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:
- NCPW, Progress, setbacks in fight against gerrymandering headline an extraordinary year in the courts. Catch up on the major stories about state and Congressional gerrymandering, as well as local sheriffs and ICE, NC-09 election redux, old cases dismissed as part of a massive data clean-up, NC death penalty in the NC Supreme Court, and Raise the Age. Reminds us how crucial the 2020 judical elections will be!
- NCPW, A Lost Decade: Ten ways in which conservative policies have grievously harmed NC. Spoilers: the environment, an economy that works for all, Medicaid expansion, tax code that benefits the wealthy, public services and structures, public education, divisive social crusades (remember HB2?), embrace of nativism, lack of government transparency, assault on democracy (gerrymandering, voter suppression, election - not voter - fraud).
- CPP, Top Stories of 2019, ranging from an examination of sexual assualt charges in NC to the racial achievement gap in public schools to the take-over of Mission Health in western NC by a for-profit hospital chain.
- WUNC, 2019 in state politics from the left and the right (audio)
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:
- N&O (limited free views/month), 2020 at the NCGA: What about state budget, teacher raises?
- WUNC, What does the new decade mean for politics?
- WUNC, After stalemate in 2019, what will 2020 bring to the NCGA?
- NCPW, The New Year should be pivotal for public education in NC
- NCPW, From climate change to coal ash: Five environmental stories to follow in the New Year
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.
Are we ready for 2020? YES WE ARE!
Tags: (2020 elections, NCGA, NCPol)
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