2018 Action Items

Pamlico Progressives

June 8, 2018 at 7:39 PM ·

Action Item – Septic Field Problem We need people to come to Pamlico County Health Department meeting this Monday, June 11 at 6:30. The Health Department gave a permit for a septic field. Now they will not allow the mobile home on that property to be hooked up. Because…

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Pamlico Progressives

December 11, 2018 at 1:54 PM ·

ACTION ITEM Call Walter Jones today at 252-931-1003 Next month the new session of Congress will officially convene and Leader Pelosi and Congressman Sarbanes will introduce Anti-Corruption and Clean Elections Reform legislation on the House floor. But, we need a…

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Pamlico Progressives

August 27, 2018 at 11:03 AM ·

Action Item – Arapahoe Charter School Annual Board Meeting At this meeting new board members are elected. Anyone from the State of North Carolina and present for the meeting can pay $5.00 and vote for new Board members. Summary – This meeting is very important as a way…

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Pamlico Progressives

January 21 at 10:06 PM ·

NC Progress Action Speaker Tim: In It For Him NC House Speaker Tim Moore has repeatedly used his office for personal gain, even as he passes law after law making things worse for working families. Tim…

Pamlico Progressives

December 3, 2018 at 6:18 PM ·

Action Item – Email Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. https://www.scott.senate.gov/contact/email-me Express your gratitude for withdrawing his support…

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Voting for NORM SANDERSON? Here’s what you’ll get: 11-1-18

Voting for NORM SANDERSON?                 Here’s what you’ll get:

S35   S539 Weakens landowners’ rights by allowing corporations to condemn your private property for natural gas pipelines
S94  S253 Requiring partisan elections for judges obscuring justice for all

Requiring partisan elections for school board members instead of putting children first

S325 Eliminates voting on the last Saturday before the general election
S486 Changes voting hours from those that meet the needs of the community to those which the community may not be able to afford.
S482 Permits out of state corporations to run NC charter schools and gives their employees’ children priority in enrollment
S632 Allows workers to be hired, fired and compensated at will.

Right to Work employees are paid less than employees represented by unions

S711 Restricts landowners from suing farm operations for loss of use or enjoyment of their property due to smells, insects, and water pollution
S434 S432  S410 S738  S205 5 bills to establish and allow leasing of NC bottomland fisheries to out of state companies
S366  S279


3 bills to discourage or halt renewable energy use

VOTE BLUE FOR GINGER GARNER         Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Exceptional healthcare, including preventive and conservative care for pain management, rehabilitation, and mental health,
  • Excellent education including services for children with special needs,
  • Economic prosperity through the dignity of a living wage,
  • Protection of personal rights as outlined in the Constitution, and a
  • Healthy coastline and clean environment to enjoy and to create jobs and a strong economy for tourism and fishing.

#normsanderson #gingergarner #votingrecord


The Truth Letter to Editor 10-30-18

Remember When The Truth Mattered?

Remember when people were ashamed to be caught lying? Now people do it shamelessly, and then deny that they have done it or blame other people for it. It’s called gaslighting.

Remember when candidates were proud to state what they stood for instead of lying about their opponents? Do you receive candidate flyers alleging exaggerated negative claims about the opponents or positive claims about their own platforms?

Remember when we honored our FBI and intelligence agencies? When we respected and counted on our Department of Education, Environmental Protection Agency, and government regulations that protected us against predatory practices?

Remember when we respected the news and depended on it to provide the truth? Now the news is attacked and called fake and people are making up the news as it suits their purpose.  No matter if it’s actually true or not. And media reports it instead of calling it out as a lie. Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes reported Trump’s own statement: “You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so when you write negative stories about me, no one will believe you.”

