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New law increased penalties for organized retail crime, took effect Dec. 1

Smash and grab robberies area already making headlines across the country, just a week into the holiday shopping season. In Memphis, 25 criminals smashed through the window at a high-end sneaker store. In Washington, a string of organized retail theft attacks included thieves driving stolen cars into storefronts. In Baltimore, eight stores were hit in...

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Law addressing “gap” in protective orders took effect December 1

A new law intended to “fix a gap” in the protection for victims of domestic violence took effect on December 1. Called Jordan’s Law, the law allows a court to temporarily extend a domestic violence order of protection in the event it expires while the parties wait for an upcoming court date. Sponsored by Sen....

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Unemployment rates climb in 99 NC counties

Figures out Thursday from the N.C. Department of Commerce show that unemployment rates increased in nearly all of North Carolina’s 100 counties in October, over September’s figures. Edgecombe County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.5%, while Orange County had the lowest at 3.1%. Only Warren County saw a drop in the unemployment rate over...

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North Carolina honored this week with U.S. Capitol tree lighting

North Carolina has a special place of honor in our nation’s capital this Christmas season, all thanks to a special tree named “Ruby.” Ruby, a 78-foot tall Red Spruce from North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest, was lit on Tuesday by nine-year-old Catcuce (Coche) Micco Tiger, a citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI),...

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Independent State Legislature Doctrine gives new name to established constitutional concept

Jeanette Doran, president and general counsel of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law, rebuts arguments about the Independent State Legislature Doctrine, a concept tied to North Carolina’s Moore v. Harper redistricting case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Report: Only half of NC unaffiliated voters are truly ‘swing voters’

Roughly half of unaffiliated voters can truly be called “swing voters,” while the remaining portion hew closely to the two major political parties in voting patterns. That’s the bottom line of a new report, “Growing and Distinct: The Unaffiliated Voter as Unmoored Voter,” written by Dr. Michael Bitzer of Catawba College, Dr. Chris Cooper of...

David N. Bass
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NC Episcopalians lose over half of Sunday worshipers in 2021

COVID-19 and resulting restrictions didn’t just hit schools and businesses; many churches have been devastated by plummeting attendance and donations. The Episcopal Church USA, who this month reported their 2021 numbers, was particularly hard hit, and North Carolina was second only to Oregon in attendance loss among the church’s 110 dioceses. “While in-person average Sunday...

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Tillis, Burr help pass same-sex marriage bill

North Carolina U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis has been working on fellow Republicans to support the Respect for Marriage Act, and found success Tuesday as it passed the chamber, 61-36. The U.S. House is expected to pass the bill by the end of the year. It will then go to President Biden's desk for signature. Opponents say it puts a target on religious organizations.

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Independent State Legislature Doctrine gives new name to established constitutional concept

Jeanette Doran, president and general counsel of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law, rebuts arguments about the Independent State Legislature Doctrine, a concept tied to North Carolina’s Moore v. Harper redistricting case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Carolina Journal’s Donna King queries House Speaker Moore about education

Donna King, Carolina Journal editor-in-chief, asks N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, about his education priorities. This exchange took place during the Nov. 25, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

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Carolina Journal’s Donna King asks Senate leader Berger about abortion bills

Donna King, Carolina Journal editor-in-chief, asks Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, about potential abortion legislation in the 2023 N.C. legislative session. This exchange took place during the Nov. 25, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

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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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NC Board of Elections extends voting 1 hour in 3 precincts with delays

The N.C. State Board of Elections (NCSBE) had an emergency meeting at 2:30 p.m. on Election Day to extend voting for three precincts that had experienced delays. The board voted unanimously to approve a motion to extend voting for one additional hour at all three.

David Larson
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What I will be watching on election night

Midway through early voting the percentage of voters that are registered Democrat is down compared to 2018 and 2020. While Republicans have warmed up to early voting over the years, Democrats still dominate early voting and Republicans dominate election day voting.

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GOP candidate files cease-and-desist over ‘lies’ of incumbent Kathy Manning

North Carolina's 6th Congressional District Republican candidate, Army special forces veteran Christian Castelli, claims the Democratic incumbent, Rep. Kathy Manning, is making false statements about him, and he's just filed a cease-and-desist letter to make it stop.

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Another poll shows Budd up 4% on Beasley

Recent polling reveals an emerging trend in favor of Republican Ted Budd over Democrat Cheri Beasley in the contest for North Carolina’s open U.S. Senate seat. A Marist poll released Oct. 26 put Budd up 49% to 45% over Beasley among those definitely voting in the election, now less than two weeks away. The poll is...

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