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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.

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HQ is open from 9-12 pm daily due to Florence. Please check here for updates on status. 


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September 18, 2018

I. Hurricane Florence  **updated**
II. Campaign Season Momentum 
III. Constitutional Amendments
IV. Kavanaugh Hearing **updated**
V. Hurricane Relief

September 12, 2018

I. Hurricane Florence  **new**
II. Campaign Season Momentum **new**
III. Congressional Redistricting **updated**
IV. Constitutional Amendments **updated**
V. Trump/ICE Voter Suppression Effort **new**
VI. Kavanaugh Hearing **new**
VII. Hurricane Relief



Rescue Stories

This man and his cat became the faces of Florence — and a story of resilience and hope
N&O // Andrew Carter // September 20, 2018

Summary: In the photograph that delivered his face onto phone screens and into living rooms across the nation, Robert Simmons Jr. wears a look of anguish. He is riding in a jon boat out of his neighborhood in New Bern, the neighborhood where generations of his family have lived in the same house off of Garden Street. His great-grandfather built that house. Floodwater from Hurricane Florence surrounds the boat. Simmons is hunched over. He looks weighed down: by the hurricane; by the sight of his flooded neighborhood. Most of all, by concern for his father, Robert Sr. They are close, and in the photograph, they are now separated. That, most of all, is the root of Simmons’ anguish. A kitten is perched on Simmons’ right shoulder, looking into the camera. The kitten is wet, his fur sticking together. Zoom in on the image, and it becomes clear that the cat is wearing a kind of defiant expression. He seems unfazed by the chaos, undaunted by the storm. The tiny animal almost looks tough. In the moment, Simmons says the kitten’s name is Survivor. Shortly after the picture was taken, the boat ride ends. Simmons starts walking away, toward a stretch of road on higher ground. It goes unnoticed that he is dragging his left leg and walking slowly. The hurricane shelter he is seeking is more than a half-mile away. 

On tiny Crusoe Island, couple helps guide Coast Guard’s rescue of people and animals
Environmental Impact

N&O // Richard Stradling, Casey Toth // September 20, 2018

Summary: Westly Dorsch and his fiance Chasity Hewett spent Monday and Tuesday in a boat helping a Coast Guard crew rescue people whose homes in this tiny Columbus County community had been flooded by the Waccamaw River. On Wednesday, they went back, acting as local guides on the Coast Guard boat that motored up Crusoe Island Road looking for animals that needed help. Their home was among those that were flooded, with about eight inches inside, Dorsch said.

Climate Change & Florence 

Hurricane Florence’s “1,000-year” rainfall, explained
Vox //
Urmair Irfan // September 20, 2018
Summary: The National Weather Service reported Thursday that the overwhelming amount of rain from Hurricane Florence over three days was a 1,000-year event. But these once-rare events are poised to become more common as the climate changes. Torrential downpours dropped upward of 50 inches of rain in some areas of the Carolinas as the storm made landfall and weakened. Across North Carolina, Florence dumped about 8 trillion gallons of rain, enough to fill more than 12 million Olympic swimming pools.

5 Trump policies that will make future flooding worse
Politico // Annie Snider // September 19, 2018

Summary: President Donald Trump went to North and South Carolina on Wednesday to tout his administration’s response to Hurricane Florence, whose epic downpour killed at least 37 people, swamped thousands of homes and roadways, stranded a nuclear power plant and unleashed toxic pollution from coal-ash pits and hog-waste ponds. “There will be nothing left undone,” Trump told federal and state officials in North Carolina before heading out to tour the storm damage. “You will have everything you need.” Here’s what he didn’t talk about: His administration’s environmental policies are likely to worsen the devastation from future disasters like Florence.

