Reprinted with permission from D.C. Report. The much-derided commission set up by Donald Trump to investigate bogus claims of voter fraud is now disbanded, but our nation’s independent commission on civil rights — founded more than 60 years ago — is meeting soon to talk about federal civil rights enforcement. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will meet Feb. 2 in Raleigh, N.C., the […]
If Trump and Congress repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate and subsidies while leaving insurance market reforms in place, 32 million Americans, many of whom are Medicaid recipients, will lose their health coverage over the next 10 years.
The law was among a series of measures approved by lawmakers in December limiting incoming Democratic Governor Roy Cooper’s executive authority after he defeated incumbent Republican Governor Pat McCrory. Cooper sued to block it, arguing that requiring Senate consent to his cabinet secretaries was unprecedented and unconstitutional.
The cost of the so-called “bathroom bill,” which bars transgender people from using restrooms that match their gender identity, could run as high as $8.5 billion and result in a loss of 185,000 jobs in the first year alone, according to the Texas Association of Business, a conservative group that is the state’s leading employer organization.
A North Carolina judge temporarily blocked a state law hours after incoming Democratic Governor Roy Cooper sued to void Republican-backed legislation lessening his control over state and county elections boards.
Broadcast news has completely ignored an unprecedented move by North Carolina Republicans to limit the power of the state’s incoming Democratic governor. A series of measures put forth by the Republican-controlled legislature have been criticized as a way to subvert the will of the voters
North Carolina lawmakers began debating a bill to require Senate confirmation for cabinet appointments, reduce by 1,200 the number of state employees the governor can hire, and eliminate the governor’s power to pick university trustees.
With voting completed in more than two-thirds of the 50 U.S. states, the race was too close to call in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Virginia, leaving the race for the White House on a knife’s edge.
In emails, state and county Republican officials lobbied members of at least 17 county election boards to keep early-voting sites open for shorter hours on weekends and in evenings – times that usually see higher turnout by Democratic voters.
Donald Trump once bragged about turning New York and California red. Then he promised to strike a path to victory through the Rust Belt. Now, unless something drastically changes in the next few weeks, he will struggle to invalidate the results of a landslide worse than the one suffered by Mitt Romney — the man Trump once maligned as a “choker.”
The court, divided in part 4-4, rejected a request made by Republican Governor Pat McCrory after an appeals court ruled last month that the 2013 law discriminates against minority voters. Five votes are needed for an emergency request to be granted.
According to a lawsuit filed by former Trump staffer Vincent Bordini, the Republican candidate’s campaign failed to act after Earl Phillip, then Trump’s North Carolina state director, pulled a gun on Bordini in February during a trip to Greenville, SC in Phillip’s Jeep.
A federal appeals court has struck down North Carolina’s new voter ID laws, passed in the wake of the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act, saying that the laws “target[ed] African Americans with almost surgical precision.”
A review of Republican-backed changes to North Carolina’s voting rules indicates as many as 29,000 votes might not be counted in this year’s election if a federal appeals court upholds a 2013 law. Besides banning voters from voting outside their assigned precinct on Election Day, this law also prevents them from registering the same day they vote during the early voting period.
In 2015, groups such as Campaign for Houston began a culture-wide propaganda campaign to deny transgender people basic legal protections. Enlisting the likes of former Houston Astros star Lance Berkman and pastor Ed Young, conservatives in the state leaned heavily on the “men in girls’ bathrooms” narrative.
The letter said that “a school must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity,” adding that the DOJ’s interpretation is “consistent with courts’ and other agencies’ interpretations of Federal laws prohibiting sex discrimination.”