NCGA Back in Session; VoterID Bill Rushing Through; Thomas Farr Vote
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The NCGA Returns to Session Tomorrow, Nov. 27 at Noon

We hope everyone had a restful holiday week! Unfortunately, the business of keeping our legislators accountable continues, with a busy week ahead. 

We need a strong public presence tomorrow at the General Assembly as they return for a continuation of their last session.  We really have no idea what is on their agenda other than hurricane relief, but we do know what happened the last time they met for hurricane relief in December 2016. They have indicated that this session will run through the end of next week, so the more eyes and ears available the better. 

The NC NAACP, Democracy NC and Progress NC Action are hosting a Day of Action tomorrow. 

Schedule of Events:
- 10:45am - People Assemble on the Bicentennial Plaza, 1 E. Edenton St, Raleigh
- 11am - Press conference 
- 11:20am - March into legislature two by two; march up to galleries. 
- 12pm to 1pm - Silent Protest in the atrium 
- 1pm - lunch break
- -2pm - Support Just Florence Recovery partners at tent city (on Halifax Mall)
- 3pm-5pm - possible evening protests

***In addition, we have just been notified that there will be a meeting of the Senate Committee on Elections at
4pm in the Legislative Building, Room 1027/1128 at 16 W. Jones St., Raleigh. This is an interior room with no audio feed. It's no surprise that less than 24 hrs notice was provided for this important meeting on the upcoming VoterID legislation, with no agenda provided. Please attend if you are planning on being in Raleigh for the Session. 

VoterID Legislation Being Rushed Through 

Last week, just two days before Thanksgiving, the NCGOP released their draft of the new VoterID legislation, timed perfectly to hit the press as people prepared to host family and friends for the holiday. Those watching for this signed up for email notifications of the current Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee in order to get updated information on their meetings. 

However, on the Friday after Thanksgiving, members of the press announced that there would be a committee hearing on the legislation Monday, Nov. 26th, with limited public speaking slots of 3-5 min available. There were no email notices of this from the committee, and yet the slots filled up almost immediately. 

This happened to be announced on the same day that the deceptive and coordinated arrest of Samuel Bruno occurred. 

At today's committee meeting, the time slots were reduced to two minutes only, and it soon became apparent that the majority of the public speaking slots had been quickly filled with people regurgitating generalized GOP talking points about how college students shouldn't be voting in NC, and even comments like "illegals can get passports" and more anti-immigrant rhetoric. 

Chairman David Lewis soon announced that there would be an updated bill ready for the House and Senate as early as tomorrow, with today's comments taken in mind. 

This rush, without due process or acceptable public notifications, is not by accident. No details on the cost of this legislation are available at this time either. As we learn more about the details of the bill we will keep you informed. In the meantime, please contact your House and Senate representatives and ask them not to force through legislation which has not been fully and thoughtfully explored.

Oppose the Nomination of Thomas Farr as a Federal Judge

We expect to see a Senate vote this week on the abhorrent nomination of Thomas Farr for a lifetime appointment as a federal judge in Eastern NC. 

All 49 Democratic Senators are opposed to his nomination. Please ask your out of state friends (especially in South Carolina, where Sen. Tim Scott may be undecided) to contact their Republican Senators and ask for a vote against Thomas Farr. 

Here's why

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Stronger North Carolina, Inc. is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that educates North Carolina citizens about issues affecting the electorate. Stronger NC is not affiliated with any political party and does not endorse individual candidates. 

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