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The Ninth District and the Recurrence of Race

Restricting the voting rights of black people in eastern North Carolina has a long and dismal history.
December 2018

The U.S. Senate’s Dissecting of the Russian Troll Invasion

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Richard Burr of North Carolina, has released an unnerving report about the ongoing efforts by Russian trolls to turn Americans against each other and warp their perception of reality.
December 2018

With One Bold Step, a City (Not Charlotte) Goes Big on Affordable Housing

Minneapolis just did something extraordinary for an American city—it banned single-family-only zones. Why can’t Charlotte do the same?
December 2018

How Often Should City Council Face the Voters?

Local politicos and council members themselves have generated some heat lately on whether City Council members should continue to serve two-year terms or switch to staggered four-year ones.
December 2018

A Little Relief For (and From) Charlotte Motorists

Charlotte driving is a pain in the taillight. The City Council, thankfully, has taken some steps to make it less so. Still, though, keep an eye out for those scooters.
November 2018

5 Questions For Outgoing Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation announced last week that Sam Perkins, a Charlotte native who had held the position of riverkeeper since 2012, was stepping down.
November 2018

#discussCLT Podcast: Our Live Higher Ed Event

November 2018

This Is: Bill James

ANALYSIS: When he lost a Mecklenburg County commissioners’ seat he’d held for 22 years, Bill James said, in effect: Screw you guys; I’m going home.
November 2018

The 2018 Midterms in Charlotte: Strong Turnout and a Blue Shift

ANALYSIS: The 2018 midterm elections yielded some good news for Democrats, some relief for Republicans, and a level of voter turnout that suggested American democracy is still alive and thrashing.
November 2018

CMPD’s ‘Bridging the Difference’: A First Step in RNC 2020 Prep

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney is beginning a series of guided conversations intended to close gaps among constituencies in advance of the RNC in 2020. ‘Hardening the target,’ he calls it.
October 2018