1. NC VALUES: Early Voting for the 2022 NC Primary has Begun!
Yesterday, April 28th, was the first day of one-stop in-person early voting! We wanted to encourage you to get out and vote early before one-stop voting ends on May 14th. The May 17th election is just around the corner, and as our electoral past has shown us, every vote counts.
To make it easier, we've gone ahead and collected a number of election tools to help you vote your values. Check out our Voter Toolkit at ncvalues.org/vote for more information on iVoterGuide, important election dates, our Legislative Scorecard, and more.
2. FOX NEWS: Federal court dismisses challenges to Texas abortion law’s private enforcement provision
“A federal court has dismissed all challenges to a provision in a Texas' controversial 'fetal heart beat' abortion ban.
‘Having received the ruling of the Texas Supreme Court that named officials defendants may not enforce the provisions o the Texas Heartbeat Act… this court REMANDS the case with instructions to dismiss all challenges to the private enforcement provisions of the statute and to consider whether plaintiffs have standing to challenge,’ the ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said.”
3. YOU’RE INVITED: North Carolina's Largest Online Constitutional Class in History - Hosted by Craig Seibert (Director of the US Civics Training Initiative) and other North Carolina Leaders.
WHO: Join David Barton and Rick Green, Constitutional experts and advocates for the original intent of our founding documents, in this one of a kind course on the meaning and purpose of the Constitution! It will give you hope! Learn about the Constitution like you never have before whether novice or expert. No experience with the Constitution necessary!
WHAT: We’ll gather together online for 6 weeks to watch videos shot on location in Independence Hall, in the same room where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written!
WHY: We will learn about the seeds of liberty, the character and sacrifice of the Founding Fathers and go article-by-article through the Constitution and Bill of Rights. We will learn about executive orders, recess appointments, the Electoral college, the powers of Congress and the President, freedom of religion, the duty of citizens, and much more.
WHEN: 7:00-8:30 pm EST, May 3rd, May 10th, May 17th, May 24th, May 31th, and June 7th.
WHERE: This is a FREE weekly course and you can access to the digital workbook as soon as you register.
4. FOX NEWS: Trump-backed candidate rockets to front of NC GOP Senate primary
"U.S. Rep. Ted Budd, a Republican backed by former President Donald Trump in North Carolina’s Senate race, is pulling ahead of other GOP candidates in the polls for retiring Sen. Richard Burr’s seat."
"'Now look, I voted for Pat McCrory in the past, but not this time. Pat’s a nice guy, but he’s no conservative,' Robinson says in the ad, calling Budd, a current U.S. House member, the 'principled, conservative choice for U.S. Senate.'
Robinson, elected the state's first Black lieutenant governor in 2020, had already announced his endorsement of Budd earlier this month at Trump's rally in Johnston County, where the former president stumped for Budd and other candidates in GOP races he had already backed."
5. FOX NEWS: Disney, Pixar's 'Lightyear' sees same-sex kiss restored amid controversy with queer character: report
"A first look at Disney and Pixar's 'Lightyear' on Wednesday confirmed a same-sex kiss had been restored following recent controversy.
The kiss occurred in the first 30 minutes of the movie, which was shown to an audience Wednesday at CinemaCon, according to USAToday.
The kiss was reportedly removed and then reinstated after backlash over the lack of response from Disney over Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' bill. The bill bars instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through the third grade."
WEEKLY PRAYER: OFFICIALS
LORD, we worship a mighty God who has the power to change hearts and minds. We lean on you as we continue to fight for the values we hold dear. Give our leaders Your wisdom—and courage to live it out.
Specifically, Lord, we thank you for the courageous leader and bold witness we have in Lt. Governor, Mark Robinson. Lord, protect him and his family, and continue to guide his life and his witness on your behalf. We praise you that his heart is filled with your Holy Spirit and his life is dedicated to truth. Please send more like him, Lord.
"But for you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, and endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses....Guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have departed form the faith. Grace be with you all." 1 Timothy 6
North Carolina Values Coalition