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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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New and sobering analysis from the nonpartisan experts at Democracy NC:

“Democracy North Carolina

For Release Wednesday, January 11, 2012 – Contact:Bob Hall, 919-489-1931

Election Officials say say New Districy Plans Threaten Secrecy of the Ballot and Integrity of NC Elections:  19 Counties Face Special Hardship

Statements from election officials across the state provide new reasons for concern about the controversial district lines that zigzag through and split up hundreds of precincts to create the new district boundaries for state legislators andNorth Carolina’s 13 members of Congress. 

 The election professionals are not taking sides on whether or not the new district maps discriminate against African Americans or give one political party an unfair advantage over the other. However, in affidavits filed with the Wake County Superior Court, they say the maps will confuse voters and poll workers, make elections harder and more expensive to administer, and even jeopardize the secrecy of the ballot for thousands of voters. Read More