Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) will not run for reelection after three terms in office.
“This was not an easy decision,” Shuler said. “However, I am confident that it is the right decision. It is a decision I have weighed heavily over the past few months. I have always said family comes first, and I never intended to be a career politician.”
It’s been a brutal couple of weeks for North Carolina Democrats.
Like Rep. Brad Miller (D), who announced his retirement last Thursday, Shuler was dealt a bad hand by a Republican-drawn redistricting map.
Gov. Bev Perdue (D), underwater in polls, also announced last week that she plans to retire rather than face former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory.
Shuler considered running for governor but earlier this week decided against it. He said it was during that decision-making process that he decided to retire.
On Thursday we noted that Shuler, a former Redskins player and an outspoken member of the conservative Blue Dog caucus, got contributions in the fourth quarter of 2011 from just two North Carolinians.
“Heath Shuler’s retirement in this strong Republican seat is another turnover to end his second career in Washington,” said National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Paul Lindsay, “and it is also a cautionary sign of the troubles House Democrats face with Barack Obama on the ballot in November.”
Shulers is the 12th House Democrat to announce his retirement. Another eight are running for other office, leaving 20 open seats for Democrats to defend.
On the GOP side, seven lawmakers are retiring and seven are running for other office, for a total of 14 open seats.
Link to original article from The Washington Post
The Final Day of the Moral Week of Action Commits Advocates and Activists to Take Anger over Regressive Policies and Turn It into Action at the Polls
Fifty one years after people gathered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to declare that a new America was possible, North Carolinians of all races, classes, genders, creeds and ages marched to the steps of the state capitol on Aug. 28 to affirm that "America will yet be" and that they will fight this November and beyond to make our state a land...
NC NAACP 01 Sep 2014 Hits:601 North Carolina
RALEIGH, NC - Activists from across North Carolina protested with their feet and their voices yesterday at the state capitol as they challenged the flood of regressive policies passed by this state legislature over the past two years and committed themselves to turn their anger and discontent into action at the polls this November.
For the past seven days, the North Carolina NAACP and the Forward Together Movement joined justice-loving groups across the nation in honoring the 51st anniversary of the March on Washington with a Moral Week of Action at...
Sarah Bufkin | NAACP 29 Aug 2014 Hits:625 North Carolina
RALEIGH, NC - Day 5 of the Moral Week of Action mobilized women of all ages, races, creeds, and classes to march together around the NC state Capitol this afternoon to demand an end to the state legislature's regressive attacks on women, their rights, their health, their families and their livelihoods.
"For too long, women have been put on the back of the bus of democracy - and black women in the way back," said O'Linda Gillis, Chair of the Women in the NC NAACP. "But we stand united here today,...
Sarah Bufkin | NAACP 28 Aug 2014 Hits:623 North Carolina
RALEIGH, NC - Health advocates and environmental activists stood side by side to demand that the North Carolina General Assembly stop its attacks on the health of its most vulnerable communities, whether by refusing the Medicaid expansion, cutting back on health care services or giving corporations the green light to poison our environment.
Day 6 of the Moral Week of Action brought doctors and patients, environmental activists and cancer survivors, to march around the state capitol, chanting, "Everybody In, Nobody Out," and "Clean Water." After the march, advocates held a press...
Sarah Bufkin | NAACP 28 Aug 2014 Hits:531 North Carolina
BELHAVEN, NC - Citing a difficult financial situation partially due to North Carolina's refusal to expand Medicaid, a health care provider announced last week that it will close its hospital in the small town of Belhaven, NC, on April 1 in complete disregard of the community's staunch protests and for the thousands of lives that the provider will put at risk by removing the only emergency care facility in this rural area.
Joining together with Mayor Adam O'Neal and local residents, the NC NAACP filed a Title VI Civil Rights complaint...
