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Resolve to Make a Difference in 2019; Board of Elections Disbands as NC09 Drama Continues; Happy New Year!
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2019 Brings a Continued Resolve to Make Positive Change in NC


Whether you still make New Year Resolutions or have a Word of the Year to guide you, there is plenty of opportunity to find a way to effect positive change in NC throughout 2019. 

With the end of the 6 year reign of the Republican supermajority, this is the year to bring balance back to legislative decisions which will affect North Carolinians across the state. 

Unlike last year which saw budget decisions made behind closed doors with no debate or discussion, this year we will have a better opportunity to provide input that our representatives should use to guide their votes. Now that Governor Cooper has his veto power back we have achieved the first step towards a functioning democracy.

For a look ahead at what to expect from the 2019 General Assembly, here's a good piece from Kirk Ross at Carolina Public Press. We will continue to advocate for Medicaid expansion which saw progress in several other conservative states in 2018, as well as equitable public education funding and environmental legislation which puts people and our natural resources first. Gerrymandering will also be front and center in 2019, with news from SCOTUS expected this Friday on whether they will take on NC's case for fair Congressional districts. 

We hope you will continue to join us as we look to share insights and explanations of important actions from our elected officials, and participate in this ongoing experiment we call democracy.

The NC Board of Elections Disbands by Court Order 


Over the last two years the NC Board of Elections story has had more twists and turns than the Blue Ridge Parkway! With the unfolding drama of vote theft and election tampering in Congressional District 09 approaching month two, what was supposed to be downtime before the new legislature is seated in January has turned into yet another display of how desire for political power and money ends up hurting the citizens of North Carolina. 

This is a story we should all be following, and we have updated our latest post with new information just out this week which has resulted in NC being without a Board of Elections for the entire month of January, and the unfolding investigation at a potential standstill. 

At this rate, our best hope for a fair resolution lies with the US Congress, their refusal to seat Mark Harris and a new investigation and election called by them. Unfortunately the government shutdown may mean even more delays in finding a resolution for the people of NC09.

For more in depth insight into the story read: 

Democrats Vow Not to Seat Republican Who Claimed Victory in NC; NYT 

Cooper Changes His Mind on Elections Boards Appointments After GOP Refused to Nominate; NC Policy Watch

 

Save the Date:
Third Annual Raleigh Women's March and Rally, January 26, 2019

January 26th, 2019 • 10:00 AM
March first at 10am; Rally begins at 11:00am

Note: This date was chosen to avoid conflict with Martin Luther King weekend activities. Monday, January 21 is MLK Day, and activities run the weekend before in many places. There will be a DC March and Rally on January 19th.

Location:
Halifax Mall
6 W Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Host Contact Info:
womensmarchonraleigh@gmail.com

Happy New Year from all of us at StrongerNC!

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Stronger NC, Inc. All rights reserved.
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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