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While segregationists such as future Sen. Jesse Helms were portraying Martin Luther King Jr. as a tool of the communists, Graham was befriending the civil rights leader. In a newspaper interview in 1957 shortly after King led the Montgomery boycott, Graham told a newspaper that King was “setting an ...
If the late former Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), who once called for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, could be convinced to keep it, we hope that current members of Congress will do the same and continue support for the arts and humanities. Will common sense ever make a comeback?

“He wanted to meet but the State Department didn't allow it,” the judge said, chalking it up to concerns that at the time no one wanted to run afoul of the powerful chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jesse Helms. The North Carolina Republican had co-authored legislation toughening the ...
Last week, President Trump announced his proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year, calling for deep cuts to public arts and media funding. In addition to essentially eliminating the Institute of Museum and Library Services and slashing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's budget to $15 million from ...
Farr has repeatedly tried to restrict the right to vote during his 38-year legal career. Also, it appears that he misled the Senate Judiciary Committee about his part in efforts by the 1990 Jesse Helms for Senate campaign to illegally intimidate African Americans to keep them from the polls. See our letter here.
Peggy Grande, President Ronald Reagan's former executive assistant, stands with an exhibit at the Jesse Helms Center in Wingate. Carolyn Steeves ... She was in Charlotte this week promoting her book, “The President Will See You Now” and stopped by the Jesse Helms Center in Wingate. There, Grande ...

Speaking of Hunt, one can't help but mention Jesse Helms, a Raleigh TV executive, who was campaigning as the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate. Like Holshouser, Helms too was a longshot. Except for the efforts of a well-known Raleigh lawyer, Thomas Ellis, perhaps a name familiar to some in Edenton, ...
Jesse Helms' political machine and his legal work defending Republican-backed voter ID and redistricting efforts in North Carolina. Democratic 12th District Congresswoman Alma Adams, for example, called his nomination "another tragic example of the racism that permeates President Trump's actions and ...
Meanwhile, North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis said some interesting things to McClatchy reporter Brian Murphy about the controversial nominee. Tillis said that accounts that Farr had advance knowledge of a controversial 1990 postcard mailing by the Jesse Helms campaign were unsubstantiated and ...
Richard Russell, Strom Thurmond, George Wallace, Jesse Helms, even President Reagan, were terribly disliked by the press (all but Helms were noted for the occasional use of “colorful” language) but only President Trump has earned the distinction of being quoted completely, when frustration ruled over ...
That is, if we forget that Strom Thurmond, who set the filibuster record in opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1957, or Jesse Helms, one of the most vile bigots ever in the United States Senate, were both serving at the turn of the millennium. None of this is new. This last year has once and for all pulled back ...
Ostensibly these attacks have arisen out of Farr's connection to the Jesse Helms senatorial campaigns years ago, particularly his role as Helms Committee attorney in 1984 and 1990. The '90 campaign was most notorious for an improper voter registration card sent by the Helms campaign in an effort to ...
Especially concerning was his involvement in a notorious voter suppression effort by the Jesse Helms campaign in 1990. The campaign sent more than 100,000 postcards to mostly African-American voters, suggesting not only that they were not eligible to vote, but that they risked prosecution for voting.
Farr's nomination to fill a seat, that has been empty since 2005, has been met with harsh criticism due to the fact that he worked closely with former U.S. Senator Jesse Helms. During Helms' 30-year tenure representing North Carolina, he engaged in race-baiting and voter suppression in order to win ...
Host Frank Stasio speaks with Indy Week Raleigh reporter Thomas Goldsmith about Trump's nomination of former Jesse Helms lawyer for Eastern NC ... Farr was a lawyer for former Senator Jesse Helms for nine years and was involved with his 1984 and 1990 election campaigns during which Helms was ...
His longtime association with former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms, as well as his defense of the North Carolina legislature's voter ID law and racial gerrymanders, have drawn fire from civil rights advocates. So too, has evidence that Farr may have misled members of the Senate Judiciary Committee ...
In the fall of 1983, Jesse Helms needed something like political salvation. The veteran Dixie senator faced an uphill reelection campaign against Jim Hunt, the popular two-term Democratic governor. Hunt, framing the '84 election as an opportunity for the state to solidify its identity as a tolerant outpost in the ...

