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A data-mining analysis of information publicly available from the North Carolina State Board of Elections has uncovered apparently systematic irregularities in voter registration efforts which are required of the state by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA; the so-called ‘Motor Voter Act’). These irregularities, potentially disenfranchising tens of thousands of poverty-level North Carolina citizens, have all occurred during the Republican administration of North Carolina’s current governor, Pat McCrory (R).
Under McCrory (who took office in January of 2013), North Carolina has become the tip of the GOP’s spear in efforts to suppress voting by demographic groups which typically do not lean Republican (blacks, Latinos, youth, and the economically disadvantaged). McCrory’s efforts culminated in 2013 with his signing into law of the nation’s single most draconian voter suppression bill, The Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA; detailed in this diary). Legal challenges to VIVA have been filed by numerous organizations including the North Carolina NAACP, the ACLU, the League of Women Voters, and the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Oral arguments in NC-NAACP v. McCrory will begin in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, in Winston-Salem, on July 6th. But while many of those suits argue, in part, that VIVA may have been intended to suppress minority voting, evidence of such malicious intent has been hard to come by.
Until now. (Source: Read more)
Gov. Pat McCrory’s recommended state budget adjustments for the 2014-15 fiscal year include a proposal to close Fountain Correctional Center for Women in Rocky Mount next year.
Under the governor’s proposal, the inmates from Fountain Correctional would be transferred to Eastern Correctional Institution in Maury, which would be converted from a medium security male facility to a minimum security female facility. Fountain Correctional would then close, effective Jan. 1.
Pamela Walker, communication director for the N.C. Department of Public Safety, said the agency worked closely with the Office of State Budget and Management to identify areas where they saw opportunities for possible cost savings. Walker said employees at Fountain Correctional are referring all budget-related questions to her office at this point. (Source: Read more)
Response: Although I didn’t vote for my Governor, I respect him. However I can’t think of anything I agree with him on. It is obvious he do not give a damn about poor folks, unemployed folks and folks who could qualify for the Medicaid expansion. Notice I didn’t say he didn’t give a damn about black folks because all of the categories I named black, brown, white and other folks can relate.
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Office of Governor Pat McCrory released the following letter today in an effort to clear up misconceptions by Reps. David Price and G.K. Butterfield concerning the scheduling of the 12th Congressional District election in November.
Read the full text of the letter below:
Dear Representatives Butterfield and Price: (Source: Read more)
It is sad that some folks especially black folks put their trust in Governor Pat McCrory because they thought he was a good mayor in Charlotte so they thought he would be a good Governor.
My question is what do you think about him now?
For Release: Immediate
Date: January 10, 2014
Contact: Kezmiché “Kim” Atterbury
Office: (202) 225.3101
Butterfield, Price to McCrory: 300 day delay of NC-12 Special Election ‘Unacceptable and Unprecedented’
WASHINGTON, DC – Representatives G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and David Price (NC-04) have written North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory urging him to reconsider his decision to delay the special election for the 12th Congressional District for more than 300 days and to adopt an alternative timeline to cut the period of vacancy by several months. The Representatives write that the Governor’s decision is unacceptable and unprecedented, and that it deprives the district’s residents of their constitutionally guaranteed right of representation. They called the Governor’s rationale for delaying the special election (cost and logistical concerns) “unconvincing.”
The full text of the representatives’ letter is below. A PDF of the letter is attached.
January 9, 2014
The Honorable Pat McCrory
Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
Dear Governor McCrory:
We are writing to encourage you to reconsider your decision to delay until November the special election for our state’s 12th Congressional District. We are confident that an alternative timeline could cut the vacancy period by several months. The successive elections could readily be scheduled in ways that maximize their coincidence with already-scheduled elections and minimize the added cost.
As you know, more than 700,000 North Carolinians live in the 12th Congressional District. Under your announced timetable, they will go without voting representation for more than 300 days. Such a delay is unacceptable; indeed, it is unprecedented in recent congressional history. Of the seven other vacancies in the 113th Congress, six were filled in an average of 126 days. The general election to fill the seventh is scheduled to take place 145 days after our colleague Bill Young’s unexpected passing.
The rationale you have offered, that it is both too costly and logistically impossible to hold the special election before November, is not convincing. The 2013 filing period is fully 30 days away; not a single primary ballot has yet been printed for any precinct in the state. The assumption that North Carolina is better served by having one less advocate in the House for nearly a full year than by finding a cost-effective way to minimize the vacancy is seriously misguided. The fact that your decision requires so many of our state’s citizen’s to forgo their constitutionally guaranteed right of representation for twice as long as common practice is indefensible.
We urge you to ensure that all North Carolinians have voting representation in Congress. All of our people deserve a voice in future of our country, especially as the House of Representatives considers legislation affecting their lives and livelihoods.
Member of Congress
Member of Congress
RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory rejected a call to convene a special legislative session to add more low-income residents to the state and federal health insurance program.
His comments came in response to a news conference called Monday by expansion supporters who again pushed their reasons for allowing more low-income people to sign up for Medicaid.
The GOP-controlled legislature voted this year to reject Medicaid expansion, which is an optional part of the Affordable Care Act. Those who want expansion, including two Democratic legislators, a doctor, a health policy analyst and an advocate with Protect Your Care, said at a news conference Monday that the benefits of expanding Medicaid are becoming clearer as time passes. (More)