Categories & Tags: State Policy

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The push to block voter registration   |   April 5, 2012
Under a new elections law passed by Florida late last year, number of hours groups registering voters have to turn in completed forms or risk fines: 48 Penalty for each voter...

 

A trend toward anti-immigrant, anti-choice laws   |   April 5, 2012
By Elena Shore, New America Media 2011 saw a record number of laws restricting abortion in U.S. states. It also saw a record number of state anti-immigrant laws. Coincidence?...

 

Unions, faith leaders step up efforts against Alabama immigration law   |   April 4, 2012
A major labor union lodged a complaint against the U.S. government this week with the United Nation's International Labor Organization over Alabama's harsh immigration law...

 

North Carolina holds extra public hearing on fracking   |   April 2, 2012
Following two public hearings on fracking that drew large crowds, North Carolina has decided to offer another opportunity for the people to be heard on the contentious issue. A...

 

Fracking's air pollution threat   |   March 27, 2012
North Carolina regulators will hold the second of two planned public hearings in Chapel Hill today to gather comments on a recently released draft report that calls for lifting...

 

North Carolina gathers public feedback on fracking   |   March 21, 2012
North Carolina regulators are asking the public to weigh in on a proposal to lift the state's ban on hydraulic fracturing or fracking, a controversial technique of drilling...

 

Trayvon Martin killing brings scrutiny to controversial self-defense laws   |   March 20, 2012
The U.S. Department of Justice announced late Monday that it would investigate the February deadly shooting of an unarmed black teen by a neighborhood watch vigilante in a gated...

 

Southern states among those at highest risk for corruption   |   March 19, 2012
A groundbreaking assessment of anti-corruption mechanisms in all 50 states finds that several in the South are at particularly high risk of corruption -- and none in the region...

 

47 years later in Alabama, another march for justice   |   March 14, 2012
By Kathy Mulady, Equal Voice News In March 1965, thousands of civil rights supporters, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., marched from Selma, Ala., to the Capitol in...