Resolution to Move up the Sunset date of HB-142
WHEREAS, LGBTQA+ people have been and continue to be unfairly targeted by legislation with an eye towards animus against their community on both the State and Federal levels, and
WHEREAS, Supreme Court precedent in US vs. Windsor, Romer v. Evans and three other cases make it clear that animus (defined as hostility, animosity, prejudice, private bias, and/or fear) is not a valid basis for the public law, and
WHEREAS, HB-142 was not a clean repeal fo HB-2, but barred local North Carolina governments from enacting their own anti-discrimination laws until December 1, 2020, and
WHEREAS, the rights and freedoms if these citizens, and their ability to participate in major life activities has been thus hampered by the ongoing Moratorium against cities and local government units to protect their citizens above the minimum level the State has set, and
WHEREAS, as a result of this continued disparity of rights our state continues to be passed over for business expansion and relocation, including the Amazon HQ2 project, and
WHEREAS, even Governor McCrory by his passage of E.O. 93 one month after the passage of HB 2 recognized there was a real issue with employment discrimination against LGBTQ citizens, which is further borne out by the results of the 2015 US Trans Study, which shows transgendered person experience unemployment at a rate three times as high as the general population, and
WHEREAS, there was a previous deal which would have resulted in the Moratorium already begin expired, and
WHEREAS, the North Carolina Democratic Party previously rejected a deal that would have resulted in the Moratorium already being expired, and
WHEREAS, LGBTQA+ citizens have already been deprived for nearly three years of the protection of their government which all law-abiding citizens are deserving of; now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the North Carolina Democratic Party commits to immediately begin real efforts to end the Moratorium now, and to adopt statewide protections for the LGBTAQ+ citizens of North Carolina, that they may enjoy the full rights and privileges of citizens of North Carolina
Resolution to Provide Protection of HIPAA Laws to Transgendered North Carolinians
WHEREAS, transgender North Carolinians face extreme hardship in gaining employment, as is borne out by the results of the 2015 Trans Study, which showed that transgender North Carolinians experience unemployment at three times the rate of other citizens, and
WHEREAS, as a result the rate of poverty amongst transgender North Carolinians is twice as high as for the general population of North Carolina, as shown by the results of the 2015 US Trans Study, and
WHEREAS, there is already bipartisan support for “Ban the Box” legislation, so that those convicted of crimes are able to reintegrate into our society, particularly in regards to employment, and
WHEREAS, transgender persons are forced to reveal former names on job applications, forcing them to give employers a legal reason to discriminate against them, and
WHEREAS, per North Carolina General Statute § 101-5 name change applicants are required to pass a state as well as national criminal background check, and such persons are also required to submit their fingerprints for this purpose, thus obviating the need for an employer to have access to a transgender person’s pervious names for the purposes of a criminal background check, and
WHEREAS, the other States of the United States have similar provisions in their statutes concerning name changes, and
WHEREAS, transgender people thus forced to divulge former names are deprived the protection of HIPAA laws to keep their health information (as it relates to their transgender status) private and protected and,
WHEREAS, this disadvantages transgender people in the employment market, thus hampering them in one of life’s major activities, and hamper their ability to integrate into, and become law-abiding, self- sustaining citizens of this State; now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the North Carolina Democratic Party commits to enacting Ban the Box legislation which will allow for persons who changed their names as a result of gender change, or for reasons of personal safety (e.g. victims of domestic violence,) to legally leave blank any question about their former name on any job application of any employer doing business in North Carolina.
Resolution Calling for Fair Electoral Districts
WHEREAS, the North Carolina legislature continues to create electoral districts which are unfair to voters of the State, and
WHEREAS, continued court challenges to those districts are expensive for the State, and
WHEREAS, it is generally recognized, and courts have confirmed that current electoral districts are partisan and racially biased, and
WHEREAS, the questions regarding the districts result in confusion for voters and deter voter participation, and
WHEREAS, unfair electoral districts take the power of the vote away from voters and allow candidates to pick their electorate; now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Wake County Democratic Party advocate for fair electoral districts, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Wake Country Democratic Party commit to a non-partisan body to construct future electoral districts for the State.
A Resolution Calling for Closing the Medicaid Coverage Gap in North Carolina
WHEREAS, in 2012 the Supreme Court ruled that each state could decide whether or not to expand Medicaid as called for in the Affordable Care Act; and
WHEREAS, this ruling created a health care coverage gap in states like NC that chose not to expand Medicaid; and
WHEREAS, the coverage gap includes people who are not eligible for Medicaid yet their incomes are too low to qualify for ACA subsidies; and
WHEREAS, most people who fall within the gap are working, but they do not get health care benefits from their employers or cannot afford to purchase insurance on their own; and
WHEREAS, closing the gap would benefit many thousands of North Carolinians; and
WHEREAS, in North Carolina, the state's cost to expand Medicaid is estimated at between $210 million and $600 million per year; and
WHEREAS, Governor Cooper and other Medicaid expansion advocates have long noted that the state is missing out on billions of federal dollars by rejecting Medicaid expansion; and
WHEREAS, so far, the General Assembly’s failure to act has cost North Carolina billions, but if action is taken now, North Carolina could be on track to gain $20 billion in business activity and $1 billion in new tax revenue for the state by 2020; and
WHEREAS, the companion bills House Bill 5 and Senate Bill 3 have been filed in the General Assembly for the express purpose of closing the Medicaid Coverage Gap;now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we call on the North Carolina General Assembly ratify House these bills to Close the Medicaid Coverage Gap in the current Session of the General Assembly.
