Categories & Tags: north carolina

Governors' Big Oil-assisted lobbying pays off in Obama's Atlantic drilling plan   |   January 28, 2015
The Obama administration released its draft five-year plan for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf this week -- and for the first time it includes waters off...

 

The growing power of North Carolina's voters of color   |   January 23, 2015
As 2016 presidential campaigns gear up, political strategists and others are watching the impact of changing voter demographics on election outcomes, particularly in battleground...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: States are taxing the way to greater inequality   |   January 23, 2015
Adding together all state and local taxes that Americans pay, the nationwide average effective percentage rate for the poorest fifth of non-elderly individuals: 10.9 For the...

 

Less money, more problems: Tax codes handcuff states facing budget crises   |   January 23, 2015
In his feisty State of the Union address this week, President Obama unveiled a populist tax plan targeting the wealthy, including increased rates on capital gains, closing a...

 

Offshore wind beats drilling for jobs and energy in the Southeast   |   January 21, 2015
Developing wind power off the Atlantic Coast would create twice as many jobs and produce twice as much energy as opening the area to oil and gas drilling -- and it would avoid...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The dark-money monster unleashed by Citizens United   |   January 16, 2015
Factor by which election spending by outside groups -- those officially unaffiliated with candidates' campaigns or parties -- has increased since the U.S. Supreme Court's...

 

Could Duke Energy's coal ash be headed to a mine near you?   |   January 14, 2015
A Duke Energy contractor is seeking permission from North Carolina regulators to move millions of tons of coal ash from existing dumpsites at the utility giant's power plants...

 

Seven Southern communities that are welcoming immigrant children   |   January 13, 2015
Last summer, a surge of unaccompanied youth from Central America arrived at the U.S. southern border, many fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries. Thousands of these...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fighting Duke Energy's coal ash dumping plans   |   January 9, 2015
Date on which the commissioners of Lee County, North Carolina passed a resolution opposing Duke Energy's plans to dump toxic coal ash from distant power plants at a former...

 

Could separation of powers lawsuit sink NC fracking?   |   January 8, 2015
With North Carolina expected to begin issuing fracking permits as early as this spring, a conservation group and a landowner have filed a lawsuit in state court challenging the...

 

Atlantic Coast Pipeline meetings get underway amid growing landowner resistance   |   January 5, 2015
The energy companies planning to build a 550 mile-long natural gas pipeline from West Virginia through Virginia and eastern North Carolina are launching a series of public...

 

Duke Energy invests heavily in GOP governors   |   December 23, 2014
On Oct. 21, two weeks before the general election, Duke Energy of North Carolina, the nation's largest utility, sent the Republican Governors Association (RGA) the largest...

 

How are charitable nonprofits getting away with election-season political ads?   |   December 19, 2014
Back in April, less than three weeks before the primary elections, the New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) launched a $700,000 television ad campaign in North...

 

UK Parliament hears of slavery risks in NC tobacco fields   |   December 16, 2014
The British House of Commons debated legislation today addressing human rights abuses in UK-based companies' supply chains, and North Carolina's tobacco fields came up as...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The private contractors involved in CIA torture   |   December 12, 2014
According to the 500-page summary of a Senate Intelligence Committee report released this week, amount the U.S. government paid one private contractor to help the CIA develop the...

 

NC's ongoing coal ash regulatory disaster shows urgency of EPA action   |   December 11, 2014
It's been 10 months since a pipe broke beneath a coal ash waste pit at a shuttered Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina, sending 39,000 tons of toxic waste into the Dan...

 

Corruption, illegal and legal, seen as a big problem in Southern states   |   December 9, 2014
How do we measure corruption in government -- something that by its very nature involves secrecy? The most common approach involves using data from the U.S. Department of Justice...

 

Southern mayors work to implement new immigration policy as states sue to block it   |   December 8, 2014
Following President Obama's announcement of temporary relief from deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, 25 mayors from across the country -- including two...

 

Study shows how partisan politics trump representation in NC voting districts   |   December 5, 2014
A new study by researchers at Duke University shows the extent to which Republican legislators drew North Carolina's U.S. congressional districts in their party's favor in...

 

The strange death of Lennon Lacy: Another lynching mistaken for suicide?   |   December 5, 2014
On the morning of Aug. 29, the body of Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a noose fastened to a swing set at a trailer park in the small eastern North Carolina town of Bladenboro...

 

New NC election law blocked as many as 50,000 would-be voters this fall   |   November 25, 2014
New voting restrictions and poll workers' unpreparedness and confusion kept somewhere between 30,000 and 50,000 eligible North Carolinians from voting in this fall's...

 

Southern immigrant rights advocates gear up to make the president's plan a reality   |   November 25, 2014
President Obama's executive order on immigration announced last Thursday will grant temporary relief from deportation to nearly 4.3 million undocumented immigrants in the...

 

Outside election spending grows, changes in North Carolina politics   |   November 21, 2014
Just like the high-profile U.S. Senate races in 2014, state-level elections in North Carolina attracted a lot of money from super PACs and other outside groups. And just like the...

 

Bigger campaign contributions correlate with more wins for law firms at NC Supreme Court   |   November 20, 2014
Following the North Carolina legislature's decision last year to end the state's public financing program for judges' campaigns, an unprecedented flood of money to...

 

Charter school chain finally discloses salaries -- with one missing   |   November 20, 2014
By Marian Wang, ProPublica Last week, it appeared that a North Carolina charter school chain had finally put an end to more than a month of wrangling with state regulators when it...