OP-ED: Climate change makes storms like Florence stronger
NCSU Technician // Meredith Bain // September 20, 2018

Summary: As most readers are well aware, climate change in our era is caused primarily by the relentless dumping of man-made gases into the atmosphere, which thickens it, trapping in excess heat from the sun that would normally have been reflected back into space. This extra heat pulls more moisture out of lands and oceans; moisture taken from the ocean contributes to more intense precipitation events, while dried-out land leads to longer-lasting droughts and disastrous wildfires. North Carolina is not immune to these global consequences; consider, for example, the widespread Appalachian fires of 2016 or the life-threatening floods brought in by Hurricane Matthew. 90 percent of the extra heat trapped by our thickened atmosphere goes into our oceans, which means that storms like Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut are able to become stronger as they churn up warmer water in the ocean. Formerly, the seas could maintain cooler temperatures below the surface, weakening hurricanes as storms drew up cold water that siphoned off some of their energy.​

Time to confront climate threat
The Robesonian // Opinion // September 20, 2018

Summary: The bottom line: There are a lot of Hurricane Florences ahead and as long as there is a human will to survive, there will be moments of great individual heroism and sacrifice. But if we’re going to make it as a species, we can’t leave such matters entirely to chance. Instead, humans must stick together and properly equip their public institutions to tackle the threat that confronts us. If we fail to do so, we will surely sink separately.

Economic Impact

Hurricane Florence could cost more than both  Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey
CNBC // George Manessis // September 20, 2018

Summary: Hurricane Florence made landfall on the coast of the Carolinas. The deadly, Atlantic storm clocked in as a category 2 by the time it hit land. Analysts say damage from Hurricane Florence could exceed the losses from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Harvey, last year. Since 1990, there have been 5 other category 2 Atlantic storms that made landfall in the Carolinas.

Go deeper: How Hurricane Florence is causing agricultural turmoil
Axios // Marisa Fernandez // September 20, 2018

Summary: Five days of flooding in North Carolina, the state with the second-most pigs in the United States, continues to submerge hog lagoons that set up residents nearby for a slew of health, air and environmental problems. North Carolina is home to nearly 10 million pigs, and as water rises more feces and urine from the pig-manure lagoons is exposed at a increasing rate. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality said its inspectors have been unable to visit the hardest hit areas or collect samples of the flood water for lab testing, per the Associated Press.  The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality said it has limited resources in testing the harm the flooding is doing in real time, as flooding from all waterways “could last weeks,”  per a previous Axios report.


Schools flooded with challenges
The Robesonian // Donnie Douglas // September 20, 2018

Summary: Administrators with the Public Schools of Robeson County, once again challenged by massive flooding from a hurricane, are working toward establishing “a sense of normalcy.” According to information provided by Superintendent Shanita Wooten, only one school suffered flood damage, and that was W.H. Knuckles Elementary in South Lumberton, but 16 more were without power on Thursday. “Once accessible, all efforts will be made to make it operable and habitable as quickly as possible,” Wooten said in a statement while speaking of W.H. Knuckles. Six schools, Lumberton High, Purnell Swett High, St. Pauls High, Red Springs High, South Robeson High, and Fairmont Middle, are being used as shelters, and students cannot be returned to those campuses until the evacuees are gone.

Transportation troubles after Florence
Politico // Briann Gurciullo // September 20, 2018

Summary: President Donald Trump led a roundtable Wednesday in North Carolina with administration officials, lawmakers and state leaders, including Gov. Roy Cooper, who said the state was facing a “long road” to recovery. The rivers still were “cresting,” Cooper noted. He also said: “We’re beginning to clear roads, although we have a number of roads continuing to be closed, including parts of Interstate 95 and Interstate 40 — and you can imagine what that does to commerce and people trying to get from one place to the next.”
High emergency alert activated at Duke Energy plant as Cape Fear River floodwaters overtop dike at the facility
Winston Salem Journal // Michael Biesecker, Alan Suderman // September 20, 2018

Summary: Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike there and inundated a large lake, raising concerns of a potential breach. The dam containing Sutton Lake appeared stable and Duke officials were monitoring it with helicopters and drones, Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said Thursday, calling it “an evolving situation.” Company employees notified state regulators overnight that the 1,100-acre lake at the L.V. Sutton Power Station near Wilmington was at the highest alert level under its emergency action plan.

