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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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NC Libertarians: Republican anti-voting bill "a nightmare for free elections"

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I was thinking earlier today, which one of the N.C. Republican Party's moves in the General Assembly this year is the worst. The competition is stiff. But throwing obstacles in the way of voting is certainly in the running for worst, because it screws with a fundamental pillar of self-government. Which is what the Libertarian Party of N.C., not a bunch of flaming lefties surely, had to say this morning: Libertarian Party opposes HB 589 RALEIGH (July 24) - The Libertarian Party of North Carolina issued this statement by J.J. Summerell, party chair, regarding HB 589: “Just when it didn't...

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Bob Hall: Senate rewrite of H-589, out today, is an anti-voting nightmare written by political bullies.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 11:38 AM

[Updated to correct the bill number in the headline. Not Senate Bill 589, but House Bill 589 as rewritten by the Senate. Sorry: RJG.] When I need to know about election laws, I turn to Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carollina. He's the expert. He's also seen it all, so he doesn't exaggerate, doesn't say the sky is falling when it isn't. Hopes for better days even when it is. Today, as the Senate Republicans unveil what is perhaps the worst anti-voting bill in any state since Jim Crow and prepare to push it to enactment over the...

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Friday, July 12, 2013

[Updated x 2] Pat was there: Governor's tale has grain of truth, at least

Posted By on Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM

[Update x 2: McCrory spokeswoman confirms, Governor hasn't been at a protest, but he does walk from the Mansion to the Capitol — which is not really what he said on Wednesday. The question remains why he won't listen to the protesters or meet with their leaders? http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/12/3026255/mccrory-says-he-mingles-with-protesters.html] When Gov. Pat McCrory told a reporter in Wilson on Wednesday that he frequently wades into the Moral Monday crowds, perhaps he meant that he sometimes walks by — incognito — with his earbuds on. @patwasthere — hahaAnyway, after I posted on Facebook that the Governor's claim to have been a regular...

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