NCGA Constitutional Amendments

The News & Record wrote an editorial this morning arguing why this process is not ideal. The short version and the key things to remember are that these amendments if enacted are difficult to repeal and will give the legislature ability to enact laws in the spirit of these amendments (making them harder to overturn). The editorial tells you to go read them for yourself, but the NCGA website is the most labyrinthine government website possible, and it isn’t immediately clear which laws are the amendments, so here they are:

NC House and Senate votes during special session #ncga #ncpol

Some citizens on Twitter were requesting a list of #NCGA Representatives/Senators voting records against their re-election dates. All Senators and Reps go up for re-election in 2018, but with the US District Court decision in November, 28 districts must be redrawn and a special election held in March. Redistricting could, and is likely to, impact more than those 28 districts. All are assuming (I would assume) that they are going to need to run in the special election.

So, here is a spreadsheet of the House and Senate votes during the special session. I have linked to the webpages with the roll call and bill information for each bill in the top of each column. The most significant bills were HB 17 and SB 4. I will get to the Senate later tonight. If you see any mistakes or have questions, just tweet me at @lyndamk

We (the UNCG documents manager and I) have also created a spreadsheet with the contact info, social media links, and google news feeds for all Senators and Representatives. You can use this to contact your elected officials. If you don’t know your district, use this map.

An interesting thing to note is the lack of unity among the Democrats. This could indicate that people are less ideologically driven and more attuned to their constituents, but we need to start asking why they decided to vote the way they did. Your leaders should try to represent a wide base of constituent interests. If they don’t, hold them accountable and work to unseat them by speaking out, volunteering, donating, and voting.

Down ballot elections are your daily life. Never forget what your local and state leaders do.

Addition: If you want to run for NCGA, check out this FACT sheet from the NC State Board of Elections or if you want to run for local office.