Remember when politicians could be held accountable? When they had moral compasses? When you couldn’t buy elections? Long gone are those days. Politicians parrot the party line dictated by whoever has the deepest pockets. Does it make our lives better? Does it suppress our vote? Does it support the average American? Does it protect children going to school from being shot? Does it support minorities? No, but who cares? Let people be shot and then blame the victims. Throw them a few crumbs and they’ll be happy.  Or just outright erase those people. Take away whatever rights they have as members of our American community.

The leader of our country has made 4,229 false or misleading claims in 558 days.  He simply doesn’t care. Here’s how it works:

  • Make up the lie
  • Say the lie publicly
  • Followers believe the lie
  • Followers act on the lie

People are counting on you believing the lies. Do you watch Fox News?  Did you know that only 22% of their news qualifies as truth? Do you fact check news or try to find out the whole truth about campaign claims?  Are we on the road to fascism and you don’t even know it? What happens when people blindly believe the lies of an authoritarian leader? How does democracy disappear?

  • Discredit the news
  • Control the news
  • Dehumanize minorities
  • Seed fear of minorities with alleged charges
  • Attack your opponents
  • Dissolve checks and balances in government
  • Use your power to intimidate

Do any of these steps sound familiar lately in our country? Consider this quote: “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” Voltaire

NC is mostly a Christian state, but all religions exist here.  What do they teach you in church on Sunday? Has love thy neighbor come to mean love only people who look like you? Only people who are not poor?  Only people whose sexuality mirrors yours? I don’t think any religion advocates for punishing the poor. Or shooting people with racial, religious, ethnic, political differences. What Would Jesus (or your god) Do? Ellie Wiesel said, “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

If you love America, do the right thing.  Discover the truth. Support morality.



Judicial Appointments Amendment Letter to Editor 9-5-18

Judicial Appointments Amendment

Diane Lemieux


There has been a lengthy power struggle between the NC legislative Supermajority and Governor Cooper. This has resulted in a series of bills, vetoes, overrides and lawsuits and has landed us where we are now in relation to this proposed constitutional amendment. Currently, the governor, with active input from the NC Bar Association, makes appointments to fill judicial vacancies.

Governor Cooper sued the NC General Assembly in Wake County Superior Court.  His attorney, John Wester, wrote that charged that the amendments would “eliminate the separation of powers, usurp the governor’s executive authority and seize control of the appointment of every member of virtually every board and commission in all three branches of state government.”  He said the legislature’s written questions for the amendments are false and misleading and asked for this amendment to be removed from the ballot.

The NAACP and Clean Air Carolina also filed suits against this and three other amendments on the ballot.  They claimed that the legislature was elected via illegally gerrymandered districts, as determined by federal court, and that it has no standing. The cort ruled against this lawsuit, but it has been refiled in light of the new ruling that the 2016 maps are unconstitutional.

Senate Bill 814, proposing this amendment, is called Judicial Vacancy Sunshine Amendment. Critics have referred to this amendment as Stack Courts with Partisan Hacks.

Revised ballot language reads as follows:

“[ ] FOR [ ] AGAINST

“Constitutional amendment to change the process for filling judicial vacancies that occur between judicial elections from a process in which the Governor has sole appointment power to a process in which the people of the State nominate individuals to fill vacancies by way of a commission comprised of appointees made by the judicial, executive, and legislative branches charged with making recommendations to the legislature as to which nominees are deemed qualified; then the legislature will recommend nominees to the Governor via legislative action not subject to gubernatorial veto; and the Governor will appoint judges from among these nominees.”

We need to look in between and behind the words to see what’s missing and determine the true meaning of this amendment.  While the revised language is clearer and clarifies the governor’s veto power, voters need to understand the big picture, which is that this is another attempt to violate the separation of powers and transfer authority from the executive branch to the legislature.

Here’s how it will really work if this amendment is passed. The new Non-partisan Judicial Merit Commission will receive nominations from NC people and then evaluate them to determine if they are qualified.  These evaluations will be sent to the General Assembly, who will recommend two candidates for each vacancy to the Governor, who will then appoint someone to fill the vacancies.

