Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan rejected calls from lawyers for the state and legislature to assign the case to a three-judge panel or dismiss it altogether. Instead, he set the case for trial beginning Sept. 26."I will move this case forward as expediently as possible," Morgan said in court Monday afternoon.
That decision throws another twist into an election year that has already been shaped by a number of court rulings and could be shaken further depending on rulings pending in other courts. A federal case over North Carolina's voter ID requirement is pending before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, while other cases involving legislative and congressional districts are at various stages in front of federal district courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Even if the case takes only a week to hear in court, Morgan will almost certainly issue his ruling in the early days of October. Early in-person voting begins Oct. 27. In addition to Morgan's ruling, the case will likely be appealed, and the state has already challenged some of his rulings in filings before the state Court of Appeals.
Another interesting twist in the case involves Morgan himself. Morgan is running for state Supreme Court against incumbent Justice Bob Edmunds. While party affiliations aren't listed on the ballot for Supreme Court, Edmunds is a Republican, Morgan is a Democrat and both are explicitly backed by their respective parties. Democrats have generally opposed the voter ID rules because the voters affected are more likely to be Democratic voters.
Anyway, since we're way into linking political websites today for some reason, here's Thomas Mills, Hudson's Democratic challenger in November.
North Carolina’s growing foothold on solar power helped it land more than half the loan support for renewable energy projects in this year’s allotment by a major, federal program for rural areas.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is announcing $43.2 million in loan guarantees today for rural, energy projects across the nation. Of that money, $24.7 million — 57 percent — will go to seven large projects in this state.
Clinton's final victory over Sanders comes at the end of a long campaign in which she repeatedly moved to accommodate him and the liberal activists behind his campaign.Good work, Bernie.
She reversed her position on sensitive political issues like the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and the Keystone XL Pipeline — two projects that progressive staunchly oppose.
And last week, Clinton announced a new college affordability plan that mirrored Sanders' proposals. It proposes tuition-free enrollment in public in-state colleges for families making up to $85,000, with the income benchmark increasing to $125,000 over the course of several years.
Sanders also was able to win concessions from Clinton for language in the Democratic party platform last weekend in Orlando, including a provision calling for a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage.
"We got 80% of what we wanted in this platform," Warren Gunnels, a top Sanders foreign policy adviser, told CNN.
It will be interesting to see if — or how — Sanders continues to press the issue.
Frankly, I'm appalled. The Trans Pacific Partnership is a Trojan horse in the global race to the bottom. That the Democratic Party platform won't oppose the TPP is a sad commentary on the continuing power of global corporations to dictate party policy whenever that policy might otherwise conflict with their goals.
The Democrat's failure to oppose the TPP also gives Donald Trump — who is unambiguously against it — a trump card he doesn't deserve.