March 29, 2018
Nash Dems Rally in Blue Wave Convention on Saturday, April 7
Nash Democratic Party members will gather on April 7 at 10 am at the Nash County Superior Courtroom in Nashville, to rally for a "Blue Wave" in this 2018 "Blue Moon" election.
"According to NC Policy Watch, every 12 years, North Carolina has a blue moon election with no major statewide campaign, e.g. Governor, President or US Senator, to drive turnout. The last one was 2006, and the 37% turnout led to a Democratic wave," says Dwight Jordan, Nash Party Chair. "We need a large turnout, and an even larger enthusiastic crowd of both Democratic and unaffiliated voters on April 7 in order to build momentum for the critical contested races in Nash County - Linda Coleman, Wendy May and Ken Romley for Congressional District 2, , County Commissioner Mary Wells' District 6 seat, James Gailliard and Bobbie Richardson for N C House districts 25 and 7 respectively and Albert Pacer of Johnston County for NC Senate District 11."
The keynote speaker at the convention will be the leading statewide Democratic candidate on the November ballot, Attorney Anita Earls for NC Supreme Court. Earls, now on leave from the non-profit law firm that she founded, has been the master lawyer at the forefront of the fight for fair maps and voting rights in our state, and has dedicated her life to achieving fairness, equality, and justice.
"Anita Earls is the reason we still have same day registration and early voting and she has won all the major NC cases against voter suppression tactics and partisan and racial gerrymandering all the way to the US Supreme Court," says Jordan. In endorsing Anita Earls, Former Gov. Jim Hunt said, "Anita's service to North Carolina is undeniable. I look forward to supporting Anita as she seeks to represent all North Carolinians from the bench of North Carolina's Supreme Court." Earls further emphasizes: "I believe my record demonstrates that I have an unflinching dedication to the principle of equality before the law for all people."
In addition to the keynote speech from Earls, convention goers will hear from other candidates and elect representatives to the prosecutorial district executive committee, state senatorial district executive committee and the state house of representative committee. These committees are set up in case there is ever a need for replacement.
Every precinct needs to be represented by one of its officers or convention delegates elected at your annual precinct meeting. The convention is open to the public and in particular to all registered Democratic or Unaffiliated voters. For more information, contact Dwight Jordan, Nash Democratic Party Chair at 252-452-2788.
March 6, 2018
The Senate is voting THIS WEEK on a bill to deregulate big banks that took $50 billion in bailouts – and raise the risk of another crash. Your senators need to hear from you now. Tell them to vote NO on the Bank Lobbyist Act.
ADD YOUR NAME TO THE PETITION
The Senate is set to vote any day this week on the "Bank Lobbyist Act," a horrifying grab-bag of giveaways to the bank lobby.
Champions like Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown are leading the fight to defend President Obama's Dodd-Frank Act against this attack, but they can't do it alone. It will take a flood of constituent pressure to win against the bank lobbyists and their campaign contributions.
This bill is a GOP-led attack on the rules protecting our economy from bankster greed.
It's speeding through the Senate because 13 Senate Democrats joined the "Bailout Caucus" supporting the bill. High-powered Wall Street lobbyists are pulling out all the stops to bring giveaway back to their corporate overlords. That's why we need constituent outrage to change the tide of Wall Street greed.
The spin-meisters will try to say this bill is just about "community banks," but make no mistake. The Bank Lobbyist Act (S.2155) would:
- Deregulate big banks that took $47 million in taxpayer bailouts during the economic crash – and raise the risk of another meltdown.
- Make it easier for banks to racially discriminate, by letting 85% of banks stop reporting data about whether they push worse loans on communities of color.
- Cut oversight for foreign megabanks operating in the U.S., like Deutsche Bank and Santander.
Mitch McConnell has cleared the Senate calendar to vote on this bill this week. We need to act NOW to stop the Bank Lobbyist Act in its tracks and save Dodd-Frank.
Click here to sign and share the petition: Tell them to vote NO on the Bank Lobbyist Act.
From Reuben Hayslett of The Rootstrikers project at Demand Progress
Letter from Wayne Goodwin about Democrats making progress across North Carolina
This week, we made history. For the first time EVER, there is a Democratic candidate running in every single North Carolina legislative district.
That means every North Carolina voter will have a choice in this year’s election and the opportunity to make their voice heard as we work together towards the shared goal of breaking the Republican supermajority.
