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Monday numbers: A closer look at the history of women serving in the NC General Assembly

To get a sense of the historical marginalization of women in the General Assembly, look no further than the bathrooms in the Legislative Building. Slightly larger than a phone booth, the bathrooms contain only one toilet and one sink...

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Setting the Record Straight Top Story

It’s too late to fix the amendments

It should not work this way. State constitutions simply should not be fundamentally rewritten during a poorly noticed, hastily arranged, kangaroo legislative session in which new amendment language is unveiled and approved in a span of a few hours (or a day or two)...

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Progressive Voices Top Story

UNC: A community reckoning with its history

In 1965, UNC student Al Ribak wrote a letter to the editors of the Daily Tar Heel entitled, “Silent Sam Should Leave.” Fifty-three years later, Silent Sam is gone – brought down by over 250 UNC students, alumni, and community activists. It was just a year ago that a similar sight could be seen in Durham, where protesters brought down the Confederate monument in downtown Durham...

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Law and the Courts Top Story

A handy guide to ongoing ballot litigation in North Carolina

The clock is ticking in North Carolina.

Five separate lawsuits have to be resolved before voters can cast their ballots, and there are only eight days left for the courts to render resolutions.

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

Two days after protesters tear down Silent Sam, state commission balks at removing Raleigh Confederate monuments

Two days after protesters forcefully removed the "Silent Sam" statue in Chapel Hill, a dramatic scene that fetched jeers from many state leaders and cheers from long-time Confederate statue critics, members of a key state commission voted against the removal of three similar monuments to Confederate soldiers in downtown Raleigh.

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New report details racial inequality, poverty and gentrification in Durham

From infant mortality to life expectancy, race predicts outcomes in the United States. Racial inequities, created and sustained through the policies and practices of governments and other institutions, have long-lasting and cumulative impact. In Durham, North Carolina, the revitalization and subsequent gentrification of its downtown has brought these racial fault lines...

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

N.C. Historical Commission member on ‘Silent Sam’: Deal with injustice in face of unjust laws

On Wednesday the North Carolina Historical Commission's Confederate Monument Study Committee will meet. It will give its recommendation on whether to remove three Confederate monuments in downtown Raleigh. The full commission will then vote on the issue.

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Fine print putsch: The North Carolina GOP provokes a constitutional crisis

Surely there must be a line somewhere. Surely, there must be a point at which the language that is slated to appear on the state ballot with respect to a proposed constitutional amendment bears so little relationship to what the amendment would actually do, that the courts simply must step in.

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A Justice Kavanaugh would all but assure the demise of American abortion rights

When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the highest court in the land this past June, Donald Trump received his second opportunity to appoint a justice to an increasingly conservative Supreme Court. Making good on his campaign promise to gut Roe v. Wade and re-criminalize abortion...

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Education Top Story

Monday numbers: America’s staggering diversity gap between students of color and teachers of color

Public school demographics in the United States are shifting, but, based on emerging national data, there’s reason to believe public schools are struggling to keep up with the changes.

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Defending Democracy News Top Story

Special report: A celebration of women’s suffrage on its 99th anniversary

Ninety-nine years ago today, a stalemate between two states nearly derailed the women's suffrage movement. With just one state shy of the required 36 to ratify the 19th amendment, North Carolina and Tennessee were battling not to be the one to allow women the right to vote.

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

ICE on campus? UNC reps mum, faculty concerned re: email warnings

The emails began going out at the University of North Carolina earlier this summer. Warnings that federal and state agents might be visiting campus to ask questions about immigration, export control, compliance with applicable laws and national security issues. “I had a briefing today...

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Law and the Courts Top Story

Election ballots on pause as constitutional amendment litigation works through courts

Litigation over the November election ballot is not likely to end anytime soon, but absentee by-mail voting will probably be cut short.

A three-judge panel ordered Wednesday that the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement halt...

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Environment Top Story

EPA officials get an earful at GenX hearing in Fayetteville

For the first 50-odd years of his life Rusty Goins was healthy and hale, a strapping man who never smoked or drank. Then shortly before last Christmas, he began bleeding. Several days later, when Goins woke up from surgery, he told EPA officials, the doctor had removed 30 inches of his colon and 18 lymph nodes. His right kidney, double its normal size, "was eaten up by cancer," he said.

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Pat McCrory, at last, makes a stand

North Carolina made history again Monday, the not-so-bad kind. If you were in earshot of Raleigh Monday, you might have heard: The state’s five living former governors—two Republicans, three Democrats: Jim Martin, Jim Hunt, Mike Easley...

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Will courts block legislative leaders’ desperate power plays?

A summer of hectic twists and turns has made it increasingly clear: The North Carolina General Assembly’s ruling Republicans have been driven by desperation. They must be desperately worried that their lease on unbridled power is about to expire. So, while they still have the chance...

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