In archival footage at the beginning of a new documentary about his life, famed author Armistead Maupin politely corrects an interviewer: “I'm a writer who is gay, not a gay writer.” It's perhaps a subtle distinction, particularly considering Maupin's legacy as a pioneer in LGBT rights, but it also speaks to the ...
Thomas Farr made a name for himself almost two decades ago providing legal counsel to Jesse Helms, a U.S. senator and North Carolina Republican who was well-known for blocking federal judicial nominees from his home state. Now Farr, a Raleigh-based attorney who has represented North Carolina ...
Federal judiciary nominee Thomas Farr, a Raleigh lawyer, says in a letter this week to Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) that he met with a "ballot security team" before the 1990 election, when he was an attorney for Senator Jesse Helms's reelection campaign, but strongly denies he knew the content of ...
“My first job in politics was for Jesse Helms and a lot of people know his history and his record with race. I went to work with Michael Steele, who became the first African-American RNC chairman, and I worked for Eric Cantor, the highest elected Jewish Republican in electoral history in this country, so I think ...
There are guest appearances by luminaries, including encounters with Jesse Helms, Harvey Milk, Christopher Isherwood, Richard Nixon, Rock Hudson and many more. There is a good deal of what one expects from Maupin, wit and heartache rolled up into a tidy package, so that any anecdote can bring ...
On the afternoon of Nov. 7, 1972, Jesse Helms handed a young aide named Patrick Reilly the drafts of two typewritten speeches. “I'm going to need one of these tonight,” Helms told Reilly. “Make sure I get the right one.” Later that night, Reilly, then 20, slipped one of the drafts onto the podium at Raleigh's ...
"He wanted to meet but the State Department didn't allow it," the judge said, chalking it up to concerns that at the time no one wanted to run afoul of the powerful chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jesse Helms. The North Carolina Republican had co-authored legislation to toughen the ...
Another terrible Trump judicial nominee, a Jesse Helms follower ... Jesse Helms' white supremacist legacy is in line for a federal judgeship thanks to Donald Trump. There are dozens of these ... Farr's chief demerit is years of work for Jesse Helms and, particularly, his white supremacist causes. His activities ...
Jesse Helms of North Carolina, who endorsed homophobic policies during his tenure in Congress. Amid sexual assault allegations, Moore has sought to rehabilitate his image by bolstering his anti-LGBT bonafides in a state that remains in many places hostile to LGBT rights amid growing acceptance ...
“My first job in politics was for Jesse Helms and a lot of people know his history and his record with race. I went to work with Michael Steele, who became the first African-American RNC chairman, and I worked for Eric Cantor, the highest elected Jewish Republican in electoral history in this country, so I think ...
There are guest appearances by luminaries, including encounters with Jesse Helms, Harvey Milk, Christopher Isherwood, Richard Nixon, Rock Hudson and many more. There is a good deal of what one expects from Maupin, wit and heartache rolled up into a tidy package, so that any anecdote can bring ...
Farr got his professional start at the law firm of Thomas Ellis, who managed Jesse Helms' 1972 US Senate campaign and launched the National Congressional Club as a fundraising vehicle for Helm and other conservatives. Farr would go on to provide his legal services to the Helms' reelection campaigns ...
Mr. Weld resigned to become ambassador to Mexico under President Clinton, a move that was blocked by arch-conservative North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms. His successor, the late Paul Cellucci, who was Mr. Weld's lieutenant governor, left the State House to become ambassador to Canada, opening ...
The organizations and the newspaper urged Farr to offer additional testimony to the committee about his involvement in a controversial 1990 postcard campaign designed to help the late Senator Jesse Helms's racially charged reelection race against former Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt. President Trump ...
Openly gay Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Nov. 7, 1977. It was a momentous moment in American history ...
The 1972 campaign of Jim Holshouser for governor, North Carolina's first Republican governor, as well as Jim Martin and Jesse Helms are ...
Thomas Farr May Have Known More About Jesse Helms's Voter-Suppression Tactics Than He Let On. Should That Cost Him a Federal ...
In Farr's response to questions from Feinstein, he said he had didn't learn in advance of the more than one hundred thousand postcards the late Senator Jesse Helms's U.S. Senate campaign sent to primarily to African-American voters in 1990, insinuating that they would be arrested if they voted. In his role ...
... nominee Thomas Farr before the panel to answer renewed questions about his role in the 1990 Jesse Helms campaign for U.S. Senate.
... responding to complaints to the Justice Department about the 1990 senatorial campaign of the late North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms.
WFAE's new podcast, SouthBound, aims to engage in conversations with people who reveal how the region shapes who they are and what ...
Just a few months after this depressing episode in American sexual harassment history, I sat before Senator Jesse Helms, then the Chairman of ...
Jesse Helms who was sitting on the Fourth Circuit by designation; and Wilkinson. At first glance, Wilkinson might not appear to be the most ...
I was an ECU student when Jesse Helms was elected. I remember a conversation with a Helms supporter who adamantly denied that Helms ...
Jesse Helms (R) to helping legislators draft and defend a 2013 voting law, one that a federal court said targeted African American voters “with ...
Jeff Tiberii of WUNC-FM and Tom Bullock of WFAE-FM join Tim Boyum. A lost concession speech never given by Sen. Jesse Helms resurfaces ...
On the afternoon of Nov. 7, 1972, Jesse Helms handed a young aide named Patrick Reilly the drafts of two typewritten speeches. “I'm going to ...
Quoting his mentor and former boss Jesse Helms, Wilkie said that those representing the state must understand N.C. 24 – the road that ...
... conservative culture warrior Senator Jesse Helms: “Women artists have their place: after all, they earn less than 1/3 of what male artists earn.
Jesse Helms and John Porter East led opposition to the holiday in the Senate. They questioned whether King was important enough to receive ...
As a newspaper editor at the Raleigh News and Observer, Jesse Helms led the fight to stop the liberals who were running away with the ...
In 1992, the Justice Department filed a complaint against former NC senator Jesse Helms' 1990 re-election campaign for intimidating black ...
Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), whose legacy includes opposing the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, and leading a 16-day filibuster against ...


 

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