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The good people at Common Cause NC will be holding a news conference in Charlotte today. This is from the announcement:

“Former Charlotte mayor Richard Vinroot, a Republican and former Raleigh mayor Charles Meeker, a Democrat will be announcing today their partnership in seeking to end gerrymandering in North Carolina.

Both mayors want politics taken out of the redistricting process and will be creating a new coalition called
North Carolinians to End Gerrymandering Now

When: News conference- noon (Thursday, May 8, 2014)
Where: Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson law office board room, suite 1900 101 N. Tryon Street, downtown Charlotte”

Let’s hope the event (and notably the presence of longtime conservative Republican Richard Vinroot) has the desired impact — especially on the conservative state senate which has blocked redistricting reform previously.

 

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State of Conflict NCIn case you haven’t gotten a chance to see it yet, the good people at Common Cause NC will be screening “the documentary every North Carolinian should see”  twice more this week.  Here are the times and locations for Bill Moyers’ “State of Conflict: North Carolina”:

  • TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. in Raleigh (Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough Street)
  • Thursday March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Wilmington (Jengo’s Playhouse, 15 Princess Street)
Questions? Email the folks at Common Cause  at stateofconflictnc@gmail.com.
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State of Conflict NCIn case you haven’t gotten a chance to see it yet, the good people at Common Cause NC will be screening “the documentary every North Carolinian should see” three times next week. Here are the times and locations for Bill Moyers’ “State of Conflict: North Carolina”:

  • Sunday March 2 at 3:00 p.m. in Durham (Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Avenue)
  • Tuesday March 4 at 7:00 p.m. in Raleigh (Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough Street)
  • Thursday March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Wilmington (Jengo’s Playhouse, 15 Princess Street)

Sunday’s event will also feature a panel discussion led by Jeremy Collins of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Beth Messersmith of Moms Rising and Bob Hall of Democracy North Carolina.

Questions? Email the folks at Common Cause  at stateofconflictnc@gmail.com.
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State of Conflict NCThe good people at Common Cause NC are taking the controversial documentary produced by veteran journalist Bill Moyers and his team, State of Conflict: North Carolina, on the road. This is from the announcement for the first showing this weekend in Chapel Hill:
Why is North Carolina dramatically changing directions?  Our schools are receiving less money, our laws protecting the environment are being rolled back,  our programs helping citizens in need are being eliminated.  What’s the causing this shift in priorities and how do we put our state back on track?  Come to a free showing of this Bill Moyers documentary, State of Conflict: North Carolinaon Sunday, February 16, 2014, 2pm at Extraordinary Ventures, located at 200 S. Elliot Street, Chapel Hill
Other dates an venues already set include: Read More
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From the good people at Common Cause NC:

North Carolina kills pre-registration law as Colorado enacts its own.

As North Carolina repeals the law allowing 16 & 17 year olds to pre-register to vote, Colorado becomes the 9th state in the nation to adopt such a law.

Earlier this month, Governor Pat McCrory signed into law the bill (H589) to end the pre-registration program, five days after Colorado’s new law went into effect.

“It’s a real mystery why the legislature and the Governor feel a program that enhanced high school civics education and allowed 16 & 17 year olds to pre-register to vote has to end,” said Bob Phillips, Common Cause North Carolina executive director.  

“The program was virtually cost free and helped young people understand the importance of voting. How can that possibly be a bad thing?”   Read More