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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 […]


State Board Releases FAQs on Absentee by Mail Voting in North Carolina

Through Sunday, August 9, North Carolina voters had submitted 163,374 requests for absentee by-mail ballots for the 2020 general election, more than seven times as many as the 22,074 requests submitted at the same time in 2016. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, North Carolina elections officials are preparing for a significant increase in ballots cast […]

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Charlotte is proud to have a prominent role in our nation’s selection of its presidential candidates. Despite the inherent risk of having large gatherings during the pandemic, nominating conventions are an integral part of our democracy. As the leading health providers in the area, we at Atrium Health and Novant Health are dedicated to lending […]

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Equestrian fraud scheme leads to federal guilty plea for former Buncombe commissioner

Ellen Frost admits to role in fraud conspiracy in federal court plea, could get up to 5 years in prison. by Staff Reports  August 10, 2020 The federal courthouse in Asheville. Carolina Public Press file photo Ellen Frost, the 65-year-old former Buncombe County commissioner facing accusations of using federal funds to sponsor equestrian activities, pleaded guilty […]

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Most Americans say social media companies have too much power, influence in politics

BY MONICA ANDERSON, Pew Research Staff A majority of Americans think social media companies have too much power and influence in politics, and roughly half think major technology companies should be regulated more than they are now, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that comes as four major tech executives prepare to testify before Congress about […]

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Governor Cooper Appoints Two District Court Judges

Raleigh Jul 24, 2020 Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced new judicial appointments to serve Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, McDowell, and Rutherford counties. “These two attorneys are accomplished appointees who are bringing years of legal experience to the bench,” Gov. Cooper said. “I’m confident they will serve their districts with honor and fairness.” J. Calvin Chandler will […]

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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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RUTHERFORD & MCDOWELL COUNTIES, NC —Judicial District 41 has been ravaged by drugs for decades. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable individuals in our society – the addicts, those living in poverty, and those with prior criminal histories who are easily discredited and overlooked – have been actively exploited, wrongfully imprisoned, and far too many have died […]

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Rep. David Rogers, Sen. Ralph Hise Violate Legal & Ethical Mandates for PD Creation Outside of Public View

After the most recent article in the RC Catalyst series examining the state of our local government, additional information has been obtained regarding David Roger’s involvement in establishing the Public Defender’s Office. This information further illuminates the efforts to conceal the creation of this office, the identities of the officials involved, and the financial benefit […]

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Government Officials Engage in Illicit Actions Enriching Themselves at Costs to the Community

In comments made in response to the most recent article by RC Catalyst regarding actions facilitated by the Judicial Council, former Superior Court Judge Laura “Suzy” Bridges implicated a number of local officials in engaging in actions expressly prohibited by North Carolina State ethics laws. THE CREATION OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE As previously reported, […]