Governor McCrory’s attempt to spin North Carolina’s economic performance comes up short

Gov. McCrory continues his efforts to convince North Carolinians that his economic program is a job creator and adds money to our pockets: 35 states plus the District of Columbia have lower unemployment rates; personal income growth was less than all of our neighboring states; taxes increased on 80% of the states population; his slash and burn economics are not working for North Carolina.

Read the full article on the NC Policy Watch website.

Altered State – How 5 years of conservative rule have redefined North Carolina

The November elections of 2010 brought about a major upheaval in North Carolina’s political leadership, with the General Assembly switching to Republican control for the first time in more than a century. The 2012 gubernatorial election only served to reinforce this transformation. In the following special report, “Altered State: How Five years of conservative rule have redefined North Carolina,” the staff at N.C. Policy Watch takes an in-depth look at a number of the key policy changes that have resulted and the real world impact those changes have produced.

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Read the full set of articles on the NC Policy Watch website.

The Panama Papers & Poverty

Developing countries and the US government each lose $100 billion every year because multinational companies hide their profits in offshore tax havens. When multinational companies avoid paying taxes in countries where they really do business, it harms America and poor countries alike.

Read this interesting article on the OXFAM America website.

Seven things you might not know about the alleged Carolina Comeback

We’re pointing your attention to an article in NC Policy Watch by .

The Governor has made the “Carolina Comeback” a centerpiece of his administration. The facts do not support the rhetoric.

Excerpt:

Most of the jobs created in North Carolina in the last few years would have been created anyway, without the policies of McCrory and the General Assembly—the tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, the drastic reductions in unemployment insurance for laid off workers, and the dismantling of state regulations that protect the environment

Read the full article on the NC Policy Watch website.

North Carolina mom: What I’m scared of

Another good article in NC Policy Watch.

North Carolina mom: What I’m scared of (Hint: It’s not the transgender woman in the next bathroom stall).

Excerpt:

I’m a North Carolina mother of a 5-year-old daughter, and I’m scared. I’m not scared about the things the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory apparently think I should be scared of, upon reading their statements regarding HB2 (North Carolina’s new all-purpose discrimination law). But I am scared.

Read the full article on the NC Policy Watch website.

A toxic combination of economic and religious fundamentalism is poisoning North Carolina

A great article by Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch about House Bill 2.

Excerpt:

North Carolina’s latest spasm of state-sponsored bigotry — the LGBT discrimination law that has once again made the state a national pariah and laughingstock in recent days — was clearly driven to a great degree by a desire to appease the religious right.

Read the full article on the NC Policy Watch website.

Why are judicial races in the June primary?

Judges in North Carolina participate in elections in even-numbered years. If more than two candidates apply for the same position, they must run in the primary election. The two candidates with the highest votes in the primary advance to the general election. However, if there are only one or two candidates, they are automatically advanced to the general election.

For an overview of the North Carolina Court system, please go to the National Center for State Courts website.