they have questions they want answered before the board takes action on new regulations allowing construction of new solar projects. Whiteman led a unanimous vote to table the proposed new rules. Prior to the vote, solar energy representatives told the board the county’s proposed new solar regulations are too strict. Currituck Senior Planner Tammy Glave said the proposed new regulations are the result of a directive from Currituck commissioners to reintroduce solar as an allowable zoning use in the county. In January 2017, commissioners imposed a 60-day moratorium on approving future solar farm projects before imposing an outright ban the following month.

Coal Ash

Hurricane’s lessons add pressure for solution to Dominion coal-ash storage
Richmond Times Dispatch // Michael Martz // October 9, 2018

Summary: The fresh memory of Hurricane Florence is adding urgency to a slow-moving legislative effort to resolve public concern about millions of cubic yards of coal ash stored next to rivers at power plant sites in Virginia. Southeastern Virginia had been in the path of the hurricane as it approached the Atlantic coast in September with threats of high storm surge and torrential rain, but instead the storm punished North Carolina and swamped at least one utility coal ash storage pond in its path next to the Cape Fear River. “Hurricane Florence is a wake-up call,” said Nate Benforado, an attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center in a presentation on Tuesday to a joint Commerce and Labor subcommittee.

GenX 

CFPUA forges ahead with GenX solutions
StarNews // Adam Wagner // October 10, 2018

Summary: The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) moved forward Tuesday with both short- and long-term plans to remove chemicals such as GenX from its customers’ drinking water. “This is really the conclusion of almost 18 months of work to get us to this point,” said Jim Flechtner, CFPUA’s executive director. The first stage of the plan involves annually replacing some of the plant’s 14 existing granular activated carbon (GAC) filters at the utility’s Sweeney Water Treatment Plant just north of downtown Wilmington. CFPUA believes the $1.3 million process will result in 30 to 40 percent capture of GenX and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances. “We’ll get reduction,” Flechtner said, “but we’re not going to get the reduction we’ll see with the full contract.”

NC Economic Development  

Wake County leaders still working to attract Apple, Amazon
CBS 17 // Michael Hyland // October 9, 2018

Summary: Wake County leaders say they’re working to attract large companies like Amazon and Apple as the community awaits a decision by both companies about whether they’ll bring thousands of jobs to the region. “We are still doing what we do best, which is making sure folks know we are here, that we are open for business. And, they’re gonna be hard-pressed to find another place that has all the things that we have to offer,” said Jessica Holmes, chairwoman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. Amazon has publicly said the Triangle is among 20 finalists for its second headquarters, known as HQ2. CBS 17 learned earlier this year that Apple is eyeing the region as well to establish a new campus.

Criminal Justice Reform

Most N.C. death-row inmates wouldn’t face death penalty if sentenced today, report says. Forsyth County had 11 of these convictions.
Winston Salem Journal // Michael Hewlett // October 9, 2018

Summary: According to a new report, more than 70 percent of the North Carolina prison inmates awaiting possible execution likely would not have faced a death sentence under reforms passed in North Carolina after 2001. Forsyth County currently has 14 men and women on death row. Out of those 14, 11 were convicted between 1990 and 2000. In 2001, state legislators passed laws designed to ensure fairness and prevent wrongful convictions. North Carolina currently has 141 people on death row. “Today, we are living in a different world from when these men and women were sent to death row,” Gretchen M. Engel, the executive director of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, said in a news release Tuesday. “Public support for the death penalty is at a 50-year low, and North Carolina has stopped executing people. Juries now see life without parole as a harsh and adequate punishment for the worst crimes. The fact is, if these people on death row had been tried under modern laws, most of them would be serving life without parole sentences instead of facing execution.”

Campaign Finance

He donated $100K to the Chatham County GOP. So why don’t the candidates want the money?
N&O // Joe Johnson // October 10, 2018
Summary: The Chatham County Republican Party didn’t want to talk Wednesday about a $100,000 donation from a businessman under federal investigation. Greg Lindberg, the owner of Eli Global, LLC, in Durham, made the donation April 4, according to a campaign finance report. Lindberg, of Chapel Hill, was the single largest donor to the N.C. Republican Party in 2017, according to the News & Observer. He has also contributed to the state Democratic Party. Last month, the U.S. attorney for Western North Carolina subpoenaed records from the N.C. Department of Insurance seeking anything the department has related to Lindberg or his numerous companies. “This subpoena relates to an investigation of drug offenses, crimes against financial institutions, or money laundering crimes,” the subpoena says. The subpoena was signed by U.S. Attorney R. Andrew Murray, an appointee of President Donald Trump who oversees federal trials in Charlotte and the rest of Western North Carolina. He was previously the elected district attorney for Mecklenburg County.

Federal News  

Thom Tillis

NRA Continues to Use Mystery Firm in Latest Round of Election Spending
The Trace // Mike Spies // October 9, 2018

Summary: The National Rifle Association is continuing to funnel much of its spending on the 2018 midterm elections through an apparent shell company that, according to one campaign watchdog, is part of a scheme to skirt election laws. Records filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday show that the NRA spent more than $830,000 in support of Missouri GOP Senate candidate Josh Hawley, who is locked in a virtual tie with Claire McCaskill, the state’s Democratic incumbent. The gun group hired a firm called Starboard Strategic Inc. to place the ads. Hawley’s campaign, meanwhile, has paid OnMessage Inc., a conservative political consulting firm, more than $1.2 million for its services. Previous reporting by The Trace has shown that Starboard — whose only client is the NRA — appears to be little more than an OnMessage alter ego.

Kavanaugh Revisionism 

Paul Waldman: The Republicans’ myth about the Kavanaugh controversy
Winston-Salem Journal // Paul Waldman // October 10, 2018

Summary: History may be written by the winners, but when it comes to the controversy over Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Republicans aren’t taking any chances. They are engaged in a concerted, organized effort to write a very particular history of that controversy, one that not only renders them blameless and casts Democrats as monstrous, but also will be used in the future to justify almost any abhorrent behavior Republicans may decide to engage in. On Monday, President Trump called the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh “a hoax set up by the Democrats.” While we’ve gotten used to the president both lying and trying at every turn to divide the country, you might have expected the GOP to celebrate its victory and say that after a bitter conflict it’s now time for reflection and healing. Instead, they have turned to an instant rewriting of history.

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October 9, 2018
Contact: Robert Howard, RobertHoward@ncdemocraticparty.org
 

Health Care Is on the Ballot This November. Just ask These Republicans.
A sign of the times, Nelson Dollar tries to mislead voters after writing budgets that blocked Medicaid expansion

 
Raleigh – Access to health care is on the ballot this November, and Republicans are working overtime to deceive voters on their past positions to save their seats.

In an interview with WXII, Donny Lambeth tried to tout his position as the Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services as an example of his efforts to expand health care access to low income North Carolinians.
 
