Deborah Ross, a former state lawmaker, is one of four Democrats running for the right to take on Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in this year's general election. "The thought of Deborah (Ross) as an establishment candidate is a little bit hard for me to take, but the story is tending to go in that direction," says Duke professor Pope "Mac" McCorkle, who recalls Ross often irritated her party's establishment elements when she was in the legislature.
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North Carolina will play a lesser role in selecting presidential candidates if the March 15 primary is moved to May or early summer because of legal wrangling over redistricting, according to a pair of Duke political scientists who spoke Tuesday to local reporters.
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As education policymakers in North Carolina grapple with how to improve low-performing schools, they might want to consider what’s happened in London, where since the late 1990s the academic performance of elementary and secondary school students has risen dramatically, write Helen Ladd and Edward Fiske.
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With North Carolina’s 1st and 12th U.S. congressional districts ruled unconstitutional by a federal court, an appeal of that decision to the Supreme Court will “very likely” delay the state's primary elections to spring or summer, says political scientist Kerry Haynie.
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A Duke education policy expert says the state’s charter schools have always been racially imbalanced and it’s only gotten worse. “We’ve got white charter schools – disproportionately white charter schools – and disproportionately minority charter schools. It’s what we’ve worked hard to avoid. It’s a pattern worth worrying about.”
"When a race is really, really close, something like this could matter," says Pope "Mac" McCorkle III, a longtime political consultant in North Carolina who now teaches public policy at Duke. And "really, really close" describes the political scene in the state, where the tea party's control of the legislature has fed a vocal progressive movement and its famed "Moral Mondays" protests.
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“We see higher turnout when people are feeling hopeful and inspired,” says political scientist Sunshine Hillygus. “Unfortunately, there’s so much polarization and distrust in government right now there’s a sense that you can change the party in control but it’s not going to have a fundamental impact.”
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