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North Carolina residents accused of illegally voting in 2016 election file defamation lawsuit

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 13:36

Four Guilford County voters have filed a defamation lawsuit against the person who accused them of voter fraud in the November election. The Southern Coalition for Social Justice reports that at least 85 North Carolinian’s were accused of voting in multiple states or of being ineligible to vote because of a felony conviction. None of ...

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The fiscal fallout from flawed executive orders on immigration

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 13:04

Public outcry and legal challenges to President Trump’s Executive Orders on immigration were immediate.  The costs to our country and economy will mount in the coming weeks, months, and could play out over generations if these Executive Orders stand. They will be felt not just in the immigrant community but among the broader public through ...

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NC Congressman co-sponsors bill to scrap the US Department of Education

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 13:03

On the same day the U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Betsy Devos to serve as President Trump’s Education Secretary, a group of Republican Congressmen introduced legislation to do away with the entire Education Department. H.R.899 – simply titled To terminate the Department of Education – was introduced by Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie and lists Congressman Walter ...

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Senate confirmation postponed after judge’s order, Hall absence

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 13:01

A Senate committee meeting was postponed Wednesday morning after a court order restraining the