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Day 232 of Gov. McCrory denying justice to Henry McCollum and Leon Brown

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:08
Friday marks the 232nd day that Governor Pat McCrory has refused to grant a pardon of innocence to Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, the two Robeson County men who both spent 31 years in prison for a rape and murder they did not commit. The two men, both mentally disabled and struggling to pay their bills, ...

ACLU-NC: Push for equality far from over, even after High Court rules in marriage case (video)

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 09:27
This weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon, we sit down with the legal director of the ACLU of North Carolina to discuss this week’s marriage equality case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Chris Brook offers his take on the arguments, the questions the justices asked, and what may follow when the opinion is ...

Abortion waiting period bill: Laughable if it weren’t so cruel and dangerous

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 07:38
Durham physicians David Grimes and Amy Bryant authored an excellent op-ed for this morning’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer that aptly describes the new abortion waiting period bill recently adopted by the state House. This is from the essay; “These delays translate into increased risk and expense. No medical justification exists for these waiting periods, ...

The obvious next step for the NC death penalty

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 14:04
Today’s edition of the Fitzsimon File does a great job of exposing the downright craziness of the latest proposal to revive the death penalty in North Carolina and, in particular, the notion that we should keep the nature of the “drug cocktail” used to kill people a secret. Here’s Chris: “States that still execute people ...

The amazingly oblivious John Roberts: SCOTUS chief says buying judges is bad, but buying politicians is okay

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 13:22
As Sharon McCloskey reported in this space yesterday, the the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a modest victory for democracy this week when it said that states can ban direct campaign solicitations by judges. Would that North Carolina would join the list of states to do so. What was perhaps the most amazing thing about ...

Another huge success for vaccines: Rubella eradicated in the Americas

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:21
Tech Times has another story this morning that you can mention the next time some troubled soul tries to tell you that government should stop requiring vaccines in order to combat infectious diseases and protect the public health: “Health Officials Declare Rubella Completely Eradicated In The Americas Rubella, also known as German measles, a disease ...

A mostly dreadful night on Jones Street

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 07:30
State lawmakers made up for a sluggish (and, at times, even moderately encouraging) start to the 2015 session last night by passing a raft of dreadful and regressive bills that will continue North Carolina’s slide back into the pack of old confederate states that it once sought to lead. Here are just a few of ...

Prosperity Watch: Racial disparities rooted in history, hold back North Carolina’s economy

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:42
The Budget and Tax Center’s weekly posting of Prosperity Watch takes a look at how North Carolina’s communities are grappling with stark racial income disparities. Economic exclusion has its roots in predatory and discriminatory economic policies dating back centuries. The harm of that economic exclusion is stark. Communities of color are far more likely to ...

Day 230 of Gov. McCrory denying justice to Henry McCollum and Leon Brown

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:08
Wednesday marks the 230th day that Governor Pat McCrory has refused to grant a pardon of innocence to Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, the two Robeson County men who both spent 31 years in prison for a rape and murder they did not commit. The two men, both mentally disabled and struggling to pay their bills, need ...

New blog series: Engaging the faith and business communities on workers’ rights

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 14:44
[Editor’s note: Stan C. Kimer is a retired IBM executive and former President of the North Carolina Council of Churches. He now runs a firm which offers consulting services around diversity management and training, and talent/career development.] How critical is it to involve both the business community and the faith/religious community in promoting workers’ rights? ...

Just what a struggling state with too few jobs needs: more guns

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 13:53
Be sure to check out today’s edition of the Fitzsimon File — “More guns, more guns, more guns” — which details the latest of gun deregulation nonsense at the General Assembly. As Chris correctly points out in examining the legislation pushed yesterday in the House Judiciary I Committee by Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer (of anti-abortion fame): ...

Pro-censorship activism of McCrory Board of Ed nominee draws more criticism

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:02
It’s a crazy busy week at the General Assembly, so a lot of folks may have already lost sight of Gov. McCrory’s recent bizarre nomination of Samaritan’s Purse lawyer Todd Chasteen to serve on the state Board of Education. Fortunately, however, some rational people are speaking out about why the nomination is a very troubling ...

Just in: Supreme Court affirms ban on direct campaign solicitations by judges

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:18
In an opinion with implications for those states where judges are elected, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in a plurality opinion that states can ban direct solicitations. In the case out of Florida, Williams-Yulee v. Florida State Bar, lawyer Lanell Williams-Yulee landed in hot water with the state bar after, in connection with her candidacy ...

Moral Mondays-Forward Together movement returns to Raleigh

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 08:50
The Moral Mondays-Forward Together movement returns to Raleigh today to to blow a little fresh air onto the increasingly wacky goings on in the Legislative Building. In case you missed it, this is “Crossover Week”at the General Assembly and, unfortunately, the deadline has helped give rise to a spasm of new, far right proposals on ...

On Kennedy, dignity and marriage equality

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 06:52
Start your morning with this excellent essay by Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick about instances where the wheels fell off the gay marriage opposition bus yesterday, including most notably the failure of attorneys for that side to reach the critical swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy, where he lives — in the world of dignity. As Lithwick points out, Kennedy ...

Bill increasing UNC professors’ course loads will get more study (Audio)

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 17:10
A controversial Senate bill that would have sharply increased the workload of UNC professors was reworked before being unexpectedly shipped off to a study commission on Tuesday. Senate Bill 593 originally would have required all UNC professors to teach no fewer than four courses a semester. Teaching less than eight courses a year would see ...

New report: “Medicaid expansion is producing large gains in health coverage and saving states money”

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 16:42
The wonks at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities are out with a new and powerful report today on the increasingly-evident benefits of Medicaid expansion. Here’s the lead: “In the short time since states have been able to expand Medicaid to low-income adults under health reform, a clear divide has emerged between states that ...

Lawmakers tell state Supreme Court no need to hurry in redistricting case

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 14:23
In papers filed with the state Supreme Court yesterday, lawmakers told the justices there was no reason to expedite proceedings in the North Carolina redistricting case, Dickson v. Rucho, sent back here last week by the U.S. Supreme Court — at least not within the time frame that challengers to the state’s redistricting plan want. That ...

Senate bill would require teaching all NC schoolchildren conservative foreign policy principles

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 13:53
[This post has been updated] No, that headline is not a typo. The Senate Education Committee passed a bill this afternoon with less than two minutes of discussion that would require the following items to be taught in American history classes in the state: Constitutional limitations on government power to tax and spend and prompt ...

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