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Political environment tightens headed into heat of election season

The first poll since election season kicked into high gear following the Labor Day holiday shows a tightening field between Republicans and Democrats at the state and federal level in North Carolina. At the same time, the poll continues to show widespread concern among voters about the direction of the country and the economy, in...

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Robinson, Budd headline Salt & Light Conference in Charlotte

Themes on the importance of faith in the public square and optimism about the future in the face of adversity highlighted the NC Faith and Freedom Coalition’s 5th annual Salt & Light conference, held at Freedom House Church in Charlotte on Sept. 23 and 24.  N.C. Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson; current and former members of...

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Duke group backs Stein’s bid to throw out N.C. criminal libel law

The Duke First Amendment Clinic is supporting N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein’s bid to have federal courts throw out North Carolina’s law criminalizing campaign lies. The clinic filed a friend-of-the-court brief Tuesday in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Environmental groups rally against Duke Energy plan in Raleigh

Environmental activists gathered in downtown Raleigh last week to oppose a proposal from Duke Energy that aims to cut carbon emissions in North Carolina, claiming it doesn’t go far enough. The plan in the crosshairs, called the Carolinas Carbon Plan, is being considered as a proposal from Duke Energy by the N.C. Utilities Commission. The...

David N. Bass
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State Supreme Court will tackle voter ID, redistricting cases during trip to Edenton

State Supreme Court justices are traveling to an 18th-century courthouse next week to tackle two election-related cases with major significance in the 21st century. The court announced Tuesday that its Oct. 3-4 sessions will take place at the historic Chowan County Courthouse in Edenton.

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Locke’s Mitch Kokai analyzes the fight for control of Congress

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, assesses 2022 midterm election contests for the U.S. House and Senate. Kokai offered these comments during the Sept. 23, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

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Locke’s Mitch Kokai discusses U.S. Army’s guidance to soldiers about food stamps

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses the U.S. Army’s recommendation that soldiers consider applying for food stamps to help them fight inflation. Kokai offered these comments during the Sept. 16, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

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Locke’s Terry Stoops discusses new charter school proposed for Garner

Dr. Terry Stoops, director of the Center for Effective Education at the John Locke Foundation, discusses a new charter school proposed for Garner. The Wake County Public School System opposes the school. Stoops offered these comments during a Sept. 14, 2022, report on WRAL.

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Extreme Injustice: Superintendent Catherine Truitt On The Importance Of Parental Feedback, Season 2, Ep. 5

In this episode, hosts David Bass and Donna King are joined by N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt to discuss a new parent advisory committee that seeks to get feedback on creating an education system that works for everyone.  Like what you hear? Hit subscribe and don’t miss another episode of Extreme Injustice. Learn...

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Extreme Injustice: Where Do We Go From Here? Pt. II, Season 2, Ep. 4

Hosts David Bass and Donna King are again joined by Dr. Terry Stoops of the John Locke Foundation to discuss solutions to learning loss for K-12 students, including expanded school choice.  Like what you hear? Hit subsribe and don’t miss another episode of Extreme Injustice. Learn more at ExtremeInjustice.com.

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Extreme Injustice: Where Do We Go From Here? Pt. I, Season 2, Ep. 3

For the past two episodes, we’ve explored the academic, social, and mental health consequences of school shutdowns. So what about solutions? In this episode, hosts David Bass and Donna King are joined by Dr. Terry Stoops of the John Locke Foundation to discuss a pathway forward.  Like what you hear? Hit subsribe and don’t miss...

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Trump rally for Budd kicks off in Wilmington

With just six weeks to go until election day, former President Donald Trump will hold a rally in Wilmington Friday for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Budd. Roads around Wilmington are already closed, and traffic is redirected across the area as the parking lots for the rally open.

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Trump, McConnell direct focus to Budd with ad blitz and rally

Getting Ted Budd to the U.S. Senate appears to be a top priority for national Republicans. In campaign spending reports out Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund PAC spent more than $3.4 million dollars in ads this week. The blitz of ads comes as former President Donald Trump announces plans to campaign for Budd in Wilmington, N.C. on September 23.

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GOP lawsuit claims NC Board of Elections ignoring absentee, observer laws

A lawsuit filed by the Republican National Committee, the N.C. Republican Party, and Clay County GOP Chair Barbara Deas over state election rules as early voting by mail began. The suit, filed Sept, 9, seeks to reign in what Republicans see as illegal tampering with election law by the Democrat-majority N.C. State Board of Elections (NCSBE), especially regarding the absentee-ballot deadline and limits on election observers.

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