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With new U.S. Census data not expected until September, the State Board of Elections is recommending moving all of this year’s municipal elections to 2022.
With new U.S. Census data not expected until September, the State Board of Elections is recommending moving all of this year’s municipal elections to 2022.
 
Private bars will open at limited capacity under a new executive decree from the governor, although at the same time he called for more direct government aid to prop up failing businesses.
Private bars will open at limited capacity under a new executive decree from the governor, although at the same time he called for more direct government aid to prop up failing businesses.
 
Legislation introduced by Republican lawmakers would mandate recipients of unemployment benefits actively search for work, a requirement that hasn’t been in place since the pandemic began in March.
Legislation introduced by Republican lawmakers would mandate recipients of unemployment benefits actively search for work, a requirement that hasn’t been in place since the pandemic began in March.
 
Meagen O’Connell couldn’t stomach the thought of missing her son’s games.
 
Republicans in the General Assembly are criticizing Gov. Roy Cooper for his inaction on a bill that would reopen schools for in-person instruction.
Republicans in the General Assembly are criticizing Gov. Roy Cooper for his inaction on a bill that would reopen schools for in-person instruction.
 
Two third-party options could be off the North Carolina ballot unless each gathers enough signatures to petition the State Board of Elections to be added again for future elections.
Two third-party options could be off the North Carolina ballot unless each gathers enough signatures to petition the State Board of Elections to be added again for future elections.
 
If I want to raise a conservative friend’s blood pressure these days, I’ll ask him what he thinks about North Carolina’s senior U.S. senator, Richard Burr.
If I want to raise a conservative friend’s blood pressure these days, I’ll ask him what he thinks about North Carolina’s senior U.S. senator, Richard Burr.
 
A former South Carolina congressman says it’s possible to get N.C. conservatives to back a carbon tax and other progressive climate change policies if the left uses an economic argument to do so.
A former South Carolina congressman says it’s possible to get N.C. conservatives to back a carbon tax and other progressive climate change policies if the left uses an economic argument to do so.
 
Free-market advocates in North Carolina are optimistic the relaxing of regulations in the state will help promote the growth of broadband and help close the digital divide.
Free-market advocates in North Carolina are optimistic the relaxing of regulations in the state will help promote the growth of broadband and help close the digital divide.
 
If you ever needed proof that corporate cronyism is a timeless practice, here’s a story for you.
If you ever needed proof that corporate cronyism is a timeless practice, here’s a story for you.
 
When it comes to giving out business incentives, you won’t find North Carolina at the top of the list.
When it comes to giving out business incentives, you won’t find North Carolina at the top of the list.
 
Five years after House Bill 2 put North Carolina at the center of national controversy, cities in the state’s liberal enclaves are once again discussing discrimination and the LGBT community.
Five years after House Bill 2 put North Carolina at the center of national controversy, cities in the state’s liberal enclaves are once again discussing discrimination and the LGBT community.
 
Leaders in the General Assembly are planning to beef up the legislature’s oversight of state government, creating a new system that will be quick to act and more responsive to pressing issues in North Carolina.
Leaders in the General Assembly are planning to beef up the legislature’s oversight of state government, creating a new system that will be quick to act and more responsive to pressing issues in North Carolina.
 
We’ve had a lot of rainy days in North Carolina lately, both literally and figuratively.
We’ve had a lot of rainy days in North Carolina lately, both literally and figuratively.
 
An audit released by State Auditor Beth Wood’s office Thursday, Feb. 18, found the state Department of Health and Human Services did a poor job of gatekeeping the Medicaid Provider Enrollment process.
An audit released by State Auditor Beth Wood’s office Thursday, Feb. 18, found the state Department of Health and Human Services did a poor job of gatekeeping the Medicaid Provider Enrollment process.
 
Gov. Roy Cooper may not even realize it, but he’s fallen into a weird pattern of announcing priorities.
Gov. Roy Cooper may not even realize it, but he’s fallen into a weird pattern of announcing priorities.
 
North Carolina colleges face plenty of challenges, from COVID recovery to a fast-changing economy.
North Carolina colleges face plenty of challenges, from COVID recovery to a fast-changing economy.
 
The two U.S. Senate elections in Georgia are over, and now the overall national election results are known.
The two U.S. Senate elections in Georgia are over, and now the overall national election results are known.
 
A Superior Court judge asked repeatedly Thursday, Feb. 18, for evidence that would justify state government orders that keep private bars closed across North Carolina.
A Superior Court judge asked repeatedly Thursday, Feb. 18, for evidence that would justify state government orders that keep private bars closed across North Carolina.
 
A Greenville bar owner heads to court this afternoon to seek permission to reopen.
 
