Recent Republican Court Losses Provide Explanation For Republican Court Power Grab

WUNC recently highlighted the number of court defeats the Republican led General Assembly has seen since taking power in 2011. Since taking office, WUNC found that 14 laws were “either overturned altogether or had key provisions struck down.” It comes as no surprise, then, given their stunning record of defeat that Republicans have been attempting to seize power and rig the courts in their favor. Just this session alone, Republicans have: Shifted elections for District Court and Superior Court to partisan races [News And Observer, 3/22/17] Reduced the number of judges on the Court of Appeals from 15 to 12, an attempt to take away appointment power from Governor Cooper [Facing South, 3/10/17]

Trump Administration Sabotages Health Care, Nearly Tripling Blue Cross Blue Shield Rate Increases

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina announced today rate hikes on plans under the Affordable Care Act that are driven in large part by continued inaction from the Trump Administration on cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments. From the BCBS NC press release: “The lack of funding for cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments drove the majority of the requested increase. The Blue Cross NC requested increase would have been 8.8 percent if CSR subsidies had been fully funded for 2018.” Essentially, President Trump is sabotaging the healthcare system by ending CSR payments in order to push through a disastrous healthcare bill that the Congressional Budget Office said yesterday would take healthca

Stand up Against UNC BOG Advocacy Ban for the UNC Center For Civil Rights

The Education Planning Committee of the Board of Governors has scheduled a special meeting to consider and vote on the advocacy ban targeted at the UNC Center for Civil Rights. The meeting will be held on Tuesday August 1, at noon, in the Board Room of the Center for School Leadership Development, 140 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC. We urge anyone who is able to attend to come out and show your support for the Center, its clients, and the important civil rights advocacy they have done for civil rights on all of our behalf. The UNC Board of Governors (BOG) is considering a proposal to prohibit the Center from engaging in litigation. The Center was founded to pursue a 3-pronged mission

Wilson Town Hall Meeting Update on Redistricting and Voting Rights

WHEN Sunday, July 23, 4-5:30pm WHERE Frank Eagles Business Center Wilson Community College 902 Herring Avenue Wilson, NC 27893 FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC * Refreshments will be served (Registration available on Eventbrite) TOPICS COVERED Redistricting Voting Rights General Legislative Updates WHO Representative Jean Farmer- Butterflied, Senator Angela Bryant, Senator Erica Smith-Ingram, and Anita Earls, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Representative Shelly Willingham, and Senator Don Davis North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus 919-715-5723 nclbc@ncleg.net North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus

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