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Hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving! With a couple weeks before Christmas, we'll spend the next couple weeks looking at stories reflecting on the midterms and what we can do to start preparing for the 2019 municipal elections and the 2020 election.

WHAT HAPPENED

STORIES FROM THE NATION

Let's jump right in to 2020. How can we prepare for the coming election? Heather Higgins, the CEO of the conservative Independent Women's Voice, has some thoughts: The Hill

The two most popular governors in America are Republicans in deep-blue states: Charlie Baker in Massachusetts and Larry Hogan in Maryland, who both won re-election handily while their states re-elected Democrats up and down the ballot. How did these Republicans defy the odds and what lessons can we take from their victories? Real Clear Politics

Democrats made gains in the suburbs, that's no secret. The question on everyone's minds: are these gains permanent? The data says they may only be temporary, but the possibility the suburbs swing back to right of center is not a reason to not continue robust grassroots in those areas. The New York Times

With the tax reform came not only the strong economy we are seeing today, but the Opportunity Zones program. This has been a project of SC Sen. Tim Scott and it can be used to appeal to disadvantaged urban areas. Read more about Sen. Scott and the $100 billion question: Politico

After making some anti-Semitic comments to resounding applause at the UN, liberal CNN commentator and Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill was fired. Newly elected Democrat Minnesota Rashida Tlaib came to his defense and you'll never guess what she had to say about Israel. The Washington Free Beacon

The U.S. Senate has introduced the First Step Act, aimed at criminal justice reform. NC included some reforms in a couple bills last year with overwhelming support. Newt Gingrich has a pretty good op-ed on what this bill does and why it should pass Congress: The Washington Post

STORIES FROM NC

The short-on-details-long-on-rhetoric from the NC Democrat Party's campaign platform included Medicaid expansion via Obamacare. Just like many Democrat policies, once people find out how much it will cost, support drops dramatically. NC Civitas

The Cooper administration has some serious transparency problems despite promising to be the most open administration in history. What aren't they telling the people of North Carolina about the appearance of pay-to-play surrounding the approval of The Atlantic Coast Pipeline? We deserve answers. The News & Observer

Democrats like to use the statewide "popular vote" totals for legislative districts as the reason behind a proportional representation style of government (despite it being soundly rejected by the Founders). Want some pushback on this ridiculous talking point? Read on: Carolina Journal

If you missed it earlier, the North Carolina State Board of Elections removed a member of the Haywood County BOE because of partisan online behavior, which is not allowed as a member of a neutral board. What about the current chairman of the State Board Democrat Andy Penry? The News & Observer

Voter fraud exists, despite the constant clamoring from Democrats. So, what is going on in Bladen County in relation to some absentee ballots? Read on with this caveat in mind: the amount of absentee ballot irregularities will NOT change the outcome of the 9th Congressional District election: WRAL

The people of North Carolina spoke loudly and clearly this election: they want voter ID. Lawmakers reconvened in a continuation of the short session to write the enacting legislation. It's already passed the Senate with bipartisan support and is on to the House. What does the bill do? The News & Observer

CANDIDATE SPOTLIGHT

SUPREME COURT

During all the upcoming county meetings or holiday parties, talk about the judicial races for 2020. Let's start with Justice Paul Newby. Paul Martin Newby is the Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, having first been elected in 2004. Justice Newby is an Adjunct Professor at Campbell University School of Law, where he teaches courses on state constitutional law and appellate practice. He is also the co-author of The North Carolina State Constitution with History and Commentary (2d ed. 2013) with Professor John V. Orth of the University of North Carolina School of Law. The North Carolina Bar Association honored Justice Newby in 2011 with its Citizen Lawyer Award, and in 2012 he received its John McNeill Smith, Jr. Award, recognizing his work in the area of constitutional rights and responsibilities. In recognition of his professional service, Justice Newby received the James Iredell Award and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Southern Wesleyan University. Check out his Facebook page here. 

2019 MUNICIPAL RACES

A lot of the focus has been on 2020, but don't look so far ahead that we forget about the 2019 municipal elections. Building the urban and suburban bench starts there, as well as fine-tuning the 2018 ground game for 2020. Start planning now to elevate city council and mayoral races, work on the county grassroots structure, and go mining for data with GOTV programs. This is not a short-term program because our sights have to be on 2020 for what might be the most important reason of all: redistricting. More to come.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Mecklenburg County GOP is hosting a volunteer appreciation party tomorrow! Need details? Go here: https://mecklenburg.nc.gop/meckgop_volunteer_appreciation_christmas_party

 

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

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