Author: Susan

Happy Valentine’s Weekend!

Happy Valentine’s Weekend, Politicas! As at the time of writing we have 99 active members of whom 23 have signed back up and paid their dues. Have you had a chance to take care of this yet? We are asking you to make a donation of $45 to allow us to make the small purchases that keep us going. See below for an explanation of how we spent your donations last year. For this year, you will receive:  a YCV t shirt, a VOTE cling for your car, and access to all our events. You can pay with a credit card through PayPal at upcoming events, by check, or cash.  Let us know your t-shirt size too. Mail to :Politica NC, P. O. Box 12796, Raleigh, NC 27605. Pay your dues by March 1 and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a copy of Notorious RBG.  To learn the five reasons you should read this book go to: http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/10/tumblr-notorious-rbg-book-ruth-bader-ginsburg   NEWS: As you may know, a ruling by the federal court held that NC congressional districts 1 and 12 were gerrymandered for race. The court denied a request to stay the ruling. The case is heading to the US Supreme Court at the behest of the General Assembly. Given that both these districts (held by GK Butterfield and Alma Adams respectively) are in play during the primary, there...

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Politica 2016 Kickoff

Politica NC Objectives & Tactics for 2016 Because 2016 is an election year, we believe that success for progressive North Carolinians depends on higher turnout of Democratic & unaffiliated voters.  Our focus this year, through the beginning of October, will be on registering and informing voters. Our second annual focus will be to inform Politicas about races, candidates and issues in order that they are confident and knowledgeable voters. We believe a focus on the state level is critical and that these races are under-represented in the political dialogue during a Presidential election year.  If, as a side effect of this,Politicas choose to volunteer for campaigns we would be delighted. We will be happy to connect Politicas with campaigns but we will not be coordinating groups for specific campaigns. Voter Registration We saw from Stephen’s numbers that voter registration is essential to a successful end result. We believe the work we are doing with You Can Vote is valuable because it both registers and educates everyone we encounter. In keeping with our commitment to Voter Registration work, one of our objectives is for EVERY Politica to be trained in our VR system, the You Can Vote system, which has proved to be very effective. In the course of our VR work, we will: Educate everyone we meet about the new ID requirements. Help everyone understand how to vote: EV, election day,...

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Welcome to 2016!

This week we will bring you a quick news summary, some important updates about our plans for January featuring our 2016 kickoff and voter registration. Check out the calendar to see where you can support our VR work and learn more about North Carolina’s beautiful state parks. This is a big year for North Carolina and for Politica NC. It is our first Presidential election year. Since we were born out of the ashes of 2012 and the resulting 2013 GOP stranglehold on NC, we think we have something to prove! We are excited to be having our 2016 Kickoff on January 24th.We will be aiming to get you excited and committed to action in the lead up to the primary in March. Once again our special guest is Stephen Mallinson of America Votes whose amazing presentation last January showed exactly how we can impact these state races in Wake County. Expect to be galvanized! Please check your email accounts for the invitation and be sure to RSVP. The News. Our View. We have been ‘off the air’ for a while and much has happened in the interim. The President has finally taken executive action on guns. While his proposals are modest in their aims, they represent the culmination of our society’s frustration at Congress’ inability to seek a solution to the gun problem. Of course the conservative radio hosts...

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Weekly news Dec. 1, 2015

“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”  Estee Lauder North Carolina Success!!  Chavis was preserved as a designated site for Early Voting and Sunday EV hours were approved!!  There was a call to progressives in our area to attend the Wake County Board of Elections meeting held on Tuesday, November 24.  Politicas showed up in force and four of us  spoke to the Board regarding early voting options to include expanding the hours and days of the week EV would be offered.   http://www.wral.com/wake-co-early-primary-voting-set-/15134368/ Great news!  Democracy NC and the NAACP are spearheading efforts to engage over 3,000 churches and faith centers in a push for voter registration between now and February 19, the cutoff date for voter registration before the March 15 primary election.  Also of interest is that this progressive action will include attending 30 county board of elections meetings in an effort to drive acceptance of extended hours and weekend coverage of early voting. As many of you are aware, there are four lawsuits — three in federal court and one in state court — that challenge all or parts of a 2013 election overhaul law approved by the General Assembly are pending. The three federal lawsuits have been combined into one case and are being heard together.  If you are interested in observing in the courtroom for these hearings, it is our understanding that...

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Weekly news, Nov. 12, 2015

Hello Politicas, Our hearts are broken from the senseless and horrific acts of terrorism all over Paris yesterday. __________________________________________________________ A big thank you to all the Politicas who attended our VR Training with You Can Vote this last Sunday, 11.8, at the Cameron Village library.  Cheers for the 11 Politica members who attended!  An additional 20+ folks were directed our way by some of our partnering organizations and joined these Politicas.    More exciting VR workshops to come! In the News Many of you have heard about Democracy NC’s effort to get law enforcement to take a closer look at possible political corruption involving the sweepstakes gaming industry.  Democracy NC first filed a complaint about highly questionable campaign contributions by donors connected to the sweepstakes cafe industry in 2013.  Their research detailed irregularities in contributions by sweepstakes software company owner Chase Burns and his wife to candidates including Governor Pat McCrory, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, and then-House Speaker Thom Tillis during the 2012 election cycle.   After two years of investigation, the State Board of Elections determined in July 2015 that there were no violations of campaign laws.  Following that ruling Democracy NC began pushing enforcement agencies (including the Wake County District Attorney’s office) to continue looking into the original complaint.   On 11.10, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman announced that she has asked the State Bureau of Investigation to help...

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