Lambeth forgot to mention that he voted against expanding Medicaid and against setting up a state-based health care exchange, two efforts that would lower costs and expand access. His position was so untenable that he later – and off-camera – admitted that a Republican-controlled General Assembly won’t expand health care access.
Nelson Dollar last month went even further to scrub clean his record on health care. More so than almost any single legislator, Dollar has been responsible for blocking Medicaid, writing several budgets that refused to expand health care to low-income North Carolinians.
 
Now, with his seat in jeopardy, he’s being dishonest about his record:

In an interview with The Washington Post, [State Rep. Nelson] Dollar also said he would vote to let North Carolina expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act — something he has opposed since Republicans took over in 2010.

Dollar once claimed that most people who would be covered by Medicaid expansion are “relatively healthy” and could always get care in emergency rooms. He also voted against expanding health care access.
 
Lambeth and Dollar aren’t suddenly converts to the benefits of expanding Medicaid – extending coverage to more than 600,000 North Carolinians, creating 40,000 jobs, and easing the burden on rural hospitals, like the one in Sen. Berger’s backyard that declared bankruptcy because of dwindling Medicaid reimbursements. 
 
They’re trying to mislead voters on their record because of competitive challenges from strong Democrats. Like NC GOP Congressional incumbents, General Assembly Republicans are trying to pull the wool over voters’ eyes. It won’t work.
 
“Republicans across the state spent years blocking efforts to bring health care coverage to more North Carolinians. Now they’re trying to deceive voters because they know voters are ready to kick them out because they stood in the way of lower premiums and better care,” NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds said. “Republicans like Nelson Dollar and Donny Lambeth have for years blocked efforts to expand access to health care – and no election year back peddling can change that.”

 

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HURRICANE MICHAEL  

Death Toll

Michael’s death toll jumps to 11 as 5 new deaths reported in Virginia
CBS-17 // AP // October 12, 2018

Summary: Five more deaths are being blamed on what was Hurricane Michael, bringing the new death toll to at least 11. Virginia State Police say they were called in Thursday afternoon to help find James E. King Jr., 45, who was swept away from his vehicle by floodwaters.

Environmental  

Yahoo Finance // Jim Efstathiou Jr // October 10, 2018
Summary: Hurricane Michael is rambling past coal-ash dumps at Florida power plants, raising concerns that toxins could spill into waterways for the second time in a month in the U.S. Southeast.
Southern Co.’s Lansing Smith power station near Panama City, Florida, has coal-ash storage pits on a lagoon about 8 miles (13 kilometers) from the coast. Michael became the strongest storm to hit the U.S. mainland since 1992, and one of the four most intense in history, with winds that reached 155 miles per hour just as it made landfall Wednesday afternoon in Florida. It brought with it a “life-threatening” storm surge. Coal ash, a byproduct from burning the fuel in power plants, can carry arsenic, mercury, lead and selenium, though its overall toxicity has long been debated. As many as six coal-ash storage sites are in Michael’s path, including Southern’s Crist station near Pensacola, according to Donna Lisenby of the environmental group Waterkeeper Alliance. “The ones I’m most worried about are Crist and Lansing Smith,” Lisenby said in an interview. “Everybody should be on alert.” A Southern spokesman said the Crist and Lansing Smith sites have survived storms dating back to the mid-1960s.

NC Carolina Impact

Greensboro declares State of Emergency amid flooding and winds from Tropical Storm Michael
Fox 8 // Web Staff // October 11, 2018

Summary: Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan declared a State of Emergency on Thursday afternoon in response flooding and winds from Tropical Storm Michael. The State of Emergency was declared in conjunction with Guilford County at about 3:30 p.m., according to a city press release. More than 88,000 people were without power on Thursday in Guilford County. There were more than 388,000 without power in North Carolina. As of the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. advisory, the storm’s center was 20 miles north-northwest of Raleigh with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. Michael brought heavy rainfall to the state with flash flooding reported in multiple areas in the Piedmont Triad.

Tropical Storm Michael brings warnings, heavy winds, rain, flooding to the Carolinas
N&O // Mark Price, Abbie Bennett // October 11, 2018

Summary: Tropical Storm Michael continues to target eastern North Carolina as it rumbles across the southeastern United States, bringing with it storm-force winds, flooding rain and a potential for “life threatening flash flooding,” according to the National Hurricane Center. Flash flooding early Thursday in Henderson County, just south of Asheville, resulted in “multiple water rescues,” the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office reported at 9 a.m. in a Facebook post. The Associated Press is reporting “20 people were pulled out of neighborhoods inundated by flash flooding.”

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Remnants of Hurricane Michael are closing roads, canceling flights in North Carolina
N&O // Richard Stradling // October 11, 2018

Summary: Several roads in North Carolina are closed because of flooding and downed trees as the remnants of Hurricane Michael move through the state, including Capital Boulevard on the north end of downtown Raleigh. Standing water has forced police to close the inbound and outbound lanes of Capital between Wade Avenue and Lane Street. Inbound traffic is being diverted west at Wade, while outbound drivers are being directed to Lane Street, according to Raleigh police. Interstates and other major highways remain open in the Triangle, though driving rain and poor visibility have contributed to numerous traffic accidents.

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2 people rescued from a hammock are among those saved from Michael’s floods in NC
N&O // Abbie Bennett // October 11, 2018

Summary: Several people were rescued across North Carolina as Tropical Storm Michael dumped flooding rain over the area Thursday. Two people had to be rescued from a green and white hammock hanging over over the flooded Swannanoa River, as first reported by The Asheville Citizen-Times. A man and woman were camping on the river and firefighters used a ladder truck and a boat to rescue them, the Asheville Fire Department tweeted Thursday.

Durham, Orange County schools to reopen Friday on 2-hour delay. But watch for changes.
N&O // T. Keung Hui // October 11, 2018

Summary: Durham Public Schools and Orange County schools both plan to reopen Friday on a two-hour delay. School officials also warned that they may still have to cancel classes. The majority of school districts in North Carolina, including all the ones in the Triangle, closed Thursday in advance of the arrival of Tropical Storm Michael. The area was being lashed by heavy rain Thursday afternoon that’s leading to a number of road closures due to flooding.

328,000 without power in Carolinas, and number is growing as Michael sweeps through
N&O // Abbie Bennett // October 11, 2018

Summary: More than 328,000 Duke Energy customers were without power in the Carolinas as of Thursday afternoon, and that number was continuing to grow as Tropical Storm Michael swept through. Michael, once a powerful Category 4 storm that made landfall on the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon had weakened significantly by the time it reached the Carolinas, but was still causing heavy rain and strong winds — knocking out power across the area.

