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Have you seen this man?

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:50
According to some reports, serial right-wing troublemaker and convicted breaker and enterer James O’Keefe (that’s him on the left in his federal government mugshot) is back in North Carolina and looking to pull off another one of his dishonest stunts. O’Keefe, as you will recall, is a friend of the Pope groups who plead guilty ...

The Right’s big whopper about living wages and the fast food industry

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 08:41
Don’t you just love it when the business lobby and their toadies in the far right think tanks get all misty-eyed about the fate of those poor, poor workers who will supposedly be so much worse off if the minimum wage rises substantially? You know the rap: “Hey, it would be great if workers could ...

Today’s lead stories on NC Policy Watch

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 14:44
In case you missed them, two commentaries on the main Policy Watch website from earlier today are worth a look this afternoon. In today’s “Monday numbers,” Chris Fitzsimon lists some of the latest sobering numbers surrounding the unrepentant efforts of Senator Phil Berger, Rep. Paul Stam and some other troubled souls to block enforcement of ...

Rick Perry blasts Common Core that McCrory supports

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:01
The folks in the North Carolina Republican Party keep wanting to have it both ways on Common Core. Abolishing the standards has become a crusade for the Tea Party wing led by Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, when he is not planning wacky constitutional conventions.  But much of the state’s business community, specifically the NC Chamber, has been outspoken proponents ...

Expert explains huge masked problem with NC economy

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:49
In case you missed it over the weekend, Patrick Conway, the head of the economics Department at UNC Chapel Hill had an important op-ed in Raleigh’s News & Observer about the true state of the North Carolina economy. As Conway explains, the recent rosy claims of state officials and their apologists in the right-wing think ...

Expert: Dan Forest’s constitutional convention a “dangerous” idea

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 08:19
As reported on N.C. Policy Watch recently, some advocates on the far right — including North Carolina’s own Lt. Governor — have been pushing the radical idea of late that it’s time for a second American constitutional convention. For those who haven’t given the idea much thought, the dangers that would accompany such a move ...

GOP Senators press NC courts to revise memo, provide religious exemption on same-sex marriages

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 18:22
Senate Leader Phil Berger and a majority of the Senate GOP caucus on Friday sent a letter to the director of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts asking his office revise its recent memo spelling out that magistrates must treat same- sex marriages for which a marriage license has been issued the same way ...

Pollster: Undecided will swing NC’s U.S. Senate race, Libertarian unlikely a spoiler (video)

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:29
More news for from the campaign trail: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joins Sen. Kay Hagan in Charlotte on Saturday at an early voting event. Next week brings former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to North Carolina stumping for House Speaker Thom Tillis.  Then there’s word of the American Future Fund, a political group ...

Lawmakers to UNC system: Bring more conservative voices to campus, keep cutting administration costs

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:25
The UNC Board of Governors heard from several top lawmakers Thursday as part of an attempt by the system’s governing board to improve relations with the elected officials that fund them. So, what advice did they get? Bring more conservative voices to campuses, keep cutting administrative costs and, when you are asking for more funding, ...

From Southern charm to the nastiest in the nation

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:04
North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race has earned a new distinction: The race has aired the greatest number of negative commercials of any contest in the country. The non-partisan Center for Public Integrity has been tracking advertising nationwide and reports that we have officially become this year’s “great state of political hate.” Here’s more from the ...

Editorials: After the scandal, UNC must focus on reform, rebuilding integrity

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:56
The leading editorials in several North Carolina newspapers today weigh in on the academic scandal that rocked UNC-Chapel Hill this week and where the state’s flagship university goes from here. The Wilmington Star News writes: It was even worse than it appeared. The academic scandal that rocked the Tar Heel State’s flagship university went unchecked ...

Biggs nomination for federal judge takes a step forward

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:43
According to a Judiciary Committee spokesperson, both North Carolina senators have submitted “blue slips” for Loretta Copeland Biggs, nominated in September by President Obama to serve as a U.S. District Judge in the state’s Middle District. That signal of support by home state senators allows the nominee to proceed to a Judiciary Committee hearing and move a step ...

McCrory celebrates zoo exhibit that GOP opposed

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:24
Governor Pat McCrory was all smiles today at the N.C Zoo as he cut the ribbon for the new polar bear exhibit. It’s not the first time that state politicians have talked about polar bears. In the 2010 and 2012 elections, Republican-allied groups ran ads against Democrats in the General Assembly for supporting funding for ...

Do environmentalists get a fair shake in the state Supreme Court?

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:45
There was a collective eye-roll among environmental activists earlier this month when the state Supreme Court announced it was taking over a review of the lawsuit between environmental groups and the state Environmental Management Commission over the handling of Duke Energy coal ash sites — as if the result was preordained. Perhaps that’s because the conservative majority on ...

Early vote begins today

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:43
It’d be hard for find anyone in North Carolina unaware of the upcoming Nov. 4 election, with the political television and radio advertisements currently blanketing the state. The end is now in sight. Today marks the first day of early voting, and you can look up your counties’ early vote locations and times here. For ...

Utilties Commission giveaway should be appealed by Cooper, Public Staff

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
NC Policy Watch followers will recall that last week we reported on a an recent and egregious giveaway to big utility companies in which the North Carolina Utilities Commission pulled a mysterious and unforeseen rabbit out of a hat to reverse its own previous ruling from earlier this year. The case revolves around whether all ...

Governor releases statement on UNC academic fraud

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:43
Hours after UNC-Chapel Hill released details of an independent investigation into academic fraud at the school, Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement: “The finding of academic fraud is a disturbing reminder of what can happen, even at our flagship university, when we misplace priorities and have a lack of oversight. It is imperative that ...

Breaking: What’s happening with the Appalachian State voting site

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:41
As we reported early this morning, the Court of Appeals refused to review Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephen’s order requiring the opening of a voting site on the Appalachian State University campus. With that refusal, the State Board of Election scheduled a 4 p.m. meeting to vote on a new Watauga County plan that ...

Better late than never? Conservative conversion on Medicaid expansion continues

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:50
Conservative political support for one of the central components of Obamacare continues to grow. The latest conversion: North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis. This is from a story by reporter Craig Jarvis in Raleigh’s News & Observer about Tillis’  televised appearance on Time Warner Cable’s “Capital Tonight” show last evening: Medicaid: Asked if he thought ...

Wilmington-area charter school group says it can’t get salary information from contractor

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:44
The standoff between Baker Mitchell Jr, whose company runs four Wilmington-area charter schools, and North Carolina’s education agency is continuing. The state has demanded – but has yet to receive– details from Charter Day Schools, Inc. about the salaries paid out to Roger Bacon Academy employees who work in the four public charter schools run ...

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