A Resolution to Create a Nonpartisan Redistricting Commission in North Carolina
WHEREAS, during this decade, partisan GOP lawmakers in North Carolina have drawn legislative districts in a way to disadvantage their Democratic opponents, both by isolating Democrat voters in a small number of districts to minimize their influence, and by spreading them across multiple districts to dilute their political effect; and
WHEREAS, as a result of this partisan gerrymandering, in the 2018 elections Democrats won only one-quarter of the contested seats, despite the fact that more than half the state’s voters voted for a Democratic House candidate; and
WHEREAS, in a democratic society all voters, regardless of party affiliation, should have a fair opportunity to choose their representatives, without having district lines rigged to favor one party or another;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we call upon the General Assembly to enact laws creating a Nonpartisan Redistricting Commission with an express mandate to draw all elected districts in a nonpartisan manner without consideration of party affiliation of voters.
Resolution to Ban Barcode Ballots and Require Hand-Marked Paper Ballots
WHEREAS, the Wake County Democratic Party is concerned with the legal right of voters to verify that their ballot selections are complete and accurate prior to being cast when barcode/QR code ballots are used; and
WHEREAS, the selections on a hand-marked paper ballot is tabulated differently than a machine marked paper barcode/QR code ballot summary card; and
WHEREAS, the barcode/QR code ballot cards mask the voter’s intended selections; and
WHEREAS, the barcode/QR code ballot card system does not allow human readable verification of voter selections that are being tabulated; and
WHEREAS, voter selections are tabulated using information in the barcode/QR code and not the human readable voter selections on the ballot such as written names, positions, resolutions, and/or amendments listed; and
WHEREAS, studies have shown that most voters do not verify barcode/QR code ballot cards prior to casting their vote even when directed to do so; and
WHEREAS, studies have shown that most voters fail to recognize errors in barcode/QR code ballots even when they do attempt to verify their ballot card; and
WHEREAS, barcode/QR code ballots would not allow voters to recognize if the voting system malfunctioned in recording their vote completely and accurately; and
WHEREAS, barcode/QR code ballots allow bad actors to compromise voting systems by changing the votes with impunity; and
WHEREAS, hand-marked paper ballots are the best record for indicating voter intent.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Wake County Democratic Party calls on the NC General Assembly to require by law that the portion of the ballot being tabulated must be human readable, not masked by barcode/QR code; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Wake County Democratic Party calls on the NC General Assembly to require by law that hand-marked paper ballots be used if the voter is physically able to do so; and
BE IT ALSO FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Wake County Democratic Party calls on the NC General Assembly to require by law that when machine marked ballot systems are used by voters who are unable to hand-marked a paper ballot, the portion of the ballot being marked and tabulated is human readable and verifiable and not masked by barcode/QR code.
Resolution to Require Post Election Tabulation Risk-Limiting Audits
WHEREAS, the Wake County Democratic Party is concerned with the inadequacy of post election tabulation audits performed by North Carolina; and
WHEREAS, the current post election tabulation audit does not provide a statistically significant assurance that all races have been tabulated accurately as stated in North Carolina law; and
WHEREAS, prior to an election one predetermined and pre-announced race is chosen to be audited; and
WHEREAS, hand/eye audit of 2% of precincts does not give a statistically significant assurance that the other 98% of precincts were tabulated correctly; and
WHEREAS, hand/eye audit of 2% of precincts does not give a statistically significant assurance that any other race on the ballot was tabulated correctly: and
WHEREAS, risk-limiting audits require that fewer ballots need to be audited; and
WHEREAS, risk-limiting audits are more cost effective than the current 2% precinct hand-eye audits.
WHEREAS, risk-limiting audits provides a statistically significant assurance that the tabulation results are correct; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Wake County Democratic Party calls on the NC General Assembly to require by law that post election risk-limiting audits be performed; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Wake County Democratic Party calls on the NC General Assembly to designate the North Carolina State Board of Elections with the duty to implement risk-limiting audits in order to assure that the election results were tabulated accurately.
