The potential for solar energy capacity in the state of North Carolina is … bright. But it would be brighter if the state’s legislative leaders and Utilities Commission were not implementing policies to hamper its development, according to a joint opinion piece by June Blotnick and Dr. H. Kim Lyerly in the News & Observer (March 27). Presenting an overview of the areas in which solar energy might benefit the state, the two writers offer an invitation to share in the recommendations of the 2017 NC… Continue Reading »
Western North Carolina’s heritage is uniquely reflected in the traditional language of the Cherokee. And in today’s Asheville Citizen-Times, reporter Dale Neal discusses his own experience in learning this indigenous language which is on the verge of extinction. It is a beautiful article (read it here: “Why I’m Learning Cherokee, the First Language of Our Landscape”), and it offers an invaluable reference to a new website called Your Grandmother’s Cherokee. This website, the result of a seven-year collaboration to produce a simple and accessible way to… Continue Reading »
From time to time, Politically Purple NC features organizations that are working from a nonpartisan basis to define social problems and delve into solutions. One of the organizations whose work PPNC follows regularly is the Center on Media Crime and Justice, housed at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. This practice- and research-oriented program encourages “high-quality reporting on criminal justice, and to promoting better-informed public debate on the complex 21st-century challenges of law enforcement, public security and justice in a globalized urban society.” The organization… Continue Reading »
North Carolina’s voting rights law is currently being tested in the federal court system, but with early voting for the March 15 primary election beginning on March 3, the following rules currently apply to primary voters. Voter registration requirements If you are a citizen of the United States (18 years of age or older by election day) and a legal county resident of your county for at least 30 days prior to the election, you may register to at your county election services office or at various… Continue Reading »
The current North Carolina State Constitution has grown out of the original constitution produced in December 1776, when the Fifth Provincial Congress led by Speaker Richard Caswell legislated the Constitution of 1776. That original was then replaced by the Constitution of 1868, followed by the Constitution of 1971. For more historical background, check here in NCPedia.