Cardinal & Pine Political Reporter Michael McElroy explains how negotiations over casinos could jeopardize Medicaid expansion.
How Casinos Could Derail Medicaid Expansion in NC

About 600,000 North Carolinians have been waiting for Medicaid expansion for more than a decade. Backdoor wrangling over casinos could jeopardize it. 

NC voter ID
The GOP Finally Got Their Wish, But Don’t Let That Stop You From Voting: Here’s What Counts As a NC Voter ID

North Carolinians now have to show a voter ID to vote, a requirement that multiple courts said was unconstitutional and targeted voters of color.

Pork cracklin' is a Southern staple. We tried out a local brand from Henderson, NC-based Carolina Country Snacks. (Shutterstock)
Crispy, Crunchy, Delicious? We Tried a Local Brand of Pork Cracklin.’

Pork cracklin' is a Southern staple. So Cardinal & Pine's Leah Sherrell had to give it a taste-test.

The unofficial song of summer in NC is the cicada's song. Here's why they're such a busy (and noisy) part of summers here. (Shutterstock)
Here’s Why the Cicadas Are So Loud Right Now in North Carolina

If you think the cicadas are loud right now, NC, wait for the 'great Southern brood' in 2024. 

In this week's episode of "Leah Tries," we test out an intriguing chocolate pasta. (Shutterstock)
Cardinal & Pine’s Leah Sherrell Tries Chocolate Pasta

Dessert pasta? Consider us intrigued. In this episode of "Leah Tries," C&P's Leah Sherrell gives her review of chocolate pasta.

Cardinal & Pine intern Toni Ocloo breaks down a controversial piece of anti-trans legislation in the North Carolina legislature.
Gender-Affirming Care for Trans People Is Safe, But North Carolina Is About To Ban It

Breaking down a controversial anti-trans bill in N.C.'s state legislature banning gender-affirming care for minors.

Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils, one of NC's few openly LGBTQ mayors, spoke at a recent Pride event about legislative and court attacks on LGBTQ people. (Image via Seils' Facebook page)
Watch One of North Carolina’s Few LGBTQ Mayors Talk About the ‘Fight For Our Lives’

Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils spoke at a local Pride event in the Orange County town about anti-LGBTQ legislation and court decisions impacting North Carolinians.