Republican resistance to expanding Medicaid is buckling. Four Republican House members, including three House Health Committee Chairmen, have sponsored a bill (HB62) that would significantly expand Medicaid coverage to include low-income adults. The bill would create a program called Carolina Cares and would be paid for by a new tax on hospitals. It is modeled on Indiana’s program approved by then-Governor Mike Pence and includes a premium and a work requirement. Because it does not conform to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, it would require a federal waiver to be implemented. This bill marks the first time prominent North Carolina Republicans have supported any expansion to the Medicaid program to include people not already covered. For more details, see: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article143388024.html
Abortion is back in the General Assembly. Two new bills—one good and one very bad—have been filed.
Read about the Medicaid bill, the abortion bills, ERA updates, Lawsuit updates, Voter ID/Voter Suppression Law updates and bill tracking in North_Carolina_NOW_Legislative_Update_#10.9Apr17.
Political Consultant and Lobbyist (and Past NC NOW Lobbyist) Paula Wolf writes a letter to the editor (LTE) back to Indy Week, a triangle periodical. The whole LTE is shown here. The Indy carried the first 3 paragraphs of Paula’s LTE with some other input. The link to the Indy article is at the end.
With all due respect to the reporter, the “5 Things We Want to See From New Governor Roy Cooper,” 1/4/17, Indy, has some glaring oversights.
Women’s reproductive freedom has been trampled upon by the GOP since they got the majority in 2010. Mandatory scripts for doctors; transvaginal ultrasound; medically unnecessary building requirements; taxpayer funding of medically inaccurate information by anti choice “clinics” and defunding Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy prevention programs, to name a few. Access to healthcare is blockaded by not expanding Medicaid.
Fayetteville NOW joins protests against HB465 in May 2015. Hb465 is the bill that added tracking of women’s personal medical records and tracking of doctors to NC law. Roberta Waddle is speaking. Photo Credit: Hannah Osbourne
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Tagged abortion, education, poverty, reproductive rights, voting, women
Shocking power grab from the Republicans already in charge of both sides of the NC General Assembly, being carried out during a fourth special session they called with no emergencies to address. They are using this fourth session to further their own agendas, in this case for a massive partisan power grab of the Governor-elect’s powers and interference with historic privileges associated with that position. This session is in many ways like the one that brought us HB 2, the bathroom law, which also took away state law remedies to discrimination and interfered with existing local ordinances. Read about what is happening and three actions you can take.
Small part of citizens with signs in Senate Gallery on Dec 13, 2016. Photo credit: Gailya Paliga
If you are organizing a local women’s march on Jan 21, make sure to get your march listed at Womens March – Sister Marches! Do that after you get a facebook event set up.
Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro already have facebook events set up.
If you are looking for transportation to Washington DC, check with https://womensmarch.squarespace.com/transportation. Asheville NOW and Charlotte NOW have busses going, but they are full.
We can’t afford another HB 2 disaster. Few people realize the other damage it continues to do, including the harm HB 2 does to women. Take action NOW to tell YOUR REPS to keep the special session focused on disaster relief. Oppose the partisan power grab (especially of NC Supreme Court) and any other interference in our state. Join Moral Monday at Legislature on 12/13/16 and maybe other days as well. This session may last a few days.
These actions with details were sent via mailchimp email to members of NC NOW and others on our email list. To get on the list, fill in volunteer info on the NC NOW website.
Moral Monday at the NC Legislative Building from Feb 16, 2014. Photo Credit: Vicki Boyer
Two things to do NOW, the first can be done from anywhere –
- Dec. 3 Annual wreath laying in memory of Beryl Mitchell – DV victim. Here is a link to an article about Fayetteville NOW’s 2015 memorial – “Not a bad father, daughter says, except ..“
- Dec. 5 Third Mirrors of Privilege, part of a series to open discussions on racism. This series follows the Cracking the Codes series discussed in the newsletter and at the NC NOW conference – read more at NC NOW Newsletter Oct-Nov 2016
- Dec. 6 Court Watch training
- Dec. 13, 6:00 pm, Holiday Party – Scrub Oaks Restaurant
- Dec. 14 – practice court watch training at court with Rakeem Jones assault victim at Trump event.
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Tagged racial justice, racism, reproductive rights, violence against women, voting, women, women's rights
NC NOW Newsletter for October/November 2016 is available online. What are some of the topics covered in it?
What do we do now (after the election)?
We celebrated NOW’s 50th anniversary and this historic time in US history of a woman running for president, and running as the candidate with the absolute most experience of the bunch. More on page 3.
We find seeing is believing—video of Senator Burr’s shocking comments made at a GOP event propel him into the spotlight. Note: be sure to mail any exposing videos to CNN! More on page 2.
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Tagged Courts, documentaries, protests, stonewalling qualified candidate, voter suppression, voting
The Charlotte Observer says “In this year’s tight election, [NC] has jumped to ‘super battleground’ status,” 11/5/16.
The article states, “With pollsters and pundits calling it the key battleground state of 2016, [NC has] been in the national spotlight for months. And Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have visited North Carolina so often – along with their running mates and surrogate campaigners – that you’d think they were running for governor, not for president.” True!
NC has 3 extremely critical races of huge significance to the nation—
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 18, 2016
Contact: Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women and NC NOW PAC, 919-539-7702, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.northcarolinanow.org
NC National Organization for Women Announces General Election Endorsements
Raleigh, N.C. – On Oct 17, Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women, announced the organization’s Political Action Committee (PAC) endorsements for statewide offices in the 2016 General Election.
NC NOW PAC announced candidate endorsements for the N.C. Supreme Court, N.C. Court of Appeals, and both chambers of the N.C. General Assembly. NOW PAC has endorsed federal candidates for Presidential, US Senate and Congressional races.
NC NOW PAC (Political Action Committee) endorses candidates for statewide positions every year. We interview new candidates following a questionnaire that we revisit every year. View the current list of endorsed candidates, as of September 30, 2016. NOW PAC endorses federal candidates.
NOW PAC candidates are listed on the NOWPAC.org webpage. For NC’s federal candidates, scroll down to North Carolina.
If you live in NC, you can find all candidates for which you can vote on your sample ballot. You can look yourself (and your friends) up, make sure you’re still active, find your polling site, and find your sample ballot(s) at the NC State Board of Election voter lookup site.
Note: Congressman David Price (District 4) and Congressional Candidate John McNeil (District 2) were endorsed in October and are not included on this page. Please print the postcard from the next post to take with you if you are in the Triangle area so you remember to vote for Price or McNeil!
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Tagged voting, women