Environmental Impact

Florence rainfall totals for North Carolina: 8 trillion gallons
Star News // Hrisanthi Kroi // September 20, 2018

Summary: The National Weather Service estimated that North Carolina got 8.04 trillion gallons of rain during Hurricane Florence, which weakened and lingered over the Carolinas for days.
The rivers are subsiding, but the threat to health persists
N&O // Craig Jarvis, John Murawski // September 20, 2018

Summary: Most rivers that surged to flood levels in North Carolina this week are beginning to subside, although about a dozen remain at major flood stage and some are expected to increase over the weekend. On Thursday, the Cape Fear River at Fayetteville dropped to 59.49 feet from 61.58 feet on Wednesday; flood stage is 35 feet. The Neuse River in Goldsboro recorded 26.66 feet, down from 27.6 feet but far above the 18-foot flood stage. The Northeast Cape Fear River at Burgaw dipped from 25.55 to 25.19; flood stage is 10 feet. Robeson County has been reporting that gauges on the Lumber River have not been working accurately. Officials there estimate the river crested at 25 feet on Monday night and they are expecting a second crest of 24 feet over the weekend. Flood stage on the Lumber is 13 feet.

Protect yourself: Floodwaters teem with bacteria from human and animal waste, carcasses
N&O // John Murawski, Stuart Leavenworth // September 20, 2018

Summary: The public health risks from Hurricane Florence rise with every inch of floodwater. Floods are notorious conduits for filth, indiscriminately sweeping away the flotsam and jetsam of civilization: raw sewage and “solids” from municipal water treatment plants, industrial solvents and potent chemicals, garbage and debris, and the carcasses of wild animals trapped by rising floodwaters. But it could take weeks, if not months, to know how bad the contamination is. So far, neither the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality or any other public health agencies are known to have tested the floodwaters for contamination levels, largely because these agencies are focused on the immediate response to Hurricane Florence. Toxicologists and scientists at UNC Chapel Hill and N.C. State University are planning to take water samples in flooded regions, but the analysis of the results will take time. In the meantime, North Carolina’s public health director is urging residents to avoid exposure to floodwaters.

Duke Energy confirms new coal ash spill in North Carolina
N&O // Will Doran, John Murawski // September 20, 2018

Summary: Duke Energy reported over the weekend that enough coal ash had spilled near one of its Wilmington power plants to nearly fill up an Olympic-sized swimming pool — and that a second coal ash site near Goldsboro was experiencing flooding but hadn’t spilled yet. But Wednesday night, environmental activists who are monitoring some of the company’s coal ash ponds around Eastern North Carolina said the Goldsboro site had started releasing coal ash into the surrounding environment. The Goldsboro site “is now completely underwater,” and within the site, “all three ponds are washing coal ash into the Neuse River,” wrote Donna Lisenby, the global advocacy manager for the Waterkeeper Alliance.

After Florence, coal ash sites near Goldsboro ‘completely underwater’
WRAL // Tyler Dukes // September 20, 2018

Summary: Water from the swollen Neuse River has completely flooded the tree-covered coal ash basins at Duke Energy’s H.F. Lee plant near Goldsboro, raising concerns among environmental groups about contamination downstream. The Waterkeeper Alliance documented and reported the flooding Wednesday by boat after inspecting about a half-mile area near the Lee plant, which surrounds an elbow of the Neuse River as it winds through Wayne County. The three older inactive storage sites there are covered by soil and vegetation, including tall trees. They hold 1.3 million tons of ash, a byproduct containing heavy metals like mercury and arsenic left over after burning coal for power.

Something New to Worry About: Hog Feces and Coal Ash
Rolling Stone // Phoebe Neidl // September 20, 2018

Summary: A week after Hurricane Florence made landfall on the Carolina coast, officials are still unable to take stock of the potential environmental damage in the hardest-hit areas because of unsafe travel conditions, the AP reports. “Water is still rising, flooding is widespread, and lives are still in danger,” a regional EPA administrator said. “The government’s first responsibility is to protect lives and the health of the citizens impacted.” When the worst rainstorm in East Coast history finally winds down and the waters recede, some of the principal health concerns will be the toxins released into floodwaters from the likes of breached hog farms, sewage facilities and power plants.  

