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State Begins Vaccine Push PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 22 April 2021 10:32
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is rolling out the Bringing Summer Back get-out-the-vaccine campaign that will engage community organizations across the state to fully vaccinate as many people as possible by summer.
To date, more than 3.6 million adults in North Carolina have been vaccinated with at least one dose. While the state has made great progress in helping people schedule and get to their vaccine appointments, more than half of the adult population is still completely unvaccinated, putting them at higher risk of contracting and spreading the virus.
Being fully vaccinated means getting back to hugging loved ones who are also fully vaccinated, gathering with fully vaccinated friends and family and going to small indoor gatherings with less worry. Getting the majority of North Carolina’s adults vaccinated by summer means getting back to the summer activities we all love — like backyard gatherings with families and friends, public fireworks, outdoor festivals or parades — all without wearing masks.
The Bringing Summer Back campaign is a fun, flexible and community-centered approach that creates a space for every organization and individual to roll up their sleeves and do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and get everyone back to the people and places they love. The campaign will run during two weeks in May (May 9–15 and May 16–21) and two weeks in June (June 6–12 and June 20–26), during which organizations across the state will rally together to promote vaccination.
Organizations can get involved in a number of ways: 
Organize volunteer days: Invite members, volunteers and others to participate in a day(s) of phone banking, door knocking or other forms of outreach to the communities they serve.
Distribute resources: Notify communities about efforts to help people get COVID-19 vaccine appointments through emails, social media or other creative ways.
Host a get-out-the-vaccine challenge: Create friendly competition. See who can reach out to the most people via phone, door knocking, social media or other ways. Offer an incentive to get people motivated and involved.
Get creative: Come up with your own approach to encourage people to get vaccinated.
Organizations that would like to get involved can register to participate and access toolkit materials at (Spanish: or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
The toolkit offers simple, specific steps everyone can take to navigate people to an appointment, such as calling loved ones who haven’t been vaccinated yet, sharing their experience on social media and asking if anyone needs support in getting vaccinated.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccines in North Carolina, visit or call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center at 888-675-4567. Appointments can be made by visiting 
NC Will Lift Most COVID 19 Restrictions By June 1 PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 21 April 2021 16:23
Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. laid out a timeline for lifting current pandemic restrictions. With stable trends and continued vaccination success, the state expects to lift mandatory social distancing, capacity, and mass gathering restrictions by June 1. The Governor plans to issue an executive order next week outlining safety restrictions for the month of May.
“Each shot in an arm is a step closer to putting this pandemic in the rearview mirror,” said Governor Cooper. “North Carolinians have shown up for each other throughout this entire pandemic and we need to keep up that commitment by getting our vaccines.”
North Carolina continues to focus on distributing vaccines quickly and equitably. This fast and fair approach to getting shots in arms is the best way to beat this pandemic, protect one another, boost the economy and make it possible for restrictions to be lifted. 
To date, the state has administered over 6.5 million vaccines. 46.9 percent of adults are at least partially vaccinated, and 35.1 percent are fully vaccinated. More than 76 percent of people 65 and older have had at least one shot. 
With vaccine now widely available across the state – often with no wait for an appointment, all North Carolinians 16 and older can plan to take their shot. The state anticipates lifting the mask mandate and easing other public health recommendations, once two thirds of adult North Carolinians have received at least one vaccine dose and if trends remain stable.
“We are at an exciting moment. We now have enough vaccine for everyone,” said Secretary Cohen. “If you are 16 and older, it is your turn to join the more than 3.6 million North Carolinians who have already taken their first shot. It’s up to you to get us to the two thirds goal as quickly as possible so we can live with this virus and begin to put this pandemic behind us.”
Gov. Cooper and Sec. Cohen urged North Carolinians continue to get vaccinated and exercise good judgment even when restrictions are lifted. Businesses should continue to follow voluntary health recommendations and North Carolinians should continue to take safety measures in order to boost the economy, keep children in schools and protect each other.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released statistics indicating that North Carolina is among the states with the fewest deaths and fewest job losses per capita.
State health officials are continuing to monitor the presence of COVID-19 and its more contagious variants in North Carolina, which is why it is important to continue to follow the state’s mask mandate and continue to practice safety precautions, including the Three Ws—wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart, and wash hands often.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 April 2021 16:25
Democratic Senators Propose Tax Increase On The Rich PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Wednesday, 14 April 2021 12:03
Senators Wiley Nickel & Natalie Murdock File “A Tax Plan for a Just Recovery” that would roll back Republican Tax Cuts on Corporations and the Top 1%
Bill would raise roughly $2 billion for North Carolina to invest in education and infrastructure by making sure that corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share
RALEIGH, NC – Senators Wiley Nickel and Natalie Murdock along with Representative Marcia Morey discussed their bill to increase state revenue to make long overdue and needed investments in public education, infrastructure and a healthy environment. They were joined by education leaders and the NC Justice Center to talk about needed state investments and our upside down tax code that asks more from teachers, police and fire-fighters than it does from those in the Top 1%.
The bill would increase state funding by close to $2 billion dollars per year. This would have a huge impact on our ability to achieve the goals our constitution sets forth with the promise of a sound education for every North Carolina child. The bill would roll back Republican tax cuts on corporations and families making over $500,000 per year to make sure they pay their fair share.
Senator Nickel said, “Corporations in North Carolina pay the lowest income tax rate in the country at 2.5%.  We need to roll back the Republican tax cuts in order to make needed investments in public education, affordable health care and infrastructure. We can either rank 40th in spending per student or we can make corporations pay their fair share to provide needed support for a world-class public education system. With a corporate income tax rate at 5% North Carolina would still be amongst the lowest states in the South.”
Speaking on the bill, Senator Murdock said, “North Carolina’s upside-down tax code fails to ensure that we all pay our fair share. Now more than ever, working families need tax relief and corporations racking in record profits can afford to pay more.  North Carolina’s tax code and budget are wrought with policies that not only lack equity but have a disproportionate impact on communities of color. The greater tax load carried by Black, Indigenous, and Latinx residents has been exacerbated by state tax policy choices made in 2013. It’s time to provide tax relief to those that need it most and to generate the revenue we need for our schools and infrastructure.”
Senator Nickel added, “North Carolina Republicans have rigged the system so that those in the Top 1% pay a lower share of state and local taxes than the Bottom 99%.  The wealthy need to pay their fair share so we can invest in public education, affordable health care and our state’s crumbling infrastructure. My bill would roll back Republican tax cuts on families making over $500,000 per year. We have an upside down tax system that lets the Top 1% pay a lower share of their taxes than teachers, police and fire-fighters. That’s just wrong.”
Cooper Announces Four Judicial Appointments PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 14 April 2021 10:55
Governor Roy Cooper made the following judicial appointments:


