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In a letter to Governor McCrory, Attorney General Roy Cooper asks that he veto the Voter ID legislation.
In the letter Attorney General Cooper raises concerns regarding provisions that would cut a week off early voting, end voter pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds and no longer allow voters to cast a provisional ballot if they mistakenly go to the wrong polling place. He also called the Voter ID requirements “unnecessary, expensive and burdensome” and likely to result in court challenges by the U.S. Department of Justice.
To read the full letter, click the attachment below.
2013 Candidate Filings for Chapel Hill/Carrboro School Board
and the Municipalities of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and Mebane
Chapel Hill/Carrboro School Board (Elect 3)
James Barrett (D)*
Shell Brownstein (D)*
Andrew Davidson (U)
Ignacio Tzoumas (U)
Town of Carrboro
Lydia Lavelle (D)
Board of Aldermen (Elect 3)
Randee Haven-O'Donnell (D)*
Jacquelyn Gist (D)*
Sammy Slade (D)*
Al Vickers (D)
Kurt Stolka (U)
Town of Chapel Hill
Mark Kleinschmidt (D)*
Town Council (Elect 4)
Sally Greene (D)*
Ed Harrison (D)*
Maria Palmer (D)
Paul Neebe (D)
Loren Hintz (D)
Amy Ryan (D)
D.C. Swinton (D)
Gary Khan (R)
George Cianciolo (U)
Jonathan Riehl (U)
Town of Hillsborough
Tom Stevens (D)*
Board of Commissioners (Elect 2)
Jenn Weaver (D)
Kathleen Dalton (D)
Meighan Carmichael (U)
City of Mebane
City Council (Elect 3)
Ed Hooks (D)*
Tim Bradley (D)*
Jill Auditori (U)*
NOTE: A decision regarding endorsements have not been made as of yet. These races are non-partisan, but each candidate's political affliation is listed for informational purposes. Candidates marked with * denote an incumbent candidate.
You would think that with as much praise the Republicans have given to their own tax plan that North Carolina's tax code was heading to a massive rewrite, but it's not. This "reform" is truly robbing Peter to pay Paul.
Here are the highlights:
- It's not reform. It's a tax cut for the wealthiest North Carolinians and out-of-state corporations. Real tax reform would focus on closing special interest loopholes and establishing a tax code that treats all our hardworking taxpayers fairly.
- It's a budget-buster. Republicans are gambling a potential 2.4 billion dollar revenue shortfall over 5 years on failed economic policy.
- It's not paid for. Gov. McCrory promised "revenue-neutral" tax reform. Instead this so-called reform will result in budget shortfalls which will result in deeper cuts to education and public services.
- It fails the basic test of tax reform. North Carolina needs a tax code that protects the middle class and ensures everyone pays their fair share.
- Bad for the middle class. Flattening the tax structure benefits millionaires and the wealthiest North Carolinians, not our hardworking, middle class families.
- Bad for small business. Republican tax bill raises taxes on 390,000 NC small businesses to give a tax break to out-of-state corporations.
- More taxes for working families. Families who are already struggling to make ends meet will lose their deduction for retirement savings while paying new taxes on their electric bills, service contracts and even trips to the movies.
Press Clips on the "wasted opportunity" of Republican Tax 'Reform'
- N&O Editorial Board: GOP tax plan nothing but a pretty piggy
You can put lipstick on a pig, it's said, but it's still just a pig. In ballyhooing a tax "reform" agreement that seems more a desperate attempt to prove they're not the gang that couldn't shoot straight, Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory had the full makeup kit out Monday. [7/16/13]
- Charlotte Observer Editorial Board: Why this tax cut is an opportunity wasted
House and Senate Republicans voted Tuesday for a bundle of tax cuts, totaling $2.4 billion over the next five years. McCrory called it "not just a tax cut here and there but meaningful tax reform, historic tax reform." In fact, it is just a tax cut here and there. And there. And there. It is not historic tax reform. [7/16/13]
- Failed Republican economic policy results in N.C. falling out of top 10 best states for business
Last year, North Carolina ranked No. 4 on CNBC's America's Top States for Business feature, but it's a different story this year. In the 2013 version of the list, North Carolina dropped eight spots to No. 12, the first time the Tar Heel State has failed to make the top 10. [7/11/13]
Republicans waited patiently for the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act ruling and now they have a Frakenstein voter suppression bill moving through the legislature. HB 589 is the Republican Voter ID bill with signficant changes.
Previous editions of this bill allowed college IDs to be used to vote. This new bill does not allow college IDs.
This bill will prevent thousands from participating in our democratic system because of two instances of in person voter fraud out of more than 20 million votes cast in the past 6 elections in NC.
The bill now does the following:
- shortens early voting by 1 week
- eliminates same day registration and provisional voting if at wrong precinct
- prevents counties from offering voting on last Saturday before the election beyond 1 pm
- prevents counties from extending poll hours by one hour on election day in extraordinary circumstances (like lengthy lines)
- eliminates state supported voter registration drives and preregistration for 16 and 17 year olds
- repeals voter owned judicial elections and straight party voting
- increases number of people who can challenge voters inside the precinct
- purges voter rolls more often
Do you think the special interests received a carve out? You bet! This bill makes it easier for spending by outside groups and reduces disclosure. It also raises the contribution limits to $5,000 per person per election (up from $4,000) and indexes the amount to rise with inflation.
This Senate Rules Committee will debate this bill at 2pm today (July 23).
TAKE ACTION: Call Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger at (919) 733-5708 and Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca at (919) 733-5745 and tell them you OPPOSE their voter suppression bill.
The Republican legislative leaders and Governor McCrory have agreed on a so-called tax reform plan that will soon make it to the Governor’s desk and break their very promise to pass a revenue neutral and broad reform plan. What this plan is is a raw deal for North Carolina by saying one thing and doing another.
This plan is not reform. It’s a tax cut for millionaires and billionaires and out-of-state corporations through essentially implementing a flat tax in our state. Real tax reform should focus on closing special interest loopholes and strengthening our progressive tax scheme. Instead of taking this approach, Republicans are gambling a potential 2.4 billion dollar revenue shortfall over 5 years based on failed economic policy once called “voodoo economics” and will result in cuts to education and critical public services.
Republican tax bill raises taxes on 390,000 small businesses as well as families who are already struggling to make ends meet. These families will lose their deduction for retirement savings while paying new taxes on their energy bills, service contracts and even trips to the movies. This tax plan eliminates programs such as North Carolina’s back-to-school sales tax holiday after eliminating the states Earned Income Tax Credit. Not to mention republicans have raised millions in new taxes through fee increases.
If Republicans in Raleigh were serious about tax reform, they would be pushing North Carolina towards a system dramatically overhauled to reflect a change towards our new service-based economy. Instead they’re creating an atmosphere that will make North Carolina uncompetitive with the 49 other states as evident that in one year our state went from 4th in the nation as the best state to do business to the 12th.
It is up to the Democrats to call out the hypocrisy in the Republican tax plan and propose a bright new path forward in keeping North Carolina competitive through real tax reform and leave it to Republican leadership to continue to break its promises to North Carolina’s citizens.