State Policy

VOICES: The labor law reform we need   |   July 13, 2012
By Rand Wilson, Labor Notes When the next opportunity for labor law reform arrives, union membership will be smaller and our political clout even more diminished. If we are to...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will Southern governors sacrifice their economies by seceding from the Medicaid expansion?   |   July 13, 2012
Of 29 studies that looked at the economic impact of Medicaid, the joint federal-state health care program for low-income Americans, percent that found Medicaid spending has a...

 

The big money behind the assault against sea level rise science in North Carolina   |   July 11, 2012
A bill that would block North Carolina agencies from considering the latest science of sea level rise in making planning decisions has gotten a lot of attention nationally -- from...

 

Southern states lack adequate disclosure of fracking's chemical hazards   |   July 9, 2012
Most of the states where fracking is taking place that do not require any public disclosure of the chemicals used in in the controversial drilling process are in the South, and...

 

Southern states lack adequate disclosure of fracking's chemical hazards   |   July 9, 2012
Most of the states that do not require any public disclosure of toxic chemicals used in fracking are in the South, and Southern states are also among those with weak disclosure...

 

Southern states get failing grades for school funding fairness   |   June 28, 2012
Many states are failing to provide public schools with the resources they need to serve all students equitably, and Florida and North Carolina doing a particularly poor job in...

 

NC governor inundated with pleas to veto fracking bill   |   June 22, 2012
This week the Republican-controlled North Carolina Senate voted to legalize fracking for natural gas in the state, following the lead of the Republican House, which approved the...

 

The Pope machine's wacky attack on the science of sea level rise   |   June 21, 2012
Art Pope's powerful conservative political network has long played a lead role in challenging mainstream climate science in North Carolina. Now it's also raging against...

 

Will NC lawmakers let fracking industry fund its own regulators?   |   June 20, 2012
One of the concerns fracking opponents have raised during the debate over legalizing the controversial method of natural gas drilling in North Carolina is how the state -- which...

 

Hopes for halting rush to NC fracking rest with governor   |   June 15, 2012
The Republican-controlled North Carolina House passed a controversial bill yesterday legalizing fracking in the state -- but opponents were buoyed by fracking supporters'...

 

Five 'Stand Your Ground' cases you should know about   |   June 11, 2012
By Suevon Lee, ProPublica The Stand Your Ground law is most widely associated with the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old killed in Florida by...

 

Billionaire privatization activists pushing 'neovouchers' for North Carolina   |   June 6, 2012
North Carolina lawmakers are moving ahead with plans to establish an indirect voucher system that would help low-income children attend private or religious schools with public...

 

ALEC staggers but will it fall?   |   June 1, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Wal-Mart's decision to drop its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council is a milestone in the remarkable effort to drive...

 

Toxics lobby pours money into North Carolina politics   |   May 31, 2012
As North Carolina lawmakers consider killing a state program designed to protect the public from toxic air pollution, major emitters of such pollution are pouring money into state...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fighting nuclear power's money grab   |   May 31, 2012
Date on which the Southern Co. filed a notice with federal securities regulators reporting that its project to build two new reactors at Plant Vogtle in Burke County, Ga. was...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The money behind North Carolina's marriage discrimination amendment   |   May 11, 2012
Date on which North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment declaring that "marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be...

 

WE DO Campaign takes next step in fight for N.C. marriage equality   |   May 10, 2012
Following North Carolina's vote this week for Amendment One declaring that "marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or...

 

VOICES: Reflections on the passage of NC's cynical Amendment One   |   May 9, 2012
By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, President, North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP For 103 years the NAACP has fought for equal rights for all people. We have always...

 

Honoring more boots on the ground: All of Us NC organizes against Amendment One   |   May 7, 2012
By Pam Spaulding, Pam's House Blend I think it's important to remember that there are many, many grassroots organizations and group efforts working hard here on the...

 

NC House leader says anti-gay hate group 'overruled' him on same-sex marriage amendment   |   May 7, 2012
By Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch Normally in this space on Monday we tell a story about North Carolina in facts and figures with a Monday Numbers column. But this is not a...

 

New Mississippi law boosts local hiring in disaster's wake   |   May 3, 2012
Following Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill, Gulf Coast community leaders raised concerns about the failure to prioritize hiring local residents for recovery jobs -- but an...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Duke Energy takes from the 99%, gives to data giants   |   May 2, 2012
Date on which the energy watchdog group N.C. WARN filed a petition with the North Carolina Utilities Commission to change the way Duke Energy sets its electricity rates: 5/1/2012...

 

Fighting the good fight for immigrant workers in Mississippi ... and winning   |   April 26, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Four years ago, noted labor writer David Bacon had this to say about the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance and its fight for immigrant workers in...

 

VOICES: Proud to pay taxes   |   April 17, 2012
By Alexandra Forter Sirota, NC Policy Watch As the final days of tax season come and go, North Carolinians are likely breathing a sigh of relief that they have fulfilled their...

 

The tea party fizzles out   |   April 11, 2012
By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch For several days now, Americans for Prosperity NC and the Pope-Civitas Institute have been promoting "a major new effort" entitled the...