Categories & Tags: State Policy

Debunking Gov. McCrory's misleading coal ash claims   |   June 26, 2014
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) gave an interview to WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones last week in which he discussed coal ash, a topic high on the legislative agenda...

 

Sit-ins planned for final Moral Monday of NC legislative session   |   June 20, 2014
Next week's Moral Monday protest will be the last one during the North Carolina legislature's 2014 short session, and organizers have big plans for the June 23 gathering...

 

VOICES: NC coal ash bill is Duke Energy's pass to pollute   |   June 20, 2014
By Monica Embrey, Greenpeace Once again, the North Carolina legislature has demonstrated its coziness with Duke Energy. A Senate Bill (SB729) introduced this week falls far short...

 

The high cost of government corruption to the South   |   June 13, 2014
How much does government corruption cost state taxpayers? That's the question two professors considered in a recent study that compares rates of corruption -- defined as the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Gambling away the future of North Carolina schools   |   June 13, 2014
North Carolina's estimated national ranking in average salary for public school teachers this year: 48 The average estimated salary for the state's public school teachers...

 

NC passes fracking law, seeks taxpayer subsidies for industry   |   June 6, 2014
This week North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law a bill that opens up the state to fracking for natural gas. The Energy Modernization Act will allow drilling permits...

 

The shadows behind conservatives' sunny NC jobs claims   |   June 4, 2014
As protesters gathered outside the North Carolina legislature this week for Moral Monday, a counter-protester stood on the sidelines next to a young woman in a sun costume,...

 

NC Senate dials back punishment for fracking chemical disclosure to a misdemeanor   |   May 23, 2014
A bill to lift the state's fracking moratorium that's speeding through the North Carolina legislature underwent some changes before it passed the Senate this week --...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: NC still fighting the science of sea-level rise   |   May 22, 2014
Number of scientific papers that have been published this month reporting that the collapse of major Antarctic glaciers now "appears unstoppable" due to climate change:...

 

A year in, Moral Monday movement plans new protests, more organizing   |   April 29, 2014
Today marks one year since 17 North Carolinians were arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience at the General Assembly while protesting Republican plans to restrict voting rights...

 

Federal court orders NC lawmakers to release records related to 'monster' election law   |   March 28, 2014
Civil rights groups suing North Carolina over its voter suppression law scored a victory in federal court this week with a ruling that state lawmakers must release some e-mails...

 

Corporate virtue and corporate subsidies   |   February 3, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest For a speech that was supposed to focus on the plight of low-wage workers, President Obama's State of the Union contained a surprising...

 

The death toll from blocking Medicaid expansion   |   January 30, 2014
A study published today in the journal Health Affairs calculates the impacts of states' refusal to expand Medicaid to more low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The ongoing injustice of racial inequality in health care   |   January 17, 2014
Year in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in a speech, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane": 1966 Percent of...

 

Moral Monday movement spreads through the South   |   January 10, 2014
After drawing thousands of protesters to the state legislature and inspiring the arrests of more than 900 people for nonviolent civil disobedience, North Carolina's Moral...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The fight for North Carolina's future continues   |   January 3, 2014
Amount multimillionaire conservative donor Art Pope, his immediate family, and his company, Variety Wholesalers, contributed to North Carolina state politics in the 2010 election...

 

Big voting changes coming to the South in 2014   |   December 23, 2013
Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin blogged in The New Yorker recently that voting rights cases will be one of the top seven legal stories of 2014. "After the Supreme Court gutted...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A call for racial justice in energy policy   |   December 20, 2013
Date on which the NAACP released a report looking at state energy policy from a racial justice angle: 12/17/2013 Of the three states* the report found to have the best energy...

 

True the Vote denied entry into Texas voter ID trial   |   December 18, 2013
Months before the conservative vote-monitoring group Judicial Watch filed to intervene in the U.S. Justice Department's lawsuit against North Carolina's restrictive new...

 

Art Pope think tank behind campaign to discredit and defund Medicaid   |   December 17, 2013
At a critical moment for the future of North Carolina's Medicaid program, a conservative think tank that was founded and is bankrolled by state budget director Art Pope sought...

 

NC scholars denounce conservative think tank's demand for professor's email   |   December 16, 2013
A delegation of scholars from North Carolina colleges and universities delivered an open letter to Gov. Pat McCrory and state Budget Director Art Pope today, calling on them to...

 

Judicial Watch joins legal fray to defend restrictive NC voting law   |   December 13, 2013
A conservative group that has previously sued states to get them to purge their voting rolls has joined in the legal fight over North Carolina's restrictive new voting law,...

 

After a political setback in NC, ALEC retools assault on renewable energy   |   December 13, 2013
After turning back a political assault on its groundbreaking renewable energy law, North Carolina could soon be a proving ground for a new strategy in the corporate-led war on...

 

Southern states stand to lose out on billions of dollars by blocking Medicaid expansion   |   December 10, 2013
The 20 states refusing to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will forgo billions of dollars in federal funds -- but their...

 

Fighting for poor people's access to democracy in Louisiana   |   December 6, 2013
What is a state's proper role in expanding access to voter registration for its low-income citizens? That's the question at the heart of Scott v. Schedler, a Louisiana...