Categories & Tags: north carolina

Texas company behind California oil spill a repeat offender   |   May 22, 2015
California declared a state of emergency this week following Tuesday's spill from an onshore pipeline into the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County. Responding to reports of...

 

Mapping the risk of judicial corruption   |   May 21, 2015
Last month the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, upholding a Florida law that bans judges and judicial candidates from personally...

 

Our futures are intertwined   |   May 21, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Is North Carolina suppressing poor people's votes?   |   May 15, 2015
Percent by which voter registration applications initiated at public assistance agencies in North Carolina have declined since Gov. Pat McCrory (R) took office in 2013: 50...

 

DENYING A DREAM: Charlotte voters snared in N.C. crackdown on alleged non-citizens   |   May 15, 2015
Jerome Roberts and his daughter Diana battled nearly unbelievable odds to become U.S. citizens. And one of the first things they wanted to do after becoming naturalized was to...

 

Pro-privatization money behind bills to boost N.C. charter schools   |   May 15, 2015
Charter schools have experienced rapid growth in North Carolina in recent years after state lawmakers lifted a cap limiting their numbers. Now the General Assembly is considering...

 

Higher ed lobby quietly joins for-profit schools to roll back tighter rules   |   May 13, 2015
By Alec MacGillis, ProPublica The Obama administration is set to achieve one of its top domestic policy goals after years of wrangling. For-profit colleges, which absorb tens of...

 

Corporations under growing shareholder pressure to disclose political influence spending   |   May 6, 2015
Since the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling allowed corporations and unions to inject unlimited money into elections, political spending by corporations has...

 

DRIVE TO DRILL: Energy lobbyists behind governors' crusade for Atlantic oil   |   April 30, 2015
By Sue Sturgis (The first in a three-part series.) When the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in flames off the Louisiana coast five years ago this month, the disaster killed...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Momentum builds in the Fight for $15   |   April 17, 2015
Number of workers nationwide who took part in this week's Fight for $15 demonstrations calling for a pay hike for low-wage workers: 60,000 Number of U.S. cities where Fight...

 

Deep-pocketed network pushes to expand vouchers in North Carolina   |   April 16, 2015
In a few months, North Carolina’s $10 million private school voucher program could quadruple in size, according to Wake County GOP Rep. Paul Stam, Speaker Pro Tempore of the...

 

Duke Energy called out for targeting black community with 'cynical' anti-solar campaign   |   April 7, 2015
A North Carolina minister and an environmental watchdog have sent a letter to Duke Energy President and CEO Lynn Good, criticizing the utility giant for targeting African-American...

 

The power of the ballot box   |   April 7, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Indicting the Medicaid expansion rejectionists   |   March 26, 2015
Date on which a "People's Grand Jury" in North Carolina handed down a symbolic indictment of Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders for rejecting additional...

 

Concerns grow over voting rights for the South's language minorities   |   March 20, 2015
Amid concerns over the rollback of the Voting Rights Act and introduction of voter ID laws, election watchdogs worry about another critical voting rights issue: language barriers...

 

Outside political groups spent $10M in NC in 2014, favored GOP   |   March 12, 2015
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision loosening political spending rules, super PACs and other independent groups have dramatically ramped up...

 

NC lawmaker behind stealth attempt to block fracking air pollution rules a top recipient of oil and gas money   |   March 6, 2015
This week the North Carolina House of Representatives voted down a measure that would have changed air pollution rules for natural gas drilling sites. The proposal was sponsored...

 

When will Southern states become majority-minority?   |   March 6, 2015
Texas was the first state in the South with a majority-minority population, and for a decade now it has been the only one. But in 2025, another Southern state is expected to hit...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: High stakes for Southerners in Obamacare subsidy challenge   |   March 4, 2015
Number of Americans who could lose their health insurance if the Supreme Court rules against the Obama administration in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the legality of...

 

Koch Industries tops list of water polluters spending big on politics   |   March 2, 2015
With corporate interests mobilizing to kill the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to restore Clean Water Act safeguards to thousands of waterways across the nation, an...

 

Home Builders among North Carolina's top political power brokers   |   February 27, 2015
The North Carolina Home Builders Association, a trade group of over 3,600 members that includes construction companies, developers, suppliers and sales and marketing professionals...

 

Meet the Southern tycoons helping fund the Koch brothers' political war chest   |   February 25, 2015
Conservative mega-donors David and Charles Koch have created one of the most powerful political forces in the United States. The two brothers made their combined $86 billion at...

 

War between the states brewing over Atlantic drilling   |   February 20, 2015
Hundreds of people showed up this week at a hotel in Wilmington, North Carolina for a public hearing on offshore drilling in the Atlantic. Despite a winter storm that left much of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Hostile state and federal policies threaten historically black colleges   |   February 18, 2015
Number of South Carolina State University supporters who rallied this week against a Republican legislative proposal to close the financially troubled, historically black school...

 

Protests around the South target fossil fuels in run-up to Global Divestment Day   |   February 13, 2015
Residents of Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia gathered this week outside a country store, rural county courthouses, a Baptist church and a school library to protest the fossil...