ACDP NEWS October 4, 2020

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I’m Not Ashamed’: Republican Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Blasted for Racist, Homophobic Posts

The Republican candidate, Mark Robinson, is in a close race with Democrat Yvonne Lewis Holley for the key Council of State office. 

GOP candidate for lieutenant governor Mark Robinson has spurred criticism for his offensive social media posts. (Image via Robinson's campaign)

Cardinal & Pine

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“Most people probably assume we’ve got two relatively normal candidates running relatively normal races,” NC Sen. Jeff Jackson wrote on Facebook Sunday. “We don’t.”

Jackson, a Democrat from Charlotte, posted screenshots of racist, misogynist and conspiratorial views espoused by the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Mark Robinsonon social media.

Bashing Black voters seems to be a recurring theme for Robinson, who is also Black. He is pitted against a Black candidate, Democratic state Rep. Yvonne Lewis Holley from Wake County. If elected, either candidate would become North Carolina’s first Black lieutenant governor. A Sept. 2 poll by East Carolina University’s Center for Survey Research, shows Robinson with 43% of the vote as opposed to 40% for Holley.

“Michelle Obama is an anti-American, abortion and gay marriage supporting, liberal leftist elitist and I’ll be glad when he takes his boyfriend and leaves the White House.” Robinson wrote in 2017, implying that the former first lady is a man.

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“Half of black Democrats don’t realize they are slaves and don’t know who their masters are” he wrote about African Americans who cast their ballots for Democrats. “The other half don’t care.”

Robinson also expressed disdain for Black audiences who went to see the Marvel superhero movie Black Panther, saying the film was created by an agnostic Jew who is also a satanic Marxist.

“How can this trash, that was only created to pull the shekels out of your Schvartze pockets, invoke any pride?” Robinson asks.

“Schvartze,” the Yiddish slur for Black people that Robinson used may be deliberate, because in another post he blames President Trump’s failures to deal with the novel coronavirus on a cabal of globalists, an anti-Semitic far right theory that The New York Times reported has been buoyed by the president.

Jackson’s criticism of Robinson is somewhat unusual in that the two are not pitted against each other in this year’s election. The senator has gained many social media followers for his no-nonsense, get-the-information-out-there approach, including his measured review of an alleged kettling incident in uptown Charlotte last summer where Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officers trapped peaceful protestors and bombarded them with chemical munitions including tear gas.

In 2018, Jackson drew praise from The Washington Post and other media outlets for eschewing the bitterly partisan politics of division. 

“I feel our divisions are growing deeper each day,” Jackson wrote in an October 2018 Twitter post. “So, let me just take a moment and commend my opponent on running an honest positive campaign. She’s a good person and deserves your consideration.”

But for Robinson, Jackson is raising a red flag.

“Read (the posts) for yourself and come to your own conclusions,” Jackson wrote. “He apologizes for none of this.” 

In a field crowded with many prominent Republicans, voters chose first-time candidate Robinson, Jackson wrote. In fact, Robinson won the March Republican primary in a landslide, beating eight other candidates, including a former member of Congress, a state senator and the state’s current superintendent of schools. 

Robinson rose to prominence in a 2018 Greensboro City Council meeting, angrily rebuking council members for suggesting a gun show be canceled in the wake of the shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school. 

Indy Week reported that Robinson was depicted as a gun rights champion when video of that meeting was promoted by the NRABreitbart and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze.

On a Thursday night taping of On The Record, which aired September 26 on WRAL-TV. Robinson defended his social media posts. Holley was also on the show.

 “I don’t back up from them a bit,” Robinson said. “May hurt some people’s feelings, some things that people may not like, but those are my personal opinions.”

“How can you sit there and say that stuff?” Holley told WRAL in a follow-up interview after the show.

Holley, a longtime state leader, has focused her campaign on education and criminal justice reform. Robinson has centered his campaign on gun rights and abortion.

