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FREE training: write effective op-eds to make your voice heard!
Do you care about issues facing your community? Want to share your perspective with a broader audience? Have you ever wanted to write an op-ed, but didn’t know how to start?
The Working Group in Feminism & History at UNC-Chapel Hill and Women AdvaNCe present a FREE Op-ed Training
Saturday, March 22, 2014 • 9:00 am to 12:00 pm • Hamilton Hall UNC Chapel Hill
TO REGISTER VISIT THIS LINK
In this hands-on and interactive workshop, participants learn how to write and circulate short opinion pieces intended for a broad public audience. You will learn about the conventions of writing op-eds, analyze what makes a good piece, get tips on placing op-eds, and start putting words on paper! You will have a chance to discuss and refine your ideas and to learn from experienced writers.
Do you know anyone who needs Affordable Health Insurance?
Lincoln Community Health Center
1301 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707, bottom floor
Our counselors are available:
Monday- Friday 8:00AM- 8:00PM and
For Appointment call at (855) 733-3711 or (919) 956-4000
Documents to bring:
1. Complete names of the family members living in the household
2. Social Security numbers of all the family members living in the household
3. Proof of income (W-2, pay- stubs or an estimate of your income for 2014)
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Join us for events to let the uninsured in our community know about the new health insurance options available now.
Contact Caitlin Metzguer,
Get Covered America Field Organizer
for Durham: 919-280-8270
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Phone: 919-667-64991+1 Voter Registration Drive Instruction Sheet
What is 1 + 1 = Blue?
Studies show unregistered Durham citizens would largely vote Democratic.
Thousands of votes cannot be
left “on the table.”
1 + 1 trains politically active volunteers (like you!) who then walk through their precinct equipped with lists and do literature drops at the doors of Democrats on the list.
No ringing doorbells. The packets contain an information sheet explaining why the voter is getting the packet, a request to register one new voter, and other materials.
To volunteer to help with the 1 + 1 Voter Registration Drive
please fill and return this form
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1+1 Voter Registration Drive
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Durham Democratic Women
Turn NC Blue!
Many have expressed a desire to do “something” about the NC General Assembly: not all counties are as lucky as Durham with a solid Democratic Delegation.
Want to do something besides being mad?
DDW has developed a plan, which has been adopted by Democratic Women of NC. This plan provides a road map to retake the General Assembly by 2020. To do this all Democrats will have to be working together towards the common goal: this will take a lot of work. With your help we can do it!
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NC Women Vote, is a county by county Get Out The Vote (GOTV) effort to reach infrequent and new women voters who are likely to vote Democratic if they vote.
Studies show that the single biggest reason that women do not vote is that they think that their vote doesn’t matter. Our purpose is to reach out to them through personal letters written by Democratic women who are frequent voters.
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Precinct meetings for March 3
Most will be Monday, March 10
Please join your local precinct in electing delegates to the county convention, discussing resolutions (bring your own), and planning for voter registration and Get-Out-The-Vote projects.
Voting Rights Rally
Join us as we rally against voter suppression
in North Carolina and across the nation!
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
South side of the State Capitol
(adjacent to Morgan St.)
1 E. Edenton St. Raleigh, NC 27601
Click HERE to RSVP on Facebook
Duke CEO: Customers will cover coal ash removal
March 7 By Laura Leslie WRAL
Duke Energy Chief Executive Lynn Good said Friday that customers will shoulder most of the cost of emptying out the utility's 31 coal ash ponds in North Carolina... Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan ... stressed that the company, not its customers, will pay to clean up the recent 39,000-ton coal ash spill in the Dan River. But if the state requires the utility to close down and move its other existing ash pits, then utility customers, not shareholders, will likely pay most of that cost...Duke Chief Financial Officer Steve Young [said] "Approximately 85 percent of our expected environmental compliance investments will be in the Carolinas and Indiana. Both of these jurisdictions have a strong track record of allowing utilities to recover costs related to environmental compliance investments," Young said. Cost "recovery" means a utility's ability to charge its costs back to customers in higher rates, rather than taking costs out of company profits... read article
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State Sen. Martin Nesbitt dies at 67
BY JOHN FRANK March 6, 2014
News & Observer
State Sen. Martin Nesbitt, a leading veteran lawmaker whose slow drawl belied his powerful Democratic voice, died Thursday at age 67. Nesbitt’s death came 10 days after he was diagnosed with stomach cancer, his aides confirmed.
