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McCrory’s refugee stance: Parrots other conservative pols, being used for fundraising

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 12:40
As The Nation reports this morning, Gov. McCrory’s unfortunate posturing on Syrian refugees bears a striking resemblance to what other right-wing governors and politicians around the country are saying: “The growing US backlash against Syrian refugees continued to escalate on Tuesday, as at least 27 governors announced that they would close their states to asylum ...

Appalachian State backs out of extra pay increases for staff; Says $750 state bonus is legal limit

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:07
As the General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations convenes this morning to review, among other things, the generous new pay hikes provided to various UNC system chancellors, it’s increasingly clear that rank and file university personnel will get no more than the one-time, across-the-board $750 bonus authorized by the new state budget. According ...

Bring back the McCrory of 2008!

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 07:44
Not that we needed one, but this morning’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer offers yet another reminder of how state budgets are put together in Raleigh these days. As the story written by Patrick Gannon of The Insider details, Rep. David Lewis, the powerful chair of the House Rules Committee “took significant steps in ...

Syrian refugees should find a home in NC

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 14:47
The parent organization of N.C. Policy Watch, the North Carolina Justice Center, issued the following statement today in response to Gov. McCrory’s announcement yesterday that he would oppose Syrian refugees coming to North Carolina: Statement from the NC Justice Center: Syrian refugees should find home in NC Times of great human tragedy are a moral ...

Hey Guv, if you’re really serious about excluding potential terrorists…

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:45
Regarding your recent pronouncement that we will no longer accept Syrian refugees, all I can say is, WOOOH! Yeah! Sing it, girl! Speaking truth to the powerless, that’s my guv! I mean, I don’t think it sounds terribly legal, but you were so brave and forthright, telling traumatized families to continue to wander the earth ...

Margaret Spellings and the for-profit college industry

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 10:36
Yesterday in The Nation, Zoe Carpenter laid bare the many reasons people who care about higher education should be concerned about the recent naming of Margaret Spellings as president of the University of North Carolina system. Those reasons — close ties to the deceptive and imploding for-profit college sector, former leadership of a student loan debt ...

McCrory reverses course on refugees, gets in line with other GOP governors

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 09:02
In case you missed it yesterday, Taylor Batten of the Charlotte Observer authored a damning article about Gov. McCrory’s sudden reversal of course on Syrian refugees that took place on — what a surprise!– the same day several other Republican governors decided to stoke public fears about immigrants and attack the Obama administration. As Batten ...

ACLU urges governors to end unfounded blame of Syrian refugees (video)

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 06:31
Governor Pat McCrory is among more than a dozen governors urging the Obama administration to cease the resettlement of Syrian refugees to the United States. Cecillia Wang, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said: “Some politicians have attempted to fabricate a link between the tragedy in Paris and the resettlement of ...

Lake Lure charter school suspends school clubs following uproar over LGBT group

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 15:48
A Lake Lure charter school suspended all of its extra-curricular clubs last week after controversy erupted over a new club that supports lesbian, gay and transgender students. The board of directors for Lake Lure Classical Academy, which serves students from kindergarten through high school in Rutherford County community, voted for the temporary suspension of extra-curricular ...

Six things to have on your radar this week

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 13:55
#1 Charter Schools – The North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board is meeting in Raleigh this afternoon and again on Tuesday. Members have scheduled a policy discussion on charter school funding and evaluating charter school educators. Learn more here. #2 Living Wage – Wake County Commissioners will discuss amending the County’s Personnel Ordinance to  provide  ...

NC students to benefit from $102 million multistate settlement with for-profit schools chain

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 13:02
State attorneys general from North Carolina and 38 other states plus the District of Columbia today announced a $102 million student loan forgiveness settlement with Pittsburgh-based for-profit school chain Education Management Corporation. EDMC operates 110 schools in 32 states and Canada, including Argosy University, Brown Mackie College and South University, as well as The Art Institutes, which ...

Another day, another story about a fat cat McCrory contributor getting special treatment

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 07:45
Got a traffic problem in your neighborhood? No problem, just call Gov. McCrory! In case you missed it over the weekend, Raleigh’s News & Observer has yet another story about a campaign contributor to Pat McCrory getting special treatment. In this case, it appears a new Highway Patrol campaign to crack down on sleeping truckers ...

UNC governing board will give lawmakers closed-door details about chancellor raises

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 17:05
The governing board of the state’s public university system decided Friday to hand over audio recordings and documents to legislative leaders from a closed-door discussion last month raising the pay of a dozen chancellors. Friday’s  meeting of the university system’s Board of Governors was called in order to deal with a request from Republicans state Senate ...

SCOTUS agrees to hear Texas abortion and Virginia redistricting cases

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 14:51
In orders released this afternoon, the U.S. Supreme Court added two controversial cases to this term’s docket, agreeing to hear a case out of Texas concerning a requirement that abortion physicians have hospital admitting privileges and a case out of Virginia concerning the redistricting of one of the state’s congressional districts. The Texas case, Whole Woman’s Health v. ...

This Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 14:30
1. Lessons from the disappearing budget provision in McCrory’s pay to play scandal The newest revelations in the pay to play scandal now swirling around the McCrory Administration don’t make the governor look any better but they are a reminder of how concentrated power has become in the General Assembly and how absurd the state ...

NY Times spurs progress on race-based policing; Come to next week’s luncheon and learn more

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 12:41
In case you missed it, the recent featured article in the New York Times on discriminatory, race-based policing in North Carolina and, in particular, the city of Greensboro, has spurred a positive response. As the Times reported Wednesday: “The police chief in Greensboro, N.C., has ordered his officers to stop pulling over motorists for minor ...

Make voting easier

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 11:01
State Sen. Jeff Jackson (D-Mecklenburg) offers up five ways North Carolina could make voting easier in this post on Medium this morning, all of which are simple and common sense moves that have been time-tested and proven successful in other states. They include automatic registration through the DMV, vote by mail, permanent absentee voting, pre-registration ...

This morning’s must read: N&O editor on why we need universal health insurance

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 07:44
Sometimes, journalists do their best and most important writing when they share trials and travails from their own lives. Such is the case this morning in the “Focus” section of Raleigh’s News & Observer in an  important story by Burgetta Eplin Wheeler entitled “The many agonies of our health care nonsystem.” In the article, Wheeler ...

Student achievement, test scores front and center as commission weighs Common Core’s fate (video)

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 04:42
When the Academic Standards Review Commission meets Friday afternoon members will review how North Carolina students fared on the 2015 NAEP tests. The so-called Nation’s Report Card measures the proficiency of 4th and 8th graders in reading and math. The discussion about students’ ability to perform at or above a proficient level comes as commission ...

North Carolina cares about what the economy needs, a better balance to our unemployment insurance system

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 16:06
The Governor has announced that another $600 million tax cut for businesses will be implemented after the state has reached an arbitrary balance of $1 billion in the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund through drastic cuts that have harmed jobless workers by reducing the accessibility of the program, eliminating support for skills training and shrinking the critical ...

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