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NC Democrats Name New Executive Director PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 July 2019 08:44

The North Carolina Democratic Party announced Meredith Cuomo as the party’s new Executive Director. Cuomo brings nearly two decades of experience working to elect Democrats in North Carolina and a proven history of raising and executing multi-million dollar budgets, building relationships with elected officials and party leaders, and overseeing much of the day-to-day work at the party. The NCDP State Executive Committee approved Cuomo as Executive Director on Saturday afternoon.

“Meredith has been an integral part of growing the North Carolina Democratic Party into the strong organization it is today,” said NCDP Chair Wayne Goodwin. “Her work ethic, detailed knowledge of the party’s needs, and positive attitude make her the perfect candidate to ensure we are on our best footing heading into 2019 and 2020.”

Cuomo served as the NCDP’s finance director during the 2018 cycle, where she helped build a $19 million budget in a historic blue moon election. Her efforts led the party to break the Republican supermajority in the General Assembly, sweep statewide judicial races, and flip dozens of seats from red to blue across the state. Before that, Cuomo served as the finance director for the NC Senate Democratic Caucus, where she restructured the digital fundraising program and worked closely with members of the Senate to meet fundraising goals.

“From improving our public schools to cleaning our waterways and making health care more accessible, Democrats are committed to making North Carolina a better place for all who live here, and I’m excited to press on with that important work,” said NCDP Executive Director Meredith Cuomo. “I am extremely proud of how the North Carolina Democratic Party has grown over the last several cycles, and I look forward to keeping up that momentum as we head into one of the most important elections of our lifetime.”

Cuomo is stepping into the role of Executive Director at a critical time for North Carolina Democrats. Coming off of major success in 2018 and heading into 2020, Democrats are focused on taking a majority in the General Assembly, re-electing Governor Cooper, flipping a U.S. Senate seat, protecting a majority on the courts, and continuing to make gains at the state and local level.

 

 
Forest For Governor Campaign Announces Kickoff Date; Names Senior Staff PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 10:37

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest will formally enter the 2020 race for North Carolina governor during a public announcement and rally at 2 p.m. August 17, 2019, at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. At the event, Forest will outline his vision for a campaign based on civility, unity and service to the state of North Carolina.

The campaign also announced three senior staff positions. They are: 

  • Hal Weathermanhas assumed the role of Campaign Manager, responsible for the strategic direction and day to day operations of the statewide campaign. He previously served as chairman of the Exploratory Committee. Weatherman also managed Forest’s two successful runs for lieutenant governor and served as chief of staff in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.
  • Jim Duncan joins the campaign as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for administrative oversight and compliance.  Duncan is the former chairman of the Chatham County GOP and a founding member of the nonpartisan Coalition for American Principles, a grassroots citizens group dedicated to fiscal responsibility and individual liberty. He entered politics after a successful 30-year career in the tech industry. 
  • Andrew Dunn joins the campaign as Communications Director, responsible for all facets of the campaign’s public communications and serving as chief spokesman for the campaign.  Dunn is a veteran journalist with more than a decade of experience as a reporter and editor at North Carolina news organizations, including the Charlotte Observer and the StarNews in Wilmington. He also served as the editor of Charlotte Agenda, a digital news outlet, and founder of Longleaf Politics.

 

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Forest Praises Law That Makes Personal Finance Courses A Graduation Requirement PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 08:00

Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest's statement on HB924 becoming law:

"I would like to thank my staff and the staff of the legislature, State Board of Education, and the Department of Public Instruction, as well as the financial institutions, business community and NC Council on Economic Education for the many hours of work in crafting the EPF portion of HB924. I commend the North Carolina General Assembly for passing legislation and the Governor for signing into law standards and policies that will ensure future students, prior to graduating high school, will be more financially literate and economically sound in their decision making as adults. I am excited that our Department of Public Instruction will now get to work on this full credit economics and personal finance course, and I look forward to working with my fellow State Board of Education members to ensure that the policies we create around this new course set our students and teachers up for success."  

 

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NC Justice Center Applauds SCOTUS Decision To Reject Rationale For Citizenship Question On 2020 Census PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 08 July 2019 13:51

Statement from Rick Glazier, Executive Director of NC Justice Center, on Supreme Court's "encouraging" decision on census question

 

RALEIGH (June 27, 2019) – Today, the United States Supreme Court struck down the Trump Administration's attempt to include a citizenship question on the United States 2020 Census, finding the rationale offered for its inclusion to be  pretextual and a "distraction" – essentially, fake news. 

 

It is encouraging the majority found what we’ve said all along when it comes to the 2020 census: the Trump administration’s rationale to add a citizenship question is deeply flawed, smacks of bigotry, and is motivated by partisan interest rather than any desire for real or useful data to inform policymaking and programs related to the demographic makeup of our country. The Court rightfully found an insufficient basis exists in the administrative record for its inclusion in the Census.

 
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