July 3, 2012 -
After months of debate, the decision to legalize fracking in North Carolina came down to a botched vote and a $60 million tax break.
June 26, 2012 -
As expected, this week the Supreme Court reaffirmed its 2010 Citizens United decision. While the ruling's impact on federal races has been well-documented, the influence of shadowy money on state-level races has received less attention -- but could be even more important.
June 22, 2012 -
Real Jobs NC, a political group backed by Republican donor Art Pope that played a key role in North Carolina's 2010 elections, is preparing for 2012.
June 21, 2012 -
A journal funded by leading North Carolina conservative benefactor Art Pope attacks the science of sea level rise, offering as evidence an article that appeared in a periodical published by Lyndon LaRouche supporters, by someone who champions the pseudoscience of dowsing.
June 12, 2012 -
Despite a record of environmental pragmatism as Charlotte mayor, the North Carolina Republican gubernatorial hopeful has embraced a paranoid conspiracy theory that sees sustainable development as an evil United Nations plot to take over the world. Where did this idea come from, and what does it mean for McCrory's political future?
May 29, 2012 -
With the Supreme Court preparing to hear a sequel to its landmark decision on money in politics, states and grassroots activists are building pressure to reconsider the role of corporations in our democracy.
May 11, 2012 -
John Droz of the American Tradition Institute, a fossil fuel-funded advocacy group that works to discredit climate science, was the mastermind of an effort that called for setting up "dummy businesses" to buy anti-wind power billboards and creating a "counter-intelligence branch" to track the industry.