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Legislative leaders label Common Cause redistricting motion ‘improper,’ ‘meritless’

N.C. legislative leaders urge the state Supreme Court to reject the latest arguments from a left-of-center activist group in a legal dispute over state election maps. Lawmakers are seeking a rehearing of the case called Harper v. Hall.

CJ Staff

Charlotte to vote on proposed I-77 toll-lane expansion study

The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) will be voting Feb. 15 on a proposed study which will utilize managed lanes on Interstate 77. The study conceptualizes several methods to improve highway transportation on I-77 running from Charlotte into South Carolina, one of which includes additional tolls. CRTPO’s upcoming vote is based on the goals...

Zach Rounceville

Captain Stanley’s Seafood fights to stay afloat, as Harris touts Biden economy in Raleigh visit

As Vice President Kamala Harris was in Raleigh earlier in the week touting the Biden administration’s role in helping small businesses, one fixture of the Raleigh restaurant scene says inflation, labor costs, and supply chain problems have made it extremely difficult for small businesses.

Theresa Opeka

NC Supreme Court’s newest justices take lead in challenging felon voting advocates

The two newest members of North Carolina’s Supreme Court took the lead challenging plaintiffs in a case Thursday dealing with felon voting rights. Questions from new Justices Trey Allen and Richard Dietz signaled their concerns about a lower court ruling that allowed thousands of felons to vote last November. The state’s highest court will decide in the months ahead whether felons who have completed active prison sentences will be allowed to vote in future elections.

CJ Staff

NC legislators consider legalizing online sports gambling

North Carolina legislators are planning a new push to legalize online sports betting in 2023. The Tar Heel state’s neighbors, Virginia and Tennessee, have already legalized online sports betting. In contrast, South Carolina and Georgia have refrained. Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said he thinks there will be enough support this year for a sports...

Alex Baltzegar




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Carolina Journal’s Donna King analyzes debate over Leandro education funding

Donna King, Carolina Journal editor-in-chief, discusses the debate over funding the Leandro education spending plan in North Carolina. King offered these comments during the Jan. 27, 2023, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “State Lines.”

Donna King

Former Gorbachev adviser Yuri Maltsev discusses ‘curse’ of Russia’s natural resources in 2013

Economist Yuri Maltsev, an adviser to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev before a 1989 defection to the United States, died in January 2023. In April 2013 Maltsev spoke with Carolina Journal Radio about the “curse” of Russia’s abundant natural resources.

Mitch Kokai



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...

Donna King, David N. Bass

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

Donna King, David N. Bass

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...

Donna King, David N. Bass

State Government



DeSantis edges Trump 56% to 35% in new poll of N.C. GOP primary voters

A new poll of likely Republican voters in North Carolina gives Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis a 56% to 35% lead over former President Donald Trump in a potential matchup in the 2024 primary. The first contests in the primary are more than 13 months away, but that isn’t stopping intense speculation about who on the Republican...

David N. Bass

Rep. Jon Hardister is eyeing commissioner of Labor role

As soon as first-term Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson made the surprise announcement that he would not run again, Guilford County state Rep. Jon Hardister, a Republican, began hearing from supporters that he should consider the role. Contacted this week, Hardister told CJ he is highly motivated to seek the position after a successful decade in...

Dallas Woodhouse

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