Rob SchofieldDirector of NC Policy Watch, has three decades of experience as a lawyer, lobbyist, writer and commentator. At Policy Watch, Rob writes and edits daily online commentaries and handles numerous public speaking and electronic media appearances. He also delivers a radio commentary that’s broadcast weekdays on WRAL-FM and WCHL and hosts News and Views, a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina. 919-861-2065
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Report: NC gets a “D” for participation of women in politics and government

 By Rob Schofield In case you missed it yesterday, be sure to check out a sneak preview of the latest report from the state Department of Administration’s Council for Women and Youth Involvement. It’s a sobering assessment of the rates at which North Carolina women are participating in politics and government. The bottom line assessment: Despite progress […]

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NC may turn to low-performing virtual charters in response to demand for online education

By Greg Childress, NC Policy Watch   Last year, after four consecutive years of poor academic performance, state lawmakers rewarded North Carolina’s virtual charter school pilot program with an extension that allows its two schools to operate through the 2022-23 school year. The pilot program created in 2015 was supposed to end after the 2018-19 […]

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Controversy follows receipt of Paycheck Protection Program funds by public charter schools

By Greg Childress, NC Policy Watch At least 50 North Carolina charter schools received money from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, created to help small businesses and nonprofits stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because some charter schools also received COVID-19 relief money through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, critics have accused them […]

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COVID-19 proves that Senator Thom Tillis was wrong about rules for public health

By Dean M. Harris, NC Policy Watch – 7/22/2020   In 2015, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina argued that we don’t need government rules for public health in the food service industry, because the free market would protect public health and safety. As an example, he said that the government should not require Starbucks […]

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The 2020 General Assembly in a nutshell: profits over people

By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch, NC Spin It’s never safe to predict what the current leadership of the North Carolina General Assembly will do when it comes to scheduling gatherings in Raleigh, but if the end of the 2020 legislative session really is nigh at it appears, the past several weeks will have served […]

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As NC reopens, child care facilities struggle to bounce back from pandemic closures

By Aditi Kharod, NC POLICY WATCH While the North Carolina General Assembly tries again and again to reopen gyms and bars, there is another type of business that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and is struggling to rebound: child care centers. Thirty-three percent of all child care facilities remain closed, according to a presentation NC […]

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NC faith leaders call for action on neglected policy proposals

By Rob Schofield, NC PUBLIC PRESS In case you missed it, be sure to check out the following new and powerful letter to Gov. Cooper, Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore that was put together by the North Carolina Council of Churches and signed by a diverse array of faith leaders from […]

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New poll: North Carolinians overwhelmingly support mask mandate

By Joe Killian , NC POLICY WATCH A new Elon University poll finds overwhelming support for the statewide mandate for face masks in public places but less overall concern about COVID-19. The poll, conducted June 24 and 25, found 74 percent of respondents support the state requirement to wear a mask. Nearly half of respondents […]

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Heir Art Pope now on UNC Board of Governors

Sometimes, you have to wonder how Art Pope — a wealthy heir to a chain of lower rung retail stores and North Carolina’s preeminent funder of conservative political causes — lets it be known to the leaders of the political party he’s long helped underwrite that he’s ready for a new gig. Does he drop […]

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Report: NC’s failure to expand Medicaid constitutes “violence against the poor”

By NC Policy Watch Staff [Editor’s note: A new “must read” report from the North Carolina Poverty Research Fund provides what is perhaps the most damning assessment yet of North Carolina’s failure to follow the lead of dozens of other states by expanding Medicaid under the terms of the Affordable Care Act. The following summary/introduction […]