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N.C. General Assembly short session gets into full swing

The N.C. General Assembly convened the 2022 short session Wednesday, May 18, with fast-track plans to “pre-negotiate” the budget and be out by July 1. Still, important issues are on the to-do list, like health care access reports and parental involvement in education.

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N.C. General Assembly opens short session with short to-do list

The North Carolina General Assembly convened the 2022 short session Wednesday, May 18 after the longest long session in state history concluded in March. Both the Senate and the House would like the short session to stay short, especially after the marathon timeframe of the long session and for those who will be campaigning for the General Election in November.

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What is Internet stacking? How Musk’s Twitter buy impacts online speech

Elon Musk is expected to be named interim CEO after his deal to purchase the platform for $44 billion is finalized, CNBC is reporting. “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO said earlier this week. “Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of...

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Manning: Leandro case is about breakdown of classroom instruction

The former presiding jurist in the Leandro school funding case says the current struggles facing public schools in North Carolina are more about a breakdown in classroom instruction than a lack of funding. Former Superior Court Judge Howard Manning made the comments in an exclusive sit-down interview with Carolina Journal at his Raleigh home. “It’s...

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Most GOP voters oppose Medicaid expansion

A new statewide poll out Thursday shows that a majority of Republican primary voters oppose expanding North Carolina’s Medicaid entitlement program. Once the details of Medicaid expansion are offered to respondents their opposition climbs, pointing to a potential messaging hole for expansion opponents. North Carolina is one of 12 states nationwide that has not expanded...

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Budd pulls ahead in new U.S. Senate GOP primary poll

U.S. Rep. Ted Budd now leads the pack in the Republican primary for the open U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina, according to a new Civitas Poll of likely GOP voters released Thursday, April 7. Budd won 32% support, compared to 21% support for former Gov. Pat McCrory and 7% for former U.S. Rep. Mark...

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Republicans strike oil registering voters at the pump

Edzell Lowry knows firsthand about rising gas prices. He owns Sun-Do gas station in Pembroke. Lowry, a former Democrat who later registered as unaffiliated, recently switched to the Republican Party. The Republican National Committee sees America’s pain at the pump, but also the opportunity to turn that frustrated consumer into a Republican voter. The RNC...

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Mountain Democrats seek to defeat Cawthorn … by winning Republican primary

In late March, a super PAC started by U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s 2020 Democrat opponent, Moe Davis, endorsed Wendy Nevarez in the Republican primary for N.C.’s 11th Congressional District. The American Muckrakers PAC — also known as the Fire Madison Cawthorn PAC — encouraged Democrats to switch their affiliation to unaffiliated and vote for Nevarez. ...

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N.C. papers running ‘news’ written by donor-sponsored reporters

If you’ve read a news story about climate change or renewable energy lately in a North Carolina newspaper, there’s a good chance the author’s salary was not paid by that newspaper but rather by funding from an environmentalist organization or other outside money. The Charlotte Observer is running these “philanthropy journalism” stories. The Raleigh News...

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Conservatives rally around Mark Robinson after abortion revelations

Despite not appearing on the ballot in 2022, North Carolina’s first black lieutenant governor, Mark Robinson, has been the focus of a week’s worth of negative stories from the mainstream press. Conservatives have largely rallied around the likely 2024 Republican gubernatorial candidate, though, as past comments against teaching transgender sexuality in schools and his wife’s...

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