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Duke Energy caught making illegal charges to customers

June 18, 2013 - A utility watchdog and its hired expert scoured Duke Energy rate-hike filings and uncovered numerous instances where the company inappropriately charged customers for things like political contributions and a sports team sponsorship. They're calling on state regulators to fine Duke at least $5 million for the violations.

Why I joined Moral Monday

June 7, 2013 - North Carolina leaders are dismissing demonstrations that have brought thousands to Raleigh and resulted in more than 300 arrests for peaceful civil disobedience. But the concerns that are fueling the Moral Monday movement won't go away anytime soon.

The end of the Solid South?

June 6, 2013 - The new issue of The American Prospect looks at changes unfolding in Southern politics, including a piece by Institute writers on the turbulent state of North Carolina.

Apologies and Apple

May 29, 2013 - In 2010, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas retracted his apology to BP for the Obama administration's effort to get compensation for those affected by the Gulf oil disaster. Will Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky have to do the same with his call for the Senate to apologize to Apple for criticizing the company's brazen tax dodging?