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Report: N.C. hospitals pocketed billions in COVID relief funds

A report released Wednesday by N.C. State Treasurer Dale Folwell shows how seven of the largest hospital systems in North Carolina profited from billions of COVID relief funds and Medicare payments. North Carolina State Health Plan and the National Academy for State Health Policy analyzed the audited financial statements of the hospital systems and compiled the...

Theresa Opeka
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Berger, Moore say they’ll fight to reinstate N.C. abortion laws blocked by Roe/Casey

UPDATE at 4 p.m. June 24: Joint letter from Berger and Moore demand Attorney General Josh Stein “”take all necessary legal action to lift the injunction currently barring the full enforcement of our State’s abortion restrictions.” Senate Leader Berger added, “Attorney General Josh Stein must immediately act to enforce North Carolina’s 20-week abortion ban. Any...

David Larson
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Young voters sour on Biden amid soaring rent

Grocery lists are shrinking; summer plans are being changed due to gas prices; and now housing security is being threatened by inflation. Rent has risen more than 16% since April 2021 in the 50 largest metropolitan areas of the United States. As mortgage payments are rising as well, homeowners and renters have no choice but...

Brayden Marsh
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U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, returning abortion law to states

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the precedent surrounding abortion law in the United States that guaranteed women access to abortions through a constitutional right to privacy. Both the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 and the Planned Parenthood v. Casey case of 1992 were overturned. The court ruled 6-3 to uphold a law banning...

David Larson
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House alternative to Senate’s Medicaid bill discussed in committee Thursday

state health agency to come up with a Medicaid Modernization Plan, to expanding Medicaid with work requirements for the expansion enrollees. The bill would also require that the plan earmarks for behavioral health and substance abuse, and expansion of healthcare to rural areas.

Theresa Opeka

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Longtime N.C. Rep. Grier Martin resigning from office

Longtime N.C. Rep. Grier Martin, D-Wake is resigning from office effective July 8. The announcement was made during Thursday’s House session. According to WRAL, he is leaving to take a job with the Pentagon. A call to Grier's office to confirm was not returned by time of this article's publication.

Theresa Opeka
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Here’s how Republicans could take back supermajority in the state legislature

Conventional wisdom is that the upcoming midterms will be a wave election in favor of Republicans, potentially rivaling the GOP’s success in 2010. But is it in the cards for Republicans to retake a supermajority in the North Carolina General Assembly? Republicans need 72 seats in the House and 30 in the Senate to secure...

David N. Bass
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Post-game primary report

North Carolina’s primary produced similar headlines across the state. Former President Trump’s influence in North Carolina clearly matters. However, there is much more to unpack in the primary post-game report. Overall, 758,000 people voted a GOP ballot in the primary election. That’s 146,000 more than the 612,000 who voted a Democrat ballot.

Dallas Woodhouse

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U.S. Supreme Court’s Maine education ruling could affect N.C. Opportunity Scholarship lawsuit

Marie Miller, attorney at the Institute for Justice, explains how the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling in Carson v. Makin, a case from Maine, could affect North Carolina’s lawsuit challenging the Opportunity Scholarship Program. Miller represents parents defending OSP. She argued on their behalf during a June 8 hearing at the N.C. Court of Appeals.

Mitch Kokai
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Raleigh attorney Eugene Boyce recalls his role in Watergate investigation

On the 50th anniversary of the infamous Watergate break-in, Carolina Journal revisits Raleigh attorney Eugene Boyce's recollections of the U.S. Senate investigation into the scandal. Boyce delivered these remarks on Sept. 26, 2011, in a presentation for the John Locke Foundation's Shaftesbury Society.

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Locke’s Mitch Kokai discusses bill to boost U.S. Supreme Court justice protection

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses a bill in Congress to boost police protection for families of U.S. Supreme Court justices. Kokai offered these comments during the June 17, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

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Locke’s Mitch Kokai discusses anti-Beasley ad pulled from N.C. TV stations

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses N.C. television stations’ decision to remove an ad linked to the state’s 2022 U.S. Senate race. Kokai offered these comments during the June 10, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

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Ukrainian people in N.C. rally to support homeland 

As the Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine continues to escalate, North Carolina’s local Ukrainian population is rallying to bring attention to the suffering of people in their homeland and to gather supplies to help them. Donna Goldstein, co-president of the Ukrainian Association of North Carolina, finds herself at the forefront of these efforts.  Goldstein has...

David Larson
Opinion

Why the Fourth Estate is in receivership

The fourth estate, journalism, is racing to receivership unless we can rescue it from its rapacious self. The hubris hasn’t always been this bad, this blatant, or this biased, yet it worsens daily. In the town I grew up in, Nashville, Tennessee, there were two newspapers in the 1950s and 1960s, one for the morning,...

Mark Herring