Insider Spotlight

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…

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State Library to Issue Borrower Cards

Colin Campbell, THE INSIDER, 10/23/17 For the first time in its 200-year history, the Government & Heritage Library at the State Library of North Carolina is issuing library cards to state residents and letting them take home books and other items from its extensive historical collection. The new service began Sept. 1 after state librarians worked with the Office of…


Recovery Slow for Edgecombe County Town

By Colin Campbell, NCInsider.com Nearly a year after Hurricane Matthew, Princeville’s public housing complex sits deserted behind a chain-link fence. The elementary school is still gutted, with a sign out front listing events in October 2016 before the flood arrived. Even the town hall and fire station haven’t reopened and are using temporary facilities elsewhere. Recovery has been slow for…


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…


Western N.C. Braces for Eclipse Tourism

Colin Campbell, NCInsider.com The solar eclipse on Aug. 21 will bring up to 30,000 visitors to the 300-resident town of Hayesville, shutting down schools and potentially creating the worst traffic jam the quiet mountain town has ever seen. Hayesville — in Clay County nearly two hours west of Asheville — is among the Western North Carolina towns in the center…


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…


Mattamuskeet Lodge Slated for Repairs

Colin Campbell, NCInsider.com A century-old hunting lodge on Lake Mattamuskeet will get some much-needed repairs in this year’s state budget, but it’s still unclear when the facility might reopen to the public. Located in a remote area of coastal Hyde County, the Mattamuskeet Lodge first opened as a pumping station in 1914 in an attempt to drain the lake and…


Insider Spotlight: Making Lawmaking a Family Business

By Lauren Horsch, [email protected] RALEIGH — Before anyone can stop in to see Rep. David Lewis, the state House’s influential Rules Committee chairman, they’ve got to visit with “Gramma” first. Gramma is Grace Rogers, his legislative assistant, who does everything from keeping the office fridge stocked with homemade sweet tea to helping folks back home navigate Social Security claims. “There is…


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….