She referenced a 2015 state election law which disallowed a contested election for Justice Robert Edmunds, a Republican-affiliated N.C. Supreme Court judge. The law was deemed unconstitutional by the Wake County Superior Court, allowing Democratic challenger Michael Morgan to unseat Edmunds in 2016.
“And that was not the first, nor was it the last, unconstitutional legislation in North Carolina that could only be stopped by the court,” she said.
Inman said North Carolina voters striking down a 2018 state amendment, which empowered state legislators to fill judicial vacancies, was particularly important in retaining the courts’ integrity.
"If that amendment had passed, the same politicians whose gerrymandered districts allow them to choose who elect them, would be choosing the judges who decide whether their legislation violates the law,” she said.
Price addressed the crowd with a call for Robert Mueller’s report of Russian election interference to be publicly released. U.S. Attorney General William Barr released his four-page summary of Mueller’s report on March 24, saying he did not interpret that the report concluded Trump obstructed justice.
“We don’t need the attorney general to tell us about the snap judgement he made in 48 hours that this obstruction of justice is not worth pursuing,” Price said.
Price also defended U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and chairperson of the House Intelligence Committee. Republicans have called on him to resign for alleging collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign.
“It’s precisely because of Adam’s integrity, and his intelligence, and his persistence that Republicans are trying to bring him down — they cannot be allowed to do that,” he said.
N.C. Rep. Verla Insko, D-District 56, said expanding Medicaid has been her primary focus in the state legislature. She said Republicans' inaction could damage the GOP in 2020’s statewide elections.
“I’ve told my Republican colleagues that if they don’t pass that bill, that’s going to be their primary threat to their incumbency in 2020,” she said.
N.C. Rep. Graig Meyer, D-District 50, filed legislation on Friday to fully repeal House Bill 2. He said he supports proposals to provide statewide nondiscrimination protections for all LGBTQ+ people and banning conversion therapy in the state of North Carolina.
He said a reporter asked him why Democrats are pushing such an aggressive legislative agenda as the General Assembly’s minority party.
“I had an answer ready y’all — I said because when we take over in 2020, we want people to know exactly what we’re going to do," he said.