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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 ...

Predictions of Minnesota’s economic demise were greatly exaggerated

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:24
This guest post was contributed by Nan Madden, director of the Minnesota Budget Project in St. Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota is basking in some attention in news outlets across the nation highlighting its strong economy, low unemployment numbers and a median wage sitting above the national average. That’s not the scenario painted two years ago by ...

AARP presses McCrory to veto “Ag Gag” Bill

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:53
AARP is formally urging Governor McCrory to use his veto stamp on House Bill 405, noting the so-called “Ag Gag” legislation prevents abuses from being reported in healthcare facilities and nursing homes. Here’s more from the group’s press release: AARP is calling on Governor McCrory to veto House Bill 405 – The Property Protection Act ...

Temporary guestworkers jobs are bad for workers, bad for NC

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 08:30
A new report from the Economic Policy Institute compares the economic outcomes of three groups of Mexican immigrants working in the U.S.: legal permanent residents (LPRs), unauthorized workers, and H-2A and H-2B temporary visa workers. There are two federal visas that allow employers to import unskilled, foreign workers on a temporary basis: the H-2A visa ...

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