Despite the change in the law in 1993 reducing the maximum potential penalties for many minor felonies to less than one year incarceration (i.e., changing the offenses to non-felonies under federal law), the state continued to refer and the feds continued to accept and prosecute cases charging people with felon in possession of a firearm where the prior felony conviction was no longer technically a felony conviction under federal law.
|By: Pam Spaulding Wednesday June 13, 2012 2:50 pm|
In North Carolina, six pairs of loving lesbian and gay parents are fighting for what every parent wants: safety and security for their children. The ACLU is kicking up a legal storm on behalf of them.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday June 12, 2012 12:30 pm|
With a large African American population and growing research triangle, North Carolina is seen as one of the Obama campaign’s top targets to “expand” the election map beyond the more traditional battleground states. That is why it was selected for the DNC national convention. Unfortunately for the Obama team, though, a new PPP poll shows [...]
|By: Pam Spaulding Monday June 4, 2012 1:45 pm|
Randy Gillis, who has this video up on his site, will walk the 80 miles from his home in Sophia to the State House in Raleigh to deliver a letter to state NC Sen. Peter Brunstetter (R) protesting Amendment One and stories from other North Carolinians. You can see his video here.
|By: Pam Spaulding Saturday May 26, 2012 7:00 pm|
The Mayor of Chapel Hill, Mark Kleinschmidt (who is openly gay), was confident that his town would turn back Amendment One on May 8. It did, by a whopping 86 percent to 14 percent, but he watched as we all did here as county after rural county results came in, with more voters turning out on the side of bigotry and ignorance that evening. Many called for a boycott of the state as a result of the 21 point defeat at the polls.
|By: Pam Spaulding Tuesday May 22, 2012 2:45 pm|
In Harmony, North Carolina, a chapter of the Loyal White Knights of the KKK are inviting the locals to attend a cross burning this weekend. This is America, and it’s 2012, but time has passed these people by.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday May 17, 2012 1:20 pm|
The ability of a President to sway broad popular opinion or change the minds of his opponents on a big issue with a speech is fairly limited, but that doesn’t mean that in certain situations the bully pulpit can’t be very powerful. The President can bring a huge amount of focus to a previously overlooked issue. A President’s opinion also has real sway over his own base and can cause members to rethink their position.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday May 16, 2012 7:00 am|
The issues of housing policy and Wall Street criminality have not appeared at the top of the agenda in the Presidential campaign, certainly not among horse race journalists. But new polling shows that this is a major challenge for the President, who is viewed as having failed on housing and foreclosure policy, and as too lenient on Wall Street.
|By: Peterr Saturday May 12, 2012 10:00 am|
Words supporting marriage equality are nice, and greatly appreciated. Growth from old positions is nice, and greatly appreciated.
But executive opinions don’t actually change anything. Executive orders, on the other hand . . .
|By: Pam Spaulding Friday May 11, 2012 5:14 pm|
As I mentioned yesterday, the Campaign for Southern Equality’s WE DO Campaign, peaceful direct actions protesting marriage inequality, launched its latest series of events at county offices in North Carolina in the wake of the passage of Amendment One.