GOP Rep. Justin Burr says the General Assembly would provide a more open and transparent process with opportunity for public input.  But NC Policy Watch wrote that, “Each bill, however, allows for the Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro Tem to submit a nomination to the Governor if lawmakers are not in session (without public input).”

Progressive Pulse reported that Rep. Robert Reives II (D-Chatham, Lee) had objections to the GOP claims that judicial decisions are currently made behind closed doors in the governor’s mansion. “It’s kind of interesting that we’re talking about transparency of the process… You get a couple people in the same room making the decisions and that’s it, so I don’ really see how that is a different process. I have a huge concern about the General Assembly making any judicial appointments in this manner because again, I feel like it’s infringing even further on the judicial branch of government, which is a completely separate branch of government.”

After a back and forth of lawsuits and rulings, here is where things stand with the two amendments dealing with separation of powers and transfer of power from the governor to the legislature. The lower court ruled that the amendments could be put on the ballot with the new language. Cooper appealed to the NC Supreme Court, who declined the case and sent it back to the lower court to be decided on the merits of the case.  This means that the lawsuit will continue even though the amendments will be voted on in November 2018.  In the event that Cooper wins, the results of the election could be voided.

And, one more thing to note, the elections will proceed in spite of a court ruling that the 2016 congressional map has been declared unconstitutional. 2018 is the last year that map can be used.


  • Legislators control the amendment writing procedure and can propose amendments without having to explain their effects.
  • NC citizens have a right to amend their constitution


  • Amendment represents a conflict between the executive and legislative branches, violating separation of powers
  • Governors who are elected statewide to ensure that laws and regulations are carried out would forfeit this authority to legislators who were elected in gerrymandered districts.

This powerplay is a desperate attempt by the legislature to give themselves more power.  We need to respect the separation of powers cited in our Constitution.



Income Tax Cap Amendment Letter to Editor 9-5-18

Income Tax Cap Amendment

Diane Lemieux


North Carolina has one of the lowest tax rates in the southeast.  The NC income tax rate has declined steadily over the past 15 years, from 8.25% to our current rate of 5.5%.  There was an astounding drop of almost 2% from 2013 to 2014, when the legislature moved from a marginal tax rate to a flat tax rate.  Marginal tax rates increase the tax rate as the level of income increases.  Translation: Marginal tax rates make wealthier people pay more in taxes than poor people; conversely, poor people pay less in taxes than rich people. With a flat tax rate, everyone pays the same tax rate, regardless of income.

Education, infrastructure and social services have been underfunded correspondingly over the same time period, while property taxes, sales taxes, local taxes, and fees have steadily increased. Education is the largest expense in the NC budget.  North Carolina ranks 37th in the country in teacher pay, and 39th in per pupil spending.

Our current law puts a cap on the most amount that any NC resident could pay at 10%.  The NC legislature started out their discussion at changing this to 5%, but saner voices won out, changing this to 7%.  This is the current language in Senate Bill 75.

Of the 41 states that have an income tax, Georgia is the only state to have it in their constitution. Both Kansas and Ohio have experimented with supply-side tax policy and austerity budgets and found the results to be dismal.  Results were slashed education budgets, downturns in economy, businesses, vital services and downgrades to bond ratings.  In 2017, Kansas abandoned their five year experiment and returned tax levels to where they had previously been. A Colorado county just reduced their school schedule to 4 days a week. Not only is there compelling evidence that cutting taxes does not enhance state economic performance, there is ample evidence to prove that cutting education budgets results teachers having to buy their own school supplies and having to hold two jobs to make ends meet.

The Income Tax Cap, or as critics call it, the Nickel-and-Dime the Middle Class, amendment, will read as follows on the ballot:


Constitutional amendment to reduce the income tax rate in North Carolina to a maximum allowable rate of seven percent (7%)

So, we’ll all be guaranteed forever of paying less taxes because it will be in the constitution if passed.  What could possibly go wrong?