Scams and Price Gouging

NC warning: Be wary of malicious emails, scams in wake of hurricane
WRAL // Rick Smith // September 20, 2018

Summary: The State of North Carolina is warning citizens that threats to mislead and defraud via email are surging in the wake of Hurricane Florence. “Criminals posing as volunteers or disaster relief agencies will try to cheat you during a disaster, and especially during relief efforts,” State Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson said Thursday. “Make sure you are donating to legitimate agencies if you choose to help. Don’t let your guard down.” The state says the number of malicious emails – some including viruses – sent to government websites had surged 60 percent in the days following the hurricane.

Fighting price gouging as Florence recovery gets underway
WECT 6 // Emily
Featherson // September 19, 2018
Summary: As those in the path of Hurricane Florence begin picking up the pieces, the risk of unsavory business practices grows. While price gouging in the traditional sense may wind down as supplies of fuel, water and other necessities begin making their way into the Cape Fear region, there are other concerns District Attorney Ben David has for consumers. “There’s a lot of good and reputable people who are trying to help us right now in private industry, and we understand that they have a job to do, but there are also some unsavory folks,” David said. With any emergency declaration, price gouging becomes illegal from the time of the declaration until 45 days have passed. “Price gouging is defined as excessive pricing in the wake of an emergency situation, which is of course what we’ve experienced here in North Carolina,” David said. He said Attorney General Josh Stein’s office has received more than 650 complaints of price gouging related to Hurricane Florence, most of them regarding gas stations or businesses selling water.

Federal Response

Republicans push for tax relief for NC, SC victims of Hurricane Florence
N&O // Brian Murphy // September 20, 2018

Summary: With the cleanup from Hurricane Florence just beginning for many residents of North and South Carolina, three congressmen want to provide storm victims with tax relief. Rep. George Holding of Raleigh introduced the Hurricane Florence Tax Relief Act on Thursday in the U.S. House. The bill is co-sponsored by two of Holding’s fellow Republicans, Rep. David Rouzer of Johnston County and Rep. Tom Rice of Horry County in South Carolina. It’s modeled on similar legislation passed in 2017 after a series of devastating storms hit Puerto Rico and the mainland United States — Harvey, Irma and Maria. The 2017 bill passed both chambers of Congress and was signed into law within four days of introduction by Texas Rep. Kevin Brady. Brady is the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Holding and Rice are members of the committee. “FEMA has been on the ground for days and billions of dollars in grants and assistance will be made available to individuals and communities,” Holding said in a statement. “But I have concluded that recovering from a storm of this magnitude will also require creative, outside the box solutions.”


Rep. Saine talks Florence prep and relief efforts
Lincoln Times // Matt Chapman // September 20, 2018

Summary: With Florence finally making its way further inland after dumping torrential rain across the Carolinas throughout the weekend, the state will soon be able to start truly assessing the damage left in its wake.  The storm, once a hurricane and now a tropical depression, stalled upon making landfall along the North Carolina coast on Friday, with some areas in southeastern North Carolina expected to receive nearly 40 inches of rain once all is said and done. The storm had claimed 13 lives across the Carolinas as of Sunday, according to authorities.  Florence arrived just two years after Hurricane Matthew flooded many coastal towns that were just beginning to regain a sense of normalcy before disaster struck yet again. While North Carolina’s Republican leadership in the state legislature has heavily criticized Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, for his handling of the relief efforts in the wake of Matthew, both sides are hopeful that lessons learned from that event will put the state in a better position to recover this time around. 

