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The silent killer of the Affordable Care Act

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:15

A new report from the Daily Beast found that the Trump Administration is quietly using taxpayer money to undermine the Affordable Care Act, which remains law despite the Senate’s best efforts.  Tom Price, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, released a series of 23 testimonials videos featuring individuals describing how they have been burdened ...

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State Supreme Court dismisses Cooper’s request to halt already merged Elections, Ethics Board

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:30

The state Supreme Court agreed to take on Gov. Roy Cooper’s appeal over the State Board of Elections and State Ethics Commission merger but it will not grant a temporary stay to halt the new agency from operating. Newly elected Justice Michael Morgan wrote the order dismissing Cooper’s motion for temporary stay as moot. The ...

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Warning: Last-ditch effort offering $200 billion to buy votes won’t fix unfixable Senate health bill

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:00

Earlier this week we reported that the Senate GOP health “repeal without replacement” proposal would do great harm to NC, as it would double the number of uninsured in North Carolina. Unfortunately, the latest is that in a last-ditch effort to save their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Senate Republican leaders are ...

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Report: States receiving “mixed messages” from DeVos, feds over ESSA plans

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:15

A new report from Education Week indicates some states completing draft plans for adhering to new federal education laws are complaining of “mixed messages” from the U.S. Department of Education and its controversial leader, Michigan GOP booster Betsy DeVos. Federal lawmakers approved the nation’s update of education law in 2015 with the intent of eschewing ...

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“Not off our coast”: Gov. Roy Cooper opposes offshore drilling

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:50

Citing the environmental and economic risks to North Carolina’s sensitive shoreline, Gov. Roy Cooper today said he opposes seismic testing offshore drilling. “It’s a bad deal for our state,” Cooper said. “We will let Washington know loud and clear that North Carolina is opposed to it.” Cooper made the announcement at Fort Macon this morning. ...

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Unlike North Carolina, some states are making voter participation easier instead of suppressing it

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:33

Most of the voting rights news lately has not been very encouraging. State legislative leaders are promising to bring up another photo ID bill in one of the series of special legislative sessions likely to be held this summer and fall. The last effort at enacting a photo ID requirement was part of the massive ...

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State Supreme Court takes on Cooper’s lawsuit over Board of Elections, Ethics merger

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 08:30

The North Carolina Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to expedite Gov. Roy Cooper’s appeal over the General Assembly’s law merging the State Board of Elections and the State Ethics Commission. The state’s highest court will hear arguments at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 28 in Cooper v. Berger, et al. The Supreme Court’s decision to take the case bypasses ...

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Senate will vote today on right-wing blogger nominated by Trump for court of appeals

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 06:04

The full U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote today at 12:15 pm ET, on the nomination of John K. Bush to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. As readers will recall, Bush has recorded his extremist views in a blog full of rhetoric so inflammatory as to call into serious question his ...

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Scathing letter to the editor calls out Phil Berger as his hometown hospital goes bankrupt

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:58

Winston-Salem Journal reader and letter to the editor writer Wendy Marshall had some powerful words for North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem and Medicaid expansion opponent Phil Berger (pictured at left) today. Marshall’s pointed comments came in response to a recent WRAL.com editorial (rerun by the Journal) entitled “The cost of not expanding Medicaid.” As ...

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State Board of Education puts off vote on DPI cuts, names new spokesman

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:41

Members of the State Board of Education emerged Wednesday with a widely-expected decision to appeal last week’s court ruling in their case with Superintendent Mark Johnson and state lawmakers, but a final decision on how to administer $3.2 million in legislative cuts to North Carolina’s K-12 bureaucracy is still in the works. Board members were ...

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New battle: GOP now slashing billions from programs that help Americans in order to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:35

In Congress, the House Budget Committee is moving forward today with discussing their recently released 2018 budget plan that will set a fiscal framework for budget, tax, and appropriations bills to follow and for years to come. To unlock Congress’ power to expedite tax overhaul this year, the House GOP fiscal blueprint, titled “Building a ...

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State Board of Education will appeal constitutional challenge decision favoring Superintendent

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:50

The State Board of Education announced today that it will appeal a court decision handed down last week that allows newly elected Superintendent Mark Johnson to be in control of the state’s public education system. A three-judge panel issued its ruling Friday that the Board of Education did not meet its burden of proof when arguing ...

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Senate GOP health “repeal without replacement” proposal would do great harm to NC

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 11:52

By now many have heard that the proposed Senate GOP “repeal and replace” health care bill is dead after some Senate Republicans could not support it. However, the bad news is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says they will now pursue a vote to repeal without replacement. McConnell announced last night that the vote— ...

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When will the Right realize it has lost the healthcare debate?

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:00

At some point, you’ve got to think that congressional Republicans will finally understand that they’ve done enough damage to the country with their repeated failed efforts to hose up the nation’s flawed but improved healthcare system. Unfortunately, we still may not be there yet. There’s even talk of simply repealing the Affordable Care Act without ...

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Poor neighborhoods can be more prone to mosquitoes — and their health risks — than wealthy areas

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 13:15

They are voracious bloodsuckers that feast on their prey like the after-church crowd lining up at a Golden Corral buffet. Of the 60 mosquito species living in North Carolina, the Asian tiger mosquito is found in every county; it can transmit viruses that cause disabling diseases — West Nile, LaCrosse encephalitis, Zika, Chikungunya. Mosquitoes’ tastes don’t discriminate ...

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Politico profiles Cooper’s plan to oust Republican rivals with a focus on 2018 elections

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:04

Gov. Roy Cooper has a plan: an ambitious, multimillion-dollar, multiyear effort to knock Republicans out of the state capital. Politico Magazine wrote about the plan in an article that was released today. “Already, Cooper has quietly banked $1 million for his new group, Break the Majority, and plans to raise several million more, along with recruiting ...

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Trump’s budget would sink SHIIP counseling and leave seniors struggling to stay afloat

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 11:00

The ongoing effort in Congress repeal the Affordable Care Act is far from the only bad news from Washington of late when it comes securing health care for vulnerable people. Both of the budgets proposed by the Trump administration and the U.S. Senate would completely eliminate funding for State Health Insurance Assistance Programs. This would ...

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Wade criticizes governor as he votoes her newspaper bill

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 09:55

Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed legislation that would have led to Guilford County newspapers losing government advertising revenue. The bill, put forward by state Sen. Trudy Wade (R-Guilford), did not pass with enough support to overturn a veto. It’s a political loss for Wade, who has had fierce struggles with the News & Record – the ...

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Leaked Trump administration document undermines assault on renewable energy, support for coal and nukes

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 08:25

There’s a fascinating story emerging from the Trump administration’s Department of Energy — you know the agency headed by that dancin’ fool and fossil fuel cheerleader Rick Perry. According to a leaked DOE draft report obtained by Bloomberg, many of the administration’s claims about renewable energy and fossil fuels are all wet. Here’s Think Progress ...

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State Board of Education to talk lawsuit, DPI budget cuts this week

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 16:57

North Carolina’s top public school board is expected to discuss state budget cuts and a possible appeal of a recent court decision granting new powers to Superintendent Mark Johnson Wednesday. State officials announced Wednesday’s conference call days after a three-judge panel sided with Johnson and state lawmakers in the board’s much-debated lawsuit. But, as if ...

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