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July 23, 2013

The Future of the Voting Rights Act

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that a key component of the landmark Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional.

What could the decision mean for North Carolina and the nation in terms of election laws and voting protections? For insight, we speak with Dr. Kareem Crayton from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law.

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U.S. Supreme Court strikes down key component of Voting Rights Act

NAACP of N.C. responds to ruling on Voting Rights Act

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The Conservative Case for Judicial Public Financing

On the same day that the N.C. Senate voted to end North Carolina's innovative judicial campaign financing program, two West Virginia Republicans came to Raleigh to explain why they supported their state's recent adoption of publicly funded judicial elections modeled after the Tar Heel State.

A Western N.C. Perspective on the Legislature

From the budget and tax reform, to voter ID and bills aimed at Asheville, Dr. Chris Cooper from Western Carolina University provides insight into this year's legislative session.

Plus, we listen to highlights of President Obama and Conan O'Brien cracking jokes at the 2013 White House Correspondents Dinner.

Taking the Pulse of North Carolina

Dr. Kenneth Fernandez of the Elon University Poll offers insight into North Carolina attitudes on such hot-button issues as education, immigration and same-sex marriage.

And Brent Laurenz looks at five key points in a proposed redistricting reform measure. Plus, we examine some possible official symbols for the Tar Heel State.

What Could Voter ID Mean for N.C.?

Dr. David McLennan from William Peace University offers insight into a proposed voter ID law, along with measures that would shorten early voting, end same-day registration and ban Sunday voting.

Plus, Brent Laurenz looks at five key points in the proposed voter ID bill.

Voter Attitudes in a New Political Year

From a new term for the president and a new governor for NC, to the issue of gun control and a key Senate race in 2014, we speak with Tom Jensen from Public Policy Polling for insight into voter attitudes on state & national politics.

Plus, we listen to some sounds from the 57th presidential inauguration.

McCrory Rides into Raleigh

With Pat McCrory sworn in as governor and the GOP-controlled legislature starting its new session, the era of Republican rule in Raleigh is officially underway after a century of Democratic dominance.

What could the change in party control mean for North Carolina politics? We'll speak with Dr. Michael Bitzer of Catawba College to find out.

Plus, after the success of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," we look at other depictions of real-life presidents on the big screen

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