The Asheville lawmaker stepped down from his post as Senate Democratic leader Tuesday, but the seriousness of his illness was not widely known. In a statement earlier this week, he said it “has become clear that I will need to take some time in the coming weeks and months to focus on my health.” read article
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Why Judges Matter.
Save the Date!
For the next Durham Democratic Women meeting:
Sunday, April 6, 3-5 PM
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Come learn all about why judges matter.
The Candidate Filing period has ended.
Most appellate court races will wait until fall
March 4, 2014 By Mark Binker WRAL
Four state Supreme Court races and three Court of Appeals races will be on the ballot this year, although most of those will wait until the General Election.
Court races are putatively nonpartisan, although the political affiliations of judges are often well known, and parties often support a specific slate of candidates. Because those races are nonpartisan, the state holds a primary only if more than two people file for the same seat. All voters are able to make a selection in the primary.
This year, the race for the seat currently occupied by incumbent state Supreme Court Associate Justice Robin Hudson will be the only statewide judicial race on primary ballots.
Hudson, a Democrat, is a former Court of Appeals judge who was elected to an eight-year term on the state Supreme Court in 2006. Two others have filed to run against her. Eric Levinson, a Republican from the Charlotte area, is a Superior Court judge first appointed by Gov. Bev Perdue. Jeanette Doran, a Republican from Raleigh. read article
Filing period reveals upshot of redistricting: fewer challengers
BY MEGAN CASSELLA AND JOHN FRANK
February 28, 2014 News and Observer
Nearly one-third of state lawmakers will face no challengers to their election bids this fall. When the filing period ended at noon on Friday, 12 members of N.C. Senate learned they had effectively been re-elected. Eight Republicans and four Democrats will face no opposition, including Sen. Floyd McKissick of Durham.
On the other side, 43 members of the N.C. House of Representatives will run unopposed, a split pool of 22 Republicans and 21 Democrats. Democrats Paul Luebke of Durham, Darren Jackson of Raleigh, and Republican Paul Stam of Apex, are among those who will get a pass.
But at the top of the ballot, the crowded race for the U.S. Senate is now overflowing with candidates. Two new candidates – a Democrat and a Republican – joined the race in the last hours before Friday’s noon deadline, pushing the final tally of contenders to 13, including incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan. Eight Republicans, three Democrats and two Libertarians will compete in the May 6 primary.
The glaring number of uncontested races is higher than it was in 2012, indicating more politicians are choosing not to run in areas where winning seems impossible, said David McLennan, a political analyst and professor at William Peace University in Raleigh.
The Joint Study Committee on the Affordable Care Act and Implementation Issues (2013) will meet:
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM in 643 LOB
According to House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate Leader Phil Berger’ press release:
“The committee is being formed to explore the real-world impacts that the Affordable Care Act is having on North Carolina’s economy and citizens through disruptions in the insurance marketplace, dropped coverage for families and higher premiums without improved access to providers.”
How does that rate for fairness and balance?
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The General Assembly finished up its work for the 2013 Long Session on Friday July 26 and will reconvene for the 2014 session on May 14 at noon.
As we continue our work to turn NC blue, keep an eye on what's happening by going to our
"Taking Back North Carolina" page.
Still the pits: Why cherry-picked jobs data are not a true reflection of NC economy
3/5/2014 by Allan Freyer NC Policy Watch
Over the past few months, Governor McCrory has been claiming his policies—especially cutting unemployment benefits—are responsible for reducing the state’s unemployment rate. He’s even branded this the “Carolina Comeback.” But as it turns out, the Governor’s claims largely rest on treating jobs numbers like fruit—like apples, oranges, and cherries. In fact, the evidence for a Carolina Comeback is just plain rotten, and we’re still waiting for a real recovery in the state’s jobs market.
Most economists prefer to compare apples to
apples by looking at job growth from year to year. And by any comparison of apples, the year stretching from December 2012 to December 2013 was worse than the year before. Specifically, the year between December 2011 and 2012 saw the creation of 89,900 jobs, while the same period in 2013 saw the creation of just 64,500 jobs. read article
Blue to replace ailing Nesbitt as leader of Senate Dems
Mar. 4, 2014 By Matthew Burns and Mark Binker WRAL
Senate Democrats on Tuesday selected Wake County Sen. Dan Blue as their new caucus leader, replacing Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt. Nesbitt stepped down after receiving an undisclosed medical diagnosis that will require him to seek treatment and cut into his time on the Senate floor...
