Democracy

2020 legislative maps finalized, congressional maps still up in the air

By Eleanore Wood / November 19, 2019 /

Could it be? Is our long statewide nightmare over gerrymandered political maps finally over? Well… not quite yet. The 2020 legislative maps appear to be final after the State Supreme Court declined last week to take up yet another legal challenge. However, we’re still waiting to find out whether the newly-passed congressional maps will pass a court…

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The News & Observer: At morning-after protest, Rep. Butler talks about her ‘meltdown’ on the House floor

By Eleanore Wood / September 13, 2019 /

North Carolina Representative Deb Butler, a Democrat, talks about her ‘meltdown’ on the NC House floor, when she shouted “I will not yield” at Republican Speaker Moore. Butler spoke at a rally outside of the Legislature Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.

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Is this the end of partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina?

By Eleanore Wood / September 10, 2019 /

Last week, a three-judge panel in Wake County ruled unanimously that lawmakers violated the state constitution by gerrymandering the state’s legislative districts for partisan gain. Lawmakers have until September 18 to draw new maps using strict nonpartisan criteria and in public view, with the new maps subject to review by the court before the 2020 election. For…

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The Washington Post: Too many voters live under minority rule. Here’s why.

By Eleanore Wood / September 9, 2019 /

A three-judge panel has unanimously ruled that North Carolina’s legislative maps are unconstitutionally gerrymandered. Our Republican-led state legislature has been ordered to draw new maps by September 18th. The last time Republicans were tasked with redrawing their unconstitutional maps it was done behind closed doors and still took away the voices of the people. We…

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Democracy advocates force changes in voter ID bill

By Eleanore Wood / December 4, 2018 /

Last week, democracy advocates including Progress NC, the NC NAACP, Democracy NC, and NC Voters for Clean Elections held a day of action demanding that lawmakers not disenfranchise college students and other groups with their flawed new voter ID bill. Thankfully several of these demands were met, but the new bill still desperately misses the…

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The Washington Post: Retired Justice Stevens calls Kavanaugh’s hearing performance disqualifying

By Eleanore Wood / October 5, 2018 /

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens has said he doesn’t believe that Brett Kavanaugh is the right person for the job of Supreme Court justice. And it’s not just Justice Stevens. Add to that over 2,400 law professors who think Kavanaugh is not a good fit. Yet the Republican-dominated Senate is still trying to ram his…

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Winston Salem Journal: We should join Forsyth judges standing up to legislative attacks

By Eleanore Wood / April 30, 2018 /

Legislators in Raleigh have had unconstitutional bill after unconstitutional bill struck down by the courts.  Their answer is to try to take over the courts and appoint judges themselves in order to pass their extreme agenda without interference. Judges from both parties are speaking out against this undemocratic idea.  It’s time our legislature stop this attack on…

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Senators refuse to release public comments, but poll shows strong disapproval of judicial attacks

By Eleanore Wood / January 9, 2018 /

As lawmakers return for special session, a wide majority of voters disapproves of legislative attempts to rig the court system for partisan gain RALEIGH — A week ago, Progress NC submitted an open records request to the Senate Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting for the public comments collected by the committee regarding their plan to gerrymander…

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Senate committee on judicial “reform” must let the public see public comments

By Eleanore Wood / January 3, 2018 /

Senate committee on judicial “reform” must let the public see public commentsLawmakers must release public comments on judicial gerrymandering proposal before January 10th special session RALEIGH — Progress NC released the following statement on Wednesday ahead of the 1pm meeting of the Senate Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting, which is weighing a number of proposals that…

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Federal Judges Request NC Acts Quickly on Gerrymandered Districts

By Eleanore Wood / June 21, 2017 /

Four days after the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously ruled 28 of North Carolina’s legislative districts unconstitutional, three federal judges released a memorandum stating they plan to act quickly. These judges have the ability to call for special 2017 elections and are requesting that the North Carolina General Assembly acts quickly in redrawing…

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