NC Policy Watch's the Progessive Pulse

Subscribe to NC Policy Watch's the Progessive Pulse feed NC Policy Watch's the Progessive Pulse
Affecting NC public policy through informed, energetic and progressive conversations.
Updated: 2 hours 4 min ago

Trending today on social media – more fallout from #HB2, NC’s sweeping anti-LGBT law

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 13:58
Here's North Carolina's revised logo after sweeping anti-LGBT bill passed by the General Assembly. #ncga #ncpol pic.twitter.com/NKmoOtHGT6 — Fitzsimon (@Fitzsimon) March 24, 2016 I am so disappointed in the governor and legislature of North Carolina. Overturn #HB2. #translivesmatter — Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) March 24, 2016 From one of the largest job creators in RTP. https://t.co/6ODP1sAX1u ...

Legal challenges to House Bill 2 quick to follow

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 13:02
At one point during the debate yesterday over HB 2, the bill that essentially rids the state of all non-discrimination ordinances, one conservative lawmaker defended his colleagues’ rush to convene and render the new law as necessary to head off lawsuits — as if they weren’t coming anyway. It may have taken only less than half a ...

N.C. lawmaker to propose bill excluding teacher pay from public records

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 12:28
Courtesy of Ed NC’s Alex Granados, N.C. Rep. Paul Stam, a Republican from Wake County who served as one of the primary sponsors on yesterday’s highly controversial anti-LGBT bill, is expected to file legislation soon that includes a sweeping set of changes for teacher and administrator pay and certification. The bill has not been filed ...

Two remarkable and disturbing truths about yesterday’s special discrimination session

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 07:14
There were a lot of horrific aspects to yesterday’s right-wing blitzkrieg on Jones Street. There were the hateful and ignorant speeches, the frequently even more hateful social media posts and tweets from the virtual storm troopers supporting the discriminators in the Legislative Building and then, of course, there was the truly absurd and outrageous lack ...

Critics blast legislature, McCrory for passage of bill restricting LGBT protections (video)

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 22:29
The state House and Senate made good on its promise Wednesday to pass legislation preventing local governments from passing nondiscrimination ordinances similar to Charlotte’s. The Charlotte ordinance protected lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents from discrimination in public accommodations. The most controversial measure allowed transgender individuals to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender ...

Preemption bill reduces freedom, hurts the economy

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 14:46
Now that we’ve had a few hours to digest the General Assembly’s newly proposed pre-emption bill, it looks even worse than we originally thought, representing a full-frontal assault on anti-discrimination protections in North Carolina. Not only does the bill ban local governments from prohibiting discrimination by private businesses, it sharply reduces their ability to raise ...

Does Trump’s latest primary win make things harder for Richard Burr? (Audio)

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 14:41
Donald Trump’s victory in Arizona on Tuesday helped further cement his front-runner status in the Republican presidential nomination. His win also coincides with a new general election poll for the US Senate race in North Carolina that finds a Trump victory could make life harder for other Republican candidates down ballot this fall. Public Policy ...

So-called “libertarian” group endorses religious right’s pro-discrimination law

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 14:17
It’s bad enough that North Carolina elected officials are enshrining discrimination and ignorance in state law today at the behest of the theocratic far right, but now comes word that the inhabitants of the John Locke Foundation — an group that likes to fancy itself as “libertarian” and that has long bragged that it stays ...

Disability community voices concerns about special session to overturn Charlotte bathroom ordinance

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:22
As legislators gather this morning in special session to repeal Charlotte’s anti-discrimination ordinance, they might want to take time to read today’s  lead story at NC Health News. Reporter Rose Hoban spoke with disability rights advocates who worry heavy-handed action by the General Assembly might make it more difficult for North Carolina caregivers assisting someone ...

