September 11, 2013 -
Plaintiffs suing over North Carolina's controversial new elections law have notified the Civitas Institute -- a conservative think tank founded and largely funded by Republican mega-donor Art Pope, now state budget director -- to preserve documents and other records related to the legislation.
August 29, 2013 -
The conservative mega-donor, now the state budget director, played important but behind-the-scenes roles in the passage of one of the nation's most restrictive voting laws, from ginning up fear of voter fraud to backing politicians who fought for voting restrictions.
July 25, 2013 -
North Carolina lawmakers are poised to pass the harshest voter photo ID law in the nation -- an effort that's been met with protests from voting rights advocates and talk of a possible lawsuit by the federal government.
June 27, 2013 -
The Supreme Court's decision to strike down key sections of the Voting Rights Act paves the way for conservatives to pass a host of voting and election changes. But pushing too hard could backfire in the long run.
April 12, 2013 -
Lawmakers in North Carolina and Texas are attempting to cut early voting hours. But after Florida's 2012 election fiasco -- and mounting evidence of the racial disparities in who such laws affect -- it could be a tough sell.
April 3, 2013 -
Over the last week, GOP lawmakers have unleashed a flurry of bills that would make sweeping changes to North Carolina elections. They share a common message - and a common sponsor, backed by one of the state's biggest political donors.
March 29, 2013 -
The state's Republican leaders are trying to solve a problem they created so they can help themselves politically by solving it. They might be undermining democracy, but you have to give them credit for their brazenness.
February 8, 2013 -
This month the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a landmark case challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Considered the heart of the law, the section prohibits racially discriminatory election changes in covered jurisdictions, most of which are in the South.