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Meet the volunteers trying to ‘FLIP’ North Carolina’s courts

In North Carolina, the grassroots organization FLIP NC, founded by Democrats Andrea Cash, Amy Cox, and Briana Brough after the 2016 election, has shifted its strategy towards judicial elections, focusing on the 2024 state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals races to combat gerrymandering. Despite challenges in achieving fair maps, FLIP NC is hopeful, engaging in “deep canvassing” that emphasizes meaningful voter interaction over scripted dialogues, underlining the crucial impact judicial decisions have on issues like education and reproductive rights.

North Carolina can do more to help people with opioid use disorder find treatment, a policy expert tells legislators

According to an expert from The Pew Charitable Trusts, large regions of North Carolina, including the northeastern part, lack health care providers who accept Medicaid for treatments related to opioid abuse. Andrew Whitacre’s testimony to the House Select Committee on Substance Use emphasized the need for policy adjustments to facilitate access to such treatments and align state strategies with financial support.

Students unite to defend DEI initiatives

Kylie Rice, a student at a Historically Black College in North Carolina, highlighted the significance of DEI in providing opportunities and combating discrimination, especially amidst legislative actions that aim to limit such initiatives in state-funded institutions. Across the nation, over thirty states are confronting legislative proposals that challenge the funding and practices of DEI in public education, with supporters arguing that banning these efforts has severely impacted college programs and student activities.

In gubernatorial race, Mark Robinson exposes Republican fault lines

In the heated gubernatorial race in North Carolina, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s victory in the Republican primary highlights a deepening rift within the GOP, pitting traditional conservatives against the surging MAGA faction led by Donald Trump. Robinson’s polarizing figure and MAGA-aligned candidacy challenge the Republican Party’s appeal in a general election and reflect broader national trends of internal party conflict and shifting political dynamics.

Lawsuit seeks justice for NC man’s death in police custody

Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, along with attorneys Dawn Blagrove and Joe Fouche, have filed a $25 million lawsuit against the City of Raleigh and others for the death of Darryl Tyree Williams, a case they argue stemmed from excessive use of force and violated constitutional rights. The lawsuit emphasizes the need for accountability and systemic change, particularly in how tasers are used, following Williams’ death after being tased multiple times, despite informing officers of his heart problems.

A push for IVF protections in North Carolina

In a heartfelt plea, Lauren Garrett, alongside two other North Carolina women, shared their profound gratitude for in vitro fertilization (IVF), emphasizing its pivotal role in their journey to motherhood, amidst concerns over its legal status following a controversial Alabama Supreme Court ruling last month. Despite looming uncertainties, Dr. Meaghan Bowling underscored the significance of frozen embryos in IVF success, as lawmakers and medical professionals advocate for protections amid political turbulence surrounding reproductive rights.