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Challenge to Voter ID Likely To Be Decided Just Before Election PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 July 2016 12:53
A North Carolina judge will decide before the November election, on the constitutionality of the state's requirement to show photo identification in order to vote in person. 
 
Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan rejected calls from lawyers for the state and legislature to assign the case to a three-judge panel or dismiss it altogether. Instead, he set the case for trial  beginning Sept. 26. The lawsuit which generated the trial was filed by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, the North Carolina League of Women Voters, the A. Phillip Randolph Institute and individual voters. A decision will likely come in days of October. Early in-person voting begins Oct. 27.
 
Judge Morgan, a Democrat,  is running for state Supreme Court against incumbent Justice Bob Edmunds who is a registered Republican.
 Democrats have generally opposed the voter ID rules. 
 
Additionally, a federal case over North Carolina's voter ID requirement is pending before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In the federal case, voter ID requirement argue the law violates the federal Voting Rights Act. The state lawsuit hinges on whether voter ID represents an additional qualification for voting not envisioned by the state constitution.
 
Advocates of voter ID say that it will help cut down on in-person voter fraud. Opponents of the voter ID requirement say that it will disenfranchise vulnerable populations, including the very poor, students and elderly voters who might have problems getting IDs either due to trouble rounding up the necessary documents or making it to a state Division of Motor Vehicles office. 
 
Ross Outraises Burr During 2nd Qtr in Senate Race PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 12:15
Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Deborah Ross out-raised incumbent Republican Richard Burr during the second quarter, though Burr continues to enjoy a financial advantage.
 
Ross raised $2.1 million in the quarter, reported the Charlotte Observer while Burr raised about $1.6 million. It was the second quarter in a row in which  Ross out-raised Burr.
 
For the campaign, Ross, has raised about $4 million compared to the $8.8 million raised by Burr, the Republican incumbent. 
 
Cooper Beating McCrory In Money Race PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 July 2016 12:11
Democrat Attorney General Roy Cooper has continued to out-fund raise Republican Gov. Pat McCrory
 
During the second quarter, Cooper raised $5.1 million in the second quarter compared to the $3.2 million raised by Governor McCrory
 
Cooper enters the final months of the campaign with $9.4 million available, to McCrory’s $6.3 million.
 
The candidates aren’t the only ones spending money.
 
Last week the Center for Public Integrity reported that 11 outside groups including the Republican Governors Association and the North Carolina Environmental Partnership have spent $3.7 million on TV ads in the race.
 
Roy Cooper's TV Campaign Gets Underway PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 07 July 2016 10:25
Attorney General Roy Cooper has launched his first statewide campaign TV ad in the race for governor.
 
The spot portrays the Democratic candidate as a leader on consumer protections, public education and pursuing sexual predators. 
 
A recent report said 97 percent of the money being spent on behalf of Cooper and Gov. Pat McCrory so far has come from organizations outside the campaigns, mostly from the political left. Cooper’s recent ad buy occurred after the report by the Center for Public Integrity was issued.
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