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HURRICANE FLORENCE  

Environmental Impact

Post-Hurricane Floods Renew Debate OverWFAE // David Boraks // October 11, 2018
Summary: Production of wood pellets continues to expand in North Carolina and across the South. Millions of tons are sent every year to be burned in power plants in Europe, where they’re considered a form of renewable energy. But after heavy flooding from hurricanes Matthew and Florence, there’s also growing debate over just how environmentally friendly they are.

NC monitoring levels of sewage, animal waste, coal ash in flood waters
CBS 17 // Holden Kurwicki // October 10, 2018

Summary: Many communities are continuing to recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, and now those same areas could be covered in water all over again. No matter where you look, the impact of Hurricane Florence on the state of North Carolina is undeniable according to JD Solomon, chairman of the state environmental management commission. “It was severe,” said Solomon. “There’s a lot of flooding. There’s a lot of debris.” No matter where you go in the state you hear people saying the same thing. “The water is really nasty,” said Jamal Yusef. “That water is nasty dirty with mud that came up out of the sewers,” said David Kolo. With concerns about sewage, coal ash, and chemicals state leaders are monitoring a variety of situations.

Economic Recovery 

The number of people seeking help with lost wages from Florence has surpassed Matthew
N&O // Zachery Eanes // October 11, 2018

Summary: Some 9,300 North Carolinians have applied for “disaster-related” unemployment benefits in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Many of those same people, almost 8,000, have also applied for disaster unemployment assistance, an additional benefit for those left without wages because of the storm. That’s nearly four times the number of people who requested disaster unemployment assistance (DUA) after Hurricane Matthew in 2016, said Larry Parker, spokesman for the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Division of Employment Security. The data was compiled from Sept. 28 to Oct. 10, Parker added. And the number is expected keep climbing “every day over the next couple of months,” he said as more people learn about the benefit and are able to submit online applications or make their way to an NC Works office to file a claim.

Scams

Attorney General Josh Stein Warns About Florence Con-artists
Spectrum // Lisa Line // October 8, 2018

Summary: North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein met with Onslow County law officials Monday morning, in an effort to warn residents about scammers targeting hurricane victims

 

    MIDTERMS   
Commentary: Don’t believe the hype – vote, our lives depend on it
Winston Salem Chronicle // Derrick Johnson // October 11, 2018

Summary: In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, we were wrong. Political forecasters, pollsters, elected officials, and even media told us that the 45th President of our nation would be a woman named Hillary Clinton, but they were wrong. In many cases, the margin between who became president and who lost the race was a slim few thousand votes. For example, in the 2016 Presidential election, the winning margin was less than 2 percent in Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and two other states. Though the popular vote was won by Hillary Clinton (in excess of 3 million votes) and the margin between victory and loss was small in many states, the “near victory” serves as cold comfort to those communities whose civil rights are slowly being rolled back under the ominous weight and rise of racism and White nationalism. Today, like in 2016, we hear the predictions of a powerful political shift in the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate. While these predictions are promising, they alone will not ensure that the interests of the Black community will be affirmed by the winners of the midterm elections. The only way we will get the respect we deserve is to show up and show out at the polls in November. When we take our well-deserved seat at the table, we know our impact is always powerful.

 

Gender wars: Women were driving the midterms for Democrats. Can a backlash boost the GOP?
USA Today // Susan Page // October 12, 2018

Summary: Women who have been driving the midterm elections as energized voters and first-time candidates already had fueled a record-breaking gender gap that was boosting Democrats. Now the battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court has provoked a backlash among those who argue the #MeToo movement has gone too far, a reaction that is increasing the odds Republicans can hold control of the Senate. Call it the gender wars, a midterm battle that could be a dry run for the presidential election in 2020 and fundamentally reshape the nation’s political parties. 

 

GOP Supermajorities In NC General Assembly May Hinge On Two WNC Races
BPR // Cory Vaillancourt // October 11, 2018

Summary: Since Democratic Governor Roy Cooper took office in 2017, he’s faced veto-proof supermajorities in both legislative chambers. Democrats’ best chance to break that is with a pickup of four seats in the House this November, and two Western North Carolina races will prove pivotal in that effort. Two competitive state House races in Haywood County could have a major impact on the state’s next legislative session. To explain why, here’s Western Carolina University poli sci and public affairs department head Chris Cooper with a little “Schoolhouse Rock” on how a bill becomes law in North Carolina.  “Essentially a legislator, a member of the General Assembly brings it up, it gets routed to a committee, once it gets voted out of the committee it goes to the floor, it goes to the other chamber, then it lands on the governor’s desk,” Cooper said. “From there, the governor’s got some options before him.” If the governor signs it, it becomes law. If not, it goes back to the General Assembly, which can override the governor’s veto with 72 votes in the House. Right now, Republicans have 75. But all 120 N.C. House seats are up for election this year, and while many of them won’t change parties, some of them will. If Democrats can win four more than Republicans, Gov. Cooper’s veto power will actually be worth something.   

Endorsements

Durham PACs Make General Election Endorsements
IndyWeek // Sarah Willets // October 11, 2018

Summary: Durham’s PACs have made their endorsements for statewide, federal and local races as well as proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot November 6. Early voting takes place from October 17 to October 27. You can find an early voting site here, and your election day polling place and sample ballots here.  Here’s who each organizations supports. Check out the INDY’s October 17 edition for our general election endorsements.

Police group endorses Britt
The Robesonian // Staff // October 10, 2018

Summary: The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association has endorsed Danny Britt in the District 13 race for Senate in the Nov. 6 general election. Britt, a Republican, is seeking his second two-year term and faces John Campbell, a Democrat.

Voter Registration

National group turns to N.C. in hopes of signing up — and turning out — young voters
Greensboro N&R // John Newsom // October 10, 2018

Summary: On a recent afternoon at UNCG, a table set up by the front door of the cafeteria offered civic-minded students some Jolly Ranchers and a chance to take a portion of the U.S. citizenship quiz. The candy and the quiz were a set-up, a lure to attract UNCG students who had not yet registered to vote. In an hour, a three-person crew from a political group called NextGen America registered 13 new voters — not bad, considering that events at the start of the semester yielded 50 to 100 new registrations each time.

Polling

New Elon Poll shows North Carolinians concerned about climate change, hurricanes
Carolina Journal // Lindsay Marchello // October 11, 2018

Summary: A new poll from Elon University shows some North Carolina voters have changed their minds about climate change as this hurricane season continues to bring strong winds and massive flooding. The Elon University Poll surveyed 848 North Carolina voters between Oct. 1 to Oct. 4. Instead of a margin of error, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.6 percent. A credibility interval was used because the poll used a blended sample combining telephone voter list an opt-in samples. Hurricane Florence delivered a deluge to North Carolina in mid-September, leaving behind an estimated $13 billion in damage. The onslaught of severe winds and heavy rainfall were reminiscent of Hurricane Matthew, which devastated Eastern North Carolina two years ago.