Nesbitt hasn't yet decided whether he will resign his seat representing the Asheville area, caucus director Ford Porter said. read article
DHHS woes continue
Mar. 02, 2014
An expensive consultant hired to help the troubled state Department of Health and Human Services money may have had a substantial impact. Or not.
What is clear – and why it is, charitably, hard to tell exactly what he did – is that Joe Hauck left precious little work product behind. Months after the Associated Press filed a public records request seeking...work product authored by Hauk,” DHHS finally responded last week.
The department produced, the AP’s Michael Biesecker reported, “a pair of memos totaling little more than three double-spaced pages. The agency also provided spreadsheets detailing cuts made in state funding to such nonprofit charities as food banks and pre-kindergarten programs that were reportedly developed at Hauck’s direction.” Hauck’s hiring as a consultant has been controversial from the start...
Floyd McKissick, a Democrat and state senator from Durham, responded critically to what the state turned over. “I’m sorely disappointed there is so little work product based upon the state spending over $300,000 for his services,” McKissick told the AP. “One would logically assume there would be a mountain of paperwork he would have been involved in…” read article
NC Medicaid overhaul veers away from privatization
Feb. 26 2014 WRAL
Gov. Pat McCrory's health agency on Wednesday proposed holding down rising Medicaid costs by adapting and expanding current networks of physicians or hospitals into agreements allowing them to keep a portion of savings they generate while meeting treatment goals but sharing the losses if patient costs are too high.
The plan backs away from initial proposals last year to stop annual multimillion-dollar Medicaid cost overruns by paying a handful of statewide managed-care providers fixed amounts to deliver medical, mental and dental care to about 1.7 million poor and disabled people. The managed-care companies would have shouldered the risk if caring for patients outstripped contracted amounts but keep the profits when it was able to restrict costs. read article
As he files for US Senate, Tillis says he opposes minimum wage hike
by John Frank February 26, 2014 N&O
Speaker of the N.C. House Thom Tillis...as he files to run for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at the N.C. State Board of Elections in Raleigh.
U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis on Wednesday said he opposes President Barack Obama’s plan to increase the federal minimum wage, calling it a “dangerous idea.” The Republican went even further to suggest government shouldn’t set a minimum wage, labeling it an “artificial threshold.”
“I have serious concerns with the discussion around minimum wage because it drives up costs and it could harm jobs,” Tillis said...
Obama has proposed increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2015. An estimated one in five North Carolina workers make the current minimum wage ($7.25 an hour)... Hagan supports the president’s plan and intends to make the minimum wage hike a central issue in her re-election bid. A recent survey from Public Policy Polling, a Raleigh-based Democratic firm, found 56 percent support for increasing the minimum wage to $10 a hour with 33 percent opposed. read article
Kay Hagan Puts North Carolina First
Feb 24, 2014
Kay is focused on doing what's right for NC families, but special interest outsiders like the Koch Brothers have made her their #1 target in 2014.
Donate to our campaign at kayhagan.com.
Federal case looking at Duke Energy and state regulators begins to unfold
BY CRAIG JARVIS February 21, 2014
The subpoenas that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh has served on state environmental regulators and Duke Energy over the past two weeks outline the path that federal prosecutors are taking.
They want to determine whether there was anything improper about the relationship between the power company and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and see whether that allowed criminal violations of federal safeguards to go unchecked and even contributed to the massive coal ash spill into the Dan River earlier this month.
It’s an unusual case: federal authorities scrutinizing not only a company that polluted but also state regulators. Victor Flatt, an environmental law professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, said it’s not unprecedented for state regulators to clash with the federal government, particularly the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But this case looks different, he said. “I do think this – investigating DENR’s own activities and the settlement – is unusual,” Flatt said. “It’s not unheard of, but it is unusual. If the state is doing something beyond what’s discretionary – acting improperly – that’s more unusual.” read article
Durham County Board of Elections
Democratic Women of NC
Durham County Democratic Party
NC Democratic Party
Durham People's Alliance
NAACP of NC
NC State Board of Elections
Online Fill-in Voter Registration Form
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Your source for voter information in North Carolina!
At A Glance...
