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Wednesday February 8th

North Carolina Politics


The Peace and Justice Plaza on E Franklin St, pictured on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022.

Here's what you need to know about Alcohol Law Enforcement's authority in North Carolina

Recent events in Chapel Hill, including a forceful student arrest on Franklin Street, have left some residents wondering about Alcohol Law Enforcement's purpose, power and presence – especially in a college town. ALE enforces the state’s alcoholic beverage control, lottery and tobacco laws. Its mission, according to its website, is to “reduce crime and enhance public safety."

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Graphic by Carson Elm-Picard.

NC court limits power of racially gerrymandered legislature to amend state constitution

A racially gerrymandered legislature cannot propose amendments to the North Carolina Constitution, according to an Aug. 19 ruling from the N.C. Supreme Court. The case, NAACP v. Moore, was decided by a 4-3 vote along party lines. The decision stems from a U.S. District Court decision in 2016, which said that North Carolina’s state district maps were illegally racially gerrymandered. 

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Students protest near the anti-abortion Genocide Awareness Project exhibit displayed at Polk Place on Tuesday Oct. 22, 2019. This exhibit included graphic images and made comparisons between abrotion procedures and mass genocides.

Column: I'm tired of pretending

"Our male friends arrive and hop into the conversation. When we explain what we’re discussing, one nods, saying he heard about the news a couple days ago. Which is impossible, of course, because it just happened that day."

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North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein delivers a talk at UNC on January 24, 2018.

North Carolina Department of Justice says it will not move to reinforce the state's 20-week abortion ban

The North Carolina Department of Justice will not move to lift the injunction in Bryant v. Woodall.  According to North Carolina state law, pregnancies are banned after 20 weeks.  The case argues that the 20-week ban is unconstitutional, as it is several weeks prior to viability and would prevent healthcare providers from administering some pre-viability abortions.

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The North Carolina General Assembly building in Raleigh, N.C. on Jan. 29, 2020.

Parents' Bill of Rights passes N.C. Senate, moves back to N.C. House with amendment

House Bill 755, Parent’s Bill of Rights, passed in the N.C. Senate with an amendment on Wednesday.  Sen. Michael V. Lee, R-New Hanover, sent forward the amendment, which fixed a clerical error with the numbering of the bill and clarified the definition of parents to include all legal guardians.  The bill’s controversy comes from sections that would require parental notification if a student uses a different name or pronoun and would prohibit the instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in K-3 curriculums.

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