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NC Justice Center Applauds Passage Of $15 Minimum Wage In U.S. House PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 July 2019 08:40
RALEIGH – Working families across North Carolina received good news today, as the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Raise the Wage Act, which raised the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years. 
The first such raise in a decade, this critical bill will boost the pay of more than 27 million American workers (including 1.6 million in North Carolina alone) and lift more than 1.3 million people out of poverty across the country, according to the Congressional Budget Office. This vote reiterates the basic promise of the American Dream to our nation’s working people, that everyone should earn enough to afford the basics for their families—to put food on the table, gas in their car, and a roof over their heads. No one working full time should live in poverty. 
Contrary to the fears of conservative critics, 15years’ worth of state-level minimum wage increases have shown that bold increases in the wage floor have never resulted in the big job losses critics have sometimes hysterically predicted. In fact, job creation in states that saw minimum wage increases over the past year were virtually identical job creation rates as those that did not raise the wage, so it’s unlikely the nation as a whole would see job losses where they haven’t happened in the states. That’s because businesses do better when customers have more money to spend, and this minimum wage increase is the biggest boost 
The U.S. House took an important step today to improve the lives of working people. The Justice Center urges the U.S. Senate to follow suit and raise the minimum wage at the earliest convenience. 
Republican Legislator Holly Grange Will Challenge Lt. Governor Dan Forest For Gubernatorial Nomination PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 July 2019 08:56
State Rep. Holly Grange, a Republican representing New Hanover county, is running for the GOP nomination for governor. 
Lt. Governor Dan Forest is also running for the Republican nomination. 
In her  announcement video, Grange emphaszed her background as a West Point graduate and U.S. Army veteran as well as her strong identifcation with President Donald Trump. 
"I know North Carolina can do better than career politicians like Roy Cooper. The president is an outsider who gets things done, and I’ll do the same. I’ll deliver the results the career politicians won’t," said in her campaign video. Grange said she will sign a bill mandating that sheriffs in the state comply with ICE requests.
The News and Observer reports Sen. Thom Tillis encouraged Grange to run against Forest.
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.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:35

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