Author: Amy R. Worley

SCOTUS to NC: There is Rat F**ked and then, there is North Carolina.

Writing this piece feels like talking during a no-hitter. I’m not generally superstitious, but the past few days of Supreme Court voting rights cases makes me nervous. This war-weary voting rights advocate is not accustomed to so much good news in a such a short time, especially not from SCOTUS, an institution known for crafting law at a pace akin to stalagmite formation. Last week, SCOTUS declined to hear the North Carolina “voter ID” law, letting stand a court of appeals opinion finding unconstitutional, intentional race discrimination by the North Carolina General Assembly (again). I wrote about the impact of that decision here....

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The SCOTUS Voting Rights Cert Denial and Dog Whistling in NC Politics

The jumble of North Carolina election laws winding through the federal and state courts right now is confusing, even to insufferable law nerds. Following the 2010 census, the North Carolina GOP-controlled legislature enacted a suite of legislation aimed at increasing the likelihood that Republicans would be elected to various political offices. There are two broad categories of North Carolina election legislation: (1) district drawing or “gerrymandering” laws and (2) limits on the time, place and manner of voting.  I discussed some of the more important NC gerrymandering cases here. Last week the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) denied a petition to...

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Activism Ain’t For Sissies: Put on Your Big [Whatever] Panties

I’m annoyed. Not at Republicans or Trump—okay, yes at Republicans and Trump—but right now I’m talking about being annoyed with the political left. And since I’ve been working with my 3rd grader lately on identifying the “Main Idea” of a story, let me go ahead and lay it out here for you.  The Main Idea of this post is simple: Activism is not for sissies. No quitters allowed.  Michael Jordan missed more than 9000 shots in his career, lost almost 300 games and missed tens of game winners. Losing is an essential part of winning. Yes, Democrats lost the...

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Wake County Democratic Convention Hopeful, if a bit Clunky

I spent the better part of yesterday–a beautiful, spring day–stuffed in a high school auditorium attending the Wake County Democratic Party Convention. I missed both of my boys’ soccer games and a third grade basketball game. As a newly minted precinct officer and delegate, this was my first such convention in Wake County. Amid the crowd, the speeches, and the thin film of order, there was much cause for hope and enthusiasm. And, as is true with most old, dusty institutions, there is also great opportunity for modernization, inclusion and growth. A hope and change girl, I’ll start with cause for optimism.  President Obama, in...

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Squirrel! The Distractor in Chief

POTUS may be the most ineffective man ever to serve as President. His attempted Muslim ban has been thwarted twice by the courts. His healthcare reform bill, touted as a snake oil cure for all that ails us, has yet to gain traction. Hundreds of government posts remain unfilled. Nominees have been confirmed only to resign amid scandal and others have declined appointment. And then there is Russia. You know, the former communist nation that interfered with our election. The news cycle is a whack-a-mole frenzy attempting to uncover Trump’s ties to Vladamir Putin and Putin’s oligarch drinking buddies. Don’t...

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