May 17, 2019/Press

NCDP TAKEAWAY – BATHROOM BILL BISHOP – “TRUE COLORS” ON SCHOOL VOUCHERS – TILLIS’ PRIMARY PROBLEMS – TILLIS SURRENDERS ON TRADE WAR

BATHROOM BILL DAN BISHOP IS NC-09 REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE

Republican voters didn’t have much of a choice when it came to their NC-09 primary pick. But in a field of “second-rate candidates” they elected Dan Bishop, the author of HB2, whose extreme positions have routinely embarrassed our state.
When asked three times if he regrets authoring HB2, Bishop refused to answerinstead saying “HB2 is an old issue.” But the national coverage says something different:
No matter how bad he wants to, Dan Bishop can’t escape his history of legislating discrimination and his party’s attempt to steal the NC-09 election.

ICYMI: “NC REPUBLICANS REVEAL THEIR TRUE COLORS ON SCHOOL VOUCHERS”

Last week Republicans passed Senate Bill 609 which would expand access to private school vouchers to families of four making $70,000 a year. From the Charlotte Observer Editorial Board:

“By offering the scholarships to families making $70,000-plus, Republicans are showing that their aim all along isn’t really helping low-income families, but weakening public schools. Why? Lawmakers know that voucher programs take money from public schools, both directly and indirectly.”

Republicans desperately want teachers to believe they’re putting public education first. But instead of actually prioritizing our public schools, they’ve lied tomisled, and tried to silence teachers. Now, they want to weaken public education by propping up unaccountable private schools.

TILLIS’ PRIMARY PROBLEMS – WEEK ONE

A week ago, Senator Thom Tillis officially earned a primary challenger in conservative businessman Garland Tucker, a nightmare scenario for Senator Tillis that cemented him as the most vulnerable senator in the country. Here’s a quick look at the developments since:

1. Washington Republicans panic and then head to NC to “rescue” Senator Tillis.

The NRSC blasted his conservative challenger right after his launch, an attack that Tucker found “pretty amusing,” while RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel came to NC to fundraise with Senator Tillis and was greeted with voters protesting Senator Tillis’ attacks on their health care.

2. Coverage defines Senator Tillis as “very, very weak” Washington insider who “caved like a $4 suitcase”

Tillis’ primary challenger blasted him as “very, very weak” to Hannity’s millions of listeners, while mentions in the News & ObserverAssociated PressWall Street JournalWWAY WilmingtonWXII Greensboro, and more highlighted Senator Tillis’ spineless flip-flop on the president’s national emergency in which he “caved like a $4 suitcase.”

3. True cost of the primary – “a pricey and distracting intraparty fight” – takes shape

Tucker ended the week launching television ads statewide, saying, “What Congress needs is backbone,” and announced that he’d seed his campaign with $1 million in preparation for a $6 million primary fight.

TILLIS SURRENDERS TO TRUMP TRADE WAR

North Carolina “consumers and businesses can expect to feel very quickly the impact of a growing trade war.” About a quarter of NC’s pork products are exported, 15 percent of which goes to China. And soybeans, another major industry in NC, have already seen an 80 percent decline in exports nationwide. And North Carolina’s farmers “will see the most pain”:
“Everybody is going to feel it.” 
– Ronald Simmons, Duplin County Hog Farmer

“[Farmers] are going to find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place.”

“We have borrowed from our life insurance policy, that’s how desperate we are. We are desperate for something to happen. We need help.”
 – Lorenda Overman, NC soybean farmer
But instead of standing up for our state’s farmers, Senator Tillis once again surrendered to Donald Trump, applauding the trade war and calling it “long overdue.”

MEDICAID MOMENTUM: DOCTORS URGE LEGISLATORS TO EXPAND MEDICAID

Momentum continues to build for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina. Governor Cooper hosted a roundtable this week with obstetricians and pediatricians from across the state who later visited lawmakers to call for Medicaid expansion for the 500,000 North Carolinians who would benefit.

WHAT EDITORIAL BOARDS ARE SAYING

On Republican’s “second-rate” NC-09 candidates…

Charlotte Observer:
The Observer editorial board endorsed McCready in his race against Harris last fall, and we continue to believe he is the best candidate to represent a changing 9th District. That’s especially true now, given the Republicans who’ve lined up for the opportunity to face him…They’re led by N.C. Sen. Dan Bishop, the unrepentant author of the discriminatory HB2, which cost the state countless millions in lost jobs and events. Bishop also invested in a controversial social network site that he knew had been linked to white supremacy.

On the NC GOP’s school voucher bill…

Charlotte Observer:
Instead of just attempting to drain struggling schools of low-income families, lawmakers are about to provide middle-class families with a subsidy to attend private schools when perfectly good public schools might be available. That’s money that could and should go to public education. The result? If the Opportunity Scholarship Program grows, bad schools will get worse, and better schools also will lose students and resources. The weaker public schools get, the more parents will become dissatisfied and the more clamoring there will be for vouchers at different income levels. That’s long been the goal of Republicans here and across the country.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

Have a great weekend!

Robert Howard
@RobertWHoward

Sarah Flowers
@SarahFlowersNC

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