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Surprising mayoral result in Charlotte

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 06:51

Mayor Jennifer Roberts is out in Charlotte. She lost the Democratic primary to the city’s Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles. While surprising and perhaps disappointing to some who appreciated Roberts’ stand on HB2, the Lyles win assures that Democrats will be lead by a progressive in the November election in the state’s largest city. Lyles ...

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Rep. Justin Burr: Judicial redistricting, merit selection may not be either-or scenario

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 17:16

The House and Senate just might come to a deal when it comes to judicial redistricting and merit selection: pass them both and see what sticks. Rep. Justin Burr (R-Stanly, Montgomery) said Tuesday after a House judicial redistricting committee meeting that a deal between the House and Senate in which Representatives pass judicial redistricting and ...

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New federal data: The ACA works, but would work better if NC expanded Medicaid

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 16:15

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released state-level health insurance data that prove once again that the Affordable Care Act is working. In a year that has been filled with the White House working to sabotage the ACA and the GOP’s efforts to repeal and replace the ACA, lawmakers now have even more evidence that the ...

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New federal data: The ACA works, but would work better if NC expanded Medicaid

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 16:15

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released state-level health insurance data that prove once again that the Affordable Care Act is working. In a year that has been filled with the White House working to sabotage the ACA and the GOP’s efforts to repeal and replace the ACA, lawmakers now have even more evidence that the ...

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National report touts North Carolina universities

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 15:30

North Carolina universities once again feature prominently in U.S. News & World Report‘s oft-cited annual rankings of the nation’s top colleges. Duke University, Wake Forest University, UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State University, UNC-Charlotte, East Carolina and Gardner-Webb all placed on the report’s rankings of national universities—a measure often pointed to by higher education leaders in the ...

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Architectural Digest on Confederate monuments, history of toppled statues

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 15:05

Leave it to Architectural Digest to produce a really great piece about the Confederate monuments controversy. The piece, published this week, looks at when and why we memorialize people and movements with statues — and what happens when the culture rethinks those people or movements and peacefully removes or forcefully topples those monuments. From the ...

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U.S. teacher pay gap (possibly) worst in developed world

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 14:08

According to a new report from the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD), teacher pay in the United States ranks last among the 18 OECD member nations with available data in terms of competitiveness with other professions. In the United States, primary grade (elementary) teachers’ salaries are just 57 percent of the salaries of similarly-educated ...

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Pitt County Bar Association opposes judicial redistricting; House committee meets today

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 09:00

The Pitt County Bar Association delivered a resolution to House lawmakers Monday opposing Rep. Justin Burr’s (R-Stanly, Montgomery) plan to redraw judicial and prosecutorial districts. Rep. Billy Richardson (D-Cumberland) tweeted out the resolution, which was passed Thursday. It states that House Bill 717, the judicial redistricting measure, would be unfair to voters in one district, ...

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Editorials: NC got lucky on Irma, but more are coming

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 07:58

Hurricane Irma is finally spinning itself into a tropical depression today and none too soon. Sadly, Irma’s demise comes after several days of horrific destruction in the Caribbean and parts of Florida and Georgia. But, of course, it could have been much worse. A lucky break in timing and wind patterns spared Florida’s Tampa Bay ...

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NC Board of Education, Superintendent Mark Johnson to return to court later this week

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 13:15

The North Carolina Board of Education and State Superintendent Mark Johnson will be back in court Thursday. The three-judge panel that ruled in favor of Johnson in a lawsuit over a transfer of power from the Board will hear a motion for a temporary stay pending the Board’s appeal. According to the motion, counsel for ...

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Lunch & Listen: The state of working North Carolina (audio)

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 12:15

We kick off this week’s lunchtime podcast series with an interview with Brian Kennedy, Public Policy Fellow with the NC Budget & Tax Center. Brian discusses the center’s new report “Work, Interrupted: How the Recession and a Changed Labor Market Will Affect Millennials in North Carolina for Years to Come.” Among the major themes of ...

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Five things to have on your radar this week

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:00

#1 – Today is September 11th – a National Day of Service and Remembrance – a chance to pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and first responders in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks. If you are looking for a place to make a difference in the wake of Hurricane Irma, here’s an ...

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The best op-ed of the weekend

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 07:48

In case you missed it yesterday, Mark Jewell, the President of the N.C. Association of Educators had an excellent op-ed on WRAL.com about the start of the new school year and the inadequate response of state legislators. Here’s the conclusion to “Standing strong for public schools is best school choice”: “As bells ring in a ...

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Governor formally petitions to move Confederate monuments

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 12:25

Late Friday Governor Roy Cooper formally petitioned the North Carolina Historical Commission to remove three Confederate monuments from the capitol grounds in downtown Raleigh. In a letter to the commission, which must approve any movement of such monuments, Cooper argues for moving the statues to the historic site of the Bentonville Battlefield in Johnston County. ...

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<p>The Week&#8217;s Top Five on NC

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 15:21

The Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch: 1. State releases list of 48 schools eligible for controversial charter takeover Forty-eight schools spread across 21 districts make up those elementary schools eligible for inclusion in the first year of North Carolina’s controversial charter takeover model, according to a list released Thursday by state officials. The ...

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Duke, Dominion ask feds to fast-track Atlantic Coast Pipeline application — this month

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 13:52

The owners of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have written a letter to federal regulators asking them to approve the controversial $5.5 billion project this month — at least 30 days sooner than scheduled. In a Sept. 7 letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, officials from Duke Energy, Dominion Energy and Southern Company Gas imply ...

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Opposing lawmakers debate judicial redistricting ahead of next week’s House committee meeting

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 13:00

New judicial and prosecutorial maps that would overhaul the state’s court system will be moving full-steam ahead next week as the House judicial redistricting committee meets for the first time. Rep. Justin Burr (R-Montgomery, Stanly) introduced the maps via Twitter at the end of the long session but things were put on hold through the ...

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Hurricane Matthew damage forgotten in Washington as Harvey, Irma take their toll

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:00

In her column today, Susan Ladd of the News & Record in Greensboro takes a look at the poor federal response to Hurricane Matthew’s impact on North Carolina even as Texas struggles to recover from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma bears down on the East Coast. From the column: On Saturday, President Donald Trump promised ...

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Board of Governors considers major changes following contentious meeting

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 09:59

Update to this post: The UNC Board of Governors voted Friday to ban legal work of the UNC Center for Civil Rights.  The Raleigh News & Observer reports the Center will shut down at UNC, but continue its work elsewhere. As the UNC Board of Governors meets today to consider banning the UNC Center for ...

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Here’s how much climate change will cost North Carolina counties

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 07:30

Climate change is not just an environmental issue, but an economic issue as well that impacts all 100 counties across North Carolina. As the country experiences an increasing number of billion-dollar disasters, the challenge for us all is to minimize the harm to families and communities and plan for the future. Since 1980, we have ...

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