After a quick three hour drive, we arrived in Raleigh and easily found parking despite the hysteria on Facebook from a few in the party warning us that a PREVIOUS employee had planned the convention LAST FALL and there were four high school graduation ceremonies at the convention center that would make parking difficult. I'm sure some who arrived after 11:00 a.m. had a harder time finding parking, however there were entire sections of the parking deck empty when we pulled up.
The convention hall is very organized and they are now moving people forward because the number of attendees does not match the number who RSVP'd for the convention. That happens at an event this large. It is a nice facility...so...go Raleigh.
Voller just recognized a gentleman who was part of D-Day to a standing ovation.
Almost 1:00 p.m. and Voller is still talking. Nice rally speech, but we have to drive back to Union County tonight...so let's get on with it. :) Voller is followed by a video from the President.
Attorney General Roy Cooper is up next.
"Isn't it fitting that this convention would be held where high school after high school is holding graduation because WE are the party of public education."
Paraphrasing - Republican power is unchecked. We have a tax plan that offers only tax breaks to the upper 1% while 80% of the rest of us will see increased taxes.
Worst election law changes in the country making it hard for people to register and vote.
They are giving teachers more students than they can teach and less pay and respect than they deserve.
How about the refusal to expand 100% federally funded Medicaid expansion?
They are sending billions of dollars to other states while depriving the state of tens of thousands of healthcare jobs.
We need to demand that they provide opportunities for working families and we need to demand that they clean up the coal ash ponds and not at taxpayer expense.
We can't rely on this governor and his fellow Republicans to change so we have to beat them at the ballot box. We went to sleep in 2010 and we can't do that again. We have to get out the vote.
In 2014 we eat into these super majorities in the legislator and we re-elect Senator Kay Hagan.
2016 is when we take our state back from these extremists! We will take back the legislature and we will elect a Democratic governor.
OK folks....we just heard from our next governor. Best speech I've ever heard Roy Cooper give.
Casey Mann is reading a letter from Senator Kay Hagan who is taking part in a memorial for Maya Angelou in Winston Salem.
Nice, short, and sweet.
Mayor Andy Ball is up to give recognitions - introducing elected officials and each is receiving applause.
Patsy Keever introduces candidates...asks them all to line along the front and wave as she calls their names. Asks for us to thank them with applause...and campaign contributions of course!
Muriel Offerman given award for her service to the party.
Melvin Williams announces that we have a quorum. Minutes are adopted quickly.
Floyd McKissick giving a report. Thanks the loyal activists - the backbone of the party - all in the room today. He testified in Washington this past week about the independent expenditures flooding certain races in NC - Supreme Court race specifically.
Senator Josh Stein is up next. He's a really good speaker and he's outlining the horrible, restrictive, discriminatory, asinine, legislation coming from NC Republicans. Heh...we may be here all day if he mentions ALL of the legislation.
Justice Robin Hudson - we expected opposition, but we didn't expect to be part of the Koch brother's plans to buy up Supreme Court seats across the nation. She mentions other judicial candidates and said North Carolina courts are not for sale.
Sam Ervin, IV - We cannot have a politicized court system and we may be heading that way unless we can get people to stand up against it.
Missed this speaker...was chatting with Vicki Boyer! I will find out who is speaking in this slot because she is fiery! She brings up 2018 and says in 2018 we want it ALL back because we redraw district lines. It's Carla Cunningham. I'm sitting so far back I couldn't see her, but recognize her now.
Rep. Nathan Baskerville is speaking now. Very nice delivery. His message is basically that we believe we can do great things for this state without destroying it. He said we need to stand up and show up at the polls.
Duane Hall from Wake County was going to list the worst ten votes of the legislature, but after 3 minutes he says he had about 30 of them...so he is just mentioning a few.
#1 Denial to extend health coverage to 500k North Carolinians.
It isn't just an issue of ideology. Thousands are going to die because of the regressive nature of this legislature.
If we take back just 7 seats in the House or 3 seats in the Senate this year we can end the Republicans supermajority.
Voller recognized David Parker who had to leave for a wedding. Maybe it is Harry Johnson's.
Adopting standing rules....and there is a motion and second on the floor to adopt.
Question about where to get the rules...about half of the delegates did not get copies of the rules.
Rules are being handed out and someone asks for five minutes to read the rules...then reduces it to two minutes and now it has a second.
So far, not making the rules/minutes easy to find outside is the only glitch I've noticed this morning. Others might see something I missed.
Short quasi recess
rules are adopted
Matt Hughes is introduced as the convention chair. He is fired up and ready to go! He says so because we are going to re-elect Senator Kay Hagan. Matt introduces executive council.
We are currently pulling resolutions that all appear to give power to the NCDP. Thank you to the people who read through the resolutions and really put a lot of thought into this process. There is a lot of knowledge in this room - people with experience who can see issues with resolutions because of their extensive experience.
Gentleman who wants to pull a resolution for amendment, when asked why he wanted to pull a resolution, replied to Voller, "Because you suggested it," to laughter.
I will address resolutions later. Things are going too fast and I'm trying to listen and take part.
Debate opens on the resolution that is most controversial - requiring independent auxiliary groups to follow the party plan of organization instead of their own bylaws. I voted in favor of pulling the resolution for further debate and happy to say the resolution failed and our Democratic auxiliary groups remain independent and not under the control of those getting ready to once again rewrite the party plan of organization.
Voller interrupts debate to introduce Justice Cheri Beasley. Great, great, fair, and extremely intelligent woman. So glad she's on the right side of justice.