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Death on the agenda at the NC Senate today

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 09:25
There’s good news and bad news from the North Carolina Senate today. The good news is that this is the last day for Senate committees to meet during the 2015 session. Senators will undoubtedly bend this rule in the days to come, but as a general matter, the official end of committees is a good ...

President announces rules to protect servicemen and women from loan sharks

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:36
Looking for something to restore your faith in our government? Then check out the new rules adopted yesterday by the Obama administration to clamp down on predatory lenders who take advantage of American servicemen and women. The new Department of Defense rules, which were announced Tuesday by the President in a speech to the Veterans ...

Local school boards may lose ability to sue county commissions over funding

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 16:07
If local school boards need a way to hold county commissions accountable when it comes to providing sufficient local funds for schools, they may soon lose a key feather in their hats — the ability to sue. Senate lawmakers passed an amended House bill Wednesday that strips local school boards of their ability to sue ...

House rejects Senate’s anti-environmental reg reform bill, sets-up conference committee (video)

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 15:45
It’s not just the state budget and Medicaid reform where legislators are at odds. On Wednesday the NC House voted overwhelmingly to reject the Senate’s latest version of a sweeping regulatory reform bill. House Bill 765, which began as a one-page bill about gravel hauling, was transformed by the Senate into a 58-page measure that ...

More #WageWeek: Advocates promote quality wages for caregivers, quality care for seniors (video)

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 12:22
As #WageWeek continues to celebrate local and state efforts to improve wages across the country, a growing campaign for quality wages for home healthcare workers and quality care for seniors launched in Raleigh on Monday at a Crucial Conversation event hosted by NC Policy Watch. Workers, legislators, and advocates spoke movingly at the event about ...

More on Koch group’s dishonest attack on renewable energy

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 10:38
Here are a few more details on the latest outrageous and inaccurate broadside launched by the North Carolina chapter of the Koch brothers-funded group known as Americans for Prosperity. As was explained in this space yesterday, AFP made the absurd claim that North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard —  a modest law designed to help ...

Wilmington City Council votes unanimously to oppose McCrory’s offshore oil drilling plan

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 07:52
Not that the powers that be in Raleigh appear terribly concerned about what the majority of people living along the North Carolina coast think, but another coastal community has spoken up loudly and clearly against Governor Pat McCrory’s wrongheaded decision to proceed with offshore oil exploration. This is from the lead article in this morning’s ...

Bill requiring physicals for all students advances

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 16:12
North Carolina law currently requires only kindergarteners to get physicals in order to enroll in public schools — but a bill moving through the General Assembly could soon require health assessments for all newly enrolled students in grades K-12, and failure to do so could mean some kids miss out on classroom instruction. Rep. John Torbett (R-Gaston) introduced the ...

Economic recovery is bypassing Tar Heel children and keeping child poverty high, new report finds

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 15:20
North Carolina is losing ground on key economic indicators such as child poverty and family economic security. A new report from NC Child  paints a bleak picture of how children are suffering from the fallout of an economy that is downright broken for many North Carolina families, as well as state lawmakers’ recent policy decisions. ...

N.C. Policy Watch (through N.C. Justice Center) and media groups suing McCrory over public record issues

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 14:39
The N.C. Justice Center, along with a number of media and non-profit coalition partners, filed a lawsuit against Gov. Pat McCrory today, accusing his office and administration of not fully complying with the state’s public records law. The lawsuit was filed in Wake County Superior Court. The N.C. Justice Center, an anti-poverty non-profit, filed the ...

Superintendents, teachers, TAs feel the pressure over delayed state budget (video)

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 13:02
Three weeks in to the new fiscal year and House and Senate leaders appear to be no closer to announcing a final budget compromise. NCAE Vice President Mark Jewell says the lack of a deal and the quickly approaching new school year has educators feeling especially nervous. “It’s a lot of pressure, in fact I’ve ...

Is this the most outrageous Koch-funded lie yet about renewable energy?

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 12:27
It’s an admittedly crowded field of competitors, but by any fair assessment, the Koch Brother-funded group, Americans for Prosperity North Carolina may just have posted its most dishonest and ridiculous claim yet about renewable energy. As you can see in the tweet below and by following the link it contains, the group claims that North ...

Advocates for raising the minimum wage are winning

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 11:08
This is the latest in a series of “Wage Week” posts that we are featuring on The Progressive Pulse to highlight efforts to raise the abysmally low and inadequate federal minimum wage. Follow the discussion on Twitter at #WageWeek By Vicki Meath, Executive Director of Just Economics As we approach the sixth anniversary of the ...

Confederate monument on State Capitol grounds vandalized, #BlackLivesMatter spray-painted on it

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 09:58
The words “Black Lives Matter” were spray-painted on a Confederate monument on the State Capitol grounds overnight, The Confederate Women’s Monument is downtown Raleigh is one of two Confederate monuments on the capitol grounds in downtown Raleigh, where Gov. Pat McCrory has his office. Workers had begun trying to remove the “Black Lives Matter” graffiti ...

Another editorial takes McCrory to task over Foley affair

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 08:11
The scathing assessments of Gov. Pat McCrory’s job performance continue to multiply — and, no, this is not a reference to Sen. Tom Apodaca’s observation that “the Governor doesn’t play much of a role in anything.” The new take-down comes from the editorial board of the Winston-Salem Journal, which blasts the Guv this morning over ...

Community Care of North Carolina downsizing, several top staff are reportedly out

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 17:06
Several top staff and board members of Community Care of North Carolina, the provider-led network that coordinates care for many Medicaid patients in the state, have left the organization. It’s unclear how many other members of the leadership team may have left the organization, with CCNC only issuing a vague statement about the recent departures ...

The fight against contingent labor is a civil rights struggle, too

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 14:52
The demonstration against the North Carolina legislature’s voter suppression law, organized by the NAACP and Moral Monday movement last Monday in Winston-Salem, was a stirring reminder that, fifty years after the Voting Rights Act, civil rights cannot be taken for granted in this country. But the organizers of the day’s event also called attention to ...

The erosion of the minimum wage hurts us all, a week to call for a raise to the minimum wage

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 09:31
This week will be commemorated as #wageweek by advocates, workers, and business leaders across the country. It was this week in 2009 that the federal minimum wage was last raised to $7.25 where it remains today. The failure of the federal minimum wage to be raised in the past six years is just the recent ...

Senate leaders dismiss McCrory as irrelevant…again

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 08:45
In case you wondered if the relationship between Senate leaders and Governor Pat McCrory has improved, the answer would be a resounding no judging by a recent interview of powerful Senate Rules Chair Tom Apodaca in the Asheville Citizen-Times. Apodaca was asked about the progress in state budget negotiations and blasted the House for “going ...

Top choice of NC’s Republican primary voters unapologetic after taking swipe at Sen. John McCain (w/video)

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 08:35
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to find new ways to outdo himself. His latest controversial remarks came over the weekend in Ames, Iowa when he told an audience he did not consider Arizona Senator John McCain to be a war hero. Here’s the quote that lead to the firestorm: “He’s not a war hero…he’s ...

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