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1:14 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

How Polarized Are We? Let's Look At The Numbers...

As the game of gridlock “chicken” in Washington continues to march on, commentators are trying to explain “how did we get to this point of polarization?”

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The Party Line
10:07 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

As Charlotte Grows, GOP Precincts Get Some Blue

With the primary elections for the City of Charlotte concluded and the candidates for city offices selected, can any analysis be done in looking at the fall’s general election for the Queen City?

An analytical approach known as the “partisan voting index,” or PVI, can give us a sense of how each of the county’s 195 precincts politically “behave” in their voting patterns.

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The Party Line
4:38 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Comparing Unpopularity Of McCrory, Perdue

­­With the special legislative session to consider overriding Governor Pat McCrory’s vetoes, the final actions of this year’s “long session” of the NC General Assembly is coming to close. 

And with the dust settling from the legislative actions, it’s worth taking stock of the reaction of public opinion toward the chief executive, especially in comparison to his predecessor.

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The Party Line
1:07 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

NC's Political Shift Borne Out In Data

Michael Bitzer

North Carolina has garnered a lot of media attention in the last few weeks, and dependent upon the political and ideological persuasion of the observer, the state is either: 1., headed for the ultimate demise of Western civilization, or 2., resurrected itself and found its true political nature.

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The Party Line
12:48 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Republican Lawmakers, McCrory Take A Bite Out Of Early Voting

With much of the discussion of the massive election law revisions coming to North Carolina, many have described the legislation as the “most sweeping voting changes in the country.” 

One aspect of the legislation that has drawn particular focus of the media and analysts is the seven-day reduction in the number of early voting days.

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The Party Line
11:19 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Education Was Cut! No, It's Increased! Which Is Right? Both

Michael Bitzer

Now that the regular, or “long,” session of the NC General Assembly has come to an end, the reviews are coming in fast and furious, most notably broken down by partisan rank.

With opening salvos from the New York Times and the response by the Wall Street Journal’s columnist breaking into the liberal-conservative reactions, some of the most intense fights centered on the core feature of most state governments: The budget.

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The Party Line
11:28 am
Tue July 23, 2013

GOP Lawmakers Evoke Controversy In Raleigh, But Go Home To Safe Districts

­With several months of Moral Monday protests under way, the North Carolina General Assembly may be feeling the heat of the dog days of summer, especially in terms of public opinion.

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The Party Line
3:33 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Republicans Would Hurt Themselves If They End Early Voting

Michael Bitzer

Now that North Carolina is out from under federal oversight from the 1965 Voting Rights Act, speculation is that the GOP super-majorities in the General Assembly will have free reign to rewrite the state’s election laws.

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The Party Line
12:08 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Justice Kennedy Consistent In Gay Rights Decisions

Michael Bitzer

In the recent U.S. Supreme Court case involving the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the writer of the majority’s opinion has been a justice who has been the lynchpin of the major developments in gay rights since 1996. 

Justice Anthony Kennedy, a Reagan appointee who garnered a 97 to 0 Senate confirmation vote in 1985, has become what some court watchers have labeled the new swing vote on the Roberts Court. 

Generally, Kennedy has been seen as one who tends to side with the conservatives on the court, with the strong exception in gay rights cases. 

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The Party Line
11:58 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Analyzing Voting Rights Decision And Its Effect On NC

In the 5-4 ruling in the case of Shelby County v. Holder, the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority has effectively sealed the fate of one of the 20th Century’s two most important pieces of legislation, the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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