by Mary Tyler March | The Daily Tarheel
A UNC-Greensboro professor aims to encourage a new political dialogue in North Carolina as the country becomes increasingly skeptical about party politics.
The number of voters registered as unaffiliated has continued to rise recently, with 40 percent of voters nationally and 26 percent in the state now identifying outside of the Democratic and Republican parties.
by Christopher Gergen and Stephen Martin | News & Observer
Having witnessed a rancorous government shutdown and near breach of the federal debt ceiling, plenty of Americans are pessimistic about where we’ll go from here as a country.
Just don’t count Omar Ali among them.
The historian and associate professor of African American Studies at UNC Greensboro believes “we’re at the very beginning of a transformation in American politics”and he’s helping shape it as co-founder of North Carolina Independents, a nonpartisan association of independent voters focused on political reform.
by Michael Barrett | Gaston Gazette
David Hendrix’s wife and kids thought he was pulling their legs when he first said he wanted to run for president.
When he made it official recently by filing with the Federal Election Commission, they realized it was no joke.
The 37-year-old Gastonia resident and business owner knows he faces long odds in becoming the 45th leader of the United States.
by Joe Guarino | The Greensboro Gaurdian
One piece of legislation in which I have acute interest is HB 794– the Voter Freedom Act. And there is some good news to report. The bill just passed its third reading in the North Carolina House of Representatives. That means it beat the “crossover deadline,” and is headed over to the North Carolina Senate for consideration.
The Voter Freedom Act would begin the process of fixing a longstanding inequity in the state of North Carolina. Currently, our state has enormous legal barriers erected that are designed to prevent participation by third parties in the political process.
by Jordon Greene & Brian Irving | Free the Vote NC
Yesterday, the House Election Committee took up HB794, Voter Freedom Act of 2013. During the meeting, the Committee decided to turn HB794 into a Study Bill due to some unanswered questions and concerns from some members. The altered bill, a Proposed Committee Substitute for HB794 which passed unanimously, now directs the Joint Elections Oversight Committee to study all issues covered by the original Voter Freedom Act of 2013, including ballot access requirements for political parties and unaffiliated candidates.
While this was not our hope and outlook for HB794 and ballot access reform at the time, upon the recommendation of HB794’s Primary Lead Sponsor Rep. Jason Saine, and faced with the political reality of the situation Free the Vote North Carolina agreed to the change.