Category: Voting and Elections

Built Not Bought

Consider this. In all our imperfections, “Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” (Reinhold Niebuhr). Support those who would protect and improve democracy by championing the lives of our working people: Sam Edney, Norm Bossert and Phillip Price.

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North Carolina’s gerrymandered map is unconstitutional, judges rule, and may have to be redrawn before midterms

A panel of three federal judges held Monday that North Carolina’s congressional districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to favor Republicans over Democrats and said it may require new districts before the November elections, possibly affecting control of the House.

The judges acknowledged that primary elections have already produced candidates for the 2018 elections but said they were reluctant to let voting take place in congressional districts that courts twice have found violate constitutional standards.

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Arrested, Jailed and Charged With a Felony. For Voting. A Conviction will Prevent them from Voting Again.

The case against the 12 voters in Alamance County — a patchwork of small towns about an hour west of the state’s booming Research Triangle — is unusual for the sheer number of people charged at once. And because nine of the defendants are black, the case has touched a nerve in a state with a history of suppressing African-American votes.

Local civil-rights groups and black leaders have urged the district attorney to drop the prosecution, saying that black voters were being disproportionately punished for an unwitting mistake. African-Americans in North Carolina are more likely to be disqualified from voting because of felony convictions; their rate of incarceration is more than four times that of white residents, according to the Prison Policy Initiative, a nonprofit organization.

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We have the first documented case of Russian hacking in the 2018 election

Microsoft had already announced that Russian hackers had gone after “three candidates” in the 2018 election, but hadn’t revealed who they were. Identifying McCaskill specifically as a target is incredibly revealing: She’s only up on her Republican opponent by one point in the RealClearPolitics average. If Democrats lose her seat, they face a very tough road to win back the Senate in November. Helping Republicans defeat McCaskill (or another Democratic senator in a Trump-voting state) would be perhaps the single biggest boost that Russia could give to the GOP — and, by extension, to President Trump.

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House conservatives move to impeach Rosenstein

The articles of impeachment accuse Rosenstein of failing to appoint a second special counsel to review the FBI’s actions in the Russia probe — a demand some Republicans have been making for months. They note that Rosenstein himself could be a witness to elements of Mueller’s investigation and argue he should recuse himself. Subsequent articles fault Rosenstein for refusing to provide certain documents and concealing others, allegations the Justice Department has sharply denied.

The articles of impeachment also chastise Rosenstein for refusing to share with lawmakers the memo outlining the scope of Mueller’s investigation. The Justice Department has refused that request on the grounds that it would impede the ongoing probe.

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FIGHT BACK AGAINST ANTI-VOTER CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

If approved, all of these amendments would be permanent changes to the North Carolina Constitution that could not be changed by the governor or future legislatures and that give current lawmakers a “blank check” to fill in the details later on how these dramatic changes are implemented. They are all extreme proposals that would give more power to the legislative branch to pick our judges, make voting harder, appoint their friends to run key agencies, and give political donors huge tax breaks.

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NC lawmakers may hold special session to write ballot wording for amendments

Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue said Republicans are trying to tip the constitutional balance of power in the legislature’s favor.

“Republicans are serving their own interests, not the people’s interest,” he said.

“It’s trying to take all of the power from the people, that the people have given to their government, and arrogate it to the legislative branch of government. I don’t care if there are Democrats in the majority or Republicans in the majority, that cuts very strongly against the basic structure and the core of the government in this state.”

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