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Appropriate: Failed McCrory HHS Secretary to host Trump fundraiser in Greensboro

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 06:34

WRAL.com reports that former Pat McCrory HHS Secretary Aldona Wos and her go-zillionaire husband Louis DeJoy will host a high dollar fundraiser for President Donald Trump this weekend in Greensboro. This seems appropriate since Wos and DeJoy are both Trump’s kind of people: rich and overbearing plutocrats who think their wealth somehow gives them the ...

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Durham residents plan meeting to oppose charter takeover tonight

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 16:30

With North Carolina officials considering a controversial plan for a charter takeover of two Durham schools, the city’s residents will call on the state to back off during a planned community meeting tonight. The “Defend Durham Schools” meeting, set for one of two local elementary schools remaining on the state’s shortlist for the Innovative School ...

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NC prosecutors: Still using bogus excuses to exclude Black jurors

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 16:00

In case you missed it, there was an excellent op-ed in Raleigh’s News & Observer this past weekend by Duke University law professor James Coleman about the reality of how racial bias continues to negatively impact the practice of criminal law in our state. This is from Coleman’s essay, “Rejecting black jurors denies defendants a fair ...

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U.S. Supreme Court justices vocal about partisan gerrymandering at Tuesday hearing

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 15:06

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court justices were vocal Tuesday about their concerns with regard to partisan gerrymandering but it remains unclear if they will agree to step in and set a standard for all states to follow. The court took up Gill v. Whitford, a partisan gerrymandering case out of Wisconsin that has the potential ...

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New Elon Poll tackles DACA, NFL protests, Confederate monuments

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 13:00

The new Elon University Poll results are out and they give an interesting snapshot of North Carolina’s opinions on a range of controversial issues. On the ongoing controversy over the removal of Confederate monuments from state property, the poll found a majority of those polled – 59 percent – would prefer to see them stay ...

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Lunch & Listen: Sen. Jay Chaudhuri on the special session and the GOP’s push to undercut a fair, independent judiciary (Audio)

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:14

The North Carolina House and Senate return to Raleigh at noon tomorrow for yet another special session. House Speaker Tim Moore has indicated they will try to cover a laundry list of issues in just a few short days. But Senator Jay Chaudhuri says the issue that concerns him most is the GOP’s push to ...

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256,000 N.C. children are at risk of losing healthcare coverage as Congress lets federal funding for CHIP expire

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:00

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which covers about 9 million children in the U.S., has now expired because Congressional leaders did not renew its funding by Sept. 30 as required by law. The CHIP program was enacted in 1997 and provides affordable, high-quality, and consistent health care coverage for children who ...

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Cape Fear utility’s PR firm tweaked press release to cast doubt on Gov. Cooper’s commitment to GenX probe

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:00

Eckel & Vaughan, a high-powered public relations firm, advised the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority to change language to make it appear Gov. Roy Cooper was disinterested in GenX contamination in the Cape Fear River. The Port City Daily learned of the maneuver by reviewing county government emails, and reported the story today on its website. ...

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Pleading fear and ignorance, House lawmakers get schooled on GenX

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:15

(The Senate Select Committee on North Carolina River Quality meets today at 2 p.m. in Room 1027/1128 of the Legislative Building.) The neighborhood immediately north of the Chemours plant, which straddles the Cumberland-Bladen county line, is a mix of mobile homes, concrete-block houses painted white or gray, and upscale brick manses, some still under construction. ...

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Gerrymandering opponents to march and rally on Wednesday in Raleigh

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 08:15

Bob Hall, Executive Director of Democracy North Carolina  and a longtime leader in our state’s fight for fair and clean elections has the following message for those who care about ending gerrymandering in North Carolina: Good people, Grassroots citizen groups across the state are holding an emergency March for Voting Rights, Against Rigged Elections on ...

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UNC BOG task force, trustees meetings to tackle controversial issues

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 16:00

If you’ve been following our coverage of the power struggles on the UNC Board of Governors and the continued controversy over the “Silent Sam” statue at UNC’s Chapel Hill campus, there are some meetings coming up for which you should mark your calendar. The Task Force on UNC Board of Governors Meetings will meet Wednesday, ...

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Shocking numbers: Las Vegas tragedy represents only a small uptick in America’s daily carnage

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 08:55

As the people of Las Vegas grapple this morning with the reality of being the latest American city to experience the horror of mass murder, it’s worth noting that America’s insane national obsession with possessing mass killing machines has now reached such an absurd level that even events like last night’s tragedy barely affect the ...

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The best editorial of the weekend

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 07:00

A survey of several of North Carolina’s leading newspapers over the weekend, produced several fine opinion page finds, including Gene Nichol’s latest skewering of GOP gerrymandering and the Charlotte Observer’s takedown of North Carolina Congressman Mark Walker and his unwitting admission of conservative Capitol Hill hypocrisy on tax policy. The award for best of the weekend, ...

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NC Courts Commission recommends lawmakers hold off judicial redistricting until next year

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 16:42

The North Carolina Courts Commission convened Friday to take up House Bill 717, which redraws the state’s judicial districts. In a 9-5 vote, members of the Commission passed an official recommendation that lawmakers table HB717 until the short session next spring. The Commission met for almost four hours and in addition to discussing the bill, ...

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The Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 15:06

1. Lawmakers refuse to say how incumbent judges and D.A.’s fare in new maps; so we did it for you Rep. Justin Burr (R-Stanly, Montgomery) said last week that the North Carolina House will pass legislation redrawing the maps under which state judges and district attorneys are elected without any information being made available to ...

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Medical experts issue new recommendations for transgender care

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 14:00

As we’ve tackled at length at N.C. Policy Watch, the scientific understanding of transgender issues has for many years outpaced public policy. That was, of course, dramatically on display the last two years during the fight over HB2. This month the Endocrine Society, the world’s largest professional organization for endocrinologists, has issued new clinical recommendations ...

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600 miles is not enough: Atlantic Coast Pipeline to expand

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:37

Seven hundred, 800 miles? How far will the Atlantic Coast Pipeline go? Farther than North Carolina, it turns out. The Associated Press reported this morning that the ACP will extend well into South Carolina, undermining the utilities’ contention that the purpose of the project is to supply natural gas to under-served areas of the state and ...

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Editorial: Tillis is flat wrong about NC tax cuts

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 09:53

Raleigh’s News & Observer has an on-the-money editorial this morning in which it blasts Senator Thom Tillis for promoting North Carolina’s destructive trickledown tax policies as a model for the nation. Here’s the excellent conclusion: Broader numbers indicate that North Carolina’s “tax reform” has not, or at least not yet, stimulated the state economy. Indeed, ...

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A guide to proposed judicial maps as Court Commission set to meet today

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 08:00

The North Carolina Courts Commission will meet at 10 a.m. today to review House Bill 717, which redraws the state’s judicial districts. The meeting is open to the public and will be held in room 643 of the Legislative Office Building. The audio will be streamed online here. NC Policy Watch released the judicial maps ...

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Bill curbing further limiting state agencies meets skepticism in N.C. House

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 17:00

  N.C. House Bill 162, on which we reported back in August, may have a rough road to passage during next week’s special session of the General Assembly. In Thursday’s meeting of the Select Committee on Administrative Procedure Laws, a number of House Republicans made it clear they’re nowhere near as enthusiastic about changes to the ...

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