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HELP US BREAK THE REPUBLICAN SUPERMAJORITY IN 2018

IT'S TIME TO END GERRYMANDERING AND TAKE BACK OUR VOTING RIGHTS!

 

 
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NCDP TAKEAWAY – NCGA IS BROKEN – REPUBLICANS’ HEALTHCARE SABOTAGE – MONSTER VOTER SUPPRESSION BILL LIVES – NCDP JUDICIAL ENDORSEMENTS – RURAL TOUR #4

THE NC GENERAL ASSEMBLY IS BROKEN…


Republican lawmakers are speeding at a breakneck pace to clear their docket, pass their far-right pet projects and power grabs, and get back to their districts to prepare for the blue wave headed for North Carolina. Republicans are:
  • Gutting existing bills and replacing them with brand-new legislation and provisions from stalled bills
  • Relying on lobbyists to answer questions about legislation on the floor
  • Failing to provide the public with copies of legislation
  • Failing to provide members with standard bill summaries
  • Passing bills after little-to-no debate and with little-to-no time for members to read or understand them
This isn’t normal – this is what fearful lawmakers in a broken legislature looks like. Here’sFayetteville Observer’sPaul Woolverton:

AND REPUBLICANS AGREE


Republican Representative John Blust isn’t running for re-election in November, meaning he’s free to tell the truth about his Republican colleagues being beholden to a single special interest and participating in a broken process.
“An iron curtain has descended on this legislature and it just will not let go. A few people call all the shots and their will governs, and I know the members cannot afford to go against it.”– Rep. John Blust
Blust encouraged members of his party who have stayed silent to take up their responsibilities or end their bids for re-election:
“What we do here is not a small matter. And people who really don’t want to look at these bills and have the debates, there’s still time till August to go ahead and take your name off the ballot and your party can replace you. This is our duty.”– Rep. John Blust

DC, NC REPUBLICANS SABOTAGE HEALTH CARE


Republicans lawmakers voted this week on a bill that would create “junk” insurance plans without vital patient protections like ensuring those with pre-existing conditions can’t be denied health care or overcharged.These unregulated plans would have wide effects, increasing premiums and hurting sick people across our state.

The measure didn’t make it through the house, but not for lack of trying from vulnerable Republican RepresentativesChris Malone, Scott Stone, Jonathan Jordan,Holly Grange, and John Hardisterwho threwtheir supportbehind the bill.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration took up a separate attack on protections for pre-existing conditions in a new lawsuit, proving once against that there’s no daylight between NC GOP and the national Republicans.

MONSTER VOTER SUPPRESSION BILL RESURRECTED


Republicans are piece-by-piece reviving their “monster” election bill – you remember, the one that was found unconstitutionalfor targeting minorities with “almost surgical precision.”

They have resurrected the core tenets of the monster bill:
  • Cuts to early voting, including eliminating the popular final Saturday of early vote that nearly 10% of early voters take advantage of
  • Requiring ID to vote,a move that disproportionately impacts seniors, veterans, and low-income voters
The cuts to early voting were announced at 1am and rushed through without debate:

Republicans are reacting to a blue wave year the only way they know how – rigging our elections in a desperate attempt to cling to power.

REPUBLICANS SHARE WHAT THEY WON’T TELL THE PUBLIC


Republican lawmakers have failed to provide the public, or even their fellow lawmakers, reasonable notice on their last-minute proposalsBUTNC GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse isproud to announcehe’s well-aware of the ‘new priorities’ Republicans are drafting behind closed doors:

GOP RESEGREGATION PUSH MAKES NATIONAL HEADLINES

NC GOP LEAVES 45K STATE EMPLOYEES OUT TO DRY


Over 45,000 state employees were left out of the Republican proposal to increase state employee wages.

NC DEMS KEEP FORGING AHEAD


While Republicans try to rig the system in their favor, North Carolina Democrats are looking out for the best interests of our state’s citizens:

NCDP ENDORSES JUDICIAL CANDIDATES


NCDP Chair Wayne Goodwin announced the NC Democratic Party’s 2018 judicial endorsements, a move Democrats were forced to take after Republicans cancelled judicial primaries:

RURAL NC LISTENING TOUR STOP #4


NCDP Chair Wayne Goodwin stopped in Cumberland, Bladen, Duplin, and Sampson counties on the fourth leg of the NC Democratic Party’sRural NC Listening Tour. On his trip, Chair Goodwin heard from concerned voters about the kitchen table issues that impact their everyday lives – clean air and water, quality public education, affordable healthcare, and well-paying jobs.

