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Last Tuesday night was a tidal shift in North Carolina’s balance of power! With your help, the pro-polluter forces in charge of the General Assembly no longer have the power to automatically override Gov. Cooper’s vetoes.
What does that mean? It means we will have a seat at the bargaining table to make sure more of our voices are represented when making laws and balancing the budget.
Absentee and provisional ballots are still being counted. But right now, 16 candidates endorsed by our Conservation PAC defeated anti-environment legislators. We also successfully re-elected 46 environmental champions, and elected three endorsed candidates who will replace retiring pro-environment legislators.
(After we released the graphics above last Friday, Rachel Hunt took the lead over Rep. Bill Brawley in Mecklenburg County, bringing the total House seat flips to 10!)
Now when the governor threatens to wet his veto stamp, legislative leaders will have to go back to the drawing board until their bills are up to snuff. That is real power, and it happened because you stood up, Richard.
Beyond legislative elections, we also rejected two constitutional amendments which would have threatened our rights to vote and to enjoy clean air and clean water, keeping polluters’ politician pals from handpicking judges and our Board of Elections.
Now we are in the process of forming our Green Caucus in the General Assembly. These environmental champions will advance our shared values and stop the worst environmental bills from seeing the light of day.
Thank you for all of your donations and support to bring us to where we are now. We hope you will stay active in our work in the next two years, as we work to make our Green Caucus a majority caucus in 2020!
Carrie Clark, Executive Director
NC League of Conservation Voters