Cutting Through The Noise

Delivering commentary backed up by fact-based information surrounding NC politics and how these issues can impact our everyday lives.

‘Jim Crow 2.0’: Voting Rights Groups Denounce GOP Rewrite of NC Voting Laws

By Alanna Joyner | June 15, 2021

Concerned North Carolinians and local organizations denounced on Monday a group of bills advancing through the state Senate that would make changes to absentee voting and limit sources of funding for election administration in North Carolina.  Republican backed Senate bills 326, 724 and 725, which are expected on the Senate floor this week, mirror the…

State lawmakers recommit to failed austerity despite ongoing pandemic, documented hardship

By Alanna Joyner | June 14, 2021

Last week, Republican House and Senate leaders in the NC General Assembly announced their proposed total spending figure for the state budget, which consists of spending $25.7 billion in 2021-2022 and $26.7 billion in 2022-2023. Details of the budget have not been finalized, yet the state legislature has already contemplated cutting taxes for corporations and…

State election officials are under attack. We must defend them

By Alanna Joyner | June 9, 2021

Across the country, passing restrictive election laws has been one of the top priorities for Republican state legislators this year. In a coordinated effort, Republicans, including legislators in North Carolina, are working from similar playbooks to restrict old policies, create voting barriers for Black and Brown communities — with some states pushing for measures that…

Trump returns to stage with speech at North Carolina GOP convention

By Alanna Joyner | June 7, 2021

Donald Trump returned to the stage on Saturday night, delivering a speech at the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention in Greenville, furthering his long exhausted list of false claims about the 2020 election and divisive rhetoric that was echoed by other NC Republicans.  Trump, who was twice-impeached and incited a violent insurrection at the…

State GOP lawmakers try to limit teaching about race, racism

By Alanna Joyner | June 2, 2021

Across the country, governors and state legislatures in Republican-controlled states are attempting to limit or block educators from teaching about racism in public schools and colleges, a reaction to the nation’s racial reckoning after last year’s police killing of George Floyd.  In a coordinated effort by the GOP, at least 16 state legislatures, including Republicans…

Tillis votes to block commission to investigate Jan. 6 Capitol riot; Burr doesn’t vote

By Alanna Joyner | June 1, 2021

Last week, Senate Republicans blocked the creation of a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate what happened leading up to and during the deadly Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol. The commission, which is modeled after the one that was formed to investigate the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, would have been evenly divided…

Freedom Riders movement celebrates 60th anniversary

By Alanna Joyner | May 26, 2021

This month marks 60 years since 13 Freedom Riders–including a young John Lewis– set out on two buses from Washington, DC to challenge the segregation of public transportation.   In the weeks that followed, the Freedom Riders were threatened, arrested, and attacked by violent mobs throughout the Deep South. They attracted the attention of the nation…

Message laundering: How the far right is getting its dirty work done at UNC

By Alanna Joyner | May 25, 2021

The uproar over Nikole Hannah-Jones’ hiring at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill roots itself in not only race, but the GOP’s coordinated effort to incite division and control any corner of our society that goes against their efforts to gain power.  From pushing laws to make it harder for North Carolinians to…

Money for families, internet expansion, hard-hit businesses part of Cooper’s plans for $5.7B in federal pandemic aid

By Alanna Joyner | May 24, 2021

On Wednesday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper unveiled a list of proposals for North Carolina’s $5.7 billion share from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed by federal lawmakers in March.  Calling it a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to make transformational changes, Gov. Cooper proposed widespread investments to expand high-speed internet access across the state, give checks…

Health care professionals condemn proposed abortion ban in open letter to legislative leaders

By Alanna Joyner | May 14, 2021

Last week, the North Carolina General Assembly has fast tracked two intentionally inflammatory anti-abortion bills — House Bill 453 and Senate Bill 405, which aims to further restrict abortion rights in the state.  If enacted, House Bill 453, would prevent a person from obtaining an abortion based on the presumed race of the fetus or…