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Chris Brook of the ACLU of NC speaks about HB2 litigation

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 08:00

At this past Thursday’s Crucial Conversation (“One year later: What now for HB2?”)  multiple audience members asked ACLU of NC legal director Chris Brook for his take on the impact of the Trump administration on HB2, as well as the broader question of what the fight over HB2 means for LGBTQ rights more generally. “There’s ...

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This week’s top five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 16:00

This Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch  1. School choice supporters tout questionable data on charters Charter schools in North Carolina are becomingly increasingly white and affluent. Those are two of the overriding conclusions derived from recent analysis of the state’s charter population by a variety of stakeholders. But a new set of numbers ...

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North Carolina not creating enough jobs to keep up with demands of working-age population

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 15:00

There’s more sobering news today on the state economy that conservative lawmakers are constantly (and, as it turns out, erroneously) touting as some kind of incredible success story. The bottom line: North Carolina continues to under-perform much of the rest of the nation in the post-Great Recession national recovery. This is new from the experts ...

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Congress changes Trumpcare in dead of night to allow insurers to cap coverage and deny care

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 09:05

Shortly before 11 PM last night, the Republican House of Representatives amended their Trumpcare bill. Following the House’s delay of a planned floor vote on the American Health Care Act yesterday, Republican leadership made the change to persuade hardline conservatives in the Freedom Caucus to vote for the bill. Zachary Tracer from Bloomberg explains how this ...

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UNC Center for Civil Rights sets the record straight in response to Board of Governors’ attack

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 07:00

As was explained in this post late last month, conservative members of the UNC Board of Governors are seeking to muzzle and cripple the Center for Civil Rights that’s a part of the UNC School of Law at Chapel Hill. This week the Center staff shared a detailed response to the BOG with NC Policy ...

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With legislative fix to class size crisis stalling, teacher advocates say thousands of jobs at stake

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:44

An estimated 4,500 teachers across the state may lose their jobs next school year if members of the N.C. General Assembly don’t act on a legislative fix to the state’s looming class size, N.C. Association of Educators President Mark Jewell said Thursday. “Many of our state public school teachers are on edge about whether or ...

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Legislature overrides veto, joins seven other states in making partisan judicial elections law

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:15

Superior and District Court judicial candidates will now be identified on the ballot with an R or D by their name. The Republican-led General Assembly voted to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of House Bill 100. The House voted along party lines to override the veto yesterday and the Senate voted today. Ford Porter, ...

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HB2 a year in: “We continue to steer toward the iceberg”

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 15:26

On the first anniversary of HB2’s signing into law, Governor Roy Cooper continued to implore the Republican majority in the state legislature to repeal the law, which he said has “harmed our reputation and cost our economy thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars.” Calling the day “a dark anniversary,” Cooper said in ...

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U.S. House vote on Medicaid matters to me

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:54

The first brief in the Medicaid Matters series aims to raise awareness and understanding as to why Medicaid is important not only to nearly 75 million Medicaid beneficiaries across the U.S, but to all North Carolinians. While I am passionate about the work I do as part of the Health Advocacy Project, there is a very personal reason why ...

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Coverage losses, cost shifts to North Carolina could result from US House vote today on health care coverage

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:21

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on the American Health Care Act today which seeks to strip the health care coverage extended to millions of Americans in recent years, shift the cost of health care onto middle and low income consumers and give the wealthiest taxpayers a tax cut. It has been called ...

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Congress sneaking in last-minute change to make Trumpcare even worse

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:12

Ahead of a floor vote scheduled for later today, Republican leadership in the House has realized that they do not have enough votes right now to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Trump-Ryan proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As a result, Trump and others are trying to sneak ...

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Trump budget would eliminate professional development funding for NC educators

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 06:54

President Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint offers bad news for public schools. His proposal – which, thankfully, has a way to go before becoming law – proposes eliminating all professional development funding for teachers and principals. The elimination of the $2.4 billion Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program (also known as Title II) would reduce North ...

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N.C. House overrides Cooper’s veto of bill making judicial elections partisan again

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 16:46

The Republican-led House voted Wednesday 74 to 44 along party lines to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill that would make Superior and District Court judicial elections partisan again. The Senate must also vote to override House Bill 100. If the body overrides the bill and it becomes law, North Carolina joins only ...

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Five Questions with Chris Sgro of Equality N.C.

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 14:09

As Executive Director of Equality North Carolina, LGBTQ advocate Chris Sgro has been on the front-line of the battle against HB2 since before it was signed into law a year ago. But when former N.C. House member Ralph Johnson died in office last year, Sgro was chosen to finish out his term – making him, ...

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U.S. Supreme Court: Schools must provide more than minimal education to disabled students

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:27

In a unanimous opinion released today, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a disabled student and his family who did not believe a Colorado school district was doing enough to provide an adequate education. School districts must provide students with disabilities more than a “merely more than de minimis” education, according to the opinion. That language was ...

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Bill to bring guns into more places of worship in House committee today

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:08

It’s good to know that the North Carolina General Assembly is focusing on the critical matters holding back the state these days — things like laws that might (gasp!) dissuade gun owners from bringing their weapons to their church, synagogue or mosque. Today, the House Judiciary I Committee will take up legislation that seeks to ...

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Trump’s skinny budget would cut North Carolina’s medical research projects

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 06:54

As pointed out last week, President Trump’s proposed skinny budget shows a lack of vision as it makes no attempt to prioritize the allocation of money against various important American needs and priorities in a strategic manner. Since the skinny budget was released, there has been more analysis across the county as to how the ...

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N&O slams GOP teacher pay claims as “mostly false”

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:23

A “PolitiFact NC” report late Monday from The News & Observer is finding some dubious assertions about teacher pay by influential N.C. Senate Republican Phil Berger. Berger, who serves as Senate president, recently claimed his party raised average teacher pay in the state by more than 15 percent over the last three years. According to ...

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Cooper files notice of appeal of Senate confirmation hearings; asks court to pause process

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 15:01

Gov. Roy Cooper is appealing a three-judge panel’s ruling that the North Carolina Senate’s confirmation hearings are constitutional. He has also asked the Wake County Superior Court to stop the hearings while the appeal is pending. Cooper’s attorneys filed the notice of appeal and motion for stay Monday. “Here, staying the effectiveness of the Advice and Consent Amendment ...

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