From The Editor


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.

In this April file photo, NC lawmaker David Lewis (standing, far right) at work in the NC General Assembly. Lewis abruptly resigned Thursday as federal prosecutors revealed he was accepting a plea deal on felony charges. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Federal Crimes Took David Lewis Down. But Voter Suppression Is What He’ll Be Remembered For.

David Lewis resigned as word of his plea deal with prosecutors spread, but his legacy of voter suppression made a far greater impact in NC.

President Donald Trump exits Air Force One as he arrives at Tulsa International Airport on Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
From The Editor: If Politicians Care More About Getting Reelected Than Protecting You, Throw Them Out

How electioneering in North Carolina and across the United States trumped (pun intended) leadership in the age of coronavirus.

Save Local News
From The Editor: Why I Joined The Fight To Save Local News

In the midst of a pandemic and an election year, Cardinal & Pine’s Associate Editor Sarah Ovaska talks about why local news is so crucial.

Richard Burr
From The Editor: North Carolina Might Need A New Senator Soon

Why an explosive insider trading investigation of Sen. Richard Burr amps up an already wild election year in North Carolina.

NC DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen (foreground) and Gov. Roy Cooper during a March 27 coronavirus briefing.
From The Editor: COVID-19 Is Ravaging NC Meat Plants. It’s Past Time For Cooper To Tell Us Where.

With close to 1,000 confirmed coronavirus cases among meat processing workers, NC officials in Gov. Cooper’s administration must put public health first.

Sen. Richard Burr has a lot of explaining to do. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
From the Editor: Richard Burr Needs To Explain Himself. Again.

Whatever you might have thought of Richard Burr—party-line voter, NRA titan, a D.C. insider's insider—you might not have thought of the NC Republican as an ethical quandary waiting to happen.