You should know what just happened to our Court of Appeals, because it's nuts.
Our Court of Appeals has 15 judges. We just passed a law to shrink it to 12. Why? Because three of them are hitting the age of mandatory retirement soon and Gov. Cooper would be allowed to appoint their replacements.
That's it. That's the whole reason.
There was abundant evidence presented to the legislature that the Court of Appeals has a heavy workload and this bill will slow down the disposition of justice in our state, but the bill was quickly passed despite these warnings.
Notably, the last four Chief Justices of our state Supreme Court Justices - a bipartisan group - all strongly opposed the effort.
Here's the most remarkable part: The move was so extreme that it compelled one of our judges on the Court of Appeals who was approaching mandatory retirement - and is a conservative Republican - to resign his seat in protest of the law and thereby allow Gov. Cooper to appoint a replacement.
As he said, “I did not want my legacy to be the elimination of a seat and the impairment of a court that I have served on."
Gov. Cooper vetoed the bill, but the veto was overridden by the GOP supermajorities that currently exist in both chambers. It's now law.
What can we do? Only one thing: pick up three seats in the House or six seats in the Senate, break the supermajority, unlock Gov. Cooper's veto, and restore political balance in our state.
MOTHERS, DAUGHTERS, SISTERS, FRIENDS: Join us for a #Girlpower Picture Party! Dress up like Rosie the Riveter, Wonder Woman, Notorious RBG, and more. Choose from empowering props, then pose with your friends and family at one of four photo stations. Yes, we'll have props for boys too. Girl power knows no age limit - all are welcome. Drop by any time 2-5pm on April 29.
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PICTURES: Digital images will be sent to participants via e-mail before Mother's Day. Photo proceeds benefit League of Women Voters of North Carolina.
BOOKS: Local author Mary Parry will be signing copies of her empowering children's book, Sadie McGrady Runs for President. Limited quanitity available for sale at the event. Pre-order your copies at Flyleaf Books.
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Women AdvaNCe is quickly becoming an essential part of the progressive landscape in North Carolina. Five years ago, we saw a need and sought to fill it. Five years ago, you believed in this idea and provided the very necessary support to launch to this effort. We now believe we are positioned to be...
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We Live Here: Enviro. Stewardship in the Age of Polarization
May 1, 2017, 7:00pm - May 1, 2017, 8:00pm
As we wrap up a month where we celebrate Mother Earth with Earth Day - what can we do going forward? Our earth is a finite resource and its health impacts that of ourselves and our families. Join our presenters as they talk about how the health of our environment impacts women specifically in North Carolina, and how it's played a role in their lives personally.
At a time when scientific facts are being called into question by leaders, and policies are taking 10 steps back and barely an inch forward - this call will help you understand where we can go from here and how we can advocate for the health of the state and ourselves.