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N.C. Policy Watch: Despite a federal stay on evictions, landlords are ousting their tenants

By Alanna Joyner / April 7, 2021

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, North Carolinians across the state continue to struggle with paying rent and getting rental assistance, all while staying afloat.  The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) federal eviction moratorium and the state’s residential eviction moratorium extensions through June 30th has given many North Carolinians much needed…

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Progressive Pulse: NC General Assembly can afford to go all-in to address COVID-19 harm

By Alanna Joyner / January 21, 2021

Last Wednesday, the North Carolina General Assembly officially began its two-year session, with COVID-19 relief spending, a two-year state budget, school spending and redistricting among the top agenda items this year.  Prior to the NCGA’s adjournment, the Republican-led legislature failed to address long standing unmet needs for struggling North Carolinians. According to the state’s latest…

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The News & Observer: Families are struggling while billions sit unused in NC. Legislators are to blame

By Alanna Joyner / December 8, 2020

Both federal and state unemployment, protections against evictions and other key stimulus programs are set to expire in the coming weeks. Without the new aid, millions of Americans are at risk as the pandemic worsens.  After months of failed negotiations, the House and Senate have resumed stimulus amid the impending housing and economic crisis, yet…

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The New York Times: Republicans Pushed to Restrict Voting. Millions of Americans Pushed Back

By Alanna Joyner / December 4, 2020

Despite Republicans’ desperate attempts to suppress voters, nearly 160 million Americans voted in the 2020 elections — by far the most in history and a level of turnout not seen in over a century.  With over 66.7 percent of the voting-eligible population casting ballots this year — the highest percentage since 1900 — state and…

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We know how to prevent up to 40 million people from being evicted. It’s up to Congress to do it

By Alanna Joyner / November 27, 2020

New Year’s Eve marks the end of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) national eviction moratorium. The expiration of the eviction moratorium would result in millions of Americans losing their homes as COVID-19 cases continue to surge. According to the Aspen Institute, nearly 40 million Americans could face eviction over the next several…

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The Charlotte Observer: The governor gives North Carolina a final warning on COVID-19

By Alanna Joyner / November 24, 2020

Last Monday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order aimed at strengthening the state’s mandate involving face masks. As local hospitals and healthcare workers are strained, the new order requires people to wear a mask while they’re exercising, whether that’s inside or not, at a restaurant table unless they are actively eating or…

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The Affordable Care Act returns to the Supreme Court in the shadow of a pandemic

By Alanna Joyner / November 10, 2020

Today, the Supreme Court will hear the Republican lawsuit to overturn The Affordable Care Act (ACA), ending its protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions and ripping health care away from 20 million Americans — all during an intensifying pandemic. Amid a historic health and economic crisis that has deprived millions of Americans of…

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“North Carolinians, Your Votes Matter”: Local and Statewide Organizations Network to Ensure Every Vote Counts

By Alanna Joyner / October 29, 2020

Progress NC, Partners Spotlight Nonpartisan Events Around NC, including ‘Trick or Vote’ in the Triangle, Encouraging Every Voter to Cast Ballot. A collaborative network of election-focused groups around North Carolina is helping not only to drive record-breaking turnout but to ensure that voting remains orderly and that every vote is counted. This network of both…

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Nearly 1.5 million in North Carolina already cast ballots

By Alanna Joyner / October 20, 2020

With record-breaking voter turnout stretching from North Carolina to Texas, one thing is clear; Democracy is winning and Republicans’ voter suppression efforts are losing.  According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, more than 1.5 million North Carolinians cast their ballots in the first three days of early voting. In addition to early votes…

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NC Republicans are more focused on blocking votes than winning them

By Alanna Joyner / October 20, 2020

North Carolina’s top Republican lawmakers have been doing all they can to oppose common-sense measures intended to help voters address potential issues and making sure every ballot cast is counted. For weeks, top Republican lawmakers with the help of Trump’s campaign, has attempted to reverse adjustments in absentee voting made in light of the pandemic.…

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