Resolution on North Carolina Democratic Party HQ building names and & events
WHEREAS, the North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Committee (NCDP EC) owns the building located at 220 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, NC that has been used as the NCDP Headquarters Building; and
WHEREAS, that building has long been known and commonly referred to as “Goodwin House” and the “Andrew Goodwin House” because it was built in 1903 by Dr. Andrew Goodwin, a Raleigh physician; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Andrew Goodwin also worked at the teaching hospitals at both St Augustine and Shaw Universities – both now known as “historically black colleges and universities” (HBCU); and
WHEREAS, African-Americans make up the largest minority block of voters in the NCDP; and
WHEREAS, the currently North Carolina Republican Party has engaged in voter disenfranchisement targeting African-Americans and other minority voters since taking over the majority control of the General Assembly in 2011 and the Governor’s mansion in 2013; and
WHEREAS, at some point in time the NCDP erected a sign in the area between the front of the Andrew Goodwin House and the black iron fence naming it the “Cameron Morrison Headquarters Building”; and
WHEREAS, Cameron Morrison was a Democrat elected to a variety of offices including Governor of NC in the early 20th century; and
WHEREAS, before being elected Governor he was part of the then racist white-supremacist Jim Crow Democratic Party that led an armed coup against the legally elected government of Wilmington, NC in 1898 – a city with a majority African American population and legally elected government officials; and
WHEREAS, Cameron Morrison was also a member of the Red Shirts, the paramilitary arm of the then racist white-supremacist Jim Crow Democratic Party which paid to arm the Red Shirts and other racists with military-grade weapons of the time – including machine guns and mortars; and
WHEREAS, those Red Shirts used their military-grade weapons of the time to harass, intimidate – and kill - African-American and other voters who attempted to vote for candidates other than the then racist white-supremacist Jim Crow Democratic Party; and
WHEREAS, the effects of the coup spread around the state by 1900 so that the elected members of the then racist white-supremacist Jim Crow Democratic Party took majority control of federal, state, county and local elected government offices across North Carolina until the Civil Rights era; and
WHEREAS, no modern-day Democrat should want any party buildings or events named after such a racist white-supremacist Jim Crow Democratic Party member – no matter what elected office formerly held; and
WHEREAS, the NCDP has previously renamed the Vance-Aycock fundraising dinner (named after Democratic Governors Zebulon Vance and Charles Aycock) due to their ties to the Confederacy and the white supremacist Jim Crow racism; and
WHEREAS, the NCDP has previously renamed the Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner (named after slave-owning Democratic Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson); and
WHEREAS, a painting of Cameron Morrison used to be hung above a fireplace in Goodwin House until it was recently removed; and
WHEREAS, Cameron Morrison’s name was recently “whited-off” of the sign in front of Goodwin House.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the North Carolina Democratic Party remove all names of any slave-holders and/or racist white-supremacist Jim Crow Democratic Party member regardless of their donor or elected officer status from any and all properties and signage for Democratic Party buildings or names of events; and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NCDP shall not rename any buildings or events without first running these names by a committee made up of NCDP state officers and Presidents (or their appointees) of the state level Auxiliary or Caucus groups.
Resolution to Protect Election Integrity in North Carolina
WHEREAS, the integrity and confidence of the voting process – including the accurate casting, recording and counting of votes - is essential to democracy; and
WHEREAS, North Carolina had a Florida-style meltdown in 2004, due to systemic problems that came from too many different vendors and voting machines, a lack of uniform statewide standards for voting systems and election administration, as well as failure to comply with federal laws and standards; and
WHEREAS, the Public Confidence in Elections Act (hereinafter the “Act”) passed unanimously in August 2005, created uniform statewide standards administered by the State Board of Elections (SBE) that every county have machines, software, firmware, ballot design, etc., which must be tested, certified and maintained as a system; and
WHEREAS, the “Act” immediately weeded-out weak and unreliable vendors, and benefited our state by having one unified election system statewide that greatly simplifies election administration from the SBE on down through the County Board of Elections (CBE) and finally precinct-based poll workers; and
WHEREAS, the “Act” enabled North Carolina to become a national leader in efforts to ensure accurate elections; and
WHEREAS, there have been and continue to be problems with the more expensive Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) touchscreen voting machines that do not generate a paper ballot which include voter choices being flipped due to uncalibrated touchscreens; and
WHEREAS, previous DRE touchscreen calibration problems caused NC General Assembly (NCGA) to pass a law in 2013 requiring all of our current iVotronic DRE touchscreen machines be decertified and replace by 2016 because they do not use or produce a paper ballot; and
WHEREAS, instability at SBE caused by the NCGA resulted in the deadline for certification of new vendors and voting systems to be postponed several times, resulting in the continued use of these DRE touchscreen machines in the 2016 through 2018 elections; and
WHEREAS, due to weather-caused delays in June and September, as well as the CD-9 investigations, and the need to appoint a new SBE, the SBE hasn’t fully investigated and certified any vendors, thus delaying the only time for many counties to test ANY new equipment in a single precinct until the fall 2019 elections at the earliest – not enough time for any vendor to produce and install equipment, train workers AND educate voters by the March 2020 primary elections; and
