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Voting rights trial update: Telltale timing of law catches judge’s attention

| February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Steve Ford, NC Council of Churches, published in NC Policy Watch, February 8, 2016. It was just one little comment, perhaps ventured with the flicker of a wry smile. But we can doubt that Tom Farr saw the humor in being ribbed by a federal judge. Farr, attorney for the defendants in a challenge […]

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Not so super

| February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, February 8, 2016. You could feel the air go out of the entire state of North Carolina. Panther Nation was more deflated than Tom Brady’s footballs. The best offensive moves of the night were by Beyonce, not Cam Newton. Now Cam’s getting knocked down as much as he got […]

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Slapped twice, legislators face choice

| February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Charlotte Observer, February 8, 2016. When a parent reprimands a child for bad behavior, the child has a choice: Straighten up and fly right, or dig in and double down. Ten days ago, six of North Carolina’s seven Supreme Court justices (three Republicans, three Democrats) agreed that the legislature had overstepped its authority […]

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Hold the primary but fix the maps and process too

| February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, February 9, 2016. That possibly apocryphal Chicago electoral advice about voting early and often may become a reality for some North Carolina voters this year. Even as absentee voters fill out their primary ballots, federal judges ruled two North Carolina congressional districts are unconstitutionally drawn and racially discriminatory. The judges ordered […]

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Trash our districts

| February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, February 9, 2016. North Carolina’s congressional map belongs in the trash. But practical necessity argues for keeping it for one more election. A panel of federal judges ruled Friday that the legislature violated the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause when it drew the 1st and 12th congressional districts in 2011. It […]

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Human costs of Medicaid expansion

| February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Katherine Restrepo, John Locke Foundation, February 9, 2016. North Carolina would face a substantial fiscal impact if the legislature agreed to opt for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. But expansion also would lead to human costs. I’ll touch on three: 1. Private coverage crowd-out  If North Carolina were to expand Medicaid, approximately 180,000 North Carolinians who currently benefit […]

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A perpetual state of uncertainty

| February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, February 8, 2016. For the third decade in a row, North Carolina’s election process is being interrupted because a court found redistricting unconstitutional. Republicans blame the court for the disruption but they have nobody to blame but themselves. They drew the dubious districts and they moved the primary season knowing that […]

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How Republican is North Carolina?

| February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, February 8, 2016. How Republican is North Carolina? My answer is 63. I realize this number has no meaning to you right now. I’ll explain it. For starters, I’m not saying that 63 percent of North Carolina voters are Republicans. Not even half of them are […]

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Federal judge panel rules NC district maps unconstitutional

| February 7, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Jones and Blount, February 6, 2016.  A three judge panel in federal court ruled Friday that North Carolina’s congressional districts are drawn to favor race and therefore unconstitutional. While the district maps have been the subject of lawsuits for years, this decision deals the North Carolina primary election a huge blow Friday, with just 39 days until […]

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The dynamic of The Donald and the dollars

| February 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Dr. Ada Fisher, Republican National Committeewoman, published in The Salisbury Post, February 1, 2016. Lingering in the psyche of the American public seemingly unappreciated by both political parties and particularly the media is the fact that the public has begun to understand they have been duped by those manipulating them for press/advertising and political/lobbying […]

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