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Defending Democracy Law and the Courts Top Story

The sound of silence: Judges all but muzzled in complaints against lawmakers

Judges are considered to be in command of their courtrooms. But when state legislators pass laws attacking them— shortening their terms, shrinking the appellate court — judges are no longer in charge and have few ways to defend themselves.

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Policy Watch Investigates

State Rep carves out court changes for home district, takes from east

When state Rep. Justin Burr spoke on the House floor last week about a proposal to create a stand-alone judicial district in his home county by shifting resources away from Eastern North Carolina, he said it would help ...
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Weekly Briefing

Saying “no” to poor kids…again

House Committee advances bill to cut pre-K eligibility One would think that, at some point, the folks running the North Carolina General Assembly would start to feel at least a little squeamish and sheepish about the cuts they ...
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Weekly Briefing

Crony capitalism in full force

Conservative lawmakers doing the bidding of another corporate special interest If there was one criticism with which the far right has pummeled powerful North Carolina Democrats through the years that was sometimes on the money, it was the ...
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School officials raise possibility of fingerprinting new teachers

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

Monday numbers: Six months into a new ethos in the Durham DA’s office

When Satana Deberry took office as district attorney of Durham County in January, she pledged to make some serious changes. Deberry followed through, particularly in concentrating on the racial and economic disparities in how and for what people are prosecuted and in making Durham part of a national movement for bail reform.

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Speakers at Durham conference: Criminalization of poverty is big and growing problem in NC

When Andrea Hudson was pulled over for a routine traffic violation in 2013, the police officer found outstanding warrants for her arrest. The charges – abusing an elderly person and fraud – were a surprise to Hudson, who insisted it was a case of mistaken identity. Her bail was initially set at $10,000 – out of reach for the mother of two. Even pulling together the ten to fifteen percent that’s necessary to pay a bail bond agent to secure her release was a stretch. When a judge raised the bail to $30,000, she could see no way out.

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Monday numbers – A closer look at pretrial release

As Policy Watch continues to examine North Carolina’s for-profit bail industry, it’s worth looking at an alternative already in place in many of the state’s largest counties - pretrial release programs that help those not deemed a threat or flight risk get out of jail without cash bail.

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Progressive Voices

A Campaign Financing System that Works for the Public

It might be surprising to see two candidates running against each other in a hotly contested Insurance Commissioner race writing a joint guest column two weeks before a major election. But then again, stranger things have happened. ...
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Housing rescue package set for House vote

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