Archives: CJ Staff

  • CJ’s 2019 award winners

    Carolina Journal’s award-winning journalism, Online Division, 2019 N.C. Press Association Editorial and Advertising Contest, with judges’ comments when offered. Carolina Journal Associate Editor Lindsay Marchello (left) and Assistant Managing Editor Kari Travis won the Duke Green-Lassiter Award for Excellence in Higher Education reporting at the 2019 N.C.

  • Carolina Journal wins seven N.C. Press Association awards

    “Smart, innovative.” “Refreshing.” “Compelling anecdotes and engaging tone.” “A strong story in a solid field of competitors.” “First-rate thinking and writing.” These are some of the terms judges used praising Carolina Journal’s writers and editors, who collected a record seven awards in…

  • N.C. Republicans file for emergency stay in voter ID case

    Republicans are trying to put the legal fight over North Carolina’s voter ID into their own hands.  On Friday, Jan. 10, the General Assembly announced its application for an emergency stay of Judge Loretta Biggs’ injunction blocking voter ID. Biggs, a Barack Obama appointee, issued the…

  • N.C. attorney general won’t push for voter ID in 2020 primary

    N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein will not seek to restore North Carolina’s voter identification requirement for the 2020 primary election. The decision announced Thursday, Jan. 2, prompted criticism from the state’s top elected Republican. The announcement from Stein, a Democrat, responds to a federal court ruling that potentially…

  • Judge blocks voter ID law for entire 2020 election cycle

    Barring a successful and rapid appeal, North Carolina’s voter ID requirement for the March 2020 primary looks dead. U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Biggs blocked Senate Bill 824 in an order issued Tuesday, Dec. 31. Biggs said racial motivation was…

  • Court has more questions about Silent Sam

    An Orange County Superior Court still has questions about Silent Sam.  On Friday, Dec. 20, Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour denied a civil rights group’s motion to intervene in a lawsuit over Silent Sam, the Confederate statue illegally toppled on UNC Chapel Hill’s campus in August…

  • Meadows out, McCrory to focus on 2022

    Two major figures in N.C. Republican politics have announced they will not run in the 2020 elections. U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows will not seek re-election in the 11th District. Former Gov. Pat McCrory will not try to reclaim his old job. McCrory will instead focus on a possible U.S. Senate…

  • Senate leader’s budget message prompts Democrat’s fundraising pitch

    The top officer in the N.C. Senate has issued a statement urging Democratic colleagues to help Republicans override the state budget veto next year. At least one Democrat turned that statement into a fundraising plea. Senators return to Raleigh Jan. 14. As they enjoy a December break from action, Senate…

  • Leandro consultants call for big boost in public-school spending

    A long-anticipated report from an education consulting group suggests North Carolina should boost public school spending by at least $8 billion over the next eight years to satisfy its constitutional obligations. The report doesn’t address where policymakers will get the money. The 300-page…

  • No. 2 Republican in N.C. Senate will not seek re-election

    The second-ranking Republican in the N.C. Senate will not run for re-election next year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, R-Onslow, revealed his decision in a news release from the Senate leader’s office. “After nearly 16 years in the Senate, I feel like it’s the appropriate time to focus on my…