Hurricane Raises Questions About Rebuilding Along North Carolina’s Coast
US News // Anna Mehler Paperny // September 20, 2018

Summary: In a government study published in 2010, scientists warned that sea levels could rise 39 inches by 2100. (https://bit.ly/2xAqn6y) Higher sea level will cause more flooding and render some communities uninhabitable, as well as affect the ocean vegetation, jeopardize the dune systems that help stabilize the barrier islands, and cause more intense erosion when storms like Florence make landfall, scientists said. Developers said the study was too theoretical to dictate policy. Some argue policymakers do not need a 90-year projection to know something needs to change. “When we have a hurricane, that shows everybody where their vulnerabilities are today, forget 100 years from now, but right now,” said Rob Young, a geologist at Western Carolina University who co-authored the study by the state’s Coastal Resources Commission (CRC).If you’re buying on the coast, anyone that buys in an area surrounded by water, you’re always taking a risk that you’re going to have storm damage,” said Willo Kelly, who has worked in real estate for more than a decade. Even though she acknowledges that sea levels are rising, Kelly is also among those who opposed making state policy decisions, including anything affecting home insurance or property values, based on the study’s dire 90-year forecast of sea-level rise.  Kelly supported a 2012 state law that banned North Carolina from using the 90-year prediction on rising sea levels to influence coastal development policy. The CRC released a second report in 2015 predicting sea level rise over a 30-year period, instead of 90 years. The new report was praised by developers as being more realistic and said sea levels would rise 1.9 to 10.6 inches. (https://bit.ly/2xyGDVr) The 2012 law was welcomed by the development community and panned by scientists whose warnings, they felt, were going unheeded. Members of the legislature who sponsored the bill did not return requests for comment.

Relaxed environmental regulations heighten risk during natural disasters
Phys // Brian J. Gerber, Melanie Gall // September 20, 2018

Summary: Heavy rains following Hurricane Florence have raised concerns over the release of toxic materials. Ash from coal-fired power plants stored at a landfill has spilled out and the state of North Carolina has said dozens of sites have released hog waste or are at risk of doing so. These types of events not only highlight the potential of harm to humans and the environment due to this type of uncontrolled pollution, but also the linkage between environmental regulations and the risks communities face when natural disasters occur. The decisions communities make when managing a range of hazards, including industrial waste siting, are a key factor in a community’s vulnerability during a disaster – a dynamic we’ve seen play out in many ways in our work in disaster policy and management. Such choices also help explain why disaster damage is so costly and disaster recovery so complex.

NC Gov. Cooper calls for special session to deal with Hurricane Florence recovery
N&O // Brian Murphy // September 20, 2018

Summary: Gov. Roy Cooper called Thursday for state lawmakers to return to Raleigh for a special session to fund initial recovery needs from Hurricane Florence. “As I’ve traveled around the state surveying damage and meeting with people who have lost everything, it’s clear that the destruction in eastern North Carolina is historic,” Cooper said in a statement Thursday night. “Now is the time to come together and begin the work of rebuilding our communities and making families whole.” Cooper wants the General Assembly to return Oct. 9, according to a release from his office.

‘Tough situation:’ Cooper tours damage in Robeson, Cumberland counties
WRAL // Mandy Mitchell // September 20, 2018

Summary: Gov. Roy Cooper got an aerial view of the destruction from Hurricane Florence on Thursday during a flight to Robeson and Cumberland counties. The look of disbelief on Cooper’s face as the black hawk helicopter he was riding in passed over floodwaters told the story of Hurricane Florence’s devastation. “To see house after house, road after road, business after business, church after church under water is a sobering thing,” he said. “Knowing that each and every one of the submerged structures affected people’s lives.”

Cooper: ‘It’s a punch in the gut’
Robesonian // Scott Bigelow // September 20, 2018
Summary: In the wake of devastating flooding from Hurricane Florence, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper came to Robeson County Thursday morning with the promise that: “We’re here with you for the long haul.” Cooper, who has been a constant presence on television and in flood-stricken communities, met with local officials at the Emergency Operations Center. The media crowded into the EOC, where more than 100 county officials and volunteers were busy manning phones and working on computers. The governor’s entourage toured flood damage, a shelter and Hyde Park Baptist Church, where the Baptist on Mission, once again, are handing out thousands of free meals.