Climate change threatens the coast and NC should act, voters of both parties say
N&O // John Murawski // October 11, 2018

Summary: In the wake of Hurricane Florence, an overwhelming majority of North Carolinians — 76 percent — say that real-estate development should be restricted in low-lying areas that are prone to flooding, according to a new poll conducted by Elon University and released Thursday. It’s one of the few issues on which Republicans and Democrats see eye-to-eye in Elon’s poll of 848 registered voters about Hurricane Florence. But the poll shows that many Republicans are also concerned about global warming, even if not to the same degree as Democrats. Overall, 83 percent of people who responded think it’s either very likely or somewhat likely that climate change will negatively impact coastal communities in North Carolina within the next 50 years. The majority of people in both parties felt that way — 68 percent of Republicans and 94 percent of Democrats.

Poll: Kavanaugh confirmation energizes Democrats more than GOP
Politico // Steven Shepard // October 10, 2018

Summary: Kavanaugh’s confirmation is not popular: In the poll, which was conducted entirely after last week’s Senate vote, 46 percent of voters said the Senate “made the wrong decision” in approving the controversial judge, while 40 percent said it was right to elevate him to the high court. And following the GOP-led effort to push through his nomination, enthusiasm among Democratic voters has surged. More than 3 in 4 Democrats (77 percent) say they are “very motivated” to turn out and vote in the midterms — more than the 68 percent of Republicans who say they’re “very motivated.”

Candidate Forum

N.C. legislature candidates speak at Gaston forum

Gaston Gazette // Dashiell Coleman // October 12, 2018
Summary: Gaston County candidates for the North Carolina General Assembly spoke up on a variety of issues Thursday night, including traffic congestion, teacher pay and medical marijuana. Incumbent Republican Kathy Harrington is being challenged by Democratic challenger Altriese Price in N.C. Senate District 43, Democrat Robert Kellogg is trying to unseat incumbent Republican John Torbett in N.C. House District 108, incumbent Republican Dana Bumgardner is defending his seat in N.C. House District 109 from Democratic challenger Susan Maxon, and Democrat Christy McCleary is challenging incumbent Republican Kelly Hastings in N.C. House District 110. All of them but Hastings, who said he had a previous obligation in Cleveland County, attended the forum. Candidates for three county commision seats and David Brown, the Democratic challenger for North Carolina’s 10th U.S. House District, also attended, and their responses will be featured in Saturday’s edition of The Gaston Gazette. Video footage of the forum will also be posted online. Here’s an overview of how candidates for contested General Assembly races answered questions posed by the Gaston Regional Chamber, the Gaston Association of Realtors and The Gazette.

 

Candidates share their visions for local schools
Winston Salem Chronicle // Tevin Stinson // October 11, 2018

Summary: With Election Day less than a month away the New South Community Coalition and the Coalition for Equality in Pubic Education invited candidates running for At-Large and District 2 seats on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Board of Education to discuss their visions for the future earlier this week at a forum.  The open forum held at the Clemmons Library on Monday, Oct. 8, gave political newcomers who are candidates for the At-Large seats – Jim Smith, Andrea Bramer, and Timothy Brooker – a chance to build their cases against incumbents Elisabeth Motsinger and board vice-chair Robert Barr, who weren’t in attendance during the forum. Voters will be allowed to vote for three people in this race. Bramer, a Democrat who works as an employee benefits specialist at Well Fargo Institution & Retirement Trust, didn’t waste anytime calling for a complete overhaul of the board. Using the fact that there was only one incumbent candidate in attendance during the forum as ammo, Bramer said it’s time for a change. 

Supreme Court 

Secret-money groups take aim at Southern supreme courts
Facing South // Billy Corriher // October 11, 2018

Summary: Now that the Judicial Crisis Network — a secret-money group that spends millions to influence the composition of state and federal courts — has succeeded in helping to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court over unprecedented opposition, JCN will resume its long-term effort to put conservatives in charge of state supreme courts. As Kavanaugh and his conservative colleagues dismantle legal protections for women, workers and voters, Americans will look to protect their rights in state supreme courts, whose interpretations of state constitutional rights cannot be overruled. But if JCN and its allies have their way, several states in the South would have radically different supreme courts. Corporate-funded political groups have already spent millions in this year’s election to replace an incumbent Arkansas Supreme Court justice with a former Republican candidate for attorney general. JCN spent nearly $1 million in the spring primary — until its television ads were blocked by a judge who ruled that they were false and slanderous. Though it does not disclose its donors, JCN is closely tied to the brothers behind Koch Industries and the network of secret-money groups supporting Republicans across the U.S.

Constitutional Amendments 

Momentum against all six constitutional amendments continues to grow
Progressive Pulse // Rob Schofield // October 12, 2018

Summary: As Raleigh’s News & Observer reports: A group of Triangle mayors and council members are the latest political leaders to oppose six constitutional amendments on the ballot Nov. 6. On Thursday, Common Cause NC and Local Progress released a letter signed by mayors of five cities: Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, Holly Springs, and Morrisville. The groups will hold a press conference Friday in Raleigh with more local officials who are expected to support the letter.

North Carolinians highlight struggles getting photo IDs ahead of amendment vote
NC Policy Watch // Melissa Boughton // October 11, 2018

Summary: If Janice Franklin has an extra $10 to spare, she’s not thinking about using it to buy a photo identification so she can vote. “If I get $10 in my hand, I’m going to get a prescription or food because I probably had to hold off to pay the light bill,” she said. Franklin is in her 60s; she has a disability, can’t work and lives in Charlotte with her two sons. She doesn’t drive and she doesn’t have reliable transportation. She’s told her story before – her vote wasn’t counted in the 2016 primary because of voter ID restrictions in North Carolina. She had filled out two forms and used her social security card at the time, but it wasn’t enough.

Durham, Wake, Chapel Hill leaders urge ‘No’ vote on all 6 constitutional amendments
N&O // Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan // October 11, 2018

Summary: A group of Triangle mayors and council members are the latest political leaders to oppose six constitutional amendments on the ballot Nov. 6. On Thursday, Common Cause NC and Local Progress released a letter signed by mayors of five cities: Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, Holly Springs, and Morrisville. The groups will hold a press conference Friday in Raleigh with more local officials who are expected to support the letter. The letter states, as local elected officials, they are aware of the “potentially damaging impact of the legislature’s proposed six constitutional amendments on the ballot this November.” “The tax amendment and several others would have major impacts on the local level. We are at a critical juncture in the future of North Carolina,” it states.

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Who gets the power to handpick judges: the governor or lawmakers? Voters will decide
Charlotte Observer // Lauren Horsch // October 11, 2018

Summary: Voters have the chance to decide whether the governor should have sole discretion filling judicial vacancies, or if the legislature should have a role in the process. While supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment to give the legislature a role say it would help cut down partisanship on the court and increase diversity on the bench, opponents argue the amendment is another example of legislative overreach. It’s one of the two amendments that are opposed by all five living former governors and six retired chief justices of the state Supreme Court.

