Alanna Joyner

After maps ruling, it’s up to the state Supreme Court to defend democracy in NC

By Alanna Joyner / January 12, 2022 / Comments Off on After maps ruling, it’s up to the state Supreme Court to defend democracy in NC

After maps ruling, it’s up to the state Supreme Court to defend democracy in NC Yesterday, a three-judge Superior Court panel ruled unanimously that the legislative and Congressional maps are constitutional, despite acknowledging that the Republican map drawers crafted pro-Republican partisan gerrymanders.  While the court’s ruling is disappointing, the plaintiffs in the suit are expected…

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North Carolinians disagrees with Phil Berger Jr., Voters Support State Courts To Be Fair and Impartial

By Alanna Joyner / January 11, 2022 / Comments Off on North Carolinians disagrees with Phil Berger Jr., Voters Support State Courts To Be Fair and Impartial

North Carolinians disagrees with Phil Berger Jr., Voters Support State Courts To Be Fair and Impartial On Friday, Justice Phil Berger Jr. renounced his refusal to recuse himself  from NAACP v. Moore, a lawsuit regarding the 2018 constitutional amendments on Voter ID and the income tax cap. The plaintiffs, the NAACP and the Southern Environmental…

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Quick-moving North Carolina redistricting suit trial begins this week

By Alanna Joyner / January 6, 2022 / Comments Off on Quick-moving North Carolina redistricting suit trial begins this week

A fast-moving trial over North Carolina’s new voting maps kicked off Monday, with expert testimony establishing the state’s Republican lawmakers used 2021 voting maps to give themselves an advantage in state legislative and congressional elections. The maps in question would give Republican candidates clear advantages in 10 of 14 congressional seats. Mathematicians, political scientists, and…

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Anniversary of the Attack on U.S. Capitol

By Alanna Joyner / January 6, 2022 / Comments Off on Anniversary of the Attack on U.S. Capitol

Today marks one year since armed right-wing militants attacked our country – storming the U.S. Capitol while waving symbols of white supremacy. One year since Trump and his Republican allies attempted to undermine the will of the people and our freedom as voters to choose the leaders that represent us. One year since seven of…

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Democratic governors press U.S. Senate to act on voting rights legislation

By Alanna Joyner / December 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Democratic governors press U.S. Senate to act on voting rights legislation

Seventeen Democratic governors, including North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper, are urging the U.S. Senate to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act that are aimed at protecting voting rights.  “Without decisive action by the federal government this year to protect voters’ access to the ballot and ensure the…

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North Carolinians Are Fed Up With Gerrymandering, Want Courts to Ensure Fair Maps

By Alanna Joyner / December 14, 2021 / Comments Off on North Carolinians Are Fed Up With Gerrymandering, Want Courts to Ensure Fair Maps

Across the country, Republicans are locking in newly gerrymandered maps for state legislatures that are aimed at securing the party’s control over the next decade – solidifying a political advantage for Republicans at the expense of fair representation for voters.  In North Carolina, Republicans crafted gerrymandered maps that blatantly pack and split communities apart to…

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North Carolina Voters, Including Republicans, Want Fair Election Maps

By Alanna Joyner / December 9, 2021 / Comments Off on North Carolina Voters, Including Republicans, Want Fair Election Maps

Amid ongoing redistricting litigation, a new poll from Progress NC Action highlights North Carolina voters’ support for election maps that are fair and constitutional. This comes as several lawsuits from groups and residents across North Carolina are pending to challenge the new legislative lines. The lines in question are the congressional and legislative maps which…

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Bipartisan Infrastructure bill will bring historic investments to clean water, including PFAS mitigation

By Alanna Joyner / December 8, 2021 / Comments Off on Bipartisan Infrastructure bill will bring historic investments to clean water, including PFAS mitigation

The Biden Administration’s recent infrastructure law could help communities across the state address drinking water contamination, including from contaminants like GenX and PFAS.  The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law marks the single largest investment in water the federal government has ever made. In North Carolina, the infrastructure law delivers funds to help wastewater utilities prevent PFAS discharges…

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North Carolina’s Redistricting Fight

By Alanna Joyner / December 1, 2021 / Comments Off on North Carolina’s Redistricting Fight

North Carolina Republican lawmakers used the last legislative session to double-down on their gerrymandered maps, packing and splitting communities apart to keep districts safe for favored incumbents. Amid a rushed and inaccessible redistricting process, the new maps give the GOP a clear advantage — placing 10 out of 14 congressional seats in favor of the…

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Build Back Better is a generational investment in North Carolina families

By Alanna Joyner / November 30, 2021 / Comments Off on Build Back Better is a generational investment in North Carolina families

Less than one week after President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal into law, the U.S. House passed President Biden’s Build Back Better Act, moving the bill one step closer to becoming law. The Build Back Better Act currently moving through Congress boasts an array of historic investments into child care, home care, affordable housing,…

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