The U.S. Census – A grand tradition Weekly Insight

After our piece on congressional apportionment two weeks ago, we received a couple of questions about how the census works and why it is important. Asking for that type of explanation is like asking someone in Lexington to explain the advantages of including ketchup in barbecue.  (We at the Center maintain strict neutrality matters of politics and barbecue.)  Even though it is still two and a half years away, here are four points to consider as the 2020 census approaches.… Full story »

What are your state budget priorities? Balancing Act

Do you know how the budget process in N.C. works? Here’s your chance to review the Governor’s budget, weigh in on the spending priorities, create your own budget for North Carolina, and share the results. We’ve introduced Balancing Act, an interactive budget simulation tool that allows you to adjust revenue and spending categories to align with your priorities. … Full story »

The NC Shuffle: Congressional elections and apportionment Unpacking Data Weekly Insight

I was a minor celebrity in my University of Wisconsin “Law and Politics” class because North Carolina is a national star in redistricting litigation. Anytime we studied a North Carolina-based redistricting case – and that was more frequent than you might think – classmates would give me a knowing nod, impressed by my home state’s gumption. … Full story »

Election results – North Carolina Council of State takeaways Unpacking Data Weekly Insight

Nearly five months have passed since the 2016 election, and the tide has begun to ebb from politics to governance. The election results become less a part of the current event cycle and more political science. Practically speaking, candidates have made their final filings with the Board of Elections and have closed the books on the campaign. … Full story »

Successful policies are rooted in parent experiences Reach NC Voices

It is time to build on North Carolina’s history of innovation and success to tackle one of the greatest challenges facing the state: the overwhelming majority of our children are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade. Reading well in the early grades predicts a child’s academic and career success. … Full story »

Water infrastructure: our collective leaky faucet Weekly Insight

Water is like health; we take it for granted until it is threatened. Over the last 18 months, we have witnessed two significant water disruptions: one in Flint, MI and the more recent Super Bowl weekend outage in Chapel Hill-Orange County, NC. To be clear, the underlying issues, culpability and scale in these disruptions were different. … Full story »

Five months after Matthew: An exercise in resiliency Unpacking Data Weekly Insight

Energy for flood recovery decreases as time moves on. This is not to say that aid agencies—federal, state, local and nonprofit—are not in place. They are, but there comes a point in time where a crisis shifts from an emergency to something deeper. Displacement and loss start are no longer immediate pains; they are the deeper scars that are part of a community’s identity. … Full story »

Fast Changing Tide—N.C. Cabinet Agency Turnover   Weekly Insight

What if Roy Williams took the court without any of his assistant coaches on the bench? How would that handicap success in the ACC tournament? Assistant coaches, while clearly less crucial to game day success than the head coach, play important roles in the process. They are additional sets of eyes and ears; they focus on aspects of the game that the head coach cannot focus on; and they often have subtle but specific responsibilities to track certain things like timeouts or player fouls—elements that can make a difference in the game.… Full story »

We need your voice Reach NC Voices

Caregivers come in many different forms – grandparents, uncles, siblings, mother, father, guardian, friend. Regardless of relationship, the lives of our children matter, and each caregiver does their best to create the opportunity for their children to live healthy, happy, successful lives. Creating those opportunities requires a heavy lift – scheduling, coordinating, communicating, and trying to stay on top of the very basics of life.… Full story »

Introducing Balancing Act, an interactive look at NC’s budget Balancing Act

Do you know how the budget process in N.C. works? Here’s your chance to review the Governor’s budget, weigh in on the spending priorities, create your own budget for North Carolina, and share the results. Introducing Balancing Act, an interactive budget simulation tool that allows you to adjust revenue and spending categories to align with your priorities.  … Full story »