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Lawsuit: Which of McCrory’s travel records should be open to public scrutiny?

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 16:54

A Superior Court judge said Wednesday he likely will not dismiss a lawsuit against Governor Pat McCrory, the North Carolina Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety over transportation records. Real Facts NC, a non-profit that conducts research, sponsors educational events, and disseminates information about issues facing the state, filed the lawsuit in September ...

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Voters agree: Don’t call it a (Carolina) Comeback

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 14:57

We’ve been hearing a lot about a Carolina Comeback for the last few years, but it turns out that most of us haven’t been feeling it. A recent WRAL News poll finds that only a quarter of North Carolina voters think our state’s economy is stronger than it was four years ago. Additionally, “more than ...

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East Carolina University bans band protests during national anthem

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 13:56

Inside Higher Ed is reporting today that, unlike most public universities, East Carolina University is “taking a different approach” to the still-brewing controversy over marching band members’ national anthem protest at a football game last weekend. It’s been widely reported that 19 ECU band members kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in ...

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Five Questions with Henry Rollins

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 12:00
When Gov. Pat McCrory signed HB2 into law in March, huge music acts like Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam cancelled shows, boycotting the state to raise awareness of the discriminatory law. Other acts, like comedian Louis C.K., booked extra shows in the state and donated the money to pro-LGBT groups. Henry Rollins, the Grammy-winning author, ...

NC Policy Collaboratory names advisory panelists

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 10:08
A watershed expert, a marine scientist and an environmental engineering professor are among on a advisory panel for the controversial NC Policy Collaboratory, a new UNC initiative created by the state legislature. Coastal Review Online first reported the story last night. The panelists include the chairman, Al Segars, who is the faculty director of the Center for ...

More good news for Triad food deserts

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 08:47
Last month we reported on the opening of the Renaissance Community Co-Op, a community-owned grocery store brought about by neighbors in one of Greensboro’s worst food deserts. This week there’s more good news for Triad areas experiencing food insecurity. Greensboro has been awarded a $470,000 grant to help provide fresh food in food deserts. From ...

CMPD releases remaining tapes in Keith Lamont Scott case; Charlotte officials stress the need to improve police-community relations

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 06:31
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department released on Tuesday the remaining body-cam and dash-cam videos in the officer-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. While advising discretion in the viewing of the video files, officers hoped the release would put to rest some questions about the September 20th shooting that led to the death of the 43-year-old ...

Language barriers at the polls a concern for Asian-American voters

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 16:22
It’s been all about voter registration up to this point, but experts are beginning to express concern about language barriers on Election Day for one of North Carolina’s fastest growing populations: Asian-Americans. “Too often these challenges stand in the way of Asian-Americans achieving full political and voting power,” said Mee Moua, president and executive director ...

McCrory confirms to Christian Broadcasting Network that talk of HB2 repeal was never genuine

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 14:18
In case you missed it, Gov. Pat McCrory made clear to a Christian Broadcasting Network reporter over the weekend that he had never agreed (and has no intention of agreeing) to a repeal of HB2. The governor’s statement appears to confirm the criticism of those who labeled the recent talk of a “compromise” on the ...

Cooper bests McCrory in latest Elon poll; U.S. Senate race remains a virtual tie

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 12:54
Attorney General Roy Cooper now holds a 4.4% lead over Gov. Pat McCrory in North Carolina’s hotly-contested gubernatorial rate, according to to the latest Elon University Poll. McCrory, who enjoyed a three point lead just last month, has seen some of his support erode because of the anti-LGBT law known as HB2. In recent weeks, ...

ACLU asks federal court to reconsider Rowan County prayer case

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 12:00
Does the Rowan County Board of Commissioners’ current prayer policy violate the U.S. Constitution? That’s the question the ACLU of North Carolina is asking an entire federal court to reconsider after a 2-1 ruling in September that reversed a U.S. District Court decision holding that the county’s state sponsored prayers violated the Constitution. The petition, ...

Jobless workers and their communities still hurting under unemployment insurance changes

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 10:31
The Unemployment Insurance Oversight Committee is set to meet on Wednesday to discuss the state’s unemployment insurance system.  It is unclear what will be discussed as of today but let’s hope North Carolina’s leaders spend time considering just how poorly the system is working for jobless workers and their communities. The latest available data from the ...

Five things to have on your radar this week

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 09:15
#1 Affordable Housing – This morning, Congressman David Price (NC-04) hosts Secretary Julián Castro of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a tour of the Capitol Park development in downtown Raleigh. The visit will highlight the Raleigh Housing Authority’s successful use HUD funding for community redevelopment and revitalization and allow Secretary ...

Bacterial contamination in private water wells send thousands of people hurling to the ER

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 09:02
It may not have been bad shrimp or dirty lettuce that kept you up all night. A recent study shows that in North Carolina, microbes in drinking water from private wells are responsible for estimated 29,200 emergency room visits for acute GI illnesses each year. That number accounts for nearly all visits of that type and cause. This is a ...

Understanding Charlotte through desegregation, resegregation

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 07:34
In the wake of the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott and the protests and unrest that followed,  Clint Smith of the New  Yorker takes a look at the troubled racial history of Charlotte. Key to understanding the current tensions, he says, is an understanding of the desegregation and resegregation of the city. From the ...

Another sporting event pulled from North Carolina over HB2

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 17:31
And another one bites the dust. The National Junior College Athletic Association announced Monday plans to relocate its 2017 Division III Baseball Championship from North Carolina due to growing concerns over House Bill 2 legislation. “In announcing its decision today, the NJCAA Executive Committee referenced the mission statement in the NJCAA Constitution, which emphasizes the ...

Some thoughts on HB2 from a transgender infantry soldier

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 13:55
As the Pentagon moves forward on new transgender rules for the military, Staff Sergeant Patricia King shares some thoughts on how the military is handling the conversation over transgender issues – and North Carolina’s place in that conversation. From the story by Patricia Murphy: Patricia King is confident that U.S. military personnel will embrace the ...

Monday map time: Every permitted pig, cow and chicken operation in NC

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 13:21
Congratulations, North Carolina, we’ve reached a milestone in which the population of people and factory-farmed hogs is nearly even: 10 million each. Add in the 79.7 million broiler chickens, nearly 4 million egg-laying hens, 13,700 dairy cows and 3,800 beef cattle — and well, you’ve read Animal Farm, right? Four legs good, two legs bad. (But ...

What the LGBTQ movement can teach us about fighting climate change

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 12:06
Joe Romm at Think Progress has a fine post this morning that highlights what the LGBTQ equality movement can teach us about combating climate change. Here’s Romm from “End climate silence: The most important thing you can do to fight global warming”: “People often ask me what is the most important thing they can personally ...

Some seats still available for Wednesday luncheon with national Common Cause President

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 08:48
Join us October 5th as N.C. Policy Watch presents a special Crucial Conversation luncheon: Karen Hobert Flynn, President of the national nonprofit watchdog, Common Cause: How do we repair our broken democracy? Click here to register Has American democracy reached a crisis point? If the 2016 election campaign is any indication, this seems a fair ...