Bathroom bill will be far ranging; purports to defines gender, bans living wage laws

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 08:06
As had been feared, the outrageous plan to override the Charlotte anti-discrimination ordinance in today’s planned kangaroo session of the General Assembly goes much further than just bathrooms. Under the bill that will apparently be considered today (NC Policy Watch obtained a copy last night – click here to view the draft), not only will ...

Teach for America cuts 100 positions, revamps organization

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 15:43
Teach for America, the national organization that helps to train college grads for placement in needy schools, is reportedly undergoing a structural reorganization in the midst of its second consecutive year failing to meet its recruiting targets. First reported by education activist Diane Ravitch on her blog Monday, and later confirmed by The Washington Post, the news ...

Contraceptive mandate at the Supreme Court – again

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 13:24
Just weeks after hearing argument over states’ TRAP laws (“targeted regulations against abortion providers”), the U.S. Supreme Court ventures back into the reproductive rights arena tomorrow morning, taking on yet another challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. The case, Zubik v. Burwell, is an effort to further push the limits of religious liberty already ...

Latest poll shows voters support Charlotte’s right to pass LGBT protections without state interference

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 12:50
On the eve of a special legislative session to repeal Charlotte’s recently passed anti-discrimination ordinance, Public Policy Polling is out with an interesting new poll. PPP surveyed 843 registered voters last weekend and found only 25% of North Carolina voters believe the General Assembly should override the ordinance. That compares to 51% who think Charlotte ...

Tomorrow’s special legislative session: Uninformed sausage making at its worst

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 12:00
There are a lot of reasons to be disgusted that state lawmakers will return to Raleigh tomorrow for a one-day special session to repeal Charlotte’s new anti-discrimination ordinance. Here’s one, however, that will probably get lost in the shuffle: It’s less than 24 hours to the start of the session and we don’t have any ...

SCOTUS gives class action plaintiffs a break

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 11:04
Class action plaintiffs lawyers can breathe a bit of a sigh of relief today as the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in one of several class action cases before the court this term, ruling in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo that in certain circumstances representative and statistical evidence can be used to establish classwide ...

Pat McCrory, Tim Moore, Phil Berger, Dan Forest: Not smarter than a sixth grader

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 07:02
As the post below indicates, North Carolina’s elected leaders will take the latest step in their five-year-long crusade to make our state a symbol of discrimination and exclusion (not to mention a national laughingstock) tomorrow when they call a special session to pick on transgender people. It is an act of such transparent ignorance and ...

Special session on Charlotte’s anti-discrimination ordinance set for Wednesday; LGBT advocates label it “political theatre”

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 20:10
House and Senate and House leaders announced Monday evening they will convene in special session this Wednesday to pass legislation that would block Charlotte’s new ordinance that prohibits discrimination in public accommodations. The most controversial portion of the ordinance allows transgender residents to use either a men’s or women’s bathroom, depending on the gender of ...

North Carolina public schools are seeking charter-like flexibility

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 16:04
Last week, at the Public School Forum of N.C.’s panel on low-performing schools, we heard from multiple principals who espoused the value of charter-like flexibility for their struggling schools. “If one person speeds, I don’t think we all deserve a ticket,” said Kristy Thomas, principal at Rock Rest Elementary in Union County, arguing that burdensome ...

Editorial: McCrory should take a cue from S.C. Congressman when it comes legitimate drilling concerns (w/ Audio)

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 15:32
The Greensboro News & Record noted over the weekend that North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and South Carolina U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford offered two very different reactions to last week’s news that the Obama administration would not be opening the Atlantic to oil and gas exploration. While McCrory labelled the President’s decision a “special political ...

Don’t miss Charlotte mayor Jennifer Roberts at next Tuesday’s Crucial Conversation luncheon

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 15:15
N.C. Policy Watch invites you to a special Crucial Conversation luncheon: Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts: Why the General Assembly should not repeal my city’s nondiscrimination ordinance Click here to register In this most volatile of election years, there have been a lot of efforts by cynical politicians to manipulate voters with misinformation regarding importa nt ...

Pages