Categories & Tags: nc general assembly

INSTITUTE INDEX: Business vs. bigotry   |   April 1, 2016
Number of prominent business leaders who signed a letter this week calling for a full repeal of North Carolina's HB2, the so-called "bathroom law" that among other...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Pre-empting local democracy in North Carolina and beyond   |   March 24, 2016
Date on which the city council in Charlotte, North Carolina, passed an ordinance expanding the city's non-discrimination policy to offer new protections for lesbian, gay,...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: GOP racial gerrymandering throws NC's moved-up primary into chaos   |   February 12, 2016
Date on which a panel of federal judges threw out the congressional district maps North Carolina's Republican-led legislature approved in 2011, finding the 1st and 12th were...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Duke Energy challenged on secrecy surrounding controversial NC gas plant   |   January 29, 2016
Date on which Duke Energy filed documents with the North Carolina Utilities Commission seeking approval for a natural gas-fired plant to replace its coal plant near Asheville: 1/...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: North Carolina sued over voter registration failings   |   December 16, 2015
Date on which an alliance of voting rights advocacy groups and individual voters sued North Carolina state government officials for noncompliance with federal voter registration...

 

ALEC's fingerprints on harsh new NC immigration law   |   November 10, 2015
A few years ago, as anti-immigrant sentiment roiled the country, Arizona enacted a draconian law, SB 1070, that expanded the role of local police in enforcing federal immigration...

 

Duke Energy seeks $120K fine against nonprofit challenging its solar monopoly   |   November 2, 2015
Duke Energy, which last year reported a profit of almost $2 billion, is seeking a $120,000 fine against a nonprofit for trying to undermine the company's solar power sales...

 

Pressure builds on NC governor to veto far-reaching anti-environmental bill   |   October 20, 2015
Environmental advocates in North Carolina are stepping up pressure on Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to veto a bill they say is the most anti-environmental of the 2015 legislative session...

 

NC communities facing coal ash dangers unite for action   |   September 24, 2015
When a pipe collapsed at a Duke Energy coal plant in North Carolina last year, sending tens of thousands of tons of toxic coal ash and millions of gallons of contaminated water...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Who's behind the latest assault on the Southeast's lone renewable energy standard?   |   September 11, 2015
Date on which the American Energy Alliance (AEA) sponsored a roundtable discussion at the North Carolina legislature to push for a freeze of the state's renewable energy...

 

VOICES: The future of North Carolina's past   |   August 7, 2015
(Editor's note: After the June massacre of nine African Americans in a Charleston, S.C. church by a racist who embraced the flag of the Confederacy and other white-supremacist...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Voter suppression on trial   |   July 24, 2015
Date that the North Carolina House passed an initial 16-page version of H.B. 589, a bill requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls: 4/24/2013 Date that the U.S. Supreme...

 

The uncertain future of voter ID in North Carolina   |   July 17, 2015
In the federal trial underway in Winston-Salem, North Carolina challenging the state's restrictive 2013 voting law, one much-discussed provision is not under consideration:...

 

Stamp would honor George Henry White, NC congressman deposed by racist voting laws   |   July 17, 2015
The same day a federal trial began over North Carolina's restrictive and racially discriminatory new voting law, one of the state's congressmen introduced a bill to honor...

 

'This is our Selma': Prayers, marches, teach-ins planned as NC voting restrictions go on trial   |   July 12, 2015
Arguments begin this week in federal court in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in N.C. NAACP v. McCrory, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the most restrictive voting...

 

Report: Thousands of North Carolinians disenfranchised last year by restrictive new election law   |   June 19, 2015
North Carolina will be an important battleground in the 2016 elections. The state will feature the most competitive U.S. Senate race in the country and a race for governor, and it...

 

Loophole in N.C. election law delayed disclosure of $7 million in outside spending   |   May 27, 2015
By Alex Kotch A measure that may come before the North Carolina legislature this session could bring to light millions of dollars in political spending that is now often disclosed...

 

Pro-privatization money behind bills to boost N.C. charter schools   |   May 15, 2015
Charter schools have experienced rapid growth in North Carolina in recent years after state lawmakers lifted a cap limiting their numbers. Now the General Assembly is considering...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Redistricting rulings renew hope for voting rights advocates   |   April 23, 2015
Date on which the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a N.C. Supreme Court ruling upholding Republican-drawn electoral districts for state and congressional lawmakers, ordering the state...

 

Duke Energy called out for targeting black community with 'cynical' anti-solar campaign   |   April 7, 2015
A North Carolina minister and an environmental watchdog have sent a letter to Duke Energy President and CEO Lynn Good, criticizing the utility giant for targeting African-American...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Indicting the Medicaid expansion rejectionists   |   March 26, 2015
Date on which a "People's Grand Jury" in North Carolina handed down a symbolic indictment of Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders for rejecting additional...

 

Outside political groups spent $10M in NC in 2014, favored GOP   |   March 12, 2015
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision loosening political spending rules, super PACs and other independent groups have dramatically ramped up...

 

NC lawmaker behind stealth attempt to block fracking air pollution rules a top recipient of oil and gas money   |   March 6, 2015
This week the North Carolina House of Representatives voted down a measure that would have changed air pollution rules for natural gas drilling sites. The proposal was sponsored...

 

Home Builders among North Carolina's top political power brokers   |   February 27, 2015
The North Carolina Home Builders Association, a trade group of over 3,600 members that includes construction companies, developers, suppliers and sales and marketing professionals...

 

Tar Heel Power Brokers: Special interests spend big to get their way in Raleigh   |   February 11, 2015
By Alex Kotch and Brian Freskos The North Carolina General Assembly is back in Raleigh for the 2015 long session and preparing to tackle a host of issues, including tax rates,...