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Election Update

Environmental Policy

  • On Thursday the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling against Murphy-Brown/Smithfield in a series of nuisance suits against the company. The ruling affirmed an earlier District Court decision that industrialized hog farming operations on a farm in Bladen County, a contract grower for Murphy-Brown/Smithfield Foods, unduly harmed its neighbors’ quality of life. The appellate judges sided with Murphy-Brown’s lawyers in one particular, however: they ruled that there would need to be a rehearing governing the amount of punitive damages issued to plaintiffs, this time without mention of corporate finances or executive compensation. Smithfield released a statement later in the day on Thursday that they had reached a settlement, the details of which will not be disclosed.

  • Here are the results of the five NC House campaigns we worked with:

  • √ Rep. Terence Everitt, HD 35: +3102

  • √ Ricky Hurtado, HD 63: +477

  • Rep. Sydney Batch, HD 37: -2294

  • Kimberly Hardy, HD 43: -1420

  • Nicole Quick, HD 59: -2458


Following the election on Tuesday,

As of Monday morning: about 41,000 provisional ballots were cast, 95,000 absentee ballots were still outstanding, and 30,000 mail-in ballots have been accepted but not tallied.

Local boards will continue to review the eligibility of provisional ballots over the next several days, and voters who cast provisional ballots may provide additional information necessary for their vote to be counted until 5 PM Thursday, November 12.

For reference, in 2016 under half of all provisional ballots were counted.

Mail-in ballots that were postmarked by November 3 will also continue to be accepted until November 12, but only some of the outstanding ballots are expected to be returned, as some of those voters may have chosen to vote in person on Election Day instead or not vote at all.


Economic and Housing Policy

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