Some Triangle college campuses could lose early voting sites as county election boards across the state seek to secure locations that meet new voting requirements.
Tracy Reams, director of the Orange County Board of Elections, said moving the early voting location had nothing to do with the students.
She said there were a number of issues with the previous location at Rams Head Dining Hall, including difficulty with curbside voting and scheduling around football games and other campus events that require the use of parking decks.
Don't you believe it for one minute. Republicans didn't craft the new law with some vague ideas about accessibility. They had specific targets in mind, and college students were high on that list of targets. Which is one big reason why they are trying desperately to conceal their communications while they were plotting this attack on Democracy:
In the latest response in a months-long back and forth between the federal agency and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, USDA administrators say the state is still at risk of losing federal funding for the food stamps program. If the state doesn't fix the massive backlog of cases, that could happen as soon as mid-March.
The USDA also questioned the state's claim that implementation of the Affordable Care Act was to blame for many of the difficulties.
"It should be noted that many other States have implemented ACA without the dramatic impacts on SNAP that have occurred in North Carolina," USDA Regional Administrator Robin Bailey wrote to DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos Thursday.
My understanding is that only the administrative funding is at risk (subsidizing Wos' staff?), but not the money for the actual food stamps themselves. If she loses that funding, will the Legislature step up and pay for the administrative costs? If they don't, and delays get even worse, what's the next step? Has the USDA ever taken over a state's food stamp disbursement? Somehow I get the feeling the only people who will suffer from this are the same ones who usually suffer, the poor.
In an update last week for the Environmental Review Commission, legislators heard from lobbyists on both sides of the issue while contemplating another attempt to limit environmental regulations at the local level. The commission is composed entirely of legislators and recommends environmental bills to the full legislature.
“The thought was just how far should cities and counties be allowed to go in enacting ordinances with a particular emphasis on areas where the state may already have rules in place,” McGrady said.
Considering the behavior of local elected officials is also subject to the scrutiny and approval of voters, they should be allowed to go as far as local residents want them to. If Republicans really believed in the sanctity of private property, they wouldn't try to force people owning property in a given area to accept dangerous industries or irresponsible development, which can (and often does) drive property values down. That is literally taking money away from one person so someone else can make more money. Once again I find myself having to make the Libertarian argument, because there aren't any real Libertarians around. More:
Submitted by scharrison on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:09pm
There's no demonstrable or relevant difference between these folks and the rest:
Via the Associated Press:
NAACP President William Barber says lawyers representing protesters were told Wednesday that charges are being dropped against those arrested at the Moral Monday protest May 20. Barber says the cases were dismissed after two protesters tried Tuesday were acquitted by District Court Judge Joy Hamilton.
District Attorney Colon Willoughby did not know the total number of dismissals, but said his office plans to move forward with the remaining cases.
And by continuing this farce you're not only ignoring precedent, but the cost associated with these unnecessary proceedings will fall squarely on your shoulders, not the protestors, as you have previously claimed. Give it a rest, pal.
The case before the appeals court has morphed several times since it was filed in 2007 by four killers facing death sentences arguing the state's lethal combination of three drugs was unconstitutionally cruel and unusual. The appeal comes after a trial judge sided with the state in 2012.
But then the General Assembly changed state law in June to give Gov. Pat McCrory's appointed head of the public safety agency authority to decide on the procedures for lethal injections. State Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry issued a 20-page manual in October describing how workers at Central Prison and the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women would carry out executions.
For those who still think being critical of Art Pope is a waste of time and resources, consider this: when one man, who is a former Pope puppet whom voters were not given the chance to choose, can issue dictates on not only how and when people will be put to death, but what questions reporters are even allowed to ask, you're talking about a level of power and influence not seen since the colonial (crown) governors of pre-independence days. So no, thank you, we will not cease exposing this assault on Democracy.
North Carolina civil rights leaders plan to honor Martin Luther King Jr. by holding a Moral Monday march in Goldsboro. Organizers said the march Monday on the King Holiday is the 24th Moral Monday protest since lawmakers left Raleigh in July.
North Carolina NAACP President William Barber is expected to speak at the 4 p.m. rally. He will also be in South Carolina on Monday morning as the keynote speaker at that state's King Day rally in Columbia.
Suffice to say, Reverend King would not be pleased with NC's recent civil rights record.
Gov. Pat McCrory could not have a more loyal lieutenant than Susan Kluttz, secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. Even though she’s a lifelong Democrat, the former Salisbury mayor expresses unqualified support for McCrory, even though the Republican governor has taken a sharper turn to the right than many moderates expected. … Governor McCrory is identified with a political agenda that’s overtly disinterested in the problems of the poor. He has rejected a federally-funded expansion of Medicaid to some 500,000 North Carolinians, and he signed into law cuts in unemployment benefits so deep that the state was disqualified from federal benefits for the longterm unemployed.
Kluttz opened a speech in Salisbury last week touting the impact of those very steps. “I’m a part of an administration that began on Jan. 5, 2013,” she said. “At that point, unemployment was 9.4 percent, the (fifth) highest in the nation. The state owed the federal government $2.5 billion. There was a $500 million overrun in Medicaid, and state government was receiving much negative feedback about customer service. …”
Don't get me wrong, being a Democrat in McCrory's bent administration isn't inherently wrong. There are thousands of Democrats working diligently in their particular departments. But when you stand in front of a crowd and give your blessing to policy decisions that have harmed tens of thousands, you have become part of the problem, not part of the solution. And when the tides turn once again, don't expect to be able to ride that wave back to the land of the trustworthy. It's not like she doesn't have a crisis of her own:
Starting at the end of Reconstruction following the Civil War, North Carolina and other states used official and unofficial means to stop poor and black citizens from voting. North Carolina’s 1900 constitution required that voters pay a poll tax and be judged as literate by the local voter registrar, who could choose tough questions for some voters and easy questions – or none – for others. The constitution also included a grandfather clause that exempted from the poll tax those entitled to vote as of January 1, 1867. Between 1896 and 1904, nearly all black voters, including many thousands who had voted before, were removed from the voting rolls, and nearly all black officials were driven from office.
While this first assault on minority voting rights was eventually turned back in the 1960's, similar yet not so blatantly obvious methods were adopted shortly after the turn of the 21st Century, by the now moribund Republican Party (see footnotes) which rose to power under questionable circumstances, likely due in part to the Great Recession which plagued much of the world during this era:
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