"What Can I Do?"
Since the election, that's the question people keep asking.
Here’s my answer: If you live in North Carolina, your best shot at making a big difference is to help break the GOP supermajority in the state legislature.
Why? Because now that Roy Cooper is Governor, if we break the GOP supermajority in either the state House or the state Senate, he can use his veto to shut down the far-right agenda coming from our state legislature.
Here's how we do it.
The Political Situation in North Carolina
In the North Carolina state legislature, Republicans have supermajorities in both the state House (74-46) and state Senate (35-15). That means they can pass any bill and override any veto.
It’s important to understand that the GOP supermajorities in our state legislature are not the result of the GOP’s popularity, but are rather the result of the extreme gerrymandering they conducted while implementing the new districts in 2011.
In short, they were in charge of drawing the districts, and they drew them to pack as many Republicans into the state legislature as possible. As one of them recently said, “I think electing Republicans is better than electing Democrats. So I drew this map in a way to help foster what I think is better for the country.”
As a result, the GOP is in total control of the legislative process. As you know, this has led to a slew of far-right bills that have brought our state considerable negative attention, most prominently including HB2.
But there’s an opportunity to change that. A federal court ordered a new round of redistricting due to the unconstitutional manner in which the GOP used race the last time they drew the districts.
The result is a significant increase in the number of competitive seats.
So here’s the opportunity: Use the new districts to break the supermajority in at least one of two chambers. If we can do that, we will be able to sustain Gov. Cooper’s vetoes, and that will completely change the political landscape by putting a crucial check on the absolute power currently held by the GOP.
We can give our candidates a strong start by connecting them with a group of volunteers who are ready and motivated to lend a hand. Through this website, we've already recruited 2,300 volunteers for races across the state!
If you’re willing to be a volunteer for a candidate in your area, let us know.
(By the way, here's What It Means to Be A Volunteer in A State Legislative Campaign.)