North Carolina's Republican governor and lawmakers are vowing to fight a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department Monday. The suit challenges the state's tough new elections law on the grounds it disproportionately impacts minority voters. The law cuts early voting by a week, ends same-day voter registration and includes a stringent photo ID requirement. John Dinan, professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University, says this fall's elections will not be affected by the lawsuit.
Next month, some North Carolinians will get fewer state benefits and for less time.
Beginning June 30, unemployed North Carolina workers who apply for state benefits for the first time will get less money. This is the result of a bill Governor Pat McCrory signed into law last February.