February 8, 2023 -
After making gains in the recent midterms, Republican lawmakers in states across the South are altering legislative rules to sidestep the usual process for passing bills. Pro-democracy advocates say the changes are an abuse of power that would harm marginalized communities and undermine the people's will.
October 20, 2015 -
Dubbed the "Polluter Protection Act," the controversial legislation that passed the General Assembly with minimal public input offers immunity to companies that self-report pollution while weakening rules designed to protect air and water quality. Environmentalists say it may be the most anti-environmental bill of Gov. Pat McCrory's tenure.
January 7, 2013 -
A judge has ruled that a law passed by the Republican-controlled legislature to punish the N.C. Association of Educators by barring it from collecting dues through payroll deduction represents unconstitutional "retaliatory viewpoint discrimination."
June 22, 2012 -
Following the General Assembly's passage of legislation legalizing fracking, North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue's office reports receiving thousands of calls and emails asking for a veto. She also got a letter from the former mayor of a Texas community where fracking is big business warning about the bill's threats to property rights.