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US: North Carolina (News/Activism)

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  • Report: 500 ineligible voters cast ballots in North Carolina

    04/22/2017 10:03:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2017 5:55 PM EDT | Jonathan Drew
    North Carolina elections officials found that about 500 ineligible voters cast ballots in the 2016 general election — but not enough to change the outcome of any race, according to an audit released Friday. The State Board of Elections report said the 508 cases — the vast majority active felons — represented a small fraction of the 4.8 million ballots cast. The report didn’t include any evidence of coordinated fraud, and many of the voters claimed to be confused about their eligibility. The audit’s findings contradict Republican claims that voter fraud runs rampant in North Carolina. […] The audit comes...
  • Will Texas Cave like North Carolina?

    04/17/2017 1:49:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2017 | Katie Kieffer
    Let’s talk toilets—specifically, transgender-designated toilets in Texas. Democrats are messing with Texas, pushing hard against SB 6, the Texas Privacy Act, which makes an individual’s biological sex the determining factor for accessing bathrooms, locker rooms and shower rooms in the Lone Star State.“Essentially what they’re arguing about is, Should trans people be allowed to exist?” 18-year-old Rowan says of politicians looking to pass legislation like SB 6. Rowan seems to be conflating legalized abortion (the only U.S. law condoning murder) with metal placards denoting “male” or “female” outside of bathroom stalls. Clarifying bathroom rules is a pragmatic, loving, and ethical...
  • North Carolina GOP Lawmaker Calls Abraham Lincoln a 'Tyrant' Like Adolf Hitler

    04/13/2017 6:58:51 PM PDT · by brucedickinson · 410 replies
    Time ^ | 4-12-2017 | Alana Abramson
    Pittman replied, "And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort of tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional." Pittman did not respond to request for comment from TIME to clarify his remarks.
  • NC House Bill: U.S. Supreme Court Exceeded Authority of 'Almighty God' in Creating Gay Marriage

    04/12/2017 9:07:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 12, 2017 | 4:24 PM EDT | Michael W. Chapman
    Members of the North Carolina General Assembly introduced a bill on Tuesday, citing the 10th Amendment, which affirms that the U.S. Supreme Court exceeded its authority under the Constitution and in relation to the “decree of Almighty God” by legalizing same-sex marriage, and contends that the Obergefell v. Hodges decision “is null and void” in North Carolina and that the Tar Heel state shall only recognize marriages between one man and one woman. The legislation explains that North Carolina seeks to follow the 2012 law that was established in Section 6 of Article XIV of the North Carolina Constitution, which...
  • ‘Bathroom bill’ gone, but California keeping ban on travel to North Carolina

    04/12/2017 8:22:40 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 27 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | April 12, 2017 | Adam Ashton
    Attorney General Xavier Becerra won’t lift a ban on publicly funded travel to North Carolina even though the Southern state repealed the law that California Democrats condemned as discriminatory against gay and transgender people. North Carolina’s repeal of its House Bill 2, the so-called “bathroom bill,” late last month persuaded the NCAA to lift its own ban on sponsoring championship collegiate sporting events there. Becerra found the repeal inadequate, noting that North Carolina’s new law bans local governments and universities from passing their own anti-discrimination laws. A number of civil rights organizations, such as Equality California, denounced North Carolina’s repeal...
  • North Carolina lawmakers threaten UNC’s, NC State’s ACC membership if league boycotts state

    04/12/2017 1:06:29 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12 April 2017 | Matt Fortuna,
    North Carolina lawmakers filed a bill on Monday that would pull North Carolina and NC State from the Atlantic Coast Conference if the conference boycotted the state again amid the fallout of House Bill 2. House Bill 728 says that if a college conference boycotts North Carolina, then state schools that are a part of that conference would be prohibited from extending the grant of media rights to that conference. The ACC and NCAA had pulled championship events out of North Carolina until HB2 — known as the “bathroom bill” — was repealed. The bill, which was widely decried as...
  • North Carolina bill banning same-sex marriage again won’t be heard, House speaker says

