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NAACP, others seek sit-down with McCrory

Posted August 5, 2013
Updated August 6, 2013

— The group behind the so-called "Moral Monday" protests has requested a meeting with Gov. Pat McCrory about the elections changes bill.

State NAACP President Rev. William Barber asked McCrory in a letter last Thursday to veto House Bill 589, the elections omnibus that includes voter identification requirements and host of other major changes to state voting and campaign laws.

"We understand you are presently considering the bill, to make what will be a historic decision to sign or veto it," Barber writes in the letter "As you know, we and perhaps 80 percent of North Carolina voters believe it to be one of the most restrictive and regressive attacks on minority, elderly and young people's voting rights seen in this nation since the end of Reconstruction and the implementation of Jim Crow at the turn of the 20th Century.

"We hope you will take the time to do a complete review of the extremist positions that were thrown together in this bill," he writes. "As you make this review, we respectfully request you meet with members of the Forward Together Movement before you decide about whether or not to veto it."

Barber said Monday that follow-up calls to the Governor's Office have not been successful.

At a press conference on the final day of legislative session, July 26, McCrory said he would sign the bill. But when questioned by a reporter about other parts of the bill, McCrory admitted he was not familiar with all of it.

The elections bill is one of 38 currently on McCrory's desk. The governor has until 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 25 to take action on them. If he doesn't sign or veto them, they will become law without his signature.  

Organizers were holding a "Mountain Moral Monday" protest in Asheville Monday evening. 

McCrory said in June that he had no wish to meet with the protesters. Last month, he told the Wilson Times he "go[es] out in the crowd all the time" at the protests, but there have been no reports of any such appearances.

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  • notexactly Aug 7, 4:17 p.m.

    Go Pat Go! 2016 all the way

  • notexactly Aug 7, 4:13 p.m.

    outerbanks
    That is funny!!! Also the tea party did not disrupt the meetings, (which is illegal). They are more educated and have much more class than the morals do. Simple observation. Plus tea party folks clean up after themselves, unlike the morals. I guess when you expect someone to do it for you and are used to that, that is what happens.

  • NC_interest Aug 7, 12:52 p.m.

    "The GOP isn't about taking rights away from anyone. They believe, fairly I think, that you should be able to get ID if you want to vote. The reason there is "no fraud" isn't becauase it isn't happening, but rather that we are doing nothing to detect it. Even on abortion, they don't view the new laws as taking away women's rights. They view it as protecting the rights of the unborn. I don't agree with that legislation, but if you're going to attack the GOP, at least understand their real motives. Other benefits are going down, but because they hate the poor, but rather they know that there is abuse in the system, and that too much help just breeds dependence.
    readme"

    So it is ok by your logic that the suspects be assumed Guilty before trial and that the burden of innocence is on the accused. That is what the GOP is all about with the Voter ID law, the poor, the sick. Why give the benefit of the doubt to those in need when they can deny it to all including the most needy.

    Protec

  • readme Aug 7, 10:18 a.m.

    The GOP isn't about taking rights away from anyone. They believe, fairly I think, that you should be able to get ID if you want to vote. The reason there is "no fraud" isn't becauase it isn't happening, but rather that we are doing nothing to detect it. Even on abortion, they don't view the new laws as taking away women's rights. They view it as protecting the rights of the unborn. I don't agree with that legislation, but if you're going to attack the GOP, at least understand their real motives. Other benefits are going down, but because they hate the poor, but rather they know that there is abuse in the system, and that too much help just breeds dependence.

  • readme Aug 7, 10:15 a.m.

    I wonder where Barber is getting his 80% figure. He sure didn't talk to me.

  • wildpig777 Aug 7, 9:39 a.m.

    yall let willie b enjoy his 15 minutes of fame..... i may decide to offer him a book deal

    i love it when he gets that hi shriek in his voice as he exhorts the crowd---

    now if he would just commit to something other than skin color-- but evidently thats his speciality....

  • North Carolina Home Aug 7, 8:40 a.m.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYjDepzcAXE&feature=share

    ...."Organizers were holding a "Mountain Moral Monday" protest in Asheville Monday evening..."

    Don't drink coffee while watching this video!

  • Karmageddon Aug 7, 8:06 a.m.

    McCrory has nothing to gain from talking to them.

  • free2bme Aug 6, 9:02 p.m.

    Capt obvious that is what I would expect from you. McCory and his supporters don't like the truth or justice. However it is only a matter time Election Day or sooner before your laughing will cease. None of you will be able to stop the tax payers who care about this state from voting these folks out. hopefully we can get some decency back to this state.

  • free2bme Aug 6, 8:37 p.m.

    One thing we do know McCrory and his buddies will not be able to stop the majority from voting them out regardless of their attempts to stop us.

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