A neck and neck Senate race, more questions for ReBuildNC, and NC’s controversial A-F school grading system may get a makeover: The week’s top stories on Policy Watch

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From election conspiracy theories, to shortchanged teachers, to the truth about NC’s bungled disaster relief program: The week’s top stories on Policy Watch

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The week’s top stories: Arsenic in NC well water, the bedeviling issue of merit pay, and a bill codifying same-sex marriage nears critical vote in U.S. Senate

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‘A true friend to America’: North Carolina leaders mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

Governor Roy Cooper ordered all U.S. and North Carolina flags at state facilities to half-staff Thursday in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away at the age of 96.

“Queen Elizabeth led with unparalleled dignity over seven decades of a rapidly changing world. North Carolina is proud of our close relationship with the people of Great Britain and we mourn the loss of an extraordinary leader,” said Cooper in a statement released by his office.

The longest-reigning British monarch met with 13 sitting U.S. presidents over the course of her life.

And news of her passing brought tributes and condolences from both sides of the political aisle.

Here’s a sampling from North Carolina elected officials:

Sen. Thom Tillis:

Congresswoman Deborah Ross (D-2nd):

Congressman Greg Murphy (R-3rd):

Congressman David Price (D-4th):

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-5th):

Congressman David Rouzer (R-7th):

Congressman Dan Bishop (R-9th):

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-10th):

Rep. Alma Adams (D-12th):

Congressman Ted Budd (R-13th):

Governor Roy Cooper:

Got questions about election integrity? Here’s your chance to get answers.

The North Carolina Trusted Elections tour continues this week with hearings in New Bern and Edenton. The non-partisan program features elections officials, election law experts, political scientists, journalists plus a whole lot of information about election security.

It’s the brainchild of the North Carolina Network for Fair, Safe, and Secure Elections, led by Bob Orr, a former Republican state Supreme Court justice and former Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, a Democrat.

Roberts and Orr sat down with NC Policy Watch’s Rob Schofield last week to talk about their efforts to help the public better understand the electoral process, the appropriate role of poll-watchers, civil campaigns and the importance of refraining from spreading misinformation about our elections.

“It is about demystifying the process and remembering when you go to your polling location on Election Day, the folks taking your information are your friends and neighbors,” explained Roberts. “The local nature of elections really helps to avoid fraud, to avoid people voting who shouldn’t. There are protections in place. You can be assured of that ballot.”

Click below to listen to the full interview with Roberts and Orr.

Jennifer Roberts and Bob Orr

If you can’t make one of the in-person programs, be sure to attend the virtual statewide event on September 19th.

Click here to register for an individual program in your area.

September 7 (New Bern)
September 8 (Edenton)
September 13 (Charlotte)
September 14 (Belmont)
September 15 (Albemarle)
September 19 (Online)
September 20 (Asheville)
September 21 (Hickory)
September 22 (Wilkesboro)
September 27 (Southern Pines)
September 28 (Greensboro)
October 3 (Wilmington)
October 6 (Hillsborough)