On Sunday, I joined 260 other progressives at the Election Skills Fair in Chapel Hill organized by Neighbors on Call (NoC). Great information from great speakers got everyone even more fired up for 2020!
Before I get to that, a quick update on Stamp NC Blue's efforts. Stage one postcards with a voter photo ID message are distributed to captains and being mailed this month. If you missed out on that, don't despair - you can get in on the act before the March 2020 Super Tuesday primary and November general election! Find out what's involved and register to be a captain here. Be sure to read the FAQs!
Back to the NoC event, which was kicked off by NC Supreme Court Justice, Anita Earls - we wrote 10,000 postcards to help elect her! Justice Earls emphasized the importance of the 2020 NC judicial elections. Three of seven Supreme Court seats will be open: Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, appointed by Gov Cooper as the first African-American woman to serve as Chief Justice, is up for election, along with Democrat Mark Davis (appointed by Cooper to fill Beasley's seat). Republican Paul Newby is running against Beasley for the Chief Justice seat, so his seat will be open. Candidates for the two open Associate Justice seats in addition to Mark Davis include Democrat Lucy Inman and Republicans Tamara Barringer and Phil Berger Jr (yep, son of). In addition, five of 15 seats on the NC Court of Appeals are open, four of them currently held by Democrats. We need to hold the Democratic court seats!
House Representatives Sydney Batch and Terence Everitt were elected as freshman in 2018, along with 16 other House Democrats in the most diverse class ever elected (and we helped with that, too!). They emphasized the importance of the state House and the crucial role of canvassers in their elections. Batch in particular is vulnerable in 2020. The new district maps (pending) will be better, and we still need to GET OUT THE VOTE!
Amy Cox from Flip NC reported that the NC House is our best chance to flip a chamber, but the Senate also will be in play with a big enough blue wave. The state/NCGA races will appear far down on the ballot, and data show that voting the top of the ballot (ie, president, senator, governor) does NOT translate into voting in races further down. Thanks to the Republicans for doing away with straight ticket voting in 2013 as part of its "monster" voter suppression bill. In 2016, an average of nearly 2,000 voters in every contested NC House district did NOT vote in the NC House race. We need to make sure people understand that these 2020 NCGA races are crucial for determining our course for the next decade because the winners will draw new district maps after the 2020 census. We've seen the terrible results of not turning out in 2010, and we can't let that happen again. Vote from the bottom of the ballot up!
State Senator Jeff Jackson closed the event and brought tears to my eyes, NC is so lucky to have him in the Senate. We need to hold our current seats and flip five in the Senate and six in the House to take majorities. When we do, we will propose a constitutional amendment to end gerrymandering with the appointment of an independent commission; expand Medicaid; fund public education; address the climate crisis and our damaged environment; and RESTORE HONESTY AND DECENCY TO THE NCGA! He pointed out that several of the flipped House seats in 2018 hinged on a handful of voters - every door knock and voter contact matters, and we're the cavalry.
In addition to the speakers mentioned above, we were joined by NC House Representatives Marcia Morey, Zack Hawkins, Verla Insko, Robert Reives, and Julie von Haefen and Senator Valerie Foushee, all of whom were grateful for the efforts of all the GOTV groups that continue to work for change.
🔥🔥 Are you FIRED UP?? 🔥🔥
- Register as a Stamp NC Blue captain for our last two postcard stages targeting Democrat and left-leaning voters most likely to respond to postcards.
- Volunteer to canvass with one of the great organizations targeting flippable NCGA districts:
- Contact your county party office or find an NCGA candidate you're on fire for and volunteer to knock on doors or make calls, especially if they're in a vulnerable or flippable district.
- NC Wins soon will start posting state-wide canvass opportunities, as well as some for phone-banking, texting, and writing letters.
- If you're on Facebook, follow NC GOTV for state-wide canvassing opportunities.
"Change isn’t something that happens every four years or eight years; change is not placing your faith in any particular politician and then just putting your feet up and saying, okay, go. Change is the effort of committed citizens who hitch their wagons to something bigger than themselves and fight for it every single day."
~ President Barack Obama, Howard University, May 2016
How are you fighting for change in 2020?
Tags: (GOTV, 2020 Elections, NCGA, NCPol)
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