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Parsing HB-2's Bathroom Babble

Harold Lloyd | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

The toothless babble of HB-2 "protects" no one other than perhaps employers whose employees have more restricted rights as a result. Let's repeal this political mess that backfired on McCrory and will backfire on Berger and Moore as well if we don't move on.

Fourth Circuit Strikes Down Discriminatory Provisions of Gov. Pat McCrory's North Carolina "Omnibus" Election Law

Harold Lloyd | Posted 08.08.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down provisions of Gov. Pat McCrory's "omnibus" election law requiring photo identification in form bla...

Charles Koch's Cut-and-Paste Attack on Clean Energy in North Carolina

Connor Gibson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Connor Gibson

Almost every player has ties back to Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch, and despite previous failures, the formula is exactly the same.

Reverend William Barber: Leader of the Biggest Social Movement the Media Won't Talk About

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

As Reverend Dr. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP and voice of the Forward Together movement, calls it a "deeply constitutional, deeply moral" battle against the worst forms of injustice, led by young people, minorities, and people of multiple faiths - the exact groups the current political regime is working to disenfranchise.

Paul Blumenthal

Koch Brothers Reveal A Small Slice Of Their Political Donations | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Charles and David Koch have finally disclosed at least a small portion of the large contributions given to their political empire. Accor...

Samantha Lachman

Controversial North Carolina Budget Director With Ties To Koch Brothers Resigns | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conservative financier Art Pope, the North Carolina’s deputy budget director partly responsible for engineering the state's strong rig...

Ayatollah Alito

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Ayotallah Ali Hosseini Khamenei, say hello to your new comrade, Ayotallah Samuel Alito. Supreme Leader meet Supreme Court Justice. And, no, regrettably, this is not hyperbole.

Paul Blumenthal

Senators Trade Barbs Over Billionaires, Banned Books In Campaign Finance Hearing | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats and Republicans' opposing views on money in politics came into sharp focus Tuesday during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing...

The War on Democracy: Art Pope and the Rich Bullies

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Spending millions of dollars, America's 21st century bullies have reshaped the Republican Party and are threatening representative democracy. The Koch brothers and their allies have four objectives.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2014)

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

In 1970, the late jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron wrote "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," which became an anthem for the black power movement. His thoughts remain relevant. I've broadened the context and updated the prose.

Samantha Lachman

Emilio Vicente Runs To Help All Undocumented Students | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.10.2014 | Latino Voices

Undocumented immigrant Emilio Vicente is on the ballot Tuesday in North Carolina. The job is short-term but offers a significant platform: Vicente, a ...

Why I'll Be Marching in Raleigh This Weekend

Laura Williamson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Laura Williamson

I'm doing it because when I read about each new damaging policy pushed through the legislature, it's not abstract for me. I see the faces of my parents, my sisters, my friends, and my 5-year-old niece. I see how these sharp political shifts to the right are harming real people.

North Carolina: A Laboratory for Trickle-Down Economics

Annabel Park | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Annabel Park

During North Carolina's 2013 legislative session, a fierce debate took place over how to change the state tax code. Because Republicans had won a super majority in the General Assembly as well as the governor's race in 2012, the real tug-of-war centered around an aggressively conservative tax reform package.

Watch: State of Conflict -- North Carolina

Bill Moyers | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

First it was Wisconsin. Now it's North Carolina that is redefining the term "battleground state." On one side: a right wing government enacting laws that are changing the face of the state. On the other: citizen protesters who are fighting back against what they fear is a radical takeover.

Paul Blumenthal

Meet The Little-Known Network Pushing Ideas For Kochs, ALEC | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A network of state-level think tanks is pushing a right-wing agenda with support from the American Legislative Exchange Council and fund...

Is Billionaire Philanthropy Fueling Inequality? | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact

Peter Buffett, the second son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, worries that the state of philanthropy in America “just keeps the existing str...

Resisting Republican Excess

David Coates | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
David Coates

The only way in which to effectively push back this ever more carefully orchestrated Tea Party tide is to challenge Republican assertions and policies with the same degree of self-confidence and directness with which their advocates present them.

If You Want to Breathe Clean Air, Senate Reform and Democracy Matter

Philip Radford | Posted 09.14.2013 | Green
Philip Radford

Grinding the federal government to a halt by abusing the filibuster is just one of the strategies that a handful of fossil fuel companies are using to undermine our democracy to keep their near-monopoly status in politics.

Bad All Around: Attacks on Women in NC

Anu Kumar | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Anu Kumar

If we really want to improve women's health and reduce the abortion rate, we already know what works: invest in comprehensive sex education in school, ensure that women and girls have easy access to affordable birth control, expand access to health coverage for everyone, and protect access to quality abortion care.

Moral Monday Protests Swell to 1,500 in Raleigh, Conservative Think Tank Publishes Mugshots of Arrestees

Yuna Shin | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Yuna Shin

The crowd at the Moral Monday protest in Raleigh, NC, was the biggest so far with 1,500 attending and 120 being arrested on June 24 according to WRAL....

About Your Banging Blacklist: An Open Letter to the Civitas Institute

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

Dear Civitas Institute, Thanks for including me in your Moral Monday Protesters database. I'm sure I speak for many of those arrested for civil disobedience protesting North Carolina's Tea Party legislature who are happy to find our name, residence, and employer are usefully listed on the Internet.

Why North Carolina's 'Moral Mondays' Matter for Democracy and the Planet

Philip Radford | Posted 08.03.2013 | Green
Philip Radford

Every Monday for the past month, North Carolina citizens from across the spectrum have gathered at the State House in Raleigh to protest the pro-corporate, anti-rights agenda of the legislature's newly elected Republicans.

Paul Blumenthal

N.C. Gov, Mini-Koch Target 'Clean Elections' | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In early 2011, after Republicans swept into power in both houses of the North Carolina state legislature, the conservative John Locke Fo...

If a For-Profit College Becomes a Non-Profit, Is That Good? Not Necessarily

David Halperin | Posted 04.13.2013 | College
David Halperin

What the rest of us should worry about is the prospect of for-profit college executives, who have gotten rich by peddling a toxic mix of deceptive recruiting, low-quality programs, and sky-high prices, taking the helm of tax-exempt charities that are supposed to serve the public interest.

Paul Blumenthal

Koch Brother Ally Given Huge Job In State | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conservative groups may have been embarrassed on the national stage by their failure to remove President Barack Obama from the White Hou...