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Daily dose: Jim Crow Jr. on trial edition

Voting Rights Legacy of the ’60s Heads to Court as N.C. Law Is Tested (New York Times) -- Days after South Carolina confronted its past and lowered the Confederate battle flag, North Carolina will grapple with present-day rules that determine access to the voting booth. A federal trial in Winston-Salem on Monday will determine whether sweeping changes in the state’s election laws discriminate against black voters. These changes were adopted by the Republican-dominated legislature in 2013 after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the heart of the 1965 Voting Rights Act ending a requirement that nine states with histories of discrimination, including North Carolina, get federal approval before altering their election laws.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/12/us/a-voting-rights-legacy-of-the-1960s-heads-to-court-in-north-car...

Daily dose: Speaker for Cleveland County edition

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NC House speaker has new job working for Cleveland County (Raleigh News & Observer) -- N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore was hired this week as the new county attorney for Cleveland County, where he lives. Moore, a Kings Mountain Republican in his first term as speaker, will advise the Cleveland County commissioners during their twice-monthly meetings and represent the county in any legal action. His contract, signed Tuesday, calls for him to receive a $25,000 annual retainer and bill at $250 per hour he spends working for the county.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article26989441.html

Daily dose: Coop eating McCrory's lunch edition

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In 2011, McCrory held an 8 point lead over a face-to-face challenge to Perdue. In 2015, McCrory faces a 2 point deficit against potential Democratic challenger Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper. Just 57 of voters who label themselves “somewhat conservative” say they back McCrory for re-election. Four years earlier, 70 percent of those voters were backing McCrory.
http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2015/PPP_Release_NC_70915.pdf

Daily dose: Moral arc bonks Stephen LaRoque on the head version

LaRoque headed to prison (Kinston Free Press) -- The Hail Mary pass by former state GOP Rep. Stephen LaRoque’s attorney failed to find a receiver – a federal judge denied LaRoque’s motion for probation and instead sentenced him to 24 months in federal prison.
http://www.kinston.com/article/20150708/NEWS/150709115/14633/NEWS

NC ex GOP lawmaker gets 2 years prison for federal funds theft (AP) — Former N.C. lawmaker Stephen LaRoque – once on his way to being one of the most influential Republicans in the N.C. General Assembly -- was sentenced to two years in federal prison Wednesday after admitting he stole taxpayer money from the nonprofit he ran tasked with helping small businesses.
http://www.greensboro.com/news/north_carolina_ap/nc-ex-lawmaker-gets-years-prison-for-federal-funds-...

Daily dose: Debating the obvious edition

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Laura Edwards: The Dual Heritage of the Confederate Flag (Duke U. News) -- Historian Laura F. Edwards reflects on the dual heritage of the Confederate Battle Flag – first flying with the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and once again at State Capitols in opposition to federal civil rights legislation in the 1950s and 60s.
https://youtu.be/uej_E01NSkg

‘Complicated’ Support for Confederate Flag in White South (New York Times) -- In white, working-class Haralson County, the Confederate banner remains a revered symbol, not only of the Confederate dead, but of a unique regional identity.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/08/us/a-georgia-county-where-the-rebel-flag-is-still-revered.html

Daily Dose: Concealing McTravel's activities edition

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Details about McCrory’s travel to be secret (WRAL-TV) -- Open government advocates say they're concerned about a provision in the state Senate budget that would broaden the so-called "terrorism exemption" and block certain records from public review. Current state records law already blocks the release of "specific details" of security and infrastructure plans, as well as the release of plans to "prevent or respond to terrorist activity." But the state Senate's budget would add exemptions for documents that detail "patterns or practices associated with executive protection and security," among other measures.
http://www.wral.com/nc-budget-measure-would-expand-terrorism-exemption-to-more-state-records/14757605/

Daily dose: Hemp jobs are coming edition

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N.C. - Home to Hemp, Inc.'s Decortication Facility Inches toward Legalization (Globe News Wire) -- Hemp, Inc. officials excited that North Carolina’s CBD/Hemp Oil bill has passed the Senate, putting the state one step closer to hemp legalization. On July 1, the rather “cumbersome” bill was streamlined by the Senate committee stating any “board-certified neurologist could prescribe CBD oils (hemp oils) to any aged patient with intractable epilepsy, and that each patient” would simply go into a database instead of being put on a registry that would have required patients being issued a card, associating them with the registry. The registry, according to the Senate, would incur an unnecessary cost
http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2015/07/06/749826/0/en/North-Carolina-Home-to-Hemp-Inc-s-Decor...

Daily dose: One door closes, another opens version

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UNC Poverty Center closes, NC Poverty Research Fund opens (Facing South) -- As the UNC Law School’s Poverty Center closes, the Law School now launches the North Carolina Poverty Research Fund . Thanks to the generosity of North Carolina foundations, and engaged and committed citizens from across the country, the new Fund will allow us to hire student, faculty and post-doctorate scholars to assist us in probing the causes of, and solutions to, economic injustice – and to publish, extensively, the fruits of our research. Donors have indicated repeatedly that they are unwilling to see the crucial work of the Poverty Center driven from the halls of the university. The Fund will assure that it continues, and that it continues in Chapel Hill. Censorship has poor track record. It won't prevail here either.
http://www.southernstudies.org/2015/07/voices-unc-poverty-center-closes-nc-poverty-resear.html

Daily dose: Have a safe 4th, folks

Top safety precaution on the water: Wear a life jacket (AP) — If North Carolina's boating safety coordinator could drill one rule into the minds of people on the water, it would be this: wear your life jacket.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/top-safety-precaution-water-wear-life-jacket-2925989

Daily dose: The Klan is hiring edition

Local NAACP and Garner condemn KKK fliers left in Cleveland neighborhood (Raleigh News & Observer) - Local NAACP members condemned the KKK’s attempt to recruit in a local neighborhood and urged black churches to be mindful of potential attacks against them, at a news conference in Garner Thursday.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/garner-cleveland-record/article26195269.html

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