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State’s newly privatized economic development group gets new board members

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 16:24
The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina released the names of the 17 board members Friday that will oversee the state’s new privatized job recruitment system. The partnership officially launched in October when the state contracted out much of its job recruitment and tourism division to a private group. A central piece of Republican Gov. ...

Powerful report underscores success of Clean Water Act and efforts to save it from corporate polluters

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 14:59
The good people at Environment North Carolina and their national allies released a powerful new report today that’s worth your time to check out. It’s called “Waterways Restored: The Clean Water Act’s Impact on 15 American Rivers, Lakes and Bays” and it does at least two extremely important things: 1)  It demonstrates the amazing success ...

Bar Association president blasts judicial secrecy in the state’s courts

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:49
Remember the “Star Chamber” bill, signed into law last summer by Gov. Pat McCrory? That’s the bill rushed into last minute passage giving the justices of the state Supreme Court the sole authority to discipline judges — including themselves – and allowing them to decide if, when and who to discipline in secret. Aside from support from ...

Greensboro man arrested after victim he met at gay bar found seriously beaten, burned

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:24
A Greensboro man is in jail facing charges of seriously beating and burning a man he met earlier at a gay nightclub. Garry Joseph Gupton, a 26-year-old Greensboro water resources employee, is facing a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflicting serious injury, according to jail records and  ...

Selling off our coast to oil and gas companies? Editorial blasts McCrory team’s secrecy

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:04
This morning’s Winston-Salem Journal is on the mark in decrying the McCrory administration’s inexcusable and all-too-predictable secrecy in discussions surrounding oil and gas development along the North Carolina coast. As the editorial notes: When it comes to North Carolina’s coast and processes that affect all of us, the McCrory administration needs to stop meeting behind ...

Judiciary Committee hearing today for Middle District nominee Loretta Copeland Biggs

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:00
President Obama’s pick for federal judge in the state’s Middle District, Loretta Copeland Biggs, continues to move forward in the confirmation process with her hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled for today at 11 a.m. If approved by the committee, Biggs will next move to a full confirmation vote on the Senate floor. And ...

Addressing backlog of judicial nominees: A “must” for the upcoming lame duck session

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:23
With the midterm elections finally out of the way, lawmakers will return to Washington in the days ahead for what is commonly referred to as a “lame duck” session. Among many important piece of  business, are numerous judicial nominees that must get confirmed to fill vacancies on our nation’s federal courts and keep the wheels ...

Prosperity Watch: An Eroding Minimum Wage

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 16:02
Last week voters in four states–Arkansas, Alaska, Nebraska and South Dakota–approved minimum wage increases that will address in part the eroding value of their state’s minimum wage for workers earning at the lowest end of the wage distribution.  As of January 1st, at least 25 states will have minimum wages higher than the federal level ...

Why Obamacare repeal could be a death sentence for this North Carolina man

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:10
ICYMI, the Washington Post ran a powerful column over the weekend by man from Durham by the name of David Tedrow. In it, he explains how: a) the Affordable Care Act literally saved his life and b) the current threats of repeal by congressional Republicans leave him living in fear for his own survival. As ...

States struggle in managing charter school closures

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 13:51
There are currently 148 public charter schools open in North Carolina with 11 additional schools hoping to open their doors in August of 2015. As the Charter School Advisory Board prepares to discuss charter school renewals for 2015 at its Thursday meeting, Education Week examines what happens when things don’t go well and a state ...

Tillis still playing loose with the facts about the ACA

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:07
The election may be over but the misleading claims are still coming from the politicians. Senator-elect Thom Tillis apparently couldn’t help himself in an interview recently, parroting a false talking point about the Affordable Care Act.  And the Washington Post called him out on it. Thom Tillis is a newly-minted senator from North Carolina, having ...

Amazing Veterans Day/marriage equality story of love and hope (with Raleigh connections and video)

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 08:47
When my family first started attending Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh several years ago, there was a little boy who was about the same age as our youngest daughter. His name was Max and he had a younger sister named Erin. The kids stood out a little because both Max and Erin were African-American ...

Editorial: Strict fracking rules needed from the start

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 07:11
As the Mining and Energy Commission prepares to meet this Friday to finalize suggested changes to proposed fracking rules, the Fayetteville Obsever writes the state must put forth the most stringent rules from the start. Here’s more from Wednesday’s editorial: Fracking in North Carolina would be speculative, constituting a risky roll of the dice. That’s ...

Defending the American Dream

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 12:38
As we honor the service and sacrifices made by veterans today to protect our freedom and the American Dream, we should not forget that for too many veterans the American Dream remains out of reach. Some veterans and their families face the same economic struggles of the many families working to make ends meet and ...

McCrory pondering special session after rejecting it two months ago

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 11:10
Governor Pat McCrory is reportedly considering calling the General Assembly into special session to put more money into one of the state’s primary business incentive schemes, the Job Development Incentive Grant program, or JDIG. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker says the state is pursuing several big economic development projects and is bumping up against the $22.5 ...

Two upcoming events you won’t want to miss

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:23
Tickets are going fast for two upcoming NC Policy Watch events that you won’t want to miss. First is next week’s election post mortem Crucial Conversation: “What happened? Why? What now?” featuring Chris Fitzsimon, Dan Blue III, Tom Jensen and Carol Teal. Here are the details: When: Wednesday, November 19, at noon — Box lunches ...

Pausing to honor those who served

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 07:11
The editorial board of Raleigh’s News & Observer gets it right on the mark with Tuesday’s editorial recognizing the importance of this Veterans Day: Here is a day that all Americans can and must embrace. Today, many thousands of Americans in uniform face the same threats, the same imminent dangers, that those in the World ...

Tax cuts not a major driver of job creation, economic growth

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 15:21
North Carolina officials will soon have spent all available financial incentives the state offers to businesses that are considering locating or expanding in the state. Each year the state awards millions of dollars in subsidies to businesses through its Jobs Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program. The state is now one project announcement away from spending ...

Sneak peek: Healthcare.gov previews 2015 rates, plans ahead of sign-up

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 14:34
Open enrollment doesn’t begin until Saturday, but starting today consumers can check out the rates and the various plans available for 2015 on the federal health insurance exchange. Consumers who purchased a health insurance plan through the exchange last year can either renew their current plan or enroll in a new plan for 2015. Blue ...

One important election left this year—for House Speaker

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 13:35
Election season is not over yet. There’s another big contest left, the race inside the Republican House Caucus to be the next Speaker of the House. The campaign is not public of course. It is all happening behind the scenes and has been going on for months. Here’s what we know so far from sources ...

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