August 20, 2014

2014 Legislative Breakfast

25th Annual Legislative Breakfast
featuring keynote speaker
Attorney General Roy Cooper

The Orange County Democratic Party, in partnership with the Orange County Democratic Women, presents the Orange County Democratic Party’s 25th Annual Legislative Breakfast. Please join us as we work to re-elect Senator Kay Hagan and honor Orange County’s past and present legislators.

Roy Cooper was elected North Carolina’s Attorney General in 2000. He has since been re-elected three times. As attorney general, Cooper has used his office to increase consumer protection, protect children from online predators, lower utility bills, and reduce environmental pollution. In 2008, he won more votes than any other candidate in state history and 2012 he faced no primary or general election opposition.

Prior to being elected Attorney General Cooper served as a member of the North Carolina Senate, where he served as majority leader, and in the North Carolina House passing legislation reducing class sizes, increasing pay for teachers, giving victim rights through the Crime Victims Bill of Rights, and banning guns from schools.

 Chapel Hill Sheraton
1 Europa Drive, Chapel Hill
Date: October 11, 2014
Registration & Breakfast: 8:30 AM – 9:30AM
Program: 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Tickets: $35.00 (processing charge will be added)

*Tickets are $50 at the door*

Buy Tickets Online

Sponsorships are available at the $100, $250, $500 levels.
Sponsors will be recognized at the event.

Contact Matt Hughes (matt.hughes@orangedems.com) if you’re interested in sponsoring this event or
serving on the Legislative Breakfast Committee.

Checks should be sent to our mailing address: P.O. Box 3368, Chapel Hill, NC, 27515-3368.
Please include your occupation and employer and include “Leg. Breakfast” on the memo.

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August 13, 2014

Women to Women Postcard Writing

Women to Women Postcard Writing
Saturday, August 30th from 10 am – 12 noon
218 Lake Manor Rd, Chapel Hill

Refreshments will be served.  Sample messages for postcards will be provided.

A donation of $10 to help the Orange County Democratic Party cover the cost of the pre-stamped postcards would be greatly appreciated.

If women vote, Kay Hagan wins.  It’s that simple.

Let’s make it happen!

RSVP  Susan Romaine at romaines@nc.rr.com or 919-619-3408

(If you cannot attend on the 30st but would like to write some postcards at home, let me know.)

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August 1, 2014

Statement from OCDP Chair Matt Hughes on Early Vote Plan

Last week the Board of Elections voted to approve their General Election early vote plan. The local Democratic Party proposed two recommendations that should be included in the plan: expanding hours on Saturday and including Sunday voting. We proposed these with the belief that not everyone can vote during the times established during the primary due to the onerous restrictions proposed by the General Assembly last year.

Unfortunately, the Board fell short of our recommendations. Though they slightly expanded morning hours during the week and Saturdays, they failed to take into consideration the needs of our religious communities and working families. This is despite the fact that two Republican-led boards in nearby counties – Wake and Durham – approved Sunday voting.

It is clear that the voters of Orange County need to add the majority of the Board of Elections to the list of reasons to vote out Pat McCrory in 2016. Local boards are determined by the governor’s party, even though counties like Orange vote for Democrats 70+ percent of the time. In the short term join us in 2015 and 2016 in pushing these recommendations to our local Board of Elections.

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July 17, 2014

Sign our petition: Expand Early Voting

Yesterday, I attended the Board of Elections meeting where they were to approve the early vote schedule for the fall. Though I knew there could be some others in attendance regarding an early vote site on campus (I was part of the informal committee looking for sites and suggested Carolina Hillel as a possibility, which was eventually approved). There were at least a dozen people in attendance speaking, as I did, in support of expanded hours on Saturday and adding Sunday as a voting day. While Orange County exceeded the number of hours required by law in the primary, I believe we should expand hours even more. Because of the response, the Board is delaying their decision next week.

On Tuesday, July 22 at 11:15am, members of the Orange County Board of Elections will consider our county’s early vote plan. They were originally slated to approve the plan at yesterday’s meeting, but due to the number of people present in support of expanded opportunities opted to postpone their decision.

Please sign our petition in support of expanded early vote opportunities in Orange County, including expanded Saturday hours and Sunday voting. Our goal is to have at least 500 signatures before next Tuesday’s meeting. Please sign our petition and forward this email to your friends and family.

Special note: If you plan to attend the meeting, please arrive by 11am. We encourage as many people to speak as possible. The Board will allow individuals to speak up to one minute. The Board of Elections is located at 208 South Cameron Street in Hillsborough.

-Matt Hughes, Chair

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June 30, 2014

My Seat from Jones Street by Senator Valerie Foushee

The first weekend of summer presented several opportunities to attend events in the district. The General Assembly debate continues on budget priorities, compensation for teachers, and local control. Senate Bill 729—known as the “Coal Ash Bill”—passed through the Senate and is now on its way to the House.

Chatham Randolph Megasite Announcement

On Friday, June 20, I attended an event in Chatham County to officially announce the certification of the Chatham Randolph Megasite, hosted by the Chatham County Economic Development Corporation, the Town of Siler City, and the Chatham County Government. The 1,818-acre industrial site is the first certified megasite in North Carolina. Since 2013, the area has undergone a rigorous review process, which was essential in signaling to industries that the area is primed for investment.

Dianne Reid, president of the Chatham County Economic Development Corporation, recently said, “The megasite already has been identified as one of the top three sites in the entire South for an automotive plant.” She cites the area’s “central location, access to reliable power, and available water and wastewater capacity as major assets.” Moreover, experts have deemed that the area is ripe with a large, skilled and productive workforce, therefore, making it more attractive to industries.

This is good news for Siler City, especially since more than 1000 jobs have been lost since 2011 with the closing of the Townsend chicken plant. With full-scale marketing efforts across the country and the globe underway, the future looks bright for economic prosperity for Siler City, Chatham County and the region.

Habitat for Humanity 30th Anniversary

On Saturday, more than 300 persons braved the heat to celebrate the 30thAnniversary of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County.
The event was held at Phoenix Place in the Rogers-Eubanks community. On hand for the event were Rep. David Price, Orange County Commissioners, members from the Chapel Hill Town Council and the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, and Bob Kucab of the NC Housing Finance Agency. Over the course of these 30 years Habitat for Humanity of OC has built 249 affordable homes in Orange County, making the dream of home ownership a reality for many families. Congratulations and thanks Habitat!

Hog Day 2014

Saturday was also the second day of Orange County’s annual Hog Day festival.Despite the heat, hundreds attended this historic annual event, held at the Efland Ruritan Club. As always, there was music, food, arts and crafts, games and of course, the BBQ cook-off. This year, for the first time in 31 years, the festival was not sponsored by the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations to the newly formed Optimist Club of Orange County for a successful fun event!

Coal Ash Bill

On Wednesday the Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 729, the Coal Ash Bill. The bill, which is now on its way to the House, still maintains all of the core elements that were previously reported.

However, some additions to the bill were made before its passage. In fact, I offered two amendments to the bill. The first amendment would have added the Cape Fear Power Plant to the four high priority sites. Unfortunately, the Senate majority did not agree with my insistence on the matter. However, my second amendment did manage to make its way into the bill. The amendment would require Duke Energy to notify state officials as soon as practicable—not to exceed a period of 24 hours—of any unpermitted discharges. Though the bill is not perfect my amendment and others that were added on Wednesday, represent a substantial step in the right direction.

Please continue to contact my office to share your concerns on issues or if my office can be of any assistance to you. Thank you for allowing me to represent you in Raleigh.

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