Cooper visiting Lumberton, Fayetteville flooded areas
The Times News // Paul Woolverton // September 20, 2018

Summary: Gov. Roy Cooper visited hurricane-ravaged Lumberton on Thursday to meet with emergency responders, volunteers and storm victim and thank all who are helping with recovery assistance. He is in Cumberland County this afternoon. At Hyde Park Baptist Church in Lumberton, he met with about 60 volunteers from the N.C. Baptist Men Disaster Relief team who were preparing meals to feed flooding victims. On Wednesday, they prepared 17,500 meals, which were distributed across the area where Hurricane Florence floodwaters have devastated the county. On Thursday, they were preparing almost as many meals.

Relief money available for 18 NC counties, applications now open
ABC 11 // Staff // September 20, 2018
Summary: After Gov. Roy Cooper urged the president to issue an official disaster declaration, he was more than ready to oblige. On Wednesday, Cooper was joined by all 15 members of NC’s congressional delegation, who also asked Trump to issue an official disaster for Florence. According to ABC11’s news gathering partner, the N&O, Cooper was persistent in getting Washington to aid the state as soon as possible.

Darts and Laurels
Salisbury Post // Opinion // September 20, 2018

Summary:Laurels to debates about proposed state constitutional amendments on the fall ballot, a subject of confusion and apathy so far in this election cycle. Salisbury is the site of the first “Hometown Debate,” which will focus on an amendment to change the process for filling judicial vacancies. The debate will be held in the Meroney Theater 7 p.m. Tuesday. Debaters will be Sen. Paul Newton, R-Mount Pleasant; Sen. Floyd McKissick, D-Durham; state Democratic Party leader Wayne Goodwin, and General Assembly special counsel Brent Woodcox. The hour-long event, open to the public, will be broadcast statewide later by Spectrum. The debate effort is spearheaded by the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership in partnership with Spectrum News and other state and local organizations. Other debates scheduled are:

• Oct. 2 at the Turnage Theatre in Washington (voter ID amendment).

• Oct. 9 at the Clayton Center in Johnston County (elections/ethics board amendment).

• Oct. 16 at the Gastonia Conference Center (tax-cap amendment).



GOP faces identity crisis as some candidates stoke racial divide
PBS // Lisa Desjardins // September 20, 2018
Summary: This year, a handful of GOP congressional candidates have openly expressed or supported racist views, opening up a divide in the party over how to address the issue and who Republicans want to be. Lisa Desjardins takes us inside a Virginia Senate race, where candidate Corey Stewart is a polarizing figure.

If a hurricane is on its way, when should politicians stop campaigning?
N&O // Paul Specth // September 20, 2018
Summary: With every seat in the legislature up for grabs, campaign season was in full swing as Hurricane Florence approached North Carolina early last week. Now, some Democratic legislative candidates are attacking Republican candidates for holding campaign events in the days before Florence made landfall — and the Republicans are firing back. On Sept. 12, when Florence was a Category 4 hurricane, Republican state Sen. Vickie Sawyer held a luncheon with Lt. Gov. Dan Forest at Trump National Golf Course in Mooresville. Sawyer represents Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties northwest of Charlotte — which was not considered to be in the direct path of the storm. She was appointed to the seat in early August after Sen. David Curtis lost his primary and stepped down. Trump asked about the course on Wednesday when he visited North Carolina to assess the damage from Florence. On Sept. 11, Republican state Rep. Bob Steinburg held a fundraiser in Edenton with state Senate leader Phil Berger at Pembroke Hall. Steinburg represents Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Pasquotank, Perquimans and Tyrrell counties in northeastern North Carolina. On Sept. 12, he canceled an event scheduled for Sept. 13. The hurricane reached North Carolina on Sept. 14. D. Cole Phelps, Steinburg’s Democratic opponent, said he suspended his campaign activities before Florence arrived and criticized Steinburg for not doing the same. “I care too much about my constituents, family and friends to be out raising money while they fear for their safety and prepare for this hurricane,” Phelps told The N&O in an email last week. “We shouldn’t be holding campaign events but instead should be looking out for each other at this time.” Steinburg called Phelps’ statement a “cheap political attack” and said, “this kid should be ashamed of himself, he needs to grow up.” In a phone interview, Steinburg noted that the hurricane hadn’t arrived when he held his fundraiser.


