• NC Central students campaign to preserve Institute for Civic Engagement: The institute is among the centers slated for closure by the UNC Board of Governors. Similar to UNC Chapel Hill’s Poverty Center, the Institute for Civic Engagement does not utilize state funding. Though the Institute is nonpartisan, it works to drive voter registration and participation in a largely Democratic district. Read more.
• House takes aim at Trinity City Council: The House approved House Bill 263 Monday night, a bill that would ensure that at least three of the current Trinity City Council members do not return to office later this year. Rep. Pat Hurley (R-Randolph), the bill’s sponsor, said that the legislation was in response to decisions made by the current council that went against the wishes of local residents. Read more.
• Think Indiana’s ‘religious freedom’ law is bad? The ‘religious freedom’ bill pending in the North Carolina state legislature is worse. The proposed bill differs from ‘religious freedom’ laws in most other states in that it makes it easier for individuals to claim their religious beliefs are being burdened by leaving out one key word. Facing South has more here.
• Bill would increase teaching loads for UNC system professors: Senate Bill 593 would tie professors’ pay to the number of classes they teach, requiring UNC professors to teach at least eight courses during each academic year. Read more.
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Nearly 200 bills were filed yesterday in the runup to the NC Senate’s filing deadline. Check back over the weekend for a full rundown.
Elections, Politics, & Policy:
Part of a bill filed yesterday would allow farmworkers and other aliens who can establish that they are "lawfully present" in the state to apply for a … More
Both of North Carolina's Republican U.S. senators joined 45 others last week in signing a letter to Iran's leaders, in an attempt to undermine a … More
U.S. Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch is a Greensboro native and longtime Durham resident. But that's not the only fact about her that has … More
Amid chanting students and faculty members, the UNC-system Board of Governors escaped protesters by moving to a smaller room that excluded most of the … More
If Thom Tillis wanted to demonstrate indifference to scorn from the opinion pages of North Carolina’s newspapers, then he just had an excellent … More
Update: After nearly two hours of debate, the NC Senate passed SB2 on second reading by a vote of 32-16. The bill, which passed third reading by … More