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The costs of HB2 continue to pile up

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 11:13
In case you missed it last night, WRAL.com has a solid story about the growing negative impact of HB2 on North Carolina travel and tourism. This is from the story – “HB2 could cost Raleigh up to $40M in convention business”: “Raleigh could lose as much as $40 million in convention business from the state’s ...

Duke Energy’s dangerous assault on nonprofits

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 07:04
Be sure to check out the excellent and important op-ed in this morning’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer by Richard Clerkin, the Executive Director of the Institute for Nonprofits at N.C. State entitled “Duke Energy’s worrisome move to silence nonprofits.” In it, Clerkin decries Duke’s recent efforts to force environmental groups challenging its construction ...

WSJ Editorial: Legislation shielding police footage from public a “deplorable decision”

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 14:52
The Winston Salem Journal is joining the  American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina in urging Gov. Pat McCrory to veto House Bill 972. The legislation titled Law Enforcement Recordings/No Public Record would bar police dash-cam video and body camera footage from being public, unless of course there is a  court order. The editorial ...

A perfect summary of HB2

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 07:20
The editorials about the failure of the General Assembly to repeal HB2 continue to roll in from across the state and outside it. The Virginian Pilot weighed in today with a piece with an apt title, “NC GOP Lawmakers flee from responsibility.”  The whole editorial is worth your time but this sentence says it all ...

Charlotte and High Point commended for seeking common-sense solutions on immigration

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 14:01
For all of the incendiary rhetoric around immigration this election year, some communities have not forgotten what decency and hospitality are all about. Charlotte and High Point were recently commended for their efforts to help immigrants to integrate into their communities. As reported in the Charlotte Observer: “The local governments being honored…represent the leading edge ...

N.C. charter bolstered by Chinese investors, according to the Charlotte Observer

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 13:56
Here’s an illuminating piece in Monday’s Charlotte Observer on a surprising $3 million investment in a troubled Mecklenburg County charter by Chinese investors.  According to the paper’s Ann Doss Helms, the “startup” funding from Chinese investors for Thunderbird Preparatory Academy in Cornelius comes as state officials consider the school’s finances. The State Board of Education is ...

Charlotte increases minimum pay for city workers, anticipates reaching $15/ hour by 2020

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 12:57
Like local governments across North Carolina, the City of Charlotte passed its budget a few weeks ago in time for the start of a new fiscal year last Friday.  Like a growing number of City leaders across the state, the City Council and Mayor approved a budget that sets the minimum pay for a city ...

Long-lasting expansion of private school vouchers earns ‘one big thumbs down’ (video)

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 10:30
The Charlotte Observer joins the list of those criticizing the the General Assembly’s decision to  dramatically expand private school vouchers in the recently concluded short session. The editorial board notes with little understanding of how well current students receiving the vouchers are performing, legislators have allocated $10 million to the program next year, plus an ...

Bar Association needs to change award honoring racist lawyer

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 07:30
In case you missed it a couple of weeks back, Raleigh’s News & Observer ran a fine op-ed that attorney James E. Williams penned on behalf of himself and the N.C. Association of Black Lawyers. It deserves to read, shared widely and re-read. In it, Williams explains why it is an outrage that the North ...

For all the talk of repeal, damaging HB2 remains intact

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 12:54
Statement from Rick Glazier, Executive Director of the NC Justice Center: House Bill 2, one of the most damaging, dangerous, and discriminatory bills ever passed by the North Carolina legislature, sadly and shockingly remains all but intact. The damage it has had on the state’s reputation, individuals, and businesses will now continue unabated. For all ...

Environmental advocates call on McCrory to veto “Duke Energy Protection Act”

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 07:00
In case you missed it in all the hubbub surrounding the end of the legislative session, state lawmakers pushed through a coal ash “clean up” bill Thursday that has outraged environmental advocates and ought to anger anyone who cares about clean drinking water and corporate greed. This statement is from the state chapter of the ...

This week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 14:33
1. Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse The NC Senate pushes a bevy of last minute constitutional amendments to lock in the state’s decline The conservative revolution in North Carolina: It’s been such a whirlwind for so long now that it’s easy to lose track of how far and fast we’ve fallen ...

Statement of Final Budget Passage from Alexandra Sirota, Budget and Tax Center Director

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 13:54
A budget is the set of choices our policymakers make to lay a foundation for North Carolina’s future.  Will it stand future tests of economic challenges and opportunities? Will it extend to every corner and household of our state? The answer for this budget is that it will not. For those who say this is ...

Technical corrections bill includes $500K to cover HB2 litigation

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 13:51
With a possible compromise on amending House Bill 2 in doubt, state lawmakers have approved legislation that would allocate $500,000 for litigation defending the so-called ‘bathroom bill.’ The budget technical corrections bill (HB 805) includes a  short provision that would transfer half a million dollars from the state’s Emergency Response and Disaster Relief Fund to ...

Budget cuts workplace safety inspectors, puts workers at risk

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 13:46
Every worker deserves a safe workplace where their lives and health are protected. Unfortunately, a small provision in the joint budget does just the opposite—it puts workers at risk by weakening the ability of the Department of Labor to enforce the state’s occupational safety laws. Specifically, the joint budget adopts a House recommendation to eliminate ...

In session’s final hours, teacher background check bill advancing in N.C. General Assembly

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 12:16
With the N.C. General Assembly winding down its short session, lawmakers are hoping to speed though the final bills on their agenda Friday, one of which sets a new statewide background check standard for teacher licensure. Friday morning, the House Finance Committee gave its approval for Senate Bill 867, setting the stage for its likely passage in the final ...

California passes common sense gun safety package; NC should follow its lead

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 09:46
There’s great news from the Golden State this morning. The Los Angeles Times explains: “Spurred by outrage over recent mass shootings, California lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown an unprecedented package of gun control bills, including a ban on the sale of semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines, background checks for those buying ammunition and new restrictions ...

Editorial calls on McCrory to veto police body camera bill

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:59
A day after correctly describing the supposed “compromise” on HB2 an embarrassing joke, the Greensboro News & Record gets it exactly right this morning with a lead editorial decrying the bill passed by lawmakers this week to keep police body camera recordings secret. “Citing vague and flimsy concerns about ‘privacy,’ state lawmakers overwhelmingly have passed ...

NBA, Hornets reject current HB2 compromise bill

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 22:14
Legislative leaders hoping a compromise version of House Bill 2 might be enough to save the the 2017 NBA All-Star Game got their answer Thursday: No. In a joint statement on Twitter, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets made it clear that while they were continuing to talk to all sides about HB2, the legislative ...

National report highlights troubling career of recently deceased NC prosecutor

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 14:10
Kristin Collins of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation has a great post up today on the blog of the NC Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (cross-posted below) highlighting a new report about the late Joe Freeman Britt of Robeson County. NC “deadliest prosecutor” valued winning over justice, new report shows By Kristin ...

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