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Friday, May 24, 2019

A recent column cites opposition to an anti-choice bill to claim that North Carolina Democrats are “rejecting moderates” yet ignores the party’s priorities, recent accomplishments, and the attacks on reproductive rights happening across the South.

Last year, on our Rural NC Listening Tour, I visited over 40 rural counties to hear from rural voters. Overwhelmingly, people were concerned with kitchen table issues like affordable health care, quality public education, clean water, well-paying jobs, a fairer economy, and access to the ballot box.

North Carolina Democrats have always been committed to these issues that unite us. That’s why we recruited candidates to run in every single legislative district in 2018. That’s why we launched “Our Carolina Promise,” a unified agenda focused on common-sense priorities.

The results speak for themselves: we flipped 11 districts that President Trump won and broke the Republican supermajority — by running quality candidates, including moderates, who fit their districts.

Opposing a bill that’s part of a larger nationwide attack on reproductive rights isn’t about “purity,” it’s about values. Standing up for reproductive justice is something to be proud of — just like our big tent party, the party that truly reflects Tar Heel diversity.

Wayne Goodwin

Raleigh

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August 21, 2019

If there was ever a time to call it like you see it, it's now.

Recent events throughout our nation have not only shone the spotlight once again on our lack of unity, kindness, decency and respect for human life, but they have spoken a deeper truth — we are unequivocally wrong.

We are wrong to…

August 21, 2019

The Greenville Advocacy team, a division of the nonpartisan peace and justice lobby, Friends Committee on National Legislation, invites you to a showing of the documentary on the United States longest and costliest war. Please join us at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Church at…

August 20, 2019

The east branch of the Shepard Memorial library is one of the best library's in the USA.

Today a man on a John Deere three wheeler pulling a small trailer with a sprayer tank mounted on the trailer was spraying some kind of chemical around the entrances and other areas around the library. The…

August 19, 2019

Many fear that President Trump is “an existential threat” to our nation and our world. That fear is nothing new.

In 2017, Dr. Bandy Lee, a forensic psychiatrist at the Yale School of Medicine who specializes in violence prevention, felt compelled to organize a conference of mental…

August 19, 2019

Now that Greg Murphy has won the nomination to run for North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District, I have some questions for him.

You promised to support President Trump’s agenda. Ok, let’s see.

Will you vote to lower pollution standards so that our air and water pollution will…

August 19, 2019

In 2008, Senate Republican leader “Moscow Mitch” McConnell delegitimized his party by deciding with his colleagues not to support a single policy initiative of Obama's, even ideas that originated on their side, like the individual mandate. Then they destroyed the rest of their…

August 18, 2019

I am writing with regard to Senate Bill 559 now pending before the state House. Public commentary has focused upon the provision that this bill will allow Duke Energy to apply for multi-year rate structures which may extend up to five years.

Under current law, energy providers such as Duke have to…

August 18, 2019

This letter is written to thank Dr. Greg Murphy for the outstanding work he has done in his relatively short tenure as a member of the state House of Representatives.

Murphy’s work has been distinguished by results and compelling by content. As the only physician in the legislature, Murphy in…

August 18, 2019

I can’t think of a statistic offered by the anti-gun lobby that is not at least misleading if not simply wrong. For example, according to CDC, the 2016 rate of firearm-related deaths in children 0-19 was 3.5 per 100,00, not 11 as a recent letter indicated. Anti-gun statistics also…

August 17, 2019

After the latest round of horrific mass murders, it is time that our local, state and national governments take real and effective steps to reduce this alarming and tragic trend. Other countries have done so effectively and there is no reason that we can not and should not.

It is not simply a…

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