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PW exclusive: Incumbent Chris Dillon, challenger Gray Styers vie for Court of Appeals seat

As part of our ongoing effort to inform North Carolinians about the state judiciary, Policy Watch is publishing a series of Q&A’s with the candidates seeking statewide judicial office this fall. Each of the 16 candidates (six who are contesting three Supreme Court seats and ten who are contesting five seats on the Court of Appeals) was asked the same seven questions by former PW Courts, Law and Democracy Reporter Melissa Boughton.

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Election violence in November? Here’s what the research says

After Kenya’s 2007 election, as incumbent President Mwai Kibaki declared victory, the opposition alleged the election had been rigged. A wave of protests, riots and ethnic violence followed. As many as 1,500 citizens were killed and another 600,000 forcibly displaced. As the U.S. presidential election draws near, many have expressed concern that a similar scenario may unfold here.

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Dissecting the debate: Biden, Trump differ sharply over election integrity, racism and the pandemic

Biden says he’ll support election outcome but Trump urges supporters to ‘watch very carefully’ Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pledged Tuesday night to accept the outcome of the election, while President Donald Trump urged his supporters to “watch very carefully” what happens as voters cast their general-election ballots. Those comments were in response to a question at the first presidential debate from debate moderator and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, who asked the two men if they would signal they trust the electoral process by urging supporters to calmly accept the election results and not declaring victory until the final tally is certified.

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PW exclusive: Incumbent Chris Brook, challenger Jefferson Griffin vie for Court of Appeals seat

As part of our ongoing effort to inform North Carolinians about the state judiciary, Policy Watch is publishing a series of Q&A’s with the candidates seeking statewide judicial office this fall. Each of the 16 candidates (six who are contesting three Supreme Court seats and ten who are contesting five seats on the Court of Appeals) was asked the same seven questions by former PW Courts, Law and Democracy Reporter Melissa Boughton.

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The anti-RBG: Amy Coney Barrett’s dark and regressive worldview

It’s been more than a quarter-century since Justice Clarence Thomas was confirmed to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Sadly, for Thomas and the country, however, the thing for which he remains best known – especially given his extremely infrequent contributions to the Court’s jurisprudence in the intervening 27 years – is his contentious confirmation hearing and the way it shined, for one of the first times, a national spotlight on the issue of sexual harassment.

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Proposed new poultry farm in Chatham County: 750,000 birds, taxpayer-funded — and lots of secrets

Although not the farmer, Sen. Tom McInnis of Richmond County owns the land A proposed poultry farm near Goldston in Chatham County could raise nearly 750,000 birds each year near an important waterway, yet many of the details ...
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Monday numbers: The Barrett nomination and the ongoing transformation of the federal courts

The last four years have produced little in the way of affirmative policy accomplishments for the Trump administration and its allies on Capitol Hill. Save for undermining numerous core public services and structures, rolling back numerous rules and regulations that protected average Americans from the day-to-day impacts of racism, sexism, homophobia, environmental degradation, and predatory corporate behavior...

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Catawba, Cherokee tribes square off over proposed casino in congressional hearing

NC congressman raises questions about federal rules, potential conflicts of interest Competing tribal claims and cross-accusations over a proposed casino resort near Kings Mountain came to a head Thursday in a federal legislative committee meeting. At issue: the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort, a proposed $273 million, 17-acre casino in Cleveland County.

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What GOP efforts to dominate the federal courts are really about

Talk from Republican senators about "rules" and "precedent" is nothing but a smokescreen U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has used his leadership position to exercise raw political power in shaping the federal judiciary for many decades to come, and he’s been enormously successful. The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has brought McConnell to the zenith of that power.

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PW exclusive: Incumbent Reuben Young, challenger Jeff Carpenter vie for Court of Appeals seat

As part of our ongoing effort to inform North Carolinians about the state judiciary, Policy Watch is publishing a series of Q&A’s with the candidates seeking statewide judicial office this fall. Each of the 16 candidates (six who are contesting three Supreme Court seats and ten who are contesting five seats on the Court of Appeals) was asked the same seven questions by former PW Courts, Law and Democracy Reporter Melissa Boughton.

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As new poll workers step up in pandemic, elections directors say they are ready for November

Even with an increase in absentee voting, election directors expect a large in-person turnout. Since March, when the COVID-19 pandemic began upending so many aspects of American life, elections directors across the state have worried about the impact on the November election.

Health concerns have led to an unprecedented number of absentee ballot requests. But a divisive presidential election and tumultuous political season could also lead to heavy in-person turnout. That’s a problem for the backbone of the election systems across the state: the more than 15,000 election workers, the majority of whom are older people for whom coronavirus infection is most dangerous.

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Congressional Democrats launch inquiry into claims of “high number of hysterectomies” at Georgia immigrant detention facility

Irwin Detention Facility has history of physical and verbal abuse Top U.S. House Democrats are investigating a whistleblower’s allegations that immigrant women in a Georgia detention center endured gynecological procedures without their consent or full understanding of the treatment that was being performed.

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PW exclusive: Candidates Lora Cubbage and Fred Gore seek open Court of Appeals seat

As part of our ongoing effort to inform North Carolinians about the state judiciary, Policy Watch is publishing a series of Q&A’s with the candidates seeking statewide judicial office this fall. Each of the 16 candidates (six who are contesting three Supreme Court seats and ten who are contesting five seats on the Court of Appeals) was asked the same seven questions by former PW Courts, Law and Democracy Reporter Melissa Boughton.

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The time for polite dialogue with the political right is over

Supreme Court hypocrisy, effort to infiltrate progressive NC groups ought to be the last straws It should have been obvious to anyone paying attention as far back as the fall of 2000. It was during those grim days and weeks of raw and cynical political thievery that followed the Bush v. Gore presidential election that the modern, extreme, win-at-all-costs American political right fully announced itself as a movement with no time for quaint niceties like fairness, precedent and the rule of law.

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Students with disabilities have unique needs, should not be short-changed during pandemic

For many parents and caregivers, seeing their child struggle through virtual learning can be both frustrating and heartbreaking. However, for those with children who have disabilities, they may also be witnessing a violation of their child’s civil and educational rights.

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Monday numbers: A closer look at NC’s registered voters and key voting dates

North Carolina was a battleground state in the 2016 presidential election, and there's no doubt that the candidates view North Carolina as a swing state this year. But the state's population has shifted quite a bit over the last four years. Carolina Demography has noted that even as North Carolina has continued to grow, new voter registrations suggests an overall move away from the two major parties. It's also worth noting that a larger share of voters who have registered since 2016 are younger.

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