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President Pro Tempore

Senator Phil Berger

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2007 Legislative Building

Raleigh, N.C. 27601

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Contact: Amy Auth, 919-301-1737

Shelly Carver, 919-301-1744

April 21, 2017

Berger Responds to State Board of Elections Audit Findings

 

Raleigh, N.C. – Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) responded Friday to a State Board of Elections audit that found more than 500 ineligible votes were cast in North Carolina during the 2016 general election:

 

“We appreciate the State Board of Elections’ efforts to investigate these types of irregularities, which undermine confidence in the integrity of our elections, and to share their findings with the public,” said Berger. “If even one fraudulently cast ballot effectively disenfranchises a legitimate voter, then that is one too many, and that’s why we continue to support commonsense policies like voter ID that improve voter confidence.”

 

In addition to the audit’s findings, a federal investigation into coordinated voter fraud in Bladen County is currently ongoing.

NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Rep. Tim Moore                         Sen. Phil Berger
Speaker of the House               President Pro Tempore

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July 29, 2016

 

Berger, Moore Respond to Politically-Motivated Ruling Blocking Voter ID

 

Raleigh, N.C. – Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) issued the following joint statement Friday in response to the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on voter ID:

 

“Since today’s decision by three partisan Democrats ignores legal precedent, ignores the fact that other federal courts have used North Carolina’s law as a model, and ignores the fact that a majority of other states have similar protections in place, we can only wonder if the intent is to reopen the door for voter fraud, potentially allowing fellow Democrat politicians like Hillary Clinton and Roy Cooper to steal the election. We will obviously be appealing this politically-motivated decision to the Supreme Court.”

 

The voter ID law ensures any North Carolina citizen who wants to vote will have that opportunity. The law establishes a list of valid government-issued photo IDs that voters can present at their polling places, allows anyone without a photo ID to obtain one at no cost through the Department of Motor Vehicles, and allows anyone who still has difficulty obtaining a valid ID to fill out a reasonable impediment affidavit and still have their vote counted. It also brings North Carolina into the mainstream of other states on matters of same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting.

 

More than 30 other states have voter ID requirements, and a similar law was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in 2008.

 

Polls – including those commissioned by groups challenging the law – consistently show the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians support voter ID. And political opponents of the law failed to produce a single witness who would be unable to vote under the law in court.

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May 13, 2016


Berger Responds to White House’s Attempt to Force Boys and Girls to Share Bathrooms, Locker Rooms in Schools

 

Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued the following statement Friday in response to the Obama administration’s directive to public schools across the United States that they make school-aged boys and girls share bathrooms and locker rooms:

 

“The last time I checked, the United States is not ruled by a king who can bypass Congress and the courts and force school-aged boys and girls to share the same bathrooms and locker rooms. This is an egregiously unconstitutional overreach of the president’s authority, and North Carolina’s public schools should follow state law which protects our children’s safety and privacy.”

 

Caught Red-Handed!

Roy Cooper In Communication With San Francisco CEO Coordinating Threats of Economic Retaliation Against NC

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May 4, 2016
Contact: The Pat McCrory Committee
media@patmccrory.com
Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper called Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, who then began “CEO-arm twisting” by recruiting and coordinating with business leaders, including Deutsche Bank, to inflict economic damage on North Carolina to protest HB2, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

“Roy Cooper’s fingerprints are all over the coordinated campaign to smear North Carolina and inflict economic damage on our state,” said McCrory Campaign Manager Russell Peck. “Instead of defending North Carolina, its business community and our hardworking citizens, Roy Cooper is actively communicating and working with the very CEOs who are trying to inflict economic damage on the state and prevent jobs from coming here. How can Roy Cooper ask voters to elect him governor while actively working behind the scenes with out-of-state CEOs to trash the state’s economy for his own political advantage?”

The Wall Street Journal reported that Attorney General Roy Cooper called Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, who resides in San Francisco, to discuss North Carolina’s bathroom privacy law. Benioff, who recently held a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton and led fights against laws in other states, then “turned his guns on North Carolina’s law” by urging Salesforce’s business customers to take a stand against the law, including Deutsche Bank which promptly cancelled its plans to expand its office in North Carolina.

The Wall Street Journal’s Monica Langley reported: “North Carolina’s Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper called Salesforce to discuss the law, which had drawn lawsuits against the state… Salesforce had little presence in North Carolina, so Mr. Benioff turned to Mr. Moynihan, CEO of Charlotte-based Bank of America, the state’s biggest employer. Mr. Moynihan then weighed in against the law… In an early-April business meeting with Salesforce customer Deutsche Bank AG, which has a 900-person North Carolina office, Mr. Benioff discussed the law with its co-chief executive, John Cryan. On April 12, Deutsche Bank announced it would freeze plans to add 250 North Carolina jobs while any of the law stayed intact.”

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March 29, 2016                                                                Shelly Carver, 919-301-1744


Berger: Cooper Should Resign Since He Won’t Defend State Law, Protect Children’s Safety

 

Raleigh, N.C. – Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) responded Tuesday to Attorney General Roy Cooper’s announcement that he will not defend a state law passed with bipartisan support stopping men from entering public bathrooms and locker rooms with young girls and women.

 

“Roy Cooper’s refusal to defend the law makes clear he wants the ACLU to win by default in federal court what they can’t win at the ballot box and allow men to walk into locker rooms at YMCAs across our country and undress in front of young girls,” said Berger. “His zeal for pandering for the extreme left’s money and agenda in his race for governor is making it impossible for him to fulfill his duties as attorney general – and he should resign immediately.”

Press Release

Governor McCrory Appoints Baker to NC State Board of Elections

 

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Friday, August 14, 2015                                                                        govpress@nc.gov

Raleigh, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory announced today that he has appointed James L. Baker to the North Carolina State Board of Elections. Baker is a former Superior Court Judge and a member of the Madison County Board of Commissioners.

Baker served as Superior Court Judge in the 24th Judicial District from 1994 through 2010.  In 2012 he was elected to the Madison County Commission. He has also served as an Assistant District Attorney and as the Acting Madison County Manager and was appointed to serve as Vice Chairman of the North Carolina Innocence Commission.

Baker and his wife live in Marshall, N.C. They have two daughters.