News

SBI director testifies on intimidation tactics from governor’s senior staff

In revealing, sometimes emotional, testimony before the N.C. House Oversight and Reform Committee, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Director Bob Schurmeier described a culture of political strong-arming from the senior staff of Gov. Roy Cooper; interfering with his ability to manage direct reports, efforts to intimidate him with threats, and calling for his resignation.

Donna King
News

NC House passes bill saying sheriffs must now cooperate with ICE

On Tuesday, the North Carolina House passed a bill requiring sheriffs to contact U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) if they cannot confirm the citizenship status of someone in their custody accused of serious felonies and violent crimes. The bill passed 71-44 with enough support for a veto override, with three Democrats voting in support...

Alex Baltzegar
News

NC House bill would require character education in public schools

A bill passed through the North Carolina House Education Committee on March 28 would require public schools to offer character education in all grade levels in public schools. The intent of the program is to reduce bullying and harassment behavior. House Bill 253, Prevent Students From Harm Act, ensures that schools offer “high-quality character education...

David N. Bass

Opinion

Elections

News

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
News

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

Videos

Video

Carolina Journal’s Donna King leads ‘State Lines’ discussion of Medical Freedom Act

Donna King, Carolina Journal editor-in-chief, discusses the Medical Freedom Act dealing with COVID-19 vaccine mandates. This conversation took place during the March 24, 2023, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “State Lines.”

Donna King
Video

Exposing problems linked to decarceration and depolicing

Rafael Mangual, Nick Ohnell fellow and head of research for policing and public safety at the Manhattan Institute, discusses key findings in his book “Criminal {in)Justice: What the Push for Decarceration and Depolicing Gets Wrong and Who It Hurts Most.”

Mitch Kokai

Culture

Civil Society

News

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