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The Weight Of Silence In Schools And Churches

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 12.16.2016 | Education
Katie Mgongolwa

I am a high school teacher in North Carolina and 2016 has been a hell of a year. This is less a proclamation than it is an obvious statement, but the...

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...

Inspiration From Another N.C. LGBT Fight

Marshall Curry | Posted 04.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Marshall Curry

Today, Charlotte is a different city. This year, it passed the anti-discrimination ordinances that prompted the state legislature to enact its anti-anti-discrimination law.

Civil Rights Groups Sue North Carolina Over Voter Registration

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

A coalition of civil rights groups sued North Carolina on Tuesday, alleging that the state is violating a federal law regarding voter registration. T...

North Carolina Teacher Turnover Even Worse Than Previously Reported

Logan Smith | Posted 10.29.2016 | Education
Logan Smith

A closer look at the data shows that for each of the last three years, teacher turnover in North Carolina has been higher than any other year for which data is available.

Vetting Voters?

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 07.25.2016 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The flag goes down and the bars go up. There's a nice synchronicity to it. Of course it was nothing more than a coincidence. The efforts to raise the bar have been going on at least as long as the efforts to lower the Confederate flag.

Samantha Lachman

What's At Stake In The Trial Over North Carolina Voting Restrictions | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

When Army Spc. Timothy Patillo, 26, returned to Fort Bragg after an overseas deployment a month before the 2014 elections, he went to a North Carolina...

Samantha Lachman

North Carolina Makes Last-Minute Change To Voter ID Law Facing Challenge In Court | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The North Carolina General Assembly passed a bill on Thursday allowing voters who do not have government-issued photo identification to ...

Samantha Lachman

North Carolina Put On Lawsuit Notice Over Declining Voter Registration | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A slate of civil rights groups put North Carolina on notice Monday, writing in a pre-litigation letter that the state must meet its vote...

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Defies GOP Legislature, Vetoes 'Ag-Gag' Bill

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

North Carolina's Republican Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed a bill on Friday, sent to him by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, that would have allow...

Charlotte Newspaper Gives Honest Answer to Reader's Question: Why Do You Support Such a Liberal Agenda?

Yuna Shin | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Yuna Shin

Taylor Batten, the Editorial Page Editor of The Charlotte Observer invited the readers to ask honest questions on Honesty Day, April 30, and promised honest answers. One of the readers, David Fry, took up on this opportunity and sent in his question.

Samantha Lachman

Craft Breweries In North Carolina Face Stout Political Opposition To Expansion Efforts | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

North Carolina’s craft beer advocates achieved a significant victory in 2005 when the “Pop the Cap” coalition convinced state legislators to rai...

Progressive Groups Urge North Carolina Governor Not To Break Abortion Promise

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

Progressive groups are traveling around North Carolina urging Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to keep a campaign promise not to sign any new restrictions on abor...

Supreme Court Sends Redistricting Ruling Back To North Carolina

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics

The Supreme Court threw out a ruling from last year that upheld Republican-drawn congressional and state legislative districts on Monday, ordering Nor...

GOP Rep Pushes Abortion Restrictions That Would 'Have A Few More Little Taxpayers Born'

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

Though a new abortion-related bill introduced in the North Carolina State House is ostensibly meant to protect patient safety, one of the bill's co-sp...

Samantha Lachman

For North Carolina Attorney General, Running For Governor Will Mean Taking On His Top Client | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

RALEIGH, N.C.-- When North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper (D) announced in February that the state would receive $21.5 million in a settlement w...

Protesting North Carolina's Newest Speaker Ban

Emilio Vicente | Posted 05.09.2015 | College
Emilio Vicente

In the South, a region with great nostalgia for an imagined past, history has an even more pronounced tendency towards repetition.

Samantha Lachman

Protests Erupt Over UNC Board's Decision To Shutter Poverty Center | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

University of North Carolina students and faculty raucously protested the board of governors' vote Friday to disband a poverty-focused think-tank led ...

North Carolina Senate Votes To Allow Officials To Refuse To Marry Same-Sex Couples

Reuters | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C., Feb 25 (Reuters) - The North Carolina state Senate voted on Wednesday to allow government officials to refuse to ma...

Samantha Lachman

Conservative County Commissioner Files Incendiary Lawsuit Against Defeated Opponent | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Cherokee County Commissioner Dr. Daniel Eichenbaum and Edward Figueroa, a former police officer, used to be friendly. They were both mem...

Samantha Lachman

Moral Monday Returns With Public Opinion, If Not The North Carolina Legislature, On Its Side | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than 100 faith leaders and protesters affiliated with the Moral Monday movement staged a protest at the North Carolina legislature ...

Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina Ultrasound Law

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics

A federal appeals court declared as unconstitutional on Monday a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show a woman an ultrasound and des...

Thom Tillis Flip-Flops On Expanding Medicaid After Lagging In The Polls

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics

In recognition that he has become politically vulnerable in his race against Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) over the state's lack of Medicaid expansion, Repu...

Samantha Lachman

Emboldened By Small Lead, Kay Hagan Goes After Senate Challenger | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) came out swinging against Republican challenger Thom Tillis in their second debate Tuesday, perhaps encouraged b...

Samantha Lachman

Group With Ties To Kochs Mails Out Incorrect Voter Registration Info To... A Cat? | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

A conservative group with financial and political ties to the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch sent hundreds of North Carolina voters -- an...