Author: Susan

A legislator’s take on the budget

POLITICIANS HAVE TO BE COMMITTED TO PEOPLE IN EQUAL MEASURES. Angela Merkel INTERNATIONAL Two of the world’s most powerful women – Britain’s new Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel – met earlier this week to begin addressing the practical matters behind Great Britain’s exit from EU.  I love that our daughters, nieces, sisters, and girlfriends are learning to “expect” women leaders in positions of national power.  CNN offers this brief comparison of the two powerhouses:  Read More NATIONAL  The Republican National Convention has been running this week and let me just say you can’t make this stuff up.  Among the highlights: a partially- plagiarized “wife of candidate” speech Ben Carson equating Hillary Clinton to Lucifer, the fallen angel, Gov. Christie leading the delegates in a call and response of “guilty” and “lock her up” as he spewed a prosecution-formatted speech against Clinton Ted Cruz, unable to keep a smirk off his face, as he delivered a self-promoting diatribe and exiting the stage to boos after instructing the delegates to “vote their consciences” One Republican delegate from North Carolina exited the convention early.  Bob Orr is former State Supreme Court Justice and Republican gubernatorial candidate.  When interviewed by a reporter from our local WRAL, Orr responded saying that the nominee was dangerous and “singularly unqualified to lead this country.”Despite Orr’s opinion of Republican nominee Trump, our US Senators Burr and Tillis...

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The “Woman Card”

If fighting for child care, paid leave and equal pay is playing the Woman Card, then deal me in. Hillary Rodham Clinton While our focus is state politics we can’t ignore a highlight from this week, the rally in Raleigh for Hillary Clinton. As you can see from the photo  we had a vibrant group of Politicas who joined us there: Susan G, Amy W, Siobhan M, Manju, Dana and Naomi plus some who were with other groups. Hillary gave a powerful 50 minute speech heavily concentrating on the economy, jobs and creating better conditions for working families and women. She spent little time on her Republican opponent because she really has more important things to talk about. It was heartening to see a capacity crowd in the fairgrounds’ Exposition Center. Nationally the Congressional sit-in over votes on gun legislation was huge news. It was good to see a bold move on this issue when so many in the country feel like Washington is tone deaf to their demands to take action on access to guns. Was it a stunt? Maybe but it certainly caught the GOP off guard and stimulated more conversation about what needs to be done. Is the Terror Watchlist a good starting point for limiting gun purchases? If not that list, is a semi-automatic assault weapons ban the answer? It was good to see GK Butterfield in there as...

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Orlando – June 18

In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends. Martin Luther King This week our thoughts and hearts have been full of the devastating news about the mass shooting at Pulse night club on Sunday morning. For each of us it has probably struck a different chord; a close friend who is LGBTQ or Latino, happy memories of a trip to Orlando, strong feelings about guns, conflicted views on immigration, race and religion. All of these are being fanned locally and nationally by the political races which will be ever present until November. To lose 49 lives, many of them young and full of hope for the future is devastating. It can be hard to find the right response. We challenge you to do something positive in your community. Whether it is volunteering at a local school, taking food to a homeless shelter or working a voter registration drive, find a way to connect with your neighbors. We need to remind ourselves that we have more in common than how we identify politically. This week saw the Congressional Democrats in the Senate stage a filibuster to force a vote on a number of laws limiting access to guns. It was an heroic effort by Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut. Please contact Senator Burr or Senator Tillis to tell them you...

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Vote411.org – info on judicial races

Updates on: Supreme Court of the United States Republican Obstructionism Vote411.org – for complete information on judicial races HB 539 – Stripping our public schools of funding Early voting begins May 26 Short-handed Supreme Court punts on question of contraception access A divided Supreme Court has opted not to rule on a controversial case that would limit access to birth control. The court was split 4-4, with half in favor of allowing employers to refuse to inform employees or the government about their religious objections to contraception. •The split ruling means that for the time being, employers who opt out of comprehensive insurance for women will have to notify the government, and employees will receive birth control coverage directly from the insurance company. •This win for women’s health is directly attributable to the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who undoubtedly would have voted in favor of limiting access. It’s only the latest example of how the Republican-controlled Senate’s politically-motivated refusal to fill Scalia’s vacant seat is preventing the Supreme Court from issuing definitive rulings on important cases. •Unfortunately, this tepid victory for women’s rights could be short-lived. The Supreme Court will likely reconsider this case once Scalia’s seat has been filled — which makes the next presidential election even more critical for reproductive rights supporters. Bottom Line: Women should not be held hostage by the political and religious...

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Weekly Update – May 5

This week in our update: Yes, more HB2 drama. ‘Fun’ on the national stage with Trump trampling the GOP opposition. Lots happening locally…… And thank you for being a Politica! We welcome your input and comments. State news Even with all the modern media at my fingertips I still love unwrapping the News and Observer in the morning because, who knows what might have happened the previous day?! Likewise when there is breaking news, Twitter is the place to be as snippets pop up with the latest opinion. This week it was the Department of Justice weighing in on HB2 in a move that could cost the state billions in funding. Will the NCGA repeal HB2 to avoid these huge cuts impacting NC residents? House leader Moore and Senate leader Berger appear unperturbed by this turn of events (perhaps they had even anticipated it.) In response to a tweet by Colin Campbell “House Speaker Tim Moore says Monday DOJ deadline action on #HB2 unreasonable and won’t be met by #ncga,” Chris Fitzsimon of the NC Justice Center tweeted “Right. It’s not like the General Assembly can act on legislation and have the governor sign it in a day.” He nailed it! Here is the News and Observer’s view on the current status of HB2. http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article75683322.html It looks like this issue is sure to be used by both sides in...

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