Recent rainfall has brought a welcome respite to parched North Carolina, but it is far from enough to end the ongoing drought that has gripped most of the state. While nearly 2 inches of rain fell before Thanksgiving, it is still significantly below the 7 inches of rain needed over 30 days to alleviate the drought.
Medicaid Expansion, which went into effect December 1, is expected to have big benefits for rural areas in North Carolina, according to healthcare providers who work in those parts of the state.
A new exhibition featuring Bob Ross’s iconic, cheerful landscapes is open at the Mims Gallery in Rocky Mount, NC until January 4th, 2024.
If you thought that perhaps things had changed and utilities companies had made improvements since last year’s cold snap resulted in rolling blackouts on Christmas Eve in North Carolina, well, you would be wrong.
An 18-and-a-half-foot tall Fraser fir from Cline Church Nursery in Fleetwood, North Carolina, has become this year’s White House Christmas Tree.
State Attorney General Josh Stein announced days before Thanksgiving that he had won a court order against Prehired, a student loan company, that will give 22 North Carolinians justice – and debt relief, WITN reported.
A new state law that aims to strengthen penalties for illegal drug distribution will take effect this month. While the Republican-sponsored law offers harsher penalties, substance use experts, advocates, and health care professionals are raising concern over its harmful impact.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently announced new race modifications becoming available for American Indians on birth and death certificates in the state, according to WGHP.
Last week, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein filed a lawsuit against Flowers Flooring in Cornelius for allegedly defrauding North Carolinians. According to the lawsuit, the flooring company accepted payments for materials that were never delivered or floor installations that were not started or completed.
‘People Are Just Angry’: Hundreds of Guilford County Schools’ Nutrition Workers Go On Strike Over Wages
Many Guilford County Schools’ cafeteria workers walked off the job and went on strike for several days last week as they demanded higher wages after rejecting a new payment proposal by the district, Triad City Beat reported.
For over 100 years, Alcoa produced aluminum at its plant in Badin, North Carolina. Since its opening in 1917, the company was found to have dumped hazardous waste without regulation until 1980 when the first Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regulation declared waste material called spent potliner a hazardous waste, according to Salisbury Post.
Two Black northeastern North Carolina residents filed a lawsuit on Nov. 20 seeking to invalidate the state Senate redistricting plan that the Republican-controlled General Assembly passed in October, NC Newsline reported.
The parched lands of North Carolina are bearing stark witness to the intensifying climate crisis. For months, the skies have remained stubbornly dry, casting a pall of drought over the state. Asheville has not seen a significant downpour since late August, leaving its rain gauge yearning for a replenishing shower. The situation is echoed across the state, with Hickory, Southern Pines, and Reidsville all reeling from rainfall deficits.
The Arc of Greensboro: Building Connection in Community for Those With Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
Since 1953, the Arc of Greensboro has been connecting those with intellectual and developmental disabilities with their greater community. This member-based nonprofit works hard to showcase and educate the public on why those who have disabilities deserve to be treated with respect. In addition, this organization works tirelessly to show that those with disabilities have something extraordinary to offer the world around them.
State Representative Tricia Cotham, who in April gave Republicans a supermajority in the legislature by switching parties from Democrat to Republican, will run for reelection next fall in the newly redrawn House District 105 in southern Mecklenburg County.
One of the fastest growing women’s sports in the country has finally been classified as a sport in North Carolina. Womens high school wrestling is now in 41 states with nearly 50,000 student-athletes participating, that is a 880% rise in participation since 2005. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association sanctioned the sport in April 2022.
North Carolina parents and educators are banding together to demand more resources and support for public schools. “Public School Strong” is an emerging group with over 500 members from various regions across the state. According to WRAL News, the group held a rally in Raleigh on Wednesday, November 15th. The parents and teachers marched and presented Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt with their survey showing that most North Carolinians support public schools.
In just a few weeks, Medicaid expansion will take place in North Carolina, giving more than 600,000 people access to healthcare coverage for the first time.
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson Returns From ‘Political Trip’ to Israel That He Used as Cover For His History of Antisemitism
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson has now returned from his trip to Israel, a visit that he made in an attempt to show that he’s not antisemitic – despite all the evidence showing that he is antisemitic.
This week many folks will take much-needed time to rest, relax, eat, watch sports, and spend time with loved ones. Some folks will be working during holidays so send special love and energy to those people. Then you have the folks that are looking forward to just finding the best deals for holiday gifts or just for themselves.
As drought chokes 63% of the state, the waters at Lake Jordan State Park have receded to reveal the remnants of lost towns drowned beneath the waters.
In the two months after state Republicans implemented a sweeping abortion ban, the number of abortions performed in a formal healthcare setting in North Carolina declined substantially, according to data from the Guttmacher Institute.
Earlier this month, Rockingham County officials responded to a lawsuit that was filed over a proposed site for a Las Vegas-style casino resort that was approved by county commissioners who seemingly tried hiding the rezoning plan from residents for months, WGHP reported.
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein joined the United States’ civil antitrust lawsuit against Agri Stats, Inc. for collaborating with chicken, pork, and turkey processors to artificially inflate food prices.
More than 300,000 North Carolinians can expect a phone call, text message or email in the coming days, as the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is contacting people eligible for full NC Medicaid benefits starting Dec. 1.
MAGA extremist, trust fund kid and former NC State football player Bo Hines, who lost last year in North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District race, moved across the state to run in the Republican primary for the U.S. House again next year, Axios reported.
Funding from a historic opioid settlement is going towards the development of new programs to combat the growing opioid epidemic plaguing North Carolina.
A Wake County orthodontist with offices in Raleigh and Wake Forest made international news earlier this month when he gave away Glock 19 handguns to patients getting Invisalign teeth-straightening treatments.
Earlier this month, Governor Roy Cooper sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan strongly urging EPA to reverse its decision to allow shipments of waste material containing GenX from the Netherlands to North Carolina.
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson Calls Durham Protesters ‘Human Speed Bumps,’ Admits Trip to Israel Was Only For ‘Political’ Purposes
While appearing in the pulpit of a Winston-Salem church earlier this month, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson told worshippers his thoughts on peaceful protests in Durham and also announced a political trip to Israel, CBS 17 reported.
As the 2023 college football season enters the home stretch here in North Carolina, there are two events that everyone looks forward to around here. One of those events is homecoming and the other event is playing your biggest rival. Nothing is greater than great weather to flashback to memories while on campus and seeing old friends. On the other hand, having bragging rights over friends that attended your rival school is also rewarding.
Flames, firefighters, and emergency decrees are blanketing Western North Carolina as state and local officials work to maintain multiple large wildfires.
Republican Legislators Funnel Millions Of Dollars To Unaccountable, Misleading Anti-Abortion Centers
Since 2013, the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) has been directing taxpayer money to fund crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). CPCs, which work to dissuade pregnant people from terminating their pregnancies, are notorious for lying to women about the safety and potential risks of abortion.
A tiny but extremely vocal minority has fueled the manufactured outrage against educators, students and public education in the last few years. The peddling of misinformation and extremist rhetoric has helped bolster changes in the classrooms and the makeup of school boards across the country.
Judicial Panel Gives Gov. Cooper (Partial) Victory Over Republican Legislators In Separation of Powers Lawsuit
A three-judge panel granted Gov. Roy Cooper a partial victory over Republican legislators earlier this month, WRAL reported.
A new report by The Public School Forum of North Carolina highlights the ongoing challenges with teacher recruitment and retention across the state.
At the start of this month, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed November as American Indian Heritage Month in honor of our nation’s first inhabitants.
Federal Judge to Rule Soon on Judicial Commission’s Investigation Into NC Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls
North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls has been spending extra time in court recently as she’s in the middle of a lawsuit against the NC Judicial Standards Commission (NCJSC) that is investigating her for comments she made about biases at the high court.
Medicaid expansion is expected to roll out next month, bringing health care coverage to more than 600,000 eligible North Carolinians. As the Dec. 1 launch date comes closer, mental health services, doctors, and nurses are also expected to see big changes.
Some NC School Districts Are Pushing Back On Lower Graduation Requirements Pushed By Republicans In The Legislature
Last week, the State Board of Education passed new policies that are set to go into effect for the upcoming school year. Under the new state budget, school districts are required to offer a sequence of courses that would allow high school students to graduate in three years instead of the traditional four years.
Standard Time or Daylight Saving Time? No One Can Seem to Agree on What We Should Do With Our Clocks
Whether you’re a fan of the switch from daylight-saving time back to standard time or not, we still “fall back” and then “spring forward” every year in most of the United States – and a new poll shows that North Carolinians aren’t too crazy about the time change, The News & Observer reported.
Just 23 Minutes After Announcing Congressional Run, Tim Moore’s GOP Primary Opponent Attacked, Called Him Corrupt
It took less than 30 minutes from the time North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore announced his run for Congress to when the first attack was made against his campaign – and it came from within his party, according to The News & Observer.
Gus Vandermeeren is breaking records in North Carolina. So far, he has collected 6,272 bags of trash and counting. By far, he has collected the most trash compared to any other volunteer in North Carolina’s adopt-a-highway program.
The 2023 college football season is coming down to its final weeks. Many teams are still in the hunt for a college football playoff spot. Many of our local teams are looking to get their sixth win to become bowl eligible. Duke and UNC have qualified with six wins while NC State, Wake Forest and App State are on the brink of qualifying. Our friends at ECU and Charlotte are not having the seasons they imagined.
North Carolina is the next battleground state for America’s second most important race… best regional gas station.
Postpartum depression (PPD) can be inherited, according to a new research study from the UNC School of Medicine that analyzed data from tens of thousands of women.
Electric vehicle ownership in North Carolina has surged in the last two years. According to the Independent Tribune, North Carolina has over 70,000 registered electric vehicles as drivers across the state have taken advantage of EV-related tax credits included in the federal Inflation Reduction Act.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced plans to direct $1.4 million in federal funding to help schools expand breakfast programs. The funds will be used to provide grants for school districts and charter schools to help expand student participation in school breakfast programs, according to the governor’s press release.
Battles Over New NC Laws on Voting, Elections Boards, Public Records and Redistricting Will Move to the Courtroom
North Carolina legislative Republicans overrode 19 of Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes during this year’s session but the fight over some of these laws is far from over due to lawsuits that have been filed and others that will be filed soon.
Recently Three Rivers Land Trust (TRLT), a Salisbury-based conservation group, transferred 92 acres of forest to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC). The property is located in Montgomery County, near Troy, NC.
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is once again in trouble for things he has posted on social media and once again it’s his antisemitic views that are in the media spotlight – this time, it’s for Facebook posts recently uncovered by Jewish Insider.
NC House Speaker Tim Moore Appoints Former Chief of Staff to Serve 7-Year Term as Superior Court Judge
A UNC-Chapel Hill administrator who worked on a failed multi-million dollar deal with the North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) over the university’s Silent Sam Confederate statue is set to become a Superior Court judge, according to The News & Observer.
Late last month, the U.S. Department of Education announced that North Carolina has been rewarded with $24 million in grants to schools to recruit and retain teachers.
The conservative-leaning state Supreme Court has agreed to Republican legislative leaders’ request to revisit a landmark education lawsuit.
A new solar farm is being proposed for Pitt County, North Carolina that would cover nearly 1,000 acres. The project, being developed by Cypress Creek Renewables, would be one of the largest solar farms in the state.
A Cabarrus County Commissioner announced in October that he was quitting the North Carolina Republican Party and changing his affiliation to unaffiliated due to the party’s thirst for power and nothing else, he said in a video, The Charlotte Observer reported.
Trick or Treat time is right around the corner or depending on when you read this story it may have already passed. There are a few things you need for a successful Halloween such as a costume, good PREMIUM candy and time to watch your favorite horror film.
A troubling new report by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) highlights a new trend among those seeking to attack the LGBTQ community – attempts to silence supporters of LGBTQ people.
Small NC Town’s Ex-Police Chief Facing Federal Charges for Conspiring to Get Machine Guns, Other Firearms
Former police chiefs in two states, including North Carolina, are facing federal charges in Maryland in connection with a conspiracy to illegally obtain machine guns and other firearms, Maryland Matters reported.
Governor Roy Cooper and advocates are condemning Duke Energy’s latest proposal that relies on short-term solutions to meet the state’s net-zero emissions goals by 2050.
North Carolina Republicans last week passed into law their latest congressional and state voting maps – maps that are so extremely gerrymandered that it’s likely they’re illegal.
According to NC Republicans, “Separation of Church and State” Only Applies to Non-Christian Religious Groups
Historically, the Republican-controlled NC state legislature has included millions for fake abortion clinics in our state budgets, and after months of delays, the newly passed state budget for 2023-24 is no different. Nearly $26 million in funding is headed to a variety of religious organizations, including direct grants to specific churches as well as even more funding for fake abortion clinics often called “crisis pregnancy centers”.
