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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

Monday numbers: A closer look at the Florence relief effort

Last week Hurricane Florence crippled much of Southeast North Carolina. This week, as Governor Roy Cooper and the North Carolina General Assembly look at how best to help those whose lives were upended by the storm, we take a look at the relief effort so far by the numbers.

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Environment Top Story

Florence aftermath highlights grim reality of the people and places most vulnerable to climate change

Hurricane Florence has laid bare the environmental justice issues that are often masked by sunny news of a record-breaking stock market, low employment (but stagnant wage growth) and tax breaks for the über-wealthy. In Eastern North Carolina...

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Events

October 4 Crucial Conversion – NC’s deadliest policy failure (and how Virginia solved the problem)

Join us as we hear from one of the policy experts who helped make Virginia's Medicaid expansion a reality, Kenneth Gilliam of the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis...

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Progressive Voices Top Story

The grave threat that a Justice Kavanaugh would present to my patients

As an OB/GYN caring for the women and families of North Carolina, I know abortion is a safe, essential, routine part of women’s health care. The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is only the latest in a long series of threats to women’s constitutional rights. More than 15 new abortion restrictions have been enacted in North Carolina since 2010, with devastating effects for health care access in our state.

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Defending Democracy Progressive Voices Top Story

When it rains voter suppression

It’s a truism that weather affects elections. Yes, many of us would slosh through a downpour if that’s what it took to get to the polls. But a cold, driving rain is a disincentive. Like it or not, that’s plain old human nature.

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Defending Democracy Law and the Courts Top Story

Election officials, advocates scramble to carry on in Florence’s aftermath

It’s still not clear exactly how much damage Hurricane Florence left in her wake, but "the show must go on" for election officials and organizations dedicated to getting out the vote in the November midterm elections.

“The impact of Hurricane Florence has made it even more pressing for the voices of AAPIs [Asian American and Pacific Islanders] and other communities of color to be heard in this election,” said Chavi Koneru, Executive Director at North Carolina Asian Americans Together.

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Original Commentary Other Voices Top Story

After sexual assault allegations, U.S. Senate’s speedy Kavanaugh confirmation must come to a screeching halt

To this point, everything about Brett Kavanaugh -- from his indoctrination in  Kenneth Starr's Clinton probe, to his efforts to quash the Florida recount in the 2000 Bush v. Gore presidential race, and his contentious appointment to the D.C. circuit Court of Appeals, in which Democrats derided the Maryland lawyer as little more than a GOP lackey, and finally to his raucous confirmation hearings before the Senate this summer -- has been mired in partisanship.

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

Silence on Silent Sam appears to violate open records laws

When the Silent Sam Confederate Statue was toppled at UNC-Chapel Hill last month, a flurry of text messages and e-mails began. The UNC Board of Governors. UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt. UNC President Margaret Spellings. The University Police.

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Top Story Weekly Briefing

Hurricane Florence: Another powerful reminder that we can stick together or sink separately

On June 6, 1944, the day of the great Allied Forces D-Day invasion of France, many historians agree that something unusual in the annals of war occurred on the beaches of Normandy. Despite a host of errors and setbacks – landing in the wrong places, being pinned down initially by murderous enemy fire...

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Other Voices Progressive Voices Top Story

Cooper, data agree: Florence is sure to worsen NC’s affordable rental housing problem

On Sunday, Governor Roy Cooper declared that affordable housing would be a key focus in the recovery from Hurricane Florence. As the Durham Herald-Sun reported: “Cooper said once the storm passes and towns start to rebuild, there will be an emphasis on housing that is affordable....

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Environment Top Story

Monday numbers: Potential Florence impacts in western NC

Having devastated the southeast coast of North Carolina, Hurricane Florence is now a tropical depression, making a beeline toward the mountains. Rain and wind could uproot trees and unleash land- and mudslides on steep terrain, including places where they occurred earlier this year.

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Progressive Voices Top Story

More and better connections: The best hope for rural NC

History has a habit of turning the tables on us. Economic strengths can become liabilities, and forces that once harmed communities can become necessary to those same communities’ economic survival.

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Law and the Courts Top Story

Civil Rights Commission report: Minority voting rights impacted by new laws, including strict voter ID

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has finally released its report and recommendations on minority voting rights and access around the country after holding a public briefing in Raleigh earlier this year. The report found that new laws and voting procedures – particularly in many states previously covered under the preclearance requirements of the Voting Rights Act (which includes North Carolina) – are impacting voter access.

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Original Commentary Top Story

After ham-fisted subpoenas, federal officials owe North Carolina an explanation

Best-case scenario: Robert Higdon and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement owe North Carolina a lengthy explanation. Worst-case scenario: They owe us all an apology.

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