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LOD: Spilled Koch

North Carolina is apparently becoming the poster child for how self-serving billionaires can protect their profits by buying a state’s elections. The New Yorker has a gruesome profile of the ramped-up manipulation of West Virginia’s people and politics by the energy/chemical industry after a disastrous spill ruined the drinking water for hundreds of thousands of […]

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LOD: Double Crossed

A new column by Chris Kromm of the Institute for Southern Studies reveals how this week’s release of jaw-dropping numbers about alleged double voting in North Carolina is more about whipping up hysteria to justify voter suppression measures than actually finding real cases of fraud. In state after state, after sensational releases based on the Interstate Voter […]

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LOD: Big Money, Big Talk

Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina, released two statements following news today about (1) the US Supreme Court’s decision to repeal limits on the total amount a donor can contribute to all federal candidates and parties in an election cycle, and (2) the State Board of Elections’s announcement that it found thousands of […]

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LOD: Modernize Voting?

The bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration today issued a report with a series of recommendations designed to help elections officials “improve all voters’ experience in casting their ballots.” On the topic of long lines, the commission concluded that no citizen should have to wait in line for more than 30 minutes to vote, and […]

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LOD: New Voting Rights Act?

Ari Berman of The Nation provides a good summary of the bipartisan legislation introduced yesterday to amend the Voting Rights Act to address some, but not all, of the damage resulting from the US Supreme Court’s ruling last June. Voting rights expert Spencer Overton says that, despite serious shortcomings, the bill includes “real building blocks […]

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LOD: Battleground State

In his PBS broadcast last week, Bill Moyers showcased North Carolina as a battleground between the politics of greed symbolized by Art Pope and the vision of a moral society strengthened by our mutual ties to one another, symbolized by the Moral Monday movement. One point to clarify in the video’s important data and interviews: When […]

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