Voter Engagement Project for December 19, 2017
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Friends Rally to Support Judge Ola Lewis as She Battles Rare Liver Cancer, Undergoing Treatment at the Mayo Clinic
“By His Grace I am #OlaStrong.” Lewis, 52, was elected senior resident Superior Court judge in 2010. Prior to that, she served as District Court judge in 1994 and also ran for Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court in 2014.

The Southport resident is a native of Spring Lake near Fayetteville, a self-proclaimed “military brat” and daughter of 82nd Airborne paratrooper-turned-principal at South Brunswick High School, the late Moses Lewis.

Like her father, Lewis earned her undergraduate degree from Fayetteville State University. She went on to graduate from North Carolina Central University Law School, then came to Brunswick County in 1991. Following a two-year stint as assistant district attorney, she was appointed district judge.

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Whose Votes Count the Least in the Electoral College?
If the president were elected by popular vote, every voter’s ballot would have been given equal weight over the outcome, and Hillary Clinton would have won. But, as evidenced by Donald Trump’s victory, the Electoral College ...
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The Alabama Miracle: Doug Jones’s Moral Fusion Victory
The instrument chosen to perform the Alabama Miracle was the prosecutor who convicted Ku Klux Klan members for dynamiting of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963, which killed 14-year-old girls climbing the stairs to attend worship.
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Warsaw Mayor Connors’ Has Vision for a Better Community
(WARSAW, N.C.) – He won Warsaw’s top job by only two certified votes in November, and made history, becoming that Duplin County town’s first African-American mayor. “My goal is to reach a company that will [come to Warsaw] with jobs …”
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Black Women Helped Democrat Doug Jones Win Alabama Senate Race
A heavy African American turnout in Alabama’s special election propelled underdog Democratic candidate Doug Jones to victory, in a hotly-contested race against the flawed, yet heavily-favored, Republican candidate Roy Moore.
National Election Protection Hotline Receives Calls from Alabama Voters Reporting Voter Intimidation and Mass Confusion Tactics
Voters throughout the state reported various complaints, some of which impacted individual voters and some that reflected systemic issues.
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Black Voters Make History: an Unlikely Coalition of African-Americans, Liberal Whites and Moderate Republicans
Jones successfully fought to gather together an unlikely coalition of African-Americans, liberal whites and moderate Republicans. His strongest support came from across Alabama ...


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