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McCrory Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Reinstate Voter ID for November Elections PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:49
Governor Pat McCrory has formally requested U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to stay a ruling by the Fourth Circuit and reinstate North Carolina’s Voter ID law.
 
"Today we have asked Chief Justice John Roberts to stay the Fourth Circuit's ruling and reinstate North Carolina's Voter ID law," said Governor McCrory. "This common sense law was upheld by the U.S. District Court. Our Voter ID law has been cited as a model and other states are using similar laws without challenges.
 
"Allowing the Fourth Circuit's ruling to stand creates confusion among voters and poll workers and it disregards our successful rollout of Voter ID in the 2016 primary elections. The Fourth Circuit's ruling is just plain wrong and we cannot allow it to stand. We are confident that the Supreme Court will uphold our state’s law and reverse the Fourth Circuit."
 
A formal petition asking the Supreme Court to hear the case will follow this request for a stay.
 
Federal Judicial Panel Says State Legislative Districts Are Unconstitutional PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 August 2016 15:42
The map used to elect the North Carolina General Assembly is unconstitutional because many of the districts are racially gerrymandered, a panel of federal judges ruled. Of the 170 legislative districts, 28 are racially gerrymandered according to U.S. Court of Appeals Judge James A. Wynn Jr. and U.S. district judges Thomas D. Schroeder and Catherine Eagles. The trial was in April.
 
However, this fall's elections will proceed this year because postponing the election would cause “undue disruption.” But the legislature must redraw the districts in the next legislative session for use in 2018.
 
Redistricting leaders in the House and Senate, Rep. David Lewis of Harnett County and Sen. Bob Rucho of Mecklenburg County, said in a statement that their attorneys are reviewing the ruling. After the legislature approved the districts, the U.S. Department of Justice signed off on them in a process called “preclearance.”
 
“We are disappointed in the district court’s opinion, which contradicts the Obama Justice Department’s preclearance of these maps and rulings from the N.C. Supreme Court upholding them as constitutional,” Lewis and Rucho wrote. “However, we are relieved for voters that the district court did not disrupt the current election that is already underway. Our attorneys are currently reviewing today’s ruling and evaluating next steps.”
 
The lawsuit was filed in May 2015, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in an Alabama case that a lower court should reconsider whether legislators in that state had weakened the influence of minority voters by packing them into districts.
 
The opinion says that it should not be read to imply that majority-black districts are no longer needed in the state, and that majority-black districts could be drawn using traditional criteria.
 
Feds Clear DHHS Of Criminal Wrong Doing In No-Bid Contracts PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 August 2016 15:36
Federal prosecutors have delivered a finding of criminal wrongdoing after their investigation into expensive contracts for consultants at the state Department of Health and Human Services according to the Raleigh News and Observer.
 
John Bruce, the acting U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and David A. Bragdon, a federal prosecutor in the criminal division, informed attorneys in a letter dated Aug. 10.
 
The probe began after state audits accused Angeline Sligh, a former manager who supervised the replacement of North Carolina’s Medicaid billing system, of wasting more than $1 million and hiring people with whom she had personal connections. It was not immediately known if Sligh’s actions were covered by the letter, which went to attorneys for former DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos, Joe Hauck, who was a senior adviser to Wos and had worked with her husband’s company, and the Washington, D.C., consulting firm of Alvarez & Marsal.
 
Alvarez & Marsal was hired on a no-bid, $3.2 million contract that later was expanded to more than $9 million.
 
The U.S. attorney’s office demanded records related to Wos, Hauck, Alvarez & Marsal and Les Merritt, a former state auditor. 
 
McCrory Vows To Take Voter ID Fight To U.S. Supreme Court PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:34
Gov. Pat McCrory  will ask the Supreme Court to weigh in on the voter ID law Wednesday.
 
McCrory made the announcement during Donald Trump’s rally in Wilmington Tuesday afternoon.
 
“There are thirty other states in the United States…over thirty other states…that know common sense shows you show an ID when you vote,” McCrory told the crowd. “Right? One person, one vote. That should be our rules.”
 
A 4th Circuit panel had determined a 2013 law Republicans approved amounted to intentional discrimination of black voters.
 
Last week, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a stay after state leaders’ attorneys requested that the ruling be set aside as they ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case The order says the harm to disenfranchised voters outweighs granting a delay. 
 
Unless the U.S Supreme Court intervenes, last week’s injunction means no voter ID mandate and 17 days of early voting with same-day registration. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:42
 
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