Vote against destructive NC amendments | OPINION
Citizen Times // Donald Stephens // October 6, 2018

Summary: A few weeks ago I was asked to be a part of the campaign to defeat two misleading constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot in November. It was easy to say yes, because as a trial judge on the Superior Court for 33 years it was my job to call it like it is. To be fiercely independent, apart from partisan politics, an umpire to call the balls and strikes when politicians step over the line. It is the judge who tells the governor or the legislature when they have over-reached or over-stepped their authority or when they have violated the Constitution. That is exactly what has happened with these two amendments that give the legislature the power to fill judicial vacancies and the Board of Ethics and Elections.
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HD-93

The hunt for a blue wave: Former NC Gov. Jim Hunt campaigns for Russell
Blowing Rocket // Thomas Sherill // October 10, 2018

Summary: The longest-serving governor in North Carolina history, Jim Hunt, paid a visit to Blowing Rock on Friday to campaign for N.C. House District 93 (Watauga and Ashe) candidate Ray Russell. “There’s no more important person running for the legislature in this state than this man right here,” Hunt said of Russell following the event. Originally, current Gov. Roy Cooper was supposed to attend, but he was unable to attend due to hurricane recovery efforts.“He was so sorry he couldn’t come up here today that he called me personally to ask me to come for him, and Carolyn and I are proud to do it,” Hunt said. Hunt said that the state was on the road to becoming great before the Republicans took over the legislature and now people are wondering what happened and they need to change it quickly. “Under this crowd in Raleigh, North Carolina has been hurt,” Hunt said. “Folks, we have elections in this democracy and we can change it.

HD-118

Schandevel challenges Presnell for state rep
Smoky Mountain News // Cory Vaillancourt // October 10, 2018

Summary: Ask Canton native Rhonda Cole Schandevel why she’s running for House district 118 again after a disappointing yet decisive loss in 2016 and she’ll tell you, in not so many words.  “The short of it is, I got beat the last time,” Schandevel said. “The only way I can serve and help the district that I love and grew up in is to run again, and hopefully be successful in my bid for the seat.” The long of it is a bit more complicated. Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, has since 2012 represented a perplexingly odd district, ideologically speaking. President Donald Trump won here by 32 percentage points in 2016, and former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory won by 17 in his unsuccessful re-election bid that same year. Presnell, though, won her first two terms by 2.6 points and in 2016, with the aid of what Haywood County Democratic Party Chair Myrna Campbell called a “tsunami” of Trump voters, beat Schandevel by more than 10 points. 

HD-119

Clampitt faces Queen for fourth time
Smoky Mountain News // Cory Vaillancourt // October 10, 2018

Summary: While not quite reaching the level of Hatfield and McCoy, Western North Carolina’s longest running feud — that of Mike Clampitt and Joe Sam Queen — is no less competitive; after losses in 2012 and 2014, the Bryson City Republican Clampitt finally defeated the Waynesville Democrat Queen in 2016, and will predictably face him again this year in the race for House district 119. “I’ve been privileged and humbled enough to have great assistance from the other legislators in recognizing the needs of my constituents in Swain, Jackson and Haywood counties,” Clampitt said. “We’ve been able to accomplish things that in my competitor’s many years never got done.” Two years ago, Clampitt ran on that very premise — that Queen had been largely ineffectual. “I observed in 2013 and 2014 when I was sergeant-at-arms,” Clampitt said. “[Queen] sitting in the back row, having no influence, non-participation on committees and no traction of getting any bills passed or getting anything done for the district. I’ve personally seen his effectiveness for two of his four years in this office.”

NC-9

Mark Harris perfectly summed up the argument against Dan McCready in the 9th District
Long Leaf Politics // Andrew Dunn // October 11, 2018

Summary: In about 60 seconds, Mark Harris hit on the one argument that could very well propel him to a narrow victory come November. The roughly half-hour debate on Wednesday night in a mostly boring event moderated by local journalists. You can watch the video via CSPAN online here. At one point, both candidates were asked about Pelosi and the millions of dollars flooding into the district from Democratic PACs. McCready reiterated that he would not support Pelosi and said that Congress needs new blood, particularly in leadership. But then Harris responded with a succinct argument that effectively ties him to the national party. “If Mr. McCready is elected, he just represents a number that would move the Democrats toward a majority,” Harris said, which he said would inevitably lead to Pelosi as speaker and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters as chairwoman of the financial services committee. “Yes, we want bipartisanship. Yes, we want to work together. But there are certain political realities that all of us in the 9th District have got to face, and this is one of them.”

Outside groups spending big to help Harris, McCready in Charlotte-area US House race

Read more here: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article219749865.html#storylink=cpy 

N&O // Brian Murphy // October 10, 2018
Summary: A Republican group linked to House leadership is spending $1 million to air television ads in the Charlotte media market slamming Democratic congressional candidate Dan McCready beginning Wednesday — another example of big spending by outside groups in the state. McCready is facing Republican Mark Harris and Libertarian Jeff Scott in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, which stretches across the state’s southern border from the Charlotte suburbs to Fayetteville. The seat is held by Republican Robert Pittenger, who lost to Harris in the May primary, and Republicans have held it for nearly five decades. Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC endorsed by House Republican leadership, bought the ads, which try to tie McCready to Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi. The ad calls McCready “another tax-and-spend liberal” and says he stands “with Pelosi, not us.” It also takes quotes from a Charlotte Observer editorial about McCready’s unwillingness to answer questions directly.

Read more here: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article219749865.html#storylink=cpy

A former Marine, Dan McCready finds his latest mission in a bid for Congress
Charlotte Observer // Jim Morrill // October 11, 2018

Summary: The Marines were once a calling for Democrat Dan McCready. Now they’re a touchstone, in business and politics. After leading a platoon in Iraq’s Anbar province during the 2007 surge, he realized that at Harvard Business School. He left there with a degree and a promise called the “MBA Oath,” a pledge of corporate responsibility that has spread to schools across the country. He still carries it on a tattered card in his wallet. “It is important to me to use business for good,” McCready says. “I missed that sense of mission from the Marine Corps.”

Read more here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article218945310.html#storylink=cpy
Read more here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article218945310.html#storylink=cpy

Mark Harris trades a pulpit for chance to take conservative principles to Washington

Read more here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article219716505.html#storylink=cpy 

Charlotte Observer // Jim Morrill // October 11, 2018
Summary: Republican Mark Harris was 14 when he got his baptism in politics: stuffing envelops in his hometown of Winston-Salem for Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign. Later he got to immerse himself in government at Boys State in Raleigh and Boys Nation in Washington. He went on to study political science at Appalachian State University with an eye on a future in politics. He was accepted to law school, traditionally a launching pad for such careers. Then Harris took a quarter-century detour. Shortly after graduating in 1987, he felt called to preach the Gospel. That began a ministerial career that would bring him to lead Charlotte’s First Baptist Church as well as North Carolina’s 4,300-church Baptist State Convention.

