RSLC Files Amicus Brief in Berger v. North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP | Beaufort County Now | Joins Fight to Uphold the Will of Voters by Allowing State Legislatures to Properly Defend Their Laws

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    WASHINGTON, D.C.     The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) yesterday filed an amicus brief in the case of Berger v. North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP in order to uphold the will of the voters across the country by defending federalism. As the brief details, a favorable ruling for the petitioners is necessary to allow state legislatures across the country to properly defend the laws they pass when they are challenged in federal court. Such power is critical to combat overreaches by state executive branches and also ensures that voters do not have their choices at the ballot box nullified, especially in states like North Carolina, where different branches of government are controlled by different political parties.

    The brief requests the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor of petitioners North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phill Berger and Speaker of the House Tim Moore, as federal courts should "respect and accommodate state enactments like North Carolina's, defining 'the state' to encompass the legislative branch as part of the state with an important and cognizable interest in defending state laws."

    The full amicus brief can be found HERE.

    "State legislative elections are designed to produce policy consequences envisioned by the voters," said RSLC President Dee Duncan. "And the will of the voters should never be silenced because the legislators they elect are robbed of the ability properly defend the laws they pass on behalf of their constituents. The Court should rule in favor of the petitioners in this case, not only to combat harmful executive overreach, but to ensure Americans across the country that their votes for legislative candidates still count and cannot be undermined."

    The RSLC believes that winning state elections with the right candidates with aligned ideology is the best way to make a difference in the policies our country crafts for its citizens, as elections are designed to yield policy consequences in a responsive democracy. Through intervening in this case, the committee is furthering its ongoing commitment to fight back against efforts in the states to take control away from the voters and depress the democratic process.


    The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the largest organization of Republican state leaders in the country and only national committee whose mission is to recruit, train, and elect Republicans to multiple down-ballot, state-level offices. Thanks to its growing network of grassroots supporters in all 50 states, the committee helps deliver wins for Republican state legislators, lieutenant governors, secretaries of state, agriculture officials, and state judges across the country. Republicans currently hold majorities in 62 of 99 state legislative chambers as a result of the RSLC's efforts.

   Contact: Mason Di Palma
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