WHEREAS, all 100 North Carolina counties are using only ES&S election systems and paper ballots for absentee by mail (ABM voting) for every ballot style; and
WHEREAS, the old M100 optical scanners, new DS200 digital scanners, and AutoMARK Balot Marking Device (BMD) currently in use with the Unity firmware will not be decertified but cannot be used with the new EVS 22.214.171.124 software/firmware until it is certified by the SBE and tested in an actual election in at least one precinct per county; and
WHEREAS, ES&S did not submit the M100 optical scanners for testing and certification with the new EVS 126.96.36.199 firmware/software, meaning they cannot be used by any county wishing to use the new EVS 188.8.131.52 firmware/software; and
WHEREAS, per data provided by the SBE in August 2018, 65 NC counties use optical and/or digital scanners and AutoMARK Ballot Marking Devices for all in-person voting, 12 counties use a combination of paper and DRE touchscreen machines for in-person voting – leaving 23 counties that use DRE touchscreen voting machines exclusively for in-person voting; and
WHEREAS, the DS200 scanners sold by ES&S are already in use or planning to be purchased by approximately 23 counties in NC as of August 2019; and
WHEREAS, equipment requirements are much greater and more expensive with DRE machines vs optical or digital scanners – the typical precinct or early voting location has 10-15 DRE touchscreen machines for every one scanner and AutoMARK where they are used; and
WHEREAS, the requirement that a voter cast a vote by marking on a machine limits the total number of voters at any one time, causing lines and risking “denial of service” issues that do not occur when voting on pre-printed paper ballots marked by hand in a voting booth, table, bleachers or even the floor; and
WHEREAS, Wake County uses pre-printed paper ballots and M100 scanners for all in-person early and election day voting, and high-speed central scanners for ABM ballots; and
WHEREAS, Wake County made the news for the first time in years with reports of scanners not accepting ballots at 15 precinct polling places on election day 2018 – at polling places where the temperature and humidity specifications needed by the scanners and the paper ballots were not properly maintained; and
WHEREAS, Wake County tested the DS200 and newer high-speed central scanners using the older Unity software/firmware currently certified by the by the SBE, and former CBE members report the tests went well and Wake CBE wants to replace the older M100 and central scanners with the newer digital models; and
WHEREAS, Mecklenburg and Wake Counties have roughly the same number of voters and precincts – but Mecklenburg County has approximately 2500 DRE touchscreen voting machines vs approximately 250 optical scanners and 250 AutoMARK BMDs in Wake County; and
WHEREAS, most vendors demonstrated “ballot marking systems” - big-screen touchscreen voting machines hooked to separate ballot on demand (BOD) printers, and that many of the same vendors are pushing commercial off the shelf (COTS) to lower their manufacturing costs – which could cause other problems with the systems (the system could become unusable once the component is replaced by another model – thus requiring the whole system be recertified); and
WHEREAS, ES&S demonstrated the stand-alone Express Vote machine which used a touchscreen to make voter choices which were then marked on a paper ballot printed by a printer integral to the machine; and
WHEREAS the paper ballot printed by the Express Vote machine prints out a ballot with a bar-code which is scanned by a scanner, but cannot be read by humans; and
WHEREAS, the written portion of the BMD printout — which is supposed to correspond with the voter’s selections on the touchscreen — is not what the scanners actually count; and
WHEREAS, BMDs were initially designed for people who are unable to hand-mark paper ballots due to disabilities that would make them unable to see a ballot or mark it by hand, etc. – but vendors are pushing these expensive “ballot marking devices” – with or without a ballot on demand (BOD) printer for all voters, regardless of need; and
WHEREAS, BMD printouts appear only after voters have made all of their selections, thus requiring voters to tax their memories. While voters may easily remember the top of the ticket races, they are unlikely to readily recall the many races and referendums further down the ballot, much less notice any discrepancies between the BMD printouts and their intended selections; and
WHEREAS, even if computer marked ballots are a necessary accommodation for those who are unable to hand mark their ballots, it would be utterly irresponsible and ridiculously expensive to make them the primary system for all voters; and
WHEREAS, any jurisdiction replacing 10-15 DRE touchscreen voting machines with nearly all the vendor’s new wares will be adding more equipment than they are getting rid of - 10 to 15 separate BMDs with the same number of BOD printers – and one scanner; and
WHEREAS, out of the original 5 vendors that submitted federal testing and certification documents, only 4 attended a mandatory demonstrate of their equipment at SBE in July 2019; and
WHEREAS, there are now only 3 vendors – mainly because they didn’t want to or couldn’t afford to pay the annual fee for a surely bond – which has now risen to $17.5 million to cover the cost of a statewide election re-do; and
WHEREAS, all the remaining 3 vendors are owned by venture capital or hedge fund groups and the vendors do not have to reveal any detailed information about the financial deals and hedge fund/VC firm ownership; and
WHEREAS, the NC State Board of Elections (NCSBE) website on election security includes the following information (https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voting-Options/Election-Security):
“In early 2017, the Department of Homeland Security designated U.S. elections systems, such as voter registration databases and voting machines, as “critical infrastructure.” That means our elections systems—like our transportation, energy and water systems—are vital to national security.”
