Racist “othering” of African American former senator Joel Ford follows implication from “social justice” group that Ford can’t speak for himself and earned his position through a corrupt bargain

Raleigh, N.C. — The left-wing activist group DemocracyNC this week publicly applied a dehumanizing label to former Sen. Joel Ford, who is African American, for possessing a political opinion different from their own.

The left-wing group called former Sen. Ford a “prop” for sponsoring a 2018 voter ID bill.

The race-tinged accusation came just one day after the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) attempted to smear former Sen. Ford by…

“The cumulative decisions of a free people create more wealth, opportunity, and progress than any government bureaucracy or central planning could ever achieve”

Raleigh, N.C. — The News & Observer today published an op-ed from Senate Leader Phil Berger. Below are excerpts. Read the full op-ed here.

A column in the News & Observer recently questioned whether North Carolina Republicans possess a governing philosophy.

The Republican philosophy for North Carolina is apparent to any mildly informed observer not predisposed to blind partisanship. After all, we’ve adhered to it for more than a decade.

Our governance is built on the premise…

Legislation requires notification of out-of-network providers at in-network healthcare facilities

Raleigh, N.C. — Today the Senate Health Care Committee approved Senate Bill 505, “Medical Billing Transparency.” The bill seeks to provide patients with more information about healthcare providers, in an effort to prevent the patient from receiving a surprise bill after the fact.

The legislation requires a healthcare facility to notify a patient of any out-of-network provider who will be providing care to them and the estimated cost of services.

“In an emergency, the last thing on someone’s mind should be whether or not the anesthesiologist preparing them for surgery…

Legislation follows secret settlement between AG Stein, Dem Elections Director and Dem Party lawyer changing election laws after voting began

Raleigh, N.C. — Today the Senate Redistricting and Elections Committee approved Senate Bill 360, which would require legislative leaders to sign off on any deal settling a lawsuit to which the legislature is a party.

The chairmen of the committee, Sens. Paul Newton (R-Cabarrus), Warren Daniel (R-Burke), and Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), sponsored the bill.

The legislation comes on the heels of the Executive Director of the Democratic Party-controlled N.C. State Board of Elections, Karen Brinson Bell, and Democratic Attorney General…

Measure would require Council of State concurrence with emergency declaration within 10 days and legislative approval within 45 days

Raleigh, N.C. — The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved legislation sponsored by Sens. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick), Jim Burgin (R-Harnett), and Carl Ford (R-Rowan) to rein in Gov. Roy Cooper’s emergency powers.

The measure, Senate Bill 346, would require the Council of State to approve a governor’s emergency declaration within 10 days. If the Council of State does not approve, then the emergency declaration expires.

The Council of State is a group of 10 statewide elected officers, including the Lt. …

Southern Coalition for Social Justice, without evidence, implied former Sen. Joel Ford was appointed to the Board of Governors via some corrupt bargain

In court yesterday, SCSJ’s lawyers engaged in dog whistles to intimate that Sen. Ford wasn’t capable of speaking for himself

FLASHBACK: Democratic Party orgs targeted group of all black legislators as “Disloyal Dems” for not towing party line in 2019

Raleigh, N.C. — The Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ), which purports to fight against “structural racism and oppression,” yesterday attempted to smear an African American former legislator, Joel Ford, over his support for voter ID.

The…

Yesterday’s witness admitted she didn’t know the bill sponsors and didn’t even read the bill before writing her “expert report”

Second expert witness today admitted he, too, had no idea that an African American Democrat sponsored the voter ID bill; conceded he found no evidence of discriminatory intent

New testimony further cements reality that the anti-voter ID case is based on nothing but fiery rhetoric and baseless smears

Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina’s 2018 voter ID law is on trial this week (read a summary of the law here). For the second day in a row, an “expert witness” admitted…

Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina’s 2018 voter ID law is on trial this week (read a summary of the law here).

Lawyers for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, a left-wing legal organization, have attempted to characterize the law and those who backed it as “racist,” even though the law was sponsored by an African American Democrat.

They’ve also alleged, improbably, that the bill’s backers, including an African American Democrat, sought to “entrench” Republican majorities through a partisan legislative process.

The lawyers’ attempts to redefine history are undercut by quotes from key Democratic legislators who spoke favorably of the process…

Testimony reveals the anti-voter ID case is based on nothing but fiery rhetoric and baseless smears

Witness charges that any “judge who votes to uphold a voter ID law is exhibiting white rage”

But the witness admitted she didn’t even read the bill before writing her “expert report”

Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina’s 2018 voter ID law is on trial this week (read a summary of the law here).

The expert witness called to testify against the voter ID law admitted she hadn’t read the bill before writing her report, didn’t know the primary sponsor was an African American Democrat…

Raleigh, N.C. — The trial on the constitutionality of North Carolina’s 2018 voter ID law begins today in state court. Below are key points to follow as the trial progresses:

1. The requirement for photo voter ID is in the North Carolina Constitution: In 2018, North Carolina voters opted to amend their Constitution to require photo voter ID. Reasonable people can have reasonable disagreements about whether voter ID is a good policy, but that debate is over. The Constitution requires voter ID.

2. The law implementing voter ID was sponsored by an African American Democrat: News coverage of the voter…

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