A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union found that students of color and students with disabilities are disproportionately referred to law enforcement in North Carolina.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has authorized Chemours to import up to 4.4 million pounds of waste containing GenX, a type of “forever chemical,” from its facility in the Netherlands to its plant in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
As a recent News & Observer editorial highlights, Republicans have relied on a strategic plan to dismantle democracy for decades. In North Carolina, Republicans have worked endlessly to disenfranchise voters across the state, with one judge ruling that an NCGOP voter ID law targeted “African-Americans with almost surgical precision” — making it harder for Black North Carolinians to vote.
‘Whores,’ ‘Communists,’ ‘Anti-American’ and Comparisons to Hitler: Looking at Mark Robinson’s Misogynistic Facebook Posts
If you know the kind of man Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is then you know that he is a conspiracy theorist who believes women can’t be leaders and has concluded that “we are called to be led by men.” What you might not know is just the extent of his clear disdain for women.
North Carolina has seen an increase in gun violence, with firearms becoming the leading cause of death for children. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 1,839 deaths occurred in North Carolina due to firearms in 2021; marking the state for the 19th highest rate in the country.
Gov. Roy Cooper is suing Republican legislative leaders over changes made to the State Board of Elections (NCSBE) and county boards of elections after Republicans overrode his veto of Senate Bill 749.
It’s October and we all know it’s the month of spooky things, candy and our favorite horror movies. One thing for certain, North Carolina has a long history of spooky places along with weird occurrences that till this day can’t be explained. One of those unexplained events happened this month in the town of Hillsborough, which is about 40 minutes northwest of Raleigh.
Some of the year’s hottest weather occurred throughout the summer in North Carolina, with temperatures reaching high 90s and heat indexes pushing over 110. The extreme heat is a risk for workers across the state, especially as North Carolina has little to no regulations to protect workers.
At least four lawsuits challenging North Carolina Republican-backed laws aimed at changing election rules in the lead-up to the 2024 presidential election have now been filed.
National and local LGBTQ+ groups have sued North Carolina over the ban on gender affirming care for minors passed by Republicans earlier this year. The lawsuit was filed in federal court by Lambda Legal and several other groups on the grounds that House Bill 808 violates the 14th Amendment by discriminating against transgender individuals and infringes on the rights of parents to make medical decisions with their children, according to the News & Observer.
The Republican-led North Carolina legislature has blocked local governments from banning single-use plastic bags and Styrofoam containers. The provision was inserted into the state budget, which was signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper in September.
Republican NC Treasurer Dale Folwell Slams NCGOP Legislators For Exempting Themselves from Public Records Law
Republican North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell hit out at the Republican-controlled General Assembly after they passed a budget that included a provision restricting access to public records, NC Newsline reported.
Johnston County School board members have voted to approve book bans in not only classrooms but school libraries. The Joco school board, which has made headlines in the last few years, approved the removal of any books with LGBTQ content from elementary school libraries due to North Carolina’s new Don’t Say Gay law.
North Carolina Republicans have now overridden five more of Gov. Roy Cooper’s legislative vetoes, marking the 19th time they have blocked the governor’s vetoes during this session – but Democrats, advocates and pro-democracy groups are fighting
After being held up for months by state Republican lawmakers’ protracted dispute over the state budget, The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has gotten the final federal approval to launch Medicaid Expansion.
Robinson’s antisemitism isn’t some big secret – he’s openly spread hate about Jewish people on his social media pages dating back more than five years ago, as well as through speeches and interviews.
As we inch closer to 2024, North Carolina is emerging as a key battleground for the upcoming elections. With an ever-changing demographic, and the possibility of another round of Republican-leaning congressional maps, North Carolina has become one of the most competitive battleground states.
Since the beginning of October, there have been many rumblings about budget challenges at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). In order to
Well it’s October and fall is here so you know what time it is. Yep, it’s time for confusing North Carolina weather where you wake up at 7 am and it’s 40 degrees out so you dress accordingly. When you make your return back outside around 3pm and it’s freaking 80 degrees out. Make sure you take care of your wardrobe and mental and physical health during the season change.
In the month after Republicans in the state legislature implemented a sweeping abortion ban, abortions in the state have fallen 31%, according to a new analysis from the Guttmacher Institute.
Judicial Group Being Sued by NC Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls Files Motion to Dismiss Her First Amendment Lawsuit
The North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission (NCJSC) filed a motion in federal court earlier this month to dismiss a lawsuit against them that was filed by Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls.
Gun violence is on the rise at high school football games, and its worrisome trend is impacting several local high schools.
Ethics Investigation: Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson Failed To Disclose His Wife’s Role On Charter School Boards
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson has admitted to making a “mistake” and violating a state law regarding ethics and disclosures, an investigation by WBTV has revealed.
Several school districts are still weighing in on the implementation of Parents’ Bill of Rights, also known as North Carolina’s Don’t Say Gay law. While school officials across the state work on policy revisions, North Carolinians and local groups are condemning the enforcement of the controversial law.
The latest North Carolina state budget included massive investments in mental health services, in part thanks to federal Covid relief funds, as well as the $1.4 billion sign-on bonus the state received for expanding medicaid. Legislators worked closely with Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kody Kinsley and visited patients and providers across the state for their input, according to NC Health News.
The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing general permits that regulate hog farms, cattle farms, and poultry farms. The current review also includes permits for digester operations on hog, cattle, and wet poultry farms. That does not include the largely unregulated poultry farms in the state.
You Likely Missed Your Chance to Give Feedback on NC’s New Voting Maps – and That’s Exactly What the NCGOP Wants
Public hearings on redistricting came and went in the span of three days in three different parts of the state during the last week of September. If you blinked, you missed it – and that’s the way Republican lawmakers like it.
Federal grants meant to help monitor teens’ sexual behaviors and try to lower rates of teen pregnancy and STDs are now being rejected by state and county agencies as sex education in America is under attack from Republicans.
For those seeking higher education, the financial burden of tuition has always been a major concern. However, local universities are hoping to make obtaining a college degree more affordable by offering free tuition.
August marked the first anniversary of President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), a landmark clean-energy law that includes providing tax credits to help consumers buy electric vehicles and companies produce renewable energy.
Hogar del Inmigrante: A Winston-Salem non-profit providing support to Latino Communities in the Triad
Since 2020, Hogar del Inmigrante has been working tirelessly to fill the gap in resources for Hispanic and Latino communities in the Triad. So far, the non-profit has helped more than 3,000 families in need.
It’s officially Fall season here in North Carolina. The North Carolina State Fair is upon us and we are excited. Just sitting here thinking about all that good looking forward to the food that will make me run to the gym the following week. We can’t forget the rides and games that drive people through the gates every year.
Eleven public water systems in North Carolina have detected levels of the toxic compound PFAS above the EPA’s proposed maximum contaminant level of 4 parts per trillion (ppt). This information was revealed through the EPA’s Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR), which requires public water systems to sample for certain unregulated contaminants, including PFAS.
According to the state Department of Health and Human Services, overdose deaths in the state increased by 22% in 2021, to more than 4,000. For 2022, data from the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner showed a 7% increase in suspected overdose deaths.
Voters across the state are voicing their concern over Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s long history of disturbing comments regarding guns and mass shootings.
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson Uses Photo of Speech at Pro-Bidenomics Company to Attack Biden, AG Josh Stein
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s 2024 gubernatorial campaign team has been able to prevent Robinson from showing up and stumbling through primary debates, but they weren’t able to prevent him from using a pro-Bidenomics company to try and attack the president and Democrats, the American Independent reported.
Since 2016, North Carolina Republicans have continued efforts to change the rules in their favor and undermine gubernatorial authority, with the latest state budget adding to the list.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has officially vetoed two dangerous bills that were passed by Republican supermajorities in the legislature and focused on making it harder to vote and taking away powers from the governor.
The death of a migrant worker from Mexico at a Nash County farm on a near 100-degree day in early September is under investigation by the North Carolina Department of Labor – and it has a connection to a Republican state senator and her family.
US District Judge Catherine Eagles recently issued an order blocking two provisions of North Carolina’s new abortion ban from taking effect during an ongoing lawsuit. According to the Associated Press, nearly all the restrictions put forth by NC Republicans, such as the ban on abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy, are still in place and aren’t being specifically challenged at this time.
This year, Banned Books Week arrives amid a tumultuous time for communities, schools, and libraries fending off the ever-increasing right-wing campaign to remove books from shelves.
Late last month, the Republican-led General Assembly passed the state’s new $30 billion budget; leading to the long-awaited expansion of Medicaid and the controversial private school vouchers program.
North Carolina Republican leaders are gearing up to gerrymander the state’s congressional and legislative voting maps in their favor as they turn their focus from delaying the budget toward redistricting.
A few weeks ago we brought you the story of a cat custody battle between two owners in Kansas and North Carolina. When we left you we just knew this cat fight had been resolved. But there has been an added twist to the cross-state battle for our adventurous furry little friend. Bob was a stray cat found in Kansas by a family ten years ago. The family took him to the local vet in Kansas and no microchip was discovered so they decided to keep him.
NCGOP’s extremist policies on abortion access are driving out hundreds of much-needed medical professionals from the state. Currently, more than 90% of counties are considered “primary care shortage areas”, and over a quarter of counties lack a single OB-GYN, according to The News & Observer.
Four in 10 Americans think schools in their communities are not safe from gun violence, according to a PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll.
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond, heard oral arguments earlier this month in two cases involving the coverage of gender-affirming care by state health plans, one in North Carolina and one in West Virginia.
On the same day North Carolina Republicans finally approved a state budget (after delaying it for 80+ days), they also passed legislation that strips authority from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.
Soon North Carolina will be receiving millions of dollars from the federal government to help address the worsening maternal health crisis the state has seen. The $4 million grant is part of the US Health Resources and Services Administration’s plan to address maternal mortality nationwide, according to the News & Observer.
North Carolina Launches Climate Action Corps In Support Of President Biden’s Latest Effort To Fight Climate Change
Last week both President Joe Biden and Gov. Roy Cooper announced plans to create a Climate Action Corps both nationally and in North Carolina.
Many political experts predicted a red wave throughout the 2022 midterm election cycle, however, youth voters delivered for democracy; blocking numerous Republicans wins.
Republican Leaders Insert Provision Into NC Budget Shielding Themselves From All Current, Future Public Records Requests
Included within the $30 billion North Carolina state budget, which has now become law, is a provision allowing lawmakers to exempt themselves from the state’s public records law and keep their own records secret.
NC Rep. Terence Everitt’s Office Moved to Basement Supply Closet by Tim Moore in ‘Act of Petty Revenge’ and ‘Attempt to Distract’ From Budget
Nearly a month after asking the Wake County District Attorney to investigate Republican House Speaker Tim Moore for possible corruption charges, Rep. Terence Everitt (D-Wake) learned that Moore had moved his office to a basement supply closet, The News & Observer reported.
Sen. Phil Berger’s Casino Push Blows Up in His Face As Poll Shows 55% of GOP Primary Voters Don’t Want Him Reelected
As if Senate leader Phil Berger’s push to repay his casino buddies for lining his pockets with campaign cash over the past few years by tying casino legalization to Medicaid expansion didn’t blow up in his face badly enough on its own, a new poll shows that he’s now at risk of losing his primary race next year, CBS 17 reported.
Last month, President Biden announced the first-ever White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention. The new office will take steps in reducing gun violence, and implement and expand upon key executive and legislative action which has been taken to save lives.
After a tumultuous 2020 of many senseless killings of Black people by armed officers, and the several demands to defund the police, many cities across
It is time to have a serious conversation about barbecue!
Did you know that local elections are happening right now in North Carolina?!
Over 30,000 North Carolinians Lost Medicaid Coverage During August Due To NCGA Republican’s Budget Delay
According to The Winston-Salem Journal, an additional 31,526 North Carolinians lost their Medicaid coverage at the end of August
NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Newby Behind ‘Political Hit Job’ Against Justice Anita Earls, Democratic Lawmakers Say
North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Newby is personally behind the effort to investigate a fellow Supreme Court justice who spoke out against racial and gender biases within the state court system, a Democratic lawmaker claimed earlier this month, WRAL reported.
A new report by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) rates North Carolina at “moderate risk” of election denialism jeopardizing future elections
In the past few weeks, school districts across the state have struggled to implement provisions included in Senate Bill 49, also known as North Carolina’s version of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Lt. Gov Mark Robinson Raffles Off AR-15, Handguns On Same Day as Anti-Gun Violence Rally Hosted by Students
The 2024 gubernatorial race is in full swing in North Carolina and finding himself millions of dollars behind his likely Democratic opponent in fundraising, Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson held a VIP fundraiser last weekend where he raffled off multiple guns.
In recent years, mental health and wellbeing has become increasingly relevant in discussions around education, both in K-12 and university settings. According to a recent study, roughly 70% of students in bachelor’s degree programs contemplate dropping out of college due to emotional stress.
According to a report by The New York Times, large out-of-state investors have bought up middle- and working-class neighborhoods across the state. The Wall Street takeover of local communities is coming at an expense for many homeowners in North Carolina.
