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Latest revenue outlook signals challenges with policy directions

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 13:38

Some underling and troubling trends are revealed in the Fiscal Research Division’s newly released third Quarterly General Fund Revenue Report, which provides an assessment of revenue for the state. Not much has changed since the Division’s second quarterly report. … Read More...

Runoff looking more likely in U.S. Senate primary (video)

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:19

House Speaker Thom Tillis may have more name recognition than many of the other candidates in Republican U.S. Senate primary, but that has not translated into more support among voters.

New numbers released this week by Public Policy Polling find … Read More...

Lunch links: Jobless in the mountains and more

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:58

For Lunch Links today, here’s a few things that have caught my attention. Fair warning, there’s a bit of doom and gloom in here.

The News & Observer had this article about one of the effects of the declining unemployment … Read More...

Esquire’s Charles Pierce pulls no punches in explaining North Carolina’s coal ash problem

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:30

Fiery Esquire journalist Charles Pierce weighed in on the Duke coal ash mess yesterday afternoon in this column and, as you can see, he pulled no punches:

“There’s a lot of very weird stuff going on in the newly insane


Why the Duke coal ash mess is now “a legal and political nightmare” as well

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:35

If you’re unclear as to the status of the various legal proceedings surrounding Duke Energy’s coal ash mess, be sure to check out this morning’s story over on the main PW site by Courts and Law Reporter Sharon McCloskey – … Read More...

Read to Achieve, EpiPens highlight today’s Education Oversight Committee meeting

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 16:08

Flexibility on summer reading camps for third graders, a second chance for legislation that would require schools to stock EpiPens, and the case for continuing a Race to the Top-funded program to groom principals for service in high need schools


HHS secretary reads to kids while waiting list for childcare mushrooms

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 15:35

A special press release from the office of state Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos provided yet another powerful example today of the disconnect between the policies of the McCrory administration and the reality “on the ground” for struggling … Read More...

Richard Burr blue slip watch Day 293: Is NC Senator really throwing in with the secessionists?

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 13:16

Today marks Day #293 of Senator Richard Burr’s silent, one-man filibuster of President Obama’s nominee for the federal bench in North Carolina’s Eastern District, federal prosecutor Jennifer May-Parker. Now, today, there is a new and fascinating explanation from one of … Read More...

NC gerrymandering takes full effect

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:50

North Carolina is a large and complicated state with a population approaching 10 million. Still, even the most unrepentant defenders of the the state’s gerrymandered political map will have to admit that the following fact borders on the absurd:

During …

Gov. McCrory embracing at least part of Affordable Care Act

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 09:00

I just found this amusing. Remember last month as Governor McCrory’s administration put forward its plans for reforming NC’s Medicaid program with much fanfare?  It was all about “Accountable Care Organizations” or “ACOs” – basically just a different and – … Read More...

Editorial: GOP lawmakers must reveal the truth about monster voting law communications

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 08:09

This morning’s Greensboro News & Record is spot on in an editorial regarding the efforts of Republican lawmakers to keep communications related to the monster voting law secret. Here’s the conclusion:

“Just as literacy tests were really intended, not to


Policy Watch journalists win national award for charter school series

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 15:32

NC Policy Watch Reporter Sarah Ovaska and New Media Director Ricky Leung were recognized today by the Washington, DC-based Education Writers Association for their outstanding series on a troubled charter school in Winston-Salem.  The two journalists were awarded second prize … Read More...

Wake County residents appeal dismissal of school board redistricting complaint

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 14:09

Thirteen Wake County residents and two community organizations today appealed the dismissal of their lawsuit challenging the redistricting of the Wake County Board of Education districts as violative of the one-person, one-vote requirements of the United States and North Carolina … Read More...

Lunch Links: Voter fraud, the power of journalism, and an anti-fracking anthem (video)

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:34

It’s multiple-meeting-Monday, so let’s just dive right in to today’s belated Lunch Links.

First, a couple of must reads:  The Institute for Southern Studies has a fascinating look at Who’s driving North Carolina’s latest voter fraud hysteria?

Next up, many …

Who’s driving NC’s latest voter fraud hysteria?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:58

(Cross-posted from Facing South, the blog of the Institute for Southern Studies)

By Chris Kromm

This week, officials at the North Carolina State Board of Elections announced they had discovered possible evidence of widespread voter fraud in the … Read More...

“Voter fraud” allegations premature

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 08:06

Be sure to check out this morning’s edition of Chris Fitzsimon’s “Monday numbers” column today in which he examines the politically-motivated rush to judgment by conservative lawmakers on the matter of recent “voter fraud” allegations. And in case you missed … Read More...

The good, the bad, and the odd about the latest Commerce privatization proposal

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 08:00

Partial privatization of the N.C. Department of Commerce took another step closer to reality yesterday when the Economic Development and Global Oversight Committee (or EDGE Committee) reported out updated enabling legislation that authorizes the establishment of a nonprofit corporation to … Read More...

NC Sierra Club to Corps of Engineers: Ditch the big eggbeaters for Jordan Lake

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:23

The North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club submitted comments today to the U.S. Army Corps of engineers about the idea of installing “solar bees” (i.e. big solar powered water mixers) to somehow clean up Jordan Lake rather than doing … Read More...

TGIF lunch links

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:24

In case you’ve lost count, today is Day #289 on the Richard Burr Blue Slip Watch. It’s been nearly ten months since President Obama nominated federal prosecutor Jennifer May-Parker to fill what is the longest-standing vacancy in the federal … Read More...

Lawmakers consider ethics’ role in state’s economic development

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:59

Lawmakers are leaning towards bringing staff of North Carolina’s public-private economic development group under state ethics rules.

Members of the Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight Committee discussed draft legislation yesterday that would bring staff of the economic … Read More...