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McCrory tries to walk back parts of HB2, LGBT advocates call Executive Order insufficient, “weak”

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 22:10
Just hours after another major employer announced it would end a planned expansion in North Carolina because of House Bill 2, Governor Pat McCrory issued an executive order to address concerns over the law he signed three weeks earlier. In a You Tube video, the governor explained his order: *   Maintains common sense gender-specific restroom ...

McCrory issues executive order on #HB2 – Is it at all meaningful?

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 15:22
Days after blasting critics of his new all-purpose discrimination law for supposedly conducting a “smear campaign,” Gov. Pat McCrory was singing a slightly different tune today in a statement and executive order in which he attempted to walk back some parts of the new law. Here is the response from the  ACLU of North Carolina, ...

Public forum on disproportionate school suspensions on for tonight in Raleigh

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 13:54
Last month, Policy Watch reported on the troubling numbers behind suspensions in North Carolina schools, particularly when it comes to the racial disparity. School staff told members of the State Board of Education that the rate of short-term suspensions for black students, about 3 out of every 10, more than tripled the rate for white students. And, ...

Deutsche Bank “unwilling” to expand in North Carolina because of anti-LGBT law, freezes 250 jobs

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 10:10
Deutsche Bank becomes the latest corporation to announce it is cancelling jobs planned for North Carolina following the signing of House Bill 2. The global financial services provider announced Tuesday morning that the decision was based on legislation that invalidated existing protections of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens and prevents municipalities ...

Say what? NC lawmaker calls for “civility in public discourse” after labeling HB2 opponents a “mob” pushing “a radical agenda”

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 09:49
North Carolina State Representative David Lewis appears to have established a new standard for illogic and self-contradiction recently in a defense of HB 2 he included in his recent “Capitol Connection” newsletter. The newsletter, which featured the very civil subject line “NY Liberals Know What’s Right for NC?” included this rather remarkable passage: “Much of ...

When did the Christian Action League become experts on sexual predators?

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 08:00
You’ve got to hand it to the troubled souls on the religious far right who are defending North Carolina’s new, all-purpose discrimination law, HB2. They have their story and they’re sticking to it — no matter how utterly preposterous it is. The latest evidence of this cringe-inducing situation was visible yesterday at a rally organized ...

Governor McCrory provides glimpse into his budget proposal that he will unveil in late April

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 18:20
At a press conference earlier today, Governor Pat McCrory provided a narrow and preliminary look into his budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year that begins in July 2016. His remarks focused solely on the investments that he would make in the health and services (HHS) section of the budget. The Governor stated a desire ...

As supporters, opponents of House Bill 2 square off, Jimmy Buffett says “stupid law” should be repealed

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 14:01
Governor McCrory’s decision to sign House Bill 2 continues to be  a lightning rod for controversy. Monday at noon supporters of the so-called “bathroom bill” gathered on the Capital Building grounds. Across the street,  opponents of House Bill 2 voiced their opposition to the discriminatory law. On both sides there were signs that indicated the ...

Last week was great for workers, just not here

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 13:35
Last week was great for workers—if you live in California or New York. Not so much for workers here in North Carolina. Starting with wages, California and New York just put more than 60 million workers into the $15 an hour minimum wage economy, joining 24 other states with minimum wages higher than the Federal ...

North Carolina senator talks loans to fund teacher training for teaching assistants

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:10
At Policy Watch, we’ve reported extensively on the struggle to recruit and hold onto teachers in North Carolina, particularly given the ongoing back-and-forth over lagging teacher pay in the state. And as many school leaders have testified, it’s a major problem in the state’s low-performing schools.  Now, here is some interesting news over the weekend, ...

HB2 blocks access to court for victims of workplace discrimination

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:50
By now hopefully you’ve heard that HB2 wasn’t just about the right of transgender individuals to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. Among other things, HB2 also eliminated important protections for employees who are fired for a discriminatory reason– based on race, religion, sex, disability or age. An opinion piece in Raleigh’s ...

Forsyth County schoolteacher skewers state leaders, LGBT discrimination law

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:08
Occasional NC Policy Watch contributor and Forsyth County high school teacher Stuart Egan has been cranking out a series of on-the-money and, in come cases, hilarious take-downs of North Carolina’s new LGBT discrimination law and the people behind it of late on his blog, Caffeinated Rage. This post, however, which was also featured recently in ...

John Kasich joins Haley in rebuking McCrory on HB 2; Spellings worries; Burr utters two falsehoods

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 07:41
The news regarding his LGBT discrimination law didn’t get much better for Gov. Pat McCrory over the weekend. Just days after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley rejected his decision to sign HB2, one of the nation’s highest profile Republicans followed suit. Here’s Ohio Governor and presidential candidate John Kasich on CBS News’ Face the Nation: ...

Springsteen cancels North Carolina show in a fight against “prejudice and bigotry”

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 17:28
Bruce Springsteen, one of rock’s biggest icons took a stand against House Bill 2 on Friday, cancelling Sunday’s planned concert in Greensboro. Here’s the official statement: As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are ...

This Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 14:30
1. Ayn Rand-Franklin Graham government A toxic combination of economic and religious fundamentalism is poisoning North Carolina North Carolina’s latest spasm of state-sponsored bigotry — the LGBT discrimination law that has once again made the state a national pariah and laughingstock in recent days — was clearly driven to a great degree by a desire ...

News & Observer editorial calls for “big raise” for teachers

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:37
N.C. Policy Watch reported this week on the humdrum response to Gov. Pat McCrory’s big teacher pay announcement, an announcement that coupled one-time bonuses for teachers with an average 5 percent pay raise. Now, like many education advocates who spoke out this week, The News & Observer‘s editorial board has joined a chorus criticizing McCrory and ...

Is this the worst thing North Carolina has done to vulnerable people in modern times?

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:10
There are clearly a lot of strong contenders in the dark contest mentioned in the headline above. The state’s ongoing decision to deny healthcare to hundreds of thousands of struggling people is a tough one to beat. So are the decisions to underfund and privatize our public schools, demolish our state environmental protection agency, enact ...

Nikki Haley: Making Pat McCrory look foolish again on LGBT discrimination law

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 07:17
It’s a sad commentary as to how far things have fallen in North Carolina over the last five years that the state continues to be taken to the cleaners by the more open and forward thinking policies of…South Carolina. But the evidence continues to pile up. While North Carolina can’t get get Duke Energy to ...

Surprise! Margaret Spellings disappoints in response to LGBT discrimination law

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 14:00
New UNC system president Margaret Spellings has weighed in on the state’s new LGBT discrimination law with a memo addressed to all system chancellors. Not surprisingly, the memo, which foreshadowed its predictable conclusions with the bureaucratic subject line (“Guidance – Compliance with the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act”) does exactly what Spellings critics and ...

North Carolina has spent $12 million on private school vouchers this year

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 13:00
The Citizen-Times of Asheville is reporting this week that North Carolina has spent about $12 million this academic year, out of a budgeted $17.6 million, on the state’s controversial private school voucher program. The vouchers, provided by the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, offer $4,200 scholarships for low-income children to attend the state’s private schools, which are mostly religious ...

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