Students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been busy over the last several weeks demanding that legislators in Raleigh take action to stop easy access to guns and find a way to deal with gun violence across the state.
In recent years, extremist groups have set up shop in hundreds of school districts in the U.S. – pushing the wave of book bans, erasure of school curriculum, and measures targeting Black and LGBTQ+ students.
For the longest while in North Carolina, K-12 public schools have been on the struggle bus.
AG Josh Stein Gets Another Win for North Carolinians After Taking on Google Over ‘Anticompetitive Conduct’ In Company’s App Store
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein can mark himself down for another win on behalf of North Carolinians after being part of a bipartisan group of attorneys general who came to an agreement with Google over “anticompetitive conduct involving the Google Play Store,” WRAL reported.
Bill Currently In NCGA Could Make Rooftop Solar More Affordable For North Carolinians – But One Senator Thinks It’s Socialism
A bill currently in the North Carolina General Assembly would increase the state’s cap on leases for rooftop solar panels, a move that could help more people and businesses take advantage of the lower cost of electricity without paying full price for the panels and installation, The News & Observer reported.
Last month, Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system became one of the first districts in the state to implement measures from North Carolina’s very own version of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
As much as Republicans in the North Carolina legislature hope that you can’t (or won’t) vote due to all of the restrictions and barriers they have put in place – such as voter ID – it’s possible to make your voting experience smooth and easy.
With the dismantling of Roe v. Wade and the passage of an extreme abortion ban in North Carolina, pregnant people in the state have found themselves with limited options for accessing reproductive healthcare.
Classrooms across the state, particularly in Wake County schools, are feeling the impact of inadequate investments. For years, state Republicans have failed to pass state budgets that include meaningful investments towards the public school infrastructure – leading to numerous school districts facing out of date facilities.
Since the overturn of Roe v. Wade, 22 states have banned or passed laws restricting abortions. For North Carolina, a 12-week abortion ban went into effect in July, further limiting access to reproductive health care for millions in the southeast.
Recently, the New Hanover County school board voted to temporarily remove the book “Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, And You” from their district’s classrooms following a complaint made by one parent. The decision came after a five-hour public hearing where Superintendent Dr. Charles Foust and Assistant Superintendent Dawn Brinson argued against Katie Gates, the lone complainant and parent of a former Ashley High School AP Language and Composition student.
Democrats Call Out NCGOP for Holding Up Medicaid Expansion; NCGOP Now Tying Medicaid to Casino Legislation
Once again, North Carolina Republican leaders are proving that they have the wrong priorities. In order to pass a sweetheart deal for himself and a few of his legislative buddies, Berger wants to gut Medicaid expansion from the budget.
The decision to ban the book “Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, And You” was made after a five-hour public hearing where the district superintendent and assistant superintendent argued against the ban.
At a roundtable discussion last week, local education leaders and Governor Roy Cooper called for state lawmakers to include meaningful investments towards public schools in the budget.
Hurricane Lee set a record as the fastest system to intensify from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic’s history. This is yet another example of how climate change is affecting the lives and livelihoods of North Carolinians.
Toxic Mold Causes Delay to School Year in Yet Another Consequence of Disinvestment in NC Public Schools
The Alamance-Burlington School System had to delay the start of the school year two times due to toxic mold present in at least 25 of its 37 schools.
Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Edwards is threatening to “defund” the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for their vote to legalize adult-use cannabis on their tribal lands, The News & Observer reported.
Since 2021, right-wing groups and extremist politicians have spearheaded efforts to intimidate educators on the national and statewide levels. According to a study by PEN America, more than 400 pieces of “educational intimidation” pieces of legislation have been introduced since 2021.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper recently announced that he is allocating $1 million in federal funding to bolster school bus driver training.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has endorsed Attorney General Josh Stein in the state’s 2024 governor’s race, according to WRAL.
A Wayne County high school principal received swift backlash after posting a racist response to the UNC-Chapel Hill shooting on her personal Facebook page following the Aug. 28 fatal shooting in a campus lab, CBS 17 reported.
According to a report by N.C. Health News, more than 68,400 North Carolinians have lost Medicaid since the state resumed terminations in June — and 87% were the result of procedural reasons, also referred to as unreturned paperwork.
In recent weeks, New Hanover residents have come out to the NHC school board meetings to protest the banning of “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” from one high school’s curriculum.
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is taking another page out of the Donald Trump/Ted Budd “Political Playbook” by not bothering to show up for a Republican primary debate, WGHP reported.
Fatal Shooting on UNC’s Campus Serves as a Reminder to Students, Parents That Gun Violence is Now a Part of Everyday Life in America
On Aug. 28, UNC-Chapel Hill was the site of what has become all too common an occurrence in America – a school campus on lockdown and an active shooter on the loose.
In less than a decade, Republican politicians across several states, including in North Carolina, have led efforts to transform state supreme courts in their favor. In recent years, North Carolina Republicans have injected partisan politics into the judicial system; passing laws that would undermine the court’s impartiality, and place judges on the bench that will adhere to their bidding.
If you find yourself in downtown Raleigh between the General Assembly and the Governor’s Mansion, you may see there’s been a new addition to the area. Freedom Park is officially open to the public in downtown Raleigh. The park which sits on an acre of land is the first park in North Carolina dedicated to the African American struggle.
Did you know it is a requirement in North Carolina for students to complete a financial literacy course to graduate from high school?
Facing Criticism, Robinson Tries To Backpedal On His Well Documented Positions On Abortion, Education
Mark Robinson has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame since his defiant defense of gun rights at a Greensboro City Council meeting went viral in 2018. In two years, Robinson went from an armchair observer to Lieutenant Governor, and since then, Robinson’s star has only shone brighter among right-wing circles.
The state is closing in on another month with a budget. Last week, Gov. Roy Cooper underscored the impact of yet another delay – urging state Republicans to pass the state budget, which would close the healthcare coverage gap for many and give raises to thousands of North Carolinians.
While powerful state Republicans may be pushing hard to legalize casino resorts in North Carolina, a recent poll shows the overwhelming majority of residents want a say in the decision, according to a report from Casino.org.
As of August 16, when the state House and Senate overrode the veto of Governor Roy Cooper, North Carolina became the 22nd state in the United States to ban gender affirming care for minors, according to the News & Observer.
An “election integrity” bill that recently passed through the Republican-controlled North Carolina General Assembly – and was vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper – has clear ties to the same people who tried overturning the 2020 presidential election.
Back to school season in North Carolina is bringing forth many new challenges for educators, students, and parents. On top of shortages, school districts are
National parks in North Carolina generated nearly $2.5 billion in visitor spending in 2022, supporting nearly 40,000 jobs and contributing $3.96 billion to the state’s economy according to recent analysis.
Since the introduction of abortion bans during the latest legislative session, businesses across the state have condemned efforts to strip away reproductive freedom.
A new bill signed into law last week will make major changes to state laws related to juvenile justice. House Bill 186 would roll back privacy protections for juveniles accused of serious crimes; allowing law enforcement to release names, photos, alleged offenses and statements.
Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a voter suppression bill passed in late August by Republicans in the state House and Senate, but it’s only a matter of time before the legislature overrides his veto and puts numerous anti-voting laws on the books in North Carolina.
Earlier this month, Republican lawmakers overrode Governor Cooper’s vetoes and passed a slate of anti-LGBTQ bills targeting vulnerable children. The laws include a ban on gender-affirming medical care for transgender kids, a ban on trans girls playing women’s sports, and a requirement that schools out trans kids to their parents.
High school football season is underway here in North Carolina.
Despite Opposition From Residents and Some Party Members, NCGOP Leaders Continue Push to Pass Casino Bill
Many Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly, including House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger, are working hard to legalize casino gambling in parts of North Carolina.
For thousands of North Carolinians, Medicaid expansion can’t come soon enough.
NC House Democrats And School Board Members Call On Republicans To Stop Delays And Pass A Budget To Support Education
North Carolina’s traditional calendar schools are now back in session and many don’t have enough teachers or bus drivers to properly operate, all because Republicans in the legislature can’t do their job and agree on a state budget, Democratic lawmakers and school board members have said.
Following the first year of Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, the largest federal investment in climate and clean energy ever, a new report from the American Clean Power (ACP) Association shows a surge of investment in North Carolina’s economy.
Amid back to school season, states across the country are facing a severe shortage of teachers and bus drivers. According to a report by USA TODAY , all 50 states have seen at least “one instance of a major school bus driver shortage” so far this year.
Last week, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed a bill that would transfer some of the governor’s powers to the Republican-led legislature, calling it “unconstitutional.”
Mark Walker Launches Attacks on Mark Robinson’s Financial Woes as NC Republican Gubernatorial Primary Heats Up
North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is facing a crowded primary on his way to seeking the Republican nomination for Governor. And his fellow candidates are not content to make it easy for him.
A new ABC11 analysis of climate data shows that North Carolina’s summers are becoming hotter and more frequent, and this is having a major impact on the state’s agriculture industry.
As back to school season is in full swing, many school districts are having to navigate without a budget, impacting school staff and educators across the state.
Override Votes Prove NCGOP Cares More About Attacking LGBTQ+ Kids Than Paying Teachers, Expanding Medicaid
“The legislature finally comes back to pass legislation that discriminates, makes housing less safe, blocks FEMA disaster recovery funding, hurts the freedom to vote and damages our economy,” Gov. Roy Cooper said.
Source: Editorial Board Here in North Carolina Black women are three times as likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women. What a powerful
According to The News & Observer, over 30% of North Carolina students are chronically absent from school — nearly double the rate prior to the pandemic.
Right-Wing Extremist Charlotte Church, Pastors Donate Thousands of Dollars, Provide Home for Mark Robinson’s Hate
For someone who considers themselves a man of God, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson sure has a strange way of showing acceptance and love for others.
Source: The Assembly Orange County is the latest example of growing extremism in school boards across the country. A new school board composed mostly of
Settlement Between Burlington, Haw River Assembly Will Help Reduce ‘forever Chemicals’ In Rivers, Drinking Water
Source: News & Observer New environmental requirements in Burlington, thanks to a settlement agreement between the city and a Haw River protection nonprofit, will have
Established this past May, a new advocacy group composed solely of nurses will be advocating for the reproductive rights of all North Carolinians, according to NC Health News.
“Right now, legislative Republicans in North Carolina are pushing an all-out assault on the right to vote…” Gov. Roy Cooper said.
More than 400 people have attended the first five of the 19 scheduled town halls, with local state lawmakers invited to each town hall. No Republican lawmakers have attended the town halls, but seven Democrats have.
A new study by economists from N.C. A&T found that the university has a statewide economic impact of $2.4 billion. The effect is comparable to the creation and support of 17,337 jobs.
Outside far-right groups like Moms for Liberty and Pavement Education Project, have set up shop in school districts across the country, including in New Hanover.
Mark Robinson is not known for keeping his thoughts and opinions to himself when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community, women, reproductive rights, Jewish people, Democrats and many others. The same goes for his views on climate change.
Prior to the 1960s and urban renewal, the Southside neighborhood of Asheville was a bustling Black economic center in the East Riverside community.
In Wake of Supreme Court Ruling on Affirmative Action, Local Universities Look For Ways to Maintain Student Diversity
According to one analysis, states that tried eschewing race-based admissions even prior to the Supreme Court ruling have not seen success in their diversity efforts.
For the Cape Fear Band of Skarure and Woccon Indians, the Cape Fear River has been a vital lifeline for food. While the state’s largest river system represents a crucial resource for food, it has also become a basin of toxic chemicals.
In North Carolina, the unemployment rate fell to 3.3% for June, while the number of employed people in the state grew by 14,580, according to Associated Press. Earlier this year, Gov. Roy Cooper called for an increase in unemployment benefits.
The twice-impeached disgraced former president was recently indicted for a fourth time in the last five months, bringing the total number of charges across all four cases to 91. Multiple North Carolinians are also facing charges.
Election Denier, Anti-LGBTQ+ Right-Wing Extremist US Rep. Dan Bishop Wants To Be NC’s Next Attorney General
One of North Carolina’s most grotesque politicians, U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop, an election-denying, anti-LGBTQ+, anti-reproductive rights, pro-insurrection right-wing Republican has announced that he is running for N.C. Attorney General.
“It looks like [Republicans’] vacations are more important than keeping rural hospitals open and making sure students have teachers and bus drivers,” said Jordan Monaghan, Gov. Roy Cooper’s spokesperson.
NC Appeals Court Hands Video Gambling Companies Another Loss as Republicans Work to Legalize Sweepstakes Games
House Speaker Tim Moore told reporters that there’s support in the Republican House caucus for video lottery terminals.
The new rules provide eight weeks of paid parental leave for full-time employees who give birth after July 1. Part-time employees will be given prorated amounts of leave.
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson Calls 3rd Trump Indictment ‘A Joke’ As He Continues to Attach Himself to Disgraced Ex-President
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson called the latest Trump indictment – four counts for trying to steal the 2020 election – “a joke.”
