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League Of Women Voters Outline Redistricting Options PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 10:20
The League of Women Voters of North Carolina is releasing key findings from its new study of redistricting options for North Carolina. The study identifies five principles that together define “reasonable redistricting reform:” 
1. Maintain a role for the legislature in the process, such as naming commissioners.
2. Include citizens and/or impartial experts as commission members.
3. Set strict rules for the commission's work that 1) rule out partisan data and objectives and 2) use voting rules that force consensus.
4. Provide for extensive citizen participation and transparency.
5. Make the maps final on the commission's vote, without further action by the legislature.
A redistricting commission designed using these principles has the potential to attract the bipartisan support needed to become law and end extreme gerrymanders in our state. 
The five principles were identified by a League study team that analyzed 50 redistricting bills introduced last year in 15 states—mostly in the South—and the U.S. Congress. The team also examined all 29 redistricting commissions already on the books across the country. 
The League’s key finding is that redistricting reform that preserves a role for the State Legislature but also adheres to the other four principles above can give our voters a greater voice in the process and prevent extreme partisan map-making. 
The League’s “Legislator’s Guide to Reasonable Redistricting Reform” clarifies how to translate these principles into practice for a soundly designed commission. The guide sets out 12 questions that any commission design must answer and provides information on how legislators in other states have dealt with each of them. 
The League is not recommending a specific model. Instead, we are calling on citizens, legislators, and civic organizations to collaborate in designing a “reasonable redistricting” model that works for North Carolina. 
Dr. Jennifer Bremer, the main author of the study, is available for interviews. Contact her at (301) 955-6333 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
NC Democratic Party Says Supreme Court Nominee Could Threaten Roe v. Wade PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 July 2018 10:18
North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin released the following statement after President Trump selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court:
 
“Judge Kavanaugh has a long legal history that puts him squarely at odds with the well-being of millions of North Carolinians, especially women and people of color. His opinions signal he would threaten a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions by overturning Roe v. Wade and gut the law that helps hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians, including those with preexisting conditions, access affordable care. Still other opinions have signaled renewed threats to voting rights, civil rights, and workers’ rights that will harm immigrants, LGBTQ North Carolinians, and people of color while protecting wealthy corporations and polluters. North Carolina Democrats stand united against these and future threats to marginalized people across our state and call on every North Carolinian worried about how a far-right court will hurt our state to get involved, call your U.S. senator, and vote in November.”
 
NC Democrats Tout Record Fundraising Effort PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 July 2018 10:15
The North Carolina Democratic Party announced a record $5.8 million cash on hand ($5,786,622) at the end of the second quarter before the 2018 General Election season, an unprecedented amount for a midterm election and the party’s third straight record setting fundraising period.
 
The party raised more than $2.3 million ($2,340,129) in a little over two months from the end of April 2018 to the end of June, $200,000 more than the previous four months and $1 million more than the final six months of 2017, a strong sign that grassroots support to break the Republican supermajority continues to grow.
 
“Democrats across the state are outworking, outhustling, and outraising Republicans, showing that the grassroots energy and momentum are on our side and many Republicans are going to be caught flat-footed in November,” NCDP Chairman Wayne Goodwin said. “The party is in the strongest position we have ever been in before a midterm election, with outstanding Democrats running in every single district for the first time ever and the resources and support they need to get their message out.”
 
Both the cash-on-hand and raised totals dwarf previous midterm elections:
 
Q2 2014: The party has on hand more than seven times what the party had in the Q2 2014 ($800,266) and raised more than five times what the party raised in Q2 2014 ($417,848).
Q2 2010: The party has on hand more than 22 times the amount on hand in Q2 2010 ($252,467) and raised more than seven times what the party raised in Q2 2010 ($322,498).

 

Democrats’ strong fundraising and grassroots enthusiasm isn’t just evident at the party and through the Break the Majority effort. In the first quarter of 2018, after the filing period, more than 30 Democratic candidates outraised Republican incumbents and open seat challengers; of that total, a fourth of Republican incumbents running for reelection in 2018 were outraised by their challengers.
 
Democrats are backed by Break the Majority, a strategic partnership between Governor Cooper and NCDP to invest resources and expertise in key state level races. Break the Majority earlier this spring announced the initial targeted Republican districts.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 July 2018 10:16
 
NC Democratic Chair Blasts Supreme Court Decision PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 June 2018 09:56
Raleigh -  NCDP Chairman Wayne Goodwin released the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to send North Carolina’s partisan gerrymandering case back to lower courts:
 
“The court has delayed justice and fair maps in North Carolina yet again. North Carolinians have suffered under some of the worst unconstitutional gerrymanders in the country for nearly a decade, paying the price with representatives who repeatedly put partisanship before people. Justice delayed is justice denied. We look forward to the day when these unconstitutional districts are gone and North Carolinians will finally get to choose their representatives, instead of the other way around.”
 
 
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