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Supreme Court ruled against adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census

Supreme Court ruled against adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census

FROM THE ACLU… The Supreme Court ruled against adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. As ACLU proved in court, the Trump administration’s goal in adding a citizenship question to the census was to depress response rates and in turn harm communities by reducing their political representation and federal funding. Those uncounted would be […]

The hidden budget provision to kill sex ed in North Carolina

The hidden budget provision to kill sex ed in North Carolina

 By Kris Nordstrom, NC Policy Watch Anyone who has spent much time around the General Assembly is familiar with Alan Hoyle, even if they might not know the name. Hoyle is a Lincolnton, NC street preacher. But around Raleigh, he’s most notable for circling the General Assembly in his red truck adorned with anti-gay messaging, […]

Cooper vetoes two more lame duck session bills

BREAKING: By Rob Schofield December 21, 2018 In Commentary, News 96 42 Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed two more bills passed during the General Assembly’s lame duck session that sought to package highly controversial law changes with other noncontroversial and even essential legislation. The first, which was explained earlier this week by Policy Watch reporter […]

Election security in state officials’ hands in light of statements by Trump, Tillis

Election security in state officials’ hands in light of statements by Trump, Tillis

By Aditi Kharod NC POLICY WATCH The North Carolina State Board of Elections (SBE) met Thursday to, among other things, consider certification of new voting systems. Before the board’s discussion, a few members of the public presented prepared statements. The first came from Lynn Bernstein, a North Carolina voter, who spoke about the extreme risk […]

Hofeller files: Lawmakers lied to federal court in 2017, preventing NC from getting special election

Hofeller files: Lawmakers lied to federal court in 2017, preventing NC from getting special election

By Melissa Boughton, NC POLICY WATCH ______________________________________________________________________ The 2011 North Carolina legislative maps are among the largest racial gerrymanders ever encountered by a federal court, and the state could have held a special election under new voting districts, but GOP lawmakers lied about needing more time to draw them, according to documents from deceased mapmaker […]

Commerce and Treasury Departments Implement Changes to Cuba Sanctions Rules

Commerce and Treasury Departments Implement Changes to Cuba Sanctions Rules

WASHINGTON – The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) unveiled amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) to further implement the President’s foreign policy on Cuba. These amendments complement changes to the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which Commerce is also unveiling […]

Abortion-related veto override effort lights up news and social media

Abortion-related veto override effort lights up news and social media

RALEIGH — Members of the N.C. House of Representatives are poised to vote this week on whether to override Gov. Roy Cooper‘s veto of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act, following an announcement last Wednesday from House Speaker Tim Moore. The measure, S.B. 359, creates punishments, including prison time and fines, for medical professionals who […]

GUEST COLUMN: The General Assembly’s obsolete press rules are limiting public access to information

GUEST COLUMN: The General Assembly’s obsolete press rules are limiting public access to information

By Rob Schofield  Just under sixteen months ago in an essay entitled “Darkness descends on the General Assembly,” I explored and lamented the shroud of secrecy that had overtaken the state legislature in recent years. Things haven’t gotten much better in 2019 and this situation hasn’t been helped – either symbolically or practically – by the decision of […]

Court-ordered redrawing underway for Wake County legislative districts

Court-ordered redrawing underway for Wake County legislative districts

BY KIRK ROSS, CAROLINA PUBLIC PRESS Redistricting Committee co-chair Rep. David Lewis lays out the timeline and criteria for the latest Wake County redraw by the General Assembly. Kirk Ross / Carolina Public Press With a court imposed deadline less than six weeks away for House elections, state officials have started the process of redrawing […]

State Senator Dan Bishop wins the GOP primary for NC’s District 9 congressional election.

State Senator Dan Bishop wins the GOP primary for NC’s District 9 congressional election.

North Carolina —NC State Senator Dan Bishop handily won the GOP primary for NC’s District 9 congressional election with 47% of the vote. Ten Republicans were vying for the nomination. They ranged from first-time candidates to elected officials. District 9 residents went more than four months without representation in the U.S. House after the State […]

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