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Wednesday February 8th

North Carolina Politics


The Every Child NC rally at Halifax Mall in Raleigh on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, ahead of the Leandro v. State of North Carolina hearing.

The Leandro case: A summary of the ongoing debate about educational funding

This November, after decades of debate over the adequacy and funding of North Carolina’s public school system, the N.C. Supreme Court ruled that hundreds of millions of dollars will be allocated for public schools. The decision in Hoke County Board of Education v. State of North Carolina is the latest development to an adjacent case from 1997, Leandro v. State of North Carolina — also known as "Leandro I." 

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The Legislative Building located in Raleigh houses North Carolina's General Assembly. Republicans fell one seat shy of a veto-proof supermajority in the N.C. House in the 2022 midterm election.

Republicans fall one seat short of regaining supermajority in NC General Assembly

According to unofficial results, Republicans flipped two seats in the N.C. House and two in the N.C. Senate, meaning they would fall one seat short of a supermajority in the state House. This means that Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly will not be able to override a veto from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. Republicans needed 72 to gain this veto-proof power but only appeared to win 71 out of 120, falling short of the three-fifths margin for a supermajority. In the state senate, Republicans appeared to win 30 seats out of 50. 

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Per unofficial results, North Carolina Rep. Graig Meyer (D-Caswell, Orange) has won the 2022 midterm election for the District 23 North Carolina Senate position. He defeated Republican opponent Landon Woods. Photos courtesy of Landon Woods, and DTH/Saurya Acharya.

Here's what you need to know about the NC Senate District 23 candidates

N.C. Rep. Graig Meyer (D-Caswell, Orange) and Republican Landon Woods are running for the North Carolina Senate District 23 seat, which includes Person, Caswell and Orange counties. The seat is being vacated by N.C. Sen. Valerie Foushee (D-Chatham, Orange), who is running for U.S. Congress. Meyer said he avidly supports helping people deal with student debt, as well as reducing carbon emissions, reproductive freedom and expanding voting access.  Woods said individuals should take steps forward in the climate fight, rather than large companies. His platform also mentions prison reform.

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DTH Photo Illustration. A UNC student completes his official absentee ballot on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022. Many students are unsure who to vote for within the Democratic Party. 

Column: The Democratic party is disappointing.

"This is the problem. Democrats' don't do. They’ve taken up this somewhat “preventative” rhetoric. They emphasize all of the things they will prevent Republicans from doing (further restricting abortion access is an especially prominent example in this current election cycle). Telling voters all of the things you won’t let happen isn’t good campaigning. It's impassive and a scare tactic."

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Protesters gather in front of the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.
Photo Courtesy of Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times.

Over 1,000 North Carolinians, including elected officials, in group involved with Jan. 6 riot

This month, the Anti-Defamation League issued a report analyzing membership data on the Oath Keepers, a far-right group that was involved with the United States Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. The report found that 1,180 North Carolinians have been members — three of them being elected officials.  The Oath Keepers are one of the largest far-right anti-government groups in the United States, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

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