Our focus is NC, but since Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein's status is unclear, make sure you check the MoveOn Nobody is Above the Law site. Search your zip code and sign up to be notified of events near you if Rosenstein is fired.
Check out this list of hurricane-related donation and assistance links from Stronger NC to help our neighbors Down East.
Stamp NC Blue PAC has kicked off a special, one-time, round of postcards to registered NC voters encouraging them to vote for Anita Earls for NC Supreme Court in November. Find out more, donate, and volunteer for this new effort and share the link! Stamp NC Blue supports the progressive values of NC's Democratic candidates.
Now we're to the nitty gritty: you know who will be on your November 6 ballot, how do you find out more about the candidates?
Start with a detailed internet search and broaden from there. For example, D. Cole Phelps is at the top of the NC Senate candidate list for Senate District 1, so I'll start with him. I search "D. Cole Phelps 2018 election." I find his campaign website, then his Twitter and Facebook pages and a Ballotpedia link that gives a bit of biography and a little info about the 2018 primary. If I broaden my search to D. Cole Phelps, Plymouth, NC, I find newspaper articles that give me a sense of when he's been in the news over the past few years and links to his law practice.
You should find Ballotpedia links for most incumbents and many challengers; they're a reliable resource to see voting records, legislative committees they're on, who their donors are, what they've done in office. For current NCGA legislators, you can find their official legislative pages on that website using "find member info" in the top right corner if you know their name or "who represents me?" on the top bar: NCGA. There's a lot of good information on the resource page of the NC Free Enterprise Foundation, including campaign finance and outside spending information, vote counts from the 2018 primaries, and Facebook and political ad trackers. You can see campaign mailers, too.
As the election approaches, you're likely to see endorsements from a variety of sources, most of them partisan or special interest. Know what you're looking at, look for specifics more than vague generalizations, be a savvy consumer.
Attend town halls, contact candidates directly via phone/email/Facebook. Ask them questions AND tell them what's most important to YOU - the environment, health care, education, fair districts, jobs, taxes, whatever it is.
Here's something to be alert for: fake campaign sites. Linda Coleman, who's running against incumbent George Holding in the 2nd US Congressional district, discovered that a lapsed domain name from a previous campaign had been revived and a new website posted - by a Russian! Read more here. Look for recent posts and up-to-date information on campaign websites, check each page, as well as Facebook and Twitter links, and be alert for fishy-sounding quotes and (mis)information. If you find something that doesn't seem right, alert the candidate or the appropriate party office in your county.