Mary Ann Brittain - A State as Good as its People

"The purpose of life is… to make a difference – to have it matter that you lived at all." - Mary Ann Brittain One of our earliest encouragers, Mary Ann Brittain, has passed away. Today, we celebrate her life, one of immense purpose for the betterment of all. For decades, Mary Ann worked in concert with others to make the natural environment come to life for school children and teachers at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and, with her late husband Bill, offered love to foster children and helped change the face of children's services in group homes. She also led a coach-pitch little league baseball team. We share her obituary here: Mary Ann lived and worked in communities all across our State.  She knew the worth of each individual, and the impact that informed, committed North Carolinians can have to effect change. North Carolina would not be where it is today, and our desire to rectify wrongs would not have been fueled as intensely as it was and remains, were it not for the tireless, often unheralded work and leadership of neighbors like Mary Ann Brittain. It’s why we’re committed to restoring forward-looking leadership to our State that has given us so much, a State as good as its people. We send our sincere gratitude, prayers, and sympathy to the family of Mary Ann Cromer Powell Brittain. A neighbor who made a difference, whose example lives on. It mattered that she lived.

October Surprise: It's House to House

October seems a long time away.  It's not.  And it's the final push to definitively Break the State Legislative Supermajority. You've heard of an "October Surprise" in politics, an event orchestrated to influence the outcome of an election.  The wind is at the back of challengers, and we're keeping our foot on the pedal of support for them through Election Day, to limit any surprises to come. We're also preparing for our own October Surprise.  Sign up now to host a house party in your neighborhood for a challenger who can Break the Supermajority, sustain our Governor's vetoes, and get North Carolina back on track.  (Late September and early October are great times to send a message to the overreaching Legislators in Raleigh.) We call our house party guide "House to House," because we’re in an electoral fight to the finish all across North Carolina, and the election will be decided by bringing neighbors together to turn outrage into action.  Please stay tuned for supplements to this guide that incorporate canvassing, voter education, and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) information.  P.S. To sign up to host a house party for a challenger in your home, or help, please click on this link and sign up.  If you need more information please contact us at or call 919-283-4819.  We’re partial to house parties on *October 1 in particular, which will mark five years working to restore the forward-looking NC we know.

Envision victory: Prepare to sprint

“Politics is the science of human happiness - and the felicity of societies depends on the constitutions of government under which they live." - Founding Father, John Adams, writing in early 1776 in response to a request from drafters of North Carolina’s Constitution, some of whom would go on to sign the Declaration of Independence. Five years ago this summer, volunteers across North Carolina started working on a plan to help Break the State Legislative Supermajority and restore balance and moderation to the forward-looking State we’ve known, culminating in the formation of Now or Never NC. We’ve backed 7 new State House members thus far, a majority of whom are women or African-American.     On Memorial Day, we remembered those who have died in service to our nation. Every day, we honor their sacrifices by exercising the freedoms they helped secure, freedoms enshrined in our federal and State Constitutions. Today, the unconstitutionally-gerrymandered Supermajority is ramming through a $24 Billion budget released by them just last night, without input or debate for the first time in recent history. As in the past, we’re in a political struggle for the heart and soul of our State and nation, and we choose to fight here at home. With 5 years behind us, and the election just 5 months away, we’re envisioning victory, inspired by the words of John Adams, incredible candidates, and your ongoing support.  Together, we’re built for this moment, and we’re preparing for the sprint to the finish, lifting up and endorsing candidates across the State, and engaging with North Carolinians and friends of the Tar Heel State across the nation. So, rest up. Prepare to sprint, with victory in mind.  (May 29, 2018)

2017 Elections: Wilmington Thursday, June 15

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that the Legislative Supermajority created unconstitutional, racially gerrymandered districts. On Wednesday, Governor Cooper called a special session for Legislators to fix this mess, which has disenfranchised voters and cost taxpayers dearly; but yesterday, the Legislative Supermajority balked at doing even that. Enough. We have to win State Legislative seats at the next election, which could be as soon as later this year.  We’re not waiting for districts or confirmation of elections in 2017.  Please join us this evening next week in Wilmington as we prepare for the hard work ahead:  Wilmington next Thursday: Indochine restaurant, 7 Wayne Drive, Wilmington (Market Street at Forest Hills), 5-7pm, Click here to visit our Facebook event page.  No contribution required. RSVP appreciated via our Facebook event page or email Appetizers, and complimentary beverage for those who RSVP.  Please join us.   Now or Never NC P.S. Elections do not win themselves. Please donate online here.  We need just 3 more State House seats to break the Legislative Supermajority, free our Governor’s veto, and help restore our State. Of course, no matter what happens, we still need to end gerrymandering. Help us support top challengers who support redistricting reform and who want a competition of ideas again in North Carolina. Please join us.   Paid for by Now or Never NC

