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A hemp farm in Asheville. North Carolina legalized industrial hemp for licensed growers in 2016, but a NC House candidate says the state could raise millions by revenue by legalizing production and consumption of all cannabis plants, including marijuana. (Image via Shutterstock)
Other States Raised Billions Legalizing Marijuana. House Candidate Asks: Why Not NC?

What NC, an agricultural powerhouse with major budget needs, stands to gain by legalizing marijuana, according to one state House candidate.

NC Senate leader Phil Berger in a 2016 file photo. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
NC Republicans Have Lost on Medicaid Expansion. They Just Don’t Know It Yet.

A decade after rejecting Medicaid expansion's in health care for low-income people, the GOP remains opposed, even if most in NC are not.

UNC-Chapel Hill football player Tomari Fox (56) and his teammates celebrate their victory over Syracuse on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Chapel Hill, N.C.(Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)
‘What It Was, Was Football’: Here is What Football and Coronavirus Have In Common

For the gridiron fans, a NC teacher explains why, amid the coronavirus, game-planning for schools and football aren't so far removed.

The writer, a permanent resident who lives in Charlotte, says she might not be eligible to vote, so she's ensuring that other voters know what's at stake. (Image via screenshot)
I’m Not Eligible to Vote. That’s Why I Work To Make Sure Others Do.

An immigrant living in NC says her father is the only family member eligible to vote, so she makes sure others know what’s at stake.

In 1969, famed children's television personality Fred Rogers, better known as "Mister Rogers," passionately defended funding for children's educational programming before a US Senate subcommittee. (Image via screenshot)
Why Mister Rogers’ 1969 Plea for Children’s Programming Matters to NC’s Underfunded Schools Today

The beloved television personality understood the role of funding a strong public education system. Why don’t NC lawmakers?

In this 2016 file photo, a protestor, right, is handcuffed and removed from the House gallery as demonstrators interrupted a special session of the NC General Assembly. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A Long — Though Incomplete — List of the NC General Assembly’s Many Transgressions

If you’re struggling to remember the many twists and turns of the NC General Assembly, Gene Nichol can do it for you.

Your Vote 2020
Cardinal Votes: Your Guide to Voting in North Carolina in 2020

Pandemic or not, we’re voting. Here’s a one-stop shop for how to vote in North Carolina in the 2020 election.