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N.C. Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Redistricting Case PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 September 2015 05:34

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - It was back to court Monday for North Carolina's embattled election districts, which were redrawn by Republicans following the 2010 U.S. Census, as required by law.

Earlier this year the high court ruled the maps are constitutional, but those challenging the maps as discriminatory have received another shot at making their argument due to an order from the U.S. Supreme Court requiring North Carolina justices to review the case in the wake of a ruling on Alabama districts.

Alabama was told it had given too much credence to numerical percentages when drawing its election district boundaries. North Carolina must now take another look at this state's district through the prisim of the Alabama case.

State Sen. Bob Rucho of Mecklenburg County, a key player in the district maps, maintains they are "fair and legal." Opponents say the district lines dilute the influence of African American voters.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 05:35
Rep. Patrick McHenry To Chair Jeb Bush's North Carolina Leadership Team PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 31 August 2015 06:01

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Jeb Bush's North Carolina team has taken shape, led by Rep. Patrick McHenry, who will lead the steering committee for the Florida governor, according to the Jones & Blount street blog.

Three Republican state legislators have also signed on to the Bush effort. They are Rep. Charles Jeter of Mecklenburg County, Rep. Brent Jackson of Sampson County, and Rep. Tom Apodaca of Henderson County.

Two former Pat McCrory advisors also are with the Bush team: Jonathan Felts and Dion Clark.

N.C. Democrats Pitch Need For Voting Rights Institute PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 28 August 2015 05:25

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Durham legislator Mickey Michaux is urging Democrats to help fund a grassroots effort by the state party to fight back against what he terms "voter suppression."

In a fundraising email, Michaux signed on to the following message:

 "I remember standing on the front lines during the civil rights movement besides many people who fought and died because we believed then, like we do now, that every single voter deserved fair and equal access to the ballot box.

We’ve won an important battle, but the war against voter suppression is not over.  According to an Elon University research report, over 90% of our college campuses had no Early Voting location on campus in 2014. That’s not acceptable, considering 18 counties had wait times over an hour in early and Election Day polls in 2014.

Voting is a fundamental right and we need to be increasing access to the polls, not eliminating precincts and voting locations. That’s why I’m working with the North Carolina Democratic Party to fund and develop the North Carolina Voting Rights Institute that will train and support activists like you across the state to stand up against voter suppression.

Will you donate $10 today so that we can begin building this program from the grassroots up? Together, we will be Victory Ready in 2016 and make sure our voters are not denied access to voting on election day.

Onward to Victory,

Representative Henry M. Michaux, Jr."

PPP: Hillary Clinton Leads Democratic Field In North Carolina With 55 Percent PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 August 2015 05:50

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Bernie Sanders is drawing huge crowds for his presidential run, but here in North Carolina, rival Hillary Clinton continues to lead the field.

Public Policy Polling data shows Clinton has 55 percent of Democratic primary voters' support, while Sanders has 19 percent.

Jim Webb follows with 5 percent, Lincoln Chafee and Martin O'Malley with 2 percent each, and Lawrence Lessig with1 percent.

Speculation about Vice President Joe Biden has ramped up this week. Clinton told reporters she wants Biden to make the best decision for himself and his family.

Biden recently lost his son, Beau.


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