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Why Democracy Matters: Charlotte and Raleigh tour stops

At the heart of democracy is a simple but powerful idea: One person, one vote. But in North Carolina and across the country, challenges to voting rights, growing special interest influence and politically-influenced redistricting have thrown up barriers to participation and diminished the voice of ordinary voters.

2016 Candidate Questionaire

If you are a candidate statewide office or legislature, we invite you to answer our 2016 Candidate Questionaire regarding campaign finance policy positions. Please email Melissa Price Kromm at to receive a direct link to our candidate survey. 

Common Cause NC challenges Partisan Gerrymandering

Our friends at Common Cause North Carolina launched a potentially landmark lawsuit in federal court today directly challenging the foundation of partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina.

From Common Cause North Carolina: 

Lawyers pour money into N.C. Supreme Court race, raising conflict-of-interest concerns

Why does it matter that lawyers are spending big on a N.C. Supreme Court race? Because research suggests a connection between attorneys' contributions to judicial candidates and case outcomes.

This is one of the many reasons why we support judicial public financing. 

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down NC Voting Restrictions

Federal appellate judges on Friday struck down North Carolina’s restrictive omnibus voting law in a sweeping victory for voting rights, holding that it was “passed with racially discriminatory intent.”declaring in an unsparing opinion that the restrictions “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.” 

Robert Morgan's legacy: A passion to make N.C. judiciary free of undue influence

Great article from WRAL on the initiative McCain and Moyers helped Morgan start led to the establishment of non-partisan appellate court elections and a system of public financing of judicial elections that became a national model.

Partisan Justice Report

New American Constitutional Society study for the first time isolates partisanship in judges’ decisions in election cases. Some findings; 1) Partisan Justice means judges tend to favor their own party in election cases; 2) Need for campaign money drives judges’ partisan behavior in election cases; and 3) When judges no longer need campaign money, they stop exhibiting partisan behavior.

Hillary Clinton announces her support of a 28th amendment to overturn Citizens United

The US News and World Report has an article about Hillary Clinton's support of a 28th amendment and why it matters.