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The next time someone tries to equate white supremacists and those who decry hatred and discrimination…

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:00

One of the more pernicious bits of conservative spin in the post-Charlottesville debate is that there there is some kind of equivalency between the Nazis and other white supremacists who keep emerging from dark corners of the republic and the handful of anti-racist and anti-fascist protesters who have risen in some instances to confront them. ...

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Glazier: NC legislature should adopt measures to protect safety of protestors, repeal monument statute

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:18

Earlier this afternoon, N.C. Justice Center Rick Glazier issued the following statement with respect to the confederate monuments controversy that has arisen in North Carolina and several other states. “Yesterday, in light of the recent horrifying events in Charlottesville – and the President’s equally stunning remarks equating victims with perpetrators and emboldening the white supremacist ...

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Despite the moratorium, Duke Energy moving ahead on wind energy plans

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:13

Although Sen. Harry Brown put an 18-month kibosh on new wind farms in North Carolina, Duke Energy Carolinas announced it’s looking to buy 500 megawatts of wind energy by the end of 2022. The utility issued a Request for Proposals this week. Duke Energy spokesman Randy Wheeless said that the utility had been working on ...

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In midst of merit selection talk, snapshot of demographic data shows NC judges are overwhelmingly white

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:44

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s chief of staff, Jim Blaine, presented some district court judges last week with a potential merit selection plan. The biggest concern raised at the board of governor’s Friday meeting for the NC Association of District Court Judges was what impact such a plan would have on racial diversity on ...

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Triad TV news story: NC is failing its public school teachers

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:31

Reporter Bob Buckley of High Point based WGHP TV (aka “My Fox 8”) posted a fine story last night that explains some of the important ways in which North Carolina political leaders continue to fail the state’s public school teachers and, thereby of course, its students. In particular, the story has harsh words for Senator ...

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A rare bit of good news for North Carolina workers

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:35

North Carolina’s state government took an important first step this week toward recognizing and addressing the problem of misclassification, which occurs when employers wrongly classify employees as independent contractors. On August 11, Governor Cooper signed The Employee Fair Classification Act (SB 407). The Act codifies the Employee Classification Section in the NC Industrial Commission, established ...

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A look at the seven N.C. Counties that will be on the Eclipse’s “path of totality”

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:30

Next Monday, Aug. 21, the continental U.S. will experience a total eclipse of the sun from coast to coast for the first time in 99 years, and North Carolina is one of the 14 states that will be in the eclipse’s “path of totality.” Across the U.S., 290 counties will be in the path of ...

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Greensboro City Council apologizes for 1979 Klan-Nazi shootings

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:07

On Tuesday night, the Greensboro City Council voted to apologize for the “Greensboro Massacre” – the Nov. 3, 1979 tragedy in which Ku Klux Klansmen and American Nazi Party members shot and killed five activists from the Communist Workers Party. The council has struggled with the city government and police department’s responsibility  in the shootings for decades. ...

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Gov. Cooper: Confederate monuments should come down; legislature must repeal 2015 law

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 17:55

Governor Roy Cooper took to social media Tuesday to speak out against last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and offer his suggestions for how best to handle Confederate markers in North Carolina moving forward. Cooper tweeted “It’s time to move forward. These monuments should come down.” He expanded on his position in a new Medium ...

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Greensboro writer on being on the ground in Charlottesville

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 16:00

You need to make time to read this first-person piece on the chaos of this weekend’s deadly rally in Charlottesville by Greensboro’s own Jordan Green. Green, a writer and senior editor at Triad City Beat, has been covering right-wing and white supremacist gatherings – and their counter-protests – for years. He wrote the piece from Charlottesville ...

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Timothy Tyson on North Carolina’s anti-Confederate history

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 14:30

In the wake of Charlottesville and this week’s toppling of a Confederate monument in Durham, today’s N&O piece by best-selling author Timothy Tyson is well worth your time. In the piece Tyson, author of Blood Done Sign My Name and The Blood of Emmett Till, writes about North Carolina’s Confederate history…and its history of anti-confederate ...

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DEQ had GenX info under Secretary Donald van der Vaart; under Michael Regan, delay attributed to scheduling conflicts

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:43

Donald van der Vaart, former Department of Environmental Quality secretary, was in charge when state officials first learned last fall there could be a problem with GenX in the Lower Cape Fear River. And the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority knew even earlier. But not until June of this year, when the Star-News in Wilmington ...

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Gov. Cooper vetoes SB 16 over dangerous rollbacks to water quality protection

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 09:18

The governor’s veto last night of Senate Bill 16 has temporarily halted several environmental laws, including one that gives eminent domain power to Dominion Energy for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Gov. Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 16 , the Business and Regulatory Reform Act of 2017. It passed the House and Senate when they convened for just ...

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Speaker Moore’s big whopper about legal aid

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:54

As a growing number of editorials in the state’s major news outlets have noted in recent days, House Speaker Tim Moore’s unilateral, backroom decision to slash funding for Legal Aid of North Carolina is an example of modern North Carolina politics at their absolute worst. This is from last Tuesday’s edition of Raleigh’s News & ...

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Statement from Rick Glazier: NC Justice Center condemns white supremacy, racism on display in Charlottesville

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 17:43

 The North Carolina Justice Center adds its voice to the chorus condemning the white supremacy and racism on display this weekend in Charlottesville, as well as the continued everyday violence of institutional racism and outright bigotry in our society. The events of this past weekend made it clear – once again – that such ideas ...

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Ninety days since promised executive order on LGBT protections

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 16:00

It’s been three months since Gov. Roy Cooper announced he would issue an executive order to expand lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender protections in the state. The governor’s office is continuing to work on the order and seek input, said Cooper Communications Director Ford Porter last week. He did not respond to questions about specifics ...

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El Pueblo condemns White Supremacist terrorist attacks in Charlottesville

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 14:20

From Angeline Echeverria, Executive Director of El Pueblo Inc: El Pueblo stands with the victims of the white supremacist terrorist attack which occurred this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. As an organization dedicated to the dismantling of systemic racism and xenophobia, we were appalled by both the Nazi rally and the violence used against counter ...

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New report: DACA program a success in North Carolina

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:08

The N.C. Budget and Tax Center is out with a new report today about DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program implemented under President Obama. Its conclusion: the program is a success that we should build on: “The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy was initially introduced in 2012 by President Obama ...

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Two “must reads” on Saturday’s tragic violence in Charlotteville

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 08:46

If you missed it yesterday, it’s worth checking out the transcript of the interview with Charlottesville mayor Mike Signer on CBS’s Face the Nation yesterday. When asked by reporter John Dickerson for his response to Donald Trump’s take on the weekend violence, the mayor said this: “You know, I don’t want to make this too ...

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Members of NC’s congressional delegation condemn the violence, hate in #Charlottesville

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 23:05

Members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation took to social media Saturday to speak out against the violence that erupted at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Senator Thom Tillis: The hate, bigotry and violence on display in #Charlottesville is despicable and represents the complete opposite of what America stands for. — Senator Thom Tillis ...

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