Elon Univ. poll director Jason Husser summarizes voter attitudes, hot button issues ahead of 2024
It’s hard to believe it, but the 2024 Super Tuesday presidential primary in which North Carolina will play a big role, is just a little over eight months away, and already the fields of Republican challengers – both for the presidency and Governor of North Carolina – are full of candidates. And while this reality […]
Weekend reads: Loosening state gun laws, diversity efforts targeted, and a new wave of book banning
Big changes start Monday: NC Policy Watch is becoming NC Newsline For nearly two decades, people who care about North Carolina’s most vulnerable, who relish understanding the people and politics that factor into the state’s policies, and who have strong opinions about what our state should look like in the 21st Century, have been loyal […]
States are learning on the fly about sports betting addiction
As North Carolina moves closer to legalizing sports gambling, cautionary tales -- especially for young men -- emerge in other states NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The states that have legalized sports betting are reporting record levels of wagering and revenues, but with that growth comes questions about gambling addiction and whether regulators and sportsbooks are doing enough to fight it.
A terrible bet: North Carolina should not cave in to the sports gambling onslaught
North Carolina elected leaders have enacted several ineffective and misleading laws over the years, but when it comes to undermining public confidence in government and taking advantage of vulnerable people, the badly misnamed “education lottery” has to be near the bottom of any “worst of” list.
GOP election gains in North Carolina make for a more conservative legislature with a long agenda
The North Carolina legislative session begins Wednesday with a more conservative House and Senate and an environment in which GOP leaders will have an easier time pushing state laws and policies further to the right. Republicans gained seats in both the House and Senate in the November election. The GOP won a veto-proof majority in the Senate and is one vote shy of a veto-proof majority in the House, making it much more likely that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes can be overturned.
Let’s hope sports betting bill stays dead
The state of North Carolina needs a lot of things — access to healthcare for hundreds of thousands of people trapped in the coverage gap, new laws to prevent the proliferation of military-grade killing machines, adequate funding so that its public schools comply with the state constitution — but legalized sports gambling is not on […]
Watch veteran advocate Les Bernal explain the dangers to NC of legalized online sports betting
If you missed last Thursday’s fascinating and informative NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation in which veteran national policy expert Les Bernal (at right) of the group Stop Predatory Gambling explained “Why progressives should be working to keep state-sponsored sports gambling out of NC,” don’t despair. The Zoom recording of the entire hour long conversation, can […]
September 9 Crucial Conversation: Why progressives should be working to keep state-sponsored sports gambling out of NC
Join us Thursday Sept. 9 at 3:30 pm for a very special Crucial Conversation: Why progressives should be working to keep state-sponsored sports gambling out of North Carolina - Featuring Les Bernal, Executive Director of the national advocacy group, Stop Predatory Gambling.