WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County Democrats met Thursday evening to talk about what they call Republican extremism.
Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-18th District) and county Democratic Party Chair Richard Poole addressed the crowd at a home at Wrightsville Beach.
More than 80 people gathered to talk about ways to support the party.
Party leaders say they want to change the direction in which legislators in Raleigh are heading. Poole says there needs to be an emphasis on women, public education and voting rights.
"(The Republicans) won some elections, and now people are getting to see what it is they want to do now that they control the legislature. North Carolinians are really opposed to the policies of the legislature," Poole said.
Sen. Thom Goolsby, a Republican who represents New Hanover County, had this to say about tonight’s gathering:
"It's sad to see that the liberal Democrats have no new ideas, just complaints. Three years ago, after 140 years in power, they bankrupted our state. Now we have a balanced budget, a new tax plan and a vision to bring North Carolina to greatness. Why can’t we all work together?"