    04/12/2017 12:55:36 PM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 12, 2017 | Mark Berman
    A day after North Carolina lawmakers introduced legislation that would outlaw same-sex marriage and defy a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a top Republican there said Wednesday that the bill is dead on arrival. North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore released a curt statement Wednesday shooting down the bill known as the “Uphold Historical Marriage Act.” Moore said lawmakers would not hear the bill, which prompted a new round of criticism this week for a state already drawing negative attention for its transgender bathroom law.
  • Maryland president thinks UNC will receive death penalty for academic fraud

    04/12/2017 8:01:55 AM PDT · by safetysign · 24 replies
    SI.com ^ | 04/11/2017 | wire
    University of Maryland President Wallace Loh says he thinks the NCAA's current investigation into former conference rival North Carolina would lead to a shutdown of athletic programs at the university. Loh made the comments last week during a Maryland senate meeting last week.
  • NC hate crime? Man accused of burning Indian grocery, leaving racist note

    04/11/2017 3:17:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    WLOS, ABC 13, Asheville NC ^ | Sunday, April 9th 2017 | Joe Bruno, WSOC and Jennifer Saylor
    Police arrested a man who is accused of arson, ethnic intimidation, and committing a hate crime at Central Market in Charlotte on Thursday. Curtis Dwight Flournoy, 32, is charged with burning a building of trade, malicious damage by use of an incendiary material, felony breaking and entering, ethnic intimidation, and anonymous or threatening letters. Police searched for the man seen in surveillance video leaving a racist note, breaking a window at the business, and then setting a fire. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Friday that they’re working with federal authorities to investigate the incident as a hate crime. […] Officers responded Thursday...
  • [NC] Swing State Election Worker Charged With Illegally Changing Records To Allow Felons to Vote

    04/08/2017 6:51:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/8/17 | Joe Schoffstall
    A North Carolina election worker has been charged with illegally altering voter records so hundreds of felons could vote, The News and Observer reports.Joy Yvette Wilkerson, a former temporary election worker in Granville County, N.C., accessed voter registration records and restored the active voting status of 250 convicted felons in the county. The activity, which was initially discovered by the Granville County Board of Elections last June, is a felony."A State Board of Elections spokesman said Wilkerson was hired on a temporary basis in late 2015 through a staffing agency to help Granville County prepare for the presidential election," the...
  • Alleged hate crime, arson under investigation in east Charlotte

    04/07/2017 12:49:11 PM PDT · by ruination · 9 replies
    NBC Charlotte ^ | April 07, 2017 | unnamed
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arson detectives are investigating after they say someone left a threatening note and started a fire in front of an east Charlotte business. According to CMPD, officers responded to a fire at the Central Market store, located in the 5700 block of Albemarle Road, just before 10 p.m. Thursday. When officers arrived, Charlotte Fire Department crews advised them the fire had been contained to the front door and had already burned itself out when they reached the store. Police say one of the door’s windows was shattered after a suspect threw a rock through it...
  • Duke can't find students to serve on 'bias and hate' committee

    04/04/2017 12:17:02 PM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | April 4, 2017 | Anthony Gockowski
    Duke University is struggling to find students to serve on a “bias and hate” advisory committee, despite last year’s protests calling for increased transparency within the school’s administration. As Campus Reform reported last April, students had occupied an administrative building on campus, refusing to leave until a series of demands were met, most of which centered around calls for the termination of a controversial school administrator and a hike in the minimum wage for university staff members.
  • Weekly Update: Judicial Watch Goes to Congress and the White House

    04/01/2017 12:02:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 31, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    JW Testifies to House Oversight Committee, Visits WH New Clinton Emails Reveal More Mishandling of Classified Information, Favors for Donors Protecting Election Integrity in North Carolina Supreme Court Battle JW Testifies to House Oversight Committee, Visits WH It was my privilege to testify last week on behalf of Judicial Watch before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which was meeting to hear testimony on several bills that would improve government transparency. The complete hearing is available here . You can read all of my prepared remarks here . But let me share with you a few key...
  • Legislator Demands Resignation Of NC Sec Of State Who Gave Notary Licenses To Illegals