Once more, I ask you to look past the words you will see and ask yourself, “What could this mean for North Carolina, for me, and my family?” We have already lost state revenue by going from a marginal (incremental) tax rate to a flat tax rate.  Our current cap of 10% leaves us room to respond to emergencies and economic disasters.  7% does not.  Now they want to make sure that all of us, including wealthy North Carolinians never pay more than 7%.  This could result in further budget cuts, leading us to fiscal downturns and their consequences.

Apple just stated that these back and forth lawsuits over the constitutional amendments and political deception might point to economic instability (drama) and cause them to reconsider building their next office in North Carolina.

What has happened to the common good? Where everyone pays their fair share to create a thriving environment for all citizens?  Where we believe that it is in all of best interests to increase all standards of living in balance with sustainable profits?  Where a rising tide floats all boats.


·         Republicans believe that they have the right to put amendments on the ballot for citizens to vote for.


·         “This would limit the income tax to a level lower than the state’s wealthiest taxpayers paid before 2013. This proposal is a permanent tax shift to help the rich.

·         This change would hinder the state’s ability to fund vital public needs, like roads and schools.

·         To make up for the lost income tax revenue, lawmakers will be forced to increase taxes elsewhere, including property and sales taxes, which  more frequently burden working and lower income voters.”            Democracy NC

·         Since lower income taxpayers spend more of their income and wealthier taxpayers invest more and spend less of their money, this amendment unfairly targets lower income citizens and is a gift to the wealthy.

·         This amendment will continue slashing education budgets and further starve the public schools

·         This amendment kills any chance that current and future legislatures could respond to state emergencies or economic downturns, or simply decide that austerity is not in the best interest of North Carolinians and our collective future.  Don’t we want a prepared and well educated populace and a stable, thriving economy?

·         “Constitutionally limiting the income tax rate would put more money into the pockets of the wealthiest households and largest, most profitable corporations – while investment in the common good declines.

·         This radical step would ignore the overwhelming evidence that tax cuts don’t create jobs and boost the economy, and would drain the state of the resources to invest in broad prosperity.” Budget and Tax Center

·         If passed, this would result in approximately $1.9 BILLION dollar loss annually to North Carolina for ensuring our quality of life.

This amendment boils down to a ploy to constitutionally guarantee the wealthy more money and shift the tax burden to lower and middle income taxpayers.  It is also an incentive to get Republicans to the polls for a midterm election where they stand to lose.  Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling asked voters their opinion of the General Assembly earlier this year and the results were fairly dismal. It found that less than one-in-five North Carolina voters (19%) approved of the job the legislature was doing, while more than half (51%) disapproved.



GOP Constitutional Amendments: What’s Happening? Letter to Editor 8-7-18

GOP Constitutional Amendments: What’s Happening?

Diane Lemieux

By now, you must have heard about the special session last week in the North Carolina Legislature.  If not, catch up to the news here!  The GOP wrote six constitutional amendments that will be on your ballot when you vote Nov. 6, or in early voting. Now, amending a constitution is a pretty big deal, so these six amendments must be pretty important to be voted on by all North Carolinians! The 1971 North Carolina Constitution has been amended 38 times; the most recent amendment was “Criminal Defendant May Waive Jury Trial” in 2011.

The stated reason for the GOP creating these amendments is to further cement their agenda while they still control the legislature. Many believe there is a second, hidden but related, reason:  to bring conservative voters out to the polls for a midterm election by wording the amendments in such a way that only describes a portion of the intent and to protect GOP candidates from the “Blue Wave” that is electing Democratic candidates all over the country.

North Carolina Democrats are out to break the supermajority in the legislature.  The GOP supermajority holds 35 of 50 Senate seats and 75 of the 120 House seats and easily rode over Democratic opposition to the amendments.

