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Businessman Declares Candidacy For 113th District Congressional Seatth PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 November 2021 17:45
Businessman E.C. Sykes, announced his campaign for North Carolina State Senate in the newly created 13th District.
 
“I will fight for families in the NC Senate, stop government overreach, and work to help businesses rebuild as we come out of COVID. For too long, Granville County and Northern Wake County voters have not had a representative who puts their needs first, and that will be my main priority. I will stand up for kids, for moms and dads, and for small businesses all across my district,” said Sykes.
 
A native of North Carolina, E.C. Sykes’ North Carolina family roots can be traced back 300 years to before the Revolutionary War. Descending from farmers who instilled a strong work ethic, E.C.’s father was a police officer in Durham and his mother a medical technician. Some of his early jobs were selling tomatoes door-to-door and working the tobacco fields. E.C. earned his engineering degree at NC State by working as a janitor, an  electrician, and a co-op student. There, he met his wife, Susan, of more than 35 years. Together, they started a family in Rolesville, raising their children with the same core North Carolina values their parents instilled in them.
 
“Hard-working North Carolinian families deserve someone who will bring commonsense policies to the NC Senate, policies like honoring the rule of law, cutting taxes and expanding economic growth, limiting the size and scope of government, and restoring confidence in our elected officials,” said Sykes. “As a conservative problem-solver, successful businessman, and man of strong Christian faith, I have the experience to expand business opportunities and restore the conservative values that are being threatened” he continued.
 
Over E.C.’s business career, he has created thousands of jobs while leading small, family-owned companies as well as larger, complex public ones - skills that will help him guide the Senate to get our economy moving in the right direction. This background has given him the ability to relate to businesses owners and entrepreneurs in North Carolina and the knowledge of how to improve the business environment in the state for every citizen. Beyond his business career, E.C. has remained active in both his church and community, serving as an ordained deacon, foster parent and giving of his resources to several charities, including those focusing on sanctity of life. 
 
With his entrance into the race for NC Senate 13, E.C. Sykes has the experience and background to win the general election The people in the 13th District have been under the rule of progressive politicians for too long. In this election, they have the opportunity to choose a leader that relates to their struggles and knows how to stand for their values. As a conservative outsider with fresh ideas, he appeals to a diverse mix of  voters and inspires them to turnout at the polls on election day.
 
Filing opens December 6.
 
 
Senate Candidate Erica Smith Calls For Supreme Court Expansion PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 November 2021 10:02
Former state senator and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate  Erica Smith endorsed calls for the expansion of the U.S. Supreme Court.. 

 

"An illegitimate court (Neil Gorsuch & Amy Coney Barrett sit in stolen seats) is reviewing a law that was written by an illegitimate legislature and signed by an illegitimate Governor. Two men, Brett Kavanaugh and  Clarence Thomas who've been credibly accused of sexual misconduct may very well end the freedom of every woman, and childbearing person, in this country to make their own choices about their own body.
 
"While I urge the Supreme Court to overturn the Texas abortion ban, and Congress to codify Roe, I know that more is needed. Republicans have rigged the system, and packed the courts, so that corporations and dangerous ideologues can have their way. Given that our Democracy and our livelihoods are on the line, it's alarming that the other candidates in this primary have attacked and diminished the idea of expanding the court. We must meet this moment by expanding the number of seats on the Supreme Court. It's the end of voting rights for Black and Brown communities, or it's expanding the court. It's our politicians being owned by dark money, or it's expanding the court. It's the end of Roe v. Wade and reproductive rights, or it's expanding the court.
 
"Expand the Supreme Court."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 November 2021 10:07
 
Senator Berger Calls On NC Democratic Party Chair To Resign After Attack On Mark Robinson PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 October 2021 10:33
North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Bobbie Richardson called on her fellow Democrats to "curb Mark Robinson," a violent term the Southern Poverty Law Center associates with the "racist skinhead movement."

 

Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) said, "We hear a lot about words being 'violence.' Well, the Democratic Party Chair today used a word actually associated with real violence to attack Mark Robinson, North Carolina's first black Lt. Governor. 'Curbing' has a long and vicious racist history, as does the North Carolina Democratic Party. By the standards outlined by the Democratic Party, it would be appropriate for the chair to resign." 
 
Below is the email, signed by Democratic Party Chair Bobbie Richardson, calling on Democrats to "curb Mark Robinson."
 
In the first half of the 20th century, the Democratic Party beat and hanged black people in lynchings to keep them from attaining equal rights and political power.
 
In the second half of the 20th century and continuing to this day, the Democratic Party engages in "high-tech lynching" to keep black conservatives from gaining political power.
 
If a Republican called on fellow Republicans to "curb" a black man, the Democratic Party and its affiliated "non-profits" would be marching in the streets screaming "words matter."
 
Will they speak with equal vigor against the North Carolina Democratic Party Chair for attacking a black Republican with a word the Southern Poverty Law Center associates with vicious, violent racism?
Last Updated on Friday, 15 October 2021 10:38
 
Equality NC Condemns Lt. Governor's Remarks On Transgender and Homosexualityand Refuses to Elevate Hate PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 October 2021 10:26

The following statement was issued by Eqiality NC:

At Equality North Carolina, we have a policy of not uplifting or drawing more attention to damaging rhetoric, because we know it adds to a culture that harms the most vulnerable in our LGBTQ+ community. Unfortunately, over the weekend before Coming Out Day and during Anti-Bullying Month and LGBTQ History Month, national news picked up these types of statements from our own state’s lieutenant governor. These types of statements have negative, far-reaching impacts. 

In the past year, 42% of LGBTQ+ youth have seriously contemplated suicide; four Black trans women have been murdered in the state, three in Charlotte, making it the second most deadly city in the United States for trans people, and the North Carolina General Assembly attempted to pass three bills directly attacking LGBTQ youth, especially transgender youth.

We want to make it clear to our community: you are part of a legacy of powerful people with a history and culture worthy of your pride. You are not objects of disdain or sympathy, but rather we are all living humans with inherent worth and dignity. We are proud to be in community with you.

It is our responsibility to ensure the Lt. Governor does not get what he wants: more fame for his hateful rhetoric. That’s why you will see us taking the power back from his words, as has been our longstanding tradition as queer people. The bullies will not win. We will work to elect leaders who have the material interest of LGBTQ+ people in mind, who uplift our voices and experiences, and who will work with us to pass policies addressing the disparities our community faces. We need state and federal nondiscrimination protections, now!

In the meantime, we call on our state leadership to stop using our schools as battlegrounds and pass a budget that reflects how much we value our public schools and teachers.

t Equality North Carolina, we will continue to build LGBTQ+ power through advocacy, education, and uplifting the stories of queer and trans North Carolinians in pursuit of racial and social justice.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 October 2021 10:28
 
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