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North Carolina AFL-CIO Announces Political Endorsements PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 09:49
The North Carolina State AFL-CIO has announced 16 candidate endorsements for the 2020 primary.
“This year’s crop of candidates brings a breadth of knowledge, dedication, and can-do spirit to the labor movement that is unmatched,” said MaryBe McMillan, President of the North Carolina AFL-CIO. “Working people across North Carolina are standing up and fighting to make our voices heard. We are proud to support candidates who are willing to stand alongside us and fight to make our state a better place for working people.”


The following are statewide candidates endorsed by the North Carolina State AFL-CIO in the 2020 Primary:
Cal Cunningham, U.S. Senate 
Roy Cooper, Governor 
Chaz Beasley, Lieutenant Governor
Jessica Holmes, Labor Commissioner 
Ronnie Chatterji, Treasurer 
Wayne Goodwin, Commissioner of Insurance
Elaine Marshall, Secretary of State 
Josh Stein, Attorney General 
Jenna Wadsworth, Commissioner of Agriculture
Beth Wood, State Auditor 
Keith Sutton, State Superintendent 
Cheri Beasley, Supreme Court Chief Justice (Incumbent, Beasley seat) 
Mark Davis, Supreme Court (Incumbent, Davis seat) 
Lucy Inman, Supreme Court (Newby seat) 
Reuben Young, Court of Appeals (Incumbent, Young seat)
Chris Brook, Court of Appeals (Incumbent, Brook seat) 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 09:52
Federal Court Rules Against Photo Voter ID For NC Primary PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 January 2020 14:18
The  U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina issued a 60-page opinion blocking North Carolina’s photo voter ID law (S.B.824) based on a likelihood that its passage was motivated by illegal racially discriminatory intent in violation of the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution. The Court’s decision to grant the NC NAACP’s motion for a preliminary injunction means voters will not be subject to a new photo ID requirement to vote in the March 2020 primaries. 
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit included the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, Chapel HillCarrboro NAACP, Greensboro NAACP, High Point NAACP, Moore County NAACP, Stokes County NAACP, and Winston-Salem Forsyth County NAACP. The Plaintiffs, represented in this matter by Forward Justice, Arnold & Porter LLP, and attorney Irv Joyner, challenged SB 824 on the grounds that the law was passed with a discriminatory intent and will have a discriminatory impact on African-American and Latinx voters under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, and in violation of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Oral arguments on the preliminary injunction took place in Winston Salem on December 3, 2019. 
“The Federal Court made it crystal clear  that racial discrimination will not stand in North Carolina in its decision today to intervene to halt this illegal photo voter ID impediment—the latest badfaith attempt in a string of failed efforts by the NC General Assembly to place hurdles in the path of the right to vote of African Americans and Latinos in this state, and to diminish the force of the true will of the people,” said Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, President of the NC NAACP.
In the ruling, the court grounded its decision to halt all further implementation of the photo voter ID provisions of the law in a determination that Plaintiffs are likely to succeed in proving that discriminatory purpose was a motivating factor behind the passage of S.B. 824, including that the law bears more heavily on one race than another. The Court explained in its decision:  “S.B. 824’s architects … conceived of the [voter photo ID constitutional] amendment and placed it on the ballot in the first place—not to give the people of North Carolina the chance to ratify or reject specific voter-ID requirements, but to ostensibly give themselves greater leeway in enacting their desired bill. (At 23.) “To summarize, the legislative history reveals that the General Assembly’s goals and motivations went virtually unchanged in the time between H.B. 589 and S.B. 824. Rather than taking steps to purge the taint of discriminatory intent, the bill’s supporters expressed their resolve to circumvent McCrory and stave off future legal challenges. While racial data was not explicitly requested during the formal consideration of S.B. 824, as it had been a few years earlier with H.B. 589, the legislators who previously used racial data to target minority voters with “surgical precision” must have understood S.B. 824’s potential to affect a disparate impact. 
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2020 14:20
Western North Carolina Republican Sheriffs Endorse Wayne King for Congress PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 January 2020 13:42
Hendersonville, NC: Wayne King, Republican candidate for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District announced this morning that he has received the endorsements of eight Western North Carolina Republican Sheriffs:
Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye
Graham County Sheriff Joseph Jones
Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin
McDowell County Sheriff Ricky Buchanan
Mitchell County Sheriff Donald Street
Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis
Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney
Yancey County Sheriff Gary Banks
“I am honored and humbled that some of the first people to offer their support and endorsement of my campaign are these eight sheriffs,” Wayne King said. “I have had the privilege of working closely with each of them and admire their dedication and hard work on behalf of the people of Western North Carolina.  I value their friendship and share their passion for keeping our citizens safe.  I will always stand with our sheriffs and all law enforcement agencies across the 11th Congressional District.”
Statement from Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye:
We need a strong Republican with courage and dedication to fill the vacancy of Mark Meadows. If you want someone who will continue to fight against the liberal socialist movement the way Representative Mark Meadows has, we need Representative Wayne King to continue that fight. If you want someone who will support our President in continuing economic growth, higher wages, low unemployment and a booming stock market, we need Wayne King! If you want someone who will stand with our President against liberal attacks, in securing our border and standing up for America first and foremost, we need Wayne King. Please let Wayne know that he has your support and your prayers.
Statement from Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin
Wayne King is a supporter of law enforcement, as a matter of fact, Wayne has public service experience and is a supporter of all the men and women providing emergency services to us. Wayne King has worked in the 11th District continually meeting and listening to the people. Wayne is familiar with the issues and concerns of the district which will allow him to hit the ground running. Wayne will work hard in representing the people of our district with the conservative values that make our area one of the greatest places to live and work in the world.
Statement from McDowell County Sheriff Ricky Buchanan:
I am proud to support my friend, Wayne King. I have had the privilege to work with him for a number of years while he was Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Mark Meadows. Wayne is a man of faith, a true public servant and true supporter of law enforcement and all public safety! We have had many conversations over the years and I know this is a good man, an honest man and one that will give his best to Western North Carolina and this great country. Honored to stand with you Wayne King.
Charlotte Councilwoman Files For Treasurer PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 December 2019 11:34
Charlotte City Councilwoman Dimple Ajmera filed for state treasurer. Ajmera, 33, is a Democrat. She is the third Democratic candidate in the race, along with Matt Leatherman and Ronnie Chatterji, both of Raleigh.
The treasurer oversees the retirement system for state and local government employees as well as a health care plan that serves more than 720,000 people in North Carolina. 
Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2019 11:50

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