This month, North Carolina lawmakers had a golden opportunity to adopt fair, nonpartisan standards for drawing new legislative voting districts. Instead, they opted for politics as usual, keeping partisanship at the core of a deeply flawed redistricting process. The General Assembly has been ordered by a federal court to redraw dozens of racially gerrymandered legislative districts....
A federal court last week invalidated two congressional districts in North Carolina due to racial gerrymandering. The decision, which is currently on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, is the latest example spotlighting the absurdity of our state’s ...Read more 0
For about as long as there have been American elections, there have been parties trying to manipulate them to their advantage. And one of the oldest political tricks of all is gerrymandering. That 200-year-old term refers to the ...Read more 0
This August marked the anniversary of two major milestones in the journey for American voting rights. The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, turned 95. And the landmark federal Voting Rights Act turned 50. Both were ...Read more 1
As his time in the White House neared an end, President Ronald Reagan gave a final televised interview as commander in chief to ABC News journalist and North Carolina native David Brinkley in December of 1988. Among the ...Read more Comments Off on The Republican case for redistricting reform
It’s election season in North Carolina. Across our state some 500 cities and towns are holding local elections in the coming weeks with 1000 public offices up for grabs. Additionally, there are 20 school districts electing school boards, ...Read more Comments Off on Election season highlights
The anti-democracy reform crowd is at it again - spreading misinformation about campaign finance reform. Their current target is House Bill 120, a fairly innocuous proposal in the state legislature to provide municipalities the legal authority to experiment with public financing of local elections. It's something the town of Chapel Hill will be doing this fall. ...Read more Comments Off on Public financing of local elections: The next logical step
By Bob Phillips, Executive Director of Common Cause North Carolina Earlier this month at a national conference, North Carolina was celebrated for its progress in lobbying and ethics reform – quite a contrast to just four years ago, ...Read more Comments Off on The Unfinished Business of Lobbying and Ethics Reform