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Welcome to Carteret County Democratic Party site. We are your neighbors and have the same concerns as you do: a quality education for our young people, affordable healthcare for everyone, jobs with a living wage, and keeping our coast healthy, beautiful, and free from drilling. We work to ensure that all our voices are heard locally as well as at the state and national level. As Democrats, we are traditionally the ‘big tent’ party that welcomes everyone regardless of who you are. All North Carolinians should have a fair shot at a good life, regardless of their background, where they came from, how much money they have, or who they love. This is something we believe in and need to continually reaffirm in practice. You can read our platform here.

Our Carolina Promise

Carteret Democrats want to build an NC where everyone can be successful. That’s why we promise to fight for

✅ our schools

✅ our jobs

✅ our health and safety

✅ and our people

North Carolina Democrats from the mountains to the coast are united in strengthening the Tar Heel state. From our schools and our health to our jobs and our people, this is Our Carolina Promise.

READ OUR PLATFORM

ERA-NC Advocacy Day

Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), a proposed but unratified amendment to the U.S. Constitution that was designed mainly to invalidate many state and federal laws that discriminate against women; its central underlying principle was that sex should not determine the legal rights of men or women.

One more state. Not one more generation. We urge you to participate in ERA-NC Advocacy Day on Wednesday, June 27th at the NCGA in Raleigh. This CALL TO ACTION comes on the heels of Illinois becoming the 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Only one more state ratification is needed to amend the US Constitution. NC is now the face of the national conversation. Our state is poised to make history, becoming the 38th and final state needed to push the passage of the amendment over the top.
But ERA bills S782 and H1072 are sitting in Rules Committees in both chambers, unconsidered and unheard as session draws to a close. We need to lobby for the ERA NOW. Don’t miss this moment in history as we call on the General Assembly to account for continued inaction and prepare to HEAR FROM US in 2019.
We will not stop. We will not wait another generation.  
#OneMoreState
#NotOneMoreGeneration
#ALLforERA
 
Event: ERA-NC Advocacy Day
Date: Wednesday, June 27
Location: North Carolina General Assembly
                16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC
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Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
09:30 am – Gather on the 1st floor, 1300 quadrant to the left as you enter the building, Jones Street entrance.
10:00 am – Bill Sponsor Press Conference in the press conference room, 1st floor, 1300 quadrant.
10:30 am – Gather outside press room for distribution of educational packages to legislators.
 
Advocates are welcome to attend the press conference in a show of support for the legislation. If you cannot attend, you can listen using the link to the audio stream of the Press Conference Room – http://www.ncleg.net/Audio/Audio.html#
 
Please wear green and white. Lapel ribbons will be distributed in limited numbers. Should you make a sign supporting the ERA, please be aware signs cannot be carried into the gallery or press room. You must pass through a security check at entrances. Information about directions, parking and dining at the legislature can be found here: http://www.ncleg.net/help/directions.html
Please share this invitation widely with your friends, family and acquaintances.
To join or donate to ERA-NC Alliance, visit: http://www.era-nc.org/join-us/

Help Fund a 2018 Carteret County Democratic Headquarters!!

The Primary is over and we are now on the way to building the blue wave to elect our slate of candidates! We have made a lot of progress in organizing for our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) as part of the wave. Another important part is having a Carteret County Democratic Headquarters where our volunteers can meet, train, and execute the plan.

We would like to open a headquarters in July and keep it open through Election Day, November 6, 2018. While we have received generous donations and raised money from events, we are still short $3500. Please click HERE to donate!

Another critical element to having a headquarters is a HQ Manager whose main job is to schedule our volunteers to work in our headquarters. We have a robust list of volunteers who may be interested in pulling shifts; the HQ Manager would be responsible for scheduling the shifts. Please send an email to CarteretDemocrats@gmail.com to let us know if you are interested or know someone who may be.

