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Anglin, Edwards can keep their party labels

Wake County judge rejects legislature's last-minute rule change on candidate party affiliation Legislators cannot reach back in time and change the rules of an election after the fact, a Wake County Superior Court judge ruled Monday. Judge Rebecca Holt issued a preliminary injunction enjoining the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement from printing any election ballots that do not reflect judicial candidates Chris Anglin’s and Rebecca Edwards’ chosen party affiliations.

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Wake judge declines to rule on ballot question challenges, calls for appointment of three-judge panel

A Wake County Superior Court judge referred arguments Tuesday over the ballot language for four proposed constitutional amendments to a three-judge panel. Attorneys for Gov. Roy Cooper and the North Carolina NAACP and Clean Air Carolina challenged the ballot language in two separate lawsuits filed Monday.

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Monday numbers: Kids in lockup

Last week, Policy Watch revealed that officials in North Carolina did not know how many children were currently in adult jails. Part of the reason they are in the dark is because North Carolina is the last state in the nation to consider anyone ages 16 or older an adult in the criminal justice system.

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NC law enforcement officials: We have no idea how many children are in adult jails

How many of North Carolina’s children are currently locked up with adults in a county detention facility? How many were housed with adults last year? And the year before? No one actually knows.

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Fearing suppression, voting rights advocates make case for early voting sites in letters to county boards

Early voting in North Carolina is a big deal with a big turnout, but advocates are bracing for a negative impact this year after some last minute legislative wheeling and dealing.

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Q&A with state Court of Appeals candidates – the Calabria seat

As part of an ongoing effort to inform North Carolinians about the upcoming judicial elections, Policy Watch is publishing a Q&A with each person running for a statewide judicial office. Each of the 11 candidates was asked the same six questions, and their answers will appear throughout the week alongside those of their challengers.

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Q&A with state Court of Appeals candidates – the Arrowood seat

As part of an ongoing effort to inform North Carolinians about the upcoming judicial elections, Policy Watch is publishing a Q&A with each person running for a statewide judicial office. Each of the 11 candidates was asked the same six questions, and their answers will appear throughout the week alongside those of their challengers.

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Q&A with state Court of Appeals candidates – the Elmore seat

As part of an ongoing effort to inform North Carolinians about the upcoming judicial elections, Policy Watch is publishing a Q&A with each person running for a statewide judicial office. Each of the 11 candidates was asked the same six questions, and their answers will appear throughout the week alongside those of their challengers.

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PW exclusive: A Q&A with all three NC Supreme Court candidates

As part of an ongoing effort to inform North Carolinians about the upcoming judicial elections, NC Policy Watch is publishing a Q&A with each person running for a statewide judicial office. Each of the 11 candidates was asked the same six questions, and their answers will appear throughout the week along with their challengers.

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Federal court hears challenge to HB2 successor law. Plaintiff: “We deserve safety”

The North Carolina transgender community is still living in fear nearly two and a half years after the bathroom bill passed, according to the ACLU and lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the state and the University of North Carolina (UNC).

The only difference between now and then? House Bill 2 goes by a different name: HB142.

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Round-up: NCGA discusses four constitutional amendments — hunting and fishing, voter ID, victims’ rights, legislative appointment of judges

GOP lawmakers want North Carolinians to make sweeping, permanent changes to the state Constitution and trust them to sort out the details of it all later.

The legislature considered four constitutional amendment proposals yesterday and voted to move along two of them and continue discussing the other two.

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Lawmakers on their way to changing judicial districts during candidate filing

The Senate voted along party lines Tuesday night to overturn a partial judicial redistricting bill in an apparent attempt to flex its political muscle at Gov. Roy Cooper.

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Monday numbers: All about voting

With midterm elections around the corner, lawmakers have, unsurprisingly, taken aim at last minute changes that would affect voters at the polls. Senate Bill 325 eliminates the last early voting Saturday before this year’s elections and create uniform early voting hours across the state. It was sent to the Governor’s Office Friday. Legislators have also introduced a constitutional amendment that would require voters to present a photo identification before casting a ballot. It’s expected to be voted on next week.

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PW exclusive: Previously undisclosed fiscal note says victims’ rights constitutional amendment could cost state millions

Can you put a price tag on victims' rights? A fiscal note obtained by NC Policy Watch that has been kept confidential for the past year would indicate that you can – and a hefty one at that. The fiscal note, dated February 8, 2017, from the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), estimates that a change to the victim rights section of the state constitution -- a multi-part proposal known as known as Marsy’s Law -- would cost the courts $16.4 million to implement and $30.5 million annually in subsequent years for additional district attorney staff.

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“Piecemeal” judicial redistricting: Lawmakers pushing a trio of bills that would impact a third of state’s residents

Lawmakers are still trying to sort out their plans for judicial redistricting less than two weeks before candidate filing commences for judicial office and it’s not at all clear where the finish line will be. Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) all but promised last week that a Friday committee meeting at which two bill were approved would be the end of judicial redistricting, but Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell) said Monday that there were still imbalances across the state that could be dealt with.

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GOP plan to redistrict judges in Mecklenburg wins quick Senate approval; Dems, judges cry foul

Sen. Dan Bishop recently said it himself: if lawmakers can’t get a consensus on judicial redistricting for the whole state, they’ll go after Mecklenburg County. Now he’s making sure they follow through. Bishop and fellow Mecklenburg Republican, Sen. ...
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