Articles by Lauren Horsch

N.C. agencies to review sexual harassment policies

By Lauren Horsch, NCInsider.com As awareness of sexual harassment issues in politics grows, state government agencies are taking a look at their policies to see if they’re comprehensive enough. North Carolina’s Office of State Human Resources has an “unlawful workplace harassment” policy that many state agencies abide by, but some are reaching out to their employees to see if anything…


N.C. General Assembly not immune to sexual harassment concerns

By Lauren Horsch, NCInsider.com RALEIGH — Women who work in North Carolina politics have known for years that it’s still a boy’s club, even as nearly a quarter of the members of the General Assembly are women. They know this because they’re often dodging unwanted touches and brushing off or ignoring inappropriate comments about their appearance. Their stories are similar…


Women are half of NC’s population, but only a quarter of NCGA

Lauren Horsch, NCInsider.com Bev Perdue was taking a walk with her husband past the Governor’s Mansion shortly before she was inaugurated in 2009 as the state’s first and only female governor, looking through the gates like “little baby tourists from another planet,” she said. Her husband then pointed out a plaque near the front gate that dedicates the mansion to…


Corner Store Grants to Address ‘Food Deserts’

Lauren Horsch, NCInsider.com Soon six stores in areas of Eastern North Carolina that are considered food deserts will be able to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for customers thanks to a grant program through the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. In the past two state budgets, lawmakers have given $250,000 to the department to reimburse small food retailers…


Insider Spotlight: The Snapchatting Governor

By Lauren Horsch | NCInsider.com RALEIGH — If you want to take a peek at what running the state of North Carolina is like, Gov. Roy Cooper is giving you a glimpse on Snapchat. His recent postings on the social media service include a photo of the Democratic governor on his way to Robeson County for conversations with hurricane victims,…


Insider Spotlight: A Judge Comes Off the Bench

By Lauren Horsch | NCInsider.com RALEIGH — A day after the polls closed in November, newly-elected Rep. Joe John received a tweet with a simple message: “please heal our state.” That tweet — which didn’t receive any likes or retweets — still sticks with him. Months into his freshman term as the District 40 representative, John can still reference it….