Get Ready for the 4th of July Parade Beaufort Style!​

This year’s parade will be on Wednesday, 07/04/2018. The Democrats are signed up to be in the parade with 2 golf carts and 25 – 30 people walking.
Please contact Jane Sewell by email, text or call 440-221-6715 – if you plan to attend, are able to help decorate and indicate that you will walk or must ride. Since we are using golf carts, seating is limited to 8.  There are 2 open seats.

  • Assemble at Front Street near Gordon Street. Our assigned position is #6.
  • Golf carts and decorators arrive at 10 am. Those walking/riding, arrive between 10:30 am and 10:45 am, parade kicks off at 11 am
  • Participants – wear CCDW or Party tees or patriotic red, white and blue. Bring LOTS of candy to throw
  • Permitted signs – Democratic Party, Political Issues and Candidate Endorsement
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Carteret County Democratic Party Update

On Friday, lawmakers rammed through their latest attack on voting rights in North Carolina — Senate Bill 325 — a bill containing dramatic changes to Early Voting in our state. This proposal was immediately vetoed by the governor, who warned that, “Continued election meddling for partisan advantage weakens public confidence.” Like the voter ID bill introduced earlier this month — House Bill 1092 — this Early Voting proposal uses deceiving language to resurrect discriminatory schemes meant to limit voting access.

Lawmakers have warned that they will take up the veto override to Senate Bill 325 on Tuesday, June 19. If the veto is overriden by the N.C. General Assembly this week, these voting changes will take effect immediately — just in time for 2018 elections.

We have three ways you can act right now:

#1 — Learn what Senate Bill 325 means for Early Voting in North Carolina. 

While Senate Bill 325 would keep Early Voting at 17 days, it remains a targeted attack on voters for partisan gain.

  • Senate Bill 325 eliminates the popular, final day of Saturday voting before Election Day, disproportionately used by African-American voters. If approved, Early Voting would take place from Wednesday, October 17, through Friday, November 2.

  • Senate Bill 325 requires all Early Voting sites to be open for 12-hours (7 a.m. – 7 p.m.) on weekdays during the entire 17-day period, which will strain the resources of county election officials and impair their ability to create flexible schedules that work for your community. Implementing this strenuous weekday schedule will force counties to reduce the number of Early Voting sites and popular weekend hours. Fewer sites and less accessible hours will reduce the number of voters who are able to access Early Voting, limiting our voices in this November’s critical election.

  • Senate Bill 325 includes a new “list maintenance” reporting requirement, which could be a prelude to dangerous voter purges as seen (and recently sustained by the U.S. Supreme Court) in Ohio. 

#2 – Can you make it to Raleigh? Let us know you’ll meet voting rights advocates from across the state to oppose these attacks on voting rights at the N.C. General Assembly (16 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601) on Tuesday, June 19, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Led by the NC NAACP, this event is a way to resist last-ditch actions to suppress our vote in 2018 — including voter ID and Early Voting changes — and make that opposition known to lawmakers at they gavel in at 10 a.m.

#3 – Can’t make it to Raleigh? Email and call your lawmakers now — tell them to stand firm for voters and sustain the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 325’s Early Voting changes (we’ve made it easy).If you’ve already emailed or called your lawmakers, please consider doing so again in support of the governor’s veto, and personalize your messages to make sure our legislators understand how restrictions on voting access, targeted at some, impact us all.

Week-end Wrap – June 16, 2018

 

Week-end Wrap – June 16, 2018
by Tony Wikrent
Economics Action Group, North Carolina Democratic Party Progressive Caucus

Sen. Sanders writes op-ed: Trump administration isn’t slowing renewables’ momentum
(6/6) [Wind Energy Association]

A renewable energy revolution is sweeping the US and will continue to do so as prices fall even further, despite the Trump administration’s efforts to prop up fossil fuels and gas, writes Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Sanders touts his efforts to bolster renewables in Washington, D.C., including co-sponsoring a bill that would end federal support for fossil fuels and encourage a shift to 100% renewables by 2050.

