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NC Justice Center - Tricks With No Treats For North Carolinians PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 November 2019 10:01
he NC General Assembly leadership voted to leave Raleigh after once again voting to slash taxes for big corporations while failing to give teachers and state employees the raises they deserve, leaving hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians without Medicaid coverage and failing to invest in thriving communities across the state. 
 
Legislative leaders' refusal to put forward a comprehensive final budget that addresses North Carolina’s ongoing needs puts our state on worse footing for the future. 
 
After a session that saw underhanded sneak votes and the rejection of broadly popular policies to extend health coverage and improve public education, legislators are leaving many North Carolina families and communities behind. 
 
Ignoring dramatic need and widespread popular demand, the legislature refused to expand Medicaid, leaving hundreds of thousands of low-income North Carolinians without coverage and threatening the survival of many rural hospitals. 
 
This Halloween, the Republican leadership was all tricks and no treats. 
 
By moving forward with legislative proposals, like the franchise tax cut that failed in House Finance but was revived by leadership late last night, legislative leaders have once again demonstrated their priority is big business, not everyday North Carolinians.  
 
Bucking their prior stance against subsidizing the film industry, they moved to allow large film and television production companies to receive even more lucrative grants. 
 
Despite rising public health concerns around vaping and the potential of parity in the taxation of these tobacco products at similar levels as cigarettes to address some of those concerns, legislative leaders listened to the tobacco industry and refused to act. 
 
By expanding sales taxes on online purchases and not making up for it with other tax law changes, legislative leaders voted to keep our tax code upside-down. 
 
To make matters even worse, legislative leaders passed tax cuts for big businesses while cynically claiming we couldn’t afford more healthy raises for educators. Leadership kept teacher pay raises far short of what is needed to retain and attract talent, undermining our children’s access to quality education. The proposed raise leaves teacher pay below its modest pre-recession levels, leaves teachers with a giant pay deficit compared to equally educated professionals in different jobs, and tries to pit teachers against other vital needs in the state budget. 
 
The General Assembly has prioritized tax cuts for big business even as they have failed to enact a comprehensive final budget which creates a pathway to a stronger North Carolina. Once again, legislative leaders placed ideology and the demands of wealthy corporations over the needs of everyone else in the state.  
 
North Carolina Democratic Party And Other Groups File Lawsuit to Overturn North Carolina Early Voting Restrictions PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 November 2019 09:36
The North Carolina Democratic Party, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee filed a lawsuit to overturn early voting restrictions   in North Carolina that would prevent North Carolinians from casting their ballots the Saturday before Election Day, which was the busiest day of early voting in 2018. 
 
The restrictions are a part of Senate Bill 325, which would for the first time in decades prohibit early voting the weekend before Election Day. Early voting is popular among voters, particularly African American North Carolinians and registered Democrats who have increasingly participated in early voting -- particularly the weekend before Election Day. 
 
Another portion of SB 325 enacted last year mandated uniformity across early voting sites instead of leaving it to counties’ discretion. The policy made it more expensive to operate early voting sites so the number of locations and hours they operated were reduced in the 2018 general election, making it harder for voters to cast their ballots. 
 
"With control of everything from the White House and Congress to the Governor's mansion and the General Assembly on the ballot next year, it is vital that every voter can freely and easily make their voice heard," said North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin. "North Carolina Democrats are committed to lowering hurdles to the ballot box, not erecting new ones, and we will never waver from our commitment to make voting easier and more accessible for North Carolina families."
 
“We all have an obligation to ensure Americans can cast their ballot fairly and that it will be counted, and we cannot allow partisan efforts to make it harder to vote,” said DSCC Chair Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. “We are committed to protecting the early vote program so that North Carolinians may exercise their rights without unfair obstacles.”
 
“Every American’s right to vote is sacred and I am committed to ensuring more people across our country can freely access that right and have their voices heard,” said DCCC Chairwoman Cheri Bustos. “I am proud to stand up for North Carolinians’ ability to vote early, and I look forward to the day where access to the ballot isn’t treated as a partisan issue, but rather a universal American value.”
 
