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McCrory calls for food benefits for hurricane victims, denies them to victims of economic storms

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 14:17

Gov. Pat McCrory’s office has become a press release machine in recent days as it has sought to narrate every micro-development in the Hurricane Matthew story and, not coincidentally, keep the guv in the public eye. Few of the releases are truly newsworthy, but a couple ought to cause a raised eyebrow or two. Take, ...

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Trump, Clinton address Supreme Court nominations during debate

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 13:01

The next president will likely set the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Americans got a glimpse Sunday night of how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s visions divide when it comes to nominating justices. In short, Clinton wants progressive minds leading the court. She said during the second Presidential debate that she thinks the ...

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Logic Fail: Conservative NC group peddles misleading paper on tax cuts

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 12:02

Did you know that drinking lemonade can give you sunburn? If you haven’t, don’t worry, it’s not true. However, a paper just released by the Civitas Institute traffics in just these kinds of erroneous connections. The study claims that recent tax cuts in North Carolina have led to thousands of new jobs, but the analysis ...

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USA Today editorial decries conservative blockade of judicial nominees, highlights NC

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 11:25

In case you missed it, there was a fine editorial in USA Today a couple of days back slamming the ongoing blockade of Obama nominees to the federal courts, including the nation’s longest, which — thanks to Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr — is right here in North Carolina. This is from “Justice delayed: Gamesmanship ...

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The new normal? Editorial asks the right question in hurricane’s aftermath

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 07:52

The city of Fayetteville has taken it on the chin in recent days from Hurricane Matthew and in the aftermath, an editorial in the Fayetteville Observer (“Is this what we’ll get from climate change?”) is asking a vitally important question that state political leaders have been ignoring for far too long: “Is this the new ...

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Monday map time: When hell is high water

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 16:01

At 68 feet, the portion of the Cape Fear River near the Bladen-Cumberland county line is 26 feet above flood stage and inching its way to a record of 75. The gauge here at the Huske Lock is one of 15 in eastern North Carolina that indicates major flooding. (Click on the dots on the interactive map ...

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SNAP works for North Carolina’s Children

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 14:59

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps North Carolina families put food on the table. But we know now that it accomplishes much more than that. Research increasingly shows that SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, can ward against the long-term effects on children experiencing poverty, abuse or neglect, parental substance abuse or mental illness, ...

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Gov. McCrory’s communications director felt “very comfortable” in accusing Ken Rudo of perjury

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 12:17

Gov. McCrory’s communications director Josh Ellis can’t remember specific details of a meeting he held with state toxicologist Ken Rudo — but he recalls enough of them to accuse Rudo of perjury. Ellis can’t remember the specifics of a phone call he received from McCrory during that meeting — although he’s positive it had nothing to do with coal ...

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Another voice in Greenville condemns efforts to censor anthem protests of ECU band members

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 10:32

As noted here and here last week, there have been some reprehensible reactions to the recent decision of several East Carolina University marching band members to “take a knee” during the playing of the national anthem. Perhaps the most ridiculous was Governor McCrory’s late week decision to pile on and to claim that band members ...

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The best editorial of the weekend: “Amateur hour”

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 07:08

In case you missed it over the weekend, an editorial in the Charlotte Observer provided a succinct summation of the McCrory’s administration’s performance surrounding the damning coal ash scandal testimony of state toxicologist Ken Rudo. As you will recall, NC Policy Watch reporter Lisa Sorg reported last week that McCrory’s chief of staff Thomas Stith ...

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This week’s top five on NC Policy Watch

Sat, 10/08/2016 - 10:13

1. McCrory’s chief of staff accused state scientist of perjury — without reading the testimony When Gov. Pat McCrory’s chief of staff Thomas Stith accused a respected state toxicologist of lying under oath, he hadn’t even read the deposition in question. And what Stith said in his own deposition, taken last month by the Southern ...

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Helpful information for Hurricane Matthew preparation before, after storm

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 16:15

As Hurricane Matthew continues to impact eastern Florida, warnings have been extended up the coast as far north as Surf City. A hurricane warning was issued along the North Carolina coast from the South Carolina state line and northeast to Surf City, and a tropical storm warning is in effect from Surf City to Duck, ...

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Say what? McCrory is simply wrong about ECU and anthem protests

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 15:25

In case you missed it, there was another inane take voiced late yesterday on the controversy surrounding the East Carolina University band and the peaceful protest by several band members during the playing of the national anthem at last week’s football game. Sadly, it came from North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, who presumed to state ...

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Report: Fourteen percent of NC teachers in their first or second year

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 14:00

In this space, we’ve reported multiple times on North Carolina’s struggle to recruit and retain teachers, particularly in the state’s low-performing schools. Now, a national report captures just how pervasive the problem may be, and not just in North Carolina. Education Week is reporting the results of new federal data that show 12 percent of all ...

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More HB2 fallout: NCAA announces new sites for events removed from NC

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 12:50

CNN Money reports that alternate locations for the NCAA championship games pulled from North Carolina in response to HB2 have been announced. It turns out that North Carolina will be losing out to California, Georgia, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Here’s the list: — 2016 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, College Cup, Dec. ...

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Restaurant workers, sub-minimum wages and their place in the history of slavery

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:51

If you, like many of us, spent some years waiting tables and tending bar, you might find this short history of tipping and the service industry fascinating. If you never did, watch and shake your head anyway. And then share it widely.

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Site selection expert: Companies passing on North Carolina mum on HB2 as reason why

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:50

House Bill 2 has cost North Carolina some economic development projects, but companies aren’t telling officials that the legislation is the reason they’ve ruled the state out, according to site selection expert Mark Sweeney, senior principal at McCallum Sweeney Consulting in Greenville, South Carolina. The Triangle Business Journal wrote about Sweeney’s remarks during a Lincoln ...

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A tree experiment in Raleigh yields alarming results about the effects of climate change

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:03

After a summer spent shading and cooling legions of Pokémon Go players, the magnificent willow oaks in Nash Square are bombarding the ground and passersby with their acorns. These trees are but a few of the 3,333 city-owned willow oaks in Raleigh. Forty of them were part of an NC State University study to determine how they tolerate the ...

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This morning’s best editorial

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 07:32

Check out WRAL.com today for this morning’s best editorial on North Carolina policy and politics. Here are some highlights: “Nowhere is there greater evidence of the depths of petty partisan politics than in North Carolina’s stubborn refusal to expand Medicaid. Voters must elect legislators who WILL EXPAND Medicaid. Any legislator seeking re-election, who opposed expansion ...

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Supreme Court to take up case determining educational benefit required for students with disabilities

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 16:52

Should schools be required to provide students with disabilities an equal education to other students or just an adequate education? That’s the question the U.S. Supreme Court agreed last week to add to its docket this term. It’s an issue that could set the bar everywhere for how much educational benefit school districts should provide ...

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