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NC lawmaker overseeing legislative response to Duke Energy coal ash problems downplays toxic thallium pollution   |   April 3, 2014
Last week the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced that tests of surface water samples collected near coal ash waste pits at two Duke Energy...

 

How ALEC helped Duke Energy block stricter coal ash rules   |   February 20, 2014
Duke Energy is not only the nation's largest electric utility but one of its political powerhouses. Besides the millions of dollars the North Carolina-based company spends on...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Are conservative think tanks breaking lobbying laws?   |   November 14, 2013
A national network of conservative think tanks funded by companies and businessmen including the Kochs of Koch Industries, the Waltons of Wal-Mart, and Art Pope of Variety...

 

VOICES: Southerners take to the streets   |   July 22, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The lingering image of the happy-go-lucky Southerner, content with his lot, happy to get a pat on the head from the local patriarch, is being shaken to...

 

Fresh scrutiny of Stand Your Ground laws after acquittal in Trayvon Martin killing   |   July 15, 2013
In the wake of last year's shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, attention turned to the American...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A looming legal battle over hog farm pollution in North Carolina   |   July 12, 2013
Number of Eastern North Carolina residents who this month notified Virginia-based pork giant Smithfield Foods that they plan to sue over the company's hog farm pollution,...

 

Duke Energy caught making illegal charges to customers   |   June 18, 2013
A watchdog group is calling on North Carolina utility regulators to assess at least $5 million in penalties against Charlotte-based Duke Energy for making tens of millions of...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Will hog farmers save renewable energy in North Carolina?   |   April 4, 2013
The North Carolina legislature is considering a controversial bill to kill the state's renewable energy law, and a big crowd turned out yesterday for its first hearing in a...

 

The nationwide war on state renewable energy standards comes to North Carolina   |   April 2, 2013
A bill to repeal North Carolina's groundbreaking renewable energy law is scheduled to get a hearing on Wednesday, April 3 at 11 a.m. before the state House Commerce and Job...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Is North Carolina's renewable energy law in jeopardy?   |   November 28, 2012
In 2007, North Carolina became the first state in the Southeast to pass a law requiring investor-owned utilities to produce more energy from cleaner sources or from greater...

 

Conservative group demanding climate scientists' emails is less than transparent about its own tax status   |   October 25, 2012
The American Tradition Institute, a conservative nonprofit that lost a controversial lawsuit against the University of Virginia seeking the emails of former professor and leading...

 

VOICES: New constitutional amendment needed to protect the right to vote?   |   October 11, 2012
By Khalil Abdullah, New America Media The struggle over state-sponsored legislation limiting or redefining how and when citizens can vote has generated contentious debate. Judith...