Category: North Carolina General Assembly

‘Why are we competent to make this kind of decision on appointing judges?’ GOP lawmaker asks.

In yet another chapter of the NCGA attempt to hijack the NC judiciary, the current effort is to strip the governor of his constitutional right to appoint judges to fill vacancies. That is seen as the best way to restructure society,

Rep. Justin Burr, a Stanly County Republican who has been leading an effort to change election districts for judges across the state, resurrected a House proposal to change how some judicial vacancies are filled.

Under the plan, which has not yet gotten Senate approval, the legislature would fill vacancies on the district court and for special judges.

Currently, the governor fills vacancies in the district courts, which handle traffic cases, custody disputes and misdemeanor criminal charges. Attorneys in the district where the post is vacant make appointment recommendations, but the governor can choose someone not on the list.

Judges who are appointed then must stand for election, and Republicans interested in changing the process say that gives Cooper too much of a hand in the judicial process.

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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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    The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will necessarily be a multi-year undertaking. The Summer of 2017 through the Spring of 2018 will be used as the public launching of the Campaign. By engaging in highly publicized civil disobedience and direct action over a 6-week period in at least 25 states and the District of Columbia during the Spring of 2018, the Campaign will force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, poverty, militarism and environmental devastation during a key election year while strengthening and connecting informed and committed grassroots leadership in every state, increasing their power to continue this fight long after June 2018.

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