This week the news broke that the NCAA would not allow any of the seven upcoming championship events on its schedule to take place in the land of HB2. Another nail in the coffin we can only hope.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/14/us/ncaa-leaves-north-carolina-in-a-new-spot-sapped-of-sports-pride.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share

The conservative response to this announcement was nonsensical or incoherent, depending on your point of view. Here’s a snippet: “This is so absurd it’s almost comical,” North Carolina Republican Party spokesperson Kami Mueller said in a statement Monday. “I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams. Under the NCAA’s logic, colleges should make cheerleaders and football players share bathrooms, showers and hotel rooms. This decision is an assault to female athletes across the nation. If you are unwilling to have women’s bathrooms and locker rooms, how do you have a women’s team?”
http://wpo.st/TkXz1

Early Voting Sites in Wake County
http://msweb03.co.wake.nc.us/bordelec/downloads/14earlyvoting/2016/November2016EVSchedule.pdf

Is North Carolina the biggest battleground in the 2016 election?

This is where the action is. NC has served as the prototype for the conservative takeover of state government. Now not only state races are contested. “North Carolina could be the state where the presidential contest has the biggest effect on down-ballot elections, influencing key races from U.S. Senate to governor and other critical races that could dramatically change the political direction of the state.”
http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2016/09/why-north-carolina-biggest-battleground-2016

And with that realization, the Republicans are dumping millions and millions of dollars and personnel. “More than a quarter of the 392 field staffers the Republican National Committee recently added nationwide have been assigned to North Carolina to help Trump and other Republicans there, according to Kara Carter, the RNC’s North Carolina communications director.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/worried-republicans-are-pouring-resources-into-north-carolina/2016/09/12/124c69d6-76da-11e6-b786-19d0cb1ed06c_story.html?hpid=hp_special-topic-chain_northcarolina-910pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

Speed Dating Candidate Forum
Our second joint Speed Dating Candidate Luncheon was an unqualified success! RPWF is an excellent partner for a number of reasons including the number of members of PoliticaNC who are also members of RPWF. Thank you Edwina, Debbie, Donna & Katie for your handling of all the logistics and marketing of the event. We very much appreciated the one-time reduced guest charge as it allowed more of our members to participate. Thank you to the many Politicas who attended and served as table monitors and assisted in many ways. We could not have done it without you!

Despite losing one candidate the night before the event, we were able to welcome seven candidates for Wake County Board of Education and County Commissioners. From the thank you notes we received, to a person they thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced but intimate interaction with all these smart, involved women!

Greg Ford

Greg Ford

Lee Ann Dietz and Naomi Lambert, Co-founder

Lee Ann Dietz and Naomi Lambert, Co-founder

Michael Tanbush

Michael Tanbush

Roxie Cash

Roxie Cash

Events

Crucial Conversations
Thursday, September 22 A 2016 election preview
Featuring Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling The 2016 election is headed into the homestretch and absentee voting by mail is already underway. Join us as we learn the details of where things stand and what the political world is likely to look like on November 9 with one of America’s premier pollsters, Tom Jensen of Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling.
When: 12:00 noon Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. Cost: $10, admission includes a box lunch. Click here to register

Gloria Steinem Rally for Deborah Ross
Saturday, September 24 Doors open at 2:00PM; program starts at 2:30PM HQ Raleigh 310 South Harrington Street, 27601
To RSVP, email: womentrustross@deborahross.com

OLLI Lecture – Why Our Courts Must Not Be Partisan
Associate Justice, Robin Hudson
Monday, September 26 3:00-4:30PM
This lecture will discuss the role of the judicial branch of government–state and federal–including selection of judges and the roles of money and politics. Recommended: Bankrolling the Bench – The New Politics of Judicial Elections, by Scott Grey available at www.brennancenter.org http://mckimmoncenter.ncsu.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=5825377&selectedProgramAreaId=5189&selectedProgramStreamId=5201

Meet & Greet: Deborah Ross, Democratic Nominee for U.S. Senate & Hon. Josh Stein / September 27, 7:30-9:00PM at The Glenwood Club, 3300 Woman’s Club Drive, 27612 Register online at: https://www.deborahross.com/landing/ev160927
Thank you, new Politica, Lisa Fierstein for extending this invitation to us.

League of Women Voters Candidate Panel
Thursday, September 29, 2016
7-9 pm: CANDIDATE FORUM – Board of Education Districts 8 and 9, Kirk of Kildaire Prebyterian Church, 200 High Meadow Dr., Cary (map)

League of Women Voters Timely Topics Luncheon
Friday, September 30, 2016
President Tom Ross, Preserving Democracy and Redistricting Reform
North Carolina State University Club at Noon. 4200 Hillsborough Street
For more information go to the web site lwvwake.org.
Reservations for the luncheon ($20) can be made at our web site or by calling Joyce Gad at 919-916-5466 or emailing her at gadabout2@yahoo. com.

POLITICANC JUDICIAL RECEPTION AT THE MAHLER GALLERY
October 11, 5:30-7:00PM
We’ve invited all the Wake County incumbent and challengers for the District 10 Court Judge seats. Each candidate will have two minutes to introduce themselves and the remainder of the time will be for networking and one-on-one conversations with the candidates. All guests welcome!

Education

How can the U.S. allow someone to receive top secret U.S. security briefings when that individual will not disclose his personal tax return and thereby reveal U.S. legal and financial obligations to the people seeking to make an election choice? Thanks to Nancy & Frances for forwarding this to us. Great to hear perspectives from women across NC. Check out this story on citizen-times.com: http://avlne.ws/2ccCP0q

Whose fault is it that a swath of voters to do not trust Secretary Clinton? Could it be the Right and the media have relentlessly pushed a version of Clinton based on fiction not fact? Thanks for sharing this, Irene. http://www.salon.com/2016/09/06/press-lies-and-hillarys-campaign-years-of-smears-have-created-a-fictional-version-of-clinton-theyre-also-a-disservice-to-voters/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

Through their VR efforts, Politicas have learned a great deal about what challenges voters have in getting registered and actually voting, in one form or fashion. Thank you, Carol for sharing your insights and this excellent article about the difficulties the one-in-six-voters with mobility constraints encounter when voting. “Many times when volunteering at CPO I was struck with the sizeable number of obviously mobility-impaired voters who vote by standing in line for long periods and are surprised to learn there is curb-side voting they could be taking advantage of. They are also usually unaware of absentee voting.”
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/one-in-six-eligible-voters-has-a-disability/ Source: 538