Clawing our way back to democratic integrity in NC

Essentially, North Carolina has been operating for the last 2000+ days with illegitimately elected legislators acting like authoritarians. So bad are the state's voting-district laws, they've been called 'the worst in the world.' The News&Observer headline was shocking: “North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy.” Having studied gerrymandering,

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Washington Post: N.C.’s battle over voting rights intensifies

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) The Washington Post reports that "rumors are circulating in Raleigh about a new Republican voter identification bill. The bill comes after federal judges struck down a previous version because they said it targeted African Americans “with almost surgical precision.” Voting rights advocates are convening emergency meetings to

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Follow the money in the plastic bags

Senator Bill Cook says he wants to give the Outer Banks 'the freedom to choose what they want to do.' Here's why that's just not true. Only a few days before Sen. Bill Cook put the Senate bill to repeal the plastic bag ban on a fast track, the National

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When gerrymandering runs wild

Last December, the Electoral Integrity Project (EIP) reported that, based on a study it had done, North Carolina can no longer be considered a democracy. The state scored 7 out of 100 for the integrity of voting district boundaries and 58 out of 100 for overall electoral integrity. The rankings

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AP Exclusive: Price tag of North Carolina’s LGBT law: $3.76B

Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina's "bathroom bill" isn't hurting the economy, a new Associated Press analysis has determined the law will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over the next dozen years. More than $525 million will be lost by the end of 2017 alone. The

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North Carolina among 18 states working to curb protesters’ rights

Since Donald Trump’s election, Republican legislators in 18 states, including North Carolina, have introduced or voted on bills to curb mass protests and protestors’ rights. According to the Washington Post, "Some bills are considered necessary by lawmakers to counter the actions of ‘paid’ or ‘professional’ protesters.” The White House and

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