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April 27 Crucial Conversation: The current and future state of abortion access in North Carolina

Join us Wednesday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. for a very special (and online) Crucial Conversation: "The current and future state of abortion access in North Carolina" For decades in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, North Carolina enjoyed the reputation as a “progressive” southern state when it came to abortion access. Since 2010, however, when Republicans took control of the state legislature, access to abortion and other reproductive healthcare has come under a sustained and intense attack.

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Must read report: The explosive growth in spending on judicial elections

In "The Politics of Judicial Elections, 2019-20," Brennan Center for Justice experts explain how and why special interests are spending more than ever on state high court races In 2019–20, state supreme court elections attracted more money — including more spending by special interests — than any judicial election cycle in history, posing a serious threat to the appearance and reality of justice across the country.

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Jan. 27 Crucial Conversation: Donald Cohen on his new book, “The Privatization of Everything”

Join us Thursday, January 27 at 3:00 p.m. for a very special (and virtual) Crucial Conversation: Donald Cohen, executive director of the founder and executive director of In the Public Interest, an Oakland, California–based national research and policy center, discusses the new book he has co-authored with New York Times best-selling author Allen Mikaelian. It’s called “The Privatization of Everything: How the Plunder of Public Goods Transformed America and How We Can Fight Back.”

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DC update: Justices skeptical about NY gun law; Senate GOP blocks John Lewis voting bill

At Supreme Court oral argument, conservative justices question New York gun control law WASHINGTON — Conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court expressed skepticism Wednesday after listening to two hours of oral arguments on a New York law that imposes strict limits on carrying a gun outside the home—a case that will test how far states can go when crafting their own laws.

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What’s at stake in the hotly contested governor’s race north of the border

Issues familiar to North Carolinians are front and center in today's Virginia gubernatorial election Voters are headed to the polls today to elect the next governor of Virginia in a close race that has drawn significant national attention and that will likely have political implications for North Carolina — a neighboring state that is grappling with many similar policy debates.

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‘Must read’ report: The deep racial and ethnic disparities in state prisons

When former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck in 2020, the world witnessed the most racist elements of the U.S. criminal legal system on broad display. The uprisings that followed Floyd’s death articulated a vision for transforming public safety practices and investments.

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Must reads: Why the federal debt ceiling must be raised now and, ultimately, abolished

As Policy Watch reported earlier today, U.S. Senate Republicans -- including North Carolina's Thom Tillis and Richard Burr -- blocked an attempt by Democrats on Monday evening to begin debate on a broad bill that would avert multiple looming fiscal crises for the federal government. The measure in question would have kept the government operating past the end of the fiscal year on Thursday, increased the federal government's borrowing limit (also known as the "debt ceiling") and approved billions in aid for regions struck by extreme weather.

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August 5 Crucial Conversation: Theodore Johnson on his new book, “When the Stars Begin to Fall”

Join us Thursday, August 5 at 2:00 p.m. for a very special (and virtual) Crucial Conversation: Author, scholar, and former U.S. Navy Commander Theodore Johnson, discusses his new book, "When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America"

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In Philadelphia speech, President calls for concerted effort to fight assaults on voting rights

Biden refutes continuing GOP conspiracy claims: "The big lie is just that, a big lie" PHILADELPHIA — Returning to the state that handed him the White House, President Joe Biden made a passionate plea Tuesday for Americans to rise up and protect their voting rights from a series of restrictive measures pushed by Republicans in Washington and in state capitols nationwide.

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Trustees’ handling of Nikole Hannah-Jones’ tenure application shows how university boards often fail the accountability test

University boards of trustees hold considerable power over the institutions they govern, but get attention only when they’re hiring a new president or if there is a crisis. Yet, increasingly boards aren’t navigating or mediating crises – they are creating them. On June 30, after deliberating in a closed session, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees voted 9-4 to grant journalist, MacArthur Fellowship recipient and Pulitzer Prize winner Nikole Hannah-Jones tenure.

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