Clayton Henkel's articles and posts
Cheri Beasley became North Carolina’s first-ever Black female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in February. It was our honor to sit down with Beasley earlier this year to discuss the School Justice Partnership, Second Chance legislation and the impact of rising court fines and fees on low-income North Carolinians.
It can be hard to find things to cheer about these days in the contentious world of public policy, but Durham County District Attorney Satana Deberry is doing some important work to change that situation. We sat down with Deberry to discuss changes she has implemented in the DA’s Office to improve the administration of justice.
From combating the opioid crisis, to fighting to find justice for sexual assault victims, to blocking an e-cigarette industry that is hooking teenagers, Attorney General Josh Stein has been at the center of it all this year. We recently sat down with Stein to learn more about those legal challenges, and what’s on the horizon for the A-G’s office.
NC Policy Watch Managing Editor Billy Ball discusses efforts to reduce the number of children facing short-term suspensions in our public schools.
Read Ball’s recent story: The lingering inequality of school discipline in North Carolina
Representative Grier Martin also weighs in on the turmoil facing higher education and the UNC system’s Board of Governors.
Patrick McHugh, senior economic analyst for the NC Budget & Tax Center, discusses the state of the economy and employment equity. Read more of Patrick’s work here, including The State of Working North Carolina.