The parties in the lawsuit challenging the state’s new election law are so fractured they can’t agree on when to hold the trial. The NAACP wants June. The League of Women Voters, another party in challenging the law, says mid-August. But the state and the Department of Justice – on opposite sides in this case – say not sooner than summer 2015.
On Thursday, attorneys for the NAACP, League of Women Voters, the ACLU of North Carolina and other voter rights advocates will gather in a federal courtroom in Winston-Salem to talk about one early point of contention – whether the trial will happen before or after the 2014 elections.
Chris Brook, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union North Carolina Legal Foundation, one of the law groups representing the League of Women Voters: “We believe these voting restrictions that have been put in place need to be reviewed for their legality and their constitutionality before they go into effect.”
Thomas Farr, a private attorney representing the State Board of Elections and lawyer with the Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart firm in Raleigh, declined to comment when reached Tuesday about the scheduling matter.
The scheduling indecision could lead to a request for a stay on the law until it goes to court. Read more here.
*** Wake County is possibly the first to start grappling with the law. Read about its decisions below in the Dome Morning Memo.***
Those were the decisions the Wake County Board of Elections wrestled with Tuesday as it adapted to the new state law that cuts a week off the early voting period while at the same time requiring counties to stay open for the same number of hours. Read more here.
“McCrory told us a side to the story we haven't heard before. He said Madison's mother and Progress NC were coordinating an event right outside his gates. McCrory claims that Madison's mom, Mary Kimrey is a very strong activist with MoveOn.org. He said that Madison showed up at 10:30 p.m. saying she was hungry.
"First of all, what's a 12-year-old doing at 10:30 at night outside the governor's gates? And we actually did try to help her and they made it into a political stunt by her mother," said Governor McCrory.” See the report here.
My reason for seeking office is straightforward: I am confident we can fix our economy but, first, we have to fix our broken politics,” he said in the announcement.
VonCannon, who is getting help from Carter Wrenn, enters a crowded GOP primary that includes Phil Berger Jr, the son of the state Senate president pro tem.
But the bill, Hagan’s office said, died because Senate Republicans blocked the legislation Tuesday. GOP legislative leaders Thom Tillis and Phil Berger had asked Hagan earlier this year to insert a provision to exempt North Carolina from the federal law as they were crafting changes to unemployment benefits in the state.
Votes on war, spending and the rights of convicted sex offenders often left him in a distinct minority. He served under three presidents, led the Congressional Black Caucus and acted as a sounding board for a young senator named Barack Obama. Read more here.