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…]


New economic development group starts up, but private donors’ identities still unknown

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North Carolina handed off its job recruitment efforts to a newly established public-private partnership last week, in hopes that privatizing much of the state’s economic development work will bring more jobs to the state. Just a week into operation, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina is already struggling with questions about transparency [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…]


Biggest recipient of taxpayer-funded school vouchers, Greensboro Islamic Academy, in financial trouble

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State received 170 applications from students wishing to attend GIA this fall with vouchers A private religious school receiving by far the largest payout from the state’s new school voucher program was in financial trouble during the last school year, pleading for help from the public online to fund its $150,000 shortfall so the school [Continue Reading…]


How accessible should conflict-of-interest forms be? N.C. Ethics Commission to decide

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North Carolina’s ethics commission pulled the plug this summer on an online database of public officials’ financial disclosure forms as it wrestles with questions about what information should be accessible with a click of a computer mouse. The commission, established in 2006 after the state saw a series of public corruption scandals, decided [Continue Reading…]