Newcomer is trying to unseat legislative veteran to help Dems break GOP supermajority
Charlotte Observer // Ely Portillo // September 20, 2018

Summary: Voters in north Mecklenburg and the county’s western edge will choose between a veteran legislator and a newcomer seeking to break the Republican Party’s supermajority in the N.C. Legislature, as Natasha Marcus challenges incumbent Jeff Tarte for a seat in the state Senate. Gun control, teacher pay, taxes and the pugnacious governing style of top Republicans in the Legislature are all issues in the race. Tarte, a Republican, is appealing to voters for a fourth term based on his experience and the state’s economic growth over the past few years. Marcus says the district needs a fresh voice and Raleigh needs more Democrats.

NC Congressional

Could 3 GOP-held congressional seats flip in NC? Democrats add resources, tout poll
Charlotte Observer // Brian Murphy // September 20, 2018

Summary: Democratic congressional candidate Linda Coleman’s bid to oust three-term incumbent Republican Rep. George Holding in a Raleigh-area seat is getting a boost from national Democrats. Coleman, who recent polls have shown in a statistical dead heat with Holding, has been added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” program, which gives candidates guidance, additional resources and candidate training. The program requires them to meet goals for fundraising and support. In another encouraging sign for Democrats in North Carolina, the DCCC released a poll showing challenger Kathy Manning narrowly leading first-term incumbent Republican Rep. Ted Budd in the 13th district, which includes parts or all of Davidson, Davie, Guilford, Iredell and Rowan counties.

NC Education 

Teacher pay snafu not a good look for superintendent, school system
Winston Salem Journal // Scott Sexton // Septembre 20, 2018

Summary: No matter how many videos or backroom chats are hatched in response, footage that shows two Forsyth County commissioners practically begging school officials to ask for more money for teacher pay is not a good look. There are different versions of the same footage in circulation and they were shared at the speed of light by hundreds of teachers across the county. They have all been edited, which is a point of mild contention raised by some in the school hierarchy, and distill the discussion down to talking about local teacher supplements — the amount school systems pay teachers in addition to their state salaries.

NC Military/Veterans

The Latest: US identifies remains of 2 Korean War soldiers
WRAL // Staff // September 20, 2018

Summary: President Donald Trump has identified the remains of two American servicemen who were killed during the Korean War and whose remains were returned by North Korea two months ago following Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon). Trump tweets that the remains include those of Charles H. McDaniel, a 32-year-old Army master sergeant from Vernon, Indiana, and William H. Jones, a 19-year-old Army private from Nash County, North Carolina.

School Safety 

Families at Wake elementary school are on high alert about man who threatened students
N&O // T. Keung Hui // September 20, 2018

Summary: The Wake County school system and some anxious parents are actively working to keep a man accusing of threatening students at a Wake Forest elementary school from returning to his home next to the campus. Arthur Vladimir Kochetkov, 33, of Wake Forest, was arrested Monday on a charge of communicating threats on Facebook against students at Jones Dairy Elementary School. Fears have escalated to where armed security is now on campus, students aren’t allowed on the playgrounds and some parents are talking about pulling their children from the school and selling their homes. Wake County school leaders met with more than 100 parents on Wednesday night to talk about how they can urge law enforcement and court officials to keep Kochetkov from being released. School officials even told parents that options such as closing the school and relocating students and staff are on the table.

NC Labor

Court temporarily blocks anti-union law in North Carolina, but fight isn’t over for farm workers
N&O // Will Doran // September 20, 2018

Summary: Agriculture is one of the biggest, most powerful industries in North Carolina. But its corporate and political backers just lost the first round of a legal battle with the industry’s lowest-paid workers. Last year the N.C. General Assembly passed a law that, in part, made it illegal for farms and unions to negotiate settlements involving union contracts. It also made it illegal for farm workers to directly transfer parts of their paycheck to the union as dues. On Thursday, however, a federal judge blocked the law from taking effect — at least temporarily — as the lawsuit continues winding its way through the court system. It’s a temporary reprieve for the workers and a loss for the N.C. Farm Bureau, which The News & Observer reported was a major supporter of the law.

