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Senate votes unanimously to confirm Larry Hall to Veterans Affairs post

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 07:00

The Senate voted unanimously Monday night to confirm former legislator Larry Hall as Secretary of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The vote was taken after weeks of back-and-forth in the courts over whether or not the Senate could continue with confirmation hearings while a lawsuit was pending. Gov. Roy Cooper sued legislative leaders ...

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Report: Trump voucher plan could “decimate” traditional public schools

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 15:10

A new report from the progressive Center for American Progress says President Trump’s campaign call for $20 billion in federally-backed private school vouchers could have dire impacts for the nation’s traditional public schools. While details of such a plan have been difficult to come by since his inauguration, expanding school choice options and vouchers is ...

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Federal appeals court schedules arguments in HB2 challenge

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 14:35

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging House Bill 2, North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBTQ legislation. The hearing is May 10 in Richmond, Virginia. The ACLU of North Carolina announced Monday that a three-judge panel with the federal appeals court will consider a request to block the anti-transgender provisions of ...

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U.S. Supreme Court punts Virginia transgender bathroom case back to lower court after Trump’s rights rollback

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 11:44

The U.S. Supreme Court remanded a transgender bathroom case in Virginia back to a lower court as a result of President Donald Trump’s rollback on protections for transgender students. In sending the case back, the high court avoided ruling on the matter and vacated a judgment in favor of plaintiff Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old student who was born female and identifies as male. The ...

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Monday surprise: Jeffrey Warren named research director of NC Policy Collaboratory

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 09:55

Jeffrey Warren finally got the job he wanted. After a national search, the soon-to-be former science adviser to Sen. Phil Berger, Warren has been named the research director of the NC Policy Collaboratory, a environmental think tank at UNC Chapel Hill. Warren will report to Brad Ives, the director of the Collaboratory, who also serves as the ...

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The best editorial of the weekend

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 07:00

There were several fine editorials in the state’s major newspapers over the weekend. The Charlotte Observer rightfully called for the resignation of the nation’s Attorney General in light of the blatant perjury in which he engaged during his confirmation hearing. Both the Winston-Salem Journal and Greensboro News & Record lauded Governor Roy Cooper’s education budget ...

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This Week in Pollution: Bacterial contamination closes 2,450 coastal acres to shellfish harvest

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 12:54

High levels of fecal bacteria have prompted state environmental officials to close some coastal and inland waters to harvesting oysters, clams and mussels. The 2,450 acres stretching across eight counties will be off-limits until further notice, state environmental officials announced. The affected counties are Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, Carteret, Craven, Pamlico and Hyde. The bacteria ...

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The Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 14:00

1. In North Carolina, the conservative war on academia merges with its war on the poor and vulnerable Right launches new attack on UNC legal centers that serve people in need For several years now, North Carolina conservatives have been waging a war on the poor, the vulnerable and people of color. From the evisceration ...

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Chapel Hill schools cancel class during “Day Without a Woman”

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 13:33

Here’s a developing story. The News & Observer is reporting that Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools will be closing next Wednesday. The reason? School officials are expecting a number of missing staff taking note of “Day Without a Woman,” a national protest intended to draw attention to the role of women in American society. From the ...

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New info: Blue Cross turned a $185 million profit in 2016, minimized ACA losses by 86%

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 12:23

On March 1, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina provided a year-end financial report for its health insurance business in 2016. What we learned is telling: after turning a small profit the prior year, Blue Cross produced a profit of $185 million in 2016. Much has been made in the past of the ...

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Former NC House member: I regret my vote for vouchers, time for the General Assembly to “correct course”

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 10:19

If you missed it this week, take time today to read Charles Jeter’s op-ed in The Charlotte Observer reflecting on his vote for school vouchers in the General Assembly. Jeter, a former member of the NC House who is now a government relations coordinator for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, details the findings of a new study on ...

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Governor’s budget makes important investments in Pre-K and child care

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 09:52

Gov. Cooper’s budget proposes lofty goals to improve North Carolina’s education system. A significant portion of that promise is focused on investing in high quality child care and increasing the number of children attending Pre-K. Investing in our state’s youngest and, often times, most vulnerable children is absolutely a step in the right direction. Here ...

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Another 1,500 jobs at stake as HB2 gridlock continues

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 07:43

There’s already a lot at stake in the battle over repealing HB2. In addition to what’s obviously at stake for LGBT North Carolinians, the state stands to lose millions in revenue related to major sports events as it faces boycotts. Now, WRAL reports, a company will likely bring 1,500 jobs to Wake County – with ...

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GOP lawmakers pushing another “you can’t make this stuff up” power grab

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 07:00

It’s beginning to look as if there are, literally, no bounds to the extent to which North Carolina Republican lawmakers are willing to go in their never-ending quest to repeal the 20th century and seize all political power in the state for themselves. At times, the proposals are so utterly outrageous and downright preposterous that ...

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Governor’s Justice & Public Safety budget invests in safe and healthy communities

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 15:00

The Governor’s proposed Justice & Public Safety budget for fiscal year 2018 includes $161 million, a 6.2 percent increase, in additional state funding compared to the current fiscal year budget. The majority of the additional funds are for pay raises for state employees along with other targeted investments, particularly in the area of public safety. ...

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Senate committee votes to move forward with Larry Hall’s confirmation

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 14:43

The fourth time was the charm for Larry Hall. A Senate committee voted unanimously to confirm Gov. Roy Cooper’s choice to head the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs after questioning him for about an hour and a half. A second Senate committee also approved Hall’s nomination and the full Senate will vote on ...

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Proposed federal Medicaid cuts, policy changes could be disastrous; General Assembly must act

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 14:00

Republicans in Washington are upping the ante when it comes to destroying health coverage gains that resulted from the Affordable Care Act. In addition to eliminating provisions that protect and ensure affordability to millions of Americans, the GOP has added provisions that would eliminate Medicaid expansion. Thirty-one states and DC were able to make significant ...

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Governor’s Budget Supports State Employees, Strengthens Military and Veteran Affairs, and Modernizes IT

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 14:00

Gov. Cooper has proposed additional funding that focuses on state employee salaries, securing and modernizing information technology (IT), and strengthening military and veteran affairs. Supporting good management practices in government is needed to ensure agencies carry out their missions effectively and efficiently for the benefit of all North Carolinians. In his first proposed budget released ...

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Governor’s budget reflects high priority for the health of North Carolinians

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 10:44

  Gov. Cooper presented a series of bold health initiatives in the budget proposal he released on Wednesday. In addition to Medicaid Expansion, it also would particularly improve access to care for North Carolinians with disabilities and mental health and substance abuse issues. The Governor proposed increasing the Health and Human Services budget overall by ...

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U.S. Supreme Court orders lower court to review Virginia’s racial gerrymandering case

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 10:30

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a decision in Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections, a racial gerrymandering case out of Virginia. The Southern Coalition for Social Justice had filed a brief in support of plaintiff’s in the case arguing that the state’s unnecessary use of race in redistricting fractured African-American communities and packed black ...

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