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U.S. Civil Rights Commission Will Meet In North Carolina, Hotbed Of Voting Rights Struggle

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 […]

January 24, 2018
Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Republicans

How The Republican Obamacare Repeal Shuts Out The Poor

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.

March 1, 2017
North Carolina Governor

North Carolina Governor Gets Initial Win In Fight Over Cabinet

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.

February 8, 2017
Bathroom bill, Texas, LGBTQ

Super Bowl Glare Fixes Attention On Texas ‘Bathroom Bill’

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.

January 27, 2017
North Carolina

Judge Blocks Law Limiting Incoming North Carolina Governor’s Power

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.

December 30, 2016
North Carolina, Transgender, HB 2

North Carolina Governor-Elect Working To Repeal Transgender Bathroom Law

Incoming governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said Republican leaders of the state legislature planned to call a special session on Tuesday to repeal the law, known as HB 2.

December 19, 2016
Pat McCrory, North Carolina, GOP

Broadcast News Ignores North Carolina GOP’s Unprecedented Power Grab

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

December 16, 2016
Roy Cooper, North Carolina

North Carolina Republicans Try To Strip Powers From Democratic Governor-Elect

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.

December 15, 2016

Supreme Court On Gerrymandering: ‘Is It Politics Or Race?’

A divided Supreme Court questioned whether race or politics was the main factor used in drawing the controversial legislative districts in Virginia and North Carolina.

December 6, 2016
North Carolina

North Carolina Governor Concedes Election To Democratic Opponent

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory finally conceded the state’s contested gubernatorial race to Democrat Roy Cooper, almost four weeks after the Nov. 8 election.

December 5, 2016
Trump Clinton swing states close

Trump Has Slight Edge On Clinton In Several Battleground States

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.

November 8, 2016
Voting, Hacked, Russia, Election

North Carolina Extends Voting Time In Eight Durham County Precincts

North Carolina has extended voting times in eight Durham County precincts after problems with electronic voting rolls there earlier in the day, the state election board said on Twitter.

November 8, 2016
Republicans attempted to limit voting in North Carolina

How Republicans Lobbied To Limit Voting Hours In North Carolina

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.

November 3, 2016
Police probe arson attack on GOP office in NC.

Police Probe Arson, Graffiti Threat at North Carolina Republican Office

Police in North Carolina sought leads on Monday about a fire they said was deliberately set at a local Republican headquarters over the weekend.

October 17, 2016
Businessman and real estate developer Donald Trump greets U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Romney after endorsing his candidacy for president at the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas. Trump could lose more states than Romney this November.

Landslide? 5 States Mitt Romney Won That Donald Trump Could Lose

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.”

October 17, 2016
Hurricane Matthew Floods North Carolina

Hurricane Death Toll Reaches 19 In Flooded North Carolina

Rivers swollen by rainfall from Hurricane Matthew rose dangerously high in North Carolina as the state faced its worst flooding in 17 years.

October 13, 2016
Ohio voters cast their votes at the polls for early voting in the 2012 U.S. presidential election in Medina, Ohio, October 26, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk

Which Voters Show Up When States Allow Early Voting?

Supporters of voting rights say partisan politics drives objections to early voting — which can particularly boost voting among minorities, a constituency that tends to vote Democratic.

September 23, 2016
Governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory introduces candidate for U.S. Senate Thom Tillis (R-NC) at a campaign stop in Raleigh, North Carolina October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Keane

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Bid To Reinstate North Carolina Voting Limits

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.

August 31, 2016
A selection of handguns are seen for sale at the Pony Express Firearms shop in Parker, Colorado December 7, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Lawsuit: Trump Campaign Didn’t Act After NC State Director Pulled His Gun On A Staffer

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.

August 11, 2016
Redistricting case goes to the supreme court

BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Says North Carolina Voting Laws Discriminate Against Black Voters

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.”

July 29, 2016
Julian Raven, a supporter of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, holds his artwork at the Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

5 Reasons Donald Trump Still Won’t Be President — And 1 Way He Could

As a demagogue with an unprecedented appeal to bigots and more experience exaggerating or lying about his charitable donations than serving anyone, his problems have only just begun.

July 18, 2016
Voter ID laws, Texas

Changes To North Carolina Voting Laws Could Put Thousands Of 2016 Ballots At Risk

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.

July 15, 2016
Texas governor Greg Abbott is given directions before an interview with CNBC on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in this July 14, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files

Texas Leads The Way In Transphobia, Yet Again

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.

May 26, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama returns to the White House in Washington after a visit to Flint, Michigan, to address that city's water crisis, May 4, 2016. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan

White House to Public Schools: Let Students Use Whatever Bathroom They Want

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.”

May 13, 2016

Cartoon: The Transgendered Police

Think you can flout the law in North Carolina?!

May 11, 2016