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Is this the end of partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina?

By admin / 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 admin / 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 admin / 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 admin / 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 admin / 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 admin / 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 admin / 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 admin / 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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Gov. Cooper Puts GOP Lawmakers on the Spot to Redraw New Districts ASAP

By admin / June 14, 2017

Republican lawmakers have the ability to draw new legislative maps quickly; they’re just flat out refusing to. This is why Gov. Cooper has called them out and reminding them that the Supreme Court of the United States, among other courts, have said the current legislative districts are unconstitutional and they’re refusing to fix the problems.…

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Russian Hacking Attempts in…North Carolina?

By admin / June 7, 2017

A National Security Agency leaked document was released Tuesday that claims Russian spies infiltrated a voting machine company that is used in North Carolina and a few other states. Following this hacking, the Russian spies sent emails to several election officials in an attempt to obtain their login information. The NSA, however, is unclear if…

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