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FILE - North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper speaks at a primary election night event hosted by the North Carolina Democratic Party in Raleigh, N.C., May 17, 2022. A Medicaid expansion deal in North Carolina received final legislative approval Thursday, March 23, 2023, likely ending a decade of debate over whether the closely politically divided state should accept the federal government's coverage for hundreds of thousands of low-income adults. Cooper, a longtime expansion advocate, is expected to sign the bill, which would leave 10 states in the U.S. that have not adopted expansion. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown, File)
North Carolina Finally Approves Medicaid Expansion

For more than a decade, Republicans blocked a federally-funded expansion of healthcare to a half-million North Carolinians. On Thursday, they finally budged.

Crowds cheer during a 2018 demonstration against the GOP-controlled NC General Assembly's education policies, including the state's expanding private school voucher program. School funding is one of the areas that figures to suffer if Republicans eliminate the state's corporate tax. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
What’s At Stake If Republicans Eliminate NC’s Corporate Tax

With the state facing shortfalls in health care, education, and housing, the GOP proposal would cost the state more than $1 billion.

In this file photo, HB2 protestors gather across the street from the North Carolina state legislative building in 2016 because of the mega-controversial HB2. The bill cost the state billions in economic activity and made it the center of controversy. This year's state legislative session has the potential to be as controversial.  (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
This Is Going to Be a Very Bad Year at the North Carolina State Legislature

North Carolina’s GOP lawmakers are not moving in mysterious ways this time. At the first opportunity, they will pounce on reproductive freedom and LGBTQ+ rights.

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during a news conference in Statuary Hall at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
As Republicans Take Control of Congress, Divisions in the Party Erupt

Chaos behind closed doors as Trump-aligned Republicans threaten to undermine the party's agenda.

Former President Donald Trump gestures as he announces he is running for president for the third time as he speaks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Nov. 15, 2022. Trump is facing a new legal threat, but there is little sign that the Republican Party is defending the former president with the same intensity and urgency that defined his previous legal clashes. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
GOP’s Usual Embrace of Trump Muted After Criminal Referral

Has the party of Trump finally hit a wall after the bipartisan January 6th committee recommended criminal prosecution of the former president?

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., walks to the chamber for final votes as the House wraps up its work for the week, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. McCarthy is seeking enough GOP backing to become Democrat Nancy Pelosi's successor when Republicans take control of the House in the new Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Republicans’ Agenda Focuses on Social Security Cuts and Sham Investigations—Not Working Families

Between Republicans’ economic agenda, spurious investigations, and threatened impeachments, the House is looking at a busy but unproductive year.

In this Wednesday, June 24, 2015 photo, Rev. William Barber speaks at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
NC Civil Rights Leader Rev. Barber Wrote a Letter to Lame-Duck Democrats. Here’s What He Had To Say. 

In a letter addressing the US Senate leader, Barber said it’s time for these lawmakers to “show the people who worked tirelessly to keep them in power that they are ready to go to work for them.”