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Little bills, in a big rush, can tip checks and balances

Winston-Salem Journal article by Scott Sexton highlighting the work of NCVCE.  

Standing up to Judicial Redistricting

Indy piece highlights committee testimony by NCVCE's Director on the dangers of judicial redistricting legislation.  

North Carolina is not alone: The Right’s nationwide assault on state judiciaries

Op-ed in NC Policy Watch by Melissa Price Kromm

In the past few months, North Carolinians have seen our General Assembly make national news several times. At least a couple of those times were due to the continuing and shameless partisan assaults on the independence of our courts.

Will President Trump side with big donors or everyday American people?

"You want a government that serves the people not the donors and special interest. You want a government that keeps its promises," said President Trump last week at a rally in Melbourne, Florida.

The opening at the FEC sets up a test for him. Will his nominee side with big donors or everyday Americans?

2016 Candidate Surveys

The response from our 2016 candidate survey is amazing!  Please look up your candidate here

2016 is proving to be another historic record year for political fundraising.  The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United is intensifying the campaign money chase.  

Why Democracy Matters: Charlotte and Raleigh tour stops

At the heart of democracy is a simple but powerful idea: One person, one vote. But in North Carolina and across the country, challenges to voting rights, growing special interest influence and politically-influenced redistricting have thrown up barriers to participation and diminished the voice of ordinary voters.

2016 Candidate Questionaire

If you are a candidate statewide office or legislature, we invite you to answer our 2016 Candidate Questionaire regarding campaign finance policy positions. Please email Melissa Price Kromm at to receive a direct link to our candidate survey. 

Common Cause NC challenges Partisan Gerrymandering

Our friends at Common Cause North Carolina launched a potentially landmark lawsuit in federal court today directly challenging the foundation of partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina.

From Common Cause North Carolina: 

Lawyers pour money into N.C. Supreme Court race, raising conflict-of-interest concerns

Why does it matter that lawyers are spending big on a N.C. Supreme Court race? Because research suggests a connection between attorneys' contributions to judicial candidates and case outcomes.

This is one of the many reasons why we support judicial public financing. 

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down NC Voting Restrictions

Federal appellate judges on Friday struck down North Carolina’s restrictive omnibus voting law in a sweeping victory for voting rights, holding that it was “passed with racially discriminatory intent.”declaring in an unsparing opinion that the restrictions “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.”