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State Democratic Chair Visits Granville And Person Counties As Part Of Rural Listening Tour PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 03 October 2019 10:39
North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin continued the party’s 2019 Rural N.C. Listening Tour with visits to Person and Granville County.
 
In Roxboro, Chair Goodwin joined Senator Mike Woodard to meet with leaders of the Person County Democratic Party, as well as local community and faith leaders. In Oxford, Chair Goodwin attended the monthly Granville Party Democratic meeting to speak with local leaders.
 
At both stops, the Chair discussed Our Carolina Promise, NCDP’s unified legislative agenda focused on our schools, our jobs, our health, and our people. Chair Goodwin also covered the importance of expanding Medicaid for rural North Carolina. In Person and Granville counties, Medicaid expansion would create 255 jobs and help 5,750 people access affordable health care.
 
With the most important election of our lifetime on the horizon, N.C. Democrats are committed to going everywhere and speaking with every voter as we prepare for 2020. The next leg of the rural tour will travel to western North Carolina.
 
Goodwin, N.C. Democratic Party First Vice Chair Bobbie Richardson, State sen. Mike Woodard, Person County Democratic Party Chairman Charles Harvey and members of the public met in the Person County Senior Center social hall Thursday afternoon.
 
Goodwin explained that the tour’s purpose is to learn the issues and priorities that the people in rural communities have ahead of a pivotal 2020 election.
 
Goodwin opened the meeting by explaining the state Democratic Party’s platform, called “Our Carolina Promise.” He said the four pillars are jobs, schools, health and the people of North Carolina and encompass the party’s platform.
 
“When we talk about jobs, what we want is an economy that works for everybody,” Goodwin said.
 
To do this, Goodwin said stakeholders must provide equal pay for equal work, rebuild the state’s infrastructure and provide workers with the tools to be retrained for 21st century jobs.
 
Goodwin said the N.C. Democratic Party sees public schools as a great asset to the state and a great incentivizer for unification.
 
To return to a “first-class public education,” he explained that the state must provide pay and resources to teachers and school systems.
 
Goodwin spent most of his presentation on the aspect of Medicaid expansion.
 
He explained that North Carolina is one of 14 states that have refused to expand Medicaid. Income requirements create a gap where people don’t qualify for Medicaid and can’t afford private health insurance.
 
“When we’re talking about a healthy North Carolina, were talking about a productive North Carolina,” Goodwin said.
 
According to Goodwin, expansion would lead to coverage for 600,000 North Carolinians who do not currently have coverage along with 40,000 new jobs.
 
“As the former state insurance commissioner, I attest and affirm to you that when we expand Medicaid it will help lower all of our health insurance premiums,” Goodwin said. “When people don’t have health insurance, they go to the emergency room and get uncompensated care. Do you think the hospitals and doctors just leave it like that? No. It affects the prices that everyone is charged and it means the health insurance companies will charge everyone else more. When people say they don’t have a dog in that fight — yes, you do.”
 
Woodard said there are currently about 3,500 Personians, or 10% of county residents, who fall into the coverage gap. He said Medicaid expansion will bring $20 million in revenue and $640,000 in taxes to the county along with around 300 jobs.
 
“There is no rational rationale to not expand Medicaid,” Goodwin said.
 
The final pillar Goodwin discussed was the people of North Carolina.
 
“There has been an assault on our voting rights, our civil rights and our women’s rights,” Goodwin said. “There must be leaders in this state who will stand up protect our citizens’ right to vote.”
 
He called for an independent redistricting commission to redraw district boundaries to ensure fair representation no matter which party controls the General Assembly.
 
“It’s the right thing to do,” he said. “We want our voters to select their elected officials, not our elected officials to choose their voters.”
 
Richardson then discussed the need to re-elect Democrats at nit only the federal, but also the state and local level.
 
Goodwin and the other visitors then heard the issues important to Personians, including hemp and Medicare expansion.
 
After the meeting, Goodwin sat down with The Courier-Times. He explained that the listening tour originated as an outreach effort for the state’s rural areas.
 
“To me, whether it is a large crowd or a modest crowd, residents of rural communities just want to be heard,” Goodwin said. “We’ve touched on a number of issues that you wouldn’t hear in urban areas. Often you’re hearing about a growing rural-urban divide, but we need all of North Carolina to prosper instead of the growing divide we’re seeing.”
 