Jamie Phillips Cole | NAACP North Carolina 05 Mar 2014 Hits:848 North Carolina
Nearly 100,000 people took to the streets in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 8 in a Moral March to say "No!" to the state's sharp right-wing political turn and "Yes!" to a new, truly progressive America.
They weren't just marching for one issue or another. They were marching for every issueprogressives care about: economic justice; a living wage for every worker; support for organized labor; justice in banking and lending; high quality, well-funded, diverse public schools; affordable health care and health insurance for all, especially women; environmental justice and green jobs;...
Ira Chernus | AlterNet 10 Feb 2014 Hits:905 North Carolina
Protesting against the regressive laws passed by extremists in the General Assembly last year, upwards of 80,000 people marched on the state capitol Saturday morning, according to the march's logistics and planning experts. Called the Moral March on Raleigh, the event's multiracial, intergenerational crowd also advanced an agenda for moral and constitutional public policy.
Convened by the North Carolina NAACP and more than 160 partner organizations in the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People's Coalition, the march was the largest gathering in the South since the Selma to Montgomery March...
North Carolina NAACP 09 Feb 2014 Hits:934 North Carolina
In North Carolina, it's called the "Monster Law" -- the 56-page bill passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) last year that ushered in some of the most stringent voting restrictions in the nation.
Among the wide-ranging law's provisions were a strict photo ID requirement, cutting a week from early voting, and ending same-day registration during the early voting period. At the same time, the bill increased contribution limits, decreased election spending disclosure and axed the state's popular "clean elections" programs for judicial and other state...
Chris Kromm | Facing South 07 Feb 2014 Hits:639 North Carolina
RALEIGH-Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II opened the NC NAACP's annual winter conference today by declaring that its members were prepared to oppose any attempt by government officials to deny an equal voice and fair representation to the people of North Carolina
-whether that involves tens of thousands of feet marching in protest through Raleigh on Feb. 8 or legal challenges in the courts.
"We are continuously witnessing last-ditch efforts by those who are in power to block the will of the people," Dr. Barber said. "The North Carolina NAACP, the people of North Carolina, say...
Laura Ashton | North Carolina NAACP 25 Jan 2014 Hits:551 North Carolina
Raleigh - The North Carolina NAACP State Conference today spoke out against North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory's recent announcement of a Writ of Election that would postpone until November the special election for the state's now vacant 12th Congressional District, causing an undue delay in the election against state precedent. More than 700,000 North Carolinians live in the 'majority-minority' district.
"Under Governor McCrory's plan announced earlier this week, citizens of North Carolina will be forced to go more than 300 days without their constitutionally guaranteed right to representation. While the Congress...
Rev. Dr. William Barber, II 10 Jan 2014 Hits:957 North Carolina
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced a Nov. 4 special election to replace longtime Democratic Rep. Melvin Watt, ensuring the contest coincides with previously scheduled elections in the Tar Heel State.
The 12th District primary — which will mostly likely determine the next member of Congress from this deeply Democratic district — will be held May 6. A runoff is scheduled for July 15.
“Because of the various filing deadlines, ballot preparation time, state and federal calendar requirements for ballot access, voter registration deadlines and to avoid voter confusion, it was determined...
Emily Cahn | Roll Call 07 Jan 2014 Hits:519 North Carolina
U.S. Rep. Mel Watt’s departure from Congress could trigger a complicated process to fill his seat for those who would replace him – a group that Monday grew by one.
James “Smuggie” Mitchell, a former Charlotte City Council member who lost this year’s Democratic mayoral primary, announced his candidacy. He joins a group of at least five other Democrats in the 12th District, which stretches from Charlotte to Greensboro.
Watt, who has held the seat since 1993, might be confirmed as early as Tuesday as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency....
Jim Morrill | Charlotte Observer 12 Dec 2013 Hits:673 North Carolina
After many of you attend the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the March on Washington in D.C. on August 24th, we will return to North Carolina and rally in our home state on August 28th, the actual 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. We will heed Dr. King's call at the end of his "I Have a Dream" speech to go home and organize! We will hold 13 simultaneous rallies across the state to bring to light the unconstitutional and immoral acts of the NC General Assembly and the influence their decisions...
