Category: North Carolina General Assembly

North Carolina GOP motto: If you can’t win your case, rig the courts

North Carolina Republicans have been fighting for gerrymandered districts and suppressive voting laws for years. They’ve won too many victories. But they’ve also faced major defeats, principally in court. As Republicans await adjudication of a new round of critical cases—some dealing with their outrageous power-stripping moves against Gov. Roy Cooper (D)—they’ve changed their focus from laws to judges. Republicans’ sallies against individual judges are getting bolder (and more appalling).

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Why North Carolina thinks $200 per K-3 teacher will help all kids learn to read

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced a $4.8 million plan to buy books, digital subscriptions and other reading aids for 479,000 K-3 students across North Carolina.

The allotment comes to $200 per teacher in those grades and will be distributed this month to school districts and charter schools. It’s part of North Carolina’s Read to Achieve program, a long-running quest to improve reading that has so far fallen short. $200 per teacher? Certainly a measure of the esteem our state government holds for public education.

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The Year of Reckoning for Gerrymandering

The message from the courts and the public is clear: we need fair redistricting now.
“I propose that we draw the maps to give a partisan advantage to 10 Republicans and three Democrats, because I do not believe it’s possible to draw a map with 11 Republicans and two Democrats,” Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) told his redistricting committee in February of 2016.

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In power struggle with GOP lawmakers, Cooper wins election board revamp lawsuit

Attorneys representing Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders make their arguments before a three judge panel as Cooper contests a restructuring of the State Board of Elections and the Ethics Commission. Cooper contends it takes away too much power from him and he can’t execute his duties. Legislators argue it has the authority to remake the boards.

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Support an Independent Judiciary

Last October lawmakers in Raleigh CANCELLED the primary election of judges in 2018. This means that your 2018 ballot will be chaotic and will be nearly impossible for voters to make informed decisions when voting for judges. The cancellation of this election is just one step in the Republican plan to rig our courts in their favor. Last week, the General Assembly came back to Raleigh with schemes to dismantle independent courts. And in the face of hundreds of protesters from across the state, the politicians backed down, left town, and did nothing.

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CLC Analysis of Efficiency Gaps in Proposed North Carolina Maps Indicate Large Partisan Bias

The efficiency gap is one of several tools that can be used to gauge the level of partisan symmetry in a redistricting plan. Partisan symmetry exists when a district map gives political parties an equal opportunity to translate votes for their candidates into legislative seats. Previous analysis conducted by CLC in January 2017 showed with certainty that the post-2010 redistricting cycle is the most extreme partisan gerrymandering in modern American history.

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NEWS ALERT: NC NAACP Statement Special Master to “Cure” the Racism infecting NC’s Voting Maps Drawn in 2011 by Extremists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 3, 2017 Contact: Tyler Swanson, tyler.swanson@naacpnc.org NC NAACP President Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman Speaks Out  Special Master to “Cure” the Racism infecting NC’s Voting Maps Drawn in 2011 by...

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April
  • 19

    6:00 pm-8:30 pm
    04/19/2018
    Coffee Carts
    1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, NC 28712, USA

    Community Compost Raising

    You have heard of a barn raising.
    Join us for a community drop-off
    compost raising!

    When: April 19th at 6 pm

    Where: Coffee Carts
    1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, NC

    Hosted by: Moving to Conservers

    All are welcome! Please join us!

    We will be constructing a community
    compost drop-off site at Coffee Carts
    and celebrate with a community potluck!
    Bring a dish to share and your own
    non-disposable place setting. This is
    a zero-waste event.

    For more information email jbwkjc@gmail.com

  • 28

    8:00 am-12:00 pm
    04/28/2018

    The annual spring plant sale by the Transylvania Master Gardeners, The Transylvania Garden Club, The French Broad Garden Club and the Heritage Museum will be held Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Brevard Ingles parking lot on Asheville Highway. This will be the second year in this location and it allows very easy access and plenty of parking for customers.

    The annual plant sale raises funds to support gardening and landscape projects throughout Transylvania Count including the Master Gardeners projects including those at Silvermont and the Pisgah Ranger Station and scholarships provided by the garden clubs.

    Come early for the best selection from a large variety of high quality, locally raised perennials, annuals, vegetables, trees and shrubs. Local gardeners also will be on hand to offer advice.

    The plant sale takes place rain or shine. Admission is free.

    For more information, contact the Transylvania County Extension office, (828) 884-3109 or mmickew@ncsu.edu.

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RSS US House Activity Excerpt

  • H.R.5447
    Music Modernization Act (04/25/2018 legislative day)
  • H.R.3144
    To provide for operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System pursuant to a certain operation plan for a specified period of time, and for other purposes. (04/25/2018 legislative day)
  • H.R.4009
    Smithsonian National Zoological Park Central Parking Facility Authorization Act (04/25/2018 legislative day)
  • H.Res.839
    Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4) to reauthorize programs of the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3144) to provide for operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System pursuant to a certain operation plan for a specified period of time, and for other purposes; […]
  • H.R.256
    Protect Our Military Families' 2nd Amendment Rights Act (04/25/2018 legislative day)

RSS US Senate Activity Excerpt

  • PN1761
    Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Secretary of State, vice Rex W. Tillerson. (04/25/2018 legislative day)
  • S.Res.429
    A resolution commemorating the 59th anniversary of Tibet's 1959 uprising as "Tibetan Rights Day", and expressing support for the human rights and religious freedom of the Tibetan people and the Tibetan Buddhist faith community. (04/25/2018 legislative day)
  • S.Res.401
    A resolution designating May 5, 2018 as the "National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls". (04/25/2018 legislative day)

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