FayObserver Editorial: Cleanup - Public financing gives voters most influence.

We hope the new Republican majority in the General Assembly has a change of heart when its members see the results of publicly funded elections this year.

The party that has long decried pay-to-play corruption in Raleigh could stop more of it if it extended public financing.

On Tuesday, the watchdog group Democracy North Carolina released a study of judicial races that got public funding this year, showing a dramatic decline in special-interest influence.

Voters Need to See Through the Special-Interest Fog by Damon Circosta

RALEIGH - When Santa Claus makes his list of who has been naughty and who has been nice, he has some help.

Santa has at his disposal a cadre of elves, nine flying reindeer, a host of magical powers and reports from parents the world over. When he tallies up who has been good for goodness sake and who deserves coal in their stocking, he isn’t flying blind.

Campaign reforms, supremely trashed

Gene Nichols, the NCVCE 2010 Annual Meeting Keynote, expresses his thoughts on the growing problems in this post Citizens United era of democracy in this News & Observer op-ed

NCVCE Annual Meeting: December 3, 2010

Meeting to Be Held from Dec. 3rd from 10-1 at NCAE Raleigh Headquarters

Turning Back the Clock on Progress—Elections and Voting by Chris Fitzsimon

Many of the conservative candidates running for the General Assembly this year are fond of talking about taking Raleigh back from the special interests, which might lead you to believe they support reducing the influence of big money in elections.

Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, one of the biggest risks posed by right-wing majorities in the House and Senate next year is a halt to North Carolina's steady progress to make elections more accessible to people without access to wealth.

NCVCE's 2010 Scorecard on Campaign Reform

As record amounts of money are being poured into this year’s elections, a new report finds that support for publicly-financed, “clean elections” is growing among state lawmakers.

NC Voters for Clean Elections Stop Spooky Special Interests Halloween Bash!

Do you know what scares me? Forget spiders and vampires -- this election season, nothing is more frightening than Big Money trying to buy our democracy by pumping millions of dollars into political campaigns.

How can you help end this political house of horrors?

Elections for Sale by Beth Messersmith

This letter to the editor posted in the New & Observer from NC Voters for Clean Elections board member Beth Messersmith detailing why we need Fair Elections so special interests do not dominate our elections.

League of Women Voters - Senatorial Debate

The League of Women Voters and NBC17 are soliciting questions from voters for the live US Senatorial debate on October 13 and debates for US House races in districts 2, 4 and 13, which will be aired October 23 at 2-3 pm, October 31 at 3-4 pm and October 23 at 3-4 pm respectively.  All debates may be seen on line after their air time at http://politics.mync.com/.

Send your questions to myvote@wncn.com and include your name and address.

If it wasn't for those darn meddling kids!

Already this election season North Carolina has seen a record amount of outside special interest money flooding the airwaves and threatening to drown out the voices of ordinary  North Carolinians.