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“The most disastrous session since women got the right to vote…” (Audio)

As Wednesday’s Fitzsimon File runs down the list of Democratic women who will not be returning to the General Assembly after this year, Rep. Deborah Ross has ended speculation about her political future. Ross tells Policy Watch that she will seek re-election, even as many female legislators are feeling unwelcome on Jones Street.

But the Wake County Democrat bluntly describes the past year as “the most disastrous session since women got the right to vote.”

She notes that Republican-led budget cuts disproportionately affected women and minorities as government jobs were shed, with cuts to state Medicaid also primarily impacting women and their families.

Ross, who appears on News & Views this weekend, says even moderate Republican women don’t seem to feel welcome, and unfortunately will not have a voice in the policy debate moving forward.

For a preview of Rep. Ross’ radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below:

4 Comments


  1. Jack

    February 8, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Again it shows that not only are the Republicans being punitive in their actions toward North Carolinas but being specific as to who is being targeted for punitive action within the larger frame work of their efforts to turn back the clock.

    Call it “turning back the clock” or “going retro” we are being set up for a return to the days when discrimination and actions of violence were the accepted norm.

  2. Frances Jenkins

    February 9, 2012 at 7:36 am

    The truth matters as least sometimes. I submit the fault of departure from leadership is the Democrat Party of North Carolina. Words of support are given but in the end a small group of white, old-middle age men control every heartbeat of the party. There has not been an aggressive policy to have woman in high places of leadership. Democrats talk the talk but they do not walk the walk. Bev never made a move without Jim Hunt.The second cause is corruption in the Democrat Party. The loss of Basnight, Rand, Easley,Black left the party without a plan and without leadership. Money is a factor but in the election of 2010, the Republicans spent $11 million and the Democrats shelled out $15 million in the General Assembly races. The problem of women and other candidates leaving falls in the lap of the Democrat Party of North Carolina. Just my thoughts.

  3. Alex

    February 9, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Deborah Ross needs to get a life ! Democrats have been manipulating voting districts for years. As they say, if she can’t stand the heat get out the kitchen.

  4. david esmay

    February 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I don’t know who’s writing under Frances this morning, the name’s the same, the voice is different, but you do make a couple of valid points and your description of the dems could very easily apply to both parties. I think the state would be best served if women of both parties had control of the GA, aside from the ideologues of the TP. The fact that women are losing their voice in the GA does not bode well for any of NC citizens. NC has 5.79 million registered voters and 3.1 million are women, I think it’s time for them to support each other and flex a little political muscle.

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