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Environment Top Story

Monday numbers: The link between polluters and impoverished communities

Unless you’ve become lost or gone wandering, Hollister, N.C., population 674, in Halifax County is not a place that you merely happen upon. But the state Department of Environmental Quality intentionally chose a spot here among the tobacco ...
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Law and the Courts Top Story

Q&A with state Court of Appeals candidates – the Calabria seat

As part of an ongoing effort to inform North Carolinians about the upcoming judicial elections, Policy Watch is publishing a Q&A with each person running for a statewide judicial office. Each of the 11 candidates was asked the same six questions, and their answers will appear throughout the week alongside those of their challengers.

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Original Commentary Other Voices Top Story

The trouble with ICE

Six years ago, long before #AbolishICE, and long before Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) touched off an international uproar by separating undocumented families at the border, federal immigration agents had already stirred up outrage in North Carolina.

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Defending Democracy Law and the Courts Top Story

Q&A with state Court of Appeals candidates – the Arrowood seat

As part of an ongoing effort to inform North Carolinians about the upcoming judicial elections, Policy Watch is publishing a Q&A with each person running for a statewide judicial office. Each of the 11 candidates was asked the same six questions, and their answers will appear throughout the week alongside those of their challengers.

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Progressive Voices Top Story

The 14th Amendment was intended to achieve racial justice – and we must keep it that way

Few times in recent memory have demanded a more careful examination of our nation's history than now — the year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment’s passage.

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Defending Democracy Law and the Courts Top Story

Q&A with state Court of Appeals candidates – the Elmore seat

As part of an ongoing effort to inform North Carolinians about the upcoming judicial elections, Policy Watch is publishing a Q&A with each person running for a statewide judicial office. Each of the 11 candidates was asked the same six questions, and their answers will appear throughout the week alongside those of their challengers.

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Progressive Voices Top Story

LGBTQ youth suicide crisis demands strong and immediate action

Suicide prevention was a major issue during the 2017-18 legislative session of the North Carolina General Assembly. Despite being left out of the omnibus budget bill, funding for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which receives over 5,000 calls per month, was secured in later legislation.

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Top Story Weekly Briefing

Why we must fight Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee

Donald Trump’s ongoing effort to remake the federal courts in his own extreme image is something that ought to cause enormous concern for all caring and thinking Americans. As veteran court observer Nan Aron of the national Alliance for Justice recently put it:

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Defending Democracy Law and the Courts Top Story

PW exclusive: A Q&A with all three NC Supreme Court candidates

As part of an ongoing effort to inform North Carolinians about the upcoming judicial elections, NC Policy Watch is publishing a Q&A with each person running for a statewide judicial office. Each of the 11 candidates was asked the same six questions, and their answers will appear throughout the week along with their challengers.

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Original Commentary Other Voices Top Story

Monday numbers: A closer look at the constitutional amendments that will confront NC voters in November

6 – number of proposed constitutional amendments placed on the November ballot by GOP legislative majorities during the final five days of the 2018 legislative session

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Progressive Voices Top Story

New KIDS COUNT report: Undercount in the 2020 Census threatens hard-won progress for NC children and their families

The KIDS COUNT Data Book, released on June 28 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows that a stronger economy is producing better outcomes for parents and their kids. Federally-funded supports such as SNAP, Head Start, CHIP, and school lunches are helping drive child success. But those positive outcomes are in jeopardy as 73,000 North Carolina children are at risk of not being counted in the upcoming 2020 census.

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Progressive Voices Top Story

Guns and gore galore: Hard truths about America’s gun problem

Americans comprise only 4.4% of the world’s population, but own 42% of the world’s guns (about 300 million). This means we have slightly less than one gun for every citizen – and the U.S. tops the list for gun death percentages.

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Original Commentary Other Voices Progressive Voices Top Story

After Kennedy, after Trump, progressives rage

“Let us be enraged about injustice, but let us not be destroyed by it.” – Bayard Rustin This Anthony Kennedy news. Last week’s departure of America’s most important swing vote—perhaps the last foxhole against Trump’s most virulent attacks—read like a funeral dirge for liberal and moderate Americans.

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Defending Democracy Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

Not final yet: Trio of state officials must still agree on ballot language for proposed constitutional amendments

Lack of implementing language in amendment legislation raises additional concerns When the General Assembly’s legislative session closed last week, six amendments to the state constitution had been approved for November’s ballot.

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