The Daily Tar Heel

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Thursday January 21st


North Carolina's historic tobacco industry still carries modern influence.

Tobacco, an industry "addicted to its profits"

Tobacco companies don’t necessarily have the same influence they did decades ago in the North Carolina, but they still have an important voice in legislation and contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to political campaigns, aiding politicians into office and continuing their cycle of influence in public health policy.

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Alex Stayer-Brewington has worked in numerous congregations throughout the Triangle and is a political activist. 

Q&A with UNC pastor Alex Stayer-Brewington

Alex Stayer-Brewington, a Presbyterian hospital chaplain and former pastor at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, is a liberal Christian who is involved in political activism. Staff writer Sophia Wilhelm asked Stayer-Brewington, a 2009 UNC graduate, about his opinions on current politics and religion in North Carolina.

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NC struggles with gerrymandering

The makeup of the NC General Assembly is a bit odd on the surface given North Carolina is considered by many to be a swing state. But from a historical lens, the difference between North Carolina’s local representatives and its national stances are nothing new.

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Supreme Court Struck Down NC Voter ID Law Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday denied N.C. Republican legislators' appeal to review the 2013 voter ID law. The ruling the lower court made last summer, which struck down the law because it disproportionately affected African Americans’ ability to vote in the state, will stand.

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