NC Newsline reporter Lynn Bonner on some big changes coming to the laws governing NC elections

BY: - June 12, 2023

North Carolina is about to implement some big and dramatic changes to the way it regulates voting and conducts elections. Going forward, all voters – even those who vote by mail – must produce a photo ID. Meanwhile, another bill recently introduced by Republican lawmakers would impose additional restrictions on voting by mail and same-day […]

Not dead yet: Republican lawmakers seek to pass several previously vetoed bills

BY: - March 6, 2023

Lela Ali was in the Legislative Building last Wednesday as the organization she is part of, Muslim Women For, works to oppose a bill that would require sheriffs to cooperate with federal immigration officials.  She also happened  to be sitting in the House gallery that day as lawmakers approved a bill along party lines that takes responsibility for the state’s three schools for deaf and blind students away from the State Board of Education and gives it to local boards of trustees. 

Year in review: stories of abandoned norms in politics and governance

BY: - December 27, 2022

As we look back on 2022 this week, a few themes emerge in Policy Watch stories across a spectrum of topics, from state politics and higher education to public health crises and criminal justice. One thread tying together many of the year’s stories: the abandoning of political norms. In the wake of the tumultuous Trump […]

‘His party left him’: From common sense conservative to COVID, Pat McCrory’s very bad week

BY: - May 20, 2022

No doubt there is a lot of armchair quarterbacking in the aftermath of an election that does not go as planned. That is most certainly the case this week for Pat McCrory. The former Republican governor and Charlotte mayor had hoped to secure his party’s nomination Tuesday for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by […]