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Voter photo ID, E-Verify laws to take effect in new year

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) – Laws that require voters to present photo identification at the polls, recognize same-sex civil unions and aim to restrict illegal immigration are among the state measures taking effect on New Year’s Day. Measures passed in 2011, which numbered nearly 40,000 across the country, often reflected…

Campaign finance experts may be allowed to back John Edwards’ case at trial

GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday left the door open for former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards to call two campaign finance experts to testify at his trial next month on charges of using illegal campaign funds to hide an extramarital affair. Prosecutors wanted to block…

ACLU defends disabled Occupy Raleigh protester’s right to free speech

A 57-year-old disabled woman who was arrested for refusing to move her chair, which she required to use because of back problems, will receive legal representation from the The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation. Margaret Schucker was sitting in a chair on a public sidewalk while…

Judge blocks anti-abortion license plates in North Carolina

WILMINGTON, North Carolina (Reuters) – A judge on Monday blocked the state of North Carolina from issuing voluntary vehicle license plates with an anti-abortion slogan on them. U.S. District Judge James Fox granted a preliminary injunction sought by the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. The ACLU argued in…

We call them the Cracker Taliban for a reason

Sorry about the gaping silence from my end. Explanations will be issued tomorrow. Pam already posted on this, but I thought I’d highlight this video and blog post from Right Wing Watch about the Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Canton, North Carolina that decided to mark Halloween by having a…

Carrie Prejean brings ‘opposite marriage’ message to NC Conservative Leadership Conference

Dammit, instead of going to the animal shelter to see the dogs, Kate and I should have taken the opportunity to rub shoulders with the queen of Opposite Marriage in the wingnut movement, disgraced Miss California Carrie Prejean, who was in the Triangle to stimulate intellectual discussion during her lunch…

Keeping the hope alive for a couple more hours

One more blogathon post and I’m taking a break for a couple hours to run errands. Use this thread to recommend music from musicians from Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, and maybe Indiana and Missouri. Indiana will be fun (Jackson family), but I’m less than convinced that they’re going to…

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