NC-13

U.S. House race draws national attention

The Dispatch // Ben Coley // October 11, 2018
Summary: N.C. District 13 for the U.S. House of Representatives has been highlighted by a handful of political analysts as one of the more important races in deciding control of the House after the midterm elections. The 13th District represents all of Davie and Davidson counties, most of Iredell County and portions of Rowan and Guilford counties. At the forefront of the race is incumbent Republican Ted Budd and Democratic challenger Kathy Manning. Budd serves on the House financial services committee and owns ProShots, a gun range and store. He is making his first bid for re-election. Manning spearheaded the Jewish Federations of North America, a large charitable organization, and served as a partner in a major law firm in Greensboro for 15 years before starting her own business.
Read more here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article219716505.html#storylink=cpy

 

    GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEWS 

Richard Morgan, historic NC House co-speaker, dead at 66

Fayetteville Observer // Paul Woolverton // October 11, 2018
Summary: Former state Rep. Richard T. Morgan of Moore County, who was the Republican co-speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives in a historic period when the chamber was divided 60-60 between Democrats and Republicans, died on Wednesday. He was 66. Mr. Morgan served 16 years in the legislature and often was a polarizing figure with loyal friends and bitter enemies. In the 2003-2004 state legislative session, he was the leader of five rebel Republicans who made a deal with the Democrats to share power in the state House. Mr. Morgan’s deal circumvented the Republicans’ plans to choose another Republican lawmaker to be the House speaker, which is one of the three most powerful elected officials in state government. “He was a maverick,” said Republican former state Rep. Danny McComas of Wilmington. McComas was one of the five rebels and he nominated Morgan for the speakership. “He was not the normal type of guy that’s ‘go out and do what everybody else was doing.’ He would just do what his heart told him to do.

Our Opinion: North Carolina needs a better forecast to weather future storms
Greensboro N&R // October 11, 2018
Summary: Even as North Carolina was still recovering from Hurricane Florence, Michael was carving a path of havoc on Thursday, downing trees and power lines in Guilford County and making some roads impassable. Maybe we can be smarter as we face the future?

Hurricane recovery: Eastern NC needs more than quick fixes and half measures
Salisbury Post // Post Opinion // October 10, 2018

Summary: A coalition comprised of state and local advocates concerned about the health and well-being of Eastern North Carolina’s children and families has come together as the Just Florence Recovery. We are speaking out to ensure sufficient storm recovery spending is appropriated to get people into safe, decent housing, and to protect the region’s health and environment. Hurricane Florence ranks among the top 10 costliest U.S. storms, with preliminary damage estimates ranging from $17 to $22 billion. The recovery response is staggering in its scope. It is already apparent that the needs of our communities will be much greater than available federal and state resources. Extraordinary state investment is required if this region is to recover from the short and long-term devastation.

 

  GOV. COOPER NEWS  
Gov. Cooper Shares Hurricane Florence Recovery Plan
Goldsboro Daily News // Ken Conners // October 11, 2018

Summary: Less than one month after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper Wednesday shared his state budget recommendations for Florence recovery and future storm resiliency. Gov. Cooper shared that preliminary damage estimates from Florence total almost $13 billion. To cover the state portion of recovery, Cooper recommends a robust $1.5 billion package to tackle a smarter, stronger recovery. “Hurricane Florence devastated our state and left families, businesses and farmers reeling from the impact,” said Governor Cooper in a press release. “From this devastation we must seize the opportunity to rebuild smarter and stronger. I have spent the last month visiting survivors, surveying damage, thanking volunteers and first responders, and I know that we will come out better from this tragedy if we can work together.
 
 NCDP NEWS & MENTIONS  

A month until NC votes, Dems see ‘blue wave’ approaching state legislature
ABC 11 // Joel Brown // October 11, 2018

Summary: North Carolina Republicans have held a tight grip on the reins of power at the state legislature since 2010. But talking to both sides one month out from Election Day, it’s North Carolina Democrats who sound more confident that this is their year “It’s a change election,” Raleigh Democratic State Rep. Grier Martin told ABC 11, describing internal party polling numbers he’s seen in the final weeks leading up to Election Day. Martin helped recruit Democratic candidates all over the state to take on Republicans in all 120 House districts. “We’ve got great folks from all walks of life. We’ve got business people, teachers, veterans,” Martin said.

Will history repeat itself in mid-terms?
NC Spin // John Hood // October 11, 2018

Summary: North Carolina’s 2018 election cycle may be considered a “blue moon” — but Democrats aren’t just standing around without a dream in their hearts. They dream of a sweeping victory this year, and are working hard to try to accomplish it. Every 12 years, North Carolinians go to the polls in midterms with no statewide races on the ballot other than for the appellate courts. That’s what constitutes a blue-moon election. Lacking a presidential, gubernatorial, or U.S. Senate contest to galvanize public attention across the state, voter turnout tends to be low. What will happen this year? At least until the tumult of the past two weeks, Democrats have looked confident. They’ve recruited solid candidates in key districts and raised significant funds for them. Most polls have favored them. So does history. In most modern midterm elections, the party holding the White House have lost congressional and legislative seats. The opposition party’s core voters are usually more motivated to turn out, to vote against policies they dislike and to check the power of the president’s party.

 
 OTHER 

 

Commentary: Yes, Mr. President, these are scary times, but scarier if you look like me
Winston Salem Chronicle // James B. Ewery Jr. // October 11, 2018

Summary: Being a black boy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was not scary. We didn’t wake up each morning afraid and fearful. We went to school, came home and did our homework each evening. That routine stayed with boys and girls in my neighborhood until we graduated from high school. The men and women in our community were hardworking and ethical. They wanted us to be better than them. Education was a top priority in East Winston. We didn’t dare miss school. Hooky wasn’t in our plans. While we did our share of talking, missing school was never a serious point of discussion. The penalty for missing school was way too high for us. It meant having a woodshed experience (spanking) and total embarrassment. I am not sure what was worse as I never had to experience it. If I had to guess, it would have been the neighborhood embarrassment. Walking up and down Rich Avenue, Temple Avenue and Cameron Avenue would not have been fun. We as black boys didn’t have encounters with the police. We saw them, and they saw us. Don’t take that statement as combative because it wasn’t meant to be. The police existed in our community to protect and to serve. The confusion in our community was minimal. If I can remember, the police came around when some adult had too much to drink or to break up an argument that had gotten out of hand.

