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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...

David Larson
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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.

CJ Staff
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NC had 5th highest charter school enrollment in nation during pandemic

A new report ranks North Carolina fifth in the nation for number of new charter school enrollments during the pandemic. The ranking is another feather in the cap for the Tar Heel State when it comes to the growth of school choice in recent years. The report, produced by the National Alliance for Charter Schools,...

David N. Bass
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State board certifies 2022 election results

*This article was updated at 12:45pm on December 1, 2022 The State Board of Elections on Tuesday unanimously certified the results of the 2022 general election in North Carolina. The certification means that the board members are confident that the votes cast on Nov. 8 have been counted and tabulated correctly. The final canvass report...

CJ Staff

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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.

David Larson
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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...

David N. Bass
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N.C. Dems have edge in congressional 3rd-quarter reports, but independent spending favors GOP

As the 2022 midterms near their end on Nov. 8, candidates in North Carolina’s congressional races are spending whatever resources they have to get an advantage over their rivals. And according to late-October financial reports, Democrat candidates raised more in the third quarter in every major race. Republicans, alternatively, have spent more in independent expenditures...

David Larson

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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.”

Donna King
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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.”

Donna King
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Treasurer Folwell outlines 2023 priorities for CJ’s Donna King

Donna King, Carolina Journal editor-in-chief, asks State Treasurer Dale Folwell about his priorities for the 2023 legislative session. This exchange took place during the Nov. 18, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

Donna King
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Locke’s Mitch Kokai discusses 2022 performance of Civitas Poll, other election polls

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, assesses the performance of election polls in the 2022 midterms. Kokai offered these comments during the Nov. 16, 2022, edition of Spectrum News 1’s “Capital Tonight.”

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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