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Trending today on Jones Street – #TeacherPay

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:24
Governor Pat McCrory has not announced when he will formally release his budget blueprint, but he did share a few highlights at an elementary school in Charlotte this morning.  And as you can imagine, teacher compensation is one of the top trending stories on Jones Street today. Here are more of the tweets that have ...

U.S. Supreme Court to decide who can draw voting lines

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:10
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing argument today in a redistricting dispute out of Arizona that could bear directly on North Carolina voters. In the case, aptly captioned Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, the state legislature sued an independent redistricting commission approved by voters in 2000 to draw state and congressional voting lines. The lawmakers contend that ...

Questions about whether UNC Board of Governors violated open meetings law

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:01
Most of the focus at Friday’s University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors meeting was on a unanimous decision to close three academic centers, including an Chapel Hill law school center focused on poverty and run by a controversial law professor who has been a fierce critic of state Republican leaders But, questions have been ...

Will Supreme Court unleash a health care crisis?

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 09:15
Charlotte Observer reporter Ann Doss Helms makes things perfectly clear this morning just how big the stakes will be this week when the U.S. Supreme Court hears the King v. Burwell case challenging the lawfulness of Affordable Care Act health insurance subsidies in states like North Carolina. “More than 500,000 North Carolinians stand to lose ...

Veteran journalist offers surprising critique of Senate’s same-sex marriage bill

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 07:30
The Faytteville Observer published an op-ed over the weekend by reporter Paul Woolverton in which he critiqued the bill state Senators advanced last week to set up, in effect, “separate but equal” marriages for same sex couples. Interestingly though, his focus was not on the language allowing magistrates to opt out of marriage duties due ...

This week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 16:00
1. Senate leaders push to legalize discrimination  This was a remarkable week indeed at the General Assembly.  It is now clear that legislation supported by Senate leaders would allow public employees to refuse to provide state services based on race. That startling fact arose in a debate over a bill sponsored by Senate President Pro ...

Report assails K12, Inc.-backed California virtual charter school for producing more dropouts than graduates

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 15:41
A report released Thursday blasts K-12, Inc.-backed California Virtual Academies (CAVA), that state’s largest provider of online education, for producing few graduates and directing large amounts of revenue toward advertising, executive salaries and profit — while paying its teachers less than half the average wage traditional public school teachers earn. “It is too easy for kids to ...

Just in: State judge sends voter ID case to trial

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 15:39
Wake County Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan  has refused to dismiss a case challenging the state’s voter ID law, sending the case to trial in July instead. Under the so-called monster voting law passed in 2013, voters will have to show one of seven forms of photo identification to cast a ballot starting in 2016. “On behalf of our clients, ...

UNC Board of Governors eliminates poverty center, student protests disrupt meeting

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:52
CHARLOTTE – The University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors opted Friday to eliminate an academic center concentrated on poverty and run by a controversial professor. The Board of Governors, meeting on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, voted unanimously to accept recommendations to shut down three centers on three different ...

Trending today – #UNCBOG votes to shut down three university-based centers

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:22
Today’s top trending story is the decision by the UNC Board of Governors to close three university-based centers, including the Center on Work, Poverty and Opportunity at UNC Chapel Hill. Also on the chopping block: N.C. Central University’s Institute for Civic Engagement and the East Carolina University’s Center for Biodiversity. The unanimous vote came amid ...

Despite growing revenue shortfall, state lawmakers pursue more tax cuts for corporations

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:57
State lawmakers have introduced House Bill 117 (HB 117) that pushes for more tax cuts that benefit corporations, even as the state faces an ongoing revenue shortfall resulting from the tax plan passed in 2013. State lawmakers would like to change an arcane tax provision that determines the amount of state income taxes paid by ...

Statement by Gene Nichol on the UNC Board of Governors’ decision to close the Center on Poverty

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:08
*** Editor’s note: Policy Watch reporter Sarah Ovaska was at today’s meeting at UNC-Charlotte where the Board of Governors made their decision. She will have a full story on today’s developments and reaction coming-up this afternoon on the Progressive Pulse.***   ‘I have no words to match the gratitude I feel for the astonishing support ...

Will big day for UNC Board of Governors in Charlotte be a dark one too?

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 09:23
NC Policy Watch reporter Sarah Ovaska is on the scene in Charlotte today so be sure to follow her tweets at @SarahOvaska as the UNC Board of Governors takes up multiple major controversies. Meanwhile, if you’d like to get a better handle on what the board ought to be doing today, be sure to read ...

Editorials blast Tillis for misunderstanding his role in Lynch confirmation

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:17
Both the Greensboro News & Record and Raleigh’s News & Observer take Senator Thom Tillis to task this morning for his “‘no” vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday on the confirmation of Attorney General nominee (and North Carolina native) Loretta Lynch. Lynch’s one-time hometown paper, the News & Record pus it this way: “Thom ...

35 Year Wage Stagnation Continues with One Bright Spot

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:56
New analysis from the Economic Policy Institute on the performance of wages across the distribution in 2014 finds that with few exceptions inflation-adjusted wages fell or stagnated for most groups. This isn’t anything new as there has been a long-term trend of wage stagnation that has meant the majority of workers are struggling to make ...

Trending today across North Carolina

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:12
Tricky road conditions and thousands without power are the top stories of the day across North Carolina. But what else is trending?  Stories about the confirmation of  NC native Loretta Lynch, Senator Thom Tillis, funding for  the UNC system, net neutrality, and a pretty interesting poll about which political parties trust which media outlets by ...

NC native Loretta Lynch approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:27
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of North Carolina native Loretta Lynch to serve as the country’s next Attorney General by a 12-8 vote. The vote fell largely along party lines, with three Republican senators — Orrin Hatch, Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake — joining all nine Democratic senators on the committee ...

Asheville judge and former magistrate explains folly of Berger’s separate-but-equal marriage bill

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:28
If you didn’t get your paper this morning because of the snow, be sure to click here to check out Asheville judge Perry Dror’s op-ed on the state Senate’s latest marriage discrimination proposal in Raleigh’s News & Observer.  As Dror explains: I understand that some magistrates have felt deep concern about whether they should marry ...

UNC Board of Governors meeting still on, discussion of poverty center closure expected

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:45
Despite the snow storm that socked the state overnight, the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors is still scheduled to hold their meetings today and tomorrow in Charlotte. One of the items slated for discussion at a sub-committee this morning is a recommendation to close three centers in the university system, including the Center ...

Tillis mum on support for NC native and Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:15
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote this morning on the nomination of North Carolina native Loretta Lynch to serve as the nation’s next Attorney General. If approved by the Committee, her nomination will move to the full Senate for a final vote, and if confirmed there Lynch will become the first African-American ...

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