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NC's non-compliance with NVRA is no accident

It's part of a pattern of voter suppression to keep the GOP in office:

Congress requires biennial reports on the Act’s implementation from the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC). The latest report, released this week, contains evidence of poor compliance with the law, especially with those provisions designed to register citizens with lower incomes.

In the same report issued four years earlier, North Carolina and Virginia reported 72,128 and 32,368 registration applications. In the new report, these states’ agency registration applications dropped to 33,332 and 14,497.

That 54% reduction in registrations does not represent "business as usual," it reflects a systemic change in operational procedures. Somebody (or bodies) brought this change about, and the only way to determine how that happened is to look at e-mails and (paper) memoranda. Breaking the law by mistake is one thing, but purposely undermining it is quite another.

Daily dose: One door closes, another opens version

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UNC Poverty Center closes, NC Poverty Research Fund opens (Facing South) -- As the UNC Law School’s Poverty Center closes, the Law School now launches the North Carolina Poverty Research Fund . Thanks to the generosity of North Carolina foundations, and engaged and committed citizens from across the country, the new Fund will allow us to hire student, faculty and post-doctorate scholars to assist us in probing the causes of, and solutions to, economic injustice – and to publish, extensively, the fruits of our research. Donors have indicated repeatedly that they are unwilling to see the crucial work of the Poverty Center driven from the halls of the university. The Fund will assure that it continues, and that it continues in Chapel Hill. Censorship has poor track record. It won't prevail here either.
http://www.southernstudies.org/2015/07/voices-unc-poverty-center-closes-nc-poverty-resear.html

Tarheel Founding Fathers: Abner Nash

North Carolina's 2nd post-colonial Governor spent most of his adult life representing his constituents, and his last breath was taken on the floor of the Continental Congress in 1786, at the ripe old age of 46. Not an outspoken man, but he was a true patriot, who spent many sleepless nights worrying about the safety and well-being of both the militia volunteers and civilians caught in the middle of our struggle for independence.

The "polluter protection bill" needs to be dropped in the dustbin

And then both should be incinerated and the ashes buried in a lined pit:

The bill would, among other things, reduce the number of air-quality monitors in the state, relax the protection of intermittent streams from development and eliminate the financing for recycling of old computers and TVs. It would still be illegal for these items to be tossed into landfills. But without state financing, and with financing for such programs from municipalities uncertain, some people might toss their electronic equipment into landfills, where its hazardous chemicals could leak into our groundwater and well water.

There’s a provision that would make it easier for the state to recover legal fees from people who unsuccessfully challenge environmental impact in two broad categories. “It would make anyone considering an environmental lawsuit, in many instances, far less likely to do so, because it could make them responsible for the state’s legal costs,” Molly Diggins, the director of the Sierra Club’s North Carolina chapter, told our editorial board Thursday.

And surprise, surprise, Trudy Wade's devious fingerprints are all over this toxic mess of a bill.

Who will be Charlotte's next mayor?

Charlotte mayoral candidates

The candidates running for mayor in Charlotte are campaigning hard and so far only one has gone negative with a push poll. Jennifer Roberts conducted a poll with negative, leading questions about the other Democrats in the race. Her team claims it isn't a push poll because it isn't close enough to the September primary, and it isn't a large enough sample.

Daily dose: The Klan is hiring edition

Local NAACP and Garner condemn KKK fliers left in Cleveland neighborhood (Raleigh News & Observer) - Local NAACP members condemned the KKK’s attempt to recruit in a local neighborhood and urged black churches to be mindful of potential attacks against them, at a news conference in Garner Thursday.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/garner-cleveland-record/article26195269.html

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