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One of the more interesting developments in state political world last week was the news that right-wing groups behind the big media buy that attacked Governor Perdue and misleadingly defended the reactionary, teacher-slashing 2012 state budget need to disclose who paid for the ad campaign. Good government watchdog Bob Hall of Democracy NC has called the matter to the attention of the State Board of Elections. A review of the law makes it clear that Hall is right.

The dispute centers on whether Governor Perdue — a target of the ads — meets the definition of “candidate.” Here is the relevant statutory provision: Read More

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Just weeks after passing a resolution in favor of marriage discrimination, the Wake County Board of Commissioners is back at the business of interfering in state-level matters (and providing a free platform for Commissioner Paul Coble to run for Congress).

NC Policy Watch has learned that the conservative-dominated board will take up a resolution (see below for the text) at its next Meeting (Monday March 19) in support of the voter-suppression bill (House Bill 351) — the proposal to mandate that all North Carolina voters display a government-issued photo ID that was vetoed by Governor Perdue last year. Read More

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Tomorrow is the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United ruling that bestowed free speech rights on corporations. As noted here yesterday, the date is sparking a bevy of protests and other actions around North Carolina that should draw a large number of citizen activists.

Lest, however, one get the impression that it’s only the unwashed masses who oppose the dark turn in American politics that the Court’s decision introduced, check out this morning’s Link of the Day from the good people at Democracy-North Carolina highlighting new national poll results that show small business owners oppose the ruling and its impacts as well: Read More

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From our friends at Democracy-NC:

Saturday, January 21st is the second anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United ruling that said corporations are people and money is speech.

Thankfully, real people are using real speech to fight back. We need to hear your voice, too – and your help to tell others!

  • On Friday, you can join one of the nationwide “Occupy the Courts” events marking the anniversary. There’s one in Raleigh, and you can use this link to find events from Wilmington to Asheville.
  • On Saturday, Democracy NC hosts a special forum in Rocky Mount about the practical impact of Citizens United on your utility bill, health care and personal finances.
  • Whether or not you attend an event, mark the anniversary by signing our petition – or sending this message to others – to stop the flood of corporate money in politics.

For background, here’s a brief video with the animated story of Citizens United.

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