Alanna Joyner

Governor Roy Cooper vetoes the latest state Republican extremist measures

By Alanna Joyner / July 13, 2022 / Comments Off on Governor Roy Cooper vetoes the latest state Republican extremist measures

On Monday, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed four controversial Republican-backed bills following the latest legislation session. The bills in question include a proposal that would force Sheriffs to aid ICE, a bill that would rid of common sense gun safety measures, an expansion of control the Republican-led legislation has on appointing board of education trustees, and…

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Early voting for a dozen municipalities across the state kicks off

By Alanna Joyner / July 11, 2022 / Comments Off on Early voting for a dozen municipalities across the state kicks off

Early voting kicked off last Thursday for the July 26 municipal elections in over a dozen municipalities or counties across North Carolina. From today until 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, registered voters can cast their ballots at any early voting site in their county. Voters in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Hickory, Mooresville and Sanford will…

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Governor Roy Cooper, and local leaders fight for North Carolinians reproductive freedom

By Alanna Joyner / July 7, 2022 / Comments Off on Governor Roy Cooper, and local leaders fight for North Carolinians reproductive freedom

Across the country, extremist Republican politicians are increasingly proposing and enacting bans on abortions following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Amid Republican politician’s campaign to strip away reproductive health care access from millions, several states are passing measures to defend the right to reproductive freedom.Through an executive order signed by Governor…

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State Republicans unveil another lackluster budget

By Alanna Joyner / July 6, 2022 / Comments Off on State Republicans unveil another lackluster budget

State Republican legislative leaders released their state budget proposal on Tuesday, with measly pay raises for educators and state employees and no mention of Medicaid expansion. The proposed budget also fails to deliver on one of our state’s key constitutional obligations in fully funding our public schools.The budget increases pay for state employees by 1…

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Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

By Alanna Joyner / June 29, 2022 / Comments Off on Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

Last week’s Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade will usher in a United States not seen in half a century, with Americans no longer having the constitutional right to control their own reproductive choices.  In a 5-4 vote, powered by its conservative majority, the high court stripped away a well established fundamental right for…

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Cary passes non-discrimination ordinance

By Alanna Joyner / June 26, 2022 / Comments Off on Cary passes non-discrimination ordinance

Last week, the Cary Town Council unanimously approved Wake County’s non-discrimination ordinance. As the sixth Wake County community to approve the ordinance, Cary joins Morrisville, Apex, Wendell, Raleigh and Knightdale in adopting local protections against discrimination in employment and public accommodation. “Cary is not a place where we do things because it looks good on…

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New bill aims to protect election officials and poll workers

By Alanna Joyner / June 23, 2022 / Comments Off on New bill aims to protect election officials and poll workers

Throughout the 2020 election and into 2021, Republican politicians across the nation pushed forth hundreds of measures that threatened to punish elections officials and workers for just doing their jobs. The Jan. 6 committee hearing has highlighted the numerous threats made to state and local officials in particularly Georgia and Arizona as Trump and his…

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New poll finds a majority of Americans want abortion laws to remain the same

By Alanna Joyner / June 22, 2022 / Comments Off on New poll finds a majority of Americans want abortion laws to remain the same

A recent national poll found that 61 percent of U.S. adults say abortion should be legal in all or most cases. The Pew Research Center survey also found that a majority of Americans believe that “the decision about whether to have an abortion should belong solely to the pregnant woman”. The findings come weeks after…

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Select Committee’s investigation on the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol

By Alanna Joyner / June 16, 2022 / Comments Off on Select Committee’s investigation on the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol

The House January 6 select committee held its third public hearing today surrounding its investigation into the attack on our U.S. Capitol. After conducting 1,000 interviews and gathering 140,000 documents over the course of the year, the committee hearing has made clear in vivid and heart-wrenching detail the lengths to which Trump and his MAGA…

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Amid Republican-led attacks, President Biden directs federal agencies to protect LGBTQ+ rights

By Alanna Joyner / June 15, 2022 / Comments Off on Amid Republican-led attacks, President Biden directs federal agencies to protect LGBTQ+ rights

Across the nation, including North Carolina, Republicans are spearheading a campaign targeting LGBTQ+ students through discriminatory bills. Republican-led state legislatures have taken pages out of their GOP counterpart agendas, and have attempted to pass their own versions of “Don’t Say Gay” bills, book bans and laws to ban transgender youth from participating in school sports.…

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