NC NAACP 24 Aug 2013 Hits:672 North Carolina
While North Carolina lawmakers have adjourned for the year, the Moral Monday movement marches on, with plans underway to hold rallies across the state this month protesting the legislature's far-right turn.
This coming Monday, Aug. 19, a Charlotte Moral Monday demonstration will take place in the Queen City's Marshall Park, while Coastal Moral Monday will come to the Outer Banks town of Manteo. The gatherings follow the Aug. 5 Mountain Moral Monday rally in the city of Asheville that drew at least 5,000 people. Also on Aug. 19, some supporters of...
Sue Sturgin | Facing South 18 Aug 2013 Hits:828 North Carolina
Today the NC NAACP filed a complaint against the Governor of North Carolina in Middle District Federal Court. The legal challenge is filed by the North Carolina NAACP; North Carolina attorneys Adam Stein and Irving Joyner; Advancement Project, a national civil rights organization; and the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis and charges that the law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which bans voting procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color, or membership in one of the language minority groups. The suit also challenges the...
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber | North Carolina NAACP 12 Aug 2013 Hits:825 North Carolina
Corporate education forces are on a destructive march throughout the U.S. While busting teachers' unions has been long been an initiative of the GOP and Christian Right, it’s also on the agendas of urban mayors like Chicago Democrat Rahm Emmanuel and New York City independent Michael Bloomberg. And it’s a large component of the regressive agenda that has sparked mass popular uprisings in Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin.
Enter the notoriously right-wing North Carolina General Assembly. The NCGA has been on the warpath since 2010, when the Tea Party took the...
Kristin Rawls | AlterNet 06 Aug 2013 Hits:2057 North Carolina
The NC NAACP has over 24,000 members in over 100 Branches across the State. Julius Chambers, who died Friday night, must have represented hundreds of them, knew thousands of them, and changed the lives of all of them by his steadfast life of justice.
Today the NC NAACP stops for a moment, after 13 Moral Mondays, with tens of thousands of people standing up for the Chambers' vision of black and white together, and over 930 of us arrested for exercising our constitutional rights that Atty. Chambers fought so hard to...
Rev. Dr. William Barber | NAACP 04 Aug 2013 Hits:606 North Carolina
Demonstrators flocked to the state Capitol in Raleigh, N.C. on Monday, turning the 13th consecutive weekly gathering into what authorities called the largest protest yet.
This week's Moral Monday rally against the state GOP agenda came three days after lawmakers left the Capitol for the summer. Without official legislative business, the rally led to little police activity against the type of civil disobedience that has resulted in more than 900 arrests over the past three months. But that didn't stop thousands of protesters from joining together to oppose a number of...
Nick Wing | Huffington Post 02 Aug 2013 Hits:607 North Carolina
This legislation, rammed through at the last minute of the session, is elitist politics at its worst - political bullies looking out for their own narrow interests. We hope that other Senators and House members will bring the legislators to their senses and stop this legislative madness.
Here's a quick summary of the awful scope of the newly proposed version of HB-589:
No more pre-registration for 16 & 17 year olds
Eliminates same day voter registration
Voter can be challenged by any registered voter of the county rather than precinct
Slices a week off Early...
24 Jul 2013 Hits:616 North Carolina
Poll worker stickers to a tabletop on election day on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
This week, the North Carolina legislature will almost certainly pass a strict new voter ID law that could disenfranchise 318,000 registered voters who don’t have the narrow forms of accepted state-issued ID. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the bill has since been amended by Republicans to include a slew of appalling voter suppression measures. They include cutting a week of early voting, ending same-day registration during the early voting period and making it...
