See whole report including summary and bill tracking at NC NOW Legislative Update #29.v1
The fireworks over the House vote to override the budget veto continue. Rep. Darren Jackson has taken a lie detector test and challenged Speaker Moore to do the same. At issue is whether Rep. Jackson was told that the session where the vote to override the budget veto was taken would be a no voting session. Speaker Moore dismissed the challenge claiming that it was a publicity stunt. See: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/charlotte/news/2019/09/23/representative-takes-lie-detector-test-after-budget-veto-override
House votes to Override Budget Veto in Explosive Session
Rep. Darren Jackson, House Minority Leader, claims that Rep. David Lewis, second-ranking Republican leader, assured him after the session on Tuesday, September 10, that there would be no recorded votes during the 8:30 session the next day. Rep. Lewis denies it. Rep. Jackson told the Democrats that they did not need to be at the 8:30 session because there would be no votes. But reporter Laura Leslie also texted Rep. Lewis to ask if there would be votes in the 8:30 session on September 11. He texted her back that there would be no votes at 8:30. Finally, to confirm that something was being planned, a text message was sent to Republicans telling them to be present for the 8:30 session: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article235034672.html
Here is a screen shot of the text exchange between Laura Leslie and Rep. Lewis:
The toxic games around scheduling a House vote on SB359, Born Alive—Abortion Survivors Protection Act, continued another week. The bill is presently on the House calendar for May 29 after being scheduled and rescheduled over and over again for weeks. Democratic House members are making heroic efforts to be present whenever the bill is scheduled for a vote, sometimes at great personal sacrifice. One representative has been leaving her husband’s hospital bedside to be present to vote, and Rep. Sydney Batch, a breast cancer patient who is recovering from a mastectomy, has always been present to vote: “I was hoping to take three weeks off to recover, but unfortunately I did not have that ability,” Batch told TPM about the GOP’s latest effort. “When I realized that Monday, [Republicans were] planning to hold the vote it was worth physical sacrifice and pain to come in to vote. It was extremely important for me to vote.” For more information, see: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/north-carolina-republicans-abortion-restrictions
PRESS ADVISORY For Immediate Release
Raleigh, NC, 1/21/19
2019 Raleigh Women’s March
A Women’s March Anniversary Event More than 1,000 Women and Allies Expected
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Find the 4th NC NOW legislative update for the 2019 Long session atNorth Carolina NOW Legislative Update #4.25 February 2019.
[The week ending Feb 22, 2019,] the focus was on redistricting. Republicans decided not to appeal a court ruling that they violated the North Carolina constitution when they redrew four Wake County legislative districts in 2017. The state constitution stipulates that legislative districts must be redrawn after the decennial census. See: https://www.wral.com/republicans-won-t-appeal-ruling-striking-down-4-districts/18195577/.
A bill with bipartisan support( HB140, FAIR Act) that would amend the state constitution to prevent gerrymandering was introduced. Last week a bill was introduced to establish a non-partisan redistricting commission to draw Congressional and General Assembly district lines. The FAIR Act would require the legislature to draw the lines, but also would allow a redistricting commission to do so if one were established; therefore, the two proposals are not in conflict.
Quotes from some of the speakers and performers at the 2019 Raleigh Women’s March. Such impressive speakers and we would prefer to be able to capture each speech and performance, but here are some pearls of wisdom. Performers got their messages across in their own unique ways.
Longtime activist Mandy Carter was one of our EmCees and also our speaker on LGBTQ issues.
Event emcees – Ashley Popio and Mandy Carter Photo Credit: Women Mobilizing NC
“I’ve been wondering how change happens. And I think the best way to describe it is the changing of hearts and minds and public policy.” – Mandy Carter
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The war on women’s reproductive rights continues with the introduction of two new anti-abortion bills. See the whole summary and NC bills NC NOW is tracking in NC NOW 2019 Legislative Update #3.18 February 2019.
The first is SB51/HB54, frighteningly called Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment. This bill attacks late term abortion by banning a commonly used procedure called “dilation and extraction” or “D&E.” Another bill (HB28, introduced last week) attempts to block late term abortions by banning all abortion after 13 weeks. The sad truth is that almost all late term abortions end wanted pregnancies that have gone tragically, heartbreakingly wrong. This bill (SB51/HB54) does not take into account that the procedure it bans is also used to terminate pregnancies after the fetus has died and makes no exception for these cases. The procedure is rare (0.2% of terminated pregnancies). For more information, see: “No, Late-Term Abortions Don’t ‘Rip’ Babies Out Of Wombs — And They Exist For A Reason, 10/20/16, Forbes at https://www.forbes.com/sites/tarahaelle/2016/10/20/no-late-term-abortions-dont-rip-babies-out-of-wombs-but-they-are-needed/#395c7bd65cf8.
We are happy to report that the candidates who were endorsed by the NC NOW PAC in the general election did pretty well. More importantly for the future of North Carolina, the veto-proof supermajorities in the NC House and the NC Senate have been broken! The change in the NC House was known by the end of election day, 11/6/18, but it took until 11/19/18 to be sure about the NC Senate.
We evaluated how our endorsed candidates had done on Nov 10, 2018. Since then, the undecided races have been decided, but it is interesting to see which ones were that close, so that information is included with links to articles on what happened. We wish that gerrymandering hadn’t been such a powerful and deciding factor in the Congressional races.
In the NC Senate races, out of 22 endorsements, candidates took 15, lost 7 and one had not been called (Kirk DeViere) District 19, Fayetteville, but he was leading. (Update: Kirk DeViere won! See “Kirk deViere officially wins state Senate seat,” 11/19/18, Fayetteville Observer)