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Help us figure out where lawmakers stand on one very basic question

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 11:07

In case you missed it, in the aftermath of the repeal of HB2, NC Policy Watch has launched a new and simple, but very important initiative. We are looking to identify areas of common ground that may provide avenues for progress in this controversial area of North Carolina public policy. Current state law makes it ...

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The best editorial of the weekend

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 07:30

In case you missed it yesterday, the Greensboro News & Record had another fine editorial that takes the General Assembly to task yet again for its latest unwarranted power grab in the state courts system. As NC Policy Watch reporter Melissa Boughton reported last week, state lawmakers have advanced an array of bills in recent ...

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The Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 09:07

  1. Almost absolute power is corrupting in Raleigh, absolutely Here is something you may not know about the way the General Assembly works these days.  The odds are that your senator and representative have almost no say in what happens to controversial legislation. None. This week when the Senate considered a proposal from the ...

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Editorials skewer GOP lawmaker for outrageous Hitler-Lincoln comparison

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 09:16

The controversy over North Carolina state representative Larry Pittman continues to swirl. As you will recall, the Cabarrus County Republican compared Abraham Lincoln to Adolf Hitler on his Facebook page this week in a bizarre rant about the Civil War. Pittman, of course, also introduced a bill this week to reinstate a ban on same-sex ...

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Nothing has changed: Reviving GOP health care bill would mean more uninsured, costlier coverage in North Carolina

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 07:30

President Trump earlier this week stated that he still wants to reform healthcare in America, even though Congress – with its Republican majority – failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) last month. According to Trump, he wants to finish healthcare reform before shifting to tax reform and working on infrastructure. However, ...

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With lawsuit pending, legislature moves to boost staff for new GOP schools superintendent

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 13:11

With GOP leaders complaining of statutory roadblocks to staffing in the state’s new public school chief’s office, North Carolina lawmakers seem primed to act on the superintendent’s behalf. State House Republicans introduced a bill this week that would allow Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson to create at least five positions within the state schools ...

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Lawmakers advance anti-immigrant bill; Come learn more at next week’s Policy Watch breakfast

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 11:59

In case you missed it, a North Carolina Senate committee advanced a positively Trump-like bill this week that would purport to cut off state funding to cities that are not in “compliance” (whatever that means) with state laws related to immigration. While the bill in question is so poorly drafted and illogical as to be ...

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Mecklenburg, Forsyth schoolteachers speak out on pay, class size, vouchers

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:03

Two North Carolina schoolteachers authored fine assessments of state education policy this week. Charlotte-Mecklenburg schoolteacher Justin Parmeter has written another fine post on the reality that confronts North Carolina school teachers in light of rising benefit costs: Rising cost of benefits means NC teachers earn less each year Last week, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Ann Clark ...

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Conservative lawmakers to introduce omnibus Biblical inerrancy law

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 15:57

(Warning: this post is a parody — though the fact that we have to make that explicit probably says something about the current state of things in North Carolina.) In an effort to build on the warm reception they received this week to their introduction of the “Uphold Historical Marriage Act” — a proposal that ...

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House Speaker: Bill attempting to ban gay marriage will not be heard

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 13:45

Just days after passing legislation to repeal the anti-LGBT legislation known as HB2, the last thing legislative leaders wanted was to wade into another highly-publicized, controversial battle over gay marriage. House Speaker Tim Moore issued a statement Wednesday saying House Bill 780, which would bar same-sex marriages in North Carolina and refuse to recognize such ...

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Undocumented immigrants pay their fair share of taxes, too

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 12:01

Tax Day is just around the corner, and this year is no different than any other for countless undocumented immigrants filling tax forms in North Carolina. Current rhetoric on immigration often overlooks the important contributions undocumented immigrants make to our communities as neighbors, workers, and taxpayers. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy recently released ...

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Senate’s new and poorly-designed voucher program would expand avenues for educational fraud

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 11:23

Last week, Senators Barefoot, Clark, and Lee introduced SB 603, a bill creating a new voucher program that would provide approximately $9,000 per year to students with disabilities going to nonpublic schools. Known as “education savings accounts” or ESAs, these new types of vouchers differ from traditional vouchers in that parents may spend the money ...

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Local officials voice overwhelming opposition to latest GOP overhaul of county elections boards

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 09:30

Not that anyone would ever expected Republican lawmakers in Raleigh to give a hoot, but it’s worth noting that almost all local elections officials are none too happy with one of the more controversial provisions in the new Republican bill to merge the state Board of Elections and Ethics Commission. We know this because of ...

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Four Republicans introduce bill to outlaw gay marriage in NC, return to ‘decree of Almighty God’

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 08:00

If it were up to four white, Republican male lawmakers, same-sex marriage would be banned in North Carolina. In fact, they’ve introduced a bill to do just that, despite a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling to the contrary. Obergefell v. Hodges be damned — House Bill 780 states that not only that the highest court in the ...

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WATCH: Forsyth County legislator introduce Republican plan for Medicaid expansion (Carolina Cares)

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 21:24

Rep. Donny Lambeth introduced House Bill 662 Tuesday, a new Republican proposal to provide health coverage for the state’s working poor. Click below to hear Lambeth discuss the work requirement in the bill and how the initiative could be paid for.

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Bill to shrink state Court of Appeals, add to Supreme Court’s workload in Governor’s hands now

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 19:22

Republican lawmakers have ignored every piece of advice and concern from the legal community over the last few weeks regarding shrinking the Court of Appeals and passed House Bill 239 Tuesday. The bill not only reduces the court from 15 to 12 judges, it takes away three types of cases and adds them to the ...

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In delaying recommendation, Duke University subcommittee concerned about “credibility” problem with new natural gas plant

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 17:02

For a university that has always been protective of its global reputation, contributing to global greenhouse gases through a natural gas plant is no way to burnish that image. That’s one of the conclusions of a Duke University Campus Sustainability Subcommittee, which released a report on a proposed combined heat-and- power natural gas plant today. As ...

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Medicaid expansion has allowed millions with substance use disorders to get health coverage, access treatment

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 15:59

Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) have become a serious challenge in America. Abuse of prescription painkillers now ranks second as the nation’s most widespread illegal drug problem, according to the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Today, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), released a report concluding that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ...

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Report: Black elementary teachers spur graduation for black students

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 14:40

A new study shows black elementary school teachers may have a positive impact on high school graduation for black students in North Carolina, The News & Observer reports. The report, published by researchers from Johns Hopkins University, American University and the Univ. of California, would seem to offer evidence of the benefits of teacher diversity ...

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Students protest racism, transgender policies, dorm conditions at Salem College

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 14:05

Students at Salem College, a private women’s college in Winston-Salem, began a sit-in Monday to protest what they say are racist attitudes and policies, anti-transgender admissions policies and poor living conditions on campus. More than 100 students at the college of about 1,100 participated in the protest at its outset, according to reports, occupying the ...

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