Categories & Tags: north carolina

INSTITUTE INDEX: The high public cost of low-wage manufacturing jobs   |   May 19, 2016
Though U.S. manufacturing jobs once paid significantly more than the national average, percent less than the median wage the average manufacturing production worker made by 2013:...

 

The sweet taste of voting rights in North Carolina   |   May 18, 2016
May 17 is a historic day. In 1954, it was the day when the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in the Brown v. Board of Education case, declaring segregation in...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: HB2's economic threat to North Carolina   |   May 13, 2016
The potential annual cost to North Carolina from HB2, the state's controversial law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their...

 

The legislative backlash against LGBT equality across the South   |   May 13, 2016
In announcing this week that the U.S. Department of Justice would sue North Carolina over its controversial new law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms that...

 

N.C. produces flawed study to dismiss cancer-cluster fears near Duke Energy coal plants   |   May 5, 2016
The spill of tens of thousands of tons of coal ash into the Dan River from an impoundment at a Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina back in February 2014 triggered a long-...

 

Could Trump help Democrats gain ground in Southern state politics?   |   May 4, 2016
With Donald Trump now the presumptive Republican nominee for president in the race against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, attention is now turning to the impact the...

 

Why the HB2 boycott of North Carolina is working   |   April 29, 2016
It's been over a month since North Carolina lawmakers rushed to pass House Bill 2, sweeping legislation that, while targeting a Charlotte city ordinance for gender-neutral...

 

The ongoing fight over seismic testing for Atlantic oil and gas deposits   |   April 27, 2016
Though the Obama administration dropped the Atlantic Ocean from the upcoming five-year plan for offshore drilling earlier this year, plans for seismic testing to map undersea oil...

 

Southern states blocking deportation relief are home to a million potential beneficiaries   |   April 21, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a case challenging President Obama's efforts to provide deportation relief to undocumented immigrants.  Texas is the...

 

Nonprofit loses first round in fight with N.C. over third-party solar power sales   |   April 18, 2016
The North Carolina Utilities Commission ruled against a nonprofit that installed solar panels on the roof of a Greensboro church and sold it the power, saying the project violates...

 

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...

 

Growing Southern cities are increasingly targets of state pre-emption   |   April 1, 2016
On March 23, North Carolina lawmakers approved a controversial new law rolling back local LGBT protections and sparking outrage across the state and country. HB2, which passed a...

 

N.C.'s coal ash-poisoned wells: a harbinger for problems ahead in other states?   |   April 1, 2016
Hundreds of well owners who live near Duke Energy's coal ash dumps across North Carolina have been left confused and worried by the McCrory administration's waffling over...

 

Moral Monday leader launches 15-state tour calling for more love in politics   |   March 31, 2016
In an election year that has seen violence at presidential rallies and targeting of vulnerable minority groups by state officials running for re-election, faith and civil rights...

 

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,...

 

North Carolina community stands up to stop a Central American teen's deportation   |   March 24, 2016
The grassroots movement to halt the deportation of Wildin Guillen Acosta, a 19-year-old who fled his native Honduras two years ago to escape gang violence and was detained during...

 

Florida activists show how to fight anti-immigrant legislation and win   |   March 17, 2016
Sharp divides have emerged recently between Southern state legislatures and cities over so-called "sanctuary" policies, which limit local police involvement in federal...

 

Young Latinos a growing political force in North Carolina, but will they vote?   |   March 11, 2016
To say Rubén Suárez is civically engaged is an understatement. Suárez, 20, is a member of the Youth Council at El Pueblo, a nonprofit based in Raleigh, N.C....

 

Trade deals have hit North Carolina harder than Michigan   |   March 10, 2016
This week, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders scored a surprise victory in Michigan over Hillary Clinton, the party front-runner who before the state's...

 

Asian Americans now the fastest-growing demographic group in North Carolina   |   March 9, 2016
Amid the demographic shifts transforming North Carolina and its electorate, one has been widely overlooked — the rise of Asian Americans. The Asian-American population...

 

Civil rights battle over N.C. hog industry regulation heats up as negotiations break down   |   March 9, 2016
Negotiations between community advocates and North Carolina's environmental agency over charges that lax oversight of hog farms disproportionately harms African-American,...

 

Florida farmworkers call for Wendy's boycott over fair-food fight   |   March 4, 2016
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a group that represents farmworkers in Florida and other Southern states, declared a national boycott of Wendy's this week over the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Senate GOP's judicial obstruction goes far beyond Supreme Court seat   |   March 2, 2016
Date on which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) once again said Senate Republicans would refuse to consider any Supreme Court nominee from President Obama to...

 

Young Latino voters a growing force in Southern 'Super Tuesday' states   |   March 1, 2016
As Southerners go to the polls this week to cast their ballots for this year's presidential nominees, an important voter demographic is emerging in these "Super Tuesday...

 

Honoring voting rights heroes, blocking voting rights restoration   |   February 25, 2016
Republican congressional leaders joined with their Democratic colleagues this week in a rare show of bipartisan unity to present the Congressional Gold Medal — the nation...