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In search of a better story

The only organ to which secular progressive political activists make little appeal these days—one could consider it America’s only understimulated organ—is the cerebrum. The brain. But when progressives do appeal to voters’ rationality, they wisely do so more primarily through story than through argument. Yet, unfortunately, the progressive story is a “story” not only in...

Bruce Ashford
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Trump leads, Tillis holds Senate seat, GOP keeps eight of 13 U.S. House seats

Election Day turnout by Republicans — and record voting turnout overall — kept North Carolina’s purple-state tradition alive in the 2o20 federal election races. President Trump ran up a big margin in Election Day voting to hold a slim and likely sustainable lead in North Carolina’s presidential election vote. At 12:50 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4,...

Rick Henderson
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Trump visits RTP, vows COVID-19 vaccine in record time

President Trump promised fast approval of a COVID-19 vaccine when he came to North Carolina to talk about the progress of a potential vaccine candidate.  Trump visited the Triangle on Monday, July 27, to see the production of a possible coronavirus vaccine at Japanese drug manufacturer Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies’ Innovation Center in Morrisville. Fujifilm Diosynth...

Julie Havlak
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CJ politics week in review, July 20-24

Each week, staff at Carolina Journal looks back at the week in N.C. politics and chooses several interesting, relevant stories you may have missed. Here’s this week’s review: School choice survey: A new survey of N.C. parents of K-12 students suggests the state’s response to COVID-19 has increased interest in school choice. In a survey...

Lindsay Marchello
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Trump says RNC may not head to Charlotte after all

President Donald Trump flummoxed officials in Charlotte while taking a partisan swipe at Gov. Roy Cooper by suggesting the Republican National Convention may skip past North Carolina. Amid a string of tweets Monday, May 25, about Memorial Day and the golf trips President Obama took while in office, Trump said he would relocate the Aug....

Rick Henderson

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Civitas Poll shows stable approval rating for Trump, as Cooper’s approval ticks down slightly

A new poll from the Civitas Institute shows approval ratings for Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper have started to tick down over the past seven months.  Cooper’s approval numbers are above water, but they are starting to trend downward. A little more than 50% of likely N.C. voters approve of the governor’s job performance, down from...

Lindsay Marchello
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Trump leads latest Meredith Poll with voters wanting other options

A new poll from Meredith College shows 40% of North Carolinians would rather vote for someone who’s randomly selected from a phone book than for President Trump. Democratic candidates fare little better.  The Meredith Poll sampled 998 registered North Carolina voters from Sept. 29 to Oct. 7 using a mix of landlines and online surveys...

Lindsay Marchello
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Public Policy Polling finds N.C. closely divided on Trump, Cooper re-election

Public Policy Polling released a new poll reflecting a divide among North Carolinians over the 2020 elections for president and governor. PPP, which has Democratic clients, surveyed 610 registered voters on June 17 and June 18. The margin of error is plus or minus 4%. The survey was a mixed mode model with some respondents...

Lindsay Marchello
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Trump executive orders could speed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, but legal challenges loom

Two executive orders President Donald Trump signed Wednesday, April 10, could expedite completion of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and other interstate energy transmission projects that have been delayed by state regulators. Pipeline permit-delaying tactics by officials in Washington, D.C., and New York influenced Trump’s decision to sign the executive orders. Energy companies also have pressured...

Dan Way
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Final statewide Civitas Poll shows Democrats in the lead while unaffiliateds trend Republican

Unaffiliated North Carolina voters are trending Republican, the conservative Civitas Institute found in its latest statewide poll. Even so, the Democratic Party maintains a lead on the generic ballot. The poll was presented at the Oct. 25 luncheon where Civitas Institute President Donald Bryson explained what the results could mean for the upcoming election. The...

Lindsay Marchello
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N.C. farmers about to feel the crunch of retaliatory tariffs

As the trade dispute with China picks up, bigger farms in North Carolina are scrambling to cope with a shrinking market of customers. U.S. agriculture relies heavily on exporting its products overseas, where China is the world’s fastest-growing market and foreign consumers help keep farms in business. North Carolina is a growing part of the...

Julie Havlak