Goodwin said that oftentimes, moral issues have become the focus, but for rural areas, pocketbook issues need to be discussed more.
 
“A rural listening tour is vital if we’re going to listen to the concerns that Person County has,” Goodwin said. “We talk about industrial hemp, how to improve access to a good education, ensuring a tax base to address infrastructure issues — the things we’re discussing are pocketbook issues, not the moral issues that have become the focus.”
 
To learn more about the N.C. Democratic Party’s Carolina Promise platform, visit www.ourcarolinapromise.com.
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2019 10:42
 
Sarah Crawford, Non-Profit Director And Wake County Mom Is Running For State Senate 18 PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 08:47

Sarah Crawford announced today that she is running for North Carolina Senate under the newly voted upon maps in District 18.

 “For almost a decade, under unconstitutionally gerrymandered districts, politicians in Raleigh have had the wrong priorities.  They have undercut funding for our schools, they’ve not paid teachers what they are worth, and they have risked the lives of over half a million North Carolinians by not expanding affordable healthcare coverage,” Crawford said.  “The people of Wake and Franklin Counties deserve better.  As Senator, I will work hard every day to ensure that every child receives the world-class education they deserve and I will fight to protect families from the partisan politics that have denied healthcare coverage to hundreds of thousands.”

Crawford, a resident of Eastern Wake County, is the daughter of a public-school teacher and a state employee.  She worked her way through college, obtaining her Bachelor of Arts from North Carolina State University.  She has dedicated her career to serving the people of Wake and Franklin Counties through her work in nonprofits, working with organizations in higher education and health and human services. She currently serves at Single Stop, helping families work towards the American Dream by connecting them to existing resources that help put them on a path to economic stability and prosperity. Prior to that, she worked at Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities in Wake County.

Crawford has been active in the local community, serving on the Ministry Leadership Team at Hope Lutheran Church in Wake Forest, and on the Board of Directors at Safe Space in Louisburg, working to reduce relationship violence and sexual assault in Franklin County.

Crawford and her husband Dan live in Eastern Wake County where they raise their two daughters, Emily (10) and Abby (8).

 

For more information, visit www.sarahfornc.com.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2019 08:49
 
Dan Forest for Governor Announces New Coalitions of Supporters PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 27 September 2019 08:50

The Dan Forest for Governor campaign has launched three new coalitions of supporters. These coalitions bring together people of different backgrounds who are dedicated to helping elect Lt. Governor Forest as governor of North Carolina in 2020.

The three groups announced are: 

Military for Dan Forest - This coalition includes active-duty servicemembers, veterans, and military families. They support Dan Forest's vision to make North Carolina the No. 1 most military-friendly state in the country. The group is chaired by (Ret.) Col. Ron Rabin, a Vietnam War veteran who earned a Silver Star and Bronze Star in service. He is also a former North Carolina state senator.

Law Enforcement for Dan Forest - This coalition brings together officers across all types of sworn law enforcement at the local, state and federal level. They support Dan Forest's commitment to the rule of law and unwavering support for the state's law enforcement officers. So far, 50 of the state's sheriffs have formally endorsed Forest's campaign for governor. This group is led by Mike Caskey, a patrol training officer and veteran of one of North Carolina's largest police departments.

Firefighters for Dan Forest - This coalition includes men and women who put their lives on the line for North Carolina communities every day. They appreciate Forest's respect for the work they do running toward danger, not away from it.

 

 
Gubernatorial Candidate Dan Forest Pledges To Make NC The Most Military Friendly State PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 26 September 2019 10:12

Lt. Governor Dan Forest announced a plan that will position North Carolina as the country's most military-friendly state.

The plan is Forest's first major policy announcement in his 2020 campaign for governor.

"Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the men and women who sacrifice to defend our freedoms. In a day and age when we long for heroes, these are our real heroes," Forest said. "But sometimes, by the way they are treated, they don’t feel like heroes. Our state’s lack of attention in some key areas has damaged its reputation among the military."

Under a Forest administration, North Carolina will address these shortcomings. Forest's policy calls for progress in three key areas.

1) Supporting military families. Forest's policy calls for helping children of active-duty soldiers access high-quality education no matter when their families arrive in North Carolina.

2) Transitioning to civilian life. Forest's policy demonstrates North Carolina's commitment to welcoming servicemembers to the state as they exit active duty.

3) Building careers in North Carolina. Forest's policy would build new pathways for veterans to careers in law enforcement and high-demand occupations.

 
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