About 100 protesters are facing charges for demonstrating outside the North Carolina Senate in the latest of what have become weekly protests against Republican policies. More than two-thirds of those arrested Monday were women. WFDD's business commentator, Justin Catanoso, traveled to Raleigh and spoke with several of those at the event.
North Carolina is among the states affected directly by the Supreme Court's decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The provision struck down Tuesday was based on African American voter registration and discriminatory voting practices such as literacy tests. John Dinan, professor of politics at Wake Forest University, says 40 of the state's 100 counties are currently covered under the voting rights act.
State House leaders say the $20.6 billion spending plan unveiled late Sunday night fulfills the state's obligations while living within its means. Senior budget chairman, Rep. Nelson Dollar of Wake County, said, "The House's budget proposal is realistic, it is reasonable, and it is responsible. And it places North Carolina's fiscal house on a sound foundation for the future."
Former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, the only woman to hold that job, died Monday at the age of 87. Queen Elizabeth has authorized a ceremonial funeral, one step short of a state funeral, for Thatcher, who was revered by some and reviled by others. David Coates, Worrell Professor of Ango-American Studies at Wake Forest University's department of politics and international studies, was born in the United Kingdom and has written extensively on UK labor politics. In this interview with WFDD's Audrey Fannin, Coates shares his thoughts on Thatcher's passing.