IEA: Global renewable energy spending is outpacing other sources [Wind Energy Association]

Falling wind costs and other factors propelled global spending on renewables to $297 billion in 2016 — more than double the amount invested in fossil fuels, according to the International Energy Agency. The report added that renewable sources will likely account for 56% of all generating capacity brought online through 2025. 

 

Solar Has Overtaken Gas and Wind as Biggest Source of New U.S. Power [Bloomberg, via Wind Energy Association]. June 12, 2018

“Despite tariffs that President Trump imposed on imported panels, the U.S. installed more solar energy than any other source of electricity in the first quarter. Developers installed 2.5 gigawatts of solar in the first quarter, up 13 percent from a year earlier….

Billions in U.S. solar projects shelved after Trump panel tariff [Reuters, via Naked Capitalism]. 

“President Donald Trump’s tariff on imported solar panels has led U.S. renewable energy companies to cancel or freeze investments of more than $2.5 billion in large installation projects, along with thousands of jobs, the developers told Reuters. That’s more than double the about $1 billion in new spending plans announced by firms building or expanding U.S. solar panel factories to take advantage of the tax on imports.

On trade, Donald Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong. by George Monbiot, 13 Jun 2018 [The Guardian, via Naked Capitalism]. There were some people who warned before the 2016 election that the Democratic Party’s refusal to actually deal with economic inequality (not just talk about it) would allow Trump to run to the left of Clinton on many issues, especially trade.

In arguing for a sunset clause to the Nafta trade agreement, this odious man is exposing the corruption of liberal democracy…. 

Even if the people of the US, Canada and Mexico had explicitly consented to Nafta in 1994, the idea that a decision made then should bind everyone in North America for all time is repulsive. So is the notion, championed by the Canadian and Mexican governments, that any slightly modified version of the deal agreed now should bind all future governments. 

But the people of North America did not explicitly consent to Nafta. They were never asked to vote on the deal, and its bipartisan support ensured that there was little scope for dissent. The huge grassroots resistance in all three nations was ignored or maligned. The deal was fixed between political and commercial elites, and granted immortality. 

In seeking to update the treaty, governments in the three countries have candidly sought to thwart the will of the people.

The end of net neutrality: The US ruling elite escalates campaign of internet censorship [WorldSocialist Web, 2 June 2018, via Naked Capitalism]

This is not the outcome merely of a change in administrations. It is part of a shift in the class policy of the ruling elite. The 2016 election, with its broad abstention by the working class amid widespread hostility to Hillary Clinton, the favored candidate of Wall Street, and the subsequent strike movement by teachers independently of the unions, has made clear to the ruling elite that the imposition of internet censorship is necessary for the defense of its domination of society.

WaPo and SEC Commissioner Wake Up to Looming Crisis from Stock Buybacks, by Pam Martens and Russ Martens: June 12, 2018 [Wall Street on Parade]. Unfortunately, no one is linking the stick buybacks to Republicans’ tax cuts. We have pointed out that tax cuts do not work to spur investment because if tax rates are high, the only way for a company and its managers to keep profits is to reinvest in the company. When tax rates are too low, there is too much incentive for “profit taking”–which under the MBA-coma of the past half century, usually means asset stripping.

Rep. Keith Ellison introduces bill to curb stock buybacks, by Naomi Jagoda, 06/12/18, The Hill.

How Private Equity Helped Kill Toys ‘R’ Us, by Eileen Appelbaum [The Atlantic, via Naked Capitalism]

 

Crisis on the High Plains: The Loss of America’s Largest Aquifer – the Ogallala [University of Denver Water Law Review, via Naked Capitalism] “The Ogallala Aquifer supports an astounding one-sixth of the world’s grain produce….”

