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From WRAL: Legislative leaders want to put justice up for sale

By Eleanore Wood / October 20, 2017 / Comments Off on From WRAL: Legislative leaders want to put justice up for sale

GOP legislators in North Carolina have been losing in court.  Their voter suppression laws were struck down. Their racially gerrymandered districts, which enable them to retain their power without accountability, were found unconstitutional.  The Republican solution was not to draw fair maps or start playing by the rules, but to take over the judiciary to…

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Charlotte Deserves Access to Abortion Without Shame and Stigma

By Eleanore Wood / October 20, 2017 / Comments Off on Charlotte Deserves Access to Abortion Without Shame and Stigma

According to the Local Reproductive Freedom Index, Charlotte scores a 1.5…out of 5 stars. This means it is one of the worst cities for reproductive rights in the entire United States. Some factors that were considered when ranking cities were protecting access to abortion clinics, providing funding for reproductive rights, supporting young peoples’ access to…

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From The News & Observer: NC lawmakers bully democracy with vetoes and inaction

By Eleanore Wood / October 19, 2017 / Comments Off on From The News & Observer: NC lawmakers bully democracy with vetoes and inaction

The NC GOP is playing politics at the expense of the people of North Carolina, most poignantly with the drinking water of Eastern NC.  The priorities of our current legislatures are clear: retain power at all costs.  It’s time they admit that years of slashing the budgets of watchdog agencies has lead to GenX and…

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From The News & Observer: Why this Republican is challenging NC GOP political maps

By Eleanore Wood / October 18, 2017 / Comments Off on From The News & Observer: Why this Republican is challenging NC GOP political maps

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that a portion of our state legislature was illegally elected via racial gerrymandering.  They have now redrawn those legislative maps, but, these new maps are more of the same. This week a three judge panel in Greensboro is hearing arguments about those new maps.  This Raleigh…

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The Hill: McConnell: 20-week abortion ban will get Senate vote

By Eleanore Wood / October 18, 2017 / Comments Off on The Hill: McConnell: 20-week abortion ban will get Senate vote

Recently the House passed a 20-ban abortion bill, that will make it illegal for anyone to perform an abortion after 20 weeks, with prison and fines as possible penalties. Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated that the entire Republican party is in favor of this bill, however, he didn’t say when a vote can…

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Progress NC Action statement on H.B. 656 veto override

By Logan Smith / October 17, 2017 / Comments Off on Progress NC Action statement on H.B. 656 veto override

Progress NC Action released the following statement on Tuesday in response to the House and Senate voting to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of House Bill 645, which cancels next year’s primary elections for judicial races: “The Republican-controlled General Assembly’s contempt for democracy and the voters of North Carolina is astounding,” said Gerrick Brenner, executive…

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From The Herald Sun: Durham school escapes possible state takeover. Parent calls decision ‘a win-win’

By Eleanore Wood / October 17, 2017 / Comments Off on From The Herald Sun: Durham school escapes possible state takeover. Parent calls decision ‘a win-win’

The parents and teachers of Glenn Elementary did not want to see their school taken over by a charter operator. The community came together and made a difference for the students of the school.  The saving of Glenn Elementary is proof positive that community activism really works.  From The Herald Sun Over the past several…

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From The News & Observer: Why N.C. voters should care about the Wisconsin redistricting case

By Eleanore Wood / October 16, 2017 / Comments Off on From The News & Observer: Why N.C. voters should care about the Wisconsin redistricting case

North Carolina isn’t alone in fighting gerrymandered districts that were drawn ensure Republican control of state governments.  The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case against partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin.  This case could change politics in the United States including North Carolina forever.  It is time that “one person one vote” is the priority in…

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Washington Post: President Trump is throwing a bomb into the insurance marketplaces

By Eleanore Wood / October 13, 2017 / Comments Off on Washington Post: President Trump is throwing a bomb into the insurance marketplaces

President Trump is determined to make sure the ACA fails spectacularly by repeatedly sabotaging it’s infrastructure.  By cutting the advertising budget by 90%, shortening the enrollment period by 45 days, and now throwing the whole exchange into chaos by stopping important subsidies that cover low-income patients.  Undoubtedly this will raise insurance rates significantly, how much…

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Slate: An Even More Insidious Kind of Gerrymandering

By Eleanore Wood / October 12, 2017 / Comments Off on Slate: An Even More Insidious Kind of Gerrymandering

The GOP-led General Assembly continues their power grab. The illegitimate legislature already had their legislative districts ruled unconstitutional by a Supreme Court for racially gerrymandering. Then they passed very restrictive voter ID laws. And now what are they doing? The House passed bills in a special session that will take away a voter election for…

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