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IOPL and NCCWPS Announce Merger to develop future leaders

From an email today from IOPL (www.iopl.org):

IOPL and NCCWPS Announce Merger

The Institute of Political Leadership (IOPL) and the North Carolina Center for Women in Public Service (NCCWPS) announced today that they will merge effective immediately.

Easter Maynard, Chairperson of the NCCWPS Board of Directors, said, “We are very excited about the opportunity to merge with IOPL. Both agencies share similar values and origins, including a commitment to non-partisan political training, diversity in elected and appointed community leadership, and a focus on public service. We are excited to join forces to better serve the people of North Carolina.”

Art Pope's NCICL badly misinterprets NC Constitution

Apparently the newest copy she has is from the 19th Century:

Section 10 of the North Carolina Constitution states "All elections shall be free." But Jeanette Doran, executive director of the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law, said that doesn't mean free of cost. "That means free of intimidation or coercion. It's not free in terms of dollars-and-cents concept," Doran said.

Good Lord. If these are the folks who are supposed to be looking out for our Constitutional rights, we're up shit's creek with only a waterlogged piece of driftwood to hold onto. And her predecessor is also dumbfounded:

Daily dose

LEGISLATURE
Republicans try to beat past tax reform dangers (AP) -- Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory brimmed with optimism early this year about prospects for passing a North Carolina tax code overhaul that most agree has been needed for decades. Still, they didn't predict smooth sailing.
http://www.reflector.com/news/elections/republicans-try-beat-past-tax-reform-dangers-1930057

Dix bill backers, opponents spar over deed’s words (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A single line of faded cursive from the mid-19th century has taken center stage as state legislators consider revoking Raleigh’s lease on the Dorothea Dix property.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/04/07/2809466/dix-bill-backers-opponents-spar.html

Republican Assemblymen to consider bill declaring marriage as "belonging to the dominion of God"

Although the deadline has passed for bills to be drafted in the NC Assembly, a great deal of damage to our state has already been dealt. And if these regressive politicians are kept in power, we are only going to suffer more.

One of the biggest losses in 2012 was Amendment One, which declared that marriage was to be between only a man and a woman - unnecessary as NC already lacked gay marriage legislation. And now marriage equality will be much harder to attain.

Would that our leaders had this kind of humility

The United States, like Australia, has a deplorable history of genocide and aggression against indigenous peoples, made worse by our embrace of slavery. And yet it seems our leaders haven't yet understood and apologized for the ongoing tragedy we have created. Would that we had a governor with the kind of humility expressed by the prime minister of Australia on that country's day of atonement.

That today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

We reflect on their past mistreatment.

We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were Stolen Generations—this blemished chapter in our nation’s history.

The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia’s history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future.

Night-table reading: United States vs. State of Texas

On the un-Constitutionality of stifling college voters:

The complaint of the United States alleges that defendant Symm, by virtue of certain practices, including the use of a unique form, has abridged the right of Prairie View dormitory residents to vote in violation of their rights under the 14th, 15th and 26th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States.

This is the case that set up the appeal to the (US) Supreme Court (Symm vs. US) to which everybody is now referring. If you read on, you'll understand why it was affirmed with no commentary other than Rehnquist's whiny dissent. The lower court had tons of relevant precedent backing it up, including the Constitution and Statute:

Fourth Annual International Night, Sat. April 13

Fourth Annual International Night
Location: The Royal Banquet, 3801 Hillsborough Street, Suite 109
Raleigh, NC 27607 (Across from Meredith College Entrance)
When: Saturday, April 13, 2013; Time: 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Chief Guests:
NC Treasurer, Ms. Janet Cowell & NC Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley

Recipient of 2013 Unity in Diversity award are:
Mr. P.R Latta and Ms. Pota Vallas

Potluck Dinner: Please bring an ethnic dish for 4-6 people best representing your ethnic community.

Dress Code: Please wear the ethnic dress of the country you are representing. Also, bring a FLAG of that country.

Entertainment: Dances representing different ethnic background, D.J. and Drummer
Please RSVP by April 10, 2013

Space is limited, so please RSVP early!

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS $15.00 each, children under 12 are FREE

The ongoing war on Christianity

It's not what you think.

People of faith find that every day they must look into their heart, their mind and their religious texts and approach the world in the way they feel their faith asks of them. In the last ten years, though, something truly sinister has begun to happen in America, to one of the major faiths that dominates our landscape.

Christianity has come under serious attack. Those who followed the teaching of Christ have found that their churches have become corrupted, the preachings at pulpits tainted, and the heart of their faith has been disturbingly altered.

There is a war against Christianity my friends.

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