March 29, 2019/Press

NCDP TAKEAWAY – SCOTUS HEARS PARTISAN GERRYMANDERING – SPINELESS TILLIS – NC DEMS PROPOSE EQUALITY BILLS – GOP ABORTION BAN OVERTURNED

NCDP TAKEAWAY – SCOTUS HEARS PARTISAN GERRYMANDERING – SPINELESS TILLIS – NC DEMS PROPOSE EQUALITY BILLS – GOP ABORTION BAN OVERTURNED

SCOTUS HEARS CASE ON PARTISAN GERRYMANDERING IN NCGA

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments against partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina. From NCDP Chairman Wayne Goodwin:

“Today’s arguments made it unquestionably clear that a system where politicians choose their voters instead of the other way around is inherently undemocratic and entirely unacceptable. Partisan gerrymandering increases divisive partisanship, weakens representative government, and silences the voice of the people. We must put an end to this harmful practice.”

 

TILLIS SPINELESS IN FACE OF ACA LAWSUIT

Washington Republicans launched an all-out assault on North Carolinians’ health care this week and rather than stand up for North Carolina, Senator Tillis wilted.

A new filing from the Trump Administration asked the court system to throw out the entire Affordable Care Act and with it, basic consumer protections like coverage for preexisting conditions, better maternity care, and allowing kids to stay on their parents’ plan until age 26.

When asked, Tillis refused to speak out against the lawsuit. North Carolinians already know they can’t trust him to follow through on what he says.

Maybe Tillis’ silence has something to do with the fact that he’s could face a primary challenger, even after his “Olympic-sized flip flop” that put hundreds of millions in military spending on the chopping block. From Former Union County GOP chair Dan Barry:

“I don’t think a primary challenge goes away. I think that he’s going to have a primary.”

TILLIS SUPPORT FOR EMERGENCY DECLARATION THREATENS MILITARY

 
North Carolina is starting to feel the real-world consequences of Tillis’ “Olympic-style” flip flop. Military bases like Camp Lejuene could face harsh cuts that will hurt local economies, military readiness, and well-being of NC’s military families:

“What may seem small is large to others,” – Jacksonville native Monique Gibbs
“I hate to make it so nonchalant; a building or two may fall down before they get repaired” – John Henley, a defense contractor

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats sent a letter to the DOD specifically pointing to substantial funding shortfalls, including $1.5 billion in proposals to speed cleanup and reconstruction of Camp Lejeune and Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, which were hit hard by hurricanes.Which begs the question… why didn’t Tillis sign on to the letter?

NC DEMS PROPOSE ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LEGISLATION

Yesterday, legislative Democrats proposed a series of LGBTQ equality and protection bills aimed at ensuring the health, well-being, and safety of LGBTQ individuals and marginalized communities across North Carolina. North Carolina Democrats are proud to stand in support of these bills. No one should be punished for who they are or who they love, and these proposals are a step in the right direction for ensuring equality and justice in our state.

 

GOP ABORTION BAN OVERTURNED

A federal court ruled this week that the NC GOP’s abortion ban is unconstitutional. This decision affirms what we know to be true – decisions about pregnancy should be between people and their doctors, not made by politicians. From NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds:

Republicans have repeatedly inserted themselves into women’s personal medical decisions. Today, their attacks were rightfully rejected.”

N&O:

WHAT EDITORIAL BOARDS ARE SAYING

On overturning the abortion ban…

N&O:
It may be necessary to stop calling North Carolina’s Republican legislators “lawmakers.” Too often what they make doesn’t hold up as law… According to the Guttmacher Institute, abortions peaked in 1985 at 1,588,550. In 2014, the number dropped to 936,200. The rate of abortions has fallen sharply from 29 percent of pregnancies in 1982 to 14 percent in 2014. North Carolina would do well to encourage this trend by supporting women’s health instead of restricting their rights.”

On partisan gerrymandering…

Fayetteville Observer:
“We appreciate the justices’ discomfort with getting involved with what’s essentially a state political issue, especially given the court’s longstanding position that redistricting is an inherently political sport. But things have changed and sophisticated computer systems allow politicians like Lewis the freedom to give their own party an advantage that ignores statistical realities like voter registration and overall voter preferences. Democracy is being short-circuited, and we can’t believe the Founders had that in mind when they designed our electoral system.”

WRAL:
Before the U.S. Supreme Court issues its ruling in Rucho v. Common Cause and before the General Assembly adjourns, the legislature needs to enact a system for non-partisan electoral redistricting so EVERY vote matters. North Carolinians are weary of the perpetual court battles and unfair representation. Our legislators need to fix the problem now –or voters should apply their own fix at the ballot box.”

 

TWEET OF THE WEEK

In honor of Kimberly’s last day at NCDP:

Have a great weekend!

Robert Howard
@RobertWHoward

Sarah Flowers
@SarahFlowersNC