north carolina

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...

 

Should the deadline be extended for NC eugenics victims?   |   June 27, 2014
By Jonathan Michels, Triad City Beat The June 30 deadline for victims of North Carolina's eugenics program to apply for compensation is quickly approaching. As of June 1, only...

 

Debunking Gov. McCrory's misleading coal ash claims   |   June 26, 2014
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) gave an interview to WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones last week in which he discussed coal ash, a topic high on the legislative agenda...

 

The hate groups behind NC House leader's anti-gay propaganda   |   June 25, 2014
During a debate over charter schools in the North Carolina House yesterday, Rep. Susan Fisher, an Asheville Democrat, offered an amendment that would have prohibited...

 

Southern waters imperiled by toxic pollution   |   June 23, 2014
As summer heats up, many people's thoughts turn to jumping in the closest river or stream to cool off -- but industrial pollution in the water could endanger their health....

 

Sit-ins planned for final Moral Monday of NC legislative session   |   June 20, 2014
Next week's Moral Monday protest will be the last one during the North Carolina legislature's 2014 short session, and organizers have big plans for the June 23 gathering...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Unions as a remedy for growing income inequality   |   June 20, 2014
Average CEO compensation in 2013, according to a study released this month: $15.2 million Percent by which CEO compensation, inflation-adjusted, increased from 1978 to 2013: 937...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Gambling away the future of North Carolina schools   |   June 13, 2014
North Carolina's estimated national ranking in average salary for public school teachers this year: 48 The average estimated salary for the state's public school teachers...

 

Protester handed cookies by Gov. McCrory strikes back with 'coal ash cupcakes'   |   June 9, 2014
Before last week's Moral Monday rally kicked off outside the North Carolina legislature, a group of protesters led by state NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber stopped by...

 

Art Pope, NC featured in national debate on campaign finance reform   |   June 6, 2014
This week in Washington, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary committee led a hearing about the corrupting influence of money in politics, including debate over a proposed...

 

NC passes fracking law, seeks taxpayer subsidies for industry   |   June 6, 2014
This week North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law a bill that opens up the state to fracking for natural gas. The Energy Modernization Act will allow drilling permits...

 

The shadows behind conservatives' sunny NC jobs claims   |   June 4, 2014
As protesters gathered outside the North Carolina legislature this week for Moral Monday, a counter-protester stood on the sidelines next to a young woman in a sun costume,...

 

NC Senate dials back punishment for fracking chemical disclosure to a misdemeanor   |   May 23, 2014
A bill to lift the state's fracking moratorium that's speeding through the North Carolina legislature underwent some changes before it passed the Senate this week --...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: NC still fighting the science of sea-level rise   |   May 22, 2014
Number of scientific papers that have been published this month reporting that the collapse of major Antarctic glaciers now "appears unstoppable" due to climate change:...

 

As Moral Mondays resume, leaders seek to block NC voter suppression law for upcoming election   |   May 20, 2014
The Moral Monday protests that led to the arrests of more than 900 people last year for engaging in civil disobedience have returned to the North Carolina legislature, with...

 

NC fracking bill orders prison time for disclosing chemicals, ignores health risks   |   May 19, 2014
North Carolina's legislature convened last week, and lawmakers introduced a bill that brings the state one step closer to allowing oil and gas drilling. One aspect of the...

 

South still least segregated for black students, but progress stuck in 1967   |   May 16, 2014
This week marks the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision outlawing school segregation. To mark the occasion, a civil rights...

 

Are four NC lawmakers really committing voter fraud?   |   May 12, 2014
Four North Carolina state lawmakers could be targets of criminal investigations for voter fraud based on controversial standards embraced by some of their own colleagues. Today...