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VOICES: Yes, voter suppression is controversial

December 14, 2012 - What does it say about the current state of North Carolina politics that not only is voter suppression legislation expected to pass early in the 2013 legislative session but that the head of Raleigh's leading conservative think tank doesn't even believe it's controversial?

Is North Carolina's renewable energy law in jeopardy?

November 28, 2012 - Conservative groups whose clout grew in the recent N.C. elections want to repeal a groundbreaking state law requiring utilities to generate a small percentage of energy from renewable sources. Incoming Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has close ties to renewable energy foes -- and to renewable energy proponents. If forced to choose, which side would he be on?

Will NC lawmakers let fracking industry fund its own regulators?

June 20, 2012 - Responding to fracking opponents' concerns over how cash-strapped North Carolina can afford to regulate the industry, the legislature's Republican leadership is reportedly in talks with the American Petroleum Institute about paying for its own regulators. But given API's role leading up the BP disaster in the Gulf, does that really serve the public interest?

North Carolina gets a Texas-sized warning on fracking

June 13, 2012 - State lawmakers rushing to legalize a controversial method of natural-gas drilling got a visit from the former mayor of a rural Texas town where fracking is booming. Calvin Tillman shared a cautionary tale about what the gas industry can do to a community's landscape, residents' health and property rights.