We couldn’t have done this without you. You made phone calls, talked to your friends and neighbors, and some of you even stepped up to run for office yourselves. This was a team effort from concerned people from the coast to the mountains, working together to make sure every voter has a choice this fall.
Your hard work and commitment to Democratic values have not gone unnoticed.
And while we should celebrate this historic achievement (see our talking points below), we’re not letting up. We’re reaching out to every corner of our state through our Rural NC Listening Tour
. We’re organizing, phone banking, and going door-to-door earlier than ever (sign up here
). And we’re reaching voters and talking about issues important to them.
Because it’s not enough to just make history in February. We need to do it again in November.
Thank you again for your hard work,
- Our goal from the beginning was to recruit a candidate in every district to build a strong statewide party.
- Thanks to a diverse slate of quality candidates every North Carolina voter – for the first time ever – will have a choice in this year’s election.
- This unprecedented result shows the strength of the NC Democratic Party and the growing enthusiasm among Democratic voters and candidates.
- This is the first time all 170 districts have had a Democratic candidate in recent memory.
- In 2016, a presidential year, Democrats had candidates in 92 House districts and 38 Senate districts.
- In 2014, the most recent midterm, Democrats had candidates in 87 House districts and 38 Senate districts.
- In 2010, the previous midterm, Democrats had candidates in 91 House districts and 39 Senate districts.
- This is one of the most diverse fields of candidates ever assembled by either party.
- Among the full slate, 77 are female (59 in the House, 18 in the Senate) and 71 are people of color (49 in the House, 22 in the Senate).
- Additionally, there are six LGBT candidates running in the House
- This historic announcement comes after the party announced it is in the best position ever heading into a midterm election, starting 2018 with a record $2.4 million cash on hand.
- Democrats across North Carolina are engaged, energized, and ready to break the supermajority and return common sense to North Carolina.
- Democrats will also be on the ballot in 12 of the 13 Congressional races, have a top tier Supreme Court candidate in Anita Earls, and are contesting county commission and sheriff races across the state.
How to get out the vote in 2018: a blueprint
How grass-roots efforts helped get out the vote to defeat Roy Moore in the Alabama Special Election, December 2017
While voting was still taking place during the Alabama Special Election in December 2017, Al Giordano (@AlGiordano) posted this on Twitter. We can use these tactics as a blueprint for success in defeating the GOP in North Carolina, too. Al wrote:
"Just spoke with a source in the Mobile Alabama County NAACP. Here are some things that are happening today on the ground in Alabama that did not happen in the 2016 election.
- The state NAACP instructed its local branches to call every registered voter in the state who did not vote in 2016. The Lower Alabama chapter made it through the entire list successfully.
- A dozen paid canvassers have been going door to door in the Mobile area all week. That did not happen in 2016
- What was last year an ad hoc effort by "a group of friends" to offer rides to the polls is today more than a dozen organizations doing rides-to-the-polls with resources for drivers.
- Once the Jones campaign had money it bought billboards in African-American neighborhoods with the election date and a quick blurb about Jones. This was not on highways but in places where one normally sees fast-food or cigarette ads.
- The Mobile NAACP crunched the numbers and showed local pastoral leadership that whatever they had done in recent years to turn out voters wasn’t working. The pastors then pushed for and got resources to do congregation-wide robo calls and voter reg tables at church events.
- At school alumni parties the local NAACP handed out several thousand flyers with election dates, registration deadlines, absentee deadlines, voter ID requirements. They also brought these paper reminders door to door in a canvass.
- Mobile is one of the redder counties in Alabama. Even larger efforts have done many of the same things in Montgomery, Huntsville, Birmingham and the so-called Black Belt since resources arrived in mid-November.
- Beyond the NAACP, there are many other black voter mobilization groups with boots on the ground in AL communities doing similar, extremely important work. One of them is The Ordinary People Society (TOPS). TOPS registered 5,000 in 22 jails and 10 prisons in the last two weeks!
- Note: These resources were provided by many of you. We raised $10,000+ here on Twitter in a single evening for the Jones campaign. Many others did the same with their networks. This thread shows how much of it was spent on field organizing.
- Nothing like these grassroots efforts happened in 2016 in Alabama. The people who have been doing them are feeling good today. They think they have a shot. And they’ll be working hard until polls close to make it so.
- These reports are also consistent with how the DNC spent money to win special elections in Virginia and other states. More money for field and GOTV. Less for TV ads. This is the @TomPerez era at work."