A lawsuit has been filed in federal court that would have a dramatic effect on election law in the state of North Carolina. According to Raleigh’s News & Observer, Carrboro lawyer Michael Crowell is challenging the new law that recently merged the Elections Board and Ethics Commission in the state (an action that is under additional legal challenge) because the newly constituted board has no provision for unaffiliated voter representation to its membership — in a state with over 2.6 million voters registered as unaffiliated. For… Continue Reading »
The North Carolina House of Representatives met yesterday in the historic chambers of a building I have a personal connection to: the State Capitol in Raleigh. My personal connection comes via a stone mason from Ireland named Lemuel Holder, who helped to construct that building and then construct a family lineage that traces down to me. It’s a proud heritage. Raleigh’s News & Observer reported on the “throwback” meeting, where the House met from 1840 to 1963. The legislators were honoring the 242nd anniversary of the… Continue Reading »
Politically Purple NC has the underlying theme of exploring the endemic propensities and culture of the publisher’s home state of North Carolina. Last week, the mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, gave one of the most eloquent speeches this writer has read in some time, and it so embodies the spirit of culture-analysis that PPNC strives to provide that it begs sharing here. Landrieu speaks to the cultural impact of slavery and the soul-searching corrections that must be pulled from our innermost sanctuaries of prejudice and/or… Continue Reading »
The ruling on Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court declaring two North Carolina congressional districts illegal has drawn great attention to the state’s court battles over redistricting as well as voting rights laws. The Carolina Public Press offers an analysis of the court’s action by political writer Kirk Ross: “Expect Supreme Court Ruling to Influence Upcoming Redistricting Cases.”
In a news bulletin this morning, Raleigh’s News & Observer quotes Gov. Roy Cooper expressing “shock and disappointment” in the meager provision of federal disaster funding for Hurricane Matthew recovery. The paper reports that Cooper has “expressed his dismay” in an appropriation that amounts to $6.1 million, which is less than 1 percent of the state’s request for aid ($900 million). Read the full story here.
UNC champion basketball coach Roy Williams scored a classy three-pointer when he spoke before the NC General Assembly recently, as reported in The Herald-Sun on May 5. The reprint of a Fayetteville Observer editorial noted that Williams, at a joint session of the Legislature held to honor his NCAA championship team, took the microphone to talk for a moment about sacrifices “toward a common goal.” “What you do to help our state is the most important thing going on,” Williams was quoted as explaining to the august elected body…. Continue Reading »