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PRESS RELEASE: Mail marketer Brad Crone confirms intent to form “political group aiming to help a Republican lawmaker.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Last week we learned of a Republican independent expenditure effort in support of Rep. Nelson Dollar organized by local mail marketer Brad Crone.
 
Mr. Crone confirmed in Monday’s News & Observer that the organization he intends to form to support Rep. Dollar is in no way affiliated with either Real Facts NC or our 501(c)4 NC Strong.
 
“Nelson Dollar’s record as chief author of budgets that have seen per pupil spending go down while raising sales taxes on working families stands in stark contrast to NC Strong values,” said Daniel Gilligan, organizer of NC Strong, a North Carolina based 501(c)4. “We are in no way affiliated with Mr. Crone, anyone listed in his presentation, or his legally questionable effort.”
 
From Monday’s News & Observer:
 
“A political group aiming to help a Republican lawmaker apparently wants voters to know that he’s helped make North Carolina strong… ‘Our attorney is in the process of establishing a nonprofit and we will have an appropriate name for the committee once the legal paperwork is completed and filed with the IRS,’ Crone said in an email last week.”
 
 
From last Wednesday’s News & Observer:
 
"Brad Crone, president of Campaign Connections in Raleigh, for working with a campaign that aims to help Republican state Rep. Nelson Dollar of Cary. The statement cites a document describing a nonprofit called NC STRONG, and listing Crone as a general consultant and main contact person for the group."
 
 
NC Strong is a 501(c)4 that seeks ensure that the weak grow strong and the strong grow great in our home state.
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PRESS RELEASE: Real Facts NC disavows "NC Strong" efforts by Brad Crone, Campaign Connections, et al. - exploring appropriate legal action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
We recently learned of a Republican independent expenditure effort in support of Rep. Nelson Dollar under the name NC Strong.
 
This is the same name as a 501(c)4 we formed that is in no way affiliated with Mr. Crone, anyone listed in his presentation, or this legally questionable effort.
 
"We are exploring appropriate legal action against the organizers of this effort to stop use of the NC Strong name," said Daniel Gilligan, organizer of NC Strong 501(c)4.
 
From Wednesday’s News & Observer: “Brad Crone, president of Campaign Connections in Raleigh, for working with a campaign that aims to help Republican state Rep. Nelson Dollar of Cary. The statement cites a document describing a nonprofit called NC STRONG, and listing Crone as a general consultant and main contact person for the group. Contributions to the group won’t be disclosed to the public, according to the document.”
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New Poll: Virginia. Alabama. Is the Democratic wave coming to North Carolina next?

New data from national pollster finds growing Democratic enthusiasm in the Tar Heel State

RALEIGH—New polling data from North Carolina released today finds growing enthusiasm among Democratic voters and sagging support for Republican incumbents. A growing wave that produced recent Democratic victories in Virginia and Alabama could reach North Carolina voters by November 2018.                     

Garin Hart Yang Research found a 16-point gap (67%-51%) between Democrats and Republicans who are “extremely motivated” to vote in 2018 elections for state legislature. While North Carolina Democrats have a 47%-41% advantage on the generic ballot test for state legislative races, that advantage grows to a 53%-37% lead among the most motivated voters.

“The problem with the Republican Party, in North Carolina specifically, and nationally is that among their own voters there is a lack of enthusiasm,,” said pollster Fred Yang in a call with North Carolina reporters this afternoon.

On behalf of Real Facts NC, Garin Hart Yang polled 602 likely North Carolina voters between December 7-10.  Click here for the complete Garin Hart Yang polling memo.

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Republicans tired of losing in courts still seek to stack superior courts

RALEIGH—Real Facts North Carolina today released an updated analysis of new judicial maps proposed this week. Using the gubernatorial election results from 2016 as a benchmark, the Real Facts report finds that under proposed maps the number of republican held seats could nearly double going from 31 to 58 judgeships.

Statewide results in the gubernatorial race were nearly even between Democrats and Republicans, 48% to 48%. But in their judicial gerrymander, the GOP picks their voters to turn an even slate into a nearly 2 to 1 advantage.  

Fourteen times, laws enacted by this unconstitutional General Assembly have been found unconstitutional. Laws that have rigged the system and earned North Carolina headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Whether it’s restricting women’s access to health care, the worst voter suppression law in the country, or gerrymandering legislative districts by race these unconstitutional actions by the Republican led General Assembly have hurt citizens across the state. 

“North Carolina is a 50-50 state that gave their electors to Republican Donald Trump while electing Democrat Roy Cooper governor. Republicans, upset by their losing streak in courts where 14 of their laws have been overturned on a constitutional basis, now seek to use a partisan gerrymander to rig the courts.”

Download the report here (PDF).

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Republicans tired of losing in courts seek to stack superior courts

Real Facts North Carolina today released a new analysis of judicial maps proposed on Monday. Using the gubernatorial election results from 2016 as a benchmark, the Real Facts report finds that under the proposed maps the number of Republican-held Superior Court seats could double, from 31 to 62 judgeships.

Fourteen times, laws enacted by this unconstitutional General Assembly have been found unconstitutional. Laws that have rigged the system and earned North Carolina headlines for all the wrong reasons. In Superior Court, judges have ruled against the GOP majority on judicial retention elections, local control, and the NCGA’s authority over the coal ash commission.

Now, in the last week of session, and without consulting either the Administrative Office of the Courts or the Conference of District Attorneys, Republicans seek the first statewide redraw of these districts in decades.

Statewide results in the gubernatorial race were nearly even between Democrats and Republicans, 48% to 48%. But in their judicial gerrymander, the GOP picks their voters to turn an even slate into a nearly 2 to 1 advantage.

You can find the report here (PDF).

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