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Sierra Club Endorses Senator Terry Van Duyn for Lieutenant Governor PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 February 2020 09:32

The North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club has endorsed Senator Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe) for Lieutenant Governor. In a release to the media, Chair of the Sierra Club, Ken Brame, stated that, “The Sierra Club is proud to endorse Senator Terry Van Duyn for Lieutenant Governor. Terry has been a champion for our environment in the State Senate. She has continually stood up and spoken out on the issues that matter to all of us. She’s voted to hold corporate polluters accountable and to ensure that everyone has access to safe, clean, drinking water. I know she will continue that fight as Lieutenant Governor.”

In response to the endorsement, Senator Van Duyn remarked, “From the mountains to our coast, every North Carolinian relies on an environment that is safe and clean. In the State Senate, I have been a fighter for clean drinking water and holding corporate polluters accountable, and I will continue that fight as our next Lieutenant Governor.” Van Duyn continued, “Corporate polluters should pay to clean up their own mess and no North Carolinian should be afraid to drink the water in their own home. I am grateful to the Sierra Club for putting their trust in me and I look forward to continuing our partnership as a member of the Executive Branch.”

The Sierra Club’s endorsement is preceded by those of State Auditor Beth Wood (D), former Attorney General and Secretary of State, Rufus Edmisten (D), Professional Fighter Fighters and Paramedics Association of North Carolina and SMART Labor Union, in addition to dozens of elected officials ranging from the General Assembly to town halls across North Carolina.

Senator Van Duyn currently represents Buncombe County in the State Senate. She served as Democratic Whip for two terms and was the lead fundraiser to the Senate Democratic Caucus when she partnered with Governor Cooper to break the Republican supermajority.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2020 09:33
 
Secretary Of State Candidate Sykes Picks Up Endorsement PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 January 2020 10:43
Former North Carolina Lieutenant Governor and Congressman Jim Gardner announced his endorsement of E.C. Sykes for North Carolina Secretary of State.
 
“In my years, I’ve seen many Republican candidates come and go, all claiming to be leaders of a movement and only some who actually demonstrate it. There’s no question in my mind that E.C. Sykes will prove to be the latter,” said Gardner. “The North Carolina values that E.C. has built his campaign on are a refreshing return to the ideals that made North Carolina into what it is today—the best state in the country to do business, raise a family, and build a life. They are exactly what we need to reach our full potential and continue moving the ball forward when it comes to ensuring a prosperous future for generations to come. E.C. has my full-fledged support and I would encourage every other conservative to join me in supporting his candidacy.”
 
A native North Carolinian, Jim Gardner served as U.S. Representative from 1967 to 1969 and as the state’s 30th Lieutenant Governor from 1989 to 1993. In 2013, Gardner came out of retirement in order to serve the state once more when he was appointed as Chairman of the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission by Governor Pat McCrory. He is widely known as one of the few and revered “elder statesmen” in North Carolina politics.
 
“I am humbled to have the support of such a statesman like Lieutenant Governor Gardner. No stranger to adversity, Jim entered politics by defeating a 30-year Democratic incumbent, reminiscent of what we are going to accomplish in this race by defeating Elaine Marshall,” said Sykes. “Jim has been a leader on the forefront of conservatism for over 5 decades—since the days when the Republican Party barely existed in North Carolina. His efforts to advance our shared values are unparalleled. I am honored by his endorsement and promise that I will continue to rely on him for his wisdom and advice as we transform the Secretary’s position here in North Carolina.”
 
Lieutenant Governor Gardner joins several other locally and nationally known conservatives who have signed onto the Sykes campaign, including constitutional scholar Kelly Shackelford and many others from every part of North Carolina.
 
North Carolina AFL-CIO Announces Political Endorsements PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 09:49
The North Carolina State AFL-CIO has announced 16 candidate endorsements for the 2020 primary.
 
“This year’s crop of candidates brings a breadth of knowledge, dedication, and can-do spirit to the labor movement that is unmatched,” said MaryBe McMillan, President of the North Carolina AFL-CIO. “Working people across North Carolina are standing up and fighting to make our voices heard. We are proud to support candidates who are willing to stand alongside us and fight to make our state a better place for working people.”

 

The following are statewide candidates endorsed by the North Carolina State AFL-CIO in the 2020 Primary:
Cal Cunningham, U.S. Senate 
Roy Cooper, Governor 
Chaz Beasley, Lieutenant Governor
Jessica Holmes, Labor Commissioner 
Ronnie Chatterji, Treasurer 
Wayne Goodwin, Commissioner of Insurance
Elaine Marshall, Secretary of State 
Josh Stein, Attorney General 
Jenna Wadsworth, Commissioner of Agriculture
Beth Wood, State Auditor 
Keith Sutton, State Superintendent 
Cheri Beasley, Supreme Court Chief Justice (Incumbent, Beasley seat) 
Mark Davis, Supreme Court (Incumbent, Davis seat) 
Lucy Inman, Supreme Court (Newby seat) 
Reuben Young, Court of Appeals (Incumbent, Young seat)
Chris Brook, Court of Appeals (Incumbent, Brook seat) 
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 09:52
 
Federal Court Rules Against Photo Voter ID For NC Primary PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 January 2020 14:18
The  U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina issued a 60-page opinion blocking North Carolina’s photo voter ID law (S.B.824) based on a likelihood that its passage was motivated by illegal racially discriminatory intent in violation of the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution. The Court’s decision to grant the NC NAACP’s motion for a preliminary injunction means voters will not be subject to a new photo ID requirement to vote in the March 2020 primaries. 
 
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit included the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, Chapel HillCarrboro NAACP, Greensboro NAACP, High Point NAACP, Moore County NAACP, Stokes County NAACP, and Winston-Salem Forsyth County NAACP. The Plaintiffs, represented in this matter by Forward Justice, Arnold & Porter LLP, and attorney Irv Joyner, challenged SB 824 on the grounds that the law was passed with a discriminatory intent and will have a discriminatory impact on African-American and Latinx voters under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, and in violation of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Oral arguments on the preliminary injunction took place in Winston Salem on December 3, 2019. 
 
“The Federal Court made it crystal clear  that racial discrimination will not stand in North Carolina in its decision today to intervene to halt this illegal photo voter ID impediment—the latest badfaith attempt in a string of failed efforts by the NC General Assembly to place hurdles in the path of the right to vote of African Americans and Latinos in this state, and to diminish the force of the true will of the people,” said Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, President of the NC NAACP.
 
In the ruling, the court grounded its decision to halt all further implementation of the photo voter ID provisions of the law in a determination that Plaintiffs are likely to succeed in proving that discriminatory purpose was a motivating factor behind the passage of S.B. 824, including that the law bears more heavily on one race than another. The Court explained in its decision:  “S.B. 824’s architects … conceived of the [voter photo ID constitutional] amendment and placed it on the ballot in the first place—not to give the people of North Carolina the chance to ratify or reject specific voter-ID requirements, but to ostensibly give themselves greater leeway in enacting their desired bill. (At 23.) “To summarize, the legislative history reveals that the General Assembly’s goals and motivations went virtually unchanged in the time between H.B. 589 and S.B. 824. Rather than taking steps to purge the taint of discriminatory intent, the bill’s supporters expressed their resolve to circumvent McCrory and stave off future legal challenges. While racial data was not explicitly requested during the formal consideration of S.B. 824, as it had been a few years earlier with H.B. 589, the legislators who previously used racial data to target minority voters with “surgical precision” must have understood S.B. 824’s potential to affect a disparate impact. 
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2020 14:20
 
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