“There’s nothing that’s good or based in good public policy to justify this flurry of proposed constitutional amendments except election-year politics,” Wayne Goodwin, chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, told The Hill. “They’re pushing to change our state constitution that fundamentally alters the balance of power of state government going back to the early days of the state of North Carolina.”  The amendments “give more power to the legislative branch to pick our judges, make voting harder, appoint their friends to run key agencies, and give political donors huge tax breaks.” Democracy NC

Last week, the GOP called a special session with less than 24 hours notice, (at a cost to North Carolina taxpayers of approximately $50,000), to make sure that the language is vague enough to confuse the voters. According to law, there was already a bipartisan board responsible for writing the captions to accompany the amendments on the ballots after getting public input. But that wasn’t sufficient for the GOP. They wanted to ensure that the wording met their own criteria, and wrote it behind closed doors, with no input from the Democrats or the public.

The result of the special session, “House Bill 3, allowed the legislature to take control of writing captions for the six constitutional amendments that will appear on the ballot this fall. With its passage, House Bill 3 eliminates any chance voters will receive clear amendment explanations on the ballot. Instead, voters will only see the caption “Constitutional Amendment” and constitutional language approved by lawmakers this summer. Voters will be asked to vote “FOR” or “AGAINST.” Democracy NC

In addition to writing their own caption language, it is important to understand that most of the amendments are “blank checks”, with no details of how those items will actually be carried out. That will be figured out later, if they are approved and become law.  This is akin to signing a contract without knowing what’s in it. If these amendments are approved, they will become permanent and cannot be vetoed or changed by the governor or by future legislatures. The only way to make changes in the future would be to put yet more amendments on the ballot.

Has this piqued your curiosity? Are you wondering what these amendments are for and what’s included in them? Are they really necessary and will they help us or harm us? How does the language of the amendment inform or mislead us? What could possibly go wrong? Stay tuned for more details on the each of the six amendments.

Ethics and Elections Amendment Letter to Editor 9-9-18

Ethics and Elections Amendment

Diane Lemieux


To say that we are struggling with elections today would be a gross understatement.  From foreign interference to hacking and voting laws, elections have become a quagmire.  We would like to think that elections are wrapped in ethics and honesty, but we are seeing daily evidence to the contrary.

In what has been described as a power grab, the legislature leadership has written a constitutional amendment regarding ethics and elections that strips power from the Governor’s office and transfers it to the Legislature.  This clearly violates the separation of powers called for in our constitution.

The Ethics and Elections Amendment (or the Undermine Separation of Powers Amendment) will read like this:


Constitutional amendment to establish a bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections to administer ethics and election laws, to clarify the appointment authority of the Legislative and the Judicial Branches, and to prohibit legislators from serving on boards and commissions exercising executive or judicial authority.

On the surface, this language sounds entirely reasonable.  And that is the problem. It sounds reasonable without clearly state the intent of the amendment. In order to fully understand this amendment, one must look for what is missing: what is not included (and its effects) and what the voter will not see in the voting booth.

Jackson, NC Senator, says, “In short, historically the governor has had appointment authority over these boards. The General Assembly would prefer that it have appointment authority.” The new board would have 4 Republicans and 4 Democrats. Currently, the Ethics and Elections Board has 9 members, 4 Republicans, 4 Democrats, and 1 Independent. Independents compromise the second largest voting block in NC, and will be left with no say at all if this amendment passes.  If tie votes are broken by the legislature, that could result in unfair changes or challenges to voting laws.

Martin Warf, an attorney for legislative leaders, asked, “Who’s to say what’s misleading? Where is it that there is a standard to apply to the language on the ballot as to whether it accurately represents what’s going on or not?” Warf stands behind his actions, claiming that the constitution gives the General Assembly the authority to put proposed amendments to a public vote. Yes, it does, but it sounds like he is trying to excuse devious behavior. State law requires the state elections board “present all questions in a fair and nondiscriminatory manner.” Chair of the elections board, Solicitor General Matt Sawchak, said the ballot questions failed to meet that standard and that they “will be made a perpetrator of a constitutional violation.”

