Categories & Tags: State Policy

NC redistricting decision a setback for voting rights   |   July 10, 2013
(Editor's note: Brentin Mock, a New Orleans-based reporter whose work has also appeared in Colorlines and The Nation, will be contributing to Facing South while publisher...

 

Tea party group responds to NC protest movement with 'Marxist Mondays' song   |   July 8, 2013
With participants in North Carolina's Moral Monday protest movement preparing to gather at the state legislature for another weekly demonstration against lawmakers' hard-...

 

Fracking chemical disclosure divides North Carolina officials   |   July 2, 2013
Requiring public disclosure of chemicals used in fracking for oil and natural gas has proven to be a controversial issue in the states -- and in North Carolina the issue has...

 

NC protester database now disclosing public employee salaries   |   June 28, 2013
The conservative group that launched a website last week publicizing details about people who've been arrested during the ongoing Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A Texas-sized fight over reproductive freedom   |   June 28, 2013
Number of hours straight that Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) spoke this week as part of a filibuster against Senate Bill 5, which would have dramatically restricted...

 

What does the Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling mean for the South?   |   June 27, 2013
In this week's decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the U.S. Supreme Court held that it was unconstitutional for the federal government to recognize some...

 

South remains the epicenter of U.S. child poverty crisis   |   June 24, 2013
Child poverty in the United States remains concentrated in the South -- but one notoriously impoverished Southern state no longer occupies the bottom spot for the overall well-...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will NC lawmakers push long-term unemployed off a cliff?   |   June 21, 2013
Date on which a North Carolina law takes effect that will end federal extended unemployment benefits for jobless residents: 7/1/2013 As a consequence, number of long-term...

 

North Carolina racks up new clean-energy jobs amid anti-renewables assault   |   June 5, 2013
At the same time some of its politicians are trying to repeal the state's renewable energy standard, North Carolina is emerging as a national leader in creating clean-energy...

 

What is Moral Monday?   |   June 3, 2013
Moral Monday is a series of ongoing, nonviolent protests at the North Carolina General Assembly that has been happening every Monday since April 29 (not including Memorial Day)...

 

Now, you can't ban guns at the public pool   |   June 3, 2013
By Lois Beckett, ProPublica If you feel unsafe at a public pool in Charleston, W.Va., you may soon have the right to lie there on a towel with a handgun at your side. For 20 years...

 

A historic win for voting rights in Virginia   |   May 31, 2013
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) unveiled a plan this week to automatically restore voting rights to people convicted of nonviolent felonies. The move won praise from civil rights...

 

NC renewable energy law survives attack from the right, for now   |   May 28, 2013
Legislation that would have repealed North Carolina's groundbreaking renewable energy program appears dead for now in the General Assembly -- but its most outspoken proponent...

 

A prolonged stay: The reason behind the slow pace of executions   |   May 28, 2013
By Raymond Bonner, special to ProPublica States that impose the death penalty have been facing a crisis in recent years: They are short on the drugs used in executions. In...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Growing protests over North Carolina's right turn   |   May 24, 2013
Number of arrests made since April 29 during weekly "Moral Monday" nonviolent protests at the North Carolina legislature led by the state NAACP against a Republican...

 

NC gets warning from WV on ending judicial public financing   |   May 24, 2013
With its trailblazing public financing program for judicial elections targeted for elimination by Republican state leaders, North Carolina got a visit this week from two prominent...

 

Environmental groups spur NC legal action against Duke Energy coal ash pollution   |   May 23, 2013
Under legal pressure from environmental advocates, North Carolina regulators are seeking court orders to force Duke Energy to clean up groundwater contamination from unlined coal...

 

More questions in NC redistricting case   |   May 9, 2013
By Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch After two full days of hearings in February, and a request in early April for additional argument from counsel regarding evidence, the three-...

 

NC renewable energy repeal advanced by committee despite losing vote   |   May 8, 2013
Last week North Carolina's Senate Finance Committee advanced a bill to repeal the state's renewable energy standard in a controversial voice vote where the outcome was...

 

VOICES: Reign of Error -- a sonnet concerning North Carolina   |   May 7, 2013
By Scott Huler The sea will rise -- how much we dare not guess; For guesses must with heaven not compete. On earth we move the boundaries, thus complete The transformation...

 

Nullification: How states are making it a felony to enforce federal gun laws   |   May 6, 2013
By Lois Beckett, ProPublica In mid-April, Kansas passed a law asserting that federal gun regulations do not apply to guns made and owned in Kansas. Under the law, Kansans could...

 

North Carolina: A banana republic for dirty energy interests?   |   May 3, 2013
Clean energy opponents turned to dirty tactics this week at the North Carolina legislature to advance a bill repealing the state's groundbreaking renewable power program. In...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Buying the courts in North Carolina?   |   April 26, 2013
Year in which North Carolina launched a voluntary public financing program for judicial elections: 2004 Percent of candidates for the N.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals who...

 

How renewable energy won in North Carolina   |   April 25, 2013
A bill that would have ended North Carolina's renewable energy program was voted down this week by a state House committee in a bipartisan vote by a surprisingly wide margin...

 

School vouchers: A pathway toward fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars   |   April 25, 2013
By Lindsay Wagner, NC Policy Watch School vouchers and related efforts like tax credits, scholarship grants, and education savings accounts have become popular tools of the...