(see details for events below)
Mar 8-April 6:
Precincts complete 1+1 Voter Registration
Mar 10: Attend your precinct meeting : and sign up for 1+1 precinct team
You Can Vote
Meeting days scheduled so far:
3/8 SOUTH Library
3/22 NORTH Library
4/5 EAST Library
April 1: Fundraiser to support the NC House
5:30 – 7:00 pm in Duke Forest, Hosts: David and Kathi Beratan, Tim McKeown, RSVP to email@example.com
April 6: Durham Democratic Women meeting:
--Save the Date!
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April Fools’ Day
April 1, 2014
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Fundraiser to support the NC House Democratic
Caucus’ 2014 Campaign To Take OUR House Back!
Rep. Larry Hall
and Leigh Bordley
Funds will be used by the NC House Democratic Caucus to support Democratic candidates in winnable NC districts in 2014
Hosts: David and Kathi Beratan, Tim McKeown
Tickets: $100 per person. more info
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Is the State Doing Enough to Protect Your Water?
February Program Meeting for the Headwaters Group of the Sierra Club
--A forum focused on the state’s management of its water program.
Thursday, March 13,
NCCU School of Law
The panel will be introduced and moderated by Dr. Kenneth Reckhow, Professor Emeritus at Duke University in the Nicholas School of the Environment.
Community Training & Campaign
Join the Durham Votes coalition for important community training and registration event!
You will learn:
- Changes to voting laws
- How to communicate changes
- Registration best practices
- How YOU can help citizens vote
Following training, teams will deploy and begin registration.
You Can Vote FB Page
Meeting days scheduled so far:
3/22 NORTH Library
4/5 EAST Library
Also looking for volunteers for all of these dates to be team captains!
If you can volunteer, contact
or go to the
You Can Vote Website
Creating a Level Playing Field for NC Women
Friday, March 21, 2014 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT
Join Women AdvaNCe, the Center for American Progress and the NC Justice Center for a focus on the roadblocks many North Carolina women are facing, and the growing movement to create a more level playing field. After a quick review of The Shriver Report's HBO film, "Paycheck to Paycheck," we will hear from national and state experts about specific actions each of us can take to create real change for NC women and families.
“The Dollars and Sense of Charter Schools”
Tuesday, March 25
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham.
Nancy Cox, a Durham Public School Board member, League member and former classroom teacher, will lead participants toward an understanding of the complexities of the charter school legislation as it relates to funding, citizen oversight and accountability.
The program is free and open to the public.
2014 Campaign Kickoff Luncheon
Monday, March 31,
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
The Carolina Club, 550 Stadium Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
With Special Guest Debbie Wasserman Schultz
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Democratic Women of North Carolina
Attend your 2014 regional meetings!
Sunday, April 6
12:30 - 2:30
3710 Shannon Road, Durham
Speaker: NC House Democratic Leader Larry Hall
Contact: Brenda Pollard email@example.com [RSVP by April 3]
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Join our growing community today
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Links -- Groups
Democracy North Carolina
NC Policy Watch
Protect Our Vote NC
Lillian's List of NC
NARAL Pro-Choice NC
Planned Parenthood NC
Roe Is Here For Good
Orange Co. Democratic Women
NAMI (Mental Health)
Food & Water Watch
News and Blogs
WRAL 2013 N.C. General Assembly Issue Tracker
N&O Under The Dome
Nation of Change
For Voting 2014
NC Legislative Report Card
from Democracy NC
Monster Law: More Money, Less Voting
(provisions of the new voting law)
Top Ten Things For Durham Dem Women to Do Oct 2013
Guide for Getting an ID to Vote
NC HEALTH REPORT: Health care for kids, grandparents on Medicaid is not a "runaway entitlement"
Christensen: 5 troubling ideas for NC democracy
NARAL: Legislation to Watch
Holding Gov. McCrory to His Campaign Promise
Post Card Ideas For McCrory
Things We Can Do Now To Turn NC Blue
Handout--Write A Letter To The Editor
Why You Should Join
Durham Democratic Women
McCrory gives protesters cookies
N&O July 30, 2013
THIS AND THAT
Video Selects from North Carolina
About the Project… Story of America is a web series and feature documentary that explores the polarization that exists in America today along political, economic and cultural lines.
Makers: Women who Make America
The story of the women's movement told through the eyes of the women who were there. A must-see!
Watch it online at makers.com
Unfinished business for the constitution:
"Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."
Band of Blockers
Jan. 29, 2014 The Daily Show
Republicans uninterested in bipartisanship decry President Obama's lack of bipartisanship, and one Congressman gives a NY1 reporter the traditional Staten Island goodbye. watch video
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