 In a public debate early in September, Robinson dismissed climate change, calling it “wild ideas” and “unproven science” despite widespread scientific consensus on the issue. He also denied that systemic racism exists in America.

“We have far too many communities that are ruled by lawlessness. We need to …stop putting the police under the microscope,” Robinson said, ignoring the police murder of George Floyd and the killing of Breonna Taylor, where the controversial findings of Attorney General Daniel Cameron, another Black Republican, have come under scrutiny.

“[Robinson] denied racism,” Holley told WRAL-TV. “He denied climate change. He denies police brutality even exists. … How are you going to solve problems if you don’t believe they exist?”

If his social media posts are any indication, Robinson also believes in a LGBTQ conspiracy to undermine America.

“We have pushed homosexuality over the top. Mark my words PEDOPHILLA (sic) is next, which will be closely followed by the END of civilization as we know it,” he wrote.

Even the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando did nothing to stem Robinson’s disdain for gay people.

“Homosexuality is STILL an abominable sin and I WILL NOT join in ‘celebrating gay pride’ nor will I fly their sacrilegious flag on my page,” he wrote.

“The hateful and conspiratorial language in these screenshots is exactly what we need less of in our lives,” Sen. Jackson wrote on his page.

The lieutenant governor calls the NC Senate into session, rules on matters pertaining to floor debates, and is charged with setting the tone of professionalism and mutual respect in the chamber, Jackson continues. The LG also casts a vote to break ties, a vote that may decide many issues next term.

“It’s unusual to have your attention called to a race for Lieutenant Governor in this manner,” Jackson concludes, “but honestly I consider this a Public Service Announcement.”


Poll Greeters!

We need help for both Early & One Stop and also for Nov 3

One Stop & Early Voting Poll Greeters

Please sign up to do No Contact Poll Greeting for Early Voting!

We have five locations that we need to staff for 17 days so if you can fill a shift or two it would be a huge help. We are particularly looking for people to help out at the Holly Hill Mall & Elmira locations.

We are lucky to have five One Stop & Early Voting locations this year:

Please feel free to contact Michelle if you have any questions on how we will be ensuring no contact. If you can only do a partial shift, please let me know and I may be able to find someone to cover the rest of the time.

Election Day November 3 – Poll Greeter Sign Up

Going to the polls can be very intimidating for some.

You can be the friendly face of the ACDP on November 3rd and hand out the list of Democratic Candidates to voters. We need to have a greeter at each of our 38 Precinct polling locations.  We can’t succeed without your help.  Sign Up HERE


Poll Observers Needed

The Republicans are going to be putting people at the polls to intimidate and challenge voters right to vote. Trump mentioned it in the debate again.

The Alamance County Democratic Party alongside NCDP and Biden/Harris Coordinated Campaign is recruiting poll observers to help monitor and report on possible irregularities at polling locations. This is different from poll greeting in that poll observers are there to record and report and help protect all voters. Trainings will be provided as well as PPE (masks, gloves, sanitation stations).If you are interested. Here’s an article about why this is so important HERE

Click here: https://forms.gle/83cWEqVKkR1YXNQdA. If you have any questions, you can contact: Ernest Lewis, Jr., 3rd-Vice Chair. (3rdvicechair@alamancecountydemocraticparty.com; (336) 525-5442)


If we don’t use it, we lose it!

Support our 1st Ever Sunday Voting Hours & Our New Early Voting Location!

Please help spread the word!

Thanks to the Alamance NAACP and partners for organizing this “Get Out the Vote” effort.

The Alamance Chapter of NAACP worked to expand Early & One Stop voting hours and locations in Alamance. ACDP supports these efforts because we believe that everyone should vote and it should be safe and convenient for all.



Yard Signs & Bumper Stickers are Here!

We have Biden signs again!

You can call 336 226 5005 or stop by the ACDP Headquarters at 122 South Main St, Burlington and pick up some yard signs for our local candidates.