Beijing’s Building Boom: How the West Surrendered Global Infrastructure Development to China
By Bushra Bataineh, Michael Bennon, and Francis Fukuyama [Foreign Affairs]

Scholars and pundits in the West have become increasingly alarmed that China’s planned Belt and Road Initiative (B&R) could further shift the global strategic landscape in Beijing’s favor, with infrastructure lending as its primary lever for global influence. The planned network of infrastructure project—financed by China’s bilateral lenders, the China Development Bank (CDB) and the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM), along with the newly formed and multilateral Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank—is historically unprecedented in scope.

China’s Global Electricity Takeover, by Leonard Hyman and Willian Tilles, Jun 13, 2018 [Wolf Street, via Naked Capitalism]

Musk’s Boring Company wins bid to build high-speed system in Chicago [Reuters, via Naked Capitalism]

The system will be comprised of 16-passenger vehicles that will travel up to 150 miles (240 km) per hour through a tunnel that will cut the current 30 to 45-minute trip between the airport and Chicago’s business district down to 12 minutes….

Americans should be ashamed New York City’s LaGuardia Airport has no rail service whatsover. And, a pertinent historical note: LaGuardia Airport was built during the Depression as a Works Progress Administration project. 

“Is Durham a union town? Labor groups hope so.” [Herald-Sun, via Naked Capitalism].

“Union and labor groups in Durham are calling for a Worker’s Rights Commission, and think they have a city council who supports it. ‘Durham probably has the most progressive city council in North Carolina,” said Aiden Graham, campaign manager for the North Carolina State AFL-CIO. He thinks the city can be a leader in the state and the South. But he also said Durham has a low union density.’”

Poor Peoples Campaign Protests All Over US Ignored by Media June 14, 2018 by Yves Smith [Naked Capitalism] Lots of excellent links. Yves includes this excerpt from the Poor Peoples Campaign website page on “National Morality”:

In the history of this country, moral justifications have been offered for the genocide and forced removal of indigenous people from their lands, slavery, resisting the Brown v. Board of Education school segregation case and opposing the Roe v. Wade abortion case. Today, religious extremists focus on issues like prayer in school, abortion, and gun rights that distort the national moral narrative.
This distorted narrative became integral to the well-funded libertarian movement to redefine “liberty” as freedom from government. In 2016, Franklin Graham invested $10 million of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s money in his 2016 Decision America Tour to each state house in the country. Billed as “nonpartisan” prayer rallies, these gatherings framed the “moral crisis” as a decision between progressive atheist values and God. After the election, Graham called Trump’s victory an answer to prayer.

The Destruction of Latin America’s Left and Lessons for Everyone, by Ian Welsh, June 10, 2018

The norms are breaking down in many nations, including the United States. What is done to win is illegitimate, as with Republican vote manipulation and the 2000 Supreme court decision; what is done afterwards to opponents is also often illegitimate, and if the wrong person wins, they are gone after legally….
This is a very dirty game, and left-wingers keep treating it as if it is not: as if there are rules, and both sides play by them. Increasingly in the US that is not the case, and it is clearly not the case many other places. If your enemies win, they will destroy you by any means. You should think long and hard about what you will do to them if you get into power, because they know what they will do to you.

Today’s daily clips from the NCDP
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GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEWS 
 
Breaking: Republicans unveil last minute bill to limit early voting
Progressive Pulse // Rob Schofield // June 14, 2018

Today@NCCapitol: Are we there yet?
WRAL // @NCCapitol // June 14, 2018


Wednesday Wrap: Landslide will bring it down
WRAL // @NCCapitol // June 13, 2018


Eyeing exit, House lawmakers OK long agenda
WRAL // Lisa Leslie // June 14, 2018

Emails, texts reveal NC superintendent’s internal discussions about teacher rally
WRAL // Kelly Hinchcliffe // June 14, 2018

Are Republicans committed to having diverse charter schools? Then prove it.
N&O // Editorial Board // June 14, 2018

Senators say no to a study of expanding Medicaid in North Carolina
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 14, 2018


Insurance without ACA, other rules passed by Senate
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 13, 2018