“By the 2020 elections, all 100 North Carolina counties will use paper ballots or machines that produce paper ballots. Most counties already use paper ballots. In counties using touch-screen machines, a paper log is kept for review by the voter. The machines are not connected to the Internet.”
“We are requiring background checks on anyone with access to elections systems.”
WHEREAS, the FBI discovered that ByteGrid – the sole company providing voter registration system for the state of Maryland – was financed by AltPoint Capital Partners, whose fund manager is a Russian, and its largest investor is a Russian oligarch named Vladimir Potanin; and
WHEREAS, ByteGrid hosts the statewide MD voter registration, candidacy and election management system; the online voter registration system; online ballot delivery system; and unofficial election night results website; and
WHEREAS, there are reports - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies - that computers are being hacked via a tiny microchip inserted during the equipment manufacturing process
WHEREAS, our current sole-source arrangement allowed all 100 counties to make a few simple yet significant changes to further enhance security and prevent any potential “hacking” of our voting machines from Russia or anywhere else during our 2018 primary and general elections; and
WHEREAS, multiple vendors and platforms with lower standards elevates risks and increases costs, removing the ability for counties to work with each other to help with equipment, upgrades, software or firmware questions, training and legal issues.
THERERFORE BE IT RESOLVED that all precincts requests the Wake County Democratic Party, the 2nd and 4thCongressional District(s), and the North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) urge all appointed SBE members to do the following:
1). consider the financial relationships between the election system vendors and the investors who finance them in their decisions to certify election system vendors – and only certify those vendors who provide this information to the SBE; and
2). consider the major advantages of sticking with the one vendor they have used since 2006; and
3). only certify election systems that use pre-printed paper ballots that can be marked by hand or by an approved ballot marking device and that they not certify any election system which makes ALL in-person voters use a ballot marking devices and/or that prints a bar-code ballot; and
4). require all scanners to be programmed to notify voters of both over- and under-votes, and give them the chance to make any corrections to an under-voted ballot (or voiding the over-voted ballot and getting a new ballot) before depositing their ballot into the scanner; and
5). require vendors to certify there are no bots or microchips on any voting systems (machines, printers, scanners, or peripheral computers) used in running our elections under same penalties for uncertified firmware/software under the current law; and
6). require vendors to certify none of their voting machines or ballot marking devices have any wireless communications ability whatsoever; and
7). require all CBE computers hooked up to voting machines or that report totals to the SBE are kept separate from all other CBE computers and not used for any other purposes (e-mail, surfing the net); and
8). select early and election day voting sites where proper temperature and humidity can and must be maintained – starting 24 hours before voting begins and throughout all voting; and
9). require all paper ballots, scanners and ballot marking devices are stored and used within proper temperature and humidity specifications; and
10). supply temperature and humidity monitors at each and every voting location that must be easily accessible by staff (poll workers and judges) and observers; and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all precincts requests the Wake County Democratic Party, the 2nd and 4thCongressional District(s), and the North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) urge all appointed SBE members to do the following:
11). any county using any DRE touchscreen voting machines immediately purchase the currently certified ES&S DS200 digital scanner and AutoMARK BMD loaded with the Unity software/firmware for each in-person early-voting and precinct voting site to in enough time to use them in the Fall 2019 elections; and
12). any county currently using the M100 optical scanners immediately purchase the currently certified ES&S DS200 digital scanner loaded with the Unity software/firmware for each in-person early-voting and precinct voting site to in enough time to use them along with their AutoMARK BMDs in the Fall 2019 elections; and
13). test the new EVS 184.108.40.206 software/firmware in one precinct per county in the Fall 2019 elections – thus satisfying the testing requirements PRIOR to making the decision to upgrade to the new software/firmware
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NCDP urge our elected members of the NC General Assembly to consider amending our current election law to allow for certification of ONE sole statewide election system vendor and using only pre-printed paper ballots in future years.
Resolution in Support of Elected Officials Releasing their Tax Returns
WHEREAS, President Richard Nixon began the tradition of voluntarily releasing tax returns because "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook."
WHEREAS, The American public has the right to know if a president or presidential candidate is indebted to domestic and/or foreign interests.
WHEREAS, The American public has the right to information to determine whether a president’s legislative proposals and policies would provide great personal benefit to the president or the president’s family.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, Congress must require candidates for president to publicly release their tax returns within 60 days of announcing candidacy. Congress must require presidents to publicly release their tax returns within 60 days of filing returns.
Resolution Supporting Minimum Qualifications for Cabinet Secretaries
WHEREAS, The US Constitution does not specify qualifications for members of the President's Cabinet.
WHEREAS, The American public deserves the best and brightest minds to serve in these crucial positions responsible for running massive departments.
