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As we write this week’s Advocate, following Hurricane Dorian’s minimal impact to the Raleigh area, we send our thoughts out to those in Eastern North Carolina who were more directly affected.

What’s in this edition?

  1. Happening on Jones Street
  2. What does the AHP decision mean for you?
  3. Meet the Government Affairs Team
  4. #HowDoYouBackThePAC
  5. Congressional Recess Roadshow
  6. Lobbyist at your door
 
Happening on Jones Street

As the General Assembly takes an extended Labor Day break, that doesn’t mean that action has stopped on important issues for our state and our industry.

One important development over the past week was the decision on Tuesday by a three-judge panel which ruled that 78 (57 House districts and 21 Senate districts) of the state’s 170 legislative district maps were unconstitutional, partisan gerrymanders. This means that these districts will have to be redrawn in advance of the 2020 elections. You may remember that these same district maps we ordered to be redrawn in 2017 following a separate legal challenge to the original maps which were created in 2011 following the 2010 Census. The decision ordered the General Assembly to redraw the maps in the next two weeks so we expect to see a flurry of activity next week when both chambers return to work.

It is also possible that legislators will need to consider disaster relief for those affected by Hurricane Dorian as well.


 

What does the AHP decision mean for you?

As soon as we were notified that the Governor was going to allow Senate Bill 86 to become law, our focus shifted to understanding what this decision meant for our members and our ability to offer these plans. We have fielded emails from across the state asking this and many other questions, and we wanted to make sure that we clearly articulate the next steps. NC REALTORS® CEO, Andrea Bushnell recorded a video which provides information about the how things will move forward.

You can view it by clicking on the image below or by visiting https://youtu.be/woxk74yV4Ro.


 

Meet the Government Affairs Team

Learn a little more about all of the great people working for you and with you

In this new section we will feature profiles of each of the members of the NC REALTORS® Government Affairs team. We will be going in order from our newest employees to those who have been on the team for many years. This week, you get the chance to meet Katharine Wendt, NC REALTORS®’ State Grassroots Coordinator & Regional Government Affairs Director.

NAME Katharine Wendt
TITLE State Grassroots Coordinator & Regional Government Affairs Director
HOMETOWN Atlanta, GA
ALMA MATERS Sweet Briar College & University of Massachusetts
FAVORITE QUOTE OR SOMETHING THAT INSPIRES YOU “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”—Arthur Ashe
FAVORITE MOVIE The Devil Wears Prada
WHY DID YOU WANT TO JOIN THE NC REALTORS® TEAM? I was interested in joining the NC REALTORS® team to gain government affairs experience with a trade association and engage with members on issues important to them.
FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF My childhood home is part of the set of the AMC TV show The Walking Dead.
 

NC REALTORS® PAC Fundraising Update

#HowDoYouBackThePAC?

Join us for NC REALTORS® PAC’s DJ Bingo Night at XCHANGE ‘19!

September 16, 2019
8pm-10:30pm
Grand Ballroom, Pinehurst Resort

We’re switching this up this year. Get ready for DJ Bingo – a fun, interactive game for all ages that will test your musical knowledge. We’ll play a song clip, and you’ll have a limited time to figure out the song title and if it’s a match on your bingo card. We suggest you play as a part of a team because most likely no one will know all the song titles. There is no entry fee to play and everyone receives a complimentary drink on us!

While you are there you can participate in our raffle benefitting NC REALTORS® PAC! There will be dozens of great items up for grabs that night, and raffle tickets are only $5 each! Tickets can be purchased at any time during convention from an NC REALTORS® PAC trustee or at the NC REALTORS® PAC booth.

Congressional Recess Roadshow: Rep. Mark Walker and Rep. Richard Hudson

Congressional Leaders, Local Connections

Throughout the next couple of weeks, NC REALTORS® and the NC Homeowners Alliance will be hosting events with members of the North Carolina Congressional delegation during the summer Congressional recess. These events are coordinated by each Representative’s Federal Political Coordinator.

Representative Mark Walker joined REALTORS® on Thursday in Greensboro to discuss a variety of topics important to our industry. The town hall, led by his Federal Political Coordinator Kevin Green, allowed the members present to engage in conversation with the Congressman. The topics included NIFP renewal, GSE reform, and the recent spike in wire fraud. The Congressman thanked the members for bringing him personal examples of how these important national issues affect our local community.

Also, this week Bradley Cohen, Federal Political Coordinator for Representative Richard Hudson had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion with the Congressman and other representatives from the business community in his district. Bradley provided insight to the group on the area housing market and many of the important REALTOR® priorities.

Finally, a few weeks back, FPC Bill Aceto led a listening session with Congresswoman Virginia Foxx. During that discussion, attendees discussed the importance of Association Health Plans and our work in support of their allowance in North Carolina. Following Senate Bill 86 becoming law, Representative Foxx, as the ranking member of the Committee on Education and Labor issued a statement applauding the legislation. You can read the full statement here.

Thank you to all of these Federal Political Coordinators for their great work!

 

Lobbyist at your door

Invite NC REALTORS® Government Affairs staff to your next meeting

With summer membership meeting season kicking off, NC REALTORS® is reopening the Lobbyist at your Door program. This program allows you the opportunity to invite a member of the NC REALTORS® Government Affairs team to your next local association or brokerage meeting. Attendees will get the inside scoop on what is going on in Raleigh and how the decisions of elected officials impact your business, your clients, and your industry.

Interested? Email Seth Palmer [spalmer@ncrealtors.org] to get on the calendar.
 

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