The State Board of Elections announced that registered voters who do not have an acceptable identification card for voting can now go to their county board of elections office to get a free ID.
Since last fall, one parent, Katie Gates, has pushed for the book “Stamped” to be removed from lessons and school libraries. Gates claimed the book shows “disrespect for our nation and the Bible.”
According to a national survey, North Carolina’s child care system mirrors what’s happening across the nation, as low worker pay, staff shortages and high tuition impact access to quality child care for millions.
In a unanimous vote, the Pitt County Board of Elections sent state legislators a letter asking them to consider “unintended consequences” if they adopt new elections laws.
State Rep. Keith Kidwell, a right-wing extremist Republican representing Beaufort County, has thrown his hat into the ring to become the next North Carolina House Speaker.
In May 2022, a biodigester at White Oak Farm in Wayne County collapsed, spilling nearly a million gallons of hog waste, including feces and decomposing carcasses, into nearby wetlands.
Source:NC Newsline This summer has consisted of consecutive days of record-breaking heat across the country. While North Carolina is certainly no stranger to hot and
Need an ID to Vote? 17 NC Counties Have No DMV Office, Nearly Half of DMVs Have No Appointments Available
Source: NC Newsline If you want to vote in this fall’s municipal elections – and in 2024’s presidential election – you will need an ID
Even though Mark Robinson will no longer be attending a conspiracy theorist event, it doesn’t change the fact that these are his people and he shares many of their beliefs.
Last week, Republican legislative leaders suggested a possible vote when the General Assembly resumes business the week of Aug. 7. However, House Speaker Tim Moore has recently gone so far as to say that there’s “no chance” a budget will pass this month.
Gov. Roy Cooper’s top budget officials said in July that the Republican Senate’s effort to accelerate tax cuts ahead of the current schedule would cost the state $13 billion annually by 2030.
Recent laws banning trans youth from accessing gender-affirming care have dissuaded some health care providers from offering mental health services and other medical care.
“Rebuilding and reenergizing the trust that rural communities had in the Democratic Party at one point in time” is a top priority, said new NC Democratic Party Chair Anderson Clayton.
Along with Medicaid expansion advocates, educators across the state are joining the call for state Republicans to prioritize long-standing unmet needs.
Despite ‘Agreement’ on Teacher, State Employee Raises, No Budget Means No Raises, No Medicaid Expansion
Source: The News & Observer Budget discussions at the legislature have been on hold for weeks as North Carolina Republicans granted themselves extra vacation after
Source: Salisbury Post As state Republicans push forth measures to make it harder for North Carolinians to vote, residents in Rowan County are speaking out
For all the talk about “election integrity” and “secure elections,” the North Carolina Republican Party apparently can’t even figure out how to run their own
The UNC Board of Governors has approved a whopping $475,200 bonus for UNC System president Peter Hans, according to News & Observer. Considering that Hans’
Stalled Republican Budget Talks Results in Thousands Of North Carolinians Without Health Care Coverage
“Making Medicaid Expansion contingent on passing the budget was and is unnecessary, and now the failure of Republican legislators to pass the budget is ripping health care away from thousands of real people,” said Gov. Roy Cooper.
Gov. Cooper Vetoes Bill That Would Allow Charter Schools to Receive Taxpayer Money for Construction, Renovations
Perhaps the biggest change HB 219 would make is that it would allow charter schools to ask for and receive taxpayer money for expenses such as construction, renovation or building purchases.
According to Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration, state Senate Republicans’ tax cut plan would lead to a revenue loss of $13 billion for the state by the 2030-31 fiscal year.
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson recently attacked Stein for suing the pharmaceutical companies responsible for the spread of the opioid crisis. Robinson said Stein should be going after drug dealers and not pharmaceutical companies. Stein is focusing on both.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission wants you to snorkel and they have created a snorkeling trail to encourage underwater recreation in the mountains.
With the NCGOP failing year after year to fully invest in public education, the passage of an extreme abortion ban, and an ever-growing health care coverage gap, CNBC notes that these factors, and more, could negatively impact the state’s business success.
For those wondering why Tim Moore would give up so much power, there have been rumors for years that he has his eyes on running for U.S. Congress.
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson who is running for governor in 2024, recently attacked NC Attorney General Josh Stein for suing the pharmaceutical companies responsible for the spread of the opioid crisis.
The approved medication, known as Opill, will go a long way in increasing reproductive health care access for uninsured individuals, and those unable to afford doctor visits.
Action NC filed the complaint against Rep. John Bradford, saying that he has a conflict of interest with a bill that he filed earlier this year because it could bring him business if it becomes law.
North Carolina state health officials recently announced that children, women under age 44, and people who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not eat many species of fish caught in the Middle and Lower Cape Fear River.
Senate Bill 747, Senate Bill 749, and House Bill 772 have the potential to “confuse, alienate and disenfranchise voters” according to the League of Women Voters.
“State and federal partnerships are critical to helping us close the digital divide and we are grateful to the Biden-Harris administration for this historic investment to expand high-speed Internet access in North Carolina,” said Gov. Roy Cooper.
Senate Bill 90 requires that parental consent would be required in order for minors to receive mental health counseling – unless the minor believes they’re a danger to themselves or others.
Lawmakers in the General Assembly are out of Raleigh for another week, as the state budget remains without any votes. According to Fox8, Republican House
A controversial education bill that was even more extreme than the outrageous legislation that usually gets filed by North Carolina Republicans is likely dead –
It’s time for the Dix Park sunflowers to bloom and people are already excited for what this year’s edition of nature has to bring.
Robinson spoke for 30 minutes and touched on a range of baseless conspiracy theories, from railing against a “climate change cabal” to calling detractors of Moms for Liberty “paid protestors” to claiming lawmakers in North Carolina want him to “die in his sleep.”
“Let’s be clear – Black America is in a fight for our lives. The NAACP has been at the forefront of this battle for more than a century and we’re not backing down,” NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson said.
House Bill 600, which its sponsors call the “Regulatory Reform Act,” environmentalists are calling it “a polluters’ wish list.”
A new Vanity Fair article looks at what we here in North Carolina have known for years – Robinson is a right-wing MAGA bigot and would be a disaster for our state if he becomes our next governor.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and state Democrats have called out Republicans’ delay, urging lawmakers to separate Medicaid expansion from the state budget.
The number of Black and Hispanic students attending state universities has dropped in states that have tried to increase diversity at schools without using race-based admissions policies.
As state Republicans attempt to push their private school voucher program, at least five schools have been removed from the program for a multitude of different violations.
If passed, SB 527 would allow counties and municipalities to decide if they would like to keep their ABC stores open on Sundays. It would also allow happy hours and delivery alcohol.
UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan Stadium has hosted some great football matches over the 95 years of its existence, but the stadium will be hosting another type of football in July when historic soccer clubs Chelsea and Wrexham face off in a friendly preseason matchup.
State Republicans’ push to enact an extreme education bill may cost the state federal funding.
Twenty-two private universities, including Duke, Wake Forest, St. Aug’s, Elon, and Shaw, and 15 of North Carolina’s 58 community colleges, have applied to have their student IDs approved for voting.
Last week while legislators were off for the Fourth of July holiday, Cooper vetoed three anti-LGBTQ+ culture war bills – House Bill 574, House Bill 808 and Senate Bill 49. Republicans plan to override Cooper’s vetoes soon.
For those who are not familiar with this community-oriented organization, this organization deliberately walks in its mission of building power for working families in North Carolina.
Thousands of child care programs and jobs across the state could soon be in financial limbo as a federal grant that delivered millions in funding will end in December.
The Holistic Empathetic Assistance Response Team, or HEART, currently employs about 20 people who range from EMTs to admins to clinicians who aim to assist and de-escalate 911 calls that relate to mental health issues.
The Washington Post reported that a major Republican legal strategist pitched a plan to reduce voter access and turnout – and it included targeting students and young people across North Carolina and other states.
VP Kamala Harris Visits Charlotte on 1-Year Anniversary of Overturning of Roe v. Wade, Pledges to Continue to Fight for Abortion Rights
Vice President Harris told a crowd of supporters that the Biden administration will continue to stand up for abortion rights even as Republicans across the country and in North Carolina work to take away those rights.
Nearly 200 mass violence school threats were made across the state last year, with criminal complaints for threats up more than 37% above pre-pandemic levels.
“..Trans children … disproportionally commit suicide and there is tons of data that says when they have access to this care, the chances of them committing suicide decrease by more than 50%,” Sen. Sydney Batch said during a Senate hearing.
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson Officially Endorses Twice-Impeached, Federally Indicted Ex-President Trump in 2024 Presidential Race
Robinson likes to act like he doesn’t give in to pressure from any outside forces, but his endorsement of Trump came just a week after other Republicans running for governor criticized him for his hesitation to endorse.
The bill would require public schools to get parental permission for everything from anonymous student surveys to counseling appointments. And it would allow parents to complain to the state if they feel schools aren’t obeying the law.
Republican leaders have made it clear that the imminent abortion ban is just the beginning of their plans to restrict reproductive freedom in the state.
While working to pass last-minute changes to unconstitutional parts of the law, Republicans also voted to table without debate 12 Democratic amendments that addressed a variety of those issues.
The university announced a new financial aid grant to any undergraduate from NC/SC to be admitted into Duke tuition-free with a family income of $150,000 or under. That in itself is an amazing announcement.
Markayle Gray, an English teacher, was fired in February. He claims his dismissal came after white parents complained about him teaching the novel “Dear Martin” to his middle school students during Black History Month.
North Carolina Republicans recently descended to new levels of delusion when they called their rushed and archaic abortion ban “mainstream,” “common-sense” and “reasonable.”
Did you know that there are over 3,600 native bee species in the USA? Or that 85% of all flowering plants rely on pollinators for reproduction, and 67% of agricultural crops depend on pollination, so we can thank bees for one in the three bites of food we take?
Nearly 30 local governments in rural areas across North Carolina were awarded grants that will help boost local economies. The grants come from the Rural Transformation Grant Fund (RTGF), which helps support rural economic development projects in the state.
Lawsuit Claims Speaker Tim Moore Used His Power to Get Cary Man’s Wife to Cheat and Engage in ‘Degrading Sexual Acts’
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore, a man known for his thirst for power, is once again accused of abusing his power – this time for sexual favors, according to a new lawsuit.
Some in NCGOP Are Concerned That Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s Horrific Views Will Catch Up With Him in Governor’s Race
Those in the NCGOP who fear that Robinson’s awful views on issues like LGBTQ+ rights, public education and abortion will sink him in the general election are trying to figure out a strategy to knock him out of the race but have come up empty-handed so far.
Under the bill, beginning on Dec. 1, anyone entering a state government workplace would be prohibited from trying to convince “employees to believe they should feel guilty or responsible for past actions committed by people of the same race or sex.”
Season four filming of Netflix hit show Outer Banks will be filming in the greater Wilmington area this July. Check the casting call sheets because extras are needed for filming.
The budget proposed by Gov. Roy Cooper included an investment of $1 billion in a three-part plan.
The Supreme Court decision on Alabama redistricting may breathe new life into states like North Carolina, which is facing anti-voter measures by Republicans, a gerrymandering case and an upcoming round of redistricting.
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson Quietly Deleted Facebook Post Calling School Shooting Victim a ‘Crisis Actor’ – But He Won’t Apologize
While targeting a school shooting survivor on Facebook, in a recently deleted response, Robinson agreed with a comment that survivor David Hogg was a paid crisis actor.
Gov. Roy Cooper and AG Josh Stein Lead Effort to Prevent More Gun Violence With Safe Storage Initiative
A report from the Child Fatality Task Force found that from 2012 through 2021, more than 600 children ages 17 and younger died from firearm-related injuries in the state.
“The reason we’ve been able to sustain that force year after year, decade after decade, is because military spouses, caregivers, and survivors have answered the call as well,” President Biden stated.
Proving That Their ‘Big Tent’ Isn’t So Big, NCGOP Censures Sen. Thom Tillis For Supporting Marriage Equality, Immigration Reform
The NCGOP voted to censure Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis for being too “liberal” on gay marriage, immigration and gun control.
“Republican leaders, like Mark Robinson and Ron DeSantis, are taking us farther and farther away from what most people in North Carolina, Florida and all over the United States are willing to tolerate,” stated North Carolina state Sen. Graig Meyer.
Gov. Cooper announced $3 million from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) will cover licensure exams for future public school teachers.
Days Before Being Charged in Federal Court, Trump Pledges to Endorse Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s Gubernatorial Campaign
Trump called the anti-LGBTQ+, misogynistic, antisemitic, anti-education, anti-choice, pro-gun, Christian nationalist lieutenant governor “one of the great stars of the party, one of the great stars in politics.”
One proposal would establish additional barriers to early voting such as new restrictions on same-day registration and mail-in voting. The measure also seeks to make it easier for people to accuse others of committing voter fraud.
