A national conversation is happening about what's going down here. It's as if Gov. McCrory and the Legislature don't realize there is a geographical limit to their supermajority superpowers.
by Kirk Ross | July 17, 2013 | 4 comments
As the session winds down and the fundraising for 2014 begins, the pressure to move to the right will increase.
by Kirk Ross | June 19, 2013 | 2 comments
When the mackerel are running, you take a shiny metal spoon with a hook on it and cast it in the water. It's a decent metaphor for the viral interaction of social media and outrageous legislation.
by Kirk Ross | April 17, 2013
In this state, the Legislature creates not just the game and the rules, but the players themselves.
by Kirk Ross | March 20, 2013 | 1 comment
By rejecting Medicaid expansion, North Carolina is financially squeezing its rural hospitals so that cuts in services and access are all but inevitable.
by Kirk Ross | February 20, 2013 | 1 comment
Expect sweeping changes on both sides of the balance sheet. Pope's ready. Is North Carolina?
by Kirk Ross | January 16, 2013
The critical details in reviewing new Voter ID proposals will be how the law addresses the cost of an official ID, the permissible alternative forms of identification, and the process for handling provisional ballots cast by people without ID on Election Day.
by Kirk Ross | December 19, 2012 | 1 comment
Even though North Carolinians split their 2012 votes almost evenly between the parties, far fewer Democrats were elected than Republicans. Voting-rights groups are pointing to the results to press their case that the 2011 redistricting maps should be thrown out.
by Kirk Ross | November 21, 2012 | 5 comments
Right now, the odds say we're on the verge of an era in which Republicans will hold a monopoly on North Carolina's legislative and executive branches.
by Kirk Ross | October 17, 2012 | 1 comment
The president may complete the same climb he undertook in 2008 and win North Carolina. But when it comes to the congressional races, it's nothing but blue skies for the Grand Old Party.
by Kirk Ross | September 19, 2012
Is North Carolina in play? Or as Nate Silver of The New York Times recently wrote, does it matter in the electoral math?
by Kirk Ross | August 15, 2012 | 1 comment
The Legislature gutted racial justice legislation, defunded Planned Parenthood again, thumbed its nose at forced sterilization survivors and climate-change science, doled out dozens of anti-regulatory favors, and fast-tracked fracking.
by Kirk Ross | July 18, 2012 | 8 comments
You can't change the effects of unsafe air and contaminated water on living things, no matter what you choose to call science.
by Kirk Ross | June 20, 2012 | 1 comment
No one knows how many North Carolinians live in extreme poverty, but it's estimated to be between 700,000 and 1 million. What we do know is that although the number is increasing, the poor remain almost invisible to many of us.
by Kirk Ross | May 16, 2012 | 3 comments
Most of the Super PAC funds will roll in during the fall elections, but as we've seen in other states, Super PACs are starting to creep into our North Carolina primaries.
by Kirk Ross | April 18, 2012 | 1 comment