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NC judge voids teacher paycheck law targeting NCAE

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina judge says Republican-backed legislation aimed at cutting off the revenue stream of a Democrat-friendly teachers association violates the constitution and can't be enforced.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner issued his order last month in favor of the North Carolina Association of Educators, which announced the decision Thursday. Gessner ruled the state's largest teacher lobbying group was the victim of "retaliatory viewpoint discrimination."

Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis said in 2011 the law cutting off NCAE from collecting membership dues from paychecks was in response to the group's political activity. The association is a force in state politics and was close to departing Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue.

Spokesmen for Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger of Rockingham County declined comment on the ruling.

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