The Honorable Eula Reid as Superior Court Judge in Judicial District 1, serving Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties. Judge Reid will fill the vacant seat created by the retirement of the Honorable J.C. Cole. Since 2007, Judge Reid has served as a District Court Judge in Judicial District 1. She previously was an Assistant District Attorney in the District Attorney’s Office and an Adjunct Professor at Elizabeth City State University. Judge Reid earned her Bachelor of Arts at Elizabeth City State University and her Juris Doctor at North Carolina Central University School of Law.


Jacqueline Grant as Superior Court Judge in Judicial District 28 serving Buncombe County. Grant will fill the vacant seat created by the retirement of the Honorable Marvin Pope. Grant is a Partner at Roberts & Stevens, P.A. in Asheville. Previously, she served as the President of the North Carolina Bar Association and President of the 28th Judicial District Bar Association. Grant earned her Bachelor of Science at Western Carolina University and her Juris Doctor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.


Diane Surgeon as District Court Judge in Judicial District 16B serving Robeson County. Surgeon will fill the vacant seat created by the retirement of the Honorable Judith Milsap Daniels. Surgeon is a solo practitioner at Surgeon Law Firm, PLLC and serves as Guardian ad Litem Attorney Advocate. Previously, she was the Assistant Public Defender at Robeson County Public Defender Office and Managing Attorney at Lumbee River Legal Services. Surgeon earned her Bachelor of Arts at Johnson C. Smith University and her Juris Doctor at University of North Carolina School of Law.


Debra L. Massie as District Court Judge to Judicial District 3B serving Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties. Massie will fill the vacant seat formerly held by the Honorable Clinton Rowe who was elected to the Superior Court bench. Massie is a Partner at Wheatly, Wheatly, Weeks, Lupton & Massie, P.A. Previously, she was a Public Defender at Carteret County Public Defender’s Office. Massie earned her Bachelor of Arts at Wake Forest University and her Juris Doctor at Campbell University School of Law.

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