Climate Change

Margaret Sullivan: The planet’s fast path to destruction is the only story that matters
Greensboro N&R // Margaret Sullivan // October 11, 2018

Summary: After a week of dire news — the certainty of our ruptured nation, the likelihood of a journalist being murdered — the United Nation’s report on climate change was, for some people, a bridge too far. “I heard something about it,” a normally well-informed friend told me, “but I’m on a week-long hiatus from the news.” For those who were still able to take it in, the report could hardly have been more frightening: By 2040 — only 22 years from now — the world will in deep trouble, according to the unassailable expertise of the U.N.’s experts. Food shortages, wildfires and the mass death of coral reefs are just some of the dangers. Getting the planet’s warming under even a modicum of control requires a fast-moving “transformation of human civilization at a magnitude that has never happened before,” The Washington Post reported.

To fight warming, we need to move to renewable energy. Now.
N&O // Compiled By Editorial Board // October 11, 2018

Summary: The day after your article on N.C. Influencers’ views on climate change (“NC community leaders share concern for climate change,” Oct. 8), you published an article on a scientific report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (“‘Incredibly grim’ prognosis on global warming also carries clarion call for action,” Oct 9). It concludes: by 2040 global warming will inundate coastlines and intensify droughts, food shortages and poverty with damages estimated at $54 trillion. In light of the report, solutions from N.C. leaders look like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Suggestions like limiting floodplain development, permeable surfaces, recycling coal ash and ramped-up development of solar and wind are worthy. Leaders rightly worry about how changes affect local economies. What’s missing is an understanding that transformation of the world economy is required at an unprecedented scale and speed (12 years according to the UN report). We need rapid transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, encouraged by a carbon tax and dividend. More broadly, we need massive withdrawal of carbon from the atmosphere using the solutions from robust scientific and economic research by scientists such as Paul Hawken. Every single N.C. business, community, religious and political leader and citizen should be envisioning, promoting, and implementing these solutions. Instead of rearranging deck chairs, we can work together to keep the ship afloat.

NC Education

Consultants flag more than one in five Guilford school buildings as unsatisfactory
Greensboro N&R // Jessie Pounds // October 11, 2018

Summary: About 22 percent of Guilford County Schools’ school buildings are unsatisfactory for their purpose, consultants told a joint committee of school board members and county commissioners Thursday. The consultants unveiled some draft results from their study of the district’s school buildings and boundaries at the meeting and talked with leaders about next steps for the district. The data comes from a massive study they conducted to assess each of the district’s buildings. Each school got a score from 0 to 100, mainly based on the condition of each school building and how well it is set up for modern education.

CMS braced for a small enrollment slump this year. The head count brought a surprise.
Charlotte Observer // Ann Doss Helms // October 11, 2018

Summary: Despite increasing competition and talk of a national baby bust, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ forecast of seeing its first-ever enrollment decline proved wrong this year. The tally for the 20th day of school is 147,719, an increase of 360 students over last year. During budget planning, the district projected it would lose about 200 students, while roughly 1,800 additional Mecklenburg students would sign up for charter schools. CMS doesn’t yet have a tally of charter enrollment. Those numbers come in school by school, as charter schools bill CMS for their per-pupil share of county education money. Last year about 18,500 Mecklenburg students attended the independent public schools, which can take students across county lines.

Secret meetings, late changes: The story behind the CMS counterpunch on town charters
Charlotte Observer // Ann Doss Helms // October 11, 2018

Summary: When Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members filed into the chamber for their Aug. 28 meeting, few outsiders knew a bombshell was coming. But the school board was about to face some surprises, too. Eight of the nine board members had spent more than two months meeting privately to craft a resolution that would spell out consequences for four suburban towns if they opted to pursue their newly granted power to create town charter schools. Despite all the board members’ planning — they had a script to read from the dais and a five-page list of talking points to answer anticipated questions — emails obtained by the Observer show they weren’t prepared for the backlash that emerged almost immediately, including from one of their own board leaders.

NC Economy

Commentary: How is N.C. economy at mid-year?
Winston Salem Chronicle // Mike Walden // October 11, 2018

Summary: The actor Tom Selleck was in a TV crime show series 30 years ago that my wife and I enjoyed.  It was called Magnum PI, and the lead character – played by Selleck – would often say, “I know what you’re thinking,” as a humorous way of interacting with the audience. I want to borrow his phrase and say, “I know what you’re thinking – the fall of 2018 is here, so mid-year was months ago. Why are you writing about mid-year?” Good question. We now live in a time of almost instantaneous information, so we’re used to being right up-to-date. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with much of our economic information.   In fact, one of the ironies of economic statistics is that national economic numbers are available much earlier than state and local data. As a result, with the most recent economic numbers being from mid-year, this is the latest I can discuss. Don’t worry, I won’t overwhelm my column with numbers – even my eyes glaze over when I see number after number, and I’m an economist! Also, remember when I talk about trends, it doesn’t mean every person, household and business necessarily goes in the same direction as the trend. Now on to the story. The overarching conclusion I take away from North Carolina’s economy of the first six months of 2018 is that it’s been a very good half-year. Jobs were added at a pace not seen since the early 1990s. In particular, manufacturing jobs made a big gain. The broadest measure of the state economy tracking total production from factories, farms and services gained for the sixth straight year. 

Labor

If Amazon Can Raise the Minimum Wage, Why Can’t Congress?
Roll Call // Rep. Donald Norcross // October 12, 2018

Summary: As the country awaits an announcement about where Amazon’s next headquarters will be located, there is equally big news coming from the online giant — they’re rightfully raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour. This is a big win for America’s workers, and I know because I once worked for minimum wage. I was a young single dad raising my son and having to balance work, family life and a checkbook. After completing an apprenticeship, I became an electrician and spent my adult life fighting for working families through the labor movement. The best social program in the world is a good job with fair wages and the dignity that comes with it. Now serving in Congress, I can say with certainty that raising wages is the moral issue of our time.

Criminal Justice Reform 

North Carolina can end mass incarceration
N&O // Sarah Gilooly // October 11, 2018

Summary: The United States has the shameful distinction of being the world’s leading jailer, keeping more people behind bars than any other nation on earth. Across the political spectrum, there is now a growing consensus that decades spent locking up more and more people have not made us safer, but they have exacted a devastating toll: ruining lives, dividing families, and wasting taxpayer dollars. The American Civil Liberties Union recently released a report showing that mass incarceration is a nationwide problem, but must be fixed at the state level. North Carolina’s prison population, for example, has more than doubled between 1980 and 2016, and it’s projected to exceed capacity by 2025. The ACLU Smart Justice Blueprint outlines how North Carolina can move away from these failed and biased policies and toward a new vision of safety and justice. Taken together, our recommendations would cut North Carolina’s jail and prison population in half, reduce racial disparities, and save more than $1 billion.

