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Raleigh Businessman Blasts HB2 At DNC PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 15:14
Raleigh entrepreneur Jesse Lipson took the stage at the Democratic National Convention and spoke against the controversial North Carolina LGBT law. He said House Bill 2 is driving away business and hurting the entire country's reputation.
He gave a four-minute speech in prime time during during a segment of the convention titled "Ensuring Equality." Lipson tried to tie presidential Donald Trump to HB2 and praised Hillary Clinton's efforts to help start-up companies.
AG Candidate’s Dad Gives $500,000 to NC Democratic Party PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 13:18
The father of Democratic attorney general candidate Josh Stein contributed $500,000 to the N.C. Democratic Party in early March, according to a recently filed campaign disclosure report.
The contribution from Adam Stein, a prominent civil rights attorney who lives in Chapel Hill, was by far the largest given to the state Democratic Party in the second quarter of 2016. The party raised nearly $1.4 million in the quarter, which stretched from March through June.
Pat Gannon of the Insider reports Adam Stein also gave $5,100 directly to his son's campaign in June and his wife Jane Stein, also gave the $5,100 maximum. 
Staying Home: Congressmen Jones, Walker and Hudson skip GOP Convention PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 July 2016 13:58
Three Republican Congressmen from North Carolina are skipping the Republican National Convention which starts Monday in Philadelphia. They are according to the Raleigh News and Observer:  
Rep. Walter Jones: Jones will not attend the GOP convention – no surprise, given that the 10-term congressman traditionally skips the party affair.
Rep. Richard Hudson: Hudson will not attend. His office said Wednesday he plans to be in North Carolina during the convention dates and will be meeting with constituents and holding events in his district.
Rep. Mark Walker.
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. 

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