Patrick Zarcone

NC Republicans unveil amendment to Senate bill that would destroy public education as we know it

By Patrick Zarcone / July 18, 2023 / Comments Off on NC Republicans unveil amendment to Senate bill that would destroy public education as we know it

The bill is full of right-wing anti-public school ideas that the party has only dreamed of implementing but have rarely ever been passed into law.

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Rep. Tricia Cotham’s betrayal continues to harm the LGBTQ+ community she claimed to be ‘a champion of’ while campaigning

By Patrick Zarcone / July 17, 2023 / Comments Off on Rep. Tricia Cotham’s betrayal continues to harm the LGBTQ+ community she claimed to be ‘a champion of’ while campaigning

Since switching to the GOP, Tricia Cotham has shown she was lying when she said “I have been a champion of LGBTQ+ rights throughout my public service … I will stand strong against discriminatory legislation.”

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US Supreme Court rejects NCGOP’s extremist legal theory some considered the ‘death knell of democracy’

By Patrick Zarcone / June 30, 2023 / Comments Off on US Supreme Court rejects NCGOP’s extremist legal theory some considered the ‘death knell of democracy’

In a surprising decision, earlier this week, the conservative U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 against North Carolina Republican leaders in an elections case that could have upended our democracy.

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Federal judge could block parts of NC’s extreme abortion ban; decision expected Friday

By Patrick Zarcone / June 29, 2023 / Comments Off on Federal judge could block parts of NC’s extreme abortion ban; decision expected Friday

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles indicated that she may put temporary holds on some parts of North Carolina’s abortion ban that is set to become law on Saturday.

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NC Republicans have been busy this week hearing and passing anti-LGBTQ+ legislation

By Patrick Zarcone / June 23, 2023 / Comments Off on NC Republicans have been busy this week hearing and passing anti-LGBTQ+ legislation

North Carolina Republicans have been busy this week passing legislation aimed at making the lives of LGBTQ+ youth even more unnecessarily difficult than it already is for many in the community.

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Supreme Court decision on NC elections case that could determine the future of our democracy expected soon

By Patrick Zarcone / June 23, 2023 / Comments Off on Supreme Court decision on NC elections case that could determine the future of our democracy expected soon

“A handful of [legislators] are asking all nine justices at the Supreme Court to give them their absolute power to manipulate our elections, undermine our votes, and once again rig our maps,” stated J. Sailor Jones, associate director of Common Cause NC.

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NCGOP’s new voting bill pulled directly from ‘Big Lie’ Trump lawyer’s election organization

By Patrick Zarcone / June 15, 2023 / Comments Off on NCGOP’s new voting bill pulled directly from ‘Big Lie’ Trump lawyer’s election organization

NCGOP leaders introduced Senate Bill 747 – which implements stricter election rules – after consulting with “Big Lie” propagator Cleta Mitchell, a lawyer instrumental in the unsuccessful efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

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Gov. Roy Cooper declares public education ‘state of emergency’ due to NCGOP’s ‘extreme legislation’

By Patrick Zarcone / June 2, 2023 / Comments Off on Gov. Roy Cooper declares public education ‘state of emergency’ due to NCGOP’s ‘extreme legislation’

“If you care about public schools in North Carolina, it’s time to take immediate action and tell them to stop the damage that will set back our schools for a generation,” Gov. Roy Cooper said.

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NCGA overrides Gov. Cooper’s veto of extreme abortion ban; law takes effect July 1

By Patrick Zarcone / June 1, 2023 / Comments Off on NCGA overrides Gov. Cooper’s veto of extreme abortion ban; law takes effect July 1

Despite the fact that four Republican members of the NCGA campaigned on not further restricting abortion rights or voting for extreme anti-abortion legislation, all four of them lied and helped override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the ban last month.

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NC Senate, House budget bills released – and they fail to address the state’s biggest needs

By Patrick Zarcone / June 1, 2023 / Comments Off on NC Senate, House budget bills released – and they fail to address the state’s biggest needs

“This Republican Senate budget is a historic disaster for public education. It fails to fund basic needs and will force school leaders to cut everything from bus routes to courses … the Senate budget slaps veteran teachers … in the face,” Gov. Cooper said.

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