State Regulators Tell Winston Weaver to Assess Contamination at Second Site, Half a Mile From Scorched Production Facility
After a fire broke out at Winston Weaver Co.’s primary production facility, state regulators are raising questions about a second site just half a mile away.
NC Republican’s Private School Voucher Program Would Benefit Existing Private School Families While Neglecting Public Schools
Senate Bill 406 and House Bill 832 would use taxpayer dollars to support Republicans’ “Opportunity Scholarships” for wealthy families and those already enrolled in private schools.
Top NC Republicans Including Moore, Berger, Robinson Received Nearly $900K in Illegal Donations From Video Poker Industry, Complaint Claims
A complaint filed in late May accuses the video poker industry of illegally giving nearly $900,000 to committees and candidates – including Phil Berger, Tim Moore and Mark Robinson – between 2019 and 2022.
Republicans in NCGA Negotiating on Bill That Would Take Appointment Powers from Governor, Give Them to Legislators
The House proposal and a version passed by the Senate in April would let legislators and Council of State members make most of the appointments to key commissions instead of the governor.
Recent NPR/Ipsos polls found that parents, educators, and Americans across the board agree that teachers are overworked and underpaid.
Gov. Roy Cooper visited Charlotte recently to kick off closing the digital divide for people living in affordable housing thanks to an FCC Grant of
Fort Bragg, one of the largest military bases in the United States, has officially been renamed Fort Liberty. In an effort to become inclusive and
Gov. Roy Cooper visited Charlotte recently to kick off closing the digital divide for people living in affordable housing thanks to an FCC Grant of
Fort Bragg, one of the largest military bases in the United States, has officially been renamed Fort Liberty. In an effort to become inclusive and
Students and young farmworkers from across the state are condemning the discriminatory House Bill 10, which would require sheriffs to cooperate with Immigration and Customs
The North Carolina Republican Party is in trouble – again – for letting their racism show out in the open. Just a week after two
A report from the Child Fatality Task Force found that from 2012 through 2021, more than 600 children ages 17 and younger died from firearm-related injuries in NC.
Medical marijuana legalization is one of the highest polling programs in North Carolina and there is significant support among all political groups.
Rev. William Barber, 100+ Protesters Show Up at NCGA to Protest Republicans’ Horrendous Budget Bills
“We know they might outvote us but that’s not why we mobilize,” Barber said in his speech. “We mobilize so what they’re doing is not done in the dark… We’re going to wear your hind parts out on Election Day.”
In Florida and North Carolina, the Black infant mortality rate is more than twice as high as it is for white babies. North Carolina ranks as the 10th worst state for infant deaths.
Senate Bill 406 would divert over $2.2 billion of taxpayer money for private school vouchers over the next 10 years.
NCGOP’s New Voting Bill Was Taken Nearly Word-for-Word From Group Run by Election-Denying Trump Lawyer
North Carolina Republicans are working in lock-step with Donald Trump’s election deniers to silence voters in our state.
North Carolina’s extremist Republican-controlled legislature passed a 12-week abortion ban last month – but that is likely only the beginning of the restrictions we could see in our state.
Parents have said that the proposed change by the Union County Board of Education is a front to ban books with LGBTQ characters.
The North Carolina Early Education Coalition states that pre-K education better prepares children for kindergarten and beyond.
A report from the National Education Association found that North Carolina ranks 34th nationwide in average teacher pay and 46th in beginning teacher pay.
Robeson County not only has one of the highest populations of people of color in North Carolina, but it is also one of the most polluted in the state.
A survey from The NC Chamber Foundation found that nine in 10 voters say taking action to ensure that more working families have access to affordable, quality child care should be an important priority this year.
Our great state has eight teams hoping to lift that NCAA trophy in Omaha, Nebraska, this June.
Pender County Schools Removes 8 Books From Shelves, Allowing Extremists to Dictate What is Acceptable for All Kids
The Pender County school district has now officially joined the ranks of school districts across the country to ban books thanks to pressure from extremist groups.
The clean energy industry could bring up to 85,000 jobs by 2035 and would support President Biden’s administration’s effort to develop 30 gigawatts of U.S.-based wind power by 2030.
DHHS has named the former Hebrew Academy Greensboro Piedmont Academy. It will be used as transitional housing and a school for unaccompanied immigrant children who come into the United States illegally.
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson Called the Civil Rights Movement a Communist Plot, Greensboro Sit-Ins a ‘Ridiculous Premise’
At the same time Mark Robinson was mocking children who had survived a school shooting, he was also going on conspiracy theorist podcasts to trash the Civil Rights Movement.
“We need to adequately fund our schools so that there is a qualified and well-prepared teacher in every classroom and a principal like that in every school,” AG Josh Stein said.
AG Josh Stein, With Numerous Victories Under His Belt, Says He Wants to Take on More ‘Big Fights’ as NC’s Next Governor
“I have been fighting for the people of North Carolina as their attorney general, taking on big battles for them and winning — whether it’s opioids, or e-cigarettes or sexual assault kits or child safety, or clean drinking water,” AG Josh Stein told Axios.
“It is a weapon of war that is really only suitable for soldiers in a combat zone,” Lindsay Nichols, policy director for the Giffords Law Center, told NBC News. “Its ability to kill a lot of people quickly is the reason why we want it banned.”
Trans Rights Advocates, Doctors Continue to Push Back Against the NCGOP’s Hateful Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation
According to a study by the Williams Institute at the University of California-Los Angeles, gender-affirming care is under attack in 30 states, which puts around 150,000 transgender children at risk of losing their access to care.
Gov. Roy Cooper said the Senate’s proposal is a “historic disaster for public education” because “It fails to fund basic needs and will force school leaders to cut everything from bus routes to courses.”
The highly controversial program proposed in North Carolina has been met with pushback from educators, advocates, and parents, calling for further investments in public schools.
Greater Carolina released a study suggesting that Virginia casinos could gain up to $259 million annually from North Carolina residents.
Sen. Lee was a deciding vote on the bill that will impose often insurmountable barriers on early abortions. In doing so, he voted in lock-step with far-right Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly in an effort to decimate reproductive freedom in our state.
While the NCGOP pushes for bills that blatantly discriminate against trans youth and target LGBTQ youth, an alarming statistic underscores the impact of these evergrowing attacks.
Earlier this month, the Nash County Board of Education passed a resolution by an 8-3 vote condemning a state Senate bill that would take away the voices of Black members of the board.
Jerry Forestieri and Timothy DeHaan were dismissed by the N.C. State Board of Elections during a hearing held earlier this year, after they were found to have “violated their duties as county board members to comply with laws as they exist.”
Small Towns in Eastern NC Want Something Done About Constant Rotting Animal Waste Spilled on Roadways
Residents in Sampson, Duplin, Cumberland, Anson, Union, Gaston, Catawba and Cleveland counties have expressed concerns about the growing problem of animal carcasses and waste being dumped on the roadways in their communities.
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson Repeatedly Attacked School Shooting Survivors in ‘Undignified and Grotesque’ Social Media Posts
His posts on the Parkland school shooting mostly targeted a group of surviving students who had called for more gun control measures after a former student murdered 14 students and three staff members with an AR-15-style rifle.
Cooper’s 2023-2025 budget is titled, “First in Opportunity,” which builds on the state’s success and “once-in-a-generation” opportunity by investing in families, businesses, and communities across North Carolina.
While the measure sailed through two House committees with ease, it’s now doubtful that the bill will be passed this legislative session after the planned House floor vote on it was canceled.
Rep. Ken Fontenot (R-Wilson) compared gender-affirming care to the Tuskegee medical experiments of the 1930s and the sterilization of poor women in North Carolina in the 1960s.
Gov. Roy Cooper has stated that he will veto the harmful bill, and called upon Republican lawmakers who had campaigned to protect reproductive health to break from their party and uphold the veto.
In North Carolina, warm weather means it’s time for festival season throughout the state.
According to National Park Service officials, the trash, made up of plastic, metal, paper, and textile fabric, began appearing on April 27 and was reported to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Sector North Carolina.
The number of children and teens under 18 who died from guns spiked by 50% between 2019 and 2021, according to the Pew Research Center.
Advocates have argued that private school vouchers would divest hundreds of millions of dollars from public schools that better serve all of their students, and the vouchers wouldn’t cover the full cost of tuition at most private schools.
HB2 is still considered a “lingering socioeconomic shadow over North Carolina” and SB 631 “puts us on the path where we risk our No. 1 ranking as the state best to do business in,” said Sen. Jay Chaudhuri (D-Wake).
NC Republicans Who Campaigned On Protecting Abortion Access Now Have a Chance to Keep Their Promises
Republican Sen. Mike Lee and Republican Reps. Ted Davis, John Bradford and Tricia Cotham campaigned on either supporting abortion rights or on not further restricting them – they all voted for the extreme 12-week ban.
A bill backed by NC House Republicans would allow health care providers, institutions and insurers to refuse care to any patient on religious, moral or ethical grounds.
As national and statewide reports have seen a rise in youth suicides and a severe shortage of mental health care services, investments from the passage of Medicaid expansion are crucial and come at an important time.
NC’s Right-Wing Supreme Court Re-Decides 3 Cases, Sets Voting Rights Back Decades, Allows Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering
Despite rulings only a few months ago by the then Democratic-controlled state Supreme Court, the new 5-2 right-wing court made the extremely rare decision to re-decide cases on voter ID, voting rights for people convicted of felonies and redistricting.
“We will not allow the clock to be turned back on our democracy, for our hard-fought gains to vanish, or for our children to have less democracy, less rights, less environmental justice than we do today,” Rev. Dr. Barber wrote.
The book review committee decided to remove “Push” by Sapphire as well as “Sex is a Funny Word” by Cory Silverberg.
Bipartisan Bill To Limit Aggressive Medical Debt Collection Tactics, Cap Debt Interest Passes Senate Committee
The Medical Debt De-Weaponization Act, would prohibit medical debt collectors from foreclosing on property or garnishing wages. It also caps the interest on medical debt.
Former Govs. Jim Hunt (D), Jim Martin (R), Mike Easley (D), Bev Perdue (D) and Pat McCrory (R) sent a letter to Republican leadership expressing their concern over SB 692.
Parents Of Trans Youth Respond To NCGOP’s Anti-Trans Legislation: ‘Children Will Die If These Bills Go Through’
Out of 140,000 middle and high school athletes in NC, there are approximately 15 transgender students who have been cleared to play on a team that matches their gender identity – that means that 0.01% of these student-athletes are transgender.
House Bill 689 would require state agencies to consider the cumulative pollution burdens on underserved neighborhoods when planning and approving new projects.
Judge James Ammons Jr. sided with low-income schools and state officials over state lawmakers, who have failed to fund its obligations for the long-running Leandro education lawsuit.
According to an analysis from the Association of American Medical Colleges, new doctors applying to medical residency programs were more likely to avoid practicing in states with the most stringent abortion restrictions.
According to NCDHHS records, 4,041 people died from an overdose in 2021, marking it the highest-ever number of overdose deaths in NC. AG Stein is leading the fight against the fentanyl crisis.
Despite Well-Known History of Hate Speech, Mark Robinson Still Has Support of Mainstream Republicans in Race for Governor
His habit of saying homophobic, transphobic, misogynistic, antisemitic, anti-science and/or racist things has some in the NCGOP worried – but that hasn’t stopped others from lining up in support.
“Here we go again, waging culture wars on the backs of children,” stated Sen. Natalie Murdock (D-Durham) during the floor debate in the Senate.
A team of archaeologists and community members of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe discovered a 1,000-year-old canoe buried beneath Lake Waccamaw. The group was able to safely remove this piece of history from the lake.
The Supreme Court’s new powers were invented by the five Republican justices when they handed down a ruling on a case about a fired Durham police officer.
North Carolina advocates and health care professionals from across the state have called for policy changes that would center increased resources, investments in midwifery and doula care, and awareness of maternal health disparities.
The NRA Political Victory Fund spent more than $82,000 on mailers and other efforts to get Mark Robinson elected in 2020, according to state campaign finance records.
The Transportation for the Future Act would shift the transportation department’s priority from car and truck transportation systems to projects that would improve local communities’ transportation.
In 2017, our state budget included $600,000 for a Texas-based “crisis pregnancy” center over two years. Since then, the state has given them nearly $6 million more. Why?
Despite Promises From a Decade Ago, NCGOP’s Tax Policies Have Only Increased the Burden on Middle-Income Families
Thanks to NCGOP policies, lower-income earners in North Carolina are now paying a larger share of their income in taxes than those with higher incomes.
A group of North Carolina CEOs are once again advocating for an increase in funding for Pre-K, along with higher teacher pay.
“Abortion is a deeply personal decision and is an issue that people have wide-ranging opinions. But, ultimately, that’s a decision that women should have the freedom to make for themselves,” said AG Josh Stein.
“North Carolinians could be arrested and prosecuted under the act even if their own actions were entirely peaceful,” ACLU-NC’s lawsuit states.
According to PPP, 59% of District 112 voters agree with the statement that “Cotham’s decision to switch parties is a betrayal to voters.”