North Carolina enacted “no excuse” early voting in 1999, when the state was ranked 43rd for voter participation. In 2012, after early voting and a series of other measures steadily expanded access, the state jumped to 11th in the nation.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2019 09:37
 
E.C. Sykes Announces Campaign Team for Secretary of State Race PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 October 2019 09:18

 

 

Raleigh, NC—Less than 2 months after entering the race for North Carolina Secretary of State, E.C. Sykes has announced that former State Senator and 2016 Republican Attorney General nominee Buck Newton will serve as his campaign’s chairman.

 

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the Sykes campaign. Over my time in politics, I’ve met a lot of candidates who make big promises—E.C. is as serious as they come. When he sets out to do something, he does it, and when he makes a campaign promise, you can count on him to keep it. His conservative credentials are beyond reproach,” said Newton. “We have a golden opportunity in this election to finally take back the Secretary of State’s office and institute policies that will improve the business climate in our state, finally putting North Carolina back on the right track. His experience of turning struggling organizations into successful ones and his proven conservative values make him the perfect candidate to defeat Elaine Marshall in November. I’m happy to serve as his campaign chairman and offer him my full-fledged endorsement.”

 

Buck Newton currently serves as an attorney, running his own private practice in Wilson. Buck also served his community in the North Carolina State Senate for three terms and earned a reputation as fair-minded and dependable, fighting for limited government and an environment where North Carolina families could prosper again. Before the State Senate, Buck served as Chairman of the Wilson County Republican Party. He also successfully ran for and won the Republican nomination for Attorney General in 2016. In order to serve as Chairman of the Sykes campaign, Newton stepped down from his role as NC GOP Treasurer.

 

“I’m honored that someone as high caliber as Buck has agreed to serve as our campaign’s chairman. Buck’s personal values perfectly align with my own—the same values that our campaign is centered on. Our entire team will benefit from his political experience and leadership,” said Sykes. “Buck chose to lead our campaign as Chairman because he knows what can be accomplished with the right person in the Secretary’s office. He’s seen first-hand the negative impact on North Carolina that career politicians and those who don’t share our values have had. With his help, I have no doubt that we will win our primary election and march on to victory next November.”

 

After only one week in the race for Secretary of State, the Sykes campaign raised over $127,000 in contributions—more than each of the last five Republican nominees raised over the course of their whole campaigns. As E.C. continues to travel the state and rally the grassroots, he further proves every day that he is the only candidate with the conservative credentials and business experience necessary to win the general election. This message resonates with more voters every day, and as fundraising continues to be successful, the campaign is confident every voter across the state will be exposed to E.C.’s platform.  As a conservative outsider with fresh ideas, he appeals to a diverse mix of voters and will inspire them to turnout at the polls on election day.

 
Causey Will Seek Second Term As Insurance Commissioner PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 October 2019 12:09

Mike Causey announced he will seek a second term as North Carolina’s Commissioner of Insurance. 

During the past four years I have worked for the people of North Carolina to hold the insurance companies accountable; to help lower the cost of insurance; to fight corruption and make sure that every citizen has a fair shake and level playing field when it comes to dealing with the powerful insurance industry. When I took the oath of office, I put my hand on the Holy Bible and swore to uphold the law and to defend our state and national Constitutions; I have done that.  Even when it hurt me, I have stood up to the powerful to support the interests of the people of North Carolina,” said Causey.

Causey says he’s had a successful record in his first term as Commissioner of Insurance.

  • Doubled the number of insurance fraud investigators resulting in more than 1,000 arrests of people who were trying to game the insurance system
  • Deployed additional fire department inspectors in order to clear a massive backlog of fire department inspections that helped improve community ratings; reducing the rates for homeowner’s insurance in communities across the state
  • Launched a statewide campaign on protecting babies and pets from hot vehicles in the summer
  • Focused on transparency and accountability in the Department of Insurance; holding the bureaucrats accountable – increasing the professionalism in the department

“I am proud of my record of putting the people of North Carolina first and fighting corruption and abuse of power.  My focus is on serving the people making sure they have a fair fight when it comes to dealing with the powerful insurance industry,” said Causey.

 
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