Ari Berman | The Nation Magazine 23 Jul 2013 Hits:670 North Carolina
The House intellectual property subcommittee is preparing to undertake a massive examination — and quite possibly, revision — of the nation’s copyright laws just as the panel’s top Democrat may be headed for the exit.
President Barack Obama has tapped Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) as his nominee to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency. While the IP subcommittee ranking member has a long way to go before Senate confirmation, his nomination raises the possibility of a Democratic leadership shuffle. The move would reopen all of the panel’s leadership slots, with members...
Alex Byers | Politico 19 Jul 2013 Hits:621 North Carolina
Something profoundly awful has seeped into the top strata of American society: Our nation’s corporate and political elites have developed immunity to shame.
If ignorance is bliss, Governor McCrory must be ecstatic.
It has become morally acceptable for those in lofty circles to enrich themselves while turning their backs on the rest of us
Even more damning, the power elites now feel ethically free to slash America’s tattered safety net, leaving more holes than net for the workaday majority of Americans who’ve been knocked down by the ongoing economic disaster created by these...
Jim Hightower | Other Words 10 Jul 2013 Hits:916 North Carolina
This week, a three-judge panel in North Carolina voted to preserve the 2011 GOP-drawn redistricting plans that civil rights and voter groups say are racially gerrymandered.
"It is the ultimate holding of this trial court that the redistricting plans enacted by the General Assembly in 2011 must be upheld and that the Enacted Plans do not impair the constitutional rights of the citizens of North Carolina as those rights are defined by law," reads the judges' ruling.
What does this mean for voters of color and citizens of North Carolina?
Well, challenging the...
Brentin Mock | Facing South 10 Jul 2013 Hits:676 North Carolina
The popular movement in North Carolina led by the state's NAACP chapter and marked each week with civil disobedience actions known as 'Moral Monday' protests swelled to their largest number yesterday, with organizers saying that as many as five thousand people marched outside the North Carolina State Legislative Building in Raleigh. Later, nearly 120 were arrested after refusing orders to disperse by police.
The latest arrests bring the total number to over 600 in the eight weeks since the protest movement began and occurred as those arrested in the first wave...
Jon Qually | Common Dreams 25 Jun 2013 Hits:1179 North Carolina
Movement gathers around 'Moral Monday' protests aimed at fighting off GOP takeover
"We’re going to continue our acts of civil disobedience because the General Assembly has made a cruel attack on the most vulnerable people in this state,” declared Rev. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP.
A crowd of hundreds assembled outside the state's General Assembly building in Raleigh on Monday evening in a massive act of civil disobedience—the fourth consecutive week of demonstrations dubbed 'Moral Mondays,' spearheaded by the civil rights group.
"What started with...
25 May 2013 Hits:717 North Carolina
Update: Barbara Parramore was taken into police custody Monday evening.
Today I am participating in a non-violent and peaceful protest called Moral Mondays. I join ministers, students, teachers, and other concerned citizens at the state capitol in Raleigh because I am deeply concerned about the legislation of this session of the North Carolina General Assembly. In my judgment, many laws and pending laws that will guide public policy and practice are not in the public interest, and in many instances, will have a negative effect on the future of our state....
Barbara Parramore | AlterNet 20 May 2013 Hits:841 North Carolina
Clean energy opponents turned to dirty tactics this week at the North Carolina legislature to advance a bill repealing the state's groundbreaking renewable power program.
In a contested vote that led to an outcry from Democrats, the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday advanced a measure to roll back the 2007 state law requiring electric utilities to generate a modest amount of energy from renewable sources including solar, wind, and livestock methane -- 12.5 percent of total retail sales by 2021 and thereafter.
The vote brought back to life a bill that appeared...
Sue Sturgis | Facing South 06 May 2013 Hits:696 North Carolina
This legislature has already attacked the poor by denying 500,000 people access to healthcare, by refusing billions of Federal dollars, and then denying benefits to an estimated 165,000 unemployed North Carolinians by refusing even more money. They raised taxes on 900,000 poor and working people and cut taxes on 23 millionaires. They further plan to cut income taxes for the wealthy and corporate taxes at the same time.
