Category: Analysis

Analyzing legislative and governmental issues

What Just Happened Here?

Here’s a morning-after analysis of the Election Day returns involving state government in North Carolina, first published in the Urban News.  by Nelda Holder     North Carolina rode out the hyperbolic midterm election season to wash up on a political shoreline that is at once familiar yet changed. Republican majorities still hold both the Senate and the House in Raleigh, but Democratic victories took away their veto-proof status in both chambers, creating a very different landscape in dealing with controversial legislation that Democratic Gov. Roy…   Continue Reading »

For-Profit Educational Experiment Set for Robeson County School

The NC State Board of Education has voted to hire a private, for-profit management company, Achievement For All Children, to take over at Southside Ashpole Elementary School in Robeson County, as reported by T. Keung Hui in Raleigh’s News & Observer. The 7-4 vote established the first such contract based on a new program called Innovative School District, established by state legislators. Former Rep. Rob Bryan (R-Mecklenburg County), who introduced the enabling bill, is a member of the board of directors of the management company.

On Cows and Things

                Editor’s Note: The following came to me as a letter from an old friend in Vermont — a former dairy farmer (and also former Vermont Secretary of Agriculture) who gave up cows for turkeys almost three decades ago, and who lately has added popcorn to his repertoire. I had written to ask him about the veracity of the many articles on dairy cows I was seeing, alluding to forced births in herds to enhance the milking schedule….   Continue Reading »

Finally, a State Board of Elections (and Ethics Enforcement) Put in Place

While not conceding his legal contention that the state’s new legislatively declared Board os Elections and Ethics Enforcement is unconstitutional, Gov. Roy Cooper has now appointed eight members (four Democrats, four Republicans; six men, two women) to the board in order to offer some semblance of order as primary elections get underway for 2018. The newly constituted board will appoint its ninth member, who must be neither a registered Democrat or Republican. In today’s News & Observer, Anne Blythe offers details on this latest shift in election…   Continue Reading »

Sailing With Shredded Flags

Editorial by Nelda Holder     It is my alarming observation that the state of North Carolina, my own home state and host to my immigrant great-great grandfather, a stone mason from Ireland (who helped build the Capitol in Raleigh), is currently sailing with shredded flags straight into a hurricane. Battered by numerous constitutional issues that have involved no less than the lifeblood of our nation—the right to vote—we are now facing a monumental storm that is being fed by political climate change. And yes,…   Continue Reading »

Jeopardizing Balance in the State’s Judicial System

By: Nelda Holder At a time when the state of North Carolina is under the judicial microscope for unconstitutional racial gerrymandering in its legislative redistricting, a new set of maps that scramble the state’s established judicial districts has received a loudly voiced “Slow down!” from various quarters. The new maps, released in a mid-summer tweet by Rep. Justin Burr of Albemarle (R-Montgomery/Stanly), reshape judicial lines across the state in ways that affect the entire court system. Judges and district attorneys may be running in different…   Continue Reading »

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    PoliticallyPurpleNC examines -- from a nonpartisan angle -- the legislative decisions of the North Carolina General Assembly and their potential effects on the citizens of the state. It does so in a setting that includes context -- historical background and social implications. PPNC encourages rational, nonpartisan evaluation and advocacy for the good of the whole.
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