NC Senate bill offers cheap health care but the sick and the elderly could be left out
N&O // John Murawski // June 13, 2018


N Carolina lawmakers advance bills as session’s days dwindle
Greensboro N&R // Gary Robertson // AP 


Charlotte Rep. Carney announces breast cancer diagnosis. ‘It is not a death sentence.’
Charlotte Observer // Cassie Cope, Lauren Horsch // June 13, 2018


BREAKING: Federal hog nuisance trial halted
Progressive Pulse // Lisa Sorg // June 13, 2018


Nuisance or necessary? Both sides debate proposed farm bill.
N&O // Chris Seward // June 13, 2018


After court loss, N.C. pork producer turns to legislature for a win
NC Policy Watch // Lisa Sorg // June 8, 2018


House panel puts cap back on ‘milk’ definition
WRAL // Laura Leslie // June 14, 2018


Are student exams ‘developmentally cruel?’ NC lawmakers look at reducing testing.
N&O // T. Keung Hui // June 13, 2018


Legislation on cursive writing reports gets some additions
EdNC // Alex Granados // June 13, 2018

Senate passes multiple K-12 school reforms
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 13, 2018


NC is spending millions on private school vouchers — but has no idea if they work
N&O // Editorial Board // June 12, 2018


It’s landlords vs. tenants in eviction fee battle. Here’s whose side lawmakers are on
N&O // Dan Kane // June 13, 2018


With Their Supermajorities Threatened, General Assembly Republicans Are in a Race Against Time to Ram Through Their Agenda. God Help Us
IndyWeek // Jeffrey C. Billman // June 13, 2018


Lawmakers toss training loans for troopers
WRAL // Laura Leslie // June 13 


Suicide hotline gains, Charlotte schools lose in budget tweaks
WRAL // Matthew Burns // June 13, 2018


Durham/Chapel Hill light rail funding addressed in budget fix
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 13, 2018


Wake, Guilford veterans homes funded in new budget language
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 13, 201

KEY TARGETS NEWS – HOUSE  

Michele Presnell

Rep. Presnell revisits voter ID issue
Smoky Mountain News // Cory Vaillancourt // June 13, 2018

 
Beverly Boswell

N.C. LAWMAKER RELEASES PUBLIC RECORDS AFTER LAWSUIT FROM CONSTITUENT, ACLU
ACLU // Press Release // June 13, 2018


Was NC lawmaker violating public records law? She turned over emails before a judge could rule.
N&O // Anne Blythe // June 13, 2018

 OTHER 

Lawsuit seeks to end NC driver license revocation policy
Plaintiffs say practice violates equal protection

Charlotte Post // Herbert L. White // June 11, 2018

Constitutional Amendments 

Editorial: Constitutional amendments; less better government, more boosting GOP fortunes
WRAL // CBC Editorial // June 14, 2018


NC Republican: I’ve changed my mind on voter ID
Charlotte Observer // Bob Orr // June 13, 2018


What You Need To Know About The Proposed Voter ID Amendment
WUNC // Jeff Tiberii // June 12, 2018


Like your tax rate? Republicans want to make sure it can’t go higher.
N&O // Paul Specht // June 13, 2018


GenX 

GenX: Chemours Hosts First Town Meeting in St. Pauls
WHQR // Vince Winkel // June 13, 2018

CHEMOURS MEETS WITH NEIGHBORS IN HOPES TO BUILD TRUST
WWAY // AP // June 13, 2018


Senators sign letter demanding release of chemical study
Journal-News // Jess Mancini // June 13, 2018


Chemours hosts town hall, residents still upset over GenX
Spectrum News // Jared Thompson // June 13, 2018


‘Shame, shame, shame’ resident cried at Chemours town hall meeting
Fayetteville Observer // Steve Devane // June 12, 2018


Opioid Crisis

Parents abusing drugs led to more than half of Forsyth’s foster care cases, report says
Winston-Salem Journal // Richard Craver // June 13, 2018


