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North Carolina’s privatized economic development group gets new CEO, former head to stay on as contractor

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 16:18
North Carolina’s privatized economic development group already has a new leader, less than two months after the group officially launched in October. Christopher Chung,  38, an experienced economic developer from Missouri, will begin Jan. 12 leading North Carolina’s job recruitment efforts. He will replace Richard “Dick” Lindenmuth, 62, a business executive hired last January to ...

Women’s health advocates respond to proposed abortion regs

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 14:51
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released proposed abortion provider regulations today and the preliminary take seems to be that the intent of the rules themselves may not be as malicious or destructive as that of the legislation that gave rise to them. As Alison Kiser of Planned Parenthood told WRAL.com: “We ...

Six stories to have on your radar this week

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 10:01
Energy Exploration – Senator Bob Rucho and Representative Mike Hager co-chair Tuesday’s meeting of the Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy. The meeting includes discussion of oil and gas rulemaking and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. For those who have been curious about the push behind plans to drill offshore, don’t miss our radio interview ...

Please join us December 8 for our NC Policy Watch 10th anniversary event

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 09:18
As we hope you know by now, staff and supporters of NC Policy Watch are having a party to mark our 10th anniversary of fighting for a better North Carolina, and we want you to celebrate with us! Please join our three co-hosts – former Governor Jim Hunt, Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue and Capitol ...

A bit of good news to start your December

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 07:38
It’s been a sobering holiday weekend for news in many respects, but here’s a happier story to start your December that provides yet another testament to the power of caring and intentional public policies designed to improve the human condition: The Winston-Salem Journal reports this morning that cigarette smoking in the United States reached a ...

NC’s NAACP President on lessons from Ferguson (video)

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 20:57
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, has issued a statement on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the non-indictment of the police officer Darren Wilson. Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, in Ferguson on August 9th. Read the full statement here and click below to hear ...

Another life-saving act by the Obama administration

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 15:00
Good government can do a lot of to things to improve the quality of life for its citizens, but when you get down to it, making people healthier and safer is pretty much at or close to the top of any reasonable person’s list. That’s why the Affordable Care Act was and is, ultimately, for ...

Woodhouse claims dark money ads during election were not political

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 14:00
Here’s your ridiculous claim of Thanksgiving week from a story by the Center for Public Integrity.  Dallas Woodhouse of the right-wing advocacy group Carolina Rising says the 4,000 ads the group ran praising Republican Thom Tillis during the recent U.S. Senate race were not political at all. They were just about issues and happened to ...

Charitable giving down in North Carolina

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:36
The N.C. Secretary of State’s office had a report out yesterday that found North Carolina residents are continuing a downward trend in their charitable giving. The office, led by Elaine Marshall, a Democrat, monitors charities in the state and puts out a report each year about the how much of a charity’s incoming revenue goes ...

Employment in NC still below 2007 levels

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:19
In December 2007, just as the Great Recession started, 62 percent of North Carolina’s working-age population was employed. As of October 2014, employment had fallen to 56.5 percent as measured by the employment to population ratio. Despite the important milestone of replacing all the jobs lost during the Great Recession, North Carolina still has not ...

North Carolinians speak out on Ferguson decision

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 07:52
In cities across North Carolina, thousands of people gathered Tuesday evening to voice their feelings about the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo. not to indict a white policeman for the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. Here’s a sampling of those remarks: As reported by WBTV in Charlotte: “Until we have ...

Americans pay the price for refusing to be honest about taxes

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 06:36
Catherine Rampell of the Washington Post has an excellent essay in this morning’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer about how the American aversion to taxes has become an irrational and destructive affliction. Not only are we leaving core public structures and services chronically underfunded, we’re skewing our entire political system by turning our public ...

Preparing for your turkey table debates

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 15:22
If you’re preparing for the inevitable political discussions that will accompany your family get-togethers this week, here are three new Thanksgiving-themed posts that might help you out: #1 is today’s Fitzsimon File, which highlights the hypocritical change of heart that so many conservative politicians display toward people in need around the holidays. As Chris notes, ...

New analysis: Up to 50,000 NC voters silenced by new rules, confusion, poor preparation at the polls

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:20
There was a good deal of anecdotal evidence during the November election indicating that something was amiss in a lot voting places around the state. Now, sadly, there is damning confirmation in a new report from the watchdogs at Democracy North Carolina. This is from the report summary: “New voting restrictions and unprepared poll workers ...

Quantifying the beneficiaries and broad benefits of immigration action

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:26
The stories of children held back from pursuing educational opportunities, of families separated and weakened by deportations or their threat, of communities uncertain how to integrate and engage immigrants, provide the most compelling support for President Obama’s announcement of a new proposal to grant temporary, limited immigration status to certain immigrant families. To complement these ...

NC protests over grand jury decision in Mike Brown case held tonight (with updated list)

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:25
Several protests will be held today in response to a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer who shot and killed a teenager last August. The shooting death of Mike Brown, who was black, by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, touched off protests and unrest across the nation. ...

What you need to know about Ferguson

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:08
The Marshall Project has this excellent summary of the grand jury proceedings that concluded yesterday with the return of no indictment of Ferguson police office Darren Wilson for the death of teenager Michael Brown. The summary has links to many relevant stories and sources, including legal commentary on the unusual nature of the prosecutor’s handling of ...

Charter school’s failure a testament to inadequate standards and oversight

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 08:48
It’s funny and sad how humans have to constantly relearn basic lessons of history. The latest exhibit here in North Carolina comes from the world of education where, once again, we’ve been reminded of just why it is that our forebears established a uniform system of public education. It’s not that children didn’t receive education ...

Recount confirms Beasley win in Supreme Court race

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 05:48
Late yesterday, the state Board of Elections completed the recount of votes cast in the Supreme Court race between sitting Justice Cheri Beasley and her challenger, Winston-Salem attorney Mike Robinson, with Beasley coming out ahead by more than 5,400 votes. When Robinson initially requested the recount, the tally showed Beasley ahead by 5,427 votes.  Final ...

Update on North Carolina’s missing workers

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:45
Coverage of the latest labor market release on Friday has focused on the fact that the state has replaced all the jobs lost in the Great Recession, a milestone achieved after nearly seven years since that recession started.  There is still much progress to be made to achieve a full recovery in the labor market. ...

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