Under the Dome

Twice each week, the Under the Dome team at The News & Observer bring you the most in-depth analysis of topics in state government and politics for North Carolina. Learn more at newsobserver.com/dome

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Government
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The week ahead: October 18, 2021
News & Observer reporter Will Doran discussed what to expect from the North Carolina General Assembly the week of Oct. 18, 2021.
18 min
2
Monster, Part 4: All eyes on Raleigh
Investigative reporter Tyler Dukes outlines the things you must know about mapmaking under way in North Carolina.
29 min
3
The week ahead: Monday, Oct. 11, 2021
Dawn Vaughan and Will Doran tell you the biggest things to watch: Redistricting and budget negotiations, both of which are well underway.
15 min
4
Monster, Part 3: Math on the front lines
With a little help from the pros, reporter Tyler Dukes explains how math could help fight gerrymandering.
23 min
5
The week ahead: October 4, 2021
Danielle Battaglia and NCInsider editor Brian Murphy touch briefly on topics under consideration at the North Carolina General Assembly and also look back at a momentous night in North Carolina politics one year ago.
20 min
6
Monster, Part 2: What gerrymandering isn't
Identifying a gerrymander isn't always straightforward. Investigative reporter Tyler Dukes explains.
24 min
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The week ahead: September 27
Here's what's coming in North Carolina politics this week.
11 min
8
Monster, Part 1: So you want to make a map...
Investigative reporter Tyler Dukes explores the often conflicting rules of redistricting in North Carolina.
26 min
9
The week ahead: September 20
Here's what's coming in North Carolina politics for the week of Monday, Sept. 20
14 min
10
Closer look: The debate over school mask mandates
A closer look at the debate over mask mandates in North Carolina schools.
23 min
11
The week ahead: September 13, 2021
The week ahead: September 13, 2021
9 min
12
Closer look: Mo money, less problems?
Should North Carolina lawmakers make more money?
14 min
13
The week ahead: September 6, 2021
The week ahead: September 6, 2021
12 min
14
The week ahead: August 30, 2021
The week ahead: August 30, 2021
15 min
15
Closer look: Kids in court
15 min
16
The week ahead: August 23
The week ahead: August 23
17 min
17
Closer look: Ending the longest war, from the p...
NC state Rep. Grier Martin talks about the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan,
15 min
18
The week ahead: August 16
What's happening in North Carolina politics this week?
14 min
19
Closer look: History of the Legislative Building
Closer look: History of the Legislative Building
21 min
20
The week ahead: August 9
The week ahead: August 9
8 min
21
Closer look: An interview with state Sen. Natal...
Closer look: An interview with state Sen. Natalie Murdock
28 min
22
The week ahead: August 2
Budget talks, high school sports and critical race theory. Here's what's coming this week in North Carolina politics.
8 min
23
Closer look: Legislative scrutiny of the state'...
Why North Carolina lawmakers want the North Carolina High School Athletic Association to be more transparent
15 min
24
The week ahead: July 26, 2021
The week ahead: July 26, 2021
18 min
25
Closer look: The case of Dontae Sharp
Closer look: The case of Dontae Sharp
14 min
26
The week ahead: July 19th
The week ahead: July 19th
22 min
27
Closer look: A Conversation with U.S. Rep. Debo...
Closer look: A Conversation with U.S. Rep. Deborah Ross
28 min
28
The week ahead: July 12
The week ahead: July 12
15 min
29
What happened June 30: The day Nikole Hannah-Jo...
What happened June 30: The day Nikole Hannah-Jones was finally granted tenure at UNC
29 min
30
The week ahead: July 5
The week ahead: July 5
16 min
31
Closer look: Is a budget compromise possible?
Closer look: Is a budget compromise possible?
17 min
32
Closer look: The governor's powers
How, and why, North Carolina's legislature wants to limit the governor's powers
18 min
33
Closer Look: Election laws in North Carolina
Closer Look: Election laws in North Carolina
25 min
34
The week ahead: June 14
The week ahead: June 14
14 min
35
Closer Look: A 'dumpster fire' of a school year?
