Stories tagged: "economic inequality"


Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., right, discuss proposed legislation last year that would expand Medicaid access at the federal level. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
NC Republicans Seem to Have Changed Their Tune on Medicaid Expansion. So What’s Different?

The politics might be different, but it has long been known that expanding Medicaid would significantly improve the lives of more than 600,000 low-income North Carolinians.

ICU nurse Melinda Hunt, facing, hugs the sister of a COVID-19 patient who she had been caring for after the patient died in 2021 in Shreveport, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
People in Poorer Counties Are Twice as Likely to Die of COVID, Report Finds

The report, its researchers say, is the first to study the link between poverty and pandemic death rates.

President Joe Biden shakes hands with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., after delivering his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in Washington as Vice President Kamala Harris applauds. (Shawn Thew/Pool via AP)
The Battles At Home and Abroad: 5 Takeaways from Biden’s First State of the Union

The nation faces the most tumultuous times since World War II. Here’s what the president had to say about meeting the challenge.

A bill in the state legislature would eliminate a sales tax on menstrual products that many say discriminates against women.
North Carolina Women are Taxed $8 Million a Year for Tampons. New Legislation Could End That.

North Carolina is one of 30 states that tax menstrual products but there's a push to repeal this "pink tax" that women largely pay for these essential items.

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.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in 2019 in Iowa. The presidential candidate was in North Carolina Wednesday to talk raising the minimum wage and economic justice, particularly for Black Americans. (Image via Shutterstock)
What’s the Difference Between Biden and Trump’s Tax Plans? NC Experts Tell Us.

As party conventions heat up, Biden and President Trump offer starkly different tax plans for the country. NC experts tell us what it means.

Widespread protests after George Floyd's death did not contribute to any noticeable increase in coronavirus infections, officials say. (Photo for Cardinal & Pine by Grant Baldwin)
COVID and George Floyd Have Changed America Forever

Why the United States can't go back to the way it was before coronavirus, before George Floyd. And why it shouldn't go back.