Special to PW: ALEC-inspired bill promoting more campaign finance secrecy should be rejected

BY: - May 11, 2021

Four out of five Americans, across the political spectrum, consistently support transparency when it comes to contributions to organizations that spend money on campaigns. Unfortunately, a growing number of states, now including North Carolina, are advancing so-called "donor privacy" bills to block public access to information about who is spending big money to secretly influence our vote and our government.

Slate releases leaked audio of Republican gerrymandering strategies

BY: - October 3, 2019

Republican officials are learning a few things about strategizing when it comes to entrenching themselves in political power, and they recently shared their thoughts on redistricting, a “political adult blood sport,” at a conference in Texas, according to an article published this week by Dave Daley. Daley, who wrote Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn’t Count, […]

Saine takes helm of national conservative group ALEC

BY: - December 12, 2017

The American Legislative Exchange Council has a new chairman – North Carolina Rep. Jason Saine. The corporate backed ALEC is a national conservative group that proposes model legislation for state legislators. The group’s model bills frequently make it to the N.C. legislature virtually unchanged. Saine, a Lincolnton Republican, begins his one year tenure as head […]

Federal judge tosses ag-gag law as unconstitutional, could invalidate North Carolina’s statute

BY: - July 26, 2017

A court decision made 2,100 miles away has implications for seven states, including North Carolina, that have outlawed whistleblowers’ right to document activities at livestock operations and slaughterhouses. US District Court Judge Robert Shelby of Utah this month ruled that the statute, known as an ag-gag law, is unconstitutional because it infringes on First Amendment rights. […]


Legislative madness peaks as lawmakers move to endorse call for national constitutional convention (Updated)

BY: - June 29, 2017

[UPDATED: In a rare moment of sanity in the 2017 session, this proposal was defeated on the House floor by a vote of 59-53. Several hours later, however, lawmakers resurrected the bill and sent it back to the House Rules Committee. It remains to be seen what will happen next. ] State lawmakers are looking […]

Gov. McCrory signs off on charter takeover of low-performing schools

BY: - July 27, 2016

As expected, Gov. Pat McCrory has signed House Bill 1080, controversial legislation that will allow for-profit charter takeovers of several low-performing schools in North Carolina. McCrory’s office announced the signing Tuesday, although the news was buried in a press release about the governor’s signing of legislation intended to help state officials keep track of veterans. It’s unclear […]

N.C. General Assembly approves charter takeover of low-performing schools

BY: - June 30, 2016

Lawmakers in the N.C. General Assembly have signed off on a controversial charter takeover bill affecting low-performing schools. The state House voted 66-40 late Wednesday to approve the Senate’s version of House Bill 1080, a bill which will allow North Carolina officials to turn over management of five low-performing schools to for-profit, charter operators. The […]

Senate committee approves controversial charter takeover of low-performing schools

BY: - June 24, 2016

With just days remaining in the N.C. General Assembly’s short session, leaders on the Senate Education Committee have given their approval to achievement school districts, a GOP-backed model of school reform that may clear for-profit charter takeovers of low-performing schools. Committee Chair Jerry Tillman, a Republican who supports the measure, declared the “ayes” to have won […]

N&O fact-checkers critique one argument for achievement school districts

BY: - June 20, 2016

As we’ve reported here in the past, conservative groups in North Carolina are mobilized behind achievement school districts, be it a relatively unknown Oklahoma outfit with ties to ALEC or more well-known right-wing organizations like Americans for Prosperity (AFP). This weekend, fact-checkers at The News & Observer took the time to examine at least one […]

Teachers, NAACP blast legislature and Gov. McCrory over school funding

BY: - June 16, 2016

“This group here and that man there need somewhere else to live.” When he said it, Donald Dunn, former president of the N.C. Parent Teacher Association, pointed at the legislature and in the direction of the governor’s mansion, respectively, setting off cheers all around. Dunn was one of just a handful of educators and civil rights leaders who gathered on the front […]

After heated debate, state House approves achievement school district bill

BY: - June 2, 2016

Following a bristling debate on the N.C. House of Representatives floor Thursday morning, House lawmakers have approved a controversial bill for a pilot program that could allow for-profit charter operators to assume control over low-performing schools. House Bill 1080, which has sparked criticism from many public education advocates, was approved on its second reading by a 60-49 vote […]


If you like latest state pay “raises,” you’ll love ALEC-inspired TABOR amendment

BY: - August 27, 2015

A one-time, $750 “bonus.” That’s what most North Carolina state employees will get as a “pay increase” as a result of the new budget deal at the General Assembly. That’s about $10 per week after taxes. Not much, we know, but if the state Senate has its way, such a “raise” may soon seem downright […]