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Will health care website hurt N.C. Democrats?

Since its launch, many have had trouble signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace website. In turn, many Democratic candidates in North Carolina are trying to distance themselves from the site’s problems.


Politics of the Board Part 4

This is the fourth installment of a series chronicling the political activities of members of the UNC-system Board of Governors. Henry W.


New Medicaid requirement could increase coverage

Hospitals will now have more freedom to determine whether to accept certain types of patients for presumptive eligibility – which will provide temporary coverage during Medicaid expansion. In July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced they would require state Medicaid agencies to allow hospitals autonomy to determine whether they would accept additional categories of patients – such as parents, caretakers, patients with breast or cervical cancer, senior citizens, former foster care children, and those wanting family planning services. Don Dalton, the vice president of public relations for the N.C.


Bowles and Simpson call for bipartisanship

“Who isn’t fed up with what is going on in Washington?” Alan Simpson asks Erskine Bowles in their new campaign ad about the national debt and federal shutdown. Bowles, former president of the UNC system and chief of staff in the Clinton Administration, and Simpson, a former Republican U.S. Senator, call for bipartisan unity to solve the debt crisis in their new ad.


Will N.C.'s new voting laws affect turnout? An analysis

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against North Carolina regarding changes to the state’s voting laws, which the department says are discriminatory against minority voters. One of the main focuses of the lawsuit was the shortening of early voting, which U.S.


Hagan positions herself for 2014

With the Senate campaign beginning, candidates are staking their pressing issues in North Carolina. After the North Carolina General Assembly passed a controversial budget, Sen.


North Carolina delegation reacts to government shutdown

As the government shutdown drags on for the second day, North Carolina is feeling the effects as federal agencies in the state furlough workers, and research universities brace for an impact to research. But what have North Carolina’s U.S. Congressmen and Senators said about the shutdown?


Q&A with Prof. Jason Roberts: Government shutdown

U.S. Congress, caught in a partisan gridlock, is on the verge of shutting down most of the government. Staff writer Olivia Lanier had an email exchange with Jason Roberts, a UNC political science professor, about what impact that would have.


Q&A with Prof. Bereket Selassie: Terror Attacks in Kenya

On Saturday, terrorists attacked Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced Tuesday that the four-day attack was over. Staff writer Kate Grise spoke with Bereket Selassie, a UNC professor of African studies, about the attacks and potential repercussions for the region and the United States.