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NC lawmaker blasts state NAACP leader in email

     RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Craven County lawmaker has accused the head of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP of tarnishing the organization's history for a recent statement on proposed voter ID legislation.

     Republican Rep. Michael Speciale responded to an email sent by the Rev. William Barber, in which he urged GOP lawmakers to abandon their push to pass the measure.

     Speciale said Barber did minorities and the elderly a disservice by assuming they aren't capable of providing photo identification to vote. He said Barber's comments were "racist and inappropriate."

     Speciale couldn't be reached for additional comment Friday.

     Barber told a news conference that Speciale sent his email as a way to try to divide and conquer, and it won't work." He also said he didn't take the comments personally.


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