The originally tasked commission must still write detailed explanations for each amendment that won’t be shown on the ballot but will be available at each county board of elections for anyone who asks, but who is doing that voter education?

It actually sounds like it will “clarify the appointment authority of the Legislative and the Judicial Branches”, when in fact, it gives the legislature all of the power to appoint regulators, members to nearly 400 boards and other officials.  Clarification is not needed at all.  The appointment authority is clearly spelled out in the constitution already. Historically, the governor has held the authority to make these appointments, but the legislature is hoping to change that.

Another part of the amendment that voters will not see deals with separation of powers, with the proposed language underlined.

“Sec. 6.  Separation of powers.

(1) The legislative, executive, and supreme judicial powers of the State government shall be forever separate and distinct from each other.

(2) The legislative powers of the State government shall control the powers, duties,

 responsibilities, appointments, and terms of office of any board or commission prescribed by general law.

Isn’t it ironic that it first states that the three branches of government “shall be forever separate and distinct”, and then follows that with language that takes away power from the executive branch and transfers it to the legislature?

Someone must have skipped over the part of the constitution that Constitution requires the Governor to faithfully execute the laws. Without the ability to appoint people to boards, commissions and other offices, that would be hard to do.  Giving that power to the legislature enables them to make the laws and then appoint people to carry them out.  This is clearly a violation of separation of powers. In 2014, the legislature attempted a similar power grab and the NC Supreme Court struck down the law, declaring that the law violated the separation of powers principle in our Constitution. If they can’t legislate it, they are trying to put it in the constitution.

Perhaps that’s why this amendment is the target of several lawsuits, currently working their way through the court.  Governor Cooper, NAACP, and Clean Air Carolina have all filed suits to remove this amendment from the ballot. A three judge panel has delayed the printing of the ballots while they deliberate later this week. Bill D’Elia, an Eden Republican and spokesman for Senate leader Phil Berger, called the lawsuits “absurd”.

One high-ranking Republican, Rep. Chuck McGrady, voted against the amendment over concern for this section, stating, “I think we’ve gone too far. At some point in time, we may not be in the majority.” NC Attorney General, Josh Stein, referred to this as “the most radical restructuring of our government in more than 100 years, since the Civil War. It would essentially give the Legislature the power to run the executive branch.”

The NC Democratic Party says, “This amendment would fundamentally alter the balance of power in state government, giving the legislature exclusive control over how you can vote, the cost of your energy bill, and the quality of your drinking water. This dangerous measure would essentially rewrite the constitution to exclude all North Carolinians but a few politicians from making decisions about what is in the best interest of the state.”


  • The constitution gives the General Assembly the authority to put proposed amendments to a public vote.
  • Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger‘s new spokesman, Pat Ryan reflects on former governors: “Given the ethics scandals coming from some of these administrations, it’s not shocking they’re rallying against a bipartisan ethics board. We trust the voters to decide how best to protect the integrity of the political process.”
  • WRAL reports, “Republican leadership in the General Assembly has repeatedly noted that North Carolina has always vested most of the government’s power in the state legislature, and they describe the boards and commissions amendment as a clarifying one.”


  • Ballot language voters will see is misleading.
  • State board of elections eliminates Independent member
  • Transfers executive powers to legislature
  • Violates separation of powers
  • Charlotte Observer reports that all five of North Carolina’s living former governors
  • Governors Pat McCrory, Bev Perdue, Mike Easley Jim Martin and Jim Hunt rebuked the legislature for this power grab, saying that it would, “shred gubernatorial power and government checks and balances.”

Knowing the facts is essential to democracy.  Arm yourself with them and vote.













