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In Supreme Control: What do justices owe voters in exchange for taking their cash?   |   October 9, 2014
By Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch By all accounts, the 2014 North Carolina Supreme Court race, with four of seven seats up for grabs, is destined for the record books. Already...

 

On North Carolina's high court, corruption worse than West Virginia?   |   October 18, 2013
It was a judicial corruption case shocking in its brazenness -- even for West Virginia, a state renowned for its history of corruption. In 2002, a West Virginia jury awarded $50...

 

Debunking conservative myths about poverty   |   September 6, 2013
A wildly misleading report released recently by the conservative Cato Institute says that it pays to be jobless and poor. In an attempt to bolster a laughably farfetched theory...

 

Politicians mislead on NC voucher program   |   August 6, 2013
By Christopher Hill, NC Policy Watch One of the things people rightfully dislike about their government is when they are not told the truth. Sadly, in the ongoing debate about...

 

What now for North Carolina's Racial Justice Act?   |   July 5, 2013
By Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch It didn't take long for Gov. Pat McCrory to put pen to paper and sign off on the repeal of the state's landmark Racial Justice Act,...

 

VOICES: Flawed study seeks to justify discrimination against U.S. workers   |   June 4, 2013
By Lori Johnson, NC Policy Watch If there is a dominant myth in the debate over America's treatment of the men and women who harvest our food, it is that U.S. workers won'...

 

More questions in NC redistricting case   |   May 9, 2013
By Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch After two full days of hearings in February, and a request in early April for additional argument from counsel regarding evidence, the three-...

 

School vouchers: A pathway toward fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars   |   April 25, 2013
By Lindsay Wagner, NC Policy Watch School vouchers and related efforts like tax credits, scholarship grants, and education savings accounts have become popular tools of the...

 

VOICES: North Carolina's arrogant and vindictive Senate   |   April 19, 2013
By Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch Senator Tommy Tucker from Union County is the latest member of the General Assembly receiving national attention, and his 15 seconds of fame...

 

VOICES: The danger of McCrory's Bobby Jindal imitation   |   April 10, 2013
By Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch Governor Pat McCrory appears to be on a privatization spree that could have serious implications for jobs and health care in North Carolina....

 

VOICES: In North Carolina, a conspicuous partisan power play   |   March 29, 2013
By Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch Republicans in North Carolina are determined to do everything they can to make it more difficult for you to vote, especially if you are a...

 

VOICES: Competing federal budget plans offer a stark choice   |   March 22, 2013
By Allan Freyer, NC Policy Watch In the latest development in our nation's interminable federal budget wars, the U.S. House and Senate are advancing very different plans for...

 

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....

 

Will Southern Democrats derail immigration reform?   |   February 21, 2013
Ever since President Obama announced his intention to fight -- again -- for broad-ranging immigration reform in his Feb. 13 State of the Union address, media coverage has been...

 

Is the 4th Circuit veering back to the center?   |   February 14, 2013
By Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch It's been nearly a decade since the New York Times profiled the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond -- the court of last resort...

 

VOICES: Medicaid misinformation multiplies   |   January 3, 2013
By Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch One of the biggest decisions facing the new General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory this year is whether or not North Carolina will expand...

 

VOICES: Yes, voter suppression is controversial   |   December 14, 2012
By Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch It's a telling commentary on the current political dynamics in North Carolina that not only is voter suppression legislation expected to...

 

Just how extreme is North Carolina's new Lt. Governor?   |   December 7, 2012
By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch North Carolina will have a new and very different Lt. Governor come January. Dan Forest is an extremely conservative Republican from Raleigh who...

 

What the election means for immigration   |   November 16, 2012
By Chris Liu-Beers, NC Policy Watch Thankfully the election is over and the American people can look forward to their leaders governing for a season before returning to full-scale...

 

North Carolina sticks out on national stage -- for suspicions of gerrymandering   |   October 25, 2012
By Sarah Ovaska, NC Policy Watch This post, up over at Governing magazine, takes a look at a recent study by a geospatial software firm that found that North Carolina has some of...

 

Report: Extending insurance coverage could reduce longstanding racial disparities in health care   |   September 20, 2012
By NC Policy Watch The extension of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will likely help reduce longstanding differences in health and health care by race, a new...

 

Going, Going, Gone: Report finds offshoring contributes to NC’s lagging recovery   |   July 9, 2012
North Carolina’s struggling economic recovery and sluggish job creation have been dramatically slowed by a decade of offshoring, according to a new report by the NC Budget...

 

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...

 

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...

 

VOICES: The absurd prosecution of John Edwards   |   May 4, 2012
By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch North Carolina is the scene of an embarrassing national spectacle these days. The trial of John Edwards is a sad and sordid matter that has to...