Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 8:03pm
Well, I have to admit that I missed a real doozy of a blog post/op-ed penned by one of our esteemed state Senators, Bill Cook back in August. Cook serves in the First District, which includes Beaufort. The Beaufort Observer has the op-ed online and a link to the full original on Cook's blog.
Submitted by Mojo Mom on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:27am
by Amy Tiemann
A white Republican challenging black students' right to vote has a 97% success rate at removing these young minority voters from the rolls. Is that what we want for North Carolina?
It is starting to sink in that North Carolina's new voting laws go way beyond voter I. D.--which is problematic in itself--and lead straight into voter suppression. Now the U.S. Justice Department is suing the state for alleged racial discrimination in the laws. We thought era of poll taxes and bogus literacy tests was over in North Carolina, but now it looks like Justice Department intervention is necessary to keep our moderate Southern state from tumbling into new era of voter suppression.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 3:21pm
NC Policy Watch is reporting that Art Pope's Civitas posted two pieces strongly critical of Gov. Pat McCrory, but has pulled them.
One criticized McCrory on his veto of the drug testing for those receiving public assistance.
Then last Tuesday, Pope-Civitas director Francis DeLuca authored a lengthy article in which he attacked McCrory for speaking at an event that also featured speakers from the Institute for Minority Economic Development (a group DeLuca derided for having worked with Rev. William Barber’s Historic Thousands of Jones Street Coalition). The article even highlighted the fact that Yolanda Stith, wife of McCrory chief of staff Thomas Stith, is a lobbyist on behalf of one of the conveners of the event.
Today, both articles appear to have all but vanished from the Pope-Civitas websites.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Fri, 06/28/2013 - 5:49pm
The Institute for Southern Studies is reporting that Civitas has added salary information from publicly employed individuals to their "database" of Moral Monday protestors.
Civitas announced the expansion to include public worker salaries in the newsletter it sent out this week.
"As more people have gotten arrested at the protests," Civitas said, "we've continued our analysis of what they are up to -- including the salaries of those protesters on the public payroll."
In a promotion for the database on the front page of its website, the group refers to "Tax Payer Funded Protesters."
They also make the connection to similar intimidation tactics that were recently used in Koch controlled Wisconsin that might give you a clue on how the state legislature and the McCrory administration might want to use this data in the future:
Submitted by Rick Vogel on Fri, 06/21/2013 - 10:47pm
It would appear that the geniuses at Civitas are suggesting, not claiming mind you but just intimidating, that there must be some voter shenanigans involved because the driver's license address does not match the voter registration address of some Moral Monday civil disobedience protestors.
To vote in North Carolina, you must meet the following requirements:
Must be a U.S. citizen.
Must be a resident of North Carolina.
Prior to voting, must be a resident of the county for at least 30 days prior to election day.
Must be at least 18 years old or will be 18 by the date of the next general election.
Must rescind any previous registration in another county or state.
If previously convicted of a felony, the person’s citizenship rights must be restored.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Fri, 06/21/2013 - 2:53pm
Buzzfeed has a fascinating little piece about a "Liberty Hackathon" that the Koch's organized in order to bring more "techies" into working for conservative causes. The idea was to appeal to the libertarian side of techies and have them gather and work with actual voter information.
The CEO of StumbleUpon agreed for the Silicon Valley company to host the event. Then, things got weird.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 2:29pm
IndyWeek, seeing the story on Civitas's posting of personal information on Moral Monday protestors, has turned the tables on Civitas, giving background information on the people that make up the organization. They note that the list of individuals working for Civitas disappeared from the organization's website as they were working on the story and the irony of Civitas's calls for transparency while being so secretive about itself.
Civitas Institute is a conservative think tank funded largely by the Pope Foundation, which has given it more than $8 million since its founding in 2005—about 97 percent of its income. It is a tax-exempt nonprofit. Art Pope sat on the institute’s board of directors until Gov. Pat McCrory appointed him as state deputy budget director.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 11:05am
The Huffington Post has an open letter from Duke Consitutional Law Professor Jebediah Purdy on the Civitas online database - complete with mug shots and information about employers and voter registrations - of individuals arrested during the Moral Monday protests.
You've made some really solid aesthetic choices here. The dull, column-ruled, sans-serif layout that we have to click through ten names at a time, like we were turning the pages of a Registry of Deeds? So retro. It's like 1950s public record in a county courthouse. ...
The design choices set the mood for what you're really trying to communicate here: 1950s, blacklists, loyalty oaths, right? Am I feeling you?
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