• The Class of 2017 – Senator Cathy Dunn

    Monday, January 23, 2017

    N.C. Policy Watch is chatting with some of the newest members of the N.C. General Assembly to offer a bit more insight on who they are and what they plan on doing this session in Raleigh. Sen. Cathy Dunn declined to participate in this profile, which is compiled from past media interviews and her campaign ...

Wake County urged to remove school police officers following violent ordeal with teen

Ramiyah Robinson bristles at the idea that this—the shocking video of a violent altercation between a school resource officer and a teenage girl at Wake County’s Rolesville High School—is an “isolated incident.”

“It’s not something new,” says Robinson, a senior at Southeast Raleigh High. “It happens all the time. Just because this time was documented, doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.”

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With a new DEQ secretary, environmentalists could have an advocate, not an enemy in state government

It’s been a long, acrimonious and even hostile four years for environmental groups, as well as the press, trying to pry information from the NC Department of Environmental Quality.

But Gov. Roy Cooper has nominated a new secretary, Michael Regan, a former EPA official and regional leader for the Environmental Defense Fund. And environmental advocates hope a new era of openness — a glasnost — will end what the Sierra Club’s Molly Diggins calls the agency’s “intrigue and deception that was like House of Cards.

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Three-judge panels to hear Constitutional arguments on laws passed by Republican legislature in surprise special session

North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin appointed three-judge panels this week in two cases challenging the constitutionality of laws passed by the Republican-led General Assembly in a surprise special session last month.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens temporarily blocked the implementation of the two laws last week – the first part of Senate Bill 4, which overhauls the State Board of Elections; and Section 4 of House Bill 17, which transfers power from the State Board of Education to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, a recently elected Republican.

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Monday numbers

2---number of days until the General Assembly reconvenes (N.C. General Assembly)

306---number of days since House and Senate passed HB2 that was signed by former Gov. Pat McCrory (Ibid)

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The Path Forward: HB2 in the new age of Trump

The new reality of a Donald Trump presidency has thrown into question a number of evolving civil rights struggles.

As many LGBT North Carolinians and their allies feared, November’s election may have radically changed the legislative and legal future of the controversial House Bill 2.

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With a new DEQ secretary, environmentalists could have an advocate, not an enemy in state government

It’s been a long, acrimonious and even hostile four years for environmental groups, as well as the press, trying to pry information from the NC Department of Environmental Quality.

But Gov. Roy Cooper has nominated a new secretary, Michael Regan, a former EPA official and regional leader for the Environmental Defense Fund. And environmental advocates hope a new era of openness — a glasnost — will end what the Sierra Club’s Molly Diggins calls the agency’s “intrigue and deception that was like House of Cards.

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Monday numbers

2---number of days until the General Assembly reconvenes (N.C. General Assembly)

306---number of days since House and Senate passed HB2 that was signed by former Gov. Pat McCrory (Ibid)

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