As state lawmakers try to sort out when students can go back to school full time, members of the House are sponsoring a bill that would offer a voluntary summer school program for North Carolina students.
As state lawmakers try to sort out when students can go back to school full time, members of the House are sponsoring a bill that would offer a voluntary summer school program for North Carolina students.
 
With COVID-19 cases declining and vaccines rolling out, states across the U.S. are beginning to lift restrictions on gatherings and businesses.
With COVID-19 cases declining and vaccines rolling out, states across the U.S. are beginning to lift restrictions on gatherings and businesses.
 
The COVID-19 crisis has brought death, economic destruction, and wrenching social change.
The COVID-19 crisis has brought death, economic destruction, and wrenching social change.
 
N.C. GOP Chairman Michael Whatley says former President Trump will inevitably cast a long shadow in North Carolina politics for the foreseeable future.
N.C. GOP Chairman Michael Whatley says former President Trump will inevitably cast a long shadow in North Carolina politics for the foreseeable future.
 
Public education has a lot of problems these days.
 
After a slow start, North Carolina is ramping up its COVID-19 vaccinations.
 
Gov. Roy Cooper’s call for more money for schools while also indicating he would veto a bill that could send students back to school has many in the state scratching their heads.
Gov. Roy Cooper’s call for more money for schools while also indicating he would veto a bill that could send students back to school has many in the state scratching their heads.
 
Education workers will leap to the head of the line for COVID-19 vaccines on Feb. 24.
 
Carolina Journal is taking a brief look at each new member of the General Assembly — 10 in the Senate and 11 in the House.
Carolina Journal is taking a brief look at each new member of the General Assembly — 10 in the Senate and 11 in the House.
 
Gov. Roy Cooper signed a more than $2 billion COVID relief bill on Wednesday, Feb. 10, despite his call for more spending.
Gov. Roy Cooper signed a more than $2 billion COVID relief bill on Wednesday, Feb. 10, despite his call for more spending.
 
The state budget may be spared economists’ worst fears from the COVID pandemic, according to a new tax revenue forecast.
The state budget may be spared economists’ worst fears from the COVID pandemic, according to a new tax revenue forecast.
 
As candidates for their respective offices, both Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein took bold stands defending electricity consumers from being made to pay for coal ash cleanup costs.
As candidates for their respective offices, both Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein took bold stands defending electricity consumers from being made to pay for coal ash cleanup costs.
 
The Lee County School Board voted unanimously to take no action against Republican board member Sherry-Lynn Womack after board attorney Jimmy Love found she violated no board policies by attending the Trump Rally in Washington, D.C., last month.
The Lee County School Board voted unanimously to take no action against Republican board member Sherry-Lynn Womack after board attorney Jimmy Love found she violated no board policies by attending the Trump Rally in Washington, D.C., last month.
 
Earlier this month, the State Board of Education approved a new set of standards to guide the social-studies curriculum.
Earlier this month, the State Board of Education approved a new set of standards to guide the social-studies curriculum.
 
Americans’ victory in the Cold War owed at least some degree of debt to the old “three-legged stool” of the post-World War II conservative movement.
Americans’ victory in the Cold War owed at least some degree of debt to the old “three-legged stool” of the post-World War II conservative movement.
 
If one isn’t paying attention to Second Amendment issues, they might not know North Carolina has lost a lot of ground compared to other states over the past few decades.
If one isn’t paying attention to Second Amendment issues, they might not know North Carolina has lost a lot of ground compared to other states over the past few decades.
 
North Carolina, which saw a tightening of the presidential race in the 2020 election, was among the states that saw an influx of money from Mark Zuckerberg in the months leading up to the voting.
North Carolina, which saw a tightening of the presidential race in the 2020 election, was among the states that saw an influx of money from Mark Zuckerberg in the months leading up to the voting.
 
A bill seeking to extend a delay on payment deadlines for certain alcohol permits quickly cleared an N.C. House Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 3.
A bill seeking to extend a delay on payment deadlines for certain alcohol permits quickly cleared an N.C. House Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 3.
 
The N.C. General Assembly passed a bill Thursday, Feb. 4, that provides more than $2 billion in COVID aid across the state, most of it to public schools.
The N.C. General Assembly passed a bill Thursday, Feb. 4, that provides more than $2 billion in COVID aid across the state, most of it to public schools.
 
The Democrat-controlled N.C. State Board of Education approved Thursday, Feb. 4, a sweeping rewrite of the state’s social studies standards that will now teach nearly every aspect of American history through the lens of racism and discrimination.
The Democrat-controlled N.C. State Board of Education approved Thursday, Feb. 4, a sweeping rewrite of the state’s social studies standards that will now teach nearly every aspect of American history through the lens of racism and discrimination.
 
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