At the Supreme Court: Alabama redistricting case with implications for North Carolina

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The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday wrestled with a thorny redistricting issue, the outcome of which may bear directly upon a similar case pending in North Carolina’s highest court. In Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama (consolidated with Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama), the justices considered whether a state plan that packed African-American voters [Continue Reading…]


Read your ballot

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Important judicial races, proposed constitutional amendment fly under the radar By the time voters get to the polls this year, they’ll have heard plenty about Sen. Kay Hagan and her challenger House Speaker Thom Tillis. And they’ll likely know a little about or at least recognize the names of their state and federal [Continue Reading…]


Battle over hog farm pollution escalates as groups accuse state of environmental racism

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For years now, complaints about the stench and pollution seeping from the state’s factory hog farms have lingered. In the courts and in the press, residents living with the mess and their advocates have traded barbs with industry and local leaders about failed oversight and influence in the legislature. But now environmental groups have stepped [Continue Reading…]


NC school vouchers ruled unconstitutional

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In a stunning rebuke to state lawmakers’ efforts to bring school vouchers to North Carolina, state Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood today found the recently-enacted “Opportunity Scholarship Program” unconstitutional and permanently enjoined disbursement of state funds for that purpose. “The General Assembly fails the children of North Carolina when they are sent with [Continue Reading…]