WHEREAS, Lack of specific qualifications if combined with a disregard for the norms of the check and balance of the legislative and executive branches can result in gross mismanagement of federal departments by unqualified department heads.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, Congress should establish minimum leadership, management, and subject matter expertise and experience requirements for all cabinet positions.
Resolution To Reform The Military Discharge Process
WHEREAS, veterans are frequently discharged due to misconduct related to service connected disabilities and;
WHEREAS, many veterans have PTSD due to their duties in combat and;
WHEREAS, veterans with a bad paper discharge aren’t eligible for VA benefits and;
WHEREAS, these veterans are at risk for drug/alcohol addiction, homelessness and suicide and;
WHEREAS, it is very difficult to remedy errors in the discharge process;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Wake County Democratic Party support legislation to the reform the military discharge process.
Resolution To Support The Military Justice Improvement Act
WHEREAS, The men and women of our Armed Forces are America’s greatest asset in keeping our nation safe at home and promoting our interests abroad and;
WHEREAS, military sexual assault victims are frequently wrongfully discharged and;
WHEREAS, it is very difficult to remedy errors in the discharge process and;
WHEREAS, Senator Gillibrand (Democrat New York) has introduced The Military Justice Improvement Act, model legislation for reforming the military justice process.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Wake Country Democratic Party support the Military Justice Improvement Act.
Resolution to oppose the ban on Transgender Persons Serving in the United State Armed Forces
WHEREAS, The president’s ban on transgender persons serving in the US military is not only hateful and un-American, it harms military readiness and morale and ultimately makes our country less strong and;
WHEREAS, it is the opinion of one person who never has served and against the advice of his military chiefs (Last year, all four service chiefs told Congress that they had seen no discipline, morale or unit readiness problems with transgender troops serving openly in the military (AP).
WHEREAS, the ban echoes of some of the most ignorant, intolerant moments in our history that saw women, black Americans, gays and lesbians barred from fully participating in our armed forces and;
WHEREAS, Nearly 1,000 troops officially deemed as transgender are currently serving in the American military, according to the Defense Department, and another 228 are in the process of enlisting and;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Wake Country Democratic party oppose the policy to ban transgender persons from serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Resolution to Support Funding To Provide Adequate Funding to Fill Vacant VA Positions
WHEREAS, each day, more than 366,000 VA employees come to work for America’s Veterans and:
WHEREAS, More than one in 10 Veterans Affairs jobs is currently unfilled and;
WHEREAS, despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the Department of Veterans Affairs is opting to leave thousands of positions unfilled.
WHEREAS, the rising number of vacancies threatens to undermine VA care and services,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Wake County Democratic Party support legislation to expand funding so the VA can recruit personnel to fill the 30,000 positions that are currently unfilled.
Resolution TO Support Establishing a Veterans Treatment Court In Wake County
WHEREAS, Wake County has a very large veteran’s population and;
WHEREAS, Veterans Treatment Courts provide treatment options as an alternative to jail for offenders accused of low-level crimes and;
WHEREAS, many Veterans organizations support the Veterans Court System and;
WHEREAS, a Veterans Treatment court remove veterans from the regular criminal justice process and help them address symptoms that are prevalent among veterans, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse, which is often a form of self-medication and;
WHEREAS, in a treatment court the presiding judge works with the veteran to establish a structured rehabilitation program tailored to his or her specific needs and;
WHEREAS, studies show mental illness often plays a role in crimes committed by veterans, and according to the National Institute of Corrections, veterans account for nine of every 100 individuals in U.S. jails and prisons and;
WHEREAS, there are currently over 334 Veterans Treatment Courts throughout the U.S. serving over 15,000 individuals and;
WHEREAS, the vast majority of veterans, regardless of the mistakes they may have made at a difficult time in their lives, have a unique capacity to contribute to society.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Wake County Democratic Party support the establishment of a Veterans Treatment Court in Wake Country and encourage other counties to carefully evaluate and establish Veterans Treatment Courts where needed.
