NC Policy Watch's the Progessive Pulse

Subscribe to NC Policy Watch's the Progessive Pulse feed NC Policy Watch's the Progessive Pulse
Affecting NC public policy through informed, energetic and progressive conversations.
Updated: 38 min 24 sec ago

Sierra Club calls for an end to failed “solar bee” project in Jordan Lake

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 11:12
As Chris Fitzsimon explained at some length earlier this month, the silly experiment by state environmental officials to clean up the Triangle’s Jordan Lake with over-sized eggbeaters known as “solar bees” has been the disastrous flop that anyone paying attention could have foreseen: “It is now indisputable that the mixers still in place aren’t doing ...

McCrory zigzagging from moment to moment as pressure builds to repeal discrimination law

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 07:51
When it comes to his performance in enacting and defending North Carolina’s new all-purpose discrimination law, being accused of hypocrisy by Gov. Pat McCrory (the nonsensical charge he keeps lobbing at the opponents of the new law) is a little like being accused by Donald Trump of having a bad comb-over. The Governor, who leaps ...

Advocates, people in need demand closure of the Coverage Gap as Medicaid “reform” hearings commence

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 15:45
North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services has a busy few weeks ahead as it commences a series of public hearings around the state concerning its plan to privatize the state Medicaid program and obtain a waiver from the Federal government that would approve the scheme. Yesterday, a large crowd attended the first public ...

Group warns of potential problems for achievement school districts in North Carolina

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 14:39
While lawmakers on a state House committee considered a timetable for approval of legislation creating achievement school districts Wednesday, an official representing local school boards warned legislators that there could be legal troubles ahead for the controversial school reform method. “While we are now on version 51 (of this bill), there are still tons of unanswered questions,” ...

Revenue is up but North Carolina still falls short

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 12:55
Revenue remains up in North Carolina. This isn’t surprising as the national and state economies are growing. Revenue collections are expected to be $237 million above projections for this fiscal year, which is welcome news. However, as previously highlighted, this better-than-anticipated revenue does not mean we have adequate revenue to meet the needs and priorities ...

As more states ban travel to NC, another invites NC businesses to relocate away from discriminatory HB2

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 11:07
Boston’s City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to ban taxpayer-funded travel to North Carolina. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also announced that he was prohibiting official travel to the Tar Heel state following the passage of House Bill 2. Because of North Carolina’s new law of intolerance and exclusion, the Mayor will prohibit official travel to N.C. ...

Is this the most dishonest defense of NC’s new discrimination law yet? (Video)

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 10:44
Gov. Pat McCrory has been lashing out sporadically and incoherently at “the liberal media” in recent days and Senate President Phil Berger has been issuing startlingly dishonest and offensive statements about male predators invading women’s restrooms, but the award for “most dishonest defense of the state’s new discrimination law yet” probably has to go Lt. ...

Rev. Barber highlights the racism lurking behind NC’s new anti-LGBT law

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 08:00
North Carolina NAACP President William Barber is on the money again this week with an op-ed in Soujourner magazine (co-written with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove) about some of the less well-reported facts about Gov. Pat McCrory’s new discrimination law. As Barber highlights, it’s been lost in the widespread outrage over the LGBT discrimination language in the new ...

ICYMI: Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts on the state’s decision to overturn her city’s nondiscrimination ordinance (Full Video)

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 04:00
If you weren’t able to attend NC Policy Watch’s Crucial Conversation with Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts that full program is now available online. Mayor Roberts joined us to discuss the overturning of her city’s new nondiscrimination ordinance. Roberts was accompanied by NC Justice Center Executive Director Rick Glazier, ACLU-NC Legal Director Chris Brook, plaintiff in ...

House leader questions fiscal feasibility of achievement school districts in North Carolina

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 16:53
N.C. Rep. Rob Bryan, a Republican from Mecklenburg County and perhaps the legislature’s biggest champion of achievement school districts, unveiled a new draft of the bill Wednesday that would legalize the controversial model in North Carolina, but at least one powerful House Republican questioned whether the state could afford the reforms. Bryan told legislators on the House ...

McCrory shuts off reporters again, dismisses discussion of “ridiculous restroom and locker room policies”

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 13:55
Gov. Pat McCrory skipped the 74th annual meeting of the NC Chamber in Greensboro today for another vitally important act of governance — unveiling a future U.S. Interstate 70 sign today during a ceremony in Goldsboro. Nonetheless, some local reporters caught up with the Guv and tried to ask him about his approval of the ...

LGBT discrimination update: Washington Guv bans travel to NC; Gerrymandering insulates HB2 supporters

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 11:25
Developments surrounding the biggest policy story in North Carolina in 2016 continue to pour in. Here are two more: #1 – The Governor of Washington state has banned state travel to North Carolina. According to AP: “Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has joined other government officials in banning nearly all official travel to North Carolina because ...

Got something to say about Medicaid reform? possible expansion? Today’s your day.

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 10:05
The state Department of Health and Human Services is in the process of seeking the public’s input on the draft NC Medicaid reform plan. Comments received by  April 18th will help shape the final Medicaid waiver application that will be sent to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for approval. You can view the ...

Richard Burr revives his silence routine on LGBT discrimination law

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 07:30
For a man beholden to millions of his fellow citizens for his job, North Carolina’s senior senator, Richard Burr, has a strangely introverted and secretive side when it comes to some important matters of public policy. For years now, Burr has been blocking appointments to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Federal Court for the ...

McCrory presses AG Cooper to defend anti-LGBT HB2, suggests he’s open to making the law “better in the future”

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 21:39
Attorney General Roy Cooper made it clear Tuesday that his office would not defend the state’s new anti-discrimination law against court challenges. Cooper called the legislation signed by Governor Pat McCrory  last week ‘a national embarrassment.’ McCrory, facing a challenge by Cooper for his seat in November, responded with a You Tube video late in ...

NC Chamber: The silent elephant in the room in the discrimination debate

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 16:08
What gives with the NC Chamber? There was a time when, in its previous iteration as North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, the NC Chamber was mostly a force for slightly-right-of-center moderation in state politics and policy. Over the last several years, however, since former Martin administration official and public education booster Phil Kirk ...

Ladd: Don’t take my report as an endorsement of achievement school zones

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 11:58
Take this month’s report on the not-so-good numbers of the Turning Around N.C.’s Lowest Achieving Schools program, or TALAS, as a “disappointment,” says one of the report’s co-authors, Duke University Professor of Public Policy Helen Ladd. Take it as an indictment of how the “low-performing” designation can impact a school’s ability to retain teachers and affluent ...

Editorials call for repeal of discrimination law

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 10:16
As noted in the post immediately below, the Winston-Salem Journal called on state leaders this morning to repeal the new discrimination law. As it noted in “Governor, legislature must rescind costly ‘Bathroom bill'”: “And how will the legislature’s law be enforced? Will we need to have a valid ID handy, or even our birth certificate, when ...

As pressure mounts, McCrory flails wildly

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 07:40
There’s old adage from the world of law that goes like this: If the facts are on your side, pound on the facts. If the law is on your side, pound on the law. And if neither the facts nor the law is on your side, pound on the table. Pat McCrory has quickly resorted ...

McCrory blames media for outcry over anti-LGBT law; Human Rights Campaign calls response “malarkey”

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 20:08
Governor Pat McCrory’s office issued a statement Monday in response to the ACLU’s lawsuit against HB2. Graham Wilson, the governor’s press secretary, called the legal challenge a distortion of facts by opponents of the law and members of the media. “To counter a coordinated national effort to mislead the public, intimidate our business community and ...

Pages