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The North Carolina AFL-CIO is offering aspirin bottles to the Republicans of the NC General Assembly.  Union leaders think the NCGA majority will need the aspirin to help them recover from hangovers. The GOP leaders were apparently drunk on power during the just ended session of our North Carolina Legislature.

I just had a brief chat on FaceBook with Randy Voller, Chair of the NC Democratic Party, and Yevonne Brannon of Great Schools in Wake. Voller's message to Democrats was posted earlier today (see 'Extreme GOP Pandemic'...). Randy is speaking truth to power in many venues including the mainstream media, but perhaps more importantly, to the people themselves in events across the state.

Chairman Voller responded to the Guv (Pat McCrory) and his campaign promises of jobs for the people of NC in a ABC interview. As Randy puts it, "The GOP seems to think JOBS is a four letter word," now that they control the government of NC.

Randy shared that the NC Senior Democrats plan to work on using absentee ballots and promoting their use this fall in the off-year elections in our state. The NC Democratic Party will also be working to test grassroots organizing methods in the fall. He is also working with Democrats Abroad and other state organizations.

From Chairman Voller's response to my saying we need to let folks know we will not lie down and let the Republicans run over us:

   We will not lie down. From around the State the chorus is loud and clear on their agenda: where are the jobs you promised in January 2011 and why are you making our environment less safe, our schools less stellar, our women less free to choose, our communities less robust, our laws less fair, our society less equal, our government less transparent and our ability to make a difference by voting less likely?

    That’s right. It has been more important for these extremists to dilute the participation of citizens in their democracy, than to invest in North Carolina, burnish its brand and create jobs.

From Yevonne Brannon, former County Commissioner for Wake County:
"this is critical, voting and health care and womens rights, but please do not forget Education. if you think that vouchers will not take us to our knees watch OUT."

Randolph S. Voller:

Agreed. Click on the link to see the ABC11 story pitting Randy Voller against Pat McCrory. 'McCrory signs state budget; will sign abortion and voter ID bills'

    The "GOP 4G network" is: "God, Guns, Gays and Gynecology." Apparently JOBS are not part of the program, says Voller.

Cross-post from

Originally posted to Justice and Hope on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 04:54 PM PDT.

Also republished by North Carolina BLUE.

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  •  Re: absentee ballots (5+ / 0-)

    Could be a good tactic, some have even mentioned voting parties.

    Knowing what you're up against, do you know the latest date the Republicans could change the rules on absentee ballots? I'm sure Democratic leaders are working hard to anticipate as many shenanigans as possible.

    I don't think there is any scheme to sleazy for the Repubs.

    It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

    by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 05:11:59 PM PDT

    •  Absentee rules were changed (7+ / 0-)

      I am awaiting a legal analysis on just how the last minute bill, H589, changed the election law on absentee ballots.  Will post as soon as I get a reply.  I agree no scheme is too sleazy, even as they claim their bills are God inspired.

      Martha Brock Cary, NC

      by mbrock49 on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 05:17:32 PM PDT

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      •  Martha, (7+ / 0-)

        As tough as the situation in NC is, it is equally inspiring for many of us to see.

        The little berg I live in in Western Oregon is reasonably "safe" for most Democratic candidates from president to city council. There have been close calls, sure, but on the whole I feel my campaign contributions will be more meaningful in other states--North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida, etc.

        The hard work falls to you and your neighbors. I hope it helps to know that most Americans are on your side. Writing a check (yeah, I'm a little behind the times!) feels like an insufficient response to the ugliness North Carolinians are dealing with, but it's what I can do.

        On Veteran's Day we are so often reminded of the sacrifices heroes have made to protect our freedoms. If you attend any meetings where the intent is to rollback or deal with the GA's partisan ploy, look around yourself--you will see the same type of civic heroism in a different guise.


        It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

        by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 05:37:00 PM PDT

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  •  North Carolina used to be a pretty sane place. (6+ / 0-)

    I've been going down there for years to sail with my buddy out of Morehead City and to visit friends in Raleigh.

    It's amazing how quickly the GOP and the Tea Party folks can ruin a perfectly wonderful, beautiful and amazing (and politically moderate-to-progressive) place.

    Keep fighting, NC.

    I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

    by commonmass on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 05:26:53 PM PDT

  •  Great diary (6+ / 0-)

    Here is a link that describes the changes to NC election on absentee ballots.

    SECTION 4.1.  G.S. 163‑229(b)

    The voter no longer has to personally write out the request for an absentee ballot or use a form created by a county board of election to request an absentee ballot. Now the form requesting an absentee ballot can only come from the State Board of Elections, but can be a pre-printed form (not written out by voter). In the past, if someone other than the voter wrote out the request for an absentee ballot, that would constitute fraud. This appears to open up campaigns bringing the absentee request form to voters. See § 163‑230.2. (a)

    The voter now has to sign the absentee ballot (as before) but now two people must sign and say they saw them vote, as I read it.

    SECTION 4.6.(a)
    This section is on nursing homes. See the link for explanation.

    •  Info on absentee ballots (9+ / 0-)

      This is a big help.  Thanks.

      I hope we can get some other groups besides just the Senior Democrats to help in spreading the word and helping folks move from long lines at the polls to voting absentee.  The Voter ID portion of the new law is unnecessarily restrictive, and I asked GOP leaders early in the session about which IDs would be accepted.

      They assured me that several forms of ID other than DMV issued ones would be accepted.  Once the federal voter act was reinterpreted by the US Supreme Ct., there were no holds barred at the NCGA.

      Martha Brock Cary, NC

      by mbrock49 on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 05:54:05 PM PDT

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  •  tarheels endorse 8 limbaugh stations, and what (2+ / 0-)
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    wordwraith, UnionMade

    excuse do they have for that? there was a petition for a while and it probably raised awareness.

    what excuse does any university have for selling their sports logos to a kkk-lite radio station? what excuse do they have? money? those stations are loud and reach more listeners so that's why they do it? how many dollars does it take to buy the right to give rush limbaugh a soapbox to say it's OK for whites to say nigga with an a now because some girl said so?

    the fact those stations reach more listeners makes it all the more disgusting.

    if NC dems and unions and teachers and minorities and students got the U of NC to declare they would no longer endorse racist, sexist, union hating, voter fraud fraud selling, education and science-hating RW radio and would look for non political alternatives, those stations would lose their ad base and would have to adjust and the NC GOP would fall apart.

    that's not an exaggeration. it's the same in many states- those rw radio stations are the HQs of the GOP and ALEC, and have been for 25 years. they've been selling that shit for 25 years in general but recently more specifically. and they can do that, coordinated by those think tanks on the local and national level.

    U of NC supporting and endorsing limbaugh stations is a disgrace and antithetical to any standards of an institution of higher learning.

    and until RW radio in NC is addressed by the dem party and or the unions or teachers or students (which don't even know what's being said on those stations on behalf of alec, to tens of thousands, or how often) , the same shit will happen over and over and over.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 08:35:48 PM PDT

    •  Interesting, but (2+ / 0-)
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      UnionMade, Sura 109

      I am just as concerned that the front page in our local NC paper had a picture of our House Speaker, who is apparently selling seats on the Board of Trustees of the Univ. of NC to the highest bidders.  Also, that NC Governor's Budget Director, Ar Pope, has bought himself chairs in several university departments at UNC-CH and NCSU in Raleigh.

      Martha Brock Cary, NC

      by mbrock49 on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 09:17:53 PM PDT

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