Open 10am – 5:00pm Monday – Saturday.

We have signs for all of our Democratic candidates.

We also have a limited number of Biden barn signs. They’re BIG – 4’x8′

Make a small donation if you can.


Proud Alamance Democrat Yard Signs

There are just a few left!

Stand up and stand out as a Proud Alamance County Democrat. We’re working for a better more inclusive Alamance for everyone. Order your sign Here Guidelines for political signs HERE

Join Our ACDP Voter Outreach Team!

Be a part of our Voter Outreach team and commit to helping your friends and neighbors get out the vote this election! In exchange for your generous donation, ACDP is offering these high-quality shirts to anyone interested in helping us get our message out that Your Vote Does Count! 2020 will be a pivotal election year and one of our top goals is ensuring that all individuals who have the right to vote can and will use it. Donate Here!


COUNCIL OF STATE TOWN HALL SERIES

Join our Council of State candidates on their virtual tour across North Carolina!

Jenna Wadsworth October 5 at 7:00pm SIGN UP HERE

As North Carolina’s executive branch of government, the Council of State makes incredibly important decisions that affect the prosperity, safety, and future of our state every day. That’s why Democrats are fighting to send our strong slate of candidates to office. They are committed to fighting for a happier, healthier, and more prosperous North Carolina for everyone. We have your chance to meet the candidates and learn more about their platforms during our Council of State Town Hall Series! Scroll down to register for any/all of them today and get ready to learn more about the importance of these offices! SIGN UP HERE


Regular Meeting
10/5/2020 9:00 AM

 In order to ensure the health and safety of the Board, staff and general public, access to the regular meeting is available in the following 3 ways:

Public Comments – On Sunday, October 4th from 12pm to 9pm citizens are encouraged to submit or register for public comments for the October 5th  9:00 a.m. County Commissioners’ meeting by two optional ways (Please click here https://www.alamance-nc.com/commissioners/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/01/Public-Comment-policy-Revised-1-22-19.pdf  to review the Public Comment Policy): 

  1. A public comment form will be available on the Alamance County website for any persons wishing to submit written comments prior to the start of the meeting.  These written comments will be entered into the record and minutes at the October 5th Regular Meeting.; or
  • Persons wishing to participate in public comments by telephone must provide the Clerk to the Board with their name, address, topic to be discussed, and telephone number by calling 336-290-0403 and leaving a message.  Then at the appropriate time during the Commissioners’ meeting on October 5th at 9:00 a.m. the citizen will be called to submit their comments verbally by phone. 

Our Unprecedented Opportunity to Elect a Better State & Local Government.

State and Local Government has the largest impact on our daily lives.

Information about our candidates for HERE


North Carolina General Assembly

Some of us are lucky enough to be able to vote for Ricky and some of us are lucky enough to be able to vote for Eric

Which District are you in? HERE

and we’re all lucky enough to be able to Vote for JD Wooten

Information about all our candidates for the NC Legislature HERE

JD Wooten for NC Senate

Our Candidates for Alamance School Board

There are four open seats on the Alamance County School Board and we have eight great candidates. Candidate information HERE

Don’t Forget the Judges!


Court of Appeals Vote for All Five


NC Supreme Court, Vote for All Three

For more information about our candidates click HERE

If you’d like to watch short interviews with the candidates for State Executive candidates and all the Judicial Candidates UNC TV has a series HERE


If you want to vote for Barrett you have to vote the WHOLE ballot.

Soil & Water Conservation is the last office listed.


1. Multi-Party Assistance Team

The Board of Elections is looking for folks to be part of Multi-Party Assistance Team (MAT). This is the team that goes into assisted living facilities and nursing homes to help people vote. The Board of Elections is looking for some Democratic help. Teams are composed of both Democrats and Republicans.

Contact the Alamance Board of Elections for details 337 570 6755

2. The Official Facebook Page for the Alamance County Board of Elections!

This is an information page. This page is where you’ll be able to find the latest information from our Board of Elections. This is not the place to discuss political issues or candidates. Please review their rules, posted on the page before interacting.