    03/31/2017 9:14:35 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Mar. 28, 2017 | Alex Pfieffer
    A North Carolina state representative is calling for the resignation of North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall after he found hundreds of cases of illegal immigrants improperly becoming notaries public. State law requires a notary public to “reside legally in the United States.” Marshall, a Democrat, has commissioned 320 individuals as notaries who are not either legal permanent residents or citizens, according to records provided to North Carolina state Rep. Chris Millis. The legislator received records from the North Carolina secretary of state’s office which showed 250 illegal immigrants who received amnesty have become notaries public. Another 72 other...
  • North Carolina lawmakers reach deal to repeal controversial transgender bathroom law

    03/29/2017 8:20:06 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 52 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 3/29/17 | Sharon Bernstein, Reuters
    North Carolina Republican lawmakers said late on Wednesday they had reached a deal to repeal the state's controversial law prohibiting transgender people from using restrooms in accordance with their gender identities. Details were not released of the compromise measure, which was set for a vote on Thursday morning, state Senator Phil Berger and General Assembly Speaker Tim Moore said in an impromptu news conference on Wednesday night.
  • Lawmakers reach agreement in HB2 repeal

    03/29/2017 8:17:49 PM PDT · by Coronal · 3 replies
    WRAL.com ^ | March 29, 2017 | WRAL
    Raleigh, N.C. — Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore held a 10:30 p.m. press conference Wednesday to announce that an agreement to repeal House Bill 2 has been reached with Gov. Roy Cooper. House Bill 142, which initially dealt with occupational licensing boards, will be gutted, and the new language inserted before the bill is heard Thursday morning in the Senate Rules Committee. The details of the bill were expected to be released late Wednesday night.
  • Rep. Walter Jones becomes first Republican to call on Nunes to step aside in Russia probe

    03/29/2017 4:22:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 63 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/28/17
    North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones on Tuesday became the first congressional Republican to call for fellow party member Rep. Devin Nunes to step aside from leading the House Intelligence Committee’s probe into alleged ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s successful presidential campaign.
  • Lawmaker calls on NC secretary of state to resign over notary IDs

    03/28/2017 6:46:32 PM PDT · by blueyon · 16 replies
    WRAL ^ | 3/28/17 | By Laura Leslie
    Raleigh, N.C. — A Republican North Carolina lawmaker is calling on Democratic Secretary of State Elaine Marshall to resign or face impeachment over her handling of notary public licenses, but Marshall says the move is politically motivated. Rep. Chris Millis, R-Pender, held a press conference Tuesday at the Legislative Building. "If the secretary chooses not to resign, I will proceed with all legislative actions, including a resolution for impeachment," Millis said. Millis said his investigation began last September, when he "came across an article that reported that the North Carolina secretary of state may have commissioned illegal immigrants as notaries...
  • NCAA gives North Carolina ultimatum on ‘bathroom bill’

    03/27/2017 11:40:38 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 81 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 27 2017 | Bradford Richardson
    The NCAA is threatening to remove North Carolina from consideration to host championship games for the foreseeable future if the state does not repeal a law regulating public restrooms, locker rooms and showers on the basis of biological sex. The collegiate sports league will announce championship locations from 2018 to 2022 on April 18, and it said North Carolina will not be among them unless HB2 is repealed.
  • Protest planned over jewelry store's controversial billboard

    03/27/2017 8:00:20 AM PDT · by kevcol · 84 replies
    News 13 ^ | March 24, 2017 | Evan Donovan
    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) - A North Carolina jewelry store is getting lots of attention over its newest billboard. . . . Several people contacted News 13 to say they were upset about the billboard. Ellen Perry is one of them. Perry is a literature and humanities teacher at UNCA and AB Tech. She is planning a protest outside the store on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Perry told News 13 she's supported by the Women's Rights Committee, Stronger Together WNC North, and the Equal Rights Amendment Committee within Indivisible Asheville. Perry said she will continue to organize protests until the...