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Bill Moyers examines NC's 'State of Conflict'

state_of_conflict.png2013 proved to be a tumultuous year in North Carolina politics, and a leading journalist's TV show will examine the battles underway in a documentary that will begin airing this week -- and that draws on research by the Institute for Southern Studies, publisher of Facing South.

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Art Pope think tank behind campaign to discredit and defund Medicaid

civitas-logo.jpgAt a critical moment for the future of North Carolina's Medicaid program, a conservative think tank that was founded and is bankrolled by state budget director Art Pope sought funding for a campaign to portray the public health insurance program for the poor and disabled as "failed."

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NC scholars denounce conservative think tank's demand for professor's email

sncf_civitas_open_letter_snippet.jpgA delegation of scholars from North Carolina colleges and universities delivered an open letter to Gov. Pat McCrory and state Budget Director Art Pope today, calling on them to condemn a request from a Pope-funded think tank for the correspondence and other materials from a UNC professor who's been an outspoken critic of the administration.

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Pickets at Art Pope's stores gain steam, go statewide

DurhamPopePicket.JPGAn informational picket campaign focused on Maxway, Roses and other stores owned by Republican donor Art Pope is attracting new followers and generating fresh scrutiny of Pope's political network in North Carolina.

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NC NAACP announces informational picket campaign at Art Pope's stores

PopePovertyFlier.jpgOn Monday, December 2, the North Carolina NAACP and other groups kicked off an "informational picket" campaign at retail stores owned by mega-donor and state official Art Pope. Pope is the CEO of Variety Wholesalers, owner of Maxway, Roses and other dollar-type stores, which the picket organizers say target customers who have suffered from the political agenda Pope supports in North Carolina.

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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: How Art Pope helped turn back the clock on voting rights in North Carolina

Art Pope, a conservative mega-donor and North Carolina budget director, played important but behind-the-scenes roles in the passage of one of the nation's most restrictive voting laws.

When Montravias King, a senior at North Carolina's historically black Elizabeth City State University, showed up at a hearing before the Pasquotank County Board of Elections earlier this month to defend his bid for a city council seat, he faced off against Richard "Pete" Gilbert, the local Republican Party chair.

 

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Art Pope back in glare of national spotlight

ArtPope1.jpgFor years, North Carolina mega-donor Art Pope kept a low profile, quietly building one of the most influential state-based political networks in the country. Now, from his perch in the cabinet of N.C.'s governor, Pope and his agenda is getting national media scrutiny. 

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Buying the courts in North Carolina?

North Carolina's innovative public financing program for judicial races has dramatically reduced the amount of special-interest money flowing into judges' campaigns and served as a model for other states, but it's now under threat from conservative politicians.

 

 

 

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Art Pope-backed lawmaker leads push for new voting restrictions in NC

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Over the last week, GOP lawmakers have unleashed a flurry of bills that would make sweeping changes to North Carolina elections. They share a common message -- and a common sponsor, backed by one of the state's biggest political donors.

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Are NC schools teaching Art Pope's version of history?

ArtPopeAFP_1.jpgA group backed by the Koch brothers and Art Pope, offering a conservative spin on U.S. history, is being promoted as a resource for North Carolina school teachers.

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