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NC Justice Center - Tricks With No Treats For North Carolinians PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 November 2019 10:01
he NC General Assembly leadership voted to leave Raleigh after once again voting to slash taxes for big corporations while failing to give teachers and state employees the raises they deserve, leaving hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians without Medicaid coverage and failing to invest in thriving communities across the state. 
 
Legislative leaders' refusal to put forward a comprehensive final budget that addresses North Carolina’s ongoing needs puts our state on worse footing for the future. 
 
After a session that saw underhanded sneak votes and the rejection of broadly popular policies to extend health coverage and improve public education, legislators are leaving many North Carolina families and communities behind. 
 
Ignoring dramatic need and widespread popular demand, the legislature refused to expand Medicaid, leaving hundreds of thousands of low-income North Carolinians without coverage and threatening the survival of many rural hospitals. 
 
This Halloween, the Republican leadership was all tricks and no treats. 
 
By moving forward with legislative proposals, like the franchise tax cut that failed in House Finance but was revived by leadership late last night, legislative leaders have once again demonstrated their priority is big business, not everyday North Carolinians.  
 
Bucking their prior stance against subsidizing the film industry, they moved to allow large film and television production companies to receive even more lucrative grants. 
 
Despite rising public health concerns around vaping and the potential of parity in the taxation of these tobacco products at similar levels as cigarettes to address some of those concerns, legislative leaders listened to the tobacco industry and refused to act. 
 
By expanding sales taxes on online purchases and not making up for it with other tax law changes, legislative leaders voted to keep our tax code upside-down. 
 
To make matters even worse, legislative leaders passed tax cuts for big businesses while cynically claiming we couldn’t afford more healthy raises for educators. Leadership kept teacher pay raises far short of what is needed to retain and attract talent, undermining our children’s access to quality education. The proposed raise leaves teacher pay below its modest pre-recession levels, leaves teachers with a giant pay deficit compared to equally educated professionals in different jobs, and tries to pit teachers against other vital needs in the state budget. 
 
The General Assembly has prioritized tax cuts for big business even as they have failed to enact a comprehensive final budget which creates a pathway to a stronger North Carolina. Once again, legislative leaders placed ideology and the demands of wealthy corporations over the needs of everyone else in the state.  
 
North Carolina Democratic Party And Other Groups File Lawsuit to Overturn North Carolina Early Voting Restrictions PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 November 2019 09:36
The North Carolina Democratic Party, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee filed a lawsuit to overturn early voting restrictions   in North Carolina that would prevent North Carolinians from casting their ballots the Saturday before Election Day, which was the busiest day of early voting in 2018. 
 
The restrictions are a part of Senate Bill 325, which would for the first time in decades prohibit early voting the weekend before Election Day. Early voting is popular among voters, particularly African American North Carolinians and registered Democrats who have increasingly participated in early voting -- particularly the weekend before Election Day. 
 
Another portion of SB 325 enacted last year mandated uniformity across early voting sites instead of leaving it to counties’ discretion. The policy made it more expensive to operate early voting sites so the number of locations and hours they operated were reduced in the 2018 general election, making it harder for voters to cast their ballots. 
 
"With control of everything from the White House and Congress to the Governor's mansion and the General Assembly on the ballot next year, it is vital that every voter can freely and easily make their voice heard," said North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin. "North Carolina Democrats are committed to lowering hurdles to the ballot box, not erecting new ones, and we will never waver from our commitment to make voting easier and more accessible for North Carolina families."
 
“We all have an obligation to ensure Americans can cast their ballot fairly and that it will be counted, and we cannot allow partisan efforts to make it harder to vote,” said DSCC Chair Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. “We are committed to protecting the early vote program so that North Carolinians may exercise their rights without unfair obstacles.”
 
“Every American’s right to vote is sacred and I am committed to ensuring more people across our country can freely access that right and have their voices heard,” said DCCC Chairwoman Cheri Bustos. “I am proud to stand up for North Carolinians’ ability to vote early, and I look forward to the day where access to the ballot isn’t treated as a partisan issue, but rather a universal American value.”
 
North Carolina enacted “no excuse” early voting in 1999, when the state was ranked 43rd for voter participation. In 2012, after early voting and a series of other measures steadily expanded access, the state jumped to 11th in the nation.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2019 09:37
 
NC Democrats Run TV Ad Critical Of GOP Legislators PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 13 December 2011 15:14

RALEIGH - The North Carolina Democratic Party says it's started running a television ad criticizing Republican leaders at the General Assembly for passing laws that hurt women on issues from abortion and child care to Medicaid and the public schools.

 

The state party said Tuesday the 60-second commercial is running on cable TV in the Charlotte and Raleigh markets. A party spokesman declined to say how much money is being spent on the ad. An email sent to party supporters asked for more donations to keep the ad running.

 

The ad features Governor Beverly Perdue, state legislators and former Cabinet secretary and longtime party activist Betty McCain, who said "the GOP has declared war on women." The ad includes footage of Republican House leaders Thom Tillis and Paul Stam.

 
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