News

Fed’s H-2A labor costs leave N.C. farmers struggling to compete

“Any material that we have had to purchase, 20% to 30% up on clamshells boxes, fertilizer over 100% up, fuel was crazy. Even this spring, with some of the crops bringing better pricing than last year, we still made more money last year because when you look at all of our costs with labor and everything being up, we didn’t do any better.” - Ron Cottle, Faison, N.C.

Theresa Opeka
News

In their own words: Candidates for N.C. Supreme Court reveal core beliefs

Carolina Journal recently surveyed the four candidates running for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court. Below are their answers to core questions on personal judicial philosophy. Read carefully, because the stakes are high. November's two races could shift the balance of power on the state's high court.

CJ Staff
News

Wilmington council insists that cost, reliability be priorities in state carbon plan

In a late September letter to the N.C. Utilities Commission (NCUC), the Wilmington City Council asked that any path forward on reducing carbon also take into account price and grid reliability. The letter begins by praising the October 2021 law, H.B. 951, which creates targets for N.C. utilities for carbon reduction. This law, called “Energy...

David Larson
News

State Supreme Court to decide whether to throw out N.C. election maps again

The N.C. Supreme Court will decide in the weeks ahead whether the General Assembly will need to redraw state election maps again. The state’s highest court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case challenging maps used for this year’s legislative and congressional elections.

CJ Staff
News

Amid surge in teen suicide, $25 million gift establishes new center at UNC

A $25 million gift to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will fund a new center built around reducing youth suicides. The move comes as child and teen suicide rates have increased in recent years due in part to the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The gift, made by UNC alum William...

David N. Bass

Opinion

Elections

News

Trump, McConnell direct focus to Budd with ad blitz and rally

Getting Ted Budd to the U.S. Senate appears to be a top priority for national Republicans. In campaign spending reports out Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund PAC spent more than $3.4 million dollars in ads this week. The blitz of ads comes as former President Donald Trump announces plans to campaign for Budd in Wilmington, N.C. on September 23.

Donna King
News

GOP lawsuit claims NC Board of Elections ignoring absentee, observer laws

A lawsuit filed by the Republican National Committee, the N.C. Republican Party, and Clay County GOP Chair Barbara Deas over state election rules as early voting by mail began. The suit, filed Sept, 9, seeks to reign in what Republicans see as illegal tampering with election law by the Democrat-majority N.C. State Board of Elections (NCSBE), especially regarding the absentee-ballot deadline and limits on election observers.

David Larson

Videos

Video

Carolina Journal’s Donna King discusses N.C. parents raising concerns about fentanyl

Donna King, Carolina Journal editor-in-chief, discusses N.C. parents’ participation in a Washington, D.C, rally about the dangers of fentanyl. King offered these comments during the Sept. 23, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

Donna King
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Locke’s Mitch Kokai analyzes the fight for control of Congress

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, assesses 2022 midterm election contests for the U.S. House and Senate. Kokai offered these comments during the Sept. 23, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

Mitch Kokai
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Locke’s Mitch Kokai discusses U.S. Army’s guidance to soldiers about food stamps

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses the U.S. Army’s recommendation that soldiers consider applying for food stamps to help them fight inflation. Kokai offered these comments during the Sept. 16, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

Mitch Kokai
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Locke’s Terry Stoops discusses new charter school proposed for Garner

Dr. Terry Stoops, director of the Center for Effective Education at the John Locke Foundation, discusses a new charter school proposed for Garner. The Wake County Public School System opposes the school. Stoops offered these comments during a Sept. 14, 2022, report on WRAL.

Dr. Terry Stoops
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Cooke testifies before congressional committee on ‘climate misinformation’ claims

On Wednesday, September 14, Amy Cooke, CEO of the John Locke Foundation, testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee Oversight and Investigations. The Democrat-led committee titled the hearing "The Role of Public Relations Firms in Preventing Action on Climate Change."

CJ Staff

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