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Environmentalists scoff as Burr joins conservation club

Environmentalists scoff as Burr joins conservation club

By Robin Bravender WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Wednesday joined his GOP colleagues on Capitol Hill in announcing the formation of a new conservation caucus. The kickoff of the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus comes after President Trump gave a speech this week touting his administration’s environmental record and as Republican lawmakers appear increasingly […]

Column: The Lt. Governor is Wrong

Column: The Lt. Governor is Wrong

The Lt. Governor is wrong; multiculturalism is our hope for the future By Rob Schofield, NC POLICY WATCH   It comes as little surprise that the inhabitant of the second highest elected office in the state of North Carolina would stoop to engage in the kind of dog whistle talk that one would normally associate with […]

Lawmakers bring forth another bad budget for kids

Lawmakers bring forth another bad budget for kids

By Rob Thompson Progressive Voices House and Senate leaders released their compromise budget proposal Tuesday. With a few exceptions, the proposal fails to include important funding and policy changes, including Medicaid expansion, that are sorely needed to help children and families thrive in North Carolina. Here’s a quick rundown of what we’re most concerned about: […]

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 […]

Starved of capital, small businesses in rural NC are fading away

Starved of capital, small businesses in rural NC are fading away

 By William Munn ,NC POLICY WATCH Along the Roanoke River, economic developers and policymakers in Martin County were not strategically planning a pitch to land Amazon’s HQ, nor were they particularly confident that they could lure Apple to the quaint streets of Williamston. Local leaders have long embraced the fact that their economies depended not on […]

Forest City is biggest loser in the NC economy

Forest City is biggest loser in the NC economy

 By William Munn, NC Policy Watch  Last month’s labor market data show a trend of steady growth in urban North Carolina while rural parts of the state are recovering much more slowly. This marked growth in metropolitan statistical areas such as Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia and Raleigh buoy the state’s number of employed and are driving down the collective […]

Despite local opposition, N.C. charter board clears two new Wake County schools

Despite local opposition, N.C. charter board clears two new Wake County schools

By Greg Childress, NC POLICY WATCH The state Charter School Advisory Board (CSAB) on Monday unanimously stood by its approval of two charters in Wake County, despite public opposition from leaders in North Carolina’s largest school district. CSAB members said Wake officials’ concerns about Wake County Preparatory Academy and North Raleigh Charter Academy reflect “philosophical” […]

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 […]

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