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Economy failing to deliver for working single mothers

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:06

In another sign of an economy that is failing to provide for working families, the share of female-headed working families considered low- income is increasing nationwide. There are now 4.1 million low-income families headed by working mothers in the United … Read More...

Lunch Links

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:56

By the time you read this, you should be all stocked up on the necessary ice storm essentials: batteries, flashlights, water, non-perishable food items, and board games. (Might I recommend a favorite: The Settlers of Catan.)

If you manage …

More on morality and the Moral March

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:47

The following essay was submitted to NC Policy Watch by the Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life, a national organization based in Washington, DC that is dedicated to “advancing faith in the public square as a … Read More...

Guilford County School Board rejects law abolishing teacher tenure, will sue the state

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 07:14

Greensboro’s News & Record reports that members of the Guilford County School Board voted unanimously last night to reject the state’s new law that would abolish teacher tenure and require school districts to offer teachers temporary contracts, calling into question … Read More...

Coming storm reminds us of need for public structures and services

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 07:03

There was a great cartoon in the New Yorker magazine a couple of years back in which a man whose house is on fire stands next to it with a bucket in his hand, waving away arriving firefighters and saying … Read More...

Major newspapers agree: Teacher pay plan is insufficient

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 15:35

Editorials from North Carolina’s major newspapers are starting to come in on the Governor’s plan to raise pay for about a third of the state’s teachers. Here are four:

The Greensboro News & Record:

“Why show respect for just


Fourth Circuit rules “Choose Life” license plate law is unconstitutional

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 12:35

A unanimous panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the state could not offer  a “Choose Life” license plate without also offering  an alternative plate with a message supporting reproductive freedom.

The key question before the

Lunch Links: Teacher pay plan disappoints, coal ash concerns, and curling!

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 11:59

Reaction continues to roll-in to Governor Pat McCrory’s plan to raise the pay of staring teachers. The editorial board of the Charlotte Observer calls the proposal insufficient:

In fact, if all the state does is boost starting teacher pay, most


McCrory’s amazing admission

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 11:20

Maybe it’s the ongoing game of musical chairs in Gov. Pat McCrory’s communications staff or maybe it’s just the man himself, but whatever it is, the Governor’s public pronouncements continue to be peppered with admissions and allegations that bespeak a … Read More...

DHHS Sec. Wos says USDA deadline met and most of food stamps backlog gone

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 10:45

N.C. Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos announced at a legislative hearing this morning that her department met a federal deadline yesterday to clear a backlog of families waiting for emergency food assistance.

Wos told lawmakers that “Herculean efforts” …

School shootings and the U.S. Supreme Court

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 10:06

In case you missed it, there was a school shooting in Salisbury yesterday.

According to this report, 16-year-old Shaleek Williams was shot outside the Salisbury High School gym after school in the midst of a fight between two groups. … Read More...

Wall Street Journal article exposes folly of not expanding Medicaid

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 09:08

In case you missed it yesterday, the Wall Street Journal featured a powerful article on the terrible toll that is resulting from the failure of 25 states (including North Carolina) to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The article … Read More...

Mecklenburg GOP volunteer gone after racist Moral Monday tweet

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 14:58

The Mecklenburg County GOP chairperson dismissed a party volunteer Sunday who tweeted a racially-charged comment about the state NAACP director under the political party’s account.

The tweet at 8:48 p.m. Sunday under the political party’s @meckgop account included a picture … Read More...

Bill Moyers documentary going on tour

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 14:26
The good people at Common Cause NC are taking the controversial documentary produced by veteran journalist Bill Moyers and his team, State of Conflict: North Carolina, on the road. This is from the announcement for the first showing this … Read More...

Lunch Links: Teacher pay (will raises be enough?), using math to master online dating and more

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 12:01

Lots going on this morning in the Old North State.

First, Gov. Pat McCrory announced this morning that he wanted to raise teacher pay, but by starting first by upping the base pay, a plan that will mean initial raises … Read More...

McCrory, GOP teacher pay plan benefits less than a third of NC teachers

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 11:54

Gov. Pat McCrory, House Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and Lt. Gov. Dan Forrest announced this morning a teacher pay plan that boosts salaries for less experienced teachers in North Carolina, but leaves behind the vast … Read More...

Deadline today for DHHS, Wos to clear food stamps backlog

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 10:52

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is expected to meet a federal deadline today to clear backlogged food stamps cases, according to information  released before the weekend that the vast majority of the  thousands of people waiting for … Read More...

Will coal ash end up in consumer products?

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 09:30

We’ve all been reading about the ugly environmental disaster unfolding in Eden at Duke Energy’s retired Dan River coal-burning plant.  As of this writing, the coal ash pond pipe has been plugged, but not before dumping more than 80,000 tons … Read More...

McCrory’s teacher pay proposal: A day late and several dollars short

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 08:05

Governor Pat McCrory will announce his long-rumored teacher pay hike proposal today — a proposal that stirs several reactions, including: a) About time! b) What took you so long? c) That’s all ya’ got??!

Chris Fitzsimon has the details over …

Thousands march in protest of conservative agenda (audio postcard)

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 22:04

Thousands of North Carolinians took to the streets of Raleigh Saturday to protest a laundry list of issues advanced by the Republican-controlled legislature and Governor Pat McCrory.

Marchers spoke out against school vouchers, low wages for teachers, the state’s voter … Read More...