Most people probably think of the coast when they think of flooding caused by severe storms, but Western North Carolina has seen its share of damaging and deadly floods.
In North Carolina, abortion care and Mifepristone are still safe, legal, and available for in-state, and out-of-state individuals. Attorney General Josh Stein is helping lead the charge to make abortion pill access easier for patients.
“It’s sad. It’s disheartening,” Jordan Parker, a senior at Durham School of Arts, told WRAL. “I’d like to see a difference – more legislation on guns. We need change. We’re calling for it.
NCGOP’s ‘Election Integrity’ Bill Would Result in Thousands of Voters Having Their Ballots Thrown Out
In 2020, more than 11,000 valid ballots came in during the post-Election Day grace period. Under HB 304, none of those votes would have counted.
According to the 2023 Child Health Report Card, North Carolina is not adequately meeting the mental health needs of our state’s children.
North Carolina Republicans have filed six bills restricting gender-affirming care for trans youth and banning sports participation.
Republicans Attempting to Take Away Appointment Powers From Gov. Cooper in Effort to Install More Extremists
Senate Bill 512 takes appointments held by Cooper, a Democrat, and moves them to the NCGA where Republicans are in control. The legislation impacts nine boards.
‘If We Can’t Ask Questions, to Me That’s a Scary Place’: NC Republicans Want to Control History Courses in Universities, Colleges
North Carolina’s very own GOP-led General Assembly is attempting to use its political power to influence content taught in local universities.
Rep. Tricia Cotham Must Resign After Betraying Her Constituents By Switching To The Republican Party
Rep. Tricia Cotham ran on a platform of protecting abortion rights, gun reform, health care as a right and supporting LGBTQ+ rights. She has thrown all that out by switching to the NCGOP.
An anti-CRT Johnston County school board member and ex-Smithfield police detective is facing multiple charges for what the state has called “an act of personal retaliation.”
Did you know the waters off North Carolina’s coast are a popular vacation destination for sharks in the winter and spring months?
House Reps. Tricia Cotham, Cecil Brockman and Michael Wray could have prevented the repeal of our state’s pistol permit law. Instead, they chose to skip work and miss the vote.
Called The People’s Coalition, progressive groups are mobilizing as this year’s legislative session is marred by discriminatory bills spearheaded by state Republicans.
“Josh Stein is a proven champion for pro-public-school policies and has the best interests of our students, public school communities and staff at heart,” said NCAE President Tamika Walker Kelly.
What HB 187 is truly about is power – the power for Republicans to dictate what history is taught to our children and how it’s taught.
House Bill 187 is the latest legislation on the state level to limit classroom discussions on race, gender, and sexuality.
House Bill 420 would allow all families to use taxpayer dollars to fund tuition at private and parochial schools. Unlike public schools, these schools have no requirements to demonstrate students are learning.
North Carolina Republicans filed their latest abortion restrictions with House Bill 533. The bill has been described as “disturbing legislation” designed “to control women’s bodies” by U.S. Rep. Kathy Manning and advocates.
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson Tells NC Churchgoers ‘God Formed Me’ to Fight Against LGBTQ+ Rights, Visibility
Robinson claimed during a March church service in Mooresville that God created him to fight against the push for LGBTQ+ rights and visibility, saying that America is turning into a “hellhole” because of it.
A video showing an Amazon delivery driver dropping off a package during a police standoff in a Raleigh neighborhood has gone viral on TikTok.
NC Democrats Continue Fighting the Good Fight; Introducing Another Bill to Codify Abortion Access Protections
The bill is titled Remove Barriers to Gain Access (RGB) Act and it would legalize abortion until viability, as outlined by Roe v. Wade. HB 439 would also abolish the 72-hour waiting period.
NC Democrats Introduce Bill Providing Paid Family and Medical Leave, $15 Minimum Wage, Child Tax Credits, and More
House Bill 569, also known as the “Working Families Act,” would address topics such as paid family and medical leave, affordable housing, affordable child care, child tax credits and the minimum wage.
School systems, such as Wake County, are using their local education funds, to restore benefits cut by state Republicans, re-implementing a pay boost to teachers and other staff with advanced degrees.
According to a new UN-backed report catastrophic global warming is quickly approaching unless immediate and radical action is taken.
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is likely to announce soon that he will run for governor in 2024 and due to the importance of the race, the national media is finding out what we here have known for years now – Robinson is a far-right Christian nationalist bigot.
Gov. Roy Cooper signed the long-awaited Medicaid expansion bill into law, expanding much-needed health care coverage to more than 600,000 North Carolinians.
With state Republicans pushing forth abortion bans, medical professionals across the board have sounded the alarm surrounding the impact of erasing reproductive health care access.
The overall goal of the HEART program is to limit potentially dangerous interactions with police, as well as connect Durham residents to mental health resources and follow-up care.
An outside far-right group, Pender County Concerned Citizens, asked for 40 books to be removed from Pender County schools. In the last week alone, seven books were pulled from four schools in the county.
NC Democrats, Advocates Push Back Against Republicans’ Attempts to Accelerate Elimination of Corporate Income Tax
At 2.5%, North Carolina already has the lowest corporate income tax rate of the 44 states that have such a tax, according to the Tax Foundation.
“If you have a bad day at work, do you storm into your boss’s office and demand a raise? This is what Duke is doing,” said the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters’ Dan Crawford.
The legislation, ironically titled the “Equality in Education” bill, would censor how NC educators teach their students about 13 specific concepts and would silence Black, brown, and LGBTQ+ voices and stories.
Less than 48 hours after the horrific Nashville school shooting that claimed the lives of six people, including three elementary school students, North Carolina Republican
Retired Winston-Salem Fire Sergeant Robert Grier was one of eight African-Americans to integrate the Winston-Salem Fire Department in 1951. Happy birthday, Sgt. Grier!
The increase would be the first in more than a decade, and the governor’s proposal added a $91 million change in how the state’s unemployment system is financed that’s meant to boost job training programs.
Extremist groups are growing rapidly in North Carolina and throughout the country. According to a federal report released earlier in March, hate crimes hit a record high in 2021, increasing more than 33% over 2020.
Following the success of the pandemic-era federal policy that expanded free school meals, state Democrats introduced bills in the House and Senate that would have established permanent universal free school meals.
More North Carolinians will have access to job opportunities after Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order for state job openings to no longer require higher education degrees.
Big Government Republicans Create Law Forcing Guilford School Board To Seat Teacher Accused Of Racism
The school board rejected Guilford County Schools teacher Michael Logan four different times, citing concerns about racial prejudice…so Republicans created a law forcing the board to seat him.
Another home has collapsed into the ocean in Rodanthe, North Carolina. The incident occurred on March 13, when the home, located on the beachfront, was swallowed by the relentless waves of the Atlantic.
As the NCGOP pushes for abortion bans, medical students are joining doctors and medical professionals across NC who are sounding the alarm about the harmful impact of erasing the crucial reproductive health care option.
NC House Speaker Tim Moore, Republicans Pass Controversial Gun Bill Without Allowing Debate Or Amendments
Senate Bill 41, also known as “Guarantee 2nd Amend. Freedom and Protections,” passed the House by a 70-44 vote and was sent to Gov. Roy Cooper. The governor vetoed SB 41 shortly after it arrived on his desk.
House Bill 187 seeks to censor educators from teaching about experiences and stories told across history, particularly from Black, Brown and LGBTQ+ voices.
Gov. Cooper’s Budget Would Provide Funding For The State’s Top Priorities While Still Saving Billions
Cooper’s budget addresses what should be bipartisan priorities – funding for schools that will provide students with a good education and teachers with higher pay, infrastructure, healthcare, plans for attracting new businesses, and so on.
NC Republican Rep. Jeff Zenger Threatens To Sue His Own Small Town For Denying Development Plans, Walks Away With Nearly $2M
Angry that the town council denied his development plans, Rep. Zenger threatened to sue Lewisville for $8M, more than the town could afford. He walked away with $2M after a settlement.
Teachers in North Carolina continue to be some of the worst-compensated in the country and Gov. Roy Cooper is trying to fix that by calling for double-digit raises for teachers.
Gov. Cooper Urges Full Funding of Leandro Plan, Avoidance of Culture Wars in State of the State Speech
During his State of the State address, Gov. Cooper touted North Carolina’s booming economy, clean energy efforts and the recent progress made toward Medicaid expansion, which has since been passed.
Just over one year ago, the Weaver Fertilizer plant in Winston-Salem was the site of a massive ammonium-nitrate fire that destroyed the plant’s buildings and forced over 6,000 residents to flee their homes.
The creation of this new unit of NCDPS comes at a time when Republicans in the General Assembly are working to weaken gun laws.
In November, the then-Democratic-controlled Supreme Court had voted 4-3 to increase funding in adherence to the Leandro plan.
The 988 suicide prevention hotline, aimed at helping LGBTQ+ youth and young adults, is expanding its services by rolling out 24/7 text message and chat services amid a mental health crisis.
Three bills, announced at a press conference earlier this month, would address childcare gaps by allocating funds for subsidies and grants for childcare centers.
On March 1, Lanceford Ross Williams was shot and killed on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Greensboro. Those who knew him personally remember his big smile and larger-than-life personality that lit up the streets of downtown Greensboro.
One of our state’s most important races is being called the “most important” in the country in the 2024 election. The race? The likely gubernatorial matchup between AG Josh Stein and Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson.
Conservative NC Supreme Court Continues Its Assault On Democracy By Making Rare Move To Rehear Recently-Decided Voting Rights Cases
Last week the North Carolina Supreme Court made the extremely rare move of rehearing two voting rights cases they decided just a few months earlier.
“Helping those who are hungry is always important, but right now it is urgent. We in the legal community here in North Carolina can make a real impact fighting hunger in our state,” stated AG Josh Stein.
State Sen. Rachel Hunt, a Charlotte Democrat, said she’s running for lieutenant governor to bring “honor and integrity back to the office.”
Those opposed to a convention of states have said that convening one would lead to a free-for-all of amendments that could lead to extreme changes to the government.
Medicaid expansion would also expand much-needed healthcare access for rural communities, create tens of thousands of jobs, and make investments in the state’s hospitals.
The state House Education committee held a hearing on House Bill 187 this week, a bill that would ban K-12 schools from teaching about systemic racism.
Republicans Have Introduced More Anti-LGBTQ+ Bills In The Last 2 Months Than In The Last 5 Years Combined
Republican lawmakers across the country have introduced more anti-LGBTQ+ bills in the past two months than in the last five years combined.
Speaker Tim Moore, In His 11th Term In The NCGA, Wants Term Limits For Congress – But Not For Himself
Moore, who is now in his 11th term in the General Assembly and was named speaker for an unprecedented fifth term, is seemingly only OK with limiting others’ powers and not his own.
North Carolina High School Students Rally Against Anti-LGBTQ+ Policies, Gun Violence, Sexual Assault
Over the past month, high school students from across the state have been using their voices and their experiences to demand change.
According to a shocking new report from the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force, in 2021 children here were 51% more likely to die from gun violence than children in the U.S. as a whole.
According to a report, lawmakers here continue to divert public funds from vital services the government provides, such as funding public schools and providing clean drinking water, to the pockets of out-of-state corporations and the wealthy few.
“We know from years of research and use that medication abortion is safe and effective – there’s no medical reason for politicians to interfere or restrict access to it,” said Orange County OB/GYN Dr. Amy Bryant.
Robinson used his “State of the State” response as an opportunity to debut a new, less extreme persona – but don’t buy it. He’s still as full of hate as ever.
The Freedom to Vote Act aims to protect free and fair elections in North Carolina through a series of measures such as reducing voter intimidation and ending gerrymandering.
Elizabeth City State Women’s Wins 1st CIAA Tourney; Winston-Salem State Men’s Wins 13th CIAA Tourney
Elizabeth City State defeated Shaw University 55-40 in the championship game and Winston-Salem State beat Lincoln University in a close matchup, 62-57.
Eighteen Cumberland County bus drivers demanding higher pay held a “sick-out” in late February. In November 2021, nearly 30% of Cumberland County buses missed their route when drivers held a sick-out protest.
“We adamantly oppose any new abortion restrictions,” a letter signed by more than 1,000 North Carolina healthcare professionals stated.
On “Advocacy Day,” students encouraged lawmakers to “respect the rights of HBCU students to have a voice in our democracy.”
Last month, while pushing a racist and undemocratic “anti-rioting” bill, NC House Speaker Tim Moore flat-out lied when he said that people died in Raleigh’s 2020 George Floyd protests.
“Since we all agree this is the right thing to do, we should make it effective now to make sure we leverage the money that will save our rural hospitals and invest in mental health,” Gov. Roy Cooper said.
“[T]these bills set a precedent requiring that we prioritize voluntary immigration enforcement at the expense of local law enforcement priorities,” sheriffs from Wake, Durham, Mecklenburg, Orange, Buncombe, and Wilson counties wrote.
Eliminating earth science from the curriculum would mean that students would not learn about climate change and how their actions impact the environment.
