Top Story

Top Story

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.

...
Read more 0
Top Story Weekly Briefing

Could slate of constitutional amendments backfire on the Right?

For more than a year and a half now, the appalling reality of the Trump presidency and the profound threat it poses to American democracy have combined to spur thousands upon thousands of North Carolinians to lend their time, talents and money to a burgeoning movement that is commonly referred to as “the resistance.”

...
Read more 0
Environment Top Story

Despite legislative wins, North Carolina pork giant loses again in court

Murphy-Brown had in its pocket 111 lawmakers who voted last week to all but end nuisance lawsuits against industrialized hog farms. But what the world’s largest pork producer didn’t have turned out to be as important: 12 jurors.

...
Read more 0
Other Voices Top Story

Monday numbers: A closer look at child well-being

The following figures come from the recently released 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. View the complete report here.

$24,339 - The official poverty level in 2016 for a family of two adults and two children

...
Read more 0
Top Story

Bills could loosen rules on already troubled bail bonds industry

In the roar of a legislative session that has seen fights over constitutional amendments, hog farms and the power of the legislature itself, two lesser-discussed bills may benefit North Carolina’s politically connected for-profit bail industry.

...
Read more 0
Original Commentary Progressive Voices Top Story

Bad for North Carolina’s bottom line

It is hard to understand why some in the General Assembly are trying to constitutionally cap our state income tax rate. As North Carolina’s former State Treasurer and as someone who cares deeply about our future, I offer our current leaders some advice – don’t do it – it’s a BAD move.

...
Read more 0
Environment Top Story

PW exclusive: 25 years before SBI investigation, Duplin County was warned about Billy Houston’s consulting work

Duplin County officials knew 25 years ago that Billy Houston’s side job as an animal waste system consultant could pose problems for the Soil and Water Conservation District, documents obtained under the Public Records Act show.

...
Read more 0
Original Commentary Top Story

Legislators wallow in special interest override of governor’s veto

Leaders in the N.C. General Assembly seem to exist in the permanent state of an editorial cartoon.

If so, picture the 74 House lawmakers and 37 Senate lawmakers—mostly Republicans, a few Democrats—who voted this week to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the N.C. Farm Act of 2018 as musclebound boars, holding clothespins to their snouts, wielding a judge’s gavel they are wholly unqualified to hold.

...
Read more 0
Original Commentary Other Voices Top Story

Meanwhile in Washington…

As NC lawmakers race to pass constitutional amendments, the Supreme Court further undermines the rights of women and immigrants

Republican state legislative leaders are continuing their mad rush to end the 2018 legislative “short session” this week with the consideration of as many as six state constitutional amendments for possible placement on the November general election ballot.

...
Read more 1
Law and the Courts Top Story

Federal court hears challenge to HB2 successor law. Plaintiff: “We deserve safety”

The North Carolina transgender community is still living in fear nearly two and a half years after the bathroom bill passed, according to the ACLU and lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the state and the University of North Carolina (UNC).

The only difference between now and then? House Bill 2 goes by a different name: HB142.

...
Read more 1
Top Story Weekly Briefing

Torrent of constitutional amendments provide exclamation points on a dreadful legislative session

A short-timer. In the military (and many civilian workplaces too) a short-timer is someone who is nearing the end of his or her term of service. Often, the term is used pejoratively to describe individuals who shirk new or difficult tasks as they cruise toward the exit door. In the political realm, however, there are occasions in which short-timers pursue an opposite tack.

...
Read more 2
Defending Democracy Progressive Voices Top Story

Late-session legislative push brings renewed attacks on democracy

The current leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly – top members of the state House and Senate, all of them Republicans – rule with iron fists and aren’t squeamish about the tactics they use to hold and even magnify their power. Sadly for the rule of law and for the public’s confidence that their state is being governed in the public interest, these leaders during their eight-year reign have placed a premium on naked partisanship.

...
Read more 0
Environment Top Story

Monday numbers: A closer look at the proposed MVP Southgate pipeline

Packed houses are expected at two public meetings this week about a second proposed natural gas pipeline in North Carolina. MVP Southgate and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are holding events tonight in Burlington at the Palladium, 1272 Plaza Drive, from 5:30 to 7:30. The second meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at the Reidsville Event Center, 223 S. Scales St., also from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

...
Read more 0
Law and the Courts Top Story

Round-up: NCGA discusses four constitutional amendments — hunting and fishing, voter ID, victims’ rights, legislative appointment of judges

GOP lawmakers want North Carolinians to make sweeping, permanent changes to the state Constitution and trust them to sort out the details of it all later.

The legislature considered four constitutional amendment proposals yesterday and voted to move along two of them and continue discussing the other two.

...
Read more 3
Progressive Voices Top Story

Effects of opioid epidemic: Another powerful reason to close the Medicaid coverage gap

From 1999-2016, opioid-related overdose fatalities increased by more than 800 percent in North Carolina, resulting in more than 12,000 preventable deaths statewide and a marked increase in the number of children heading into the state’s foster care system. ...
Read more 0
Environment Top Story

Susan Wind had a reason to press state officials about a possible cancer cluster near Lake Norman. Her daughter had the disease.

The lump started small and hid behind her ear. Harmless, the doctor said, nothing to worry about.

So Taylor Wind, then 14, went about her business, attending high school, hanging out with friends and enjoying life in her neighborhood on the shores of Lake Norman in Iredell County.

...
Read more 0

Send this to a friend