They chose to deny the realities of racial disparities in our criminal justice system by attempting to fully repeal the Racial Justice Act, which...
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber | North Carolina NAACP 26 Apr 2013 Hits:823 North Carolina
North Carolina now has over 1,100 clean energy companies that have contributed $3.7 billion in annual gross revenue -- but that hasn't stopped conservative attacks.
Yesterday, the North Carolina House Commerce Committee narrowly passed a bill that would repeal the state’s successful renewable energy standard. Currently, 29 states and the District of Columbia have adopted Renewable Energy Standard’s (RES) to encourage electric utilities to expand the power they generate from renewable sources such as solar and wind.
In 2007, North Carolina became the first state in the Southeast to adopt such a standard — ...
Tiffany Germain, Matt Kasper | Climate Progress 07 Apr 2013 Hits:888 North Carolina
It's almost as if they've never heard of separation of church and state.
So this is what it's come to. A state known for 300 years of southern-style progressivism has been taken over by wing-nuts who are determined to decimate education, increase income inequality, and basically turn the state into the Mississippi of the Mid-Atlantic. A gerrymandering strategy succeeded in overriding the will of the people in the last election, giving the GOP control of both chambers of the legislature. Appallingly, discount-store mogul Art Pope, a longtime GOP donor and champion...
Lynn Stuard Parramore | AlterNet 04 Apr 2013 Hits:705 North Carolina
We the NAACP, across this nation for 104 years, have and will always stand for the unabridged and unfettered right to vote. Even when white supremacists did everything they could to stop the right to vote through Old South poll taxes, grandfather clauses, literacy tests and violence, we never tried to stop anyone else from voting. Despite these tactics, which Mrs. Rosa Nell, one of our 91 year-old members who will speak later, remembers so well, we simply demanded, fought and died for our right to vote. So we come...
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber | North Carolina NAACP 12 Mar 2013 Hits:817 North Carolina
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) today signed a law that imposes severe cuts to his state’s unemployment insurance program, a change that will also cost jobless workers in the state access to the federal unemployment compensation program.
McCrory’s signature earned him a rebuke from the National Employment Law Project, which said in a release that the law will result in “the most severe cutsto both state and federal unemployment insurance of any state in the nation”:
These heartless cuts, in the state with the fifth-highest jobless rate in the nation, at 9.2 percent,...
Travis Waldron | Think Progress 19 Feb 2013 Hits:1776 North Carolina
RALEIGH - "Today the spirit of justice was awakened in the Capitol of North Carolina," said Rev. Barber. "Governor Beverly Perdue has signed a Pardon of Innocence for nine men and one woman known as 'The Wilmington 10.' These young people were non-violent protestors fighting for educational equality. They were framed, wrongfully convicted and incarcerated in connection to a fire bombing in Wilmington, NC over 40 years ago. These unjust convictions were due to racist manipulation of the court system and extraordinary and blatant racially motivated prosecutorial misconduct. A Federal...
Rev. Dr. William Barber | NAACP 31 Dec 2012 Hits:1046 North Carolina
Governor-Elect Pat McCrory and Rev. Dr. William Barber, President of the NC NAACP, exchanged views and hopes on Friday. The two leaders were joined by Ms. Carolyn Coleman, First Vice President of the NC NAACP from Greensboro, and Ms. Sylvia Barnes, State Secretary of the NC NAACP. Thomas Stith, Governor-Elect McCrory's Chief of Staff, arranged the meeting.
The Governor-Elect expressed his concerns about jobs, the economy, and education. Dr. Barber and Ms. Coleman, members of the National Board of the NAACP, talked about the national and state NAACP's commitment to protecting...