Legislative Disasters: Special Suggestion - Do No Harm

Despite hollow protestations from vulnerable State Legislators to the contrary, our citizens have been on the receiving end of unwanted advances from an overreaching disaster of a Legislative body.  Whenever wise investment has been needed to advance our people, or North Carolinians need a hand up, our Legislature has responded with one misguided move after the other, and recently another one came to light. Hurricane Matthew has decimated part of our State, and we are reminded that our “leaders” raided the our State’s “rainy day fund” of $500,000 needed for disaster relief.  Our elected officials are now contemplating a special session in Raleigh next week; the last time they did that they passed the unmitigated job-killing disaster that is HB2.  We have a suggestion (a "special suggestion" to the Legislature) for any special session: first do no harm.  Please join us in supporting winnable race challengers who can break the Legislative supermajority and who will go about the actual business of restoring our State.  Donate here. Now or Never NC

Next Wave of Winnable Race Candidates: washing away division

Our journey home continues and the list of candidates who can return us to the North Carolina we know is expanding.  As selected early this year, Now or Never NC’s initial wave of endorsed candidates for the State Legislature are running in the most winnable of districts based upon historical data (and strategically overlapping districts in the west and northeast): candidates Ball, Beasley, Judge, Schandevel, Futrell, and Hipps. It is bittersweet to share with you that, because of the continued intransigence and boneheaded moves of our State Legislative “leaders”, and thankfully great challengers running exceptional campaigns in a Presidential election year, our electoral map for State Legislative seats is expanding! Recently, we have compiled and shared information with you on increasingly competitive State House races, and met with emerging State Senate challengers who are now in a position to defeat incumbents. The result is that Now or Never NC anticipates making additional endorsements and statements of support in additional House and Senate races in the very near future. In the meantime, please support our first wave of winnable race candidates: Ball, Beasley, Judge, and Schandevel for NC House,  and Futrell and Hipps for NC Senate. Of course, even with positive trends, precision gerrymandering means there are no shoe-ins. Victories must be earned. So, will you join us? It’s Now or Never for North Carolina, and we’re going home. [Paid for by Now or Never NC]

Our Journey Home

In the coming weeks, we start our journey home to the North Carolina we know. Yes, there may be bumps along the way, though we know who we are, and we know where we’re going. Election Day is less than ten weeks away, with early voting starting sooner. This Labor Day weekend, as we celebrate the contributions workers have made to our nation, let’s also take a moment to strategically plan for a destination: a North Carolina that is once again a forward-looking beacon in the South and leader in the nation. In doing so, we recognize leaders past of both parties, and their extraordinary sacrifices and contributions not merely to improving themselves, but to those around them, their communities, and far far beyond. North Carolinians in our greatest tradition.  By contrast, we know all too well the work of our State’s current “leaders”, and the litany of their senseless, self-inflicted wounds is too long and deep for us to stir over yet again. There is real work to be done in North Carolina. Our citizens face numerous difficulties in their lives. Each circumstance is unique, though there are many common threads, none of which are solved by Legislators bent on destroying, among other things, public education, jobs, and Constitutionally-protected rights and opportunities. It is for those reasons, and a grateful recognition of our own various opportunities and talents, that we band together for a purpose greater than ourselves: to reclaim and restore the North Carolina we know. But we must earn it. So, will you join us? It’s Now or Never for North Carolina, and we’re going home. Now or Never NC P.S. Please click here for a listing of - and to support - our 2016 endorsed candidates. [Paid for by Now or Never NC]

Opportunity: Who We Are, Who We Support

Independence Day provides a moment to reflect on our great freedoms, and how by exercising them, we make them more of a reality for all of us.  Now or Never NC supports State Legislative candidates running in the most winnable races who strongly support public education, redistricting reform, voter access, and who have an appreciation for local government.  We support candidates who can help our next Governor sustain a veto of harmful legislation like HB2, and restore and strengthen our State’s deserved reputation as a beacon in the South and leader in the nation.  We are Independents, Democrats, and Republicans seeking balance and sanity for our State. In 2015, we traveled the State in search of great candidates, and this Spring we introduced you to extraordinary North Carolinians running in four NC House and two NC Senate districts that literally span from Murphy to Manteo, that represent a strong first wave of winnable races in 2016. On this Independence Day, while very hard work lies ahead, we nonetheless see great opportunity in an additional wave of highly competitive races, to help wash away the deep lines in the sand drawn by our current State Legislative leadership.  Briefly in the coming weeks, while we also begin final planning for the Fall, we intend to introduce you to candidates running in that next wave of competitive races.  Please stay tuned for details.  In the meantime, Happy Independence Day! To learn more about Now or Never NC, please see our Mission Statement, Guiding Principles in Supporting Candidates, and review our slate of Endorsed Candidates, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  Thank you. Paid for by Now or Never NC

Upcoming Events!

From the mountains to the coast, Now or Never NC is accelerating efforts to support State Legislative candidates who can win.  In June, we will focus in particular on important winnable races in northeast and northwest NC, where House and Senate districts strategically overlap in each region. We encourage you to participate and join us for these and other upcoming events:  Continue reading

June 1– Warren Judge for NC House: "Local & Coastal"

 An evening with northeast NC’s top Legislative prospects. Continue reading