WAKE DEMS WEEKLY UPDATE, Vol. 1, No. 15
August 15, 2017
The world was focused on the state to our north this weekend as Neo-Nazi terrorists killed a peaceful protester, injured at least 19 others, and unleashed hatred and violence on people of color, Jews, and other minorities.
But the incident quickly brought to mind a Republican-sponsored bill which passed the NC House along party lines back in April which would have legally protected drivers who plow into people exercising their First Amendment rights. 67 House Republicans voted for it--all but three of those present--including Wake County’s Chris Malone and Linda Hunt Williams. Luckily, the bill stalled in the Senate Rules Committee.
Some Republicans were quick to tap out 140 characters condemning the facists’ actions, but as we are often reminded, actions speak louder than words.
Last Thursday, the joint redistricting committee met to pass the criteria by which the same well-compensated consultant who drew the unconstitutional state legislative lines would design the new maps. Democrats put forward suggestions to ensure that African-Americans are not packed into as few districts as possible, that GOP partisan advantage is not the goal, and other measures, but they were all dismissed along party lines. Instead, Republicans decided that race would not be a factor at all, which seems to fly in the face of the court ruling which got us here in the first place. In fact, it may be a deliberate attempt to delay the process with further litigation.
Sometime early next week, we are likely to finally see the new racial gerrymanders Republicans hope to subject voters to next fall. Sources suggest there will be public hearings on Tuesday the 22nd and then final votes either Thursday the 24th or Friday the 25th.
Because Republicans refused to include Gov. Cooper’s $150 school supply stipend for teachers in their budget, he’s taking matters into his own hands and launching a school supply drive. The governor encourages all North Carolinians to donate supplies at their nearest State Employees Credit Union branch or at any government building by September 9th.
Members of the North Carolina Democratic Party’s State Executive Committee or any other Democrats may also bring items to the meeting in Burlington this Saturday the 19th.
Legislators return this Friday the 18th at noon for what may be a skeleton session. We will have more for you next week on the new maps and any other business the Republicans spring on us.