Elections

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    Election Security Bill Advancing in General Assembly

    An election security bill that is a hybrid of old and new proposals is advancing in the General Assembly. H259, the Election Integrity Act, is set for a vote in the North Carolina House on October 20 (although votes on the bill have…
    Andy Jackson, October 15, 2021
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    Christie’s 2022 Plans Lead Into 2024 Decision

    David Drucker of the Washington Examiner reports on former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s approach toward 2022 midterm elections. Chris Christie has joined the cavalcade of Republicans boosting party efforts to recapture Congress in midterm elections as a primer for a 2024 presidential bid. The former New Jersey…
    Mitch Kokai, October 14, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online about Republican concerns linked to a government effort to target vocal parents at local school board meetings. Dallas Woodhouse reports on Virginia’s redistricting reform “implosion.” Ray Nothstine’s CJ Opinion explains why canceling Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson won’t be easy.
    Mitch Kokai, October 14, 2021
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    Locke President: Forced Recusal of 2 GOP Justices Would Set Alarming Precedent

    The will of the people and the credibility of North Carolina’s Supreme Court are hanging in the balance. In a piece published by the News & Observer, Locke President Donald Bryson sounds the alarm and urges prudence when it comes to what is a clearly political move by the…
    Donna Martinez, October 12, 2021
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    Republicans Target Spanish Speakers’ Votes

    Emily Brooks of the Washington Examiner highlights an interesting component of Republicans’ long-term electoral strategy. Hispanic and Latino voters helped give Republicans some of their biggest gains in the last election, and national Republicans are investing big in making relationships in the growing portion of the electorate ahead…
    Mitch Kokai, October 12, 2021
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    Good for Thee, Not for Me: Stacey Abrams’ ‘Stolen Election’ Edition

    Brad Raffensperger writes at National Review Online about an apparent double standard involving claims about stolen elections. Last week, I called out Stacey Abrams for making the same kind of stolen-election claims regarding her 2018 gubernatorial loss that President Trump has roundly, and rightly, been criticized for making…
    Mitch Kokai, October 12, 2021
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    McAuliffe Blames Critical Race Theory Controversy on Conservatives

    Zachary Evans reports for National Review Online on a dubious claim from Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate. Former Virginia governor and current Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe claimed that controversies over critical race theory in public schools are a “made up” plan by Republicans to “divide” voters, in comments…
    Mitch Kokai, October 12, 2021
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    Election Fraud Does Not Need to Be Massive to Affect Election Outcomes

    The North Carolina Policy Watch highlighted a report from longtime progressive activist Bob Hall today on how many local elections are decided by one or two votes: Key finding: How one person decided to vote – or not to vote – made the difference in who…
    Andy Jackson, October 11, 2021