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Poll: Trump now top choice of NC’s Republican primary voters (video)

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 05:56
North Carolina Republicans voters don’t appear to be troubled by a recent slate of controversial remarks by Donald Trump. A new poll by Public Policy Polling finds Trump the top presidential choice of Republican primary voters across North Carolina. The latest poll shows Trump earning 16% of the vote — that compares to 12% for ...

Who accredits the for-profit colleges that scam students?

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 16:04
In case you missed it, I have a story on our main site today that takes a look at how the now-defunct for-profit Corinthian Colleges sold many students up a creek, including some North Carolina veterans who are saddled with big debts and worthless degrees and coursework. In response to the story, one reader questioned ...

Momentum is building in other states when it comes to strong tax credits for working families

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 15:26
Within the last month, policymakers in three states approved tax changes that will strengthen family economic security and support a stronger, more inclusive economy. Policymakers in New Jersey and Rhode Island approved expansions in their state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) and California officials adopted its first state EITC, which goes to people that work ...

14 NC magistrates seek to opt of of performing same-sex marriages under SB2

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 12:44
The U.S. Supreme Court has made it clear that states can no longer block same-sex couples from getting married, but the ruling does not prevent some North Carolina magistrates from refusing to perform marriages under Senate Bill 2. SB2, that became law last month after legislators overrode Gov. McCrory’s veto, allows for magistrates to opt ...

Former state Rep. Stephen LaRoque sentenced two years in prison for stealing $300K

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:34
Note: this post will be updated throughout the morning. Stephen LaRoque was sentenced to two years in prison this morning by a federal judge for stealing more than $300,000 from a federally-funded non-profit. He will self report to federal prison sometime in the next 30 days. LaRoque, a former Republican state representative from Kinston, pleaded ...

Greensboro considers legal options following ‘political revenge’ redistricting bill

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:16
The Greensboro City Council holds a special meeting this evening to discuss whether to legally challenge House Bill 263. The controversial bill that dramatically changes the council’s district boundaries was pushed through the House last week after a major rewrite and little notice to the public. Critics of the bill said at the very least ...

Rising up against voter suppression

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:07
Bob Geary  has put together the compelling reasons for folks to head to Winston-Salem Monday for the march and rally for voting rights on the first day of the federal court trial of the voter suppression law passed by the General Assembly in 2013. Geary reminds us that the law includes more than 50 pages ...

With the graying of North Carolina, a renewed focus on caregivers

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 15:34
If you’re caring for an older parent or have ever been in the position of finding a trusted caregiver for a family member, you won’t want to miss NC Policy Watch’s upcoming Crucial Conversation. On Monday, July 20th, state Rep. Yvonne Holley and Allan Freyer, director of the Workers’ Rights Project of the North Carolina ...

WUNC: Making the leap from textbooks to digital not so easy in NC

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 14:10
WUNC’s Reema Khrais reports that North Carolina’s support for classroom textbooks has dwindled to rock bottom—and while you might figure that students would instead have access to comparable educational materials in the digital world, making that transition is not happening very quickly and comes at a steep cost. Schools don’t have the money to buy books, ...

UNC asks court to stay affirmative action case pending U.S. Supreme Court review of similar Texas challenge

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 13:21
Attorneys for the University of North Carolina have asked U.S. District Judge Loretta C. Biggs in Winston-Salem to stay proceedings in the case challenging its admissions policies pending review by the U.S. Supreme Court of an affirmative action case out of Texas, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. How the high court rules next term in Fisher will have some ...

Former state Rep. LaRoque finds out sentence – probation or prison – tomorrow

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 11:45
Stephen LaRoque will find out his fate tomorrow, as a federal judge decides whether he should spend time in prison for stealing  $300,000 from a federally-funded non-profit. LaRoque, a former Republican state representative from Kinston who served in a leadership position, plead guilty earlier this year to the theft, shortly before a second trial was ...

Editorial: Senate’s budget proposals will make schools worse

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 11:04
Legislators hoping to enjoy a few days of R&R this week may find a less than warm homecoming from local educators in their districts. The Wilmington Star News writes in a Tuesday editorial: Teachers, it seems as if some North Carolina legislators really want you to move to another state. The state Senate’s budget plan ...

Vacationing Senator Tillman not worried about budget uncertainty at schools

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 07:14
Senator Jerry Tillman and the rest of the General Assembly are on vacation this week even though they have not finished their most important task of the summer, passing a state budget for the next two years. The delay is causing problems for school districts across the state as local education officials don’t know how ...

State Board of Education proposes interagency advisory panel to seek solutions for educating at-risk students

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 15:37
In response to a recent order stemming from a 20+ year old court case that requires all North Carolinian children to have access to a sound basic education, the State Board of Education submitted a plan with the court last week to address how it will ensure all students succeed academically — and that proposal includes ...

The latest CEO pay outrages

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 14:20
The good folks at Inequality.org are out with the latest edition of Too Much Online and it includes a wellspring of damning new stats and findings about runaway CEO pay and the gaps between the super-rich and everyone else. The latest issue also feature a new and disturbing infographic on CEO compensation. Scroll down to ...

UNC Poverty Center shuts down, but work continues on at new group

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 09:25
The University of North Carolina’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, in order to comply with a February decision by the university’s system governing board, shut its doors last week. The privately-funded center based out of the Chapel Hill law school, UNC Board of Governor Chairman John Fennebresque explained in an editorial, “was unable to ...

Not so fast on a dismissal of the state voter ID case, law’s challengers say

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 08:53
The parties challenging the voter ID provisions of the state’s 2013 election law changes in state court have asked the judge to put the case on hold until after the 2016 presidential primary, saying that only then will the merits of the recently adopted “reasonable impediment” process for voters lacking a photo ID be established. ...

As state lawmakers question the value of driver’s ed, locals raise a red flag

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 08:30
North Carolina legislators won’t resume budget talks for another week, but it’s clear locals officials are worried about public safety if the final spending package fails to fund driver’s education programs at our schools. The Asheville Citizen Times reports local school leaders acknowledge the need for the program, but can no longer absorb the costs ...

The real threat to NC beaches is not sharks

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 07:32
In the aftermath of the troubling shark attacks that have plagued North Carolina beaches this summer, there’s been a natural tendency to worry about the economic impact — both short and long-term — on the beach tourism economy. Bloody, weekly attacks by wild animals are not exactly what you call good publicity. As Ned Barnett ...

The least the NRA could do

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:45
As yesterday’s panic at a shopping mall in Fayetteville makes clear, average Americans are rightfully terrified at the idea of people openly walking around carrying guns in public venues of this kind. They do no want it and it clearly needs to be unlawful throughout the United States. Moreover, a completely clear and permanent ban ...

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