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber | NC NAACP 30 Dec 2012 Hits:1237 North Carolina
The final unresolved 2012 House race between a Democrat and a Republican has reached its conclusion, with Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) winning reelection in North Carolina’s 7th District following Republican state Sen. David Rouzer’s concession.
“Now that the recount has been completed and the tally of votes is official, we can move forward satisfied that each vote was counted properly and accurately,” Rouzer said in a statement released late Tuesday. “I have called Congressman McIntyre to congratulate him on a hard-fought victory, and I...
Sean Sullivan | The Washington Post 29 Nov 2012 Hits:1075 North Carolina
When asked how he won the race for North Carolina governor in 2012, Republican Pat McCrory has repeatedly boasted to the national media that it's because he ran a "clean" campaign. As McCrory told MSNBC, he "did not run one negative TV or radio ad against our opponent."
Of course, McCrory didn't have to run negative ads; super PACs and outside attack groups did it for him.
In 2012, super PACs and other outside spending groups -- those not officially tied to a candidate or party -- spent more than $14...
Facing South 15 Nov 2012 Hits:1157 North Carolina
DURHAM - The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP will continue its "Million Voters March III Campaign" with a tour around the state in a lead up to Election Day. The campaign was launched during the NC NAACP State Convention earlier this month and will include tour stops by NC NAACP State Conference President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II. With the tour, the NC NAACP plans to: 1) Inspire one million African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, other minorities, progressive Whites, and friends in...
NAACP North Carolina 25 Oct 2012 Hits:1187 North Carolina
Ten undocumented protesters from Arizona were arrested late Tuesday afternoon outside of the Time Warner Arena in uptown Charlotte, as Democratic National Convention delegates watched.
Chanting in Spanish and English, the protesters -- surrounded by media and conventioneers with smart phone cameras -- quickly marched toward the arena where First Lady Michelle Obama was scheduled to speak.
As throngs of convention delegates bustled down the sidewalk, the small band of Latinos laid a large yellow mat decorated with butterflies in the middle of the intersection and...
Pamela Powers Hannley and Krzysztof Piotrowski | Huffington Post 05 Sep 2012 Hits:1123 North Carolina
I was initially surprised at the demeanor of the police in Charlotte during the Wall Street South March on the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Even though I lived in North Carolina for 14 years, I always relish the cordiality when I return. But friendliness by cops at a protest?
Last fall I had witnessed aggressive Oakland police in full riot gear during countless occupy marches, club-bearing University of California-Berkeley police attacking students, and I was even arrested by nervous and edgy mall cops while videotaping a Black...
Jen Schradie | Common Dreams 04 Sep 2012 Hits:937 North Carolina
Stretching past scrubby pines and open fields where tobacco once grew, Highway 70 East guides you to a low-slung, red-roofed building where the scent of smoldering oakwood hangs thickly in the air. You have reached Wilber’s, the High Church of old-school barbecue, where whole hogs are slow-cooked over coals, doused with red-pepper vinegar and served to locals with tar-thick accents.
On the wall hangs a shrine to a beloved politician, whose death has erased neither his legacy nor the fond feelings of the...
Lynn Parramore | AlterNet 30 Aug 2012 Hits:1135 North Carolina
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We will come together at the time of the Democratic National Convention to plan a more progressive future. We will discuss ways to build the “inside/outside” movement for: Medicare...
Mike Hersh | PDA Communications Coordinator 17 Aug 2012 Hits:2626 North Carolina
Mitt Romney is returned to Charlotte Wednesday for the second time in less than a week. The presumptive Republican nominee attended a private fundraiser at the Duke Mansion on Hermitage Road in Myers Park.
Protesters from Action North Carolina started to march at about 12:30 p.m. and had cleared by 2 p.m.
Romney arrived shortly afterwards.
Protesters told WBTV they are greeting the "rich attendees" of the fundraiser by handing them fake checks made out for $250,000. Action North Carolina said the fake checks "signify the average annual...
17 Aug 2012 Hits:1079 North Carolina
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