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State Democratic Party urges Democrats to descend on legislature on Monday in abortion protest

The state Democratic Party is putting out the word that it wants a big crowd at the Moral Monday protest on Monday to show opposition to the anti-abortion bill making its way through the legislature.

"As I'm sure you know, Republican extremists in the State Senate pushed through anti-choice legislation that, if enacted into law, would put North Carolina on the path toward Texas-styled conservatism,'' writes Robert Dempsey, the Democrat's executive director. "Our rights are under attack at every level in a move that unparalleled in our state government.

Dempsey asked that Democrats assemble at state party headquarters before the rally near the legislature and that they wear pink to show solidarity with women's rights.

A House committee is scheduled to take up a bill enacting new anti-abortion restrictions on Tuesday morning.

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Robert Dempsey to take helm at N.C. Democratic Party

State Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller on Friday announced his selection of Robert Dempsey as the party's new executive director.

Dempsey comes with experience as the Vermont Democratic Party's executive director and previously worked for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Voller will present his pick to the state party's executive council Tuesday, he said in an email to party leaders Friday evening. "Mr. Dempsey will come to North Carolina with a depth of experience that we need to start winning again," Voller wrote. "He is ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work for North Carolina Democrats."

With the announcement, Voller said he is relinquishing his role as interim executive director. He acknowledged his rocky turmoil in his first 100 days with questions plauging his spending after a trip to Las Vegas and the firing of party staffers. "During the first 100 days we have made great strides, but there have been challenges and misunderstandings, too. I ran on the ideals of reform and accountability, but I realize we haven’t fully achieved these goals yet," he wrote. "There have been some errors and missteps. We continue to take measures to correct these mistakes. But, ultimately I am the Chair and I take full responsibility."

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