After a press conference outside the office where conservative mega-donor Art Pope now presides as the state budget director the leader of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP got the chance to personally confront Pope, the man many credit with driving the state’s conservative revolution, which has led to anti-democracy initiatives like voter restrictions and the repeal of the state’s public financing program.
On Thursday night, the North Carolina House gave final approval to an anti-democracy elections overhaul bill that makes it harder to vote, allows more money into the political system, and repeals the state’s public financing laws, including the landmark judicial system. It now goes to Gov. Pat McCory for his signature.
The John W. Pope Civitas Institute, founded by conservative mega-donor and North Carolina Budget Director Art Pope, has launched a database targeting nonviolent protestors who have been arrested as part of the Moral Monday demonstrations at the state legislature.
North Carolina has been in the news a lot recently due to the state legislature taking extreme actions on scores of issues, most notably voting rights. But the latest example shows how one multi-millionaire, Art Pope, can weild enormous influence, and single-handedly kill the states' successful and popular judicial public financing system.
On Friday, Chris Hayes of MSNBC ran a segment on North Carolina, and Art Pope's infleunce. Check it out here:
At least one third of spending by independent groups in high-profile state supreme court elections comes from out-of-state groups, according to new analysis by the Center for Public Integrity. CPI analyzed $11.7 million spent by independent groups in 10 prominent 2012 and 2013 races and found that most of the outside money came from Washington, D.C.-based organizations. This money likely tipped the outcome in races in North Carolina, Iowa, and Mississippi.
Of the 15 judges on the bipartisan North Carolina Court of Appeals, 14 are urging lawmakers in their state to continue public financing of judicial elections. The judges urged Republican State Senate leader Phil Berger to preserve the current system, despite their individual partisan differences.
Heather McGhee, the Vice President of Policy and Outreach at Demos and a Public Campaign board member, joined The Nation's Ari Berman on Melissa Harris Parry Saturday to discuss the latest efforts by North Carolina lawmakers to make it harder to vote, which Ari wrote about last week.
The results are in for the 2012 elections, and state Clean Elections' systems continue to be successful across the country.
In Arizona, three Corporation Commissioner candidates won using Clean Elections, and five out of nine of those seaking those seats participated in the program. In the state legislature, participating candidates made up 37 percent, or 57 out of 156, of those seeking office. A total of 26 percent, or 23 of 90 seats are filled by officials who used the Clean Elections program.
In his State of the State address yesterday, Gov. Cuomo once again called for public financing and a broad reform agenda. New York Times editorial: "Most important, he vowed to start public financing for campaigns so that more candidates can compete against wealthy competitors." It ends with this: "It is a long, ambitious list. If Mr.
With the North Carolina legislative session ending Friday, one bill that never saw the light of day was an attempt to repeal "Stand Your Ground provisions" that passed in 2011.
This house bill (HB 1192) never made it out of the Judiciary subcommittee where it was introduced in May. Was the bill buried because the NRA has spent years building influence in the state and key legislators have benefitted and stand to benefit politically by supporting NRA positions?
Let’s look at the facts: