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Day Three of “Altered State: How 5 years of conservative rule have redefined North Carolina”

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 11:43
In case you missed it, be sure to check out today’s third installment in our new special report: “Altered State: How 5 years of conservative rule have redefined North Carolina.” Today’s story, “Yanking away the ladder: Legislature blocks and cuts programs that help people climb out of poverty,” is written by reporter Sarah Ovaska-Few and ...

Stop the suicidal gun madness

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 08:00
The lead editorials in this morning’s New York Times and Los Angeles Times are absolutely correct in their assessments of the insane gun carnage that grips our nation. This is the excellent conclusion of the NYT piece: “Those who reject sensible gun controls will say anything to avoid implicating the growth in the civilian arsenal. ...

Demonstrators arrested for protesting HB 318 have their say

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 06:10
Today the six demonstrators who were arrested in late October for blocking traffic outside the Governor’s Mansion protesting HB 318 will hold a press conference outside of the Wake County Justice Center after appearing in court. Why do they adamantly oppose HB 318, the Protect North Carolina Workers Act? As the Alto HB 318 Coalition ...

On the day of yet another mass shooting, physicians demand change in gun violence research

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 16:54
Ho hum. Another day, another mass shooting in America thanks to the madness of powerful killing machines being made readily accessible to mentally ill people and the zealotry of confused people who have twisted our Constitution into absurd knots. On such a dreary day, it’s worth pointing out, once again, that a rising tide of ...

Day Two of “Altered State: How 5 years of conservative rule have redefined North Carolina”

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 15:14
In case you missed it, be sure to check out today’s second installment in our new special report: “Altered State: How 5 years of conservative rule have redefined North Carolina.” “Public investment falls, tax responsibility shifts” is written by Alexandra Sirota of the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center and it documents the amazing shift ...

Sen. Tillis wants to make it easier for employers to hire foreign visa workers instead of local workers

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 13:02
The law is very clear that employers who wish to use the H-2A or H-2B “guestworker” programs, which allows US employers to import foreign workers to perform jobs in agriculture and other low-skilled industries on a temporary basis, must first recruit US workers to fill those job vacancies.  Employers are only allowed to import foreign ...

Immigrants in NC: Is the current hostile atmosphere the new normal?

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 11:20
The best answer to the question in the headline above, of course, is “Let’s fervently hope not.” Unfortunately, recent events indicate that there’s reason for concern. As Professor Julie Weise of the University of Oregon made clear in an excellent column in Raleigh’s News & Observer last week critiquing Governor McCrory’s transformation since his days ...

Greensboro columnist looks at whether NC is a terrorist hotbed

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 08:09
Doug Clark of the Greensboro News & Record adds his name this morning to the growing list of observers who have detected a hard and unpleasant truth about terrorists and North Carolina — namely, we’re just as likely to produce them as import them from elsewhere. Here’s Clark: “Our ugly secret is out. ‘Forget Syria. ...

Day One of “Altered State: How 5 years of conservative rule have redefined North Carolina”

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 16:10
In case you missed it, be sure to check out today’s introduction to our new special report: “Altered State: How 5 years of conservative rule have redefined North Carolina.” The intro is written by Chris Fitzsimon and it’s entitled “Wrecking Crew.” Here’s the opening: “In October 2011, just a few months after the end of ...

Mother of famed basketball star Len Bias helps make the case for Medicaid expansion

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 14:00
At yesterday’s NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation luncheon, Dr. Lonise Bias, the mother of famed basketball star Len Bias who died tragically in 1986 from cocaine abuse, told of her journey from the tragedy of losing two sons to becoming a national spokesperson for the cause of combating substance use disorder. Dr. Bias was joined ...

School backs off of ban on LGBTQ+ group and other student clubs

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 10:48
A bit of hopeful news to start the final month of the year from-the ACLU of North Carolina: Lake Lure School Board Votes to Reinstate LGBTQ+ and Other Student Clubs LAKE LURE, N.C. – The Board of Directors of Lake Lure Classical Academy voted in a special session last night to lift its ban on ...

Chancellor endorses Koch Brothers-funded center at Western Carolina

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 06:42
As reported in this space two weeks ago, administrators at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee are considering a proposal by the controversial fossil fuel magnates, the Koch Brothers, that would give $2 million to the university to establish the WCU “Center for Study of Free Enterprise.” The proposal would make Western one of the largest ...

Federal judges rule redistricting lawsuit, 2016 elections move forward as scheduled

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 16:22
A three-judge panel presiding over the redistricting lawsuit in Greensboro has ruled that the case will move forward to trial in April while the 2016 elections cycle continues on schedule, with candidate filing opening on December 1 and primaries to take place in March. The parties in Covington v. North Carolina — a lawsuit filed ...

New lawsuit challenges constitutionality of judicial retention elections

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 13:32
Raleigh lawyer Sabra Faires and two voters filed a lawsuit today in Wake County Superior Court challenging a recently enacted law changing how state residents vote for state Supreme Court justices running for reelection. Instead of choosing between the incumbent and a challenger, voters now only have the right to approve or reject the sitting justice. Should the vote ...

Top state Sen. Apodaca leaving state legislature, vacancies abound

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 12:41
There’s some more shakeup in the state legislature, with today’s announcement by powerful state Sen. Tom Apodaca that he won’t run again. Apodaca, a Hendersonville Republican, told the Charlotte Observer that he was ready to leave the politics, given the changes the state has seen since Republicans took over both houses of the state legislature ...

New NC Policy Watch report: Half-decade of conservative rule has altered, weakened North Carolina

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 11:55
N.C. Policy Watch will unveil a special report over the next several days that documents the dramatic changes brought about by five years of conservative political leadership in the Tar Heel state. “Altered State — How 5 years of conservative rule have redefined North Carolina,” contains eight new news stories and three new works of ...

P.R. flacks for UNC: Another wrinkle in the absurd privatization game

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 09:27
In case you missed it over the weekend, Gene Nichol was dead on in an op-ed blasting the University of North Carolina’s multimillion dollar expenditures on public relations firms in the wake of recent academic and athletic scandals. As Nichol rightfully points out, the notion that public institutions must turn to high-priced private consultants to ...

Editorial laments sorry state of childcare, longs for days of Jim Hunt

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 07:34
The lead editorial in this morning’s Winston-Salem Journal tells it like it is in an editorial blasting the state-sponsored child abuse that is North Carolina’s ridiculously underfunded and overwhelmed childcare system. As the editorial explains, two decades after the progress issued in by former Gov. Jim Hunt and his signature program, Smart Start, neglect and ...

NC’s Small Business Could Use a Boost

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 08:52
With the sounds of Small Business Saturday in the air, it’s a good time to take stock of how main street businesses in North Carolina have fared over the last several years. The end of the Great Recession certainly improved the prospects for small businesses, but the recovery here in North Carolina has had a ...

Points to help you talk turkey on Thanksgiving

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 14:59
In case you missed it, the good folks at the N.C. Budget and Tax Center have prepared a nice contribution for your Thanksgiving potluck — a series of talking points to help you converse with your less-well-informed dinner companions. Enjoy! Here are some key facts to throw out there as you pass the gravy boat ...

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