The Republican National Committee is intensifying its outreach efforts to African-American voters in North Carolina. The RNC opened an “engagement office” in Charlotte on Monday in what state GOP Chairman Claude Pope called a “historic moment for our party.”
“We’ve been building a tremendous grassroots network across the state, and it is vital that we increase our base of support by making sure we’re reaching out to all voters and building strong, lasting relationships with every community,” he said in a statement.
The move is designed to influence the Charlotte mayors race and develop strategies for statewide campaigns. The party is facing criticism for authoring a voter ID law that critics believe is racially motivated. African-Americans are 22 percent of the state’s registered voters. In Mecklenburg County, 32 percent of the voter population is black.
***How is the shutdown playing in North Carolina’s districts? Take a look at below in the Dome Morning Memo.***
Stan Herman served his first wood-fired pizza at his new restaurant Oct. 1. “Shutdown day,” he said. The irony that he opened on the day the government shut down is not lost on him. For his first two weeks, he offered discounts to military families from nearby Fort Bragg who were affected by the political impasse on the other Pennsylvania Avenue.
The president “may have gotten some short-term political gain,” said Herman, who calls himself a “centrist.” “But overall these people don’t understand that everybody hates all of them. All of them.” Get more GOP reaction from Ellmers district here.
The Heritage Foundation, a conservative policy group, introduced McCrory as the kind of Republican reformer that Washington could emulate. McCrory never addressed the controversial shutdown and host Becky Norton Dunlop, a Heritage vice president, didn’t bring it up. Read more here.
In response to allegations by the NAACP, the League of Women Voters, several voters and other civil rights organizations, attorneys for the governor and state officials dispute plaintiffs’ contentions that the new measures are a blatant attempt to suppress the African-American vote. The filings offer few details of the legal strategy the attorneys representing the governor and the Republican-led legislature plan to employ in fighting the suits. Read more here.
Teachers are signing petitions, planning a walk-out and preparing legal action to fight a law passed in July that directs school districts to offer their top teachers a chance to sign four-year contracts in exchange for pay raises totaling $5,000 while gradually eliminating tenure.
NCAE is planning to file a lawsuit in the coming months to challenge the elimination of teacher tenure, said Ann McColl, the organization's top lawyer. The lawsuit is likely to argue that the state would be violating the contractual rights of teachers who have either enjoyed the job protections or were on their way to earning them, she said. Many teachers saw tenure as balancing low pay, she said. Read more here.
The N.C. Chamber, the state’s business lobby, and Digital Benefit Advisors, a national consulting company, both plan to launch online insurance marketplaces next month. The websites are primarily designed as an online insurance shopping mall for employees, but they will be accessible to the public as well.
Businesses are increasingly turning to insurance exchanges as an alternative to conventional insurance packages that offer limited benefits for workers. With an exchange, a company provides employees with a cash allowance and lets the workers choose from a menu of insurance options. Read more here.
... Still, that position, while catering to a conservative primary electorate, does neither he nor any of his GOP opponents much good once a primary is over and the real contest against Hagan begins. Read more here.
Forest was in Charlotte to rally the troops at GOP headquarters, where he was joined by Peacock and state party chairman Claude Pope. “Some of our races are uphill battles,” he told two dozen party officials and campaign volunteers, a reference to the mayoral race in a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1.
But Forest said his mother, Sue Myrick, also faced an uphill battle when she ran for mayor in 1987. On the eve of the election, a poll showed her trailing incumbent Democrat Harvey Gantt by nine percentage points. She won the first of two terms, and later went to Congress. Read more here.