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Toxic Agenda: Elections in Crisis Part I

This article first appeared on as part of the Toxic Agenda Series. The title of the series is: Toxic Agenda: What the Left Really Wants for North Carolina is a new series of articles from the Civitas Institute. Civitas believes that "While largely out of power for the last several years, North Carolina is just one...
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Gov. Cooper Relies on Left-Wing Activists

(the article first appeared on More than 50 of Governor Roy Cooper’s appointments are either employed by or are board members of North Carolina progressive non-profits found in the online database Mapping the Left (MTL). MTL is a user-friendly online database/web page that identifies the vast network of left-wing groups and activists in North...
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Implementing George Soros’ Agenda

(This article first appeared on   State Board of Elections director recently announced intentions to introduce online voter registration SBE bureaucrats, however, do not have authority to make such significant changes to NC election laws Legislators need to push back against the George Soros backed elections agenda State election officials are once again pushing...
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Democracy NC Hires New Leader

  In January 2018, Tomas Lopez will replace Bob Hall as Executive Director of Democracy NC.  Hall, who led the group since it launched in 1991, takes credit for a number of election changes including Sunday early voting, same-day registration, teenage pre-registration and the now defunct public financing of judicial elections. Hall has announced recently...
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MTL: How Students Are Indoctrinated by the Progressive Machine

The newest Mapping the Left network is the Student/Youth Training Network. While this new network is not an 'education' network in the sense of public schools and higher education, it feeds on the liberal agenda pushed in public schools and colleges and universities across the state. The lessons learned in North Carolina's public schools and...
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Bob Hall – A Liberal Attack Dog in Watchdogs Clothing

  When WRAL reported on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to throw out North Carolina's congressional maps barely a month ahead of the 2016 Primary, the station's 'journalists' turned to their friends in three different organizations belonging to Blueprint NC (the 'eviscerate' group) for 'expert' analysis. Specifically, WRAL included quotes from three Blueprint NC...
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Spotlighting Unions’ Power on the Left

  It was natural to include unions in the Mapping the Left website. They are the quintessential leftist political machine. With virtually unlimited bank accounts, thanks to mandatory membership and dues, more lawyers than one would care to count, and the best community organizing structure (thanks to the cash), they are the model for the...
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BIG SOLAR III: PAC Funnels Cronies’ Money to Candidates

In two previous articles (Part I, Part II), we examined how Republican political consultants in North Carolina have pushed the agenda of Big Solar – the solar power companies and their millionaire owners — in order to protect renewable power source mandates, thus driving up electricity bills and hampering the economy.In part one of this...
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SPECIAL REPORT, PART II: Are Solar Lobbyists Trying to Hide Their Money Trail?

By Francis De Luca and Susan Myrick In part one of this series we reported on right-of-center political consultants who have created an innovative business model advising a growing number of Republican legislators to turn their backs on conservative, free-market principles to take up the cause of more government mandates, political favoritism and higher electric...
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SPECIAL REPORT: ‘Conservatives’ Pushing Big Solar Funded by the Left

By Francis De Luca and Susan Myrick What do President Barack Obama and a growing number of Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly have in common? The answer – their love of major solar energy companies – Big Solar, for short. As for the President – everyone remembers Solyndra. Before going bankrupt in 2011,...
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Mapping the Left – The Environmental Network

  Environmentalists like to preach that all life is connected – but they themselves are connected in an intricate web of activists, groups, money and influence. And our revamped Mapping the Left site kicks off by unveiling a new network showing how these links are spread across North Carolina. As we at Civitas created the...
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New Look, Continuing Mission: Mapping the Left

  If you’re a frequent visitor to Mapping the Left ( you have watched the website go through a transformation in the last few weeks. The look is new and has been redesigned with advanced capabilities. You will notice faster and more powerful, yet simple, searches, updated data, profiles and new photos.  We’ve even...
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NC’s ‘Steyer’ Wants to Re-educate Conservatives

The physical resemblance is uncanny, but it’s not the only thing Jay Faison and Tom Steyer have in common. They both are wealthy political environmental activists who have decided they will spend their millions/billions to support the politics of environmentalism and the agenda of Big Solar – one influencing the power elite, the other unbelieving...
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Mary Mountcastle and the Reynolds Family Connections

This is part two of a three-part series (click here for part 1) Susan Myrick It can be very difficult to grasp or visualize the vastness of the network of left-wing groups in North Carolina. But one way to start is with the key group on the left – and the family that dominates it....
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David Neal and the Reynolds Family Connections

This is part one of a three-part series Susan Myrick It can be very difficult to grasp or visualize the vastness of the network of left-wing groups in North Carolina. But one way to start is with the key group on the left, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation – and the family that dominates it....
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Mapping the Left – The Video
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Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation: Roots of Radicalism

Susan Myrick Z. Smith Reynolds, in a photo from the Reynolda House Museum of American Art. The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation hasn’t always been the largest funder of liberal activist organizations in North Carolina. But just as the Reynolds family moved away from the legacy of its founding patriarch, in time the foundation abandoned its...
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Mapping the Left: Introduction

In North Carolina, left-wing nonprofit advocacy groups for decades have wielded an alarming amount of power in the media, state politics, and government. They work together, both in loose coalitions and organized networks, to influence and control public policy. Only now, however, is there a user-friendly online database that sheds light on this vast, shadowy...
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