Never a dull moment at the legislature. This week a dispute between House Speaker Moore and a senior Republican legislator went public and culminated in Representative Julia Howard being removed as a senior finance committee chair. Great news on one of the many anti-Transgender person bills filed.
The inevitable has finally happened. North Carolina Republican legislators have jumped on board the voter suppression train. Senate Bill 326, misleadingly titled the Election Integrity Act, is a measure that would restrict voting by absentee ballot in a variety of ways. In short, it is a voter suppression bill. Significantly, the restrictions do not apply to military or overseas voters.
Legislative leaders and the Governor actually reached a compromise on Senate Bill 220, Open our Schools Act, and the bill has been signed into law. Reaching a deal has been a prolonged power struggle between the legislature and the Governor. This week also saw two bills of interest introduced: (1) Senate Bill 190, Prohibit Weapons at Voting Place, and (2) Senate Bill 199, Freedom from Abuse, which would require public schools to provide students information on and resources for neglect and abuse, including sexual abuse.
Progressives had really high hopes of winning across North Carolina in 2020. There were excellent candidates at every level. However, these candidates did not do too well. There were many factors, including the many very crowded Trump rallies around our state that really did energize his base to vote. Another factor was dirty election tricks that were pulled on some candidates that had been endorsed by the NC NOW PAC this year. Here is a look at how NC NOW PAC and NOW PAC endorsed candidates did.
The Supreme Court strikes again and this interference is some of the result. Money from 527s was funneled through Raleigh to hurt strong progressive candidates around North Carolina. Too few people know about this.
Our “White Women, Can We Talk” event was 11/12/20 from 7:30pm EST to 9pm. Great participation and discussion. The focus of this event was looking back at the election – 55% of white women voted for Trump, 2% more than voted for him in 2016. How is that possible?! And what can we do about it? We also talked about why black and Hispanic men would vote for Trump. Next big thing in Georgia is the runoff elections for two hotly contested Senate races.
This tribute to civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis was written and read by NC NOW Administrative Officer Nancy Cook at the 2020 NC NOW State Conference.
The NC NOW Call To Conference Newsletter is available here. Also find links to register for and sponsor conference online.
NC NOW announces the NC National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (NC NOW PAC) endorsements for statewide offices in the 2020 General Election, and also federal NOW PAC’s endorsements in Congress. We are excited to announce our support for candidates who have demonstrated a true commitment to women through their words and/or actions. We show the PAC Endorsements on one page. They include 91 statewide endorsements from and 9 federal ones.
The Asheville Women’s March organizers are doing an online rally and concert on September 21, 2020 at 9:00pm to encourage voting in this all important election, to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the 19th amendment, to life up voices of organizers and to share the joy of music. They made some changes to do a tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the wake of her passing on Sep. 18.