Chapel Hill candidates, Baker and Bell Qualify for Voter-Owned Elections

A great piece in the New & Observer discussing the candidates who qualified for Chapel Hill's Voter-Owned Elections program:

N.C. should fight to keep publicly funding judicial campaigns

David Earley at the Brennan Center for Justice published this great op-ed in the Charolotte N&O on why North Carolina needs to preserve it's judicial public financing program:

NCVCE's 2nd Annual Stop Spooky Special Interests Bash on October 15th!

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. 

Chapel Hill Voter-Owned Elections

The 2011 Chapel Hill muncipal elections kicked off yesterday with a Friends of Downtown candidate forum.

The importance of Voter-Owned Elections was highlighted in this article in the Independent

DemocracyNC Protect the Vote Rally July 13th

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 11:00 AM
NC General Assembly Building
16 W. Jones St. Raleigh, NC

Voting rights in North Carolina
are under attack!

NC Center for Voter Education Response on Supreme Court Ruling on Matching Funds

RALEIGH - The U.S. Supreme Court today handed down a 5-4 ruling in the case of McComish v. Bennett (PDF), which centered on the question of Arizona's use of matching funds in its public financing program.

The court's five-member majority struck down Arizona's matching-fund mechanism, which grants additional money to publicly financed candidates when their privately funded opponents or independent political groups spend above a certain threshold.

McComish v. Bennett Supreme Court decision

As expected the Supreme Court made its 5-4 decision against trigger funds in the McComish case.  We disagree with the decision, however, the case was thankfully very narrow and clear that public financing is constitutional.

Here is a clip from Justice Kagan's minority dissent. 

Gov. Jim Holshouser, Gov. Jim Hunt, Gov. Martin Join Forces to Protect Clean Elections

RALEIGH – Today, 200 business and civic leaders, including two dozen past presidents of the NC State Bar and NC Bar Association, called on state lawmakers to protect the integrity of the state’s court system by preserving a law that reduces the influence of private money in the elections of appellate judges.

Democracy NC: Sponsors of Insurance Exchange Bill Are Top Recipients of Blue Cross Contributions

Reserved Seats Go to Other Special Interests, Big Donors of Bill Sponsors

The House Insurance Committee will take up a controversial bill (H-115) today that gives insurance companies a large role in overseeing how consumers can buy affordable insurance coverage through a state-level “health benefits exchange” created under the new national health reform law.

The bill’s biggest supporter is Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the state’s largest insurance company; it gets to help name at least one representative to the new exchange.

Democracy NC and League of Women Voters host Redistricting Meeting in Charlotte

This Friday evening Democracy NC and the League of Women Voters will host a panel discussion on redistricting, how it could reshape political power in Charlotte and the implications for your future.

When: Friday, April 22, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: YWCA 3420 Park Road, Charlotte, NC

You will be able to ask questions at the forum. Panelists include Senator Bob Rucho, Chair of the NC Senate Redistricting Committee, plus these experts in political science, social justice, civil rights and the history of political power in North Carolina: