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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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Letting Duke Energy off the hook for its coal ash mess   |   July 25, 2014
Date on which Duke Energy contractors finished their cleanup of coal ash left in the Dan River by a February spill from one of the company's dumps: 7/3/2014 Estimated tons of...

 

Outside groups pumped $2.6 million into North Carolina's primaries   |   July 17, 2014
Super PACs and other outside groups injected more than $2.6 million worth of TV ads and other spending targeting state races before North Carolina's May 6 primaries, according...

 

North Carolina public gets a chance to weigh in on proposed fracking rules   |   July 16, 2014
North Carolina environmental regulators have opened the public comment period on proposed rules for fracking, a controversial drilling technique that involves injecting water,...

 

NC GOP mayor marches to DC to urge Medicaid expansion, prevention of 'medical deserts'   |   July 14, 2014
The Republican mayor of the small town of Belhaven, NC began a 273-mile walk to Washington, DC today to draw attention to the health care crisis threatening his rural coastal...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The fight over solar power's future in North Carolina   |   July 11, 2014
Date on which the N.C. Utilities Commission (NCUC) held a hearing to kick off the process of setting the rate Duke Energy pays for solar power: 7/7/2014 Percent by which Duke...

 

NC leads nation in surge of people living in high-poverty areas   |   July 8, 2014
After declining between 1990 and 2000, the portion of the U.S. population living in high-poverty communities grew significantly in the past decade -- and most dramatically in...

 

Black voter suppression in North Carolina: statewide numbers vs. local reality   |   July 7, 2014
Hearings began today in an action by civil rights groups to block North Carolina's restrictive new voting law from being enforced in the November election while its...

 

FLOC launches ambitious plans in tobacco fields   |   July 3, 2014
By David Flores, Labor Notes My life as a farmworker began when I was nine years old, working alongside my parents harvesting cucumbers, tomatoes, cherries, and strawberries. This...

 

Inaction on NC transparency bill hid $2 million in outside spending   |   July 2, 2014
With election spending reform stalled in Washington, states have emerged as important arenas for efforts to give the public a clearer picture of who is spending money in politics...