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Thurs, Jan 23, 6:30pm, Chapel Hill Public Library, Denied and Abridged: The Struggle for Voting Rights in NC. Anna Richards (CH-Carrboro NAACP) and Irving Joyner (law professor at NCCU) speaking. Sponsored by Neighbors on Call. Register here.

We're well into the new year (and new decade, according to some), and I'm still trying to figure out what day of the week it is. Talk about head-spinning news... If you want to catch up on NC's big head-spinner about voter photo ID, check out Kate's great ICYMI post from yesterday.


I'm taking a deep breath and sorting through good articles that recap 2019 and look forward to 2020 in NC politics. If you read my posts, you know that I'm a fan of NC Policy Watch (NCPW) and Carolina Public Press (CPP), and their journalists don't disappoint when looking back at 2019:

And now 2020 has arrived, with the NC General Assembly (NCGA) returning on January 14 to attend to ... what??? A budget, perhaps? Talking with Gov Cooper about extending health care coverage to 500,000 largely-employed citizens? Here's some crystal-balling:

We'll be writing more soon about the upcoming primary election on March 3, but WRAL does a good job of wrapping up some of the priorities voters should demand from the candidates who seek their support:

  • Insist that the state strives to be the best and expects excellence in what it does and in the services it provides. Further, they will make sure there are the resources to do it.
  • Support the implementation of recommendations for public education from the Leandro Report
  • Expand Medicaid
  • Adopt non-partisan criteria and a non-partisan system for districting at every level
  • Demand transparency and accountability around private school vouchers
  • Provide adequate resources for the state's prisons
  • I'll add increasing attention, action and resources to the threats of the climate crisis and environmental issues and better supporting the NC Dept of Environmental Quality.

By the way, NC Policy Watch, Carolina Public Press, and WUNC each depend heavily on individual contributions, support them if you can.

Are we ready for 2020? YES WE ARE!


Tags: (2020 elections, NCGA, NCPol)

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