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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. 
New Teachers Group Will Meet In Fayetteville PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 May 2021 16:23
The newly formed Carolina Teachers Alliance  is holding a Region 4 “Meet & Greet” this Saturday 5/15/21 in Fayetteville from 10:30 am to 1pm. The event will be held at Mazarick Park 1, Shelter 1, 1612 Belvedere Avenue, Fayetteville, NC, 28305, and is for prospective and existing members. Free donuts and coffee will be served, and a surprise item will be raffled!  
Carolina Teachers Alliance is nonprofit trade association, whose mission is to be the voice of Carolina educators that empowers members to provide the highest quality, unbiased and achievement-driven education to all children. Membership classifications, pricing, benefits, and merchandise can be viewed at their website All new school staff members receive a free T-shirt with their membership. 
“It will be a fun outdoor event with food, drinks, music, games, a raffle, and the opportunity to learn more about Carolina Teachers Alliance and what we do. Also, volunteers who pick up a bag of school kits to deliver to local schools will receive a free T-shirt and $5 off membership dues.” Said President, Amy Marshall.  
“I started Carolina Teachers Alliance in part to provide North Carolina teachers an alternative organization. We are half the cost of the NCAE for professional members. All our school staff, including retired, are automatically covered under our robust educator professional liability/legal plan. We also have an amazing nationwide corporate discount program that covers everything from fast food to Disney. We also offer free and reduced-price professional development and quarterly grants for educators.” Said Marshall. 
Congressman Ted Budd Enters Race For U.S. Senate PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 April 2021 10:55
Cpngressman Ted Budd is running for the U.S. Senate seat from North Carolina held by Richard Burr, whi is not running for re-election. The following is an edited biography supplied by the Budd campaign.  
Ted Budd is a conservative. Raised in a family of small business owners, Budd learned that hard work, family, and faith are the foundation to success. Ted grew up on a cattle and commercial chicken farm in Davie County where he still lives today with his wife and three kids.
The Council for Citizens against Government Waste named Budd a Taxpayer Super Hero for his “relentless and unwavering support of the fiscal interests of American taxpayers.” As a business owner, he knows that fiscal responsibility leads to economic growth. Budd voted to cut middle-class taxes and why he votes to deregulate small businesses who are strangled by big government.
Out of college, Budd orked with his family’s facility-services business, The Budd Group, and helped create new jobs at Green Resource (now part of John Deere Landscapes). Ted’s work at The Budd Group and Green Resource helped them to earn the Triad Business Journal’s “Fast 50” as one of the region’s 50 fastest growing privately held companies. After that project, pursuing other entrepreneurial opportunities, Ted sold his share of the family business to his brother and has had no financial interest in The Budd Group since 2003.
Since divesting from his family’s business, Budd has pursued business interests in a number of fields. Currently, he is the owner of ProShots. When Ted Budd bought the business, ProShots was struggling, but it is now a thriving shooting-sports retail store, training center, and indoor range.
As a lifetime NRA and Grassroots NC member and the owner of a gun range and store, Budd will not waver in defense of the freedoms protected by the 2nd Amendment. He is committed to strengthening the family and recognizes the cultural battle we face to protect it. He is a member of the Home School Legal Defense Association and has served as a board member of North Carolinians for Home Education. He met his wife Amy Kate in the former Soviet Union on a mission trip in 1991, the week before the collapse of communism. They still enjoy mission trips and serve in their church.
Budd says the best way to get the American economy ramped up again after the COVID shutdowns is through a system that encourages innovation and relieves the stranglehold of overregulation.
A graduate of Appalachian State University, Budd holds a Masters in Business Administration from Wake Forest University where he was recognized as Mentor of the Year, and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Family Life from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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