Resolution on Understanding the First Amendment
WHEREAS, after the recent Supreme Court decision Janus v AFSCME, Associate Justice Elena Kagan said in her dissent that the majority is attempting to “weaponize the First Amendment,” which is to say a right which had previously been a protection for individuals against government suppression instead is becoming a tool for powerful interests such as employers to use against employee unions (Janus), their employees (Burwell v Hobby Lobby), and individual customers (Masterpiece Cake Shop v Colorado); AND
WHEREAS, many of these cases involve business such as sales of goods or services, payment of wages or benefits, or labor union support, we must ask again the question whether money is a form of speech, whether exchanging money is a form of religious expression, or whether paying for the negotiation services of a labor union entails accepting their political activity as one’s own speech; AND
WHEREAS, both the First Amendment and the Commerce Clause of the Constitution must be understood as fully in force and consistent with each other, since regulating commerce is an enumerated power of Congress while First Amendment freedoms are protected from Congress; AND
WHEREAS, the drafters of the Constitution were educated both in Enlightenment philosophy and in English law, we know that the Enlightenment concept of freedom pertained to the mind and thought, such as religious or political choices, while law pertains to actions to be regulated; AND
WHEREAS, many illegal acts such as fraud, false advertising, libel, slander, or communicating threats might appear to be speech but are in truth actions that damage other individuals or the community, and are properly regulated under law, or properly causes for lawsuits; AND
WHEREAS, in the minds of the framers, “freedom of speech” was always recognized as being bounded by the distinction between speech which is pure expression of thought versus “speech acts” which also have consequences in commerce or in the wider society; AND
WHEREAS, we also must recognize that while thought is free and sharing thoughts must be protected, actions must be regulated whenever they impact the freedom of others; AND
WHEREAS, the Democratic Party has long included in its platform a clause saying that money is not speech and that corporations are not persons, it is necessary to recognize that that the same line of reasoning that lead to the unlimited money in politics permitted by Citizens United v FEC (and others), now is threatening wider individual civil rights;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Democratic party shall add to our expressed position that corporations are not persons and money is not speech, also a clear statement that no commercial transaction such as sales and paying wages or benefits can be a protected expression or practice under the First Amendment, because protected speech and expression cannot include a commercial transaction – that means, no commercial transaction is free speech, but it is a public action properly regulated under law.
Resolution to Recognize and Oppose The Culture of Impunity
WHEREAS, many oppressed groups are not only victimized by persons of privilege, it is also common for the perpetrators of violence or prejudice to escape punishment and conduct themselves in ongoing patterns of exploitation; AND
WHEREAS, these oppressed groups have begun to form social movements known by hashtags including #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, #NeverAgain, #ProtextTransKids, and others, these movements represent only part of the larger political problem – that the rule of law is unequally applied to perpetrators of abuse or violence; AND
WHEREAS, the exploited populations of our country include also victims of soil. air, and water pollution; working people whose jobs are off-shored or whose pension funds are robbed by their managers; children who grow up in inferior schools, inadequate health care, or unsafe communities; and by everyone who suffers in an economic crash brought on by unregulated greed and unprosecuted fraud; AND
WHEREAS, the ever-present expectation that the privileged will evade punishment for destructive behavior is not restricted to any one State or municipality, nor any one industry or profession, but instead is pervasive throughout our society and our Government, infecting the Courts, the regulatory Agencies, and the various Legislatures; AND
WHEREAS, this phenomenon has been observed in many nations and organizations around the world, and is known world-wide as “The Culture of Impunity,” which is clearly an appropriate, precise, and evocative terminology: AND
WHEREAS, the Democratic Party itself is the natural unifying political institution to pursue as one the interests of all oppressed groups, including those seeking civil rights as well as those seeking economic justice; AND
WHEREAS, the power of money, vested interests, and political influence can be overcome only by advancing and perfecting the rule of law over the power of the privileged few; AND
WHEREAS, the Culture of Impunity is the opposite of equal protection under law, and to eradicate the Culture of Impunity will require not only law enforcement but also legislative oversight, internal audits and inspections, and transparency through the entire government, and especially public direct action to protest the Culture of Impunity;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Democratic Party is not only opposed in every way to the Culture of Impunity, but also pledges to make eradication of the Culture of Impunity the foundation of Democratic Party strategy for bringing civil rights and economic justice back to their proper place in American life; AND
BE IT FURTHR RESOLVED, that the Democratic Party shall give a prominent place in its platform document to the Culture of Impunity, to send the message to each and every oppressed person and group that the Democratic Party is their indispensable ally to obtain their Constitutional right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Resolution to Identify Hate Speech With The Culture of Impunity
WHEREAS, certain individuals and groups have used the cover of the First Amendment for the purpose of advertising and promoting hateful racist, sexist, or homophobic ideology; AND
WHEREAS, the level of public danger and risk of violence is thereby increased not only for African Americans but also for other persons of color, and also women in general, and other exploited groups; AND
WHEREAS, the Culture of Impunity perpetuates this violence and discrimination, and the Culture of Impunity is itself perpetuated by hate speech and every sign that in America crimes against oppressed groups will be ignored by legal authorities; AND
WHEREAS, American jurisprudence has accepted since colonial times the English legal practice of civil suits (“torts”) which apply to cases where a person or group causes injury or loss to another without committing a specific crime, creating situations known legally as “nuisance”; AND
WHEREAS, NC General Statutes Chapter 19 (“Offenses Against Public Morals) defines nuisance as, “repeated acts that disturb the public order including, but not limited to, homicide, assault, affray, communicating threats, unlawful possession of dangerous or deadly weapons, and discharging firearms;” AND
WHEREAS, the Culture of Impunity facilitates repeated acts of violence in every category mentioned by NCGS Chapter 19 (plus others), across the entire nation, making every public space a facility for breach of the peace; AND
WHEREAS, it is irrelevant that hate speech is not the crime of communicating a threat, nor is it relevant that some persons feel Confederate symbols are a healthy commemoration of their heritage, since such speech and symbols perpetuate the Culture of Impunity and therefore could be adjudicated as a nuisance, because they cause damage and loss to identifiable groups by instilling fear and restricting behavior, interfering with peaceful enjoyment of public space, and promoting the Culture of Impunity; AND
WHEREAS, NC General Statutes 19-2.1, reads: “Wherever a nuisance is kept, maintained, or exists, as defined in this Article, the Attorney General, district attorney, county, municipality, or any private citizen of the county may maintain a civil action in the name of the State of North Carolina to abate a nuisance under this Chapter’; now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that it is no violation of the First Amendment for any individual, including Government officials, to bring legal action against those who maintain hate symbols or promulgate hate speech; AND
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NCDP calls upon all relevant officials, as well as local citizens, to take appropriate legal action toward ending display of hate symbols and promulgation of hate speech wherever it appears in our State.