Author John Grisham says most NC death row inmates did not receive a fair trial
N&O // John Grisham // October 11, 2018

Summary: Today, there are 141 people on North Carolina’s death row. By comparison, in Virginia, a state with similar politics, demographics, and crime rates, there are just three. It is both out of line with other states and out of character for North Carolina to have such an outsized death row — especially one made up mostly of people whose trials and sentences are outdated and grossly unfair. The vast majority of North Carolina’s death row inmates were tried in the 1990s before the state, true to its historically progressive ways, passed a whole slew of new laws to make capital prosecutions fair. However, these reforms do not apply to those who were already convicted. Men like Nathan Bowie, convicted and sentenced to death in Catawba County in 1993. At trial he was represented by an incompetent lawyer who reeked of alcohol and later died of an alcohol-related illness. Three of his clients went to death row, and one has proven his innocence. Today in North Carolina, Nathan Bowie would be represented by a state-funded indigent defense agency with lawyers experienced in capital trials.

NC judges are setting bail when they shouldn’t. Stop it.
N&O // J. Peder Zane // October 11, 2018

Summary: I heard a Democrat talk some sense the other day — that is, he said something Republicans can agree with. It was my former neighbor, Walter Rand, who is running for district court judge in Wake County. His proposal: We ought to follow the law. His argument goes from common sense pablum to biting argument when you understand that his message is not directed at middle school students but the judges responsible for administering justice. Turns out they routinely violate the law for setting bail, requiring it in perhaps thousands of cases each year where it is not just unwarranted, but illegal. In theory, all defendants are presumed innocent; that’s why the General Assembly has identified a specific set of circumstances under which the accused can be detained before trial. One of these is if they are charged with a capital crime. Most people, thank goodness, are not; instead they are accused of nonviolent felonies and misdemeanors. North Carolina law (15A-534b) says bail can only be set if the court has reason to believe the defendant will use his freedom to flee, intimidate a witness, hurt somebody, suborn perjury or destroy evidence.

Condemned by antiquated NC capital crime standards
Charlotte Post // Herbert L. White // October 10, 2018

Summary: Nearly three-quarters of North Carolina’s death row inmates were convicted under laws that are now antiquated, according to a new report. Seventy-three percent of death row inmates were sentenced before state reforms designed to prevent wrongful convictions, according to a study by the Durham-based Center for Death Penalty Litigation. North Carolina, one of 35 states with capital punishment, has the sixth-largest death row in the nation with 142 prisoners. Eighty-seven percent of the inmates are black. According to the report, Unequal Justice: How Obsolete Laws and Unfair Trials Created North Carolina’s Outsized Death Row, 73 percent of the state’s death row prisoners were tried before 2001, when the first in a series of criminal justice reforms were enacted. Most of the condemned were sentenced in the 1990s when North Carolina juries sentenced between 25 and 35 people to death annually — and when harsh sentencing laws nationally created a culture of mass incarceration. “Today, we are living in a different world from when these men and women were sent to death row,” said Gretchen Engel, executive director at CDPL, a non-profit law firm that represents North Carolina’s death row prisoners. “Public support for the death penalty is at a 50-year-low, and North Carolina has stopped executing people. Juries now see life without parole as a harsh and adequate punishment for the worst crimes. The fact is, if these people on death row had been tried under modern laws, most of them would be serving life without parole sentences instead of facing execution.”

Confederate Monuments

Silent Sam protester wants UNC chancellor, police chief to testify. The state says no.
N&O // Virginia Bridges // October 11, 2018

Summary: The protester who doused the Silent Sam Confederate monument in blood and ink wants the UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor and police chief to testify at her upcoming trial, but the North Carolina attorney general is asking a judge to reject the request. Maya Little was charged with defacing a public statue or monument, a misdemeanor, after she wiped her blood and red ink on Silent Sam on April 30. The act was broadcast on Facebook Live. Little, a UNC student seeking a doctoral degree in history, is expected to go to trial Monday, according to Orange-Chatham District Attorney Jim Woodall and Little’s attorney, Scott Holmes. Before the trial moves forward, a judge will have to decide on N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein’s motion to quash Little’s request to require UNC-CH Chancellor Carol Folt and Police Chief Jeff McCracken to testify.

Former UNC chancellor says he wished he’d taken down Silent Sam
N&O // Ted Vaden // October 11, 2018

Summary: When James Moeser arrived at UNC-Chapel Hill as chancellor in 2000, he was asked by African-American students to tour the campus with them. The students showed him buildings named for Ku Klux Klan members and other 19th century white supremacists and at least one building likely built by slaves. They ended at the Confederate soldier memorial known as Silent Sam, standing sentinel at the doorstep of the campus. “What are you asking me to do?” Moeser asked. They told him, “Chancellor, we just want you to tell the truth about the history of this place.” Moeser says he did instruct drafters of campus literature to include darker sides of the UNC story. But at the end of his eight–year tenure in 2008, Silent Sam remained in place.

NC Light Rail

Land Donations Put Durham-Orange Light Rail $14 Million Closer to Fundraising Goal
Indy Week // Sarah Willets // October 10, 2018

Summary: Land donations from the University of North Carolina and N.C. Central have put the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit line closer to meeting its first state-imposed funding deadline. The Council of State recently approved the two donations to GoTransit Partners, a nonprofit tasked with raising $102.5 million in private land and cash donations, according to GoTriangle, which is spearheading the $2.47 billion project. The donations bring that goal down to about $88 million, GoTriangle told the INDY in an email.  UNC donated eighteen parcels of land along the line with an appraised value of $14,220,875. NCCU donated seven parcels valued at $285,425. (The Council of State must approve donations of public land.)

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Meetings

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
When: Thu, October 11, 5pm – 7pm
Where: Backstreet Pub, 124 Middle Ln, Beaufort, NC (map)
 
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. 
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.

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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

 

Lucy Bond, running for the school board had this to say about the Longleaf article (note she also provided a link for more information on vouchers):

“I am not on the same wavelength with Longleaf Politics when it comes to teacher salaries. I also think that per-pupil expenditure is a problem for NC. We are not keeping up with how fast NC is growing or the cost of living increases when it comes to teachers. I totally disagree with their view on the voucher program. I see that as a slippery slope.  I included a link to a report from the LWV (nonpartisan) about the increase in money spent for many (though not all) private schools that do not adhere to the Standard course of study. Certain religious schools use the Abeka curriculum which gives a biblical world view not rooted in research or science or even history. These schools are growing and there is little oversight. I believe the GOP wants to get away from public schools and let private schools and private charter schools education on for-profit bases. Their teachers do not have to have the same educational standards as PS. Those schools also tend to be more segregated. Vouchers are not a problem in Carteret County but because we do get a lot of money from the state, we will have less in the future and so will our teachers.”  Voucher Report

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