Thinking of changing your party affiliation for the primaries in Randolph County?

It has come to our attention that Democrats around the county are being courted by Republicans associated with the upcoming 2018 Sheriff’s elections to change their party affiliation to Unaffiliated in order to vote in the Republican primary for a particular candidate.

While a voter’s affiliation is their own choice, we would like to remind Randolph County Democrats that if you change your party affiliation to vote in the Republican primary you will be locked in to voting on the Republican primary ballot only. You will not be able to cast a vote for any Democratic candidates in the 2018 Primary election. We currently have four people in the running for the nomination.

The winner of our Democratic Primary will be running against Republican Rep. Mark Walker in November 2018, which makes this a very important election. We would like to have all our registered Democrats’ opinions on who our best candidate is. We encourage you to remain registered as a Democrat and let the Republican Party hash out its own problems.

During primary elections voters are allowed to cast their ballots in the following ways:

Registered Democrats may vote in the Democratic Primary only

Registered Republicans may vote in the Republican Primary only

Registered Libertarians may vote in the Libertarian Primary only

Unaffiliated voters may choose one party’s ballot (Democratic, Republican or Libertarian) and will only be allowed to vote on candidates affiliated with the party whose ballot they chose to vote.

In the general election in November, voters may vote for whomever is on the ballot, regardless of party.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Message line: 336-629-9003

Email: RandolphDem@gmail.com

I’m voting for Gwen!

Gwen Williams is one of only two of this year’s Asheboro City Schools BOE candidates who has experience teaching in public schools. Of those two, she is the only one who also has experience as a public school principal, and she has seen firsthand the effects of federal, state, and local policies on teachers and students. Gwen Williams is also the only candidate who has taught school overseas, having taught in an international school for four years.

With a BS in Math and Science, MS in Educational Leadership and Supervision, and her EDS in K-12 Curriculum Development, Ms. Williams is the most qualified candidate running for the Board of Education this year, and she fully supports open and accountable government.

In addition to her many professional qualifications, Ms. Williams has been a pillar of service. After her retirement from Asheboro City Schools, she has continued to volunteer in her community, with her church, and working with students.

Those of us who know her know that Gwen will work just as hard for all Asheboro City Schools students, families, and teachers as she already does for her church and others in her community. We need Gwen Williams on the Asheboro City Schools’ Board of Education.

Susie Scott
Asheboro, NC

CALLS TO ACTION 10/2/17: Rock Bottom has a Basement

So Congress blew it once again. Shocking, isn’t it? While Trump was picking on people in Puerto Rico fighting for their lives, our slime mold of a Congress allowed insurance for 9 million children (including my own) to expire.

Time’s up: As CHIP expires unrenewed, Congress blows a chance to save healthcare for 9 million children

What happened? The simple answer is that congressional Republicans’ last harebrained attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act got in the way. A funding bill for CHIP seemed to be well on its way to enactment until a week or so ago. That’s when the effort to pass the egregious Cassidy-Graham repeal bill sucked all the air out of the legislative room.

In other words, they were so busy trying to throw adults under the bus that they forgot (or didn’t care) the bus was headed toward the playground and would take out our kids. Congratulations to our Republican-run government. You’ve proved that rock bottom evidently has a basement.

I suggest calling all three members of Congress, Richard Burr, Thom Tillis and Mark Walker to voice your displeasure at their craven disregard for our children. Aren’t they the ones who are always screaming “think about the children” when anything they deem inappropriate happens?

SCRIPT:  I’m calling from ______ in NC about Congress allowing our CHIP program to expire. The antics of Republican senators with regards to adults’ healthcare lately has been egregious. To let this malfeasance spread to the plan covering 9 million American children is unacceptable. I am calling on you and your colleagues to put forward a bill to continue the CHIP program in perpetuity. This should not have happened, especially to children, who cannot stand up for themselves. You should be ashamed this call is even necessary.

 

Trump’s Twitter War with Puerto Rico

As if this administration weren’t ridiculous enough, Donald Trump and his fragile ego were grievously injured in the gluteus maximus area, when the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz criticized the Trump administration’s weak response to Hurricane Maria.

As usual Trump will seize any opportunity to turn any news story, no matter how serious, into a story about himself. He is the flakiest of snowflakes. I wonder if he’d like some cheese with that whine.

Trump attacks San Juan mayor over hurricane response (autostart video)

Mike Pence towed the party line for his boss:

“Well, it is frustrating, I expect, to millions of Americans to hear rhetoric coming out from some in Puerto Rico, particularly the mayor of San Juan, instead of focusing on results,” Pence said.

Call the White House Comment Line at 202-456-1111 and let Trump know how blindingly unprofessional and unAmerican his comments and attitude are.

 

Truth to Power

And I love this man right here: Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, who led relief efforts in New Orleans after Katrina.

At 3:06, Lt General Honoré’s wish for Trump. 😁

Have Some Relief Links for Puerto Rico

UNICEF Hurricane Relief

Red Cross Disaster Relief

Save the Children Relief Efforts

Direct Relief

World Vision

Hispanic Federation

Volunteer as a Trucker in Puerto Rico

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Executive Committee Meeting/Final 2017 Gala Committee Meeting – Tuesday October 3, 2017 6:00PM.  The Gala Committee for 2017 will meet at 6:00 PM Tuesday evening to do a final assessment of this year’s gala. We will discuss things that worked well and things that did not. Hopefully we can lay a solid foundation for next year’s event. The Executive Committee will meet immediately after at 7:00PM.

Asheboro Fall Festival – October 7 & 8, 2017 – Randolph County Democratic Party will have a booth at the Fall Festival. Our booth will be located on Fayetteville Street, near its intersection with Sunset Ave., in front of Wells Fargo. Our booth will have voter registration, bumper stickers and buttons for sale, pocket Constitutions and other interesting activities. The Democratic Women of Randolph County will also have a booth for their annual bake sale, which is always a hit. The DWRC booth will be located near the east end of Sunset Ave, north side of the street, near the Coffee Xchange.

NASCAR Day in Randleman – October 14, 2017 – Don’t know the exact location for our booth, but we will be there with bumper stickers, buttons, pocket Constitutions and voter registration forms. Come see us!

A Day on Main Street in Ramseur – October 21, 2017 – Like past Day on Main Street festivals, our booth will probably be in Liberty Street. We will be there with bumper stickers, buttons, pocket Constitutions and voter registration forms. We will also be drawing the winner of our Coral Sands Resort Vacation in Hilton Head at this festival at 4:00 PM.

CALLS TO ACTION 9/18/17: They won’t be happy until we’re all bankrupt or dead.

Republicans in the Senate will not be content to leave well enough alone. They are bound and determined to wipe away any progress made during the Obama administration, even if that means throwing millions off their insurance. And this time, don’t count on John McCain to swoop in at the last minute with a thumbs down. He has already stated that his problem with the last bill was only that it didn’t go through regular order. If this one does, he will probably vote for it.

Graham, Cassidy unveil last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill

The $1.2 trillion bill, H.R. 1628 (115), which has been at the CBO for about one week, according to the senators, would provide states with block grants instead of Obamacare’s tax credits, Medicaid expansion and cost-sharing payments. It would also repeal Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates and the medical device tax.

In general, Republicans favor giving the states a “block grant” of funding to create their own health care systems. The repeal bill attempts to equalize health care spending by the federal government to states.

Ending subsidies and giving block grants for states to create our own health care systems. Tell me, good reader, do you trust our General Assembly to create a health system for NC that has everyone’s best interests at heart? Do we really believe that Tim Moore and Phil Berger won’t find a way to funnel that money straight into Art Pope’s pocketbook? This is a recipe for nothing more than caps on coverage, denial of services and rationed care for all but the wealthiest people who can afford to pay out-of-pocket for their health care. In other words: Death Panels™

Let’s look over a few things this Graham-Cassidy Heller plan has in store for us:

The Graham-Cassidy-Heller bill will also allow insurers to charge you more if your child is born with a birth defect. So much for the “Jimmy Kimmel test” as Senator Cassidy called it. Back in May, Cassidy stated on CNN the following:

CNN’s John Berman on whether he could “support a bill that allows insurance companies to cap their payouts to customers.”
“I ask does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel test,” said Cassidy, who is also a physician. “Would the child born with a congenital heart disease be able to get everything she or he would need in that first year of life … even if they go over a certain amount?”
Cassidy said, “So simple answer: I want to make sure folks get the care they need.”

He seems to be going back on his word with this new plan for repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  A Republican Senator not only goes back on his word but works to enact a plan that will throw even more sick people under the bus.

I’m shocked! Are you shocked? 🙄🙄🙄

The good news is Republicans have only a short window of opportunity to pass this abomination. On October 1 the rules of the Senate revert back to needing 60 votes (instead of the current 51) to pass this thing. We need to hold them off for 13 days and I believe we can do that.

 

There is a bill out there proposing Medicare for all. It is sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders and is co-sponsored by sixteen other senators.

The Politics of Bernie Sanders’s “Medicare for All” Bill 

 

With Republicans in control of Congress, there is obviously no immediate chance of Sanders’s bill becoming law. But, in the days leading up to its unveiling, the trickle of senators who had agreed to co-sponsor the measure turned into a torrent. In the end, there were sixteen co-sponsors. They included Tammy Baldwin, of Wisconsin; Cory Booker, of New Jersey; Al Franken, of Minnesota; Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York; Kamala Harris, of California; Jeff Merkley, of Oregon; Brian Schatz, of Hawaii; and Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts.

 

We must make sure the Graham-Cassidy-Heller plan never sees the light of day.

Call you Senators.

SCRIPT: My name is _________ from __________ in NC. I am calling to let Sen. _______ know that I believe this new attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act is unacceptable. It is a bad plan anyway, but in North Carolina we simply cannot trust our General Assembly to be good stewards of block grants which this new plan proposes. Our current GA has let us down too many times in many other ways to trust them with this important process. I encourage the Senator do what’s best for North Carolinians and the rest of the country, and sign on to the Medicare for All bill put forward by Sen. Bernie Sanders. It is time for the United States to catch up with the rest of the world in regards to health care. Thank you for your time.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange – 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Special guest speakers will be Rep. Graig Meyer, NC House District 50 and NCDP Second Vice Chair Matt Hughes.

 

 

Preview and Bid on Our Blue Jean Gala Blind Auctions

It’s that time of year again! The Randolph County Democratic Party is hosting our 9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala on Saturday September 23 at the Exchange in Asheboro. Like last year, we have several gift baskets available for blind auction. We are also excited to announce that local potters Dwight Holland and Benjamin Burns have donated some of their lovely work for us to offer for auction.  You may place bids at the Gala or you may bid online by following the link below.

Check back often. We will be adding more individual auctions throughout the week leading up to the Gala.

Blue Jean Gala Blind Auction Items

 

9/11/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Irma Edition

Another Monday, another round of hurricane relief links.

 

Disaster Relief

Red Cross – or text 90999 to donate $10

Find a Blood Drive and Donate

LifeSouth will be needing blood donations after Irma leaves the area. Will be opening again on Tuesday 9/12.

Salvation Army

Catholic Charities USA – Donated funds go to support recovery efforts, including direct assistance, rebuilding and health care services.

Global Giving Hurricane Irma Relief Fund

Hurricane Irma Relief GoFundMe Fundraisers

OXFAM – Donate now to help us meet the most critical needs. 100% of funds designated for Hurricane Irma and Jose will be used to support relief and recovery efforts for affected areas

Charity Navigator –  Charities Providing Assistance in the Wake of Hurricane Irma

Americares – “Hurricane Irma has already caused significant damage, and millions more people live in its path. Our relief workers are on the ground in several different locations, coordinating with partners and standing ready to help address health needs resulting from the storm.”
Americares Vice President of Emergency Response Garrett Ingoglia

Volunteer Opportunities

Sign up to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity’s recovery efforts

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Volunteer Florida

Children’s Relief

UNICEF – Your gift will help support the needs of the children most affected by the Hurricane in countries within the Caribbean region.

Save the Children Hurricane Irma Children’s Relief Fund – sets up Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in shelters. Children can play, read, and be cared for while their parents deal with the stress of natural disasters.

Pet Relief

The ASPCA’s Hurricane Response – Your support is needed now. 100% of your donation today will go to the ASPCA’s Field Investigation and Response Fund. This fund is used to support all of the ASPCA’s life-saving efforts for animals in disaster and cruelty situations.

Best Friends – Help for the animals of Hurricane Irma

Food Bank Links

Feeding Florida

Florida Food Pantries

FLORIDA EMERGENCY FOOD PROGRAMS 

Calls to Action

ACA Repeal (Again!)

A new attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act is in the works. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) plan to offer up legislation to, once again, try and repeal the ACA because they absolutely cannot let Barack Obama own the legacy of getting millions more people covered by health insurance.

Call you Senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis

SCRIPT: I am calling from ________, NC to let the Senator know that I expect him to work to strengthen the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it. Any legislation that comes up which would take insurance away from his constituents should be a non-starter. We expect the Senator to work for the interests of the people of NC, not the interests of lobbyists, partisan organizations or caucuses nor wealthy campaign donors.

 

Rep. Walker Votes Against Hurricane Relief

Sixth District Representative Mark Walker was among seven NC Reps who voted against hurricane relief funding.

Rep. Mark Walker, chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan with a list of 19 possible conservative add-ons to make the legislation more palatable for members of his caucus. Walker, from Greensboro, wanted to see some included in the bill. None were. Walker voted no.

It’s always amusing when Republicans complain about bills with riders.

Call Mark Walker and let him know you’re disappointed that he would put party politics above the people of his district.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Lunch & Learn Voter Registration Workshop with Melissa Johnson, Director RCBoE – September 12, 2017 at Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM.

The Democratic Women of North Carolina invite you to the 57th Annual State ConventionSeptember 22-24, 2017, in Winston-Salem at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center.

9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange – 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Special guest speakers will be Rep. Graig Meyer, NC House District 50 and NCDP Second Vice Chair Matt Hughes.