TRUMP TAX: CORPORATE AMERICA BENEFITS, WORKERS HURTING


According to CNN, corporate America is buying back stocks at a record pace thanks to all the cash they’ve saved from the Trump Tax…

…meanwhile, American workers are seeing their wages fall as corporations fail to pass on savings to their employees.

ENTHUSIASM GAP CONTINUES TO GROW


Democrats have continued to turn out in special elections across the country, reinforcing what we already know: a blue wave is headed our way. The 2018 election will be defined by which side is more enthusiastic and engaged. It’s clear that’s Democrats:

WHAT EDITORIAL BOARDS ARE SAYING THIS WEEK

On constitutional amendments…

WRAL:
There are at least 19 different bills to amend the State Constitution in some way. Too many of these, frankly, are dumb and dumber… The Republican leadership, fearful the party’s veto proof majority may not hold, seeks to enshrine the power it may not gain through the will of the people. So they’re rigging the state’s Constitution. It is transparently cynical and partisan. It is a mistake for fair politics and for North Carolina.”

On capping the state income tax rate…

News & Record
Even if the lower tax rate had merit, we object to the idea of baking it into our state constitution, which should express and support the beliefs and shared values of the vast majority of our citizens, not a partisan faction. Partisan policies come and go. Our constitution is not the place for ideological whims.”

Fayetteville Observer:
“The measure would have little immediate effect, but watch out if we have another recession that rivals the 2008 economic setback that rocked our economy — and the state’s cash flow. Plunging revenue led to deep cuts in education, public safety and other state services, and many of our institutions still haven’t recovered. Tax rates were higher then than they are now. If this constitutional cap is put in place, lawmakers will have nowhere to turn to raise revenue while we await recovery, and there will be more deep damage to key government services.”

On #NCGA failure to expand Medicaid…

WRAL:
“Whether it is shorting young North Carolinians$50 million intended to bolster early-child careand education;under-funding public school health serviceslike nurses, psychologists and counselors;failing to help that those with pre-existing health conditionsget access to affordable coverage; or “forgetting” to fund a suicide hotline; those in control of the legislature are overlooking citizens who most need their help.”

On Voter ID…

N&O:
Don't buy the ruse that this is about avoiding in-person voter fraud. With such fraud virtually nonexistent, this is a waste of time and money. This, like so many things Republican legislative leaders have done in recent years, is purely about politics – thinly disguised maneuvering to dampen turnout for their opponents no matter the cost to democracy.”
News & Record:
“We do have voting problems in this state — voter suppression and Russian attempts to interfere in our elections. The state legislature has done nothing about those. Instead, they’re following their partisan pattern of trying to retain power at the expense of fair elections. It’s past time to let this zombie die.”

On charter school resegregation bill...

N&O:
“Regrettably, the legislaturerecently approved a law enabling four towns in Mecklenburg Countyto run charter schools and give town residents preferences for seats. Regrettably, Republicans brushed aside concerns that the schools would be overwhelmingly white. Regrettably, it's only a matter of time before this concept is expanded statewide.”

On GenX…

Fayetteville Observer:
“A majority of our state legislators refuse to regulate these dangerous chemicals, or in any way infringe on manufacturers’ freedom to dump hazardous waste products into the waterways that provide our municipal water. Dioxane contaminates the water supply for 1.5 million North Carolina residents, but lawmakers won’t intervene on our behalf. Until recently, environmental concerns barely moved the needles in public opinion surveys, but that’s changing fast in the wake of the GenX problem. Still, legislative leaders are unmoved.”

Star News:
“So, a year into the age of GenX, amid all the unanswered questions, we can say at least one thing definitively: However this problem plays out -- and we hope and pray there is a good ending -- the North Carolina Republican Party now owns GenX and other toxic chemicals that might find their way into our water.”

On hog farm bill…

Star News:
Michael Kaeske, a Texas-based lawyer, says that in Missouri, Smithfield has implemented costlier technology that limits odors. It hasn’t done so in North Carolina because the state hasn’t forced it to. Now our GOP-dominated legislature is considering a bill that would protect the smellier methods and discourage farmers from adopting cleaner technology… It’s time for our lawmakers to start standing up for the little guy instead of reflexively protecting big business. It’s time to drain the cesspool.”

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