Pamlico Progressives Meeting Tuesday March 20, 2018

Pamlico County Courthouse, Bayboro


  1. Update on the series of forums:

                        3/26/17 Opioid Epidemic

                        4/23/18 Voting Forum

  1. Calendar update: Here is the calendar link.
  2. March 3/20

    Pamlico Progressives Meeting

    5 pm

    Pamlico County Courthouse – Bayboro


    Pamlico County Courthouse – Bayboro

    9:30 am

    Poster Making for the

    10 am March for Life Rally

    12:30 pm light lunch before the

    1:30 pm Democratic Convention


    Series on World Religion

    3-5 pm

    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of New Bern


    Opiod Epidemic Video/Discussion/Forum

    6 pm

    Oriental Town Hall

    April 4/10

    Board of Education Candidates Forum

    6 pm

    Pamlico County Courthouse – Bayboro



    Pamlico Progressives Meeting

    5 pm

    Pamlico County Courthouse – Bayboro


    Voting Issues Forum

    6 pm

    Oriental Town Hall

    May 5/8

    Voting for Board of Education and November Primary races


    Pamlico Progressives


    5 pm

    Pamlico County

    Courthouse – Bayboro




  1. Opiod Epidemic Film and Discussion- we will be showing the film “The Epidemic” and then have a discussion about what is happening and how we can          help. Please invite friends interested in this topic that has touched us locally.
  2. Voting Forum – We will discuss what to present at this forum. There is much work for Get-Out-The-Vote being done by the Democratic Party. How can we                     support this effort?
  3. Raleigh – March For Our Lives – If you or someone you know isn’t coming to the Pamlico County Democratic Convention, here’s another action you can take.           There are people going to Raleigh for the March. This link has more information.                      https://marchforourlives.com
  4. 6. Pamlico County – March For Our Lives – this event will happen in the morning before the PC Democratic Convention as a rally joining with millions of young                        people, and all the others who will be marching in Washington DC,                                          Raleigh and around the country.
  5. 7. Pamlico County Democratic Convention – A light lunch starts at 12:30, Convention at 1:30. Hear keynote Speaker Tess Judge, Candidate for NC House           District 6, our new House District. Meet Ginger Garner and Dorothea White, the         Democrats in the May 8th Primary for NC Senate District 2 and other local                   Please Note: There are 4000 registered Democrats in Pamlico County. Most registered Democrats in the County are not on the Democratic  Party email list. Your help is needed to spread the word about the Convention. Please share this information with your friends and family, including Independents. Everyone is welcome.
  6. Resolution to be voted on at the Pamlico County Democratic Convention – Two resolutions were written by Bill Brennan and Kathryn Garcia. Those two                have been combined into one. It calls for the National Democratic Party to                  implement changes to DNC rules that were suggested by the Unity Reform  Commission and to bring more Progressives into positions of leadership. If you  are a delegate to the county convention you can vote for or against its adoption.             If adopted it would move to the District level and then State and National.
  7. Board of Education Candidate Forum – At the follow-up meeting to the first Education Forum, it was decided that the Pamlico Progressives could continue  to facilitate continuing interest by hosting this forum. People have been sending  questions to Diane Lemieux. She and Dan Bartley will be compiling a list of questions for the candidates. Please bring your ideas about how we can make  this a dynamic forum for the community.
  8. Web site in the process of being built – John Phillips is building the Pam Progs web site. Please share what you would like to see on our site.
  9. Series on World Religions: On Sunday, March 25 Marsha Luhrs will be a  speaker in this series hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of New  Bern (UUFNB). Attached below is more information.
  10. Visit our Pam Prog Facebook page and like us.


