Author: Susan Myrick

David Neal and the Reynolds Family Connections

David Neal and the Reynolds Family Connections

Mapping the Left It can be very difficult to grasp or visualize the vastness of the network of left-wing groups in North Carolina. But one way to start is with the key group on the left, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation – and the family that dominates it. There are literally hundreds…

Can a Redistricting Panel Avoid Politics?

Can a Redistricting Panel Avoid Politics?

Kudos to Senate leader Phil Berger for his incisive answer as to whether he would support an independent redistricting commission. According to Gary Robertson of the Associated Press, Berger said: “I have yet to see a so-called independent redistricting commission that is truly independent. … I’m still out there looking…

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation: Roots of Radicalism

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation: Roots of Radicalism

From Mapping the Left: The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation hasn’t always been the largest funder of liberal activist organizations in North Carolina. But just as the Reynolds family moved away from the legacy of its founding patriarch, in time the foundation abandoned its roots in free-market innovation and success to…

Mapping the Left: Introduction

Mapping the Left: Introduction

In North Carolina, left-wing nonprofit advocacy groups for decades have wielded an alarming amount of power in the media, state politics, and government. They work together, both in loose coalitions and organized networks, to influence and control public policy. Only now, however, is there a user-friendly online database that sheds…

Why Is McCrory Admin Charging to Look Up Records?

Why Is McCrory Admin Charging to Look Up Records?

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) is reportedly charging the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) for merely looking up public records in its files – and that’s before providing the records themselves. According to The News & Observer, the SELC has requested to look at DOT emails, but the agency…

Hearing Underscores Vote Fraud Reality

Hearing Underscores Vote Fraud Reality

A recent hearing reminded us all about the reality of voter fraud in North Carolina. On Dec. 9, the State Board of Elections (SBOE) heard three different appeals stemming from protests that were dismissed by the local boards of elections in Durham, Scotland and New Hanover counties. In two of…

From the ‘There Is No Voter Fraud in NC’ File

From the ‘There Is No Voter Fraud in NC’ File

The midterm elections saw record turnout and relatively few glitches, but a few things stood out to undermine the liberal claim that “there is no voter fraud in North Carolina.” Here are just a few examples of potential or actual fraud. Famous Felon Votes No voter fraud here? Tell that…

High Court: Legislature Got It Right

High Court: Legislature Got It Right

On Oct. 8 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld North Carolina’s new elections reform legislation, effectively reversing a ruling in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals blocking the provisions of the Voter Identification and Verification Act (VIVA). The Supreme Court’s ruling, and the success of the law in practice, vindicate the…

Radical Environmental Groups Violate NC Law, FCC Rules

Radical Environmental Groups Violate NC Law, FCC Rules

Two ultraliberal, out-of-state national groups are apparently flouting state law and violating Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules (§ 73.1212) in a campaign attacking legislators who favor bringing energy development and jobs to North Carolina. So far in 2014, more than $2 million has been spent in TV ad buys as…

Soros-Backed Group Appeals Court Ruling Upholding Election Reform

Soros-Backed Group Appeals Court Ruling Upholding Election Reform

The Advancement Project, in a press release dated August 21, announced that the North Carolina NAACP was appealing U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder’s decision earlier this month to deny a preliminary injunction to block certain provisions of VIVA in the November 2014 election. VIVA, the Voter Identification Verification Act…

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