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Crucial Conversation — Making sense of the 2016 election: What happened? Why? What now?

With one of the most contentious elections in recent American history soon to be complete, North Carolinians will no doubt be confronting some important lessons — some painful and some encouraging — from the results. Please join us for a very special Crucial Conversation as NC Policy Watch Director Chris Fitzsimon discusses the election results, where things stand and what’s on the horizon for the progressive movement in North Carolina with a panel of four knowledgeable experts:

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Crucial Conversation – Wake County’s transit referendum: The case for a “yes” vote

NC Policy Watch presents an important Crucial Conversation luncheon – Wake County’s transit referendum: The case for a “yes” vote Click here to register This year’s general election ballot in North Carolina is a crowded one. Across the ...
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Crucial Conversation — How do we repair our broken democracy?

Join us October 5th as N.C. Policy Watch presents a special Crucial Conversation luncheon - Karen Hobert Flynn, President of the national nonprofit watchdog, Common Cause: How do we repair our broken democracy? Has American democracy reached a crisis point? If the 2016 election campaign is any indication, this seems a fair assessment. Between the toxic combination of big, dark money, rampant gerrymandering and voter suppression, weak ethics laws and an often dysfunctional news media, the situation can sometimes seem rather bleak and, perhaps, even beyond repair.

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Crucial Conversation — An election preview with Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling

The 2016 election is headed into the homestretch and absentee voting by mail is already underway. Join us as we learn the details of where things stand and what the political world is likely to look like on November 9 with one of America’s premier pollsters, Tom Jensen of Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling.

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Crucial Conversation — Predatory payday lenders: Is North Carolina rid of them for good or will they make a comeback?

Crucial Conversation luncheon: Predatory payday lenders: Is North Carolina rid of them for good or will they make a comeback? Featuring Tom Feltner of the Consumer Federation of America Register here It’s been 15 years since North Carolina ...
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Crucial Conversation — Carolina comeback or comedown? A look at how we should measure success in the North Carolina economy

N.C. Policy Watch presents a special Crucial Conversation luncheon: Carolina comeback or comedown? A look at how we should measure success in the North Carolina economy Featuring Professor Dirk Philipsen of Duke University Register here Is the North ...
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Crucial Conversation — A year after the Charleston tragedy: Growing hope for saner anti-gun violence policies

It’s been nearly a year since the horrific tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina in which nine attendees at a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church were shot down and murdered on June 17, 2015. Sadly, for many Americans, the Charleston church shooting has quickly become lost in a seeming blizzard of such catastrophes. Sandy Hook, Virginia, Tech, San Bernardino – the list of American mass shootings seems to go on without end.

And yet, as we approach the one year anniversary of Charleston, there are frequent and significant flickers of life in the movement for saner gun laws. Not only does polling continue to indicate large, growing and, in some cases, overwhelming public support for tougher and smarter laws, there is clear evidence that the grassroots movement is finding significant new energy. Here in North Carolina, we see this newfound energy and activism in the work of groups like North Carolinians Against Gun Violence and the North Carolina Council of Churches, which will be sponsoring a “Stand Up Sabbath” in congregations throughout North Carolina on the weekend of June 18-19.

Join us as we discuss these and several other encouraging developments...

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Crucial Conversation — The Merrick Garland nomination and its implications for the U.S. Supreme Court

N.C. Policy Watch presents a special Crucial Conversation luncheon:

A conversation with nationally acclaimed scholar, author and commentator Michael Gerhardt: The Merrick Garland nomination and its implications for the U.S. Supreme Court

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Crucial Conversation — Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts on the state’s decision to overturn her city’s nondiscrimination ordinance

N.C. Policy Watch invites you to a special Crucial Conversation luncheon: Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts on the state’s decision to overturn her city’s nondiscrimination ordinance Click here to register In this most volatile of election years, there have ...
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Crucial Conversation (Charlotte) — Immigrants in North Carolina: Where do things stand? Where do we go from here?

N.C. Policy Watch invites you to a special Charlotte Crucial Conversation: Featuring Patrick McHugh of the N.C. Budget & Tax Center and Raul Pinto of the N.C. Justice Center’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project Click here to register ...
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Crucial Conversation — A conversation with Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling

N.C. Policy Watch presents the first Crucial Conversation luncheon of 2016: Click here to register With the 2016 election campaign already well underway and early voting for the March 15 North Carolina primary scheduled to commence March 3, ...
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Crucial Conversation — Immigrants in North Carolina: Where do things stand? Where do we go from here?

NC Policy Watch presents the final Crucial Conversation luncheon of 2015: Featuring Patrick McHugh of the N.C. Budget & Tax Center and Raul Pinto of the N.C. Justice Center’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project Click here to register ...
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Crucial Conversation — Closing the health coverage gap for North Carolinians living with substance use disorders

N.C. Policy Watch presents a Crucial Conversation luncheon Featuring Dr. Lonise Bias of the Len and Jay Bias Association and Jeff Matkins of Insight Human Services. Click here to register North Carolina, along with every other state, has ...
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Crucial Conversation — The problem of race-based policing: Can we finally overcome it?

NC Policy Watch presents a very special Crucial Conversation luncheon Featuring Professor Frank Baumgartner of UNC Chapel Hill, Orange and Chatham County Public Defender James Williams and Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock Click here to register A recent ...
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Crucial Conversation — For-profit colleges: A helpful solution or part of what ails higher education?

NC Policy Watch presents a Crucial Conversation luncheon Featuring Barmak Nassirian, Director of Federal Relations and Policy Analysis for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Click here to register The rapid growth of for-profit colleges is ...
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Crucial Conversation — Sweepstakes industry corruption: How far does it go? What should be done?

NC Policy Watch presents a Crucial Conversation luncheon — Sweepstakes industry corruption: How far does it go? What should be done? Click here to register Featuring Bob Hall, Executive Director of Democracy North Carolina It’s been almost a ...
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