The goal of the Fentanyl Control Unit that AG Josh Stein hopes to create would be to help local district attorneys handle large-scale fentanyl trafficking, wiretap, and overdose cases
Gun Safety Advocates, Organizers Say They Are ‘Appalled’ By NCGA’s Reckless, Dangerous Gun Legislation
“Why on earth would you choose to repeal one of the life-saving laws that we have, that has been proven to prevent gun violence…?” asked Becky Ceartas, executive director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence.
Forcing local sheriffs to do the federal government’s job also puts an undue burden – administrative and financial – on the departments. Laws such as HB 10 can lead to serious, expensive litigation.
Elizabeth City State University recently announced a partnership with Delta Airlines that will provide graduates an expedited path to being employed by the Atlanta-based airline.
According to a report released by LatinxEd, Latine students and families across the state face significant equity gaps in educational outcomes, from kindergarten readiness to education beyond high school.
“The laws of this country allow for chemical compounds to be put out in the atmosphere and in our water without having to prove that they are not harmful,” said EPA Administrator Michael Regan.
A group of historians recently noted how conservative women have succeeded for over half a century in using their identities to push a very discriminatory and harmful agenda.
The UNC System will build upon the previous $5 million plan from May 2021. The goal is to work with the North Carolina Community College System to reach colleges and universities throughout the state.
The current law, which dates back to Prohibition, makes the sale of discounted alcoholic beverages illegal in the state.
Wake County’s Only House Republican Files Bill to Make Democrat-Controlled County Board of Commissioners Nonpartisan
This is not the first time state Republicans have tried changing how Wake County commissioners are elected. The party has been at it since Democrats took control of the board in 2014.
A new poll from Meredith College finds that most North Carolinians support preserving the abortion rights currently enjoyed or expanding them.
Another wave of book bans is making its way across public schools in North Carolina. Many of these book challenges are being prompted by far-right education groups.
The Compassionate Care Act would legalize medical cannabis for people who have certain specific health conditions, including cancer, ALS, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. Activists say the bill is too restrictive.
NC House GOP Dismisses Democrats’ Bill Blocking Corporate Landlords From Buying Up Too Many Rental Homes
House Bill 114 filed by Democrats would limit how many houses large corporations can rent out in some of the state’s fastest-growing counties. Republicans have already dismissed the idea.
North Carolina Republicans are once again pushing for their newly elected Republican-majority high court to reconsider a decision: Leandro, the state’s long-running education case.
Among other things, SB 49 would force teachers to out their gender-questioning students to their parents, creating a dangerous and dehumanizing environment for LGBTQ+ students.
According to the U.S. Census, North Carolina has a higher percentage of uninsured residents compared to the national average. Currently, the state remains one of 11 states that has not expanded Medicaid.
Right-Wing NC Supreme Court Acts On ‘Raw Partisanship,’ Poses Challenge For Fair Voting Maps Advocates
“For this Court to reopen rulings just weeks after they were decided is unprecedented and appalling,” Gov. Roy Cooper said.
A leaked document from the North Carolina Supreme Court obtained by WRAL highlights a right-wing power grab that has been under discussion since just days after Republicans won a majority on the court last November.
Despite the razor-thin margin, House Minority Leader Robert Reives remains upbeat according to the Assembly. As leader, Reives is tasked with keeping House Democrats unified.
The NCGOP has fast-tracked a racist and undemocratic “anti-rioting” bill meant to stifle free speech and allow protesters to be punished with mandatory jail time just for being arrested.
Republicans in the legislature last week passed several bills that would loosen gun restrictions and they did so during the same week that at least six guns were found at schools in central North Carolina.
Republicans have introduced a bill that would strip away the governor’s ability to appoint State Board of Education members and fill vacancies on the Council of State and in the court.
NC Republicans Introduce Bill To Push Back Judicial Retirement Age To Keep Right-Wing Judges On The Bench
Republicans are proposing a bill that will push back the state’s mandatory judicial retirement age in order to keep the NC Supreme Court chief justice and a state Court of Appeals judge on the bench.
Only 13 states in the U.S., including North Carolina, do not have a medical cannabis program. Recreational cannabis is legal in 21 states and D.C.
Gender-affirming care is life-saving and all state employees deserve proper health care and to be accepted in their workplace. Dale Folwell disagrees.
The Republican-controlled high court is considering a decision that will determine whether North Carolinians on probation will keep their right to vote or if they are going to be disenfranchised again.
A Smithfield subsidiary, Murphy-Brown Farm, is being investigated for discharging an estimated 30,000 gallons of hog waste into a nearby creek.
Stein said North Carolina’s “restriction of women’s use of the prescriptions they need to exercise their reproductive freedoms violates federal law and the Constitution.”
The North Carolina Supreme Court, which flipped to a Republican majority in November’s elections, announced that it would rehear a redistricting case and a voter ID case without providing any reason why.
“North Carolina’s teacher shortage is the predictable result of the General Assembly’s 12-year crusade against teachers,” wrote Kris Nordstrom, a senior policy analyst in the North Carolina Justice Center’s Education & Law Project.
Every Democrat has signed onto a pair of bills, filed in the NC House and Senate, as the Codify Roe and Casey Protections Act, which would protect access to abortion care in North Carolina.
North Carolina Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Newton compared the end of slavery to the right-wing effort to ban abortion during his appearance on “State Lines” on PBS North Carolina.
Democrats in the state House and Senate have come together to craft a pair of bills aimed at protecting the rights of students and parents.
On a cold North Carolina day in the mountains, people young and well-seasoned gathered at Chetola Lake dressed as everything from a polar bear to the Macho Man Randy Savage.
Although the shortage of special education teachers isn’t new, the need couldn’t be any more urgent.
Less than 18 months from now, as many as 300,000 North Carolinians could be without their Medicaid coverage – unless legislators choose to expand coverage.
The Outer Banks are especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change due to their geography. The barrier islands are less than three feet above sea level and are surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.
The Fair Maps Act, would amend the state Constitution by removing the redistricting power from legislators and instead giving it to an independent commission made up of regular North Carolinians.
According to the US Census Bureau, the free school lunch program helped millions of children throughout the pandemic, with child poverty going down by 46% in 2021 alone.
Instead of working to fund NC’s K-12 schools, which are the least funded in the U.S., Sen. Michael Lee is more concerned with targeting LGBTQ+ kids by following in the far-right footsteps of states like Florida.
After Elections, The Makeup Of The State Legislature Has Shifted. Here’s A Look At The New General Assembly
This election also brought forth historical wins, as based on General Assembly library records that go back to 1921, Democrats put more women than men in the legislature.
A North Carolina OB/GYN with a practice in Orange County is suing in federal court over the excess restrictions our state imposes on providing abortion pills.
Currently, transgender high school students have to undergo a lengthy process under the state’s high-school athletic association policy.
“Do people want somebody prosecuting the culture wars when there’s a hurricane?” Duke professor Mac McCorkle asked. “We haven’t had a shouter as governor, well, ever.”
Advisor to House Speaker Tim Moore Resigns After Discovery of Pro-Confederacy, White Supremacist Postings
An anonymous email sent to the media highlighted a General Assembly staffer’s past racist views and “pro-white” internet posts and resulted in the resignation of one of Speaker Tim Moore’s employees.
“My professional opinion as a licensed clinical psychologist is that this bill will make our children less safe,” said Dr. Sarah Wilson, an assistant professor at the Duke University School of Medicine.
The program will provide scholarship funding, mentorship and career guidance, as well as internships and job placement services.
A new poll, released by the American Cancer Society, found that 8 out of 10 North Carolinians said that expanding Medicaid is important to them and that they support expanding the program.
The money being given to states will pay for more clean energy, road repairs, bridges, upgraded and updated sewer and water systems, and more high-speed internet access to rural areas.
States with abortion restrictions or bans have lower wages, weaker labor standards, and higher levels of incarceration, according to a new Economic Policy Institute report.
The death of a right-wing political commentator in January brought two of the most extreme and disgusting American politicians to Fayetteville – Donald Trump and Mark Robinson.
Two electrical substations in Moore County were badly damaged in shooting attacks in early December. On Jan. 18, a transformer in Randolph County was destroyed by gunfire.
Out of all 50 states and D.C., North Carolina was ranked 48th for funding level, with a cost-adjusted, per-pupil funding level $4,695 below the national average.
Just months after Republicans won a majority on the state Supreme Court in November’s election, Republican leaders in the General Assembly are asking the high court to throw out last year’s decision on redistricting and voter ID.
AG Josh Stein Already Has Millions Of Dollars On Hand, Gubernatorial Endorsements from 150+ Officials
Attorney General Josh Stein’s campaign announcement video took direct aim at Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson and his history of disgusting and offensive views.
Exactly 50 years since the inception of Roe v. Wade, North Carolina Democrats are pushing forth abortion safeguards amid an ever-growing effort by Republicans to strip away reproductive rights.
A few weeks ago we told you about Wilmington being rated as one of the best beer cities in the country. This week we can
Citing security concerns, North Carolina became the latest state to ban the use of TikTok on state phones and devices. In an executive order signed
Right before the new year, North Carolina released a plan to reduce North Carolina’s carbon emissions by 70% by 2030 and get to net zero
UNC researchers are sounding the alarm surrounding the barriers Spanish-speaking communities face when accessing domestic violence resources.
North Carolina Republicans have a supermajority in the state Senate and are one seat shy of having one in the House, too, but that doesn’t
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, despite the fact that he paid for his now-wife’s abortion in 1989, believes that people should have no right to an abortion – no matter the circumstances.
The people of North Carolina can now officially say goodbye to Congressman Madison Cawthorn. During his one and only term, Cawthorn made the news repeatedly
In its first major vote in the new year, Republicans on the New Hanover County school board are already pushing forth a right-wing agenda, voting
After the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade last summer, multiple southern states passed extremely strict abortion rules, leaving North Carolina as the only
Since the overturn of Roe v. Wade, North Carolina abortion rights groups have seen an uptick in North Carolinians wanting to become abortion doulas.
Education leaders across the state are urging lawmakers to adequately invest in public schools, ultimately pushing for the complete funding of the Leandro plan.
Grandfather Mountain has a history of frigid temperatures and high winds as it is one of the most extreme weather places on the east coast.
An estimated 740,000 people, including teachers, their dependents, retirees, and more, will be affected by the change in insurance that’s coming up.
An omnibus bill signed by President Joe Biden at the end of 2022 will provide new healthcare protections for workers who are pregnant or nursing.
NC Elections Officials Vote To Hold Hearings On Removal of Election Deniers From Surry County Elections Board
Complaints had been filed against two Republican members of the Surry County BOE, Jerry Forestieri and Tim DeHaan, for their refusal to certify the 2022 election.
It has been more than six weeks since gun-wielding vandals opened fire in an attack on Duke Energy power substations in Moore County and we still have no answers about what happened.
Ex-Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene has resigned for a second time following controversy over recordings of racist remarks about Black people he made in phone calls to a former captain.
Within the next few weeks, multiple North Carolinians who have been accused or convicted of crimes related to the insurrection will either be brought to trial or sentenced for their role in the attack.
For the second time, Chief Justice Paul Newby has chosen a former classmate and friend to oversee a hugely important education funding case.
Tim Moore is making a workplace that is inhospitable to working parents, those with health problems, caregivers, and others by dismantling important rules and disregarding precedent.
“It is one of the few options residents and visitors have for accessing our far eastern counties, and this bridge replacement will serve our state for decades to come,” Gov. Roy Cooper said.
Just before the end of 2022, a $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill was signed into law by President Biden. North Carolina will see $240.7 million being put to work in the state.
On top of pushing controversial salary measures, education leaders focused on shifting more power from the State Board of Education to state superintendent Catherine Truitt, in a bid to push forth more Republican measures.
From the mountains in Asheville to the coast in Wilmington, you can find many things while taking a trip east or west on Interstate 40 in North Carolina. One of those things? Great breweries.
Gov. Cooper’s Office Announced A Record Number Of New Jobs In 2022, Continuing To Invest In NC’s Future
The state has announced a record number of new jobs, increased access to higher education, and made investments in critical infrastructure such as broadband access.
Here at NC Voices, we’re thinking about resolutions – ones that our politicians in North Carolina should address in this new year.
Come take a trip down memory lane with us and see what readers were most interested in reading in 2022.
Once the season is over what do we do with the tree? Rather than just tossing the tree after the season ends, families can choose to put it to good use in a number of ways.
The festival has been a holiday staple for more than 30 years. LifeCare, a nonprofit focused on providing health services to people with serious illnesses, will be raising money via donations.
Most Americans know nothing of the Wilmington coup and racial massacre, and even students in Wilmington today are not often taught their own city’s painful history.
A team dubbed “Hacking into History” is working to collect and archive racial covenants, or racist restrictions, that have been written into legally binding land deeds in Durham.
An extremist education group in Guilford County known for being anti-mask, anti-vaccine, anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-CRT has shut down.
