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Our Next Move: The next step in our path to a Democratic majority

The foundational aim of the Long Leaf Pine Slate is to build progressive power in North Carolina. This means winning a Democratic majority in the General Assembly this year, which really comes down to a numbers game: how do we flip 6 net seats in the state House and 5 in the Senate?

The clearest way is the one we’ve taken: aggressively funding our most flippable, critical-path candidates. We’re incredibly pleased to say that, with your help, we’ve put all of our candidates in a position to stage strong, aggressive campaigns. We are far from finished. But the Republicans are back on their heels, and we’ve forced them to invest heavily in defending these vulnerable seats. The NCGOP is fighting a vicious, dirty, last-ditch defense of their legislative majority. This is just where we want to be.

The North Carolina General Assembly’s River of Cash

Money in politics is as American as apple pie — or, perhaps, as North Carolina as pulled pork and cheerwine. A wave of money is crashing over the bank accounts of North Carolina’s legislative candidates this year — well over $2 million just as of mid-February. Right now, North Carolina’s corporate PAC network is mobilizing to protect the newly vulnerable Republican legislative majority this fall. Enormous sums are pouring into low-profile legislative races in ways that threaten to distort our elections, and most North Carolina voters remain totally unaware.

Cosplay During Covid - Republicans in the legislature are having a good laugh

Today, there are a million North Carolinians out of work. Hundreds are dead, tens of thousands are sick, and the ghastly toll of the COVID-19 disaster has scarcely begun to be calculated. We know some things for sure: thousands are going to die, many of them our parents and grandparents. The trauma — economic, psychological and otherwise — from this crisis will linger for decades.

And at this defining moment in our state’s history, the Republican majority in the NC General Assembly decided to have some good laughs.

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