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What's at stake in this gubernatorial election? Early voting and Voter ID. Just yesterday, Speaker Thom Tillis said that if Pat McCrory is elected governor, "we will have voter ID in North Carolina." Thanks to Gov. Bev Perdue we stopped voter ID and the only way to totally defeat it will be the election of Walter Dalton. The issue at hand is not voting fraud, but making it harder to vote.
In that same vein, early voting is at stake this year. Did you know that the party that controls the governor's mansion controls all 100 county boards of elections? That's right. Despite how a county votes for governor, it's the governor's party that controls local elections boards. Why is that important? Simply put: early voting is at stake as Republicans will be sure to limit early voting to the best of their ability. Especially in counties like Orange County.
Last night, August 28, the OCDP's Executive Committee endorsed a vote FOR the 1/2 cent sales tax to benefit transit in Orange County. This transit tax will fund improved bus services throughout Orange County, bus infrastructure support, an Amtrak station in Hillsborough, and light raleigh. The plan is comprehensive and will benefit transit options to and from Hillsborough, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, and Mebane. Most importantly this plan is forward thinking towards Orange County's present and future transit needs as a community.
There are some exemptions from this tax, including prescription medication, groceries, gasoline, certain agricultural supplies and motor vehicles. A full listing of these exemptions may be found here: North Carolina General Statute 105-164.13 and General Statute 105-164.13B
This referendum will be on the 2012 General Election ballot.
Once again, Pat McCrory has proposed a policy for North Carolina with no explanation of how to pay for it. First, it was his education proposal, which calls for sweeping reforms with no mention of funding. Now, it’s coming in his constant praise for the tax policies of Florida and Tennessee.
In those states, with little to no personal income tax, their citizens pay tremendously high sales and food taxes. Implementing a plan like in this economy would be a devastating blow to North Carolina’s already struggling lower and middle-income families.
High sales and food taxes disproportionately affect those who are already at a disadvantage. And while a higher food tax may not mean much for Pat McCrory, for many North Carolinians it means having to make tough choices.
Yes, you got that right: Pat McCrory wants to slash income taxes while raising taxes on working and middle class families. Eliminating the state’s largest source of revenue, just to put higher taxes on the things North Carolina’s families need the most? That’s the Pat McCrory way of reforming North Carolina’s economy for the super-rich. We deserve better.
We have had a busy few weeks here in the DNCC Office of Public Engagement. In July alone we have attended nearly 50 events in 19 counties across North Carolina, traveling over 6,000 miles. This outreach would not be possible without the help of dedicated Democrats like you. Help us make this the most open and accessible convention in history by spreading the word about the Office of Public Engagement and encouraging people to sign up for email updates at www.demconvention.com.
OFA-NC Launches 9-3-1 Plan for Community Credentials:
On July 17, OFA-NC launched a program to give North Carolinians early access to community credentials to President Obama’s nomination acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium on the last night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Thursday, September 6th through the 9-3-1 volunteer plan. Find more information on 9-3-1 here.
The OCDP is in the process of forming additional caucuses to join the Orange County Democratic Women as official arms of the Orange County Democratic Party. We are in the process of forming an LGBT Caucus, African-American Caucus, and Hispanic American Caucus.
Each of these caucuses will need founding members, officers, and an initial meeting to make it official. If you’re interested in any of these caucuses, please contact the folks below.
LGBT Caucus – Matt Hughes (email@example.com)
African-American Caucus – David Caldwell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hispanic American Caucus – Harriet Solomon and Renato Zamudio (email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org)