By Greg Barnes
August 16, 2018Gov. Roy Cooper’s supporters lined a narrow hallway Thursday in a new Democratic Party field office on Hay Street as Cooper encouraged them to help break the Republicans’ supermajority in the General Assembly.
“As we approach November we want every office filled in here every day with people who are working hard to break the majority,” Cooper told the gathering.
Cooper recognized lawmakers in the hall — state Rep. Billy Richardson and state Sen. Ben Clark — whom he called “great people.” He also recognized Democratic legislative hopefuls Kirk deViere of Fayetteville and Helen Probst Mills and Lowell Simon of Moore County.
Pushing his Democratic initiative called “Break the Majority,” Cooper said he needs more people in Raleigh working with him to build consensus toward improving public education and providing cleaner water and easier access to health care.
“We need you every single day to be making telephone calls and knocking on doors, because what this is about is our children’s future and our grandchildren’s future,” Cooper told the crowd. “This is about getting a General Assembly that will help me get quality teachers in every school and quality principals in every school. Public education matters, and this majority in the legislature does not believe that.”
Cooper said it’s evident that this legislature is unresponsive to the people when it pushes to put amendments on the ballot that “take a wrecking ball to our constitution” and tries to trick voters.
One amendment would curtail the governor’s ability to fill judicial vacancies, while the other would allow lawmakers to appoint members to the State Board of Elections and 400 other boards and commissions that have traditionally been made by the governor.