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NC Democratic Party - Trump Dives Headfirst Into NC’s GOP Escalating Senate Primary PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 June 2021 07:34
In a surprise announcement during his speech at the NC GOP convention last night, former President Donald Trump endorsed Congressman Ted Budd for Senate -- plunging the already  “hotly-contested” Republican Senate primary into further chaos and escalating the GOP’s intraparty fight. 
Here’s a recap of the key developments: 


Earlier that day, GOP attendees had voted for former Congressman Mark Walker in a Senate primary straw poll, with Budd in second and McCrory finishing last. 


During Trump’s announcement, CNN described how the other Senate candidates were listening “stone-faced” in the same room. 
Trump made “veiled comments” at the other GOP candidates, “adding a slap at former Gov. Pat McCrory, who has been critical of Trump's falsehoods about the 2020 election,” saying: “You can’t pick people who have already lost two races.”


Immediately following Trump’s announcement, McCrory issued a statement condemning Budd as a “Washington insider who has done more to oppose the Trump agenda than anyone in this race.” 


And Walker responded to the news by telling reporters that “President Trump just got some bad information from his former chief of staff. And it wouldn’t be the first time.” 


“Last night the GOP Senate primary went from a huge headache for the North Carolina Republican Party to a massive migraine --  and there’s months to go,” said Kate Frauenfelder, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Democratic Party. “Their brutal jabs last night prove that this escalating primary is only going to get worse.”
NC Democratic Party Statement On D.A. Decision Not To Prosecute PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 May 2021 08:57
Following news that the Pasquotank County District Attorney will not bring criminal charges on the deputies in the shooting of Andrew Brown Jr., NCDP Chair Bobbie Richardson released the following statement: 
“North Carolina deserves a system that works to deliver justice, protects our communities, and serves the people -- not one that allows law enforcement to become warriors against our own citizens. We must put a stop to the use of excessive force and work to find solutions that will prevent implicit biases from shaping perceptions and actions. I am deeply troubled by the lack of transparency and accountability that has led us to this point and I look forward to the findings of the FBI’s civil rights investigation.” 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 May 2021 08:59
Senate Candidate Erica Smith Will Hold Town Halls PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 May 2021 07:43

This afternoon, the Erica Smith campaign announced a series of virtual town halls that'll be held through the end of May. The series of events, titled "Policy is Personal" will highlight Senator Smith's policy positions as well as the ways in which her personal story connects to and has informed them. Attendees will be invited to share stories of their own 

"Working people deserve true representation. Representation is about policy being personal. We need more people like Jamal Bowman who have seen the ways in which our schools, while underfunded, can still make all the difference in keeping our children from slipping through the cracks. We need more people like Charles Booker who know what it is to have to ration your insulin. We need more people like Ayanna Presley who have struggled with student debt. Because it’s personal to them, they’re leading the fight for a better education system, for Medicare for all, and for canceling student debt. While policy may feel abstract to politicians who've never struggled a day in their life, for people like me, people who know what it means to have your child's illness bring your family to the brink of bankruptcy and have lived our lives on roads that have never been paved, policy is personal," said Smith. 

The "Policy is Personal" series will lead into the end of May and will be followed by the campaign officially kicking off the "100 Counties in 100 Days" tour. 


Last Updated on Thursday, 13 May 2021 07:44
DNC Will Invest In State Party Grassroots Effort PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 May 2021 16:40
Tthe Democratic National Committee (DNC) and state parties, including the Democratic Party of North Carolina, announced a historic four-year agreement that will guarantee more investment into Democratic state parties and grassroots infrastructure than ever before. At a minimum, this investment will provide $23 million to state parties as part of Democrats’ 2022 midterm strategy, and creates a first-of-its-kind program to focus additional investments in historically red states to build on Democrats’ 57 states and territories strategy.


The agreement will establish a brand-new, seven-figure “Red State Fund” to put Republicans on defense and build tailored programs for traditionally Republican states. The Red State Fund includes $2 million in direct investments and grants for states that meet two of the following criteria: no Democratic senator or governor, less than 25% of the congressional delegation are Democrats, and a supermajority of Republicans in their state legislature.
The contract also includes a data sharing agreement that increases investment in down-ballot races, solidifies another four years of historic investment in Democratic data, and anchors the DNC and state parties as the central hub of the Democratic data ecosystem.


“This historic agreement will give Democrats across North Carolina and the entire country the resources we need to continue delivering for the American people,” said NCDP Chair Bobbie Richardson. “With more investment than ever before in our grassroots infrastructure, we are ready to get to work electing Democrats up and down the ballot in 2022, and beyond.”


Additional investments in the agreement include: 


$15.5 Million for State Partnership Program (SPP): The new agreement increases monthly SPP funding for 50 state parties and DC by 25% to fund critical party infrastructure including staff, tools, and programming in the states.


$5.5 Million for State Party Innovation Fund Grants: These grants will ensure innovation and early organizing by putting more boots on the ground throughout the country to help elect Democrats up and down the ticket in 2022. The program includes $5 million in funding for all 50 state parties plus the District of Columbia, along with an additional $500,000 for Dems Abroad and the territories. These competitive grants will primarily be used to hire staff in state to develop and implement innovative programs tailored for each state.


Reestablishes the Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund: The agreement is contingent on the Democratic state parties rejoining the joint fundraising agreement that propelled the DNC to record-breaking major donor fundraising over the last four years, and allows the DNC to collect up to $875,000 per individual per year. 

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