Closer Look: A 'dumpster fire' of a school year?
21 min
36
The week ahead: June 7
The week ahead: June 7
6 min
37
Closer look: North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson
Closer look: North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson
23 min
38
The week ahead: May 31
The week ahead: May 31
20 min
39
Closer look: Pandemic immunity for nursing home...
Closer look: Pandemic immunity for nursing homes and other health care facilities
20 min
40
The week ahead: May 24
The week ahead: May 24
14 min
41
Closer look: Firefighters seek help from the le...
Closer look: Firefighters seek help from the legislature
18 min
42
The week ahead: May 17
The week ahead: May 17
9 min
43
Closer look: The looming redistricting process
Closer look: The looming redistricting process
20 min
44
The week ahead: May 10
Here's what's happening in North Carolina politics this week.
15 min
45
Closer look: Deregulating the practice of some ...
A dive into a deregulation bill supported by a vast majority of North Carolina lawmakers.
20 min
46
Closer Look: Ground View of Protests
Closer Look: Ground View of Protests
25 min
47
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - The ...
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - The Final Chapter
27 min
48
The week ahead: April 26
Here's what's coming in North Carolina politics this week.
9 min
49
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chap...
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chapter Four
24 min
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Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chap...
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chapter Three
23 min
51
The week ahead: April 19
Here's what's coming in North Carolina politics this week.
9 min
52
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chap...
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chapter Two
23 min
53
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chap...
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chapter One
20 min
54
The week ahead: April 12
News & Observer political reporters discuss what's coming up this week in North Carolina politics.
15 min
55
Closer look: Nursing home visitors and "Cliffor...
Closer look: Nursing home visitors and "Clifford's Law"
13 min
56
The week ahead (sort of): April 5
The bills NC lawmakers want to pass this year
17 min
57
Closer Look: Where NCAA sports and public polic...
Closer Look: Where NCAA sports and public policy intersect
31 min
58
The week ahead: March 29
The week ahead: March 29
19 min
59
Closer Look: Persistent problems at NC DHHS lea...
Closer Look: Persistent problems at NC DHHS leave unsafe doctors treating patients
17 min
60
The week ahead: March 22
The week ahead: March 22
14 min
61
Closer Look: The Reopening of North Carolina Sc...
Dawn Vaughan talks with EducationNC reporter Alex Granados about schools reopening, and what the past year has been like for educators, students and elected officials as they managed major changes in public education during coronavirus.
21 min
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The week ahead: March 15
Here's what you need to know about what's coming up this week in North Carolina's General Assembly.
10 min
63
Closer look: Changing the game for kids with au...
Rep. Zack Hawkins talks about what the impact of an autism bill would have on families.
11 min
64
The week ahead: March 8
News & Observer politics reporter Will Doran walks listeners through potential N.C. General Assembly topics ranging from school reopenings to the regulation of jello shots and alcohol-infused ice cream.
12 min
65
Closer Look: NC bars struggle to survive COVID ...
Zach Medford of the N.C. Bar and Tavern Association discusses the unique challenges posed to his industry by government restrictions in North Carolina.
23 min
66
The week ahead: March 1
12 min
67
Closer look: Biden's EPA nominee, NC's Michael ...
A look at President Joe Biden's nominee for the Environmental Protection Agency
20 min
68
The week ahead: Feb. 22
10 min
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Closer look: About an oversight agency being di...
A look at an oversight agency inside North Carolina's General Assembly that's being eliminated.
11 min
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The week ahead: Feb. 15
11 min
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Closer Look: The latest data from the 2020 elec...
What election precinct data tells us about the state of politics North Carolina.
15 min
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The week ahead: Feb. 8
13 min
73
Rural Broadband: NC's Billion-Dollar Challenge
24 min
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Preview: The N&O's New Under The Dome Podcast
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