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Jeffrey C. Billman
Everything North Carolina needs to know.
Created 29 Jun 2020
  • Raleigh Pays $2M to Settle Lawsuit Over Fake Heroin Busts
    30 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    +4 STORIES 1. Raleigh Settles Fake Drugs Lawsuit In April, 12 people filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Raleigh, the Raleigh Police Department, and several police officers related to false ch...
  • Local Cops Aren’t Great at Solving Crime, FBI Data Say
    29 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    +3 STORIES 1. DPD Cleared <25% of Its Violent Crime in 2020. RPD Was Worse. The headline from the FBI’s data dump on Monday was that the national homicide rate jumped 29% from 2019 to 2020—which is, a...
  • NC Appeals Court Judge: Racism Doesn’t Exist
    24 Sep 2021 • 15 min read
    +3 STORIES 1. COA Judge Says There’s No Racial Bias in Justice System, Attacks Cheri Beasley Last year, as every Republican operative you encounter will happily point out, Republicans swept the statew...
  • Biden’s Mass Deportations … Or Not?
    23 Sep 2021 • 12 min read
    +6 TOP STORIES 1. UNC-CH Trustees Ask Who’s In Charge of What This summer, the UNC System’s Board of Governors passed a resolution ordering its universities’ boards of trustees to “adopt a proposed re...
  • Durham’s Election and the City’s Political Power Structure
    22 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 1 0
    +6 TOP STORIES 1. On Durham’s Election I’m planning to vote today, which focused my attention on Durham’s municipal elections. I’m not going to get into endorsements or who I’m voting for. I will, how...
  • [Weekend Reading] The Informant
    17 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Hey, y’all. My apologies for being AWOL. On Monday night, I received confirmation that a tip I’d been chasing was correct, and I spent nearly every waking second since trying to nail down (and write) ...
  • NC’s Coming Constitutional Crisis
    09 Sep 2021 • 8 min read
    +3 TOP STORIES 1. NCGA to Defy Judge’s School Funding Demand In 1997, the state Supreme Court ruled in a case referred to simply as Leandro that all North Carolina kids have a constitutional right to ...
  • NCGA to ABC: Pour Yourself a Drink, Relax, Live a Little
    08 Sep 2021 • 11 min read
    +4 TOP STORIES 1. The NCGA’s Big Booze Reforms Last week, the state Senate’s commerce committee passed its version of House Bill 890, the ABC Omnibus, moving it one step closer to the Senate floor and...
  • The End of Roe and the Rise of Abortion Snitches
    07 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    In May, when the Supreme Court agreed to hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, it was clear Roe v. Wade’s days were numbered. Mississippi had banned most abortions after 15 weeks of gesta...
  • Madison Cawthorn Needs to Go
    01 Sep 2021 • 10 min read
    +FIVE BIG STORIES 1. Time to Go, Madison Last week, Madison Cawthorn—at 25, the youngest member of Congress—grabbed headlines in the N&O and elsewhere for affixing his comic-sands signature to a lette...
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