Look for this banner


3.VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE!

Alamance County Voting Locations for November 3, 2020 Temporary and Permanent Changes

Eight precincts in Alamance County are going to change the location of their polling places for in person voting on November 3, 2020. Find your precinct HERE and see if your precinct is one of those affected below.

  • Albright Precinct Southern High School, 631 Southern High School Rd, Graham Temporary- COVID Location
  • Central Boone Trinity Worship Center, 3157 S. Church Street, Burlington Permanent – New Location
  • Boone 5 Elon Elementary School, 720 Walker Rd, Elon Temporary- COVID Location
  • South Graham South Graham Elementary, 320 Ivey Rd, Graham Temporary- COVID Location
  • Haw River Haw River Elementary School, 701 E Main St, Haw River Temporary- COVID Location
  • North Melville E.M. Yoder Elementary, 301 N Charles St, Mebane Temporary- COVID Location
  • Melville 4  Old Mebane Recreation Center, 209 W Jackson St, Mebane Permanent – New Location
  • Morton Western Middle School, 2100 Eldon Dr, Elon Temporary- COVID Location

4. Alamance County needs election workers for the 2020 Elections!

Wondering what you can do to help ensure local elections meet the challenges of this health crisis?

Check this link to the Alamance County Election Official Application. We especially need elections workers during the 17-day early voting period. We have a new early voting location at the Elmira Community Center in Burlington and we have newly expanded weekend voting, including Sunday voting. This means we need more elections workers than in the past. And the COVID virus has meant that many of our predominantly older elections workers who are more vulnerable have chosen not to return to work this year’s election.You can also fill out the NC State Board of Elections Democracy Heroes form to be contacted by BOE staff: https://www.ncsbe.gov/get-involved


Get Your Absentee Ballot Now!!!

APPLY ONLINE HERE

Call Alamance Board of Elections for an“Absentee Ballot Request Form” at 336- 570-6755

  • Complete request form immediately upon receipt.
  • Return electronically, by mail or take to Alamance Board ofElections at 115 S. Maple Street, Graham from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.
  • Mail out of ballots began SEPTEMBER 4.
  • Complete Ballot ASAP upon Receipt.
  • Follow Instructions Very Carefully. HERE
  • Make Sure You Have One Witness.
  • Make Certain Envelope Certification is Signed!
  • Return completed ballot to Alamance Board of Elections by mail or in person ( No Drop Boxes in NC)
  • If mailing your ballot use the NCBoE tracking tool BallotTrax HERE

Nervous About Voting Absentee? FAQs HERE



What is Power of the Pen?

The Power of the Pen is a persuasion and Get Out the Vote (GOTV) effort in which Democratic women are writing personalized letters to registered Democratic women who are sporadic in their voting habits and need to hear from regular votes like you about the importance of this election. Sign up to write 20 letters to fellow Democratic women in Alamance County and encourage them to vote in this essential election year.

Sign Up Here

Click the sign up link or email dw@alamancedemocraticparty.com

Make Your Community Your Priority

Make Your Plan to VOTE!

Information HERE

Candidate Information Here


99 Reasons to Flip NC

29. TO DECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA

Despite 80% support by North Carolinians for medicinal use and 45% for recreational use, NC remains one of 16 states that totally restricts the use of marijuana. Democratic bills introduced in the 2017-18 legislative session would decriminalize possession for personal use, but the NC GOP has completely blocked these bills. Given the strong racial bias in the enforcement of drug laws, decriminalizing marijuana would be a major step toward racial justice in NC.


Change is coming to Alamance

We have a real opportunity to change leadership in our state and in the country   Every vote we turn out for Democrats increases the likelihood that we will take back the White House and add a Democratic Senator to Congress. 

Be Part of It!

Contact : chair@alamancedemocraticparty.com


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