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A formerly incarcerated writer discusses the criminal justice reform issues he'd like to raise with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Graphic via Denzel Boyd for COURIER
I Was Once Incarcerated for a Non-Violent Drug Offense. Let’s Do Lunch, Kamala Harris.

If I were ever given the opportunity to sit down with the future vice president, I'd like to have a meaningful conversation about criminal justice reform.

US Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee in October. Some worry that the Trump-stocked Supreme Court with Barrett on board is a threat to same-sex marriage rights. (Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)
I’m Terrified Trump’s Supreme Court Will Take Away My Marriage Rights

A former NC House candidate on why Trump's Supreme Court is a threat to same-sex marriage, and what we can do about it.

A former NC school system administrator, Tony Tata is now the acting undersecretary for policy in the Trump administration's Department of Defense.
An Outsider on the Inside: Tony Tata’s Rise from Ruining Schools in NC to a Top Position in the Trump Admin

Tony Tata couldn't manage buses in NC. How can he lead in Trump's Department of Defense, asks a NC teacher?

President Donald Trump participates in a Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Most credible news outlets have called the election for Democrat Joe Biden, but Trump has refused to concede. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Advice for Trump: Here’s How I Learned to Lose Gracefully

Making a teachable moment out of President Trump’s refusal to accept defeat in the 2020 election.

Democrat Ricky Hurtado was the lone member of his party to win a contested race in deeply-red Alamance County. What does that mean for NC Latino voters?
What Ricky Hurtado’s Big Win in Alamance County Means for NC Latinos

A longtime NC advocate for Latino residents says the state is reckoning with a powerful new bloc of voters that could change party politics.

Lawmakers and legislative employees watch the crowd grow outside of the North Carolina Legislative Building on May 16, 2018 in Raleigh, NC, as educators gathered to protest education funding shortfalls. The 2020 election was a major disappointment for many who led those protests. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
The Search for Silver Linings in a Disastrous Election for NC Educators

A Charlotte educator explains why the 2020 election in NC was such a crushing defeat for many teachers, and offers at least one silver lining.

NC educators protest near the General Assembly building in Raleigh in 2018. Education funding was a major point of conflict in the state in the last decade. Educators say that isn't likely to change with Republicans enjoying a very good election in NC in 2020. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
From a Teacher: Why 2020 Election in NC Will Leave Many With Buyer’s Remorse

Voters in NC can expect GOP winners at the state and federal level to invest more in school choice and less in public education.