Pamlico Progressives Meeting Tuesday, September 19, 2017


1. There were 17 people at our meeting. People shared what they had been doing politically and it was quite impressive. Many calls had been made; some members attended the public sessions on Gerrymandering; there were meetings with Representatives; and letters written to the Editor. Bill Hines is working on a Resolution to present to the Oriental Town Board about offshore drilling and exploration off the Atlantic Coast. Diane Lemieux is writing for the County Compass about Net Neutrality and how the laws impact our internet information. Enrique and Kathryn Garcia are working with immigrant issues. Laurie Stockwell will be going to the Citizen’s Climate Lobby in D.C. this November. Iris Hudson was not at the meeting but has been writing emails to Tom Tillis about the Russia investigation and to the Democratic Party about their constant requests for money and their lack of response to what people want from their government. These are only some of the things people have been doing.

2. Local elections this November 7th. Each town will be voting for their Town Council Officials. More information later about who the municipal candidates are. If you live in the town limits of one of the 8 county municipalities, mark your calendars so that you do not forget to vote.

The next mid-term elections are on November 6, 2018. In Pamlico County we will be voting for County Commissioners, State Senator and more. That is only 14 months away. We need to recruit candidates for our county positions and educate ourselves on the issues before these elections.

3. We discussed having forums/information sessions as ways to educate and discuss issues that impact Pamlico County. The following is a list of the topics and the people who have volunteered to develop and present the sessions.

– People’s Supper is a pot luck dinner party for people to share stories and come together and to build our community and our ability to have civil conversations, to find what unites us. It is being planned for October by Kathryn Garcia.

– Screening and discussion of the video “Democracy for Sale”. This might become a series of videos. It is being planned for November by Diane Lemieux and Pat Stockwell.

– Coastal Issues facing Pamlico County. This is being planned for late November or early December by Bill Hines, Katy Pugh and Riane Moser.

– Education in Pamlico County. This is being planned for January by Diane Lemieux.

As you can see there are many ways to address issues that are important to you. Please contact me or the people involved to participate in these forums/information sessions/dinners.

Important Dates:

September 30 at 6pm at PCC: the Pamlico County NAACP is having their Annual Freedom Banquet. Tickets on sale at the Inland Waterway Provision Company and at The Daily Bread bookstore.

October 4 at 10 am in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse: meeting of the Recycling Committee. This committee was appointed by the Pamlico County Board of Commissioners to study recycling options and make recommendations to the Board. Committee meetings are open to the public. The next meeting is Wednesday October 4.

October 17 at 5pm downstairs in the kitchen at the Pamlico County Courthouse the Pamlico Progressives have their next monthly meeting. We had wanted the fourth Tuesday of every month, but that room is reserved at that time. I hope the third Tuesdays of the month will work. 

November 7 Local elections: Each town will be voting for their Town Council Officials.

Thank you for continuing this work. Please contact me by responding to this email or calling me at 252-649-5409.

Kathryn Garcia

P.S. The Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill didn’t pass. Thanks to all those who have called, marched and made their voices heard! Our work does matter!

2017 Working Circle Issues


Suggested Issues for working circles with possible sub-issues

April 2017

  • Education
    • o Support public education
    • o Engage with Pamlico Community College
    • o Know issues coming up at local School Board
  • Health Care
    • o ACA / Medicaid expansion
    • o Pharmaceuticals/Substance abuse
    • o Women’s Health
  • Economic Development
    • o Minority owned small business
    • o Access to capital
  • Voting
    • o Voter rights / voter suppression
    • o Gerrymandering
  • Social Justice
    • o Immigration
    • o LGBT
  • Environment
    • o EPA / Climate Change / River & water quality
    • o Fracking & coal / Pipelines
    • o Recycling and solid waste disposal
  • Income Inequality
    • o #28 – end Citizens United
    • o Corporate takeovers / ALEC / CEO Pay
    • o Unions vs right to work
  • Energy
    • o Wind Power
    • o Solar Power
  • Science
    • o Data / statistics
    • o Census
    • o Disregard of scientific facts in making policy
  • Independent Investigations
    • o Russia
    • o Taxes
    • o Transparency


Continue with 2 existing circles

Community Outreach – Create local events to engage with the diversity of our county

Electronic Communications – Facilitate information sharing for Pamlico Progressives