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Online petition drives opposing vouchers and end to class-size limits

ProgressNC is trying to keep the cap on K-3 class sizes. Action NC is trying to stop vouchers.

These groups have online petitions trying to show opposition.

Though the provision talking the lid off class sizes is in the Senate budget, ProgressNC has its petition aimed at Gov. Pat McCrory. The group says it wants 7,500 names by Friday. The online tally shows it had 9,698 at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Action NC is aiming its petition at the N.C. House. It had 1,645 names and is aiming for 2,000.

Early voting has strong support according to poll

Supporters of early voting Monday released a poll showing strong support in North Carolina for continued early voting.

The survey showed 78 percent of Tar Heel voters support early voting, and 53 percent support Sunday voting. The poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic leaning firm based in Raleigh.

The poll was released as Republican lawmakers introduced bills that would cut North Carolina's early voting period from 17 to 10, and eliminate Sunday voting.

At a news conference in front of the Legislative Building, ProgressNC, a Democratic advocacy group, introduced several speakers who said that early voting was a convenient way to vote.

“I'm an unaffiliated voter, and I always vote,” said Candice Davies of Cary. “I've voted early in nine of the last eleven elections because I am very busy with work and family and I don't have time to wait in long lines to vote,. I don't understand how our current state lawmakers would think its wise to shrink early voting and make us wait in longer lines to vote.''

Gerrick Brenner, with ProgressNC said that 57 percent of North Carolina voters – or 2.5 million people – voted early in in 2012.

Florida cut back from 14 to 8 days early voting days for 2012, and it lead, according to some reports, to six hour waits in some locations.

Price of McCrory Cabinet? Dems say $2.5 million in donations

A Democratic group estimates that three major contributors either directly or indirectly gave $2.5 million to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's election bids and all ended up with top spots in his administration.

In a report released over the weekend from ProgressNC, a Democratic group, contrasts the large contributions with McCrory comments during the campaign that he intended to reform “the good-old-boy and good-old-girl patronage system of state government.''

The report is called “Price of Power: Cost of a McCrory Cabinet Post.''

The report focuses on Art Pope, a Raleigh retail executive and long-time GOP donor, who McCrory named as his budget director and Aldna Wos, his secretary of health and human services.

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