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Morning Reads: Judge Upholds North Carolina’s Restrictive Voter ID Law; Kasich-Cruz Alliance Unraveling?

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Morning Reads: Judge Upholds North Carolina's Voter ID Law

North Carolina State University students vote in the primaries at Pullen Community Center on March 15, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

Next to vote –> Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island all hold primaries today.

Voter ID will remain — for now –> A federal judge upheld North Carolina’s restrictive voter ID law yesterday. Anne Blythe for the Raleigh News & Observer: “U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder issued a 485-page ruling dismissing all claims in the challenge to the state’s sweeping 2013 election law overhaul. Schroeder, a George W. Bush appointee, also upheld portions of the 2013 law that reduced the number of days people could vote early, eliminated same-day registration and voting and prohibited people from casting a ballot outside their precinct. The decision comes nearly three months after a trial on the ID portion of the law.”

Election law expert Rick Hasen blogs: “This is a careful, erudite, yet controversial opinion which will almost certainly be appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which could well reverse parts of it, and then potentially to the United States Supreme Court, where the Court could well deadlock 4-4 (leaving any 4th Circuit ruling in place). And all of these appeals will have to happen in short order for it to affect how the 2016 elections take place…”

That was fast –> The Kasich-Cruz alliance we reported on yesterday is falling apart even faster than you might have expected, with each campaign telling voters they should vote for their guy, but also to vote for the candidate who stands the best chance of beating Trump. Confused? Claire Landsbaum reports for New York magazine’s Daily Intelligencer.

How much for a kid’s life? –> Mark Gillispie at the Associated Press reports that the city of Cleveland yesterday “reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center. An order filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland said the city will pay out $3 million this year and $3 million the next. There was no admission of wrongdoing in the settlement.

“Family attorney Subodh Chandra called the settlement historic but added: ‘The resolution is nothing to celebrate because a 12-year-old child needlessly lost his life.'”

The Fossil Fuels Network –> A new study from the liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America finds that “CNN aired almost five times as much oil industry advertising as climate change-related coverage in the one-week periods following the announcements that 2015 was the hottest year on record and February 2016 was the most abnormally hot month on record. Specifically, CNN aired 23.5 minutes of American Petroleum Institute ads during its morning, afternoon, and primetime coverage over those two weeks, compared to just five minutes of coverage about climate change or the temperature records.”

Slowing down –> China has seemed of two minds about tackling climate change, promising to cut its emissions and slow its growth while simultaneously planning new coal-fired power plants. But the country’s leaders are beginning to get on the same page, Michael Forsythe reports for The New York Times: “In guidelines released on Monday, China halted plans for new coal-fired power stations in many parts of the country, and construction of some approved plants will be postponed until at least 2018… [A]bout 200 planned coal-fired power generators — those seeking approval and those approved but not yet under construction — may not be completed, said Lauri Myllyvirta, who analyzes China’s energy production for Greenpeace.”

Get out the vote –> Billionaire Tom Steyer, whose group spent $74 million in 2014 pushing for candidates who believe in climate change, is committing $25 million to help turn out the youth vote, Matea Gold writes at The Washington Post. “The campaign will focus on young voters in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, Nevada, Illinois and Colorado — states that could be pivotal to the Democrats’ efforts to win the White House and retake control of the Senate,” Gold reports. “An early training effort for organizers will provide them with digital and data tools to help identify and mobilize college students, the group said. Just 41 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds voted in 2012, down from a record high of 48 percent in 2008, according to the US Elections project. Overall turnout in 2012 was 59 percent.”

Flipper, we have a problem –> “Bottlenose dolphins have been observed chattering while cooperating to solve a tricky puzzle – a feat that suggests they have a type of vocalisation dedicated to cooperating on problem solving,” writes Robin Wylie at New Scientist.

Morning Reads was written by John Light and edited by Michael Winship. See a story that you think should be included in Morning Reads? Tell us in the comments!

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