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Caught in the middle, UNC system hopes to protect federal funding in HB2 dispute (video)

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 03:06
UNC system President Margaret Spellings made it clear Tuesday the she did not want to lose federal funding and hoped a resolution could be found to the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit over House Bill 2. DOJ sued the UNC system and the state of North Carolina on Monday,  alleging that the law signed by ...

Federal spending matters to North Carolina’s bottom line

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 15:24
Governor McCrory and legislative leaders have failed to acknowledge the critical role that federal investments play in North Carolina, as shown in their shortsighted response to the letter from the U.S. Department of Justice that notified the state that repeal of House Bill 2 was required to keep the state in compliance with the U.S. ...

A report on Gov. McCrory’s long, contentious relationship with the LGBTQ community

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 11:10
This week, with pressure mounting on Gov. Pat McCrory and leaders in the N.C. General Assembly over federal intervention on House Bill 2—anti-LGBTQ legislation that could threaten billions in federal funding for North Carolina schools and universities—the governor talked about his opposition to discrimination. “Our nation is one nation. Especially when it comes to fighting discrimination, ...

Thom Tillis: No need to consider Supreme Court nominees once presidential primary season commences

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 09:39
The laugh-out-loud justifications for the U.S. Senate’s absurd blockade of President Obama’s eminently qualified Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland just keep on a comin’ from GOP senators. Yesterday, it was North Carolina’s own Thom “flip-flop” Tillis who proffered a new and creative explanation. Tillis, who originally made noises about not obstructing a nominee before being ...

News story: The Right’s obsession with tax cuts and appeasing rich donors is putting NC lives at risk

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:37
If you haven’t checked it out yet this morning, be sure to read this story by Bruce Siceloff, the transportation reporter for Raleigh’s News & Observer about a trucker and his terrifying crash on I-77 near Charlotte recently. As Siceloff explains, the trucker fell asleep at the wheel after unsuccessfully trying to find a rest ...

BREAKING: U.S. Department of Justice files suit against North Carolina over House Bill 2

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 16:59
Calling House Bill 2 “state-sponsored discrimination against transgender individuals,” U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told reporters Monday afternoon that her office would be filing suit against North Carolina over its controversial legislation. Lynch’s announcement came just hours after Gov. Pat McCrory announced the state had filed its own suit against the federal government over H.B. ...

BREAKING: Gov. McCrory explains plans to sue federal government over House Bill 2

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 14:16
On Monday, Gov. Pat McCrory followed through on his promise to respond to the U.S. Justice Department’s claims that House Bill 2 violates federal anti-discrimination laws, just not in the way critics of the mega-controversial legislation might have hoped. McCrory announced Monday morning that he had filed suit asking federal courts to “clarify” federal law, days after ...

A stroll down memory lane of recent budgets, tax cuts are the guide rails

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 13:31
Tax changes passed since 2013 have not only significantly reduced revenue available for public investments, but also shifted the tax load to low- and middle- income taxpayers and away from the wealthy and profitable corporations. The tax burden on low income taxpayers increases on average by $30 while it decreases by around $15,000 on average ...

Multiple new polls: Senate needs to move now on Supreme Court nominee

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 13:10
Two new national polls find overwhelming public opposition to the U.S. Senate’s ongoing blockade of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. This is from a new poll conducted by GBA Strategies and the Center for American Progress: “Majorities of voters—across the partisan and ideological spectrum—want the U.S. Senate to hold hearings and an up-­?or-­?down ...

Gov. McCrory asks court to clarify federal law in HB2 showdown (video)

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 10:59
Facing a Monday deadline to respond to the U.S. Department of Justice regarding  HB2, Governor Pat McCrory has announced his office will file a declaratory judgment action asking the federal courts to clarify federal law. McCcrory said in a press release the action is a result of the Obama administration’s interpretation of federal law. “The ...

The best HB2 op-ed of the weekend

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:30
If you missed it yesterday, be sure to check out the fine essay in Sunday’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer by Ned Barnett. As Barnett explains, the toll taken by HB2 on North Carolina’s national and international image has been devastating and figures to last: “North Carolina’s reputation is being stained by the fight ...

The Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 15:30
1. McCrory flails again on HB2 while reality sets in at General Assembly It turns out that the whole controversy about the anti-LGBT law HB2 that is costing North Carolina thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in tourism revenue is all the fault of “the radical left” in Charlotte that includes Mayor Jennifer Roberts. ...

HB2 update: More federal pressure; McCrory’s bad week; What happens when/if the Supreme Court takes it up?

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 14:32
Three quick HB2 updates for your afternoon: #1 – The Charlotte Observer reports that still more federal agencies are looking at HB2 and its conflicts with federal law: North Carolina is facing additional threats to its federal funding as two more agencies – the U.S. Department of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development – say ...

Rep. Ed Hanes, controversial Winston-Salem Democrat, talks working both sides of the aisle

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 11:44
Rep. Ed Hanes is used to controversy by now. The Winston-Salem Democrat, an outspoken education reformer, has a reputation for cross-party alliances. Now in his second term in Raleigh, Hanes has been a relentless critic of what he describes as the legislature’s failure to take substantial action to ensure educational equity for the state’s poor children. And, ...

BREAKING: Divided state Supreme Court affirms decision striking down judicial retention elections

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:13
Just in from the North Carolina Supreme Court in the case challenging the judicial retention scheme cooked up by the General Assembly and Governor McCrory: Opinion of the Court Justice EDMUNDS took no part in the consideration or decision of this case.The remaining members of the Court are equally divided, with three members votingto affirm ...

“SolarBees” a bust: Who could have seen this coming?

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:21
In case you missed it, officials in the McCrory administration’s Department of Polluter Protection (aka the Department of Environmental Quality) have finally given up on the harebrained “SolarBee” scheme for cleaning up Jordan Lake. As you will recall, the “Solar Bees” are solar powered water mixers that were supposed to clean the lake’s water by ...

Gov. McCrory promises response on Justice Department’s H.B. 2 letter Monday

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 18:48
Gov. Pat McCrory told reporters Thursday afternoon that he would have a response to the U.S. Justice Department’s letter on House Bill 2 by Monday. McCrory’s comments, the only reference he made to the controversial legislation that axes local LGBTQ protections, came moments after a mostly congenial discussion of school choice and classroom technology in ...

North Carolina deserves better

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 14:30
Just two weeks into the legislative session, North Carolinians already are seeing how limited policymakers’ aspirations are for the future of communities and families. First, the Governor proposed a state budget that fell far short of what North Carolina needs to have thriving communities and broad prosperity. Then, yesterday, leaders of the House and Senate ...

House Speaker on HB2: Five days is too little time to repeal law written and passed in 12 hours

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 13:50
The self-destructive hole digging by North Carolina’s top political leaders on HB2 continues apace. Today it’s House Speaker Tim Moore manning the backhoe of state. According to Colin Campbell of Raleigh’s News & Observer, Moore has made plain that the General Assembly won’t be meeting yesterday’s demand from the U.S. Department of Justice that the ...

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