Resolution to Reduce the Speed on Certain Parts of US70/Glenwood Ave
WHEREAS, US Highway 70 runs from Arizona to North Carolina and is also called Glenwood Avenue when in the Raleigh city limits, and
WHEREAS, US70/Glenwood Ave, runs though a residential area from Crabtree Valley Shopping center to Wade Avenue, and
WHEREAS, from Myrtle Ave to Harvey St. the US70/Glenwood Ave runs through a commercial area known as Five Points, and
WHEREAS, residents on Glenwood Ave witness almost monthly wrecks caused in part by speeding cars; and
WHEREAS, residents on Glenwood Ave and in the surrounding neighborhood fear for the safety of pedestrians, now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the city of Raleigh and the State of North Carolina work together to reduce the speed limit from 45 and 35 mph to 30 mph from St. Mary’s to Myrtle Ave (residential0; to 25 mph from Myrtle Ave to Harvey St (commercial); and to 30 mph from Harvey St. to Wade Ave (residential).This change might slow traffic in these commercial and residential areas that are congested and dangerous as is done on US70 in downtown Raleigh (commercial) and in rural areas of NC (residential) where the highway goes through small towns.
Resolution in Support of The Green New Deal
WHEREAS, we acknowledge that climate change is real, and
WHEREAS, we acknowledge that human action is the main cause of said change, and
WHEREAS,, we acknowledge that climate change represents a real risk to our wellbeing, now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Wake County Democratic Party supports and promotes a Green New Deal to drive environmental protections and to fight climate change.
Resolution in Support of Professional and Ethical Behavior of our Elected Officials
WHEREAS, some individuals within in the party seek to diminish our ability to work together in a supportive and professional manner, now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Wake County Democratic Party urge elected Democratic Officials to not copy the press when emailing/ conducting internal business.
Resolution Supporting of Precinct Officers Serving 2 Year Terms
WHEREAS, precinct officers are elected to hold two-year terms, and
WHEREAS, delegates are elected annually, now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Wake County Democratic Party recommend delegates be elected to serve a two year terms to streamline official business during annual meetings, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Wake County Democratic Party conduct the delegate elections on opposite years of the election of precinct officers.
Resolution Calling for the Extension of the North Carolina Democratic Party’s Annual Window for Electing Delegates to the County Convention from Two Weeks to Four Weeks
WHEREAS, each precinct in the State of North Carolina must elect delegates to attend and vote at Democratic Party Conventions, including County, District and State, and
WHEREAS, each precinct wishes to recruit and elect a diverse slate of candidates that reflects the diversity of citizens and registered voters in the precinct with respect to, but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation, and
WHEREAS, each precinct wishes to recruit and elect the most qualified slate of candidates to represent the political activism, policies, beliefs, and values of the citizens and registered voters in the precinct, and
WHEREAS, each precinct should its mandatory precinct meeting for the purposes of electing said delegates at a time, date, and place convenient to the citizens, registered voters, prospective delegates and precinct officers, and
WHEREAS, the period of time designed to elect such delegates falls in the winter can be disrupted by weather events, now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the North Carolina Democratic Party Annual Window for Electing Delegates to the County Convention be extended from two weeks to four weeks.
Resolution Calling for the Establishment of an Independent Redistricting Process
WHEREAS, the Wake County Democratic Party supports a fair and independent redistricting process, and
WHEREAS, the current partisan districting process results in politicians choosing their voters instead of voters choosing their representatives which results in the will of the voters not being heard as required by the US Constitution, and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Wake County Democratic Party urges the NC General Assembly to create an independent, non-partisan process for redistricting.
Resolution Calling for a Change in Location of Polling Place 06-09
WHEREAS, The Wake County Fire Arms Training Center is the polling station for 06-09, and
WHEREAS, this location is regarded as a partisan location by some and may be a deterrent for potential voters, now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, be it resolved that the Wake County Democratic Party supports moving the polling station for Precinct 06-09 from the Wake County Fire Arms Training Center to a neutral location, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Wake County Democratic Party urges that the Precinct 06-09 polling station be moved to Oakview Elementary School or some other non-partisan location.