Drug addiction recovery experts develop Triangle’s first ‘recovery high school’
WRAL // Mikaya Thurmond, Hannah Webster // June 13, 2018


NC Infrastructure

Advocates for plan to stop I-77 toll project say progress being made
WSOC // Joe Bruno // June 13, 2018


NC Economic Development  


Kror to close all its stores in the Triangle; 1,500 workers affected
N&O // Zachery Eanes, Cailyn Derickson // June 13, 2018



Rural America 

School’s Closed. Forever.
NY Times // Julie Bosman // June 13, 2018


Midterms 

Outsider Trump loyalist’s primary win worries GOP leaders
N&O // Alan Suderman, Bill Barrow // June 14, 2018


Donald Bryson on NC’s Public Workers 

Overpaid NC public workers are bilking taxpayers of millions
N&O // Ross Marchand, Donald Bryson // June 13, 2018

Federal News 

Jennifer Rubin: Republicans show they don’t trust the voters
Winston-Salem Journal // Jennifer Rubin // June 13, 2018

Fed Raises Interest Rates, Signals 2 More Hikes This Year
WFAE // John Ydstie // June 13, 2018

A Look at How Wisconsin’s U.S. Supreme Court Partisan-Gerrymandering Case is Shaping Up
WUWM // Mayaan Silver // June 12, 2018


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Meetings

Meets at Unitarian Coastal Fellowship, Morehead City. Facebook for more info.

When: Mon, July 2, 6pm – 7pm
Where: Webb Library, Carteret County (map)
Description: Our Revolution Carteret is a formal chapter of the national Our Revolution organization and is composed of progressives who believe the best way to make change is to work within the Democratic Party. All are invited regardless of voter affiliation.

Meet at the Webb Library, Morehead City.This is a monthly meeting of individuals who want to express Democratic opinions in the local and state newspapers.

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

Meets at Morehead Parks and Recreation.

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

Meets at Unitarian Coastal Fellowship, Morehead City. Facebook for more info.

Meets at Webb Library (piano room), Morehead City. Join us. Cool stuff happening.

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

Gerald Godette Website

Events

Speaker: Commissioner candidates Katie Tomberlin and Caprice Pratt

Gather at No Name Pizza, Morehead City.

The meeting will start promptly at 6:00 pm  Come at 5:30 pm for a good seat and to order from the menu.

 

Event: ERA-NC Advocacy Day
Date: Wednesday, June 27
Location: North Carolina General Assembly
                16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC
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Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
09:30 am – Gather on the 1st floor, 1300 quadrant to the left as you enter the building, Jones Street entrance.
10:00 am – Bill Sponsor Press Conference in the press conference room, 1st floor, 1300 quadrant.
10:30 am – Gather outside press room for distribution of educational packages to legislators.
 
Advocates are welcome to attend the press conference in a show of support for the legislation. If you cannot attend, you can listen using the link to the audio stream of the Press Conference Room – http://www.ncleg.net/Audio/Audio.html#
 
Please wear green and white. Lapel ribbons will be distributed in limited numbers. Should you make a sign supporting the ERA, please be aware signs cannot be carried into the gallery or press room. You must pass through a security check at entrances. Information about directions, parking and dining at the legislature can be found here: http://www.ncleg.net/help/directions.html
Please share this invitation widely with your friends, family and acquaintances.
To join or donate to ERA-NC Alliance, visit: http://www.era-nc.org/join-us/
Thu, July 12, 5pm – 7pm
Where: TBD
DescriptionMonthly social goes from 5-7 on the Second Thursday of each month. This month it will be held at Harrika’s Brew Haus, a quaint site with a beautiful outdoor space. If the weather is good, we will gather on the back patio space; otherwise we will meet inside.

2nd Saturday Breakfast Meeting

When:  Sat, July 12, 8:30am – 11:00am
Where: Golden Corral, 4060 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC (map)
What: Dutch treat breakfast social at 8:30, meeting at 9:00, with special guest speaker.

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