Categories & Tags: State Policy

Will North Carolina strike illegal voter literacy test from its constitution?   |   March 26, 2013
With the rise of white-supremacist power in the late 19th century South came efforts by the region's legislatures to block the African-American vote, and one of the most...

 

Who's behind the push to limit multicultural studies in Texas universities?   |   March 20, 2013
Advocates of multiculturalism are girding for a fight in the Texas legislature, where a bill has been introduced that would ban racial, ethnic and gender history studies from...

 

A tale of two states and subsidy transparency   |   March 18, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Florida and Mississippi may come close to sharing a border, but they are worlds apart in their current approach to the disclosure of economic...

 

Meet the ALEC-connected lawmakers behind bill to kill NC renewable energy law   |   March 14, 2013
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a controversial and powerful group that brings together state legislators and corporate representatives to promote conservative...

 

Southeast leads in creating clean-energy manufacturing jobs, but will politicians kill the momentum?   |   March 12, 2013
Clean energy and clean transportation projects are helping drive the U.S. economic recovery, and green business is particularly booming in the Southeast. But will politicians...

 

VOICES: Scarlet Letter licenses? Give me one, too.   |   March 7, 2013
By Jeff Shaw, N.C. Policy Watch Dear Mr. Tata, Please consider this letter my application for a driver's license. Yes, I already have a North Carolina driver's license....

 

Energy watchdog pressures NC governor over conflict of interest   |   March 4, 2013
With North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) refusing to respond to a request to disclose the exact amount of Duke Energy stock he holds, a watchdog group is running a full-page ad in...

 

NC environmentalists look to state House to slow rush to fracking   |   March 1, 2013
A proposal to speed up North Carolina's timetable for the controversial gas drilling practice known as fracking passed the Republican-controlled state Senate this week and now...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Turning back the clock to predatory payday loans   |   February 22, 2013
Date on which North Carolina Sen. Jerry Tillman (R) introduced a bill to re-open the state to "payday" lenders, companies that offer unsecured cash advances with...

 

Gov. McCrory's disconnect on beaches and offshore drilling   |   February 20, 2013
In his first State of the State address this week, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory called for moving forward with oil and gas exploration off the state's coast, reporting that...

 

Mississippi charter school supporters fought against public education for years   |   February 19, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Mississippi state Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, a longtime champion of public education, said the current debate on charter schools in the state legislature...

 

Study details economic benefits of North Carolina's threatened clean energy program   |   February 19, 2013
Some conservative lawmakers in North Carolina want to kill the state's clean energy program, but a study released this week suggests they would be delivering a blow to a still...

 

Watchdog asks Gov. McCrory to disclose value of Duke Energy stock holdings   |   February 14, 2013
Following a Facing South report that found North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) holds significant amounts of Duke Energy stock, a watchdog group sent him a letter asking him to...

 

Will Gov. McCrory help his friend Duke Energy capture the N.C. Utility Commission?   |   February 13, 2013
This is a critical moment for North Carolina's energy future, as a packed public hearing held in Raleigh this week showed -- and there are growing concerns that the politician...

 

Thousands march for economic justice in North Carolina   |   February 11, 2013
On Saturday, Feb. 9, thousands of people from across North Carolina gathered in the state capital of Raleigh to rally for economic and social justice. The event was the seventh...

 

Climate conspiracy theorist returns to NC legislature, warns of threat from science 'elite'   |   February 7, 2013
It was a busy week in the North Carolina legislature, with the new Republican super-majority hard at work slashing unemployment benefits, blocking poor people's access to...

 

Art Pope still funding climate disinformation   |   February 6, 2013
As North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's budget director, Art Pope will help make important fiscal decisions for a state facing serious threats due to climate disruption, from...

 

In North Carolina, full speed in reverse   |   January 30, 2013
By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch The 2013 session of the North Carolina General Assembly gets underway in earnest today and if the statements and signals from Governor McCrory,...

 

In North Carolina, school resegregation by charter?   |   January 25, 2013
North Carolina could soon see a dramatic increase in the number of charter schools, with as many as 150 of the public-private hybrids opening across the state next year. But new...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Conservatives are selling economic snake oil; is your state buying?   |   January 25, 2013
Under a plan to eliminate North Carolina's corporate and personal income taxes written by supply-side economist Arthur Laffer and commissioned by the conservative Civitas...

 

VOICES: Remembering North Carolina's pro-choice past   |   January 22, 2013
By Cynthia R. Greenlee-Donnell It's not often when North Carolinians can claim honors in progressive policymaking. But here's a brief history lesson just in time for the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: How Southern states' weak gun laws jeopardize the nation   |   January 18, 2013
Number of gun-related murders that take place on the average day in the United States: 30 Of the 10 states with the highest gun death rates, number in the South: 41 Of the 10...

 

Amid North Carolina anti-labor campaign, public workers score union win   |   January 17, 2013
North Carolina is already the least-unionized state in the nation, with a union membership rate of only 2.9 percent and a ban on collective bargaining by public employees. And if...

 

VOICES: ALEC leads attack on North Carolina clean energy with Duke Energy funding   |   January 15, 2013
By Connor Gibson, Greenpeace Corporate polluters are taking aim this year at states with renewable energy laws, starting with an attack on North Carolina's clean energy...

 

Cabinet of Controversy: N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory’s 5 most dubious appointments   |   January 11, 2013
Pat McCrory was sworn in as North Carolina's new governor in a private ceremony on Jan. 5, becoming the first Republican in 20 years to hold the state's top office. He...