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FRIDAY TAKEAWAY – NCDP RECORD FUNDRAISING – POLL: NC BACK ON TRACK UNDER COOPER – RALLYING TEACHERS – TILLIS, GOP RECEIVE FEC COMPLAINT - GOP TAX SCAM DURING SMALL BUSINESS WEEK – COURT RIGGING RETURNS

 

NCDP ANNOUNCES $4M CASH-ON-HAND

NC Democrats ended the first quarter of 2018 with a record $4 million cash-on-hand, a reflection of the energy and enthusiasm within the Democratic Party. With unprecedented resources and great candidates running in every single district, North Carolina Democrats are in the strongest position ever heading into a midterm election.

 

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POLL: NC MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION UNDER COOPER

Under Governor Cooper’s leadership, North Carolina is moving in the right direction, more people believe the state is back on track, and voters want a Democratic legislature. According to a new poll from Spectrum News:

  • Cooper +23, up +5 from 7 months ago.
  • 47% of voters say NC is headed in the right direction, +6 from seven months ago
  • More than one-in-three (35%) voters disapproves of the GOP-controlled legislature
  • Democrats +7 in Generic NCGA ballot

A blue wave is building – and it’s headed straight for the Republican legislature.

NC TEACHERS RALLYING FOR BETTER TEACHER PAY, SCHOOL FUNDING

When Republican lawmakers return to Raleigh in two weeks, they’ll be met with thousands of teachers who are tired of the repeated attacks on public education coming from the General Assembly…

WRAL:

So many teachers are expected to participate in the rally on May 16th, that schools are giving students and teachers the day off

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It should come as no surprise that North Carolina’s teachers are fed up with the General Assembly. According to a report from the NEA last week:

  • North Carolinaranks 37th in the nationfor average teacher pay,dropping 16 spots since 2001-02.
  • NC pays our teachers nearly$10,000 less than the national average ($50,861 vs. $60,483); adjusting for inflation, NC’s average teacher salarydropped more than 13 percentsince 2000.
  • NC is ranked39th in the nation in per-pupil spendingthis year.
  • NC spends$2,400 less per-pupil than the U.S. average($9,528 vs. $11,934).

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SMALL BUSINESS WEEK IN NC

It’s Small Business Week in North Carolina, a time to celebrate the contributions of our state’s small businesses and their employees. This week, Governor Cooper proposed a $60 million workforce budget to help students finish their college degrees, train workers for high-demand fields, and address employee skill gaps.

ABC 11:

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has failed to advocate for our small businesses, instead passing a tax scam that favors big corporations and the wealthiest few over North Carolina’s workers.

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NCDP FILES FEC COMPLAINT AGAINST TILLIS, NC GOP

This week, NC Democrats filed a complaint with the Federal Election Committee (FEC) against Senator Thom Tillis, the Thom Tillis Committee, and the NC GOP for violating federal election law by coordinating with outside, independent expenditure groups, and allowing foreign nationals to hold decision-making roles. Read the full complaint here.

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MCCRORY LAWSUIT MOVES FORWARD

The NC Superior Court moved forward with a libel lawsuit against the McCrory campaign for accusing voters in over 52 North Carolina counties of committing felony voter fraud in a failed attempt to sway the 2016 gubernatorial election.

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ICYMI: VICE: IN NORTH CAROLINA THE ‘GOP’S AUTHORITARIAN STREAK HAS RUN WILD’

VICE outlined the Republican legislature’s repeated attempts to curtail Democracy in North Carolina and how Republicans across the nation are imitating our state’s authoritarian strategies:

“A little over a year into the Trump administration, you can draw a straight line from Republican efforts in places like North Carolina to the unified Republican federal government.”

-VICE

 

VICE:

 

WITHOUT INDIVIDUAL MANDATE, AMERICANS PAY MORE

According to Trump's former health secretary,the GOP made health insurance more expensive by repealing the ACA’s individual mandate…

Washington Post:

… making it all the more difficult to get healthcare here in North Carolina, where the NC GOP’s failure to expand Medicaid has left hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians in the coverage gap.

GOP COURT RIGGING RETURNS

Lawmakers briefly returned to Raleigh last week to discuss their plans to weaken our state’s independent judiciary by gerrymandering court districts and limiting Governor Cooper's power to appoint judges. They were quickly met with bipartisan criticism:

“why in a legislature that’s not competent to make this decision to appoint judges and that has so much to do we don’t take time on the budget…why do we want to take on one more thing?”
Rep. Blust (R)

Rep Burr is at it again. Not only rigging the courts but also trying to strip away governor’s right to appoint district judges to vacant positions for legislative appointments.”
Rep. Morey

“I can find no justification for sub-dividing Buncombe County but to change the parties of the judges there…. And now this. That seems baldly political to me.”
Sen. Van Duyn

“I don’t sit on the bench as a member of the NRA or a Republican, I sit there as a District Court judge … I disagree with the bills that have been proposed andI think they’re horrible ideas.”
District Court Judge Gordon Miller, Republican

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WHAT EDITORIAL BOARDS ARE SAYING

 

On GOP court rigging…

Fayetteville Observer:
“Now the Republicans are turning that considerable gerrymandering skill to the state’s judiciary, moving forward on efforts to redraw most of the judicial district lines in the state’s Superior and District courts. And they want to put a special topping on their victory cake — they want to take away the governor’s power to appoint interim judges when sitting jurists die, retire or otherwise leave office… what’s really wrong about this one is that they’re playing politics with what’s supposed to be an independent judiciary.”

WRAL:
“These legislators seek to change the number of judges on appeals courts; They’ve rigged the order of names on the ballot in mid-campaign; They want to gerrymander judicial and prosecutorial districts to favor one political party; and they eliminate primaries. It is all part of a plan, reminiscent of the Jim Crow era, to enshrine a narrow ideology and impose their rules.It has become so extreme that some of the biggestRepublican cheerleaders in the legislature now openly complain.


On school safety and teacher pay…

Fayetteville Observer:
All of these measures, of course, cost money. So will efforts to raise teacher pay, which despite the spin of legislative leaders, still languishes in the bottom quarter of teacher salary scales in the country. The good news is that we’re in no danger of being dead last in teacher pay. But the bad news is that we’re still too close to the bottom. North Carolina teacher pay was once at the national median and we need to get back there if we plan to continue attracting top-notch companies to our state. And safer schools? We have no choice.”

On McCrory’s false voter fraud claims…

WRAL:
As we’ve now discovered, the McCrory campaign worked with out-of-state lawyers to generate allegations of voter fraud. It appears the allegations were concocted with cursory, if any effort at verification. It is the same kind of thin justifications the General Assembly used to enact unconstitutional restrictions on voter access to the polls and voter ID laws…Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour needs to reject the defendants’ efforts to duck responsibility for their bad behavior. Those who were falsely accused deserve to have their day in court.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

Have a great weekend!

Robert Howard
@RobertWHoward

Sarah Flowers
@SarahFlowersNC

 

 

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