March Meeting Recap

From the desk of CARWVC President Sarah Wetherby.

We had an excellent meeting last night! Our speaker, NC Representative Erin Paré joined us and talked about her experiences in the General Assembly, her upcoming race for reelection, and some of the challenges she faces as the only member of the General Assembly that represents the Republicans of Wake County. If you recall, this club supported Representative Paré’s campaign in 2020, and so we feel like we were instrumental in her election.

Rep. Paré stressed that Republicans can and should win big this fall because we are right on all the issues that matter to voters the most: the economy, education, and public safety, not to mention medical freedom. The Republican message resonates with the majority of voters, including the majority of unaffiliated voters.

An issue that came up is the Wake County Commissioners, which are all Democrats and vote as a block. This is problematic as Wake County has more Republicans than any other county in North Carolina, and the county itself is more populous than 8 states. Yet all the County Commissioners for Wake County are elected “at large”, which means that while each commissioner must live in the district he or she is campaigning to represent, all the voters in the county vote for the representation for all the districts. County wide races split about 60% of votes for Democrats and 40% of votes for Republicans in the 2020 elections. So, some commissioners can lose the election in their district, but can still win election because of the votes of the rest of the county; in 2020, this was the case for at least two of the current commissioners. Effectively, it means that the most populous part of the county, urban Raleigh, elects the representation for the whole county. Downtown Raleigh is homogenous regarding lifestyle and political affiliation, but the county as a whole is very diverse. Effectively, the Wake County Commissioners are as homogenous as urban Raleigh, and folks who live in the suburbs and rural parts of the county are not represented. This must change, but the County Commissioners are not willing to budge.

To create change through the NC General Assembly, Rep. Erin Paré, needs help in the form of a Republican NC Senator from Wake County and a veto proof majority in both houses of the General Assembly. More on that below.
 
Another topic that we discussed in our meeting was redistricting and the upcoming elections. Over the last several months, the General Assembly redrew the North Carolina legislative districts owing to population growth over the last decade. NC was also apportioned another Congressional seat, for a total of 14. The Republican led General Assembly passed fair districts, but because of yet another Democrat affiliated groups’ lawsuit, the courts overturned the maps and forced another redraw. Eventually, the General Assembly passed maps for NC House and NC Senate that the courts accepted, but the court threw out the Congressional maps and forced and redraw by a panel appointed by the court. Finally, the maps are set, and candidates filed for election; filing closed on Friday, March 4th. You can see the maps here: https://www.ncsbe.gov/results-data/voting-maps-redistricting
 
If you are a North Carolina voter, your voting districts may have changed. You can check your voting status, your districts, and your voter history here:  https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/. Your sample ballot for the 2022 primary election on May 17th will be available to view at the same link soon. If you want to know now who is running in your districts, you can check the list of candidates for the whole state through this web page: https://www.ncsbe.gov/results-data/candidate-lists .
 
Interestingly, the John Locke Foundation published the following article “Democrats Can’t Beat Someone with No One”.  From the article. “At the end of the candidate filing period at noon on March 3, Democrats failed to recruit candidates for 41 of North Carolina’s 170 state legislative districts (24.1%). By comparison, Republicans only failed to recruit candidates in 10 districts (5.9%). Put another way, Republicans start with a four-to-one advantage in General Assembly seats before the first vote is cast.” Barring a disaster, Republicans should win a majority in both houses of the General Assembly. 

However, Republicans need a supermajority in both houses to be able to override the endless vetoes that come from the Governor’s mansion. In addition, Democrats currently hold a majority of seats in the North Carolina Supreme Court at 4-3, and the Supreme Court decisions reflect the partisan majority. Republicans need to win at least one more seat in the Supreme Court, and there are two seats up for election this fall.

Here is what we need to do in the November election (3-2-1) 
3. Flip a net of at least three NC House seats from Blue to Red.
2. Flip a net of at least two NC Senate seats from Blue to Red.
1. Flip at least one NC Supreme Court seat from Blue to Red.

 
In addition, Wake County needs at least one Senate seat to flip from Blue to Red, so that a bill to change how Wake County Commissioners are elected can gain traction in both houses of the NC GA.
 
CARWVC encourages all our members to volunteer in the upcoming elections and in support of Republican candidates. We also request that our members and friends support candidates financially. Donations do not have to be large, because every dollar counts. So please select at least THREE Republican NC House candidates, TWO Republican NC Senate Candidates, and at least ONE NC judicial candidate, and donate to their campaigns. Start with your own districts, and consider helping at least one Wake County candidate. If you would like to contribute to NC Representative Erin Paré’s campaign, please go to her donation page: https://secure.anedot.com/committee-to-elect-erin-pare/donate .

We also announced our CARWVC Shooting Social Event for May 1 at 2 pm in Louisburg. It’s an NRA Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinic (Men also welcome too on this date). Space is limited to 25 participants, so sign up soon!
 
Lastly, we also talked about the upcoming GOP conventions, at which county parties will be organized to help candidates in 2022. Most counties will hold their county GOP conventions in March; and some have already occurred. NCGOP District conventions will be held in April, and the North Carolina GOP Convention will be held in May. Contact your county GOP for information regarding your county convention and district convention. To be a delegate at county, district, and state convention you must first attend your precinct meetings, which are held in conjunction with the county convention in most counties. Contact your county GOP for information regarding your county convention and district convention.
 
In closing, if you have not renewed CARWVC membership for 2022, we encourage you to renew today: https://secure.anedot.com/capital-area-republican-women-virtual-club/donate . Please invite friends to our meetings and social events. And you can help us spread our message by liking and commenting on our posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (Truth social coming soon), and by clicking on links in our emails, like this one. If we get no “clicks” we tend to end up in junk mail folders. You can help us with just a few clicks.

Oh! One more thing! We now have CARWVC mugs for sale! They are dishwasher and microwave safe, and the design is sublimated onto the mugs by a local, conservative artist who would love to help us help her. They are  $15 each, hand delivered or $20 if you need shipping. Here’s the link: https://secure.anedot.com/capital-area-republican-women-virtual-club/donate 

We hope to see you all at our next meeting! 

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