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Democracy NC just put out a call for canvass monitors next week, likely March 13: "We need your help to attend meetings in key counties with a large number of provisional ballots or a history of problems, observe the canvass, and report back with what you learn." Training webinar March 9. More here.
Put March 25, 7pm, Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, on your calendar for a Neighbors on Call event that sounds like such fun to me. It's "Meet the Candidates" hosted by "I will not yield!!" rock star, NC Rep. Deb Butler. Details and RSVP. Let's get to work - and have fun while we do it!
Personally, the night of March 3, felt like a victory because some of the candidates I voted for in the primaries won their races. However, one of the biggest (if not the biggest) highlight that night was seeing that Mark Johnson lost the Lieutenant Governor race. It was particularly exciting to see that NC Superintendent Mark Johnson fails to win a single county in his bid to become Lieutenant Governor.
Already, it was a relief to know that he was not running for and therefore would not be reelected as our NC Superintendent of Public Instruction. But looking at his disastrous record, it was safe to say that he would not serve us well as Lieutenant Governor either. So to recap the harm Johnson did while in office, take a look at No, Mark Johnson – It Was Not The “Deep State,””The Establishment,” Or “Elite Insiders” Who Defeated You; It Was Your Pathetic Record. and Mark Johnson, the private sector is calling.
Finally, as we are thinking about where some of the mess with Johnson started, let's not forget the role Phil Berger played as Johnson's puppet master. (Read here for a brief history.) Those of you in Senate District 30 should particularly remember in November as you cast your vote for his opponent, Wally White, vice-chairman of the Rockingham County Democratic Party. Read more here about Wally White.
So let's get back to the NC Superintendent of Public Instruction and Lieutenant Governor races. Let's get ready to pour our support behind Dr. Jen Mangrum, the Democratic nominee for Superintendent and whomever emerges as the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor. (Read more about that race here.)
Read about The Karmic Possibility Of The State Superintendent Election and how Jen Mangrum has already shown that she will not yield to Berger and certainly will not be his puppet.
Also read here about how "Truitt . . . would be a extension of what has been happening these last nine years to public schools in NC."
Please take a moment to celebrate the end of Mark Johnson's career in State Government, but then make sure to keep looking forward to electing progressive candidates.
Tags: (2020 elections, State Superintendent, Lieutenant Governor, Phil Berger, NCGA, NCPol, Education)
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