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Last week we showed a sampling of Anita Earls’ map for the State House from 2011 compared to what her former colleagues are now contending. Today we wanted to share some of her Congressional map exploits and see how her map stacks up against what her former colleagues at SCSJ claim is an unfair gerrymander….

Entering a second decade of litigation over fairly drawn maps by the North Carolina General Assembly, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice has changed its tune since first suing the NCGA. This year attorneys for SCSJ have specifically litigated several groupings in the State House of Representatives, alleging partisan intent in the drawing of various…

Raleigh, NC – Following a strong bipartisan vote from the North Carolina General Assembly, the two-year state budget was signed into law today by the Governor. “Today is a great day,” said Senior Appropriations Chair Rep. Dean Arp (R-Union). “This is a historic and transformative budget for North Carolina.” The final spending plan includes large…

Raleigh, NC – On Friday, October 15, 2021, Governor Roy Cooper signed House Bill 761, Police Vehicle and Equipment Protection Act, into law. The legislation increases the penalties for breaking and entering law enforcement vehicles and for the theft of law enforcement equipment. Both offenses will now become felonies. According to House Republican lawmakers, the…

Raleigh, NC – Two new laws in North Carolina will protect visitation and religious rights for patients and long-term care residents during emergencies, like the COVID-19 pandemic. House Bill 351, known as “Clifford’s Law,” ensures nursing home and long-term care residents are allowed a visitor at least twice per month during declared disasters and emergencies….

Raleigh, NC – Following multiple committees, numerous amendments and extended floor debate, the state House passed its two-year budget on Thursday with a bipartisan, veto-proof majority. The budget includes large pay raises for teachers and state employees, additional bonuses for state workers and retirees, historic investments in disaster recovery and flood mitigation, and increased funding…