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Libel case over North Carolina voter fraud lies moves forward

October 15, 2021 - The N.C. Court of Appeals recently rejected a request from the Pat McCrory Committee Defense Fund and the law firm Holtzman Vogel to throw out a libel suit filed against them for falsely accusing voters of committing fraud in the 2016 election. After the former Republican governor narrowly lost to Democrat Roy Cooper that year, McCrory's campaign and its legal agents worked to sow doubt about the election's integrity — a strategy taken to new levels by Donald Trump following his 2020 loss to Joe Biden.

INSTITUTE INDEX: The money behind disinformation attacks on NC voting machines

July 23, 2021 - Taking a cue from controversial efforts in other states like Arizona and Georgia, North Carolina's far-right House Freedom Caucus — repeating the Big Lie about "rigged elections" — wants to be allowed to open up the state's voting machines and peer inside, but state elections officials say that presents an unacceptable security risk. We look at who's funding the caucus leaders' campaigns.

VOICES: Essential workers must help set NC health and safety standards

July 1, 2020 - NC Raise Up/Fight for $15 recently brought together essential workers to testify to members of the General Assembly about why workers must be involved in creating and overseeing health and safety guidelines for their industries. This is the testimony of Faith Alexander, a certified nursing assistant at a Fayetteville hospital and a COVID-19 survivor.

Georgia probe highlights political problems with state ethics commissions

June 5, 2019 - The Republican-led Georgia ethics commission is investigating the campaign of 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and several groups that focused on mobilizing minority voters. The probe has sparked accusations that the GOP-led commission is inappropriately engaged in partisan politics — and that's neither a new concern for Georgia nor limited to the state.

N.C. election debacle reveals the real fraud threat

December 13, 2018 - While shocking reports emerged from Bladen and Robeson counties about years of absentee ballot fraud, the North Carolina legislature rushed to pass a voter ID bill — which would do nothing to address the problem that's cast doubt on the outcome of a congressional race. That absentee ballots were vulnerable to fraud should have come as no surprise to lawmakers.