Education in the United States is under profound attack from right-wing extremists. Extremists are attempting to reshape our public schools.
More than 3.7 million North Carolinians voted in this November’s midterm election and they did so with essentially no issues at all, state elections officials said.
The North Carolina State Board of Education voted during their December monthly meeting to move forward with a pilot program of a recently proposed licensure and pay model for teachers.
North Carolina has just nine teachers for every 1,000 people in the state. It’s the 11th-worst teacher-to-student ratio in the country, according to new data.
A challenge against a book that started six months ago came to a close recently, as the Guilford County School Board voted to keep ‘Salvage the Bones’ in schools.
Gov. Roy Cooper is working to make sure that North Carolina has a smooth, and quick, transition to getting more zero-emissions vans, trucks and buses on our state’s roads.
North Carolina’s two Republican senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, both voted to support the bill and protect both same-sex and interracial marriages.
Legal experts, former attorneys, judges, and activists across the country have signaled that the case could spell the end of democracy in the United States.
North Carolina voters rejected the Trump-endorsed and Jan. 6 participant Republican candidate Sandy Smith, choosing to elect Democrat Don Davis.
Jeff Jackson, a former Army Reserve soldier who served in Afghanistan, and is now a North Carolina Army National Guard major and an attorney, won the newly created district with 57% of the votes.
In North Carolina, more than 1,700 firearm-related deaths happened in 2020, with 116 North Carolina children dying of a firearm-related injury in 2021, according to NCDHHS.
North Carolina’s delegation in the next session of the U.S. House of Representatives will consist of seven Democrats and seven Republicans, a fitting split for such a politically “purple” state. Wiley Nickel is one of those seven Democrats.
Valerie Foushee has served in the North Carolina General Assembly since 2013, most recently serving as a State Senator in District 23. Now she’s headed to Congress.
State Court Ruling Unlocks The Right To Vote For Thousands Of Formerly Incarcerated North Carolinians
A North Carolina superior court ruling earlier this year restored the right to vote to more than 50,000 North Carolinians on parole and probation.
Wednesday is the day that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a North Carolina case that could be the beginning of the end of democracy in our country.
This year’s tree was cut from the Pisgah National Forest on Nov. 2. Fraser firs were previously harvested from NC national forests in 1974 and 1998. This year’s tree, named Ruby, is a 78-foot red spruce.
North Carolina is one of just eight states in the country that funnels federal money intended to help needy families to crisis pregnancy centers.
Why is Medicaid expansion important for North Carolinians? Will it make a difference for those in the state? The short answer is yes.
Multiple North Carolina school districts are facing funding shortages when it comes to supporting students with special needs.
According to the CDC, an increasing number of people are reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression nationwide, with the pandemic’s effects on mental health impacting young people the most.
Speakers in Wilmington warned of parallels between today’s hate groups and threats to democracy during a town hall to commemorate the 124th anniversary of the massacre and coup d’état.
FIFA is no stranger to controversy as the FBI indicted nine FIFA Officials and five corporate executives with charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies in 2015.
With supply chain shortages and the strain of the bird flu, turkey could be hard to come by, or you should at least be prepared to pay more than normal this year.
Data from Tufts University showed that young, diverse voters between the ages of 18 and 29 had the second-highest youth voter turnout in nearly 30 years.
In North Carolina, Democrats in the legislature were able to win enough seats to protect Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto power – giving hope that the crucial reproductive health care will remain in the state.
NC Supreme Court Affirms Ruling That DuPont Tried Avoiding Liability For Poisoning The Cape Fear River
“People have to be able to trust that the water they drink is safe. We allege that DuPont and Chemours have dumped forever chemicals into the Cape Fear River – and we intend to hold them accountable for the damage that they’ve caused,” said Attorney General Josh Stein.
“To go back and change a historic decision so quickly would really damage the legitimacy of the court,” stated Matt Ellinwood, director of the Education & Law Project at N.C. Justice Center.
For years, faculty at some UNC campuses have complained about political pressure coming from the board, including former UNC system president Erskine Bowles.
In addition to targeting discussions of race and history, Moms for Liberty has also demonized discussions of gender and sexual orientation in schools.
Across races in Guilford County, incumbents retained many of their seats, with the school board race being no exception.
Wake County voters rejected the far-right’s attempt to seize control of the school board, keeping a Democratic majority.
North Carolina Republicans have fallen short of their goal of regaining a supermajority in the General Assembly. Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto power will be protected for the remainder of his second term.
Voters in NC’s 13th Congressional District Reject MAGA Extremist Bo Hines, Elect State Sen. Wiley Nickel
Democrats got a huge win and gained a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after state Sen. Wiley Nickel defeated 27-year-old MAGA extremist Bo Hines in the 13th Congressional District.
Progressives, Many Republicans Join Forces In Opposition To NC Elections Case Being Heard By US Supreme Court
Dozens of influential groups and political figures have submitted friend-of-the-court briefs regarding the Moore v. Harper Supreme Court case that originated in North Carolina.
This year in the United States, more than 90 candidates who identify as LGBTQ ran for Congress, more than ever in history and a 16% increase from the 2020 election.
Columbus County Sheriff Resigns Weeks After Audio Of Racist Tirade Released – But He Remains On The Ballot
Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene resigned from his position in front of a packed courtroom in mid-October, several weeks after tapes containing racist remarks he made were released.
“Take Back Our Schools” is known for its controversial statements and for sharing anti-LGBTQ+, anti-CRT and discriminatory posts on its social media platform.
Protest Filed Against Anti-Choice Candidate E.C. Sykes For Lying About Where He Lives; Future Of Abortion At Stake
The state constitution requires that all candidates for the General Assembly establish residency one year prior to the election. E.C. Sykes does not live in the district he’s running in.
State Sen. Sydney Batch’s opponent Republican Mark Cavaliero, is anti-abortion and supports defunding the state’s largest abortion provider.
“We aren’t going to organize every ‘Housewives’ fan, but people come from all walks of life and there’s a subsection of fans who wanna get political, wanna get active,” said the Working Family Party’s Nelini Stamp.
In North Carolina, far-right education groups such as Moms for Liberty and NC Values Coalition have led the charge in banning LGBTQ+, and Black and Brown-authored books.
North Carolina’s Supreme Court races will most likely determine the future of reproductive rights, voting rights, public education and more in our state.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest LGBTQ advocacy organization in the U.S., has recently launched a six-figure ad buy in key swing states including North Carolina.
In this year’s midterm elections, Wake County voters will have the opportunity to vote on two countywide bond measures that take a step toward addressing issues facing schools.
People who wanted to dismantle our system of government could soon be the ones in charge of it. North Carolinians could send as many as 10 seditionists to Washington this November.
Just recently, a Tennessee doctor made a critical choice to save her patient’s life by sending her six hours away to North Carolina to receive an emergency abortion.
You may not know their names, but some of the country’s richest people are funneling millions of dollars into Ted Budd’s U.S. Senate race against Cheri Beasley, according to Forbes.
Guilford School Board Races Highlight Contrast Between Far-Right-Backed Republican And Equity-Driven Democrat Candidates
A slate of Republican school board candidates are running on extremist platforms against Democrats for control of Guilford County’s school board.
Despite Election Year Promises, Majority of Republican Legislative Candidates Would Support Abortion Restrictions
Since Roe v. Wade was overturned, states across the nation have instituted extreme abortion bans and North Carolina has remained a safe haven for many in need of reproductive care across the southeast.
Some of the most powerful ads this election cycle have been centered around real women telling their personal abortion stories.
According to WRAL, Democrats say that Republican leaders have refused to discuss gun safety and won’t even listen to proposals for “common-sense” gun safety laws.
Gov. Roy Cooper recently announced that he would be signing an Executive Order next month that will extend the work of the Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice.
A handful of races in the Charlotte area could tip the scales and give Republicans a supermajority in the state legislature.
Many claims made by NC Election Integrity Team on the members-only section of their website have been fact-checked by the State Board of Elections and deemed partially or completely false.
According to The Washington Post, both Democratic and Republican strategists have said internal polling shows the race is “dead even” between state Sen. Wiley Nickel and MAGA challenger Bo Hines.
The future of abortion access, voting rights, fair maps, and many other issues are at stake in this year’s state Supreme Court elections.
Currently, 14 Latinos hold political office in the state – with none at the congressional level.
According to a recent Meredith College poll, a majority of Americans are against removing the rights of same-sex couples.
There’s a chance that North Carolina voters will give Republicans supermajorities in the NC General Assembly, which would leave Gov. Cooper powerless to stop the NCGOP.
Reports that North Carolina Superintendent Catherine Truitt has brought in Terry Stoops as an advisor have sparked questions about the controversial new hire – with local educators condemning the decision to hire a well-known right-winger.
Republicans Running For NC Supreme Court Support ‘Originalist’ Philosophy Of Justices Thomas, Scalia
Two Republicans running to be on the NC Supreme Court believe in “originalism” — the idea that their decisions should be based on what the founders thought more than 230 years ago.
Ted Budd doesn’t seem to be aware that his position on marijuana legalization is way out of the mainstream and doesn’t even match what his fellow North Carolina Republicans believe about the issue.
It’s no secret that Republicans are exploiting division and the pandemic to attack public schools, educators, and families under the guise of “parental rights.”
A 118-page protest alleges in painstaking detail that E.C. Sykes has continued to reside in a home he rents in Raleigh rather than the address he is registered to vote at.
Rep. Jeff Zenger Accepted Thousands In Campaign Cash From Developers, Introduced Bills To Benefit Them
Rep. Jeff Zenger, a general contractor and developer, has accepted thousands of dollars in campaign cash from other developers – and has introduced bills to benefit them.
Jeremy Joseph Bertino, 43, plotted with other members of the far-right Proud Boys to violently stop the peaceful transfer of power after the 2020 presidential election.
All four Republican candidates for Guilford County school board are backed by a right-wing group called Take Back Our Schools. The group has campaigned with Lt. Governor Mark Robinson.
Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood Action PAC North Carolina announced a $5 million investment into NC legislative races in order to protect Gov. Cooper’s veto power over restrictive abortion laws.
If Democrats secure 21 seats in this year’s midterm elections, 12 seats will be held by women.
The highly talked about race between Cheri Beasley and Ted Budd underscores a deep contrast in the policies and positions the parties are taking.
Affirmative action and fair federal elections are two extremely important issues that are under threat by the right-wing U.S. Supreme Court – and both of these cases originated in North Carolina.
State judicial races often get ignored or forgotten about by voters and the media, but the decisions made by these elected officials often have massive implications that are felt for years.
Gov. Roy Cooper is pushing state Republican legislative leaders to legalize marijuana possession in the state.
QAnon followers seem to be very publicly attending Donald Trump rallies, including his September rally in Wilmington with Republican Senate candidate Ted Budd.
It’s fall and it’s mid-October so that can only mean one thing around these parts: it’s North Carolina State Fair time!
Exactly half of registered voters say they are more motivated to vote in the midterm elections than they were in previous elections, with abortion rights driving that motivation.
State Senate Candidate Mary Wills Bode Will ‘Work Tirelessly’ To Ensure Access To Reproductive Healthcare
Mary Wills Bode told The News & Observer that investing in education, cutting taxes for working families, and ensuring access to reproductive healthcare would be among her top priorities as a state senator.
A survey from the North Carolina School Superintendents Association found that 98 of 115 school districts who responded reported having 11,297 unfilled educator and staff positions – and Republicans are at fault.
Gov. Roy Cooper knows he can trust Val Applewhite to support his leadership. Cooper said Applewhite “isn’t afraid to stand up to right-wing Republicans.”
A Legacy Of Integrity: Justice Sam J. Ervin IV Seeks Second Term On The North Carolina Supreme Court
Justice Sam Ervin IV comes to the bench with a wealth of experience and has built a reputation for his legal decision-making, receiving endorsements from dozens of attorneys, reproductive rights advocates, environmentalists and many other groups.
Democrats currently hold a 4-3 majority on the North Carolina Supreme Court but Republicans could find themselves with a 5-2 advantage after November’s election – a chilling scenario for anyone concerned about their rights and freedoms.
Valerie Jordan Is Running For The NC Senate Because ‘People In Eastern North Carolina Have Been Left Behind For Too Long’
Valerie Jordan grew up tobacco farming in Warrenton, North Carolina, and has worked to protect her community from a young age.
Notably, all four Republican candidates for the New Hanover County School Board are endorsed by a far-right group called Tide Turners NC.
In her run for the Supreme Court, NC Court of Appeals Judge Lucy Inman has received endorsements from numerous retired and former judges ranging from the state Supreme Court to district courts.
Ted Budd and his father Richard were named defendants in a case that accused them of fraud and faced them with a possible $15 million judgment against them.
Right-wing Wake County school board candidate Steve Bergstrom is facing an election complaint that claims they lied about where they live and also violated campaign finance report laws.
As Republicans across the U.S. roll out anti-abortion measures, including in North Carolina, voters will have a chance to defend their rights at the ballot box in