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

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

Chair, NC Democratic Party

Messaging Guidance
Talking Points

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


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

Meets at Webb Library (piano room), Morehead City. Join us. Signs go out September 20th. We will be handing out signs to be placed in public areas as well as canvassing lists. We need a great turnout for this last push. Bring your fired up friends!

Important Dates

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

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

Gerald Godette Website

Canvass meet-up

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

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

Canvass meet-up

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

Democractic Women LTE Meets

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

Canvass meet-up

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

Canvass meet-up

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

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

Meets at Morehead Parks and Recreation.

Where: 4911 Bridges Street Ext, Morehead City, NC 28557, USA (map)

Canvass meet-up

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

Canvass meet-up

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

Will be rescheduled due to hurricane.

Tue, August 28, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
WhereNo Name Pizza, 5218 Hwy 70 W, Morehead City, NC 28557, United States (map)
Description: Each month there is a special guest speaker.
Dutch treat social at 5:30pm, meeting begins at 6pm.

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

When: Sat, September 29, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Sanitary Fish Market and Restaurant, 501 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557, USA (map)
Description: Carteret County Democratic Women cordially invite you to join us for our “Justice for All” Dinner and Chinese Fundraising Auction. Our special speaker for the evening will be our Supreme Court Justice candidate Anita Earls. This is one of the most important seats that need to be filled right now in North Carolina. The tickets are $30 each and you may email me @teel_suzan@yahoo.com or message me Suzan Magaña Teel on Facebook. Tickets will also be on sale at our next Carteret Democratic Women Meeting on Tuesday August 28th and at other Carteret County Democratic events and meetings.
You can also conveniently buy tickets on the CCDW web page: Carteret County Democratic Women
Thu, September 11, 5pm – 7pm
Where: To be announced
Description:Monthly social goes from 5-7 on the Second Thursday of each month. The event will move from venue to venue in order to give all county residents an opportunity to attend. This is an excellent time to just build relationships, have fun, and talk a little/lot politics. 

LWV Board of Education Candidate Forum

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

LWV Board of Education Candidate Forum

When:  Tue, October 9, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Morehead City, NC 28557, USA (map)
Tue, October 23, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
WhereNo Name Pizza, 5218 Hwy 70 W, Morehead City, NC 28557, United States (map)
Description: Each month there is a special guest speaker.
Dutch treat social at 5:30pm, meeting begins at 6pm.

Carteret County Democratic Party Bulletin Board  

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Our Children Our Future - Fight for Public Education

Carteret County teachers, administrators, and staff share a deep commitment to the success of our students. They work hard giving their best every day to our children. However, the challenges our teachers and administrators face require that our county government shares a similar commitment to excellence in our public schools.   This means backing our Public Schools with the level of financial support needed to make excellence happen. This includes paying teachers a competitive wage and providing the schools with the resources they need to educate our children.


  • Local spending on public schools in North Carolina is 40th in the nation**
  • Teacher pay is 39th in the nation*
  • Investment per student is 41st in the nation**
  • Carteret County has 18 schools – they face huge challenges
    • Almost 50% of our students not prepared in English and Math for college or ready for a career*
    • Economically disadvantaged students*
      • 11 schools have more than 50% economically disadvantaged students 
      • 3 schools have more 62% economically disadvantaged students 
      • 5 schools have more than 30% and less than 50% economically disadvantaged students 
      • 2 schools have less than 30% economically disadvantaged students 
    • Academic Readiness*
      • 47-63% of our students moving up from middle to high school are not ready
      • 32-56% of our students moving up from elementary to middle school are not ready
    • Academic Success*
      • 3 of 4 middle schools received an NC rating of C
      • 1 high school and 1 elementary school received an NC rating of A
    • SAT Score Rankings***
      • 30% of students took the SATs
      • Average SAT score was 1182
      • Of 113 NC School Systems, Carteret ranks 88th in percentage of students who took the SATs but ranks second in average score 


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


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