First Congressional District Democratic Party Met On Saturday May 20, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: US Supreme Court upholds NC gerrymander ruling

We thank each delegate who attended the District Convention this past Saturday and Congressman G.K. Butterfield for such an informative speech.  For those who were unable to attend, click here to review a draft of the meeting minutes. 

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Federal court strikes down NC congressional district maps – WRAL

The Watch Dog response: This is fabuloustastic. This is why I am a proud Life Fully Paid Member of the NAACP because they fight for what is fair and just for all folk. This should put me and others in Edgecombe and Nash Counties to name a few back where we belong. Thank you!

The ruling throws the March 15 primary into chaos, as the judges ordered state lawmakers to redraw the maps within two weeks and not to hold any elections for U.S. House until the maps are in place. A special session of the legislature would have to be called to approve new maps, and they might have to pass federal muster again.

Mail-in absentee voting started last week, and more than 8,000 ballots have already been requested, according to the State Board of Elections. It was unclear late Friday how many ballots have already been filled out and sent back in.

The three-judge panel ruled that the 1st Congressional District, which spreads like an octopus across northeast North Carolina and has a tentacle that dips into Durham County, and the 12th Congressional District, which snakes along Interstate 85 between Greensboro and Charlotte, were drawn specifically so that the majority of voters in each were black. (Source: Read more)

Breaking News: Judges Strike Down 2 North Carolina Congressional Districts – ABC News

The Watch Dog response: Fabuloustastic! This should put me and others back in the 1st Congressional District where we belong. This should put all of Edgecombe and Nash Counties to name a few back in the 1st CD. I am going to a meeting in the AM and I should learn more about how this ruling will affect the March 15th Primary.

Federal judges struck down late Friday two majority black congressional districts in North Carolina, saying race was the predominant factor in drawing those lines but state legislators lacked justification in using that practice.

Two of the three judges on the redistricting panel hearing the 2013 lawsuit agreed the size and composition of both the 1st and 12th Districts violated the Constitution’s equal protection provision and must be redrawn.

The judges ordered the General Assembly to come up with new boundaries by Feb. 19, although Republican lawmakers who helped shepherd North Carolina’s congressional map through the legislature in 2011 said a swift appeal was coming. The state could seek a delay at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

North Carolina congressional primaries are scheduled March 15, with mail-in absentee ballots already being turned in. Other adjoining districts would have to be adjusted, too. (Source: Read more)

First Congressional District Voter Rights Forum Protecting and Expanding Voter Rights

Efforts to protect and expand voting rights in North Carolina continue to gain strength.  The plan by Black elected officials and a coalition of Black publishers to convene a series of voting rights forums has taken shape and is gaining more momentum.  Our forums were originally designed to help address the need to protect and expand Black voters access to the ballot.  A demand by Black elected officials and grassroots activist has led us to add an economic opportunity focus to our forums. 

The First Congressional District’s Voter Rights Forum has been confirmed for Greenville, NC on Saturday January 9th 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  It will be held at The Greenville Terrace, BET Community Building, located at 120 Park Access Rd., Greeneville, NC 27834. We are happy to announce that our Greenville forum is being hosted by the Eastern North Carolina Civic Group (ENCCG) under the dynamic leadership of the Honorable Fred Yates.    Our forums are free and open to the public.    

The NC Black Elected Municipal Officials (NC BEMO) and the NC Association of Black County Officials (NCABCO) have joined The NC Caucus of Black School Board Members (NCCBSBM) and a coalition of Black publishers as co-sponsors of our forums.  Participating Black publishers will continue to update our readers with agenda specifics and vision ideas as our planning continues to evolve.  

We are analyzing the political landscape and identifying areas that need attention and shoring up.  The combined memberships of NCCBSBM, NCABCO, and NC BEMO represents a coalition of more than 600 Black elected officials and an unprecedented opportunity for new and creative ways to address politics and economic opportunity.   

As previously noted, while holding our forums, publishers will engage in messaging and outreach in order to ensure that all who wish to get involved with the task of protecting and expanding our voting rights will know how to get involved.  Educating, organizing and mobilizing Black voters are inherent in our efforts to succeed in protecting our voting rights.  Because we’re planning multiple forums leading up to the November 2016 General Elections, our leaders and communities will be able to engage in ongoing dialogues to plan and evaluate creative community engagement strategies.   

We believe that the way we address the issue of protecting the voting rights of Blacks will go a long ways with efforts to bring economic equity to Black communities.  The challenges to protect voting rights are the same as those we face in creating economic equity.  Both challenges require ongoing interaction between all segments of our communities and the leadership of Black elected officials.  We’ve found that fundamental to solving problems is our ability to accurately define them and to educate constituents to address them.  Because Black elected officials represent the reservoir of political and economic empowerment potential of our communities, it is essential that they describe our strategic goals and objectives in these arenas and lead our efforts to achieve them.  

NCABO members from Wake, Durham and Orange Counties are planning our Triangle Voter Rights Forum to help provide grassroots activist and elected officials with a another convenient location and opportunity to engage in our efforts of voter rights protection and the expansion of economic opportunity.  We will update you with details as they become available.

It is important that our elected officials and their strategic allies and constituents be present at our forums.  It is essential that they be a part of the strategy discussions that will be the basis of decisions that are made on community mobilization for the 2016 General Elections.  According to Rep. Rodney Moore, D-Mecklenburg County “one of the most important responsibilities of Black elected officials, if not the most important responsibility, is to protect and expand Black voting rights.” 

The Black publications that are presently supporting our efforts are The Fayetteville Press, County News, The Carolina Times, The Winston-Salem Chronicle, and Greater Diversity News.  Please subscribe to and look to these publications for ongoing coverage as this project continues to evolve.  Please share your ideas on what we can do to improve the project and our coverage. 

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US Rep. Butterfield’s military service challenged, verified – News & Observer

The Political Agitator response: Damn Dan Whittacre is at it again. Too ignant! And to think about this ignant ass was in Tarboro at the candidates forum on Tuesday is just sickening.

WASHINGTON — A Democratic primary challenger to U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield of Wilson this week accused him of lying about his military record and refused to drop the matter Thursday after official records confirmed the congressman’s service.

imageDan Whittacre of Henderson said he filed a request for Butterfield’s record with the National Personnel Records Center near St. Louis. The center wrote back in a letter Whittacre received last Saturday that the documents could not be found. (Source: Read more)

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