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Why mass deportation would cause a $10.6 billion loss for NC industries (graph)

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 14:20

In case you missed it, the Budget and Tax Center is out with a powerful new installment in its Prosperity Watch series — this one on the massive beneficial impact of immigrants to the North Carolina economy and what it would mean if we embarked upon the kind of mass deportation policies advanced by some ...

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Small bit of hurricane good news: 2007 law facilitates easier prescription drug refills for those impacted

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 09:35

As almost everyone is aware by now, Hurricane Matthew has triggered disastrous flooding throughout much of North Carolina. With the waters not expected to completely recede until at least October 26 and with an estimated $1.5 billion in damages to homes, businesses, and infrastructure, many counties are facing a long road to recovery. Further, there ...

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John McCain: Republicans will block any Clinton Supreme Court nominee

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 07:14

Just when you thought the gridlock in Washington couldn’t get any worse, a supposedly moderate “maverick” has indicated it will. Ian Millhiser at Think Progress reports: “Almost immediately after news of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death broke, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) proclaimed that ‘this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new ...

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How lawmakers undermined Durham’s plan to get people out of their cars

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 16:15

The next time you’re stuck in traffic on I-40 between Raleigh and Durham, you can blame, at least in part, the state legislature. (If you’re driving alone in a car, you also have to blame yourself.) Even 16 years ago, Durham County government could read the tea leaves that forecast a traffic daymare on the main drag between the two ...

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State report on controversial virtual charter schools due in the coming days

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 15:21

A state report on the first year of operations for North Carolina’s controversial virtual charter schools is likely to wrap in a matter of days, according to a top state consultant. Deanna Townsend-Smith, a consultant for N.C.’s Office of Charter Schools, told Policy Watch that she expects the report will, at the latest, be ready for ...

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What headlines are missing about Blue Cross’ premiums in 2017

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 12:35

Premium tax credits will lower sticker prices for most North Carolinians Late last week, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina announced that its requested Marketplace premium increases had been approved. The plans it will sell on the Marketplace in 2017 will see an average increase of 24.3% in premiums. However, media headlines like this one ...

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Five fast facts about the Wake County Transit Referendum

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 12:11

With early voting beginning this week, Wake County voters will have a chance to decide on a $2.3 Billion transit plan to relieve congestion and dramatically improve public transportation over the next decade. Here are five fast facts about the initiative from the good folks at Moving Wake County Forward: #1 – Wake County grows ...

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Another important gay rights case that could set the table for ending discrimination in employment

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 08:54

Here’s a bit of hopeful news to start your week: A federal appeals court in Chicago appears poised to extend a federal bar on employment discrimination to LGBTQ Americans. Ian Millhiser of Think Progress reports in “The most important gay rights case since marriage equality was won”: Americans enjoy a fundamental right to marry, regardless of ...

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Last Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 05:00

1. McCrory administration asks schools to submit plans for $173 million budget cut: Request comes despite large state surplus and big unmet education needs After years of complaints of paltry spending on public education in North Carolina, public school leaders say they may soon be facing another round of devastating cuts. School officials say a ...

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A sobering look at health – and health care – in North Carolina

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 15:58

As part of the News & Observer & Charlotte Observer’s look at how the state is doing heading toward the Nov. 8 election, the papers are doing great work looking at health issues in the state. From today’s piece on the thousands of North Carolinians who lack health insurance:   North Carolina is below the ...

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This Week in Pollution: coal ash, wastewater, dead animals

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 15:06

Reason No. 42,098 not to enter flooded areas: The historic high water that has inundated eastern North Carolina is a toxic vichysoisse of sewage, animal waste, coal ash and carcasses from the thousands of industrialized farms — all of which threaten the health of people living in that area. The state agriculture department estimates that at least 2 million dead ...

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NC Democratic Party suing State Board of Elections to extend voter registration deadline

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 14:31

The North Carolina Democratic Party filed a lawsuit today against the State Board of Elections to extend voter registration by five days. The deadline for residents to register is at 5 p.m., but many counties are experiencing significant flooding in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. The suit, which also names Kim Strach, Board of Elections executive ...

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Roy Williams’ inspiring stance on the National Anthem controversy

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 11:58

In case you missed it in all the hubbub this week (or just never received your newspaper, as has happened to a lot of folks), one of the most encouraging North Carolina political stories emanated from the world of sports. As Raleigh’s News & Observer reported Wednesday, UNC basketball coach Roy Williams has had some ...

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Editorial: Extend voter registration deadlines in aftermath of deadly storm

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 07:31

With Hurricane Matthew’s flood waters not yet receded, it’s pretty obvious that a lot of people in our state are not in a position right now to get the details of their lives fully in order. This would clearly include registering to vote. While the recent action of the federal Court of Appeals striking down ...

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Department of Justice to begin collecting nationwide police use of force data

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 16:18

The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that it plans to launch an online database early next year to begin tracking all instances of police use of force across the nation, not just incidents that lead to death. The effort is the largest federal undertaking of its kind but not unprecedented, and comes in the wake of numerous police-involved ...

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State charter school board talks streamlining charter approvals

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 14:51

As we reported at Policy Watch in August, members of the State Board of Education (SBE) and their Charter School Advisory Board aren’t seeing eye to eye these days. Case in point: Several charter board members and charter advocates expressed outrage after SBE members turned down a slate of prospective new charters this summer, citing ...

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More than 300 editorial boards across the nation have called for hearings on Obama’s Supreme Court nomination

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 13:56

There have been 638 editorials written by more than 300 editorial boards in every U.S. state urging the Senate to hold hearings on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland. Veteran D.C. court watcher and environmental policy advocate Glenn Sugameli released a state-by-state compilation of excerpts and links to the editorials. Of the ...

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Vinroot on Voter ID: No secret about it – Republicans tried to “curtail” Democrats

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 09:42

The Charlotte Observer’s Taylor Batten has an amazing account of Republican Richard Vinroot speaking out on the motivation behind voter ID. Vinroot, a respected Republican who served as Charlotte’s mayor from 1991–1995 and made three unsuccessful runs for governor, was asked about voter fraud and the need for voter ID at a Charlotte business lunch ...

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Authors of HB2 special session say “no” to holding one for hurricane response

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 09:35

Sometimes you just can’t, as they say, make this stuff up. In March of this year, North Carolina’s political leadership took the extraordinary step of summoning 170 legislators to Raleigh for a special session of the General Assembly. The urgent purpose: to pass a law enshrining discrimination against LGBTQ North Carolinians in state law. Now, ...

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Today’s “must read” news story: The hate that helped fuel and sustain HB2

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 08:15

Be sure to check out a powerful news article that appears in this morning’s Charlotte Observer. In “Permission to hate: North Carolina doesn’t see a need to protect LGBTQ people. But we found victims whose stories say otherwise,” reporter Elizabeth Leland details the experiences of several LGBTQ North Carolinians who have been discriminated against, victimized ...

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