Keynote address by Tom Ross, President Emeritus of the University of North Carolina system and co-chair of North Carolinians for Redistricting Reform, on the health of our state's and nation's political systems.
Workshop topics will cover a wide variety of legislative issues ranging from medicaid expansion to voter ID, election integrity to public education, gun violence to gerrymandering. A few workshops of note include:
Power Struggles, the Sequel: Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch
Review legislative efforts to curb the governor’s powers. Are those efforts continuing, and what do they involve? How can Cooper and his allies effectively use the veto to advance the progressive agenda now that vetoes have some teeth? How is Cooper handling these challenges?
Polarized Politics and the Urban/Rural Divide: Rick Glazier, NC Justice Center
Any movement toward common ground, and if so should progressives cheer? Prospects for civil discourse. Strategies for effective progressive advocacy in a polarized environment.
Higher Education Under Stress: David Rice, Executive Director of Higher Education Works
UNC system is at a crossroads with regard to governance and mission. Is one of the state’s principal assets at risk?