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Reaction to the Override of the SB2 Veto by State Senate

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 06:27
The state Senate wasted little time on Monday in overriding (32-16 ) Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2. The magistrate recusal bill now heads to the the NC House, where three-fifths of the members present must vote in favor of the override in order to overturn the governor’s veto stamp. Here’s what marriage ...

Senate likely to propose fewer dollars for schools in next round of budget debates

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 16:40
This week the Senate kicks into high gear as it hammers out the final details of its budget proposal, and one likelihood is coming into sharper focus—Senators will probably propose spending a lot less on education than their counterparts have in the House. Senate budget writer Harry Brown (R-Jones, Onslow) told the News & Observer ...

How the Senate could fail to override the Governor’s veto of the magistrates bill tonight

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 15:56
It’s almost assuredly not going to happen, but if there was a way for the motion to override the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 2 to fail tonight, here’s how it might conceivably happen: It takes a 3/5 vote of those present to override. Assuming everyone shows up that means 30 votes are necessary to ...

The Right’s gigantic lie about clean energy

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 14:30
Koch brother-funded groups like Americans for Prosperity have launched an all out assault in recent days against modest, common sense North Carolina public policies that encourage the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. They’ve tried just about every prevaricating message they can think of, but the one they seem to have settled on of ...

Duke Energy hit with another investor coal ash lawsuit, this time in federal court

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 13:06
As Triangle Business Journal first reported late last week, Duke Energy has been hit with yet another shareholder lawsuit arising out of the coal ash mess, this time by shareholder E.F. Greenberg and filed in federal court in Raleigh. Greenberg contends that Duke Energy’s directors made significant admissions regarding their conduct in response to coal ash ...

Nebraska moves us one step closer to death penalty abolition

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 12:05
The global and national trend is unmistakable and, let’s hope, irresistible: the death penalty is on the way out and increasingly confined to authoritarian/theocratic states and lawless regions controlled by criminal bands. In case you missed it, yesterday’s lead editorial in Raleigh’s News & Observer rightfully lauds Nebraska’s courageous repeal vote from last week and ...

Lt. Gov. Forest: NC should change basics of marriage law now that gays can wed

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 08:54
Remember that kid on the grade school playground who hated losing so much that he’d grab the ball and go home when the game stopped going his way? It’s seems a safe bet that North Carolina Lt. Governor Dan Forest was such a child. The man who is also pretty clearly North Carolina’s most reactionary ...

Eight stories to watch this week (with Audio)

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 06:34
Abortion waiting period extended – The Senate reconvenes today where members will take up a few amendments on House Bill 465 before taking the third and final vote on legislation that would require women in North Carolina to wait 72 hours before getting an abortion. The bill entitled the ‘Women and Children’s Protection Act of ...

This Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 09:11
1. So much for the charade of moderation in the General Assembly   When the state House passed its budget last week, Rep. Chuck McGrady noted its bipartisan support in a tweet that captured what the House leadership wanted people to think was happening in the General Assembly. “Sounds like the Speaker is leading from the ...

Don’t miss next week’s luncheon on the battle over renewable energy

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 15:56
Will lawmakers bust North Carolina’s clean energy boom? As has been reported recently by N.C. Policy Watch and other media outlets, some powerful North Carolina politicians and interest groups appear to have it in for solar power and other forms of sustainable energy.Recently, they helped advance legislation in both the House and the Senate that ...

Now that McCrory has found his veto stamp…

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 14:00
It’s been great to see Gov. McCrory veto two major pieces of legislation in as many days. His rejection of the absurd bill to re-institute marriage discrimination and the overly-broad proposal to limit free speech by employees who witness objectionable things in their workplaces (aka the “Ag Gag” bill)  constitutes a welcome departure from his ...

Gov. McCrory: Legislature “scared of their own shadow,” says more vetoes coming (including “ag-gag” bill)

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 12:38
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory made a surprise appearance at the quarterly meeting of the state’s public-private economic development board Friday morning, asking for support for economic financial incentives and his $3 billion transportation and infrastructure bond package. He also told board members, who are largely business people from around the state, that he’d made ...

Local “nonpartisan” nonprofit hosts the Kochs’ favorite presidential candidate for lunch

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:25
The nonpartisan (stop laughing!) inhabitants of the Pope Civitas Institute are having an interesting event next week. The group is hosting the Governor of Wisconsin and all-but-declared Presidential candidate Scott Walker for a fundraising lunch. You can be a “co-host” of the event for just five grand. Setting aside the red flags raised by a ...

Editorial decries latest assault on liberal arts in UNC system; blames McCrory and Pope

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 07:44
As reported in this space on Tuesday, the UNC Board of Governors took action recently to eliminate or consolidate 46 degree programs across the system. The authors of an editorial in this morning’s edition of the Wilmington Star News smell an ideological agenda and are rightfully critical of the move: “What’s notable, though, is the ...

McKissick on Senate’s HB 465 supporters: This body would overturn Roe v. Wade if they could (video)

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 22:30
The state Senate is one step away from passing legislation that would require women in North Carolina to wait 72 hours before getting an abortion. The bill entitled the ‘Women and Children’s Protection Act of 2015‘ would also require any abortion provider have board  certification in obstetrics or gynecology. House Bill 465 won tentative approval ...

McCrory to veto magistrates bill; math on override vote could be complicated

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 16:35
Good for Gov. Pat McCrory. He announced this afternoon that he would veto the bill passed by the House today that would allow magistrates to opt out of their duty to officiate at marriages due to their “religious beliefs.” Now, the question is: Can he make a veto stick or will he just get rolled ...

Sex offender who worked at Christian voucher school charged, head of school takes leave of absence

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 15:00
A registered sex offender who worked at a Fayetteville private Christian school that has received more than $100,000 in publicly-funded school vouchers is now facing criminal charges—and the head of the school that hired him has taken a leave of absence, WRAL reports. Paul Conner, 50, of Mosswood Lane in Fayetteville, is charged with three counts ...

The State Senate should build upon House’s budget plan, keep investments that build a stronger economy for all

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 14:38
Last week, the North Carolina House of Representatives approved a $22.2 billion state budget plan, which is overall a modest step towards building an economy that works for all North Carolinians. The budget represents a 5-percent increase over current year spending and the highest level of investments since the official economic recovery began in 2009.Yet, ...

Co-chair of NC Common Core Commission: Same sex marriage is about promoting “perverted lifestyle choice”

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 14:15
In case you missed it in all of the social issues hullabaloo at the General Assembly over the past 24 hours, the good people at Equality NC have unearthed a troubling Facebook post by the co-chairperson of North Carolina’s Academic Standards Review Commission (aka the Common Core Commission). Tammy Jobin Covil, an elected New Hanover ...

Head of North Carolina’s charter school office leaving, taking job with controversial virtual charter school

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 13:42
The head of North Carolina’s office overseeing charter schools is leaving for a job with a controversial virtual charter school opening up this year. Joel Medley, who had headed the N.C. Department of Public Instruction since 2011, is leaving his state job to become the head of school for the N.C Virtual Academy. The school ...

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