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NC highlighted in national story about last week’s “wildly successful” GOP voter suppression efforts

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 07:53

Think Progress has a sobering story this morning entitled “Republicans were wildly successful at suppressing voters in 2016: Three GOP-controlled states demonstrate the effectiveness of disenfranchising the opposition.” Needless to say, North Carolina is one of the three. “Last week, the first election in 50 years without the full protection of the federal Voting Rights Act ...

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If you think Donald Trump is loud, under his presidency, the sound of oil and gas drilling could be deafening

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 16:56

Against a natural sonic backdrop of gentle waves, distant earthquakes and mating calls, the ocean has become a cacophonous place. For the dolphins and whales, turtles and fish, the artificial hum of ships, the moans of sonars and burst of seismic booms, well, the persistent racket is getting on their last good nerve. But the sea could become even noisier under President-to-be Donald ...

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Across the State, North Carolinians Voted for Public Investments

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 16:06

North Carolinians who cast their ballots this year made several critical choices. Among these were important ballot initiatives in multiple counties to increase public investment in transit, housing, schools, parks and redevelopment. Research shows that quality infrastructure can help raise the living standard in diverse communities and boost productivity. By choosing to devote resources to ...

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Top House Republican on rumors of GOP court-packing: “Take a chill pill.”

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 13:00

As Policy Watch, and numerous other outlets, have reported in recent days, Raleigh is awash these days with rumors that Republican leadership in the N.C. General Assembly may be mulling a court-packing plan that would tilt the balance of power in the N.C. Supreme Court back to the right. Under that scenario, which presumes that ...

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NC Supreme Court authors highly questionable, Election Day power grab

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 12:55

Here’s a piece of troubling news that got buried (almost assuredly not by accident) last Tuesday when the public’s attention was elsewhere: the North Carolina Supreme Court took the extraordinary step of issuing a new rule on its motion to allow the Chief Justice to appoint temporary substitute justices in certain circumstances. Here’s the full ...

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Charlotte hires foundation to examine response to protests – and only that

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 12:23

Last night the Charlotte City Council approved a $379,500 contract with Police Foundation, a DC-based police improvement organization, to review response to the demonstrations in the wake of September’s police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. But, as the Charlotte Observer reports, the contract has a rather narrow focus: But the contract doesn’t call for the ...

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Expert: North Carolinians should keep enrolling in Obamacare

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 11:47

There was a fine and important post yesterday from Center of Budget and Policy Priorities health policy expert Susan Lueck entitled: “Consumers Should Keep Enrolling in Marketplace Coverage” that was worth sharing widely. Here’s Lueck: “Donald Trump’s election and incoming House and Senate Republican majorities have millions of people who buy their health insurance on ...

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Editorial blasts Trump’s troubling pick for top aide

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 08:00

President-elect Donald Trump has made some mildly conciliatory gestures in recent days, but as the Charlotte Observer points out in its lead editorial this morning, his choice for “chief strategist” is extremely worrisome. After noting that Trump’s chief of staff appears to be a responsible adult, the editorial notes that his choice for “chief strategist” ...

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McCrory raising money for legal expense fund to support battle over election outcome

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 16:35

The gubernatorial race is still up in the air, but Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign committee isn’t planning on going down without a legal fight. The committee disclosed plans for a legal expense fund Thursday and filed the official paperwork Monday with the North Carolina State Board of Elections. There has not yet been any donations recorded in ...

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Monday maptime: Post-election, keeping tabs on the hate groups

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 13:12

President-elect Donald Trump has said he wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to keep our southern neighbors out. Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden also wants to build a fence, but to keep gays and lesbians corralled behind a 50-to-100-mile electrifed fence to die. Worley’s comments in 2012 ...

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HB2, the Trump Administration and NC politics

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 13:11

Jim Morrill of the Charlotte Observer takes a close look at what a Trump administration will mean for the fight over HB2. It seems clear a conservative Justice Department won’t see LGBT rights as the latest front in the battle for civil rights that the current department has. It’s also easy to assume that conservative ...

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Small town NC newspaper explains why Trumpism won’t help rural America

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 09:30

There was a fine editorial yesterday from the Elizabeth City Daily Advance about the tragic decision of so many rural Americans to vote against their own interest by electing Donald Trump. In “Rural America loves Trump; too bad he doesn’t love it,” the editorial reviews the fears that voters in rural areas understandably harbor and ...

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Editorial: McCrory has never been up to the job

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 07:30

One of the best North Carolina editorials from the past weekend comes from the Greensboro News & Record. Its central message: Pat McCrory was never up to being Governor. “In his first term as North Carolina’s governor, Pat McCrory wore the office like a hand-me-down suit. The coat was too roomy and the trousers too ...

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Chatham, Lee residents head to court over disposing coal ash in abandoned mines

Sat, 11/12/2016 - 10:24

If it looks and acts like a landfill, is it a landfill? Superior Court Judge Carl Fox will weigh that question on Monday. Three environmental groups are asking Fox to review a legal decision that allows coal ash to be dumped in old slate and clay mines in rural Lee and Chatham counties. At issue ...

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This week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 14:10

1. A pep talk for progressives Keep calm, stay engagedReasons for hope; reasons to keep working It’s been a devastating last 36 hours or so for millions of caring and thinking people in the United States and around the world. The very notion that Donald Trump (a man that one of North Carolina’s best known ...

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This week in pollution: A final, breathtaking tally of what Hurricane Matthew hath wrought

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:05

Within a week of Hurricane Matthew, evidence of the what had been set free and sent asunder could be found on the roadsides throughout eastern North Carolina. A pair of rowboats landed belly up in the woods on Rouse Road in Kinston. A dead hog in Duplin County, separated from its farm, finally came to ...

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Court packing move would set a dangerous new low for NC GOP

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 09:30

It’s hard to imagine that North Carolina conservatives could ever sink lower than they did during last March’s kangaroo special session of the General Assembly in which they took the execrable HB2 from the back of an envelope to state law in just a few hours. Unfortunately, as NC Policy Watch reporter Melissa Boughton reports ...

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Seats still available for next week’s election post mortem luncheon

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 06:52

Please join us Wednesday, Nov. 16 as NC Policy Watch presents a Crucial Conversation luncheon: Making sense of the 2016 election: What happened? Why? What now? Click here to register One of the most contentious elections in recent American history is now in the books and North Carolinians are confronting some important lessons  — some ...

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Why North Carolina teachers leave: A fascinating report from WRAL

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 15:55

Recently, Policy Watch reported on the still troubling numbers surrounding departing teachers in North Carolina, part of an annual report presented to the State Board of Education. Now, WRAL has offered up a fascinating piece shedding light on exiting teachers’ comments to administrators about their workplace. The verdict: Lots of complaints about exhaustion and pay. ...

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The western NC wildfires are visible from space; record pollution in smoke plumes

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 14:44

Breathing in far southwestern North Carolina, outside anyway, is not advised because of pollution coming from a dozen wildfires. The NC Department of Environmental Quality has issued a Code Red, which means the conditions are unhealthy for everyone in Cherokee, Clay, Macon and Graham counties. Some of the highest particle pollution ever measured by NC DEQ ...

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