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NC Democrats aim to answer GOP outside spending machine in 2014   |   September 30, 2014
In North Carolina's last two elections, Republicans seeking state office have been big winners in the outside political spending wars. As Facing South documented, in 2012 GOP...

 

3 issues to watch in the South on National Voter Registration Day   |   September 23, 2014
With Election Day 2014 seven weeks away, a network of more than 2,000 groups kicked off National Voter Registration Day this week. The national campaign comes with voter...

 

How will newcomers affect tight Senate races in the South?   |   September 19, 2014
For several years now, the South has been a top destination for those moving across state and national borders. With many states that both attract newcomers and retain people born...

 

Meet the gas industry front group exploiting the homeless to promote NC fracking   |   September 18, 2014
More than 500 people showed up at a public hearing held last week at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina to weigh in on proposed rules for fracking in the...

 

Waiting at the polls: Long lines and the right to vote   |   September 17, 2014
Every big election year, horror stories surface around the South and the rest of the country of voters having to wait for hours to cast their ballots. In 2008, reports came out of...

 

NC judicial candidates set to spend record sums to get elected   |   September 11, 2014
This year, seven seats on North Carolina's highest courts are up for election -- an unusually large number of open seats that could affect the ideological balance of the N.C....

 

NC 'monster' election law disenfranchised more than 450 primary voters, report finds   |   September 11, 2014
More than 450 North Carolina citizens whose votes would have counted in the 2012 election had their ballots rejected during this year's primary due to election law changes...

 

Republicans make big advances thanks to Citizens United   |   September 5, 2014
It's been more than four years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a ruling that expanded the ability of...

 

Art Pope vs. cooperative economics: Who will save Raleigh's food desert?   |   September 5, 2014
Art Pope, a prominent donor to conservative causes and close ally to the influential Koch brothers, steps down as North Carolina's budget director this week, a move that frees...

 

They don't need a majority to get things done   |   September 1, 2014
By Samantha Winslow, Labor Notes Workers at the North Carolina Cummins diesel engine plant won wage increases this summer -- even without having a recognized union or majority...

 

The Big Money for and against school vouchers in North Carolina   |   August 29, 2014
On Aug. 21, North Carolina Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ruled that the state's private school voucher program is unconstitutional. The decision was a setback for a...

 

Students step up efforts to protect youth vote   |   August 29, 2014
Across the South and country, young voters -- including students -- are a key voting bloc: In 2012, voters under the age of 30 cast 20 million votes [pdf], according to the U.S....

 

Read the fiery ruling striking down NC school voucher program   |   August 28, 2014
Last week a North Carolina judge struck down a law passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that sought to award taxpayer-funded vouchers to low-income families that want...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: North Carolina's weak new coal ash law draws protest   |   August 22, 2014
Date on which the North Carolina legislature overwhelmingly approved the Coal Ash Management Act, a response to a massive February spill from a shuttered Duke Energy power plant...

 

Moral Monday: 'Take it to the states'   |   August 22, 2014
In his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. told those participating in the March on Washington that it was "the greatest demonstration...

 

As public hearings begin on NC fracking rules, environmental groups offer appraisals   |   August 19, 2014
Beginning this week, residents of North Carolina will get a chance to speak their piece about the state's proposed fracking rules, and environmental advocacy groups are...

 

In North Carolina, fast food and Moral Mondays movements build ties   |   August 18, 2014
By Kerry Taylor, Labor Notes It was the rare meeting of Southern workers that struck a note of optimism. More than 150 gathered August 9 for Solidarity City, a day of strategy...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The government program that's equipping police like an occupying military force   |   August 15, 2014
Year in which Congress initially authorized the Defense Department to give excess arms and ammunition to law enforcement agencies for counter-drug activities, leading to the...

 

Koch-backed group involved in Senate race in NC faces complaint for misleading IRS on political spending   |   August 14, 2014
A campaign finance watchdog has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against the 60 Plus Association, a 501(c)(4) "social welfare" nonprofit based in...

 

After loss in court, NC voting rights activists turn attention to mobilizing in the streets   |   August 12, 2014
Following a federal judge's decision last week to deny a request by the U.S. Department of Justice and civil rights groups to block North Carolina's restrictive new voting...

 

After tumultuous reign, Art Pope steps down as NC budget chief   |   August 7, 2014
This week, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced that his budget director, GOP mega-donor and businessman Art Pope, will resign his position effective Sept. 5. The...

 

Despite budget squeeze, NC lawmakers poised to step up anti-voter fraud spending   |   August 1, 2014
This week, North Carolina state lawmakers put forward a budget plan that calls for tens of millions of dollars in program cuts -- sacrifices that Republican leaders say are...

 

Voter ire over handling of Duke Energy coal ash disaster transcends party politics   |   July 28, 2014
Three-quarters of North Carolinians -- of all political affiliations -- don't think the state legislature has done enough to address Duke Energy's recent coal ash spill...

 

Minority union at Volkswagen, for now   |   July 28, 2014
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes For Volkswagen workers organizing in Tennessee, it's been a roller coaster of a year. In the latest upbeat twist, the United Auto Workers...

 

Big Tobacco merger unites powerful NC political donors   |   July 25, 2014
Last week, the nation's second-largest tobacco company announced a complex, $27.4 billion deal to buy the next biggest tobacco corporation, both based in North Carolina. But...