Elections

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on a state Appeals Court decision allowing Lt. Gov. Dan Forest to proceed with a lawsuit against the State Employees Association’s campaign committee. The suit is based on a 2012 television campaign ad. Rick Henderson’s Daily Journal responds to Judge Pell…
    Mitch Kokai, June 21, 2018
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    Build NC Bonds to become law

    Triangle Business Journal reports Gov. Roy Cooper is set to sign into law the Build NC Bonds. The program to take on as much as $3 billion in new debt without taxpayer approval could be a factor in the state’s bids for Apple and Amazon, the paper said.
    Joseph Coletti, June 20, 2018
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    Attacking the ‘voter suppression’ argument

    Noemie Emery of the Washington Examiner challenges arguments that rely on claims of voter suppression. In one of their brave bursts of rage at the police state they live in, Democrats are now up in arms about voter suppression. They compare it to the days before the Civil…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2018
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    Split Appeals Court sides with Forest in six-year-old election ad dispute

    A split 2-1 panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has ruled that Lt. Gov. Dan Forest can pursue his six-year-old lawsuit against an election committee that backed his opponent in the 2012 election. The Republican Forest sued the Employees Political Action Committee, which backed Democrat Linda Coleman in…
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2018
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    Red wall? Blue wave?

    James Antle of the Washington Examiner ponders November’s electoral prospects. At the beginning of the year, things looked pretty grim for Republicans. Down by double digits in the generic ballot — polls that measure which party respondents would like to see control Congress — the Republicans’ House majority…
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello and Kari Travis report for Carolina Journal Online about property owners who are still waiting for the N.C. Department of Transportation to pay them for takings linked to the Map Act. The Daily Journal explains why a voter identification requirement would place North Carolina squarely within…
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2018
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    U.S. Supreme Court questions standing, avoids definitive ruling in gerrymandering dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court has avoided a definitive ruling for or against partisan gerrymandering in a Wisconsin case. It’s not clear that the high court’s ruling in Gill v. Whitford will lead to any changes for North Carolina’s election maps this fall. Rather than deal with the key question…
    Mitch Kokai, June 18, 2018
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    Cooper’s latest vetoes create potential confusion for judicial election filing

    Gov. Roy Cooper waited until after state lawmakers adjourned business for the week before issuing two election-related vetoes Friday night. The vetoes add a wrinkle to Monday’s planned opening of the judicial election filing period. Carolina Journal Online offers details here.
    Mitch Kokai, June 16, 2018