Monday, August 2, 2021


Hundreds of thousands of Medi-Cal recipients are paying monthly premiums when they donít have to: Dr. Fauci predicts the pandemic will get worse.


The Texas voting rights fight gets star power; lawmakers stage a sit-in as the eviction moratorium expires; and Senators work overtime on infrastructure.

Poll Shows One Thing NC Voters Agree On


Tuesday, September 20, 2016   

RALEIGH, N.C. – While there's no shortage of policy issues North Carolina voters disagree on, there's at least one issue supported by a majority of both parties. A new poll commissioned by the First Five Years Fund with a bipartisan polling team found that 70 percent of Republicans and 92 percent of Democrats support expanded access to early-childhood education in North Carolina.

Tracy Zimmerman, executive director with the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation, said their poll results send a clear message to lawmakers and candidates running for office.

"We're a state that wholeheartedly believes we need to be doing more for our young children," she said. "It's not about whether or not you have children. We clearly know that thriving communities are rooted in making sure children are strong."

There are more than 26,000 children enrolled in North Carolina's state pre-K program, with thousands of children left on the waiting list for the program, which requires parents to qualify based on their income. Numerous bodies of research indicate the first five years of a child's life and the education they receive are indicators of future success in life and their brain development.

In the poll, 86 percent of voters rank making sure children get a strong start in life through quality early-childhood education as "extremely" or "very important," explained Zimmerman.

"It is up to voters to really be demanding of all candidates running for public office," she added. "What is their early-learning platform? How are they going to ensure that our children have the opportunity to be successful because voters recognize that a stronger North Carolina is very much rooted in what we do for our young children."

In the poll, voters ranked early childhood education ahead of reducing the tax burden to families and providing low or no-cost college.

get more stories like this via email

Some tenants' advocates would like Virginia's new budget proposal for American Rescue Plan funding to include money for low-income renters to hire lawyers for eviction cases. (Adobe stock)

Social Issues

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's General Assembly Special Session begins today to budget more than $4 billion in federal COVID relief funds, and advocates …

Social Issues

ROSLINDALE, Mass. - A new report finds Massachusetts residents would rather repair electronic devices than send them to landfills, but manufacturers …

Social Issues

DENVER-During the COVID health emergency, the federal government made school meals available for free to all students, regardless of their financial …

The Blackfeet Reservation is one of seven tribal reservations in Montana. (Kushnirov Avraham/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

HELENA, Mont. - COVID-19 is underscoring the importance of ensuring that people's estates are in order, but estate planning can be be tricky for …

Social Issues

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Pandemic fallout still has U.S. states clawing their way back to normalcy, and New Mexico believes its decision to provide more …

In a new poll, 64% of New Hampshire voters said they think capital gains should be taxed at the same rate as income from wages; 56% support increasing the corporate tax rate to 28%. (Vitalii Vodolazskyi/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

CONCORD, N.H. - New polling finds many New Hampshire voters think it's important that wealthy individuals and corporations pay what's described as …

Social Issues

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - As activists mark more than 100 days of protest since the April 21 death of Andrew Brown Junior - killed outside his Elizabeth …

Health and Wellness

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Local health departments that rely heavily on Advanced Practice Registered Nurses say the costly contract requirement that they be …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright © 2021