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Groups contest judicial changes

Groups contest judicial changes

Morganton News Herald
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Hands off our courts, legislators!

Hands off our courts, legislators!

Courier Tribune
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Voters may resist giving up power to elect judges

Voters may resist giving up power to elect judges

Hendersonville Lightning
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No rush on judiciary – at all

No rush on judiciary – at all

The News & Observer
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Judicial Districts

Judicial Districts

The Daily Reflector
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Our Opinion: Court meddling demands scrutiny

Our Opinion: Court meddling demands scrutiny

The Greensboro News & Record
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Large turnout shows concern for courts

Large turnout shows concern for courts

The Greensboro News & Record
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Letter: Gerrymandering judicial districts

Letter: Gerrymandering judicial districts

The New Bern Sun Journal
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Former Justice Orr On Judicial Changes.

Former Justice Orr On Judicial Changes.

Blue Ridge Public Radio
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Partisanship has no place on the NC bench

Partisanship has no place on the NC bench

The News & Observer
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Preserve NC’s judicial independence

Preserve NC’s judicial independence

The Wilson Times
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Our View: Two-year judicial terms a terrible idea

Our View: Two-year judicial terms a terrible idea

The Rocky Mount Telegram.
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Leaders decry GOP judicial redistricting legislation

Leaders decry GOP judicial redistricting legislation

The Winston-Salem Chronicle
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Let Cooper do the job voters elected him to do

Let Cooper do the job voters elected him to do

Winston-Salem Journal
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Veto override means no scheduled judicial primaries in 2018 
The News & Observer - October 17

The worst proposal yet for our courts 
Off the Record - October 17

 In NC, it’s time to invoke the Constitution’s anti-tyrant provision 
The News & Observer - October 12

Activists warn about North Carolina judicial redistricting scheme 
The Chronicle - October 12

Gerrymandering 3.0 
ACS Blog - October 10

Cooper vetoes bill that may signal push for judicial-selection change 
Carolina Journal - October 10

Editorial: GOP cancels judicial primaries 
Times News - October 11

North Carolina GOP Moves Forward With Attempt To Take Control Of State Courts 
Huff Post - October 9

Our Opinion: Legislature shakes judicial elections 
News & Record - October 10

EDITORIAL, Oct. 10: Republicans make another power grab -- this time, judicial seats 
Star News - October 10

Our viewpoint: Elections don’t make for better judges 
Citizen-Times - OCtober 10

NC judges and DAs rightly oppose gerrymandering their districts 
The News & Observer - October 4

Sexton: The honorables in Raleigh at it again targeting judges 
Winston-Salem Journal - October 4

Guest columnist: Appointed judges would serve NC better 
Citizen-Times - October 2

10/3 Letters: Lawyers calling for appointing of judges not ‘self-interested’ 
The News & Observer - October 2

Judges to NC lawmakers: ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t try and fix us.’ 
News & Observer - September 29

NC Courts Commission recommends lawmakers hold off judicial redistricting until next year 
The Progressive Pulse - September 29

Judicial maps move forward despite pleas to slow down from public, judicial stakeholders 
The Progressive Pulse - September 28

N.C. House committee approves changes to state court 
News & Record - September 27

How much power should rural voters have in electing NC judges? 
News & Observer - September 27

Want to Know about Judicial Selection? Learn from the Best. 
North Carolina Criminal Law - September 27

 Editorial: Burr's obstinance may help Farr but doesn't further justice 
WRAL - September 27

Appointing judges won’t purify their judgment 
News & Observer - September 26

 Take Time with Judicial Tinkering 
The Mountaineer - September 25

 NC legislators consider redrawing court districts, along with other judicial reforms 
The Daily Tarheel - September 21

 Superior Court judges hire lobbyists; merit selection plan could be unveiled by end of October 
Progressive Pulse - September 21

NC House panel back to debating judicial remapping 
The Times News - September 19

 A better path to picking judges 
News & Observer - September 13

Voters for Clean Elections Director details attacks on judicial independence 
Progressive Pulse - September 13

Picking our judges, the right and fair way 
News & Observer - September 13

The naked partisanship in Rep. Burr’s judicial redistricting plan 
NC Policy Watch - September 13

Democrats concerned as GOP begins judicial redistricting process 
The Chronicle - September 14

Rep. Justin Burr: Judicial redistricting, merit selection may not be either-or scenario 
The Progressive Pulse - September 12

Are NC lawmakers moving toward abandoning election of judges and overhauling courts? 
News & Observer - September 12

 N.C. courts were once the domain of white males. No longer 
Charlotte Observer - September 10

Retired judges of both parties: North Carolinians must fight to preserve independent judiciary 
The Progressive Pulse - August 30

Movement emerges for independent courts 
News & Record - August 30

News & Record Editorial: Legislature shakes judicial elections

Star News Editorial: Republicans make another power grab -- this time, judicial seats

Winston-Salem Journal: Cooper vetoes bill that would have eliminated 2018 judicial primaries

WUNC/AP: Gov Cooper Vetoes Bill to Eliminate 2018 Judicial Primaries

HuffPost: North Carolina GOP Moves Forward With Attempt To Take Control Of State Courts

WRAL: Legislative leaders seek to turn N.C. into Banana Republic

WLOS: WNC Against Judicial Gerrymandering rally in downtown Asheville Monday

News & Observer: Is plan to cancel 2018 judicial primaries a tip that NC voters will be asked to abandon election of judges?  

Herald Sun: Justice in North Carolina under attack - Rep. Marica Morey

N.C. Policy Watch: Gerrymandering is only the latest attack on North Carolina's court (by director)

N.C. Policy Watch: Voters for Clean Elections Director details attack on judicial independence

News & Observer: Are NC lawmakers moving toward abandoning election of judges and overhauling courts? 

N.C. Policy Watch: Rep. Justin Burr: Judicial redistricting, merit selection may not be either-or scenario

N.C. Policy Watch: Opposing lawmakers debate judicial redistricting ahead of next week's House committee meeting

N.C. Policy Watch: Merit or maps? Judges futures could come down to clashing legislative proposals

News & Observer: Courts are roadblocks to NC lawmakers' right turn

N&O A judge, a Vegas phone call and the NC GOP legislative effort to remake the judicial branch

N.C. Policy Watch Voting rights advocates gather before redistricting meeting to demand fair maps

WRAL Editorial: Zombie bills, like judicial gerrymandering, should stay entombed in committee 

Winston Salem Journal Sexton: Little bills, in a big rush, can tip checks and balances

Charlotte Observer: Local judge says he didn’t leave the Republican Party - the party left him

Indy Over Accusations of Gerrymandering, Republicans Introduce Bill to Redraw Judicial Maps

N.C. Policy Watch: North Carolina is not alone: The Right's nationwide assault on state judiciaries (by director) 

American Prospect: A Test of American Democracy - In attempts to undermine democracy, state lawmakers have set their sights on the courts.  (North Carolina focused)

WFAE: New Report Says North Carolina Out Front In Bills Targeting State Courts

WRAL Editorial: Legislators need to get out of the courtroom and down to business

N&O Editorial Cartoon: Berger's Law

North Carolina Business Journal: Why listen to the N.C. Supreme Court, anyway?

N.C. Policy Watch: Republican judge on protests bill reducing Court of Appeals: 'There weren't any other options'

N&O Another stand-off with GOP over Cooper's power looms (quote by director)

N&O The wrong way to reform courts

N&O Court changes would 'seriously harm our judicial system,' former chief justices say

N&O As NC independents grow, GOP stresses party labels for judges

N&R Trio of politically charged judicial bills clear House

Facing South Open war against the judiciary

N&O Cooper should veto bill that puts party labels on NC judicial races (by director)

N&O GOP tries to further limit Cooper with changes in judicial appointments

US News GOP Wants Trial Court races Officially Partisan Again

N&O Making more judicial and local races partisan puts politics above good governance

N&O Elected official who attack the courts undermine the judicial system

American Prospect: Big Money's Other Casualty: Fair Courts

MSNBC All In with Chris Hayes: Deluge of Big Money in Judicial Elections (9 min mark)

National Journal: When Judges Go Courting

Democracy Now: Will Dark Money Reshape North Carolina Political Landscape from Senate Race to State Supreme Court?

New York Times editorial: Judges and Justice for Sale

New York Times: Outside Spending Enters Arena of Judicial Races

Daily Beast: Outside Cash Floods North Carolina Judicial Races

Washington Post: In N.C., conservative donor sits at heart of government he helped transform

WRAL: Big business spends to unseat NC Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson

News & Observer op-ed:  Alarming campaign to create 'politicians in robes' -  Melissa Price Kromm and Bert Brandenburg on big money in judicial elections

News & Observer editorial: Money in Politics weaken the independence of courts

Charlotte Observer: NC Supreme Court: Martin wins chief justice seat; Levinson trailing

Charlotte Observer: Sarah Parker leaves legacy on Supreme Court

Greensboro News & Record: Tracking the players in the effort to oust judge

Greensboro News & Record editorial: Money and high court races

Wilmington Star-News editorial: Attack ads on candidates threaten to taint justice system

WFAE: Controversial 'Justice for All NC' PAC Returns for Late Push on JudgesA

AP: Dialing for dollars' new for NC court hopefuls

ABC11: I-Team investigates outside money's influence on local elections

Last Week w/ John Oliver on Money in Politics and Electing Judges

Press Releases

New Poll: Voters Will Hold Legislators Accountable for fate of NC’s Judicial Public Financing Program

Greensboro Passes Resolution Calling on Congress to Overturn Citizens United

Greensboro Citizens File Resolution at Town Council Meeting Calling on Congress to Overturn Citizens United

Greenville, NC becomes 10th municipality seeking reversal of Citizens United

Raleigh Passes Resolution Calling on Congress to Overturn Citizens United

Citizen Groups Seek to Curb Corporate Power: Questions Why Leadership Blocks Grassroots Legislation

Fracking debate fuels campaign gifts to lawmakers

CItizen Groups Seek to Curb Power

N.C. Landmark Clean Elections Law Remains Strong

Gov. Jim Holshouser, Gov. Jim Hunt, US Senator Robert Morgan & Bill Friday Join Forces to Protect Clean Elections

Letter from Gov. Holshouser, Gov Hunt, US Sen. Morgan & Bill Friday

2010 Scorecard on Campaign Finance Reform

Statement: Reforming Gubernatorial Elections

NCVCE Praises US Supreme Court for Allowing Pro-Reform Ruling to Stand

Nine Lives of New NC Candidate: Candidates Speak on Public Financing

Scorecard Release: Year Plagued By Scandal Also Produces Significant Reform

Council of State Bill Passes Senate

Council of State Bill Passes House

Chapel Hill Pilot Bill Approved by General Assembly

Council of State Members Back Reform

Prominent Campaign Donors Back Voter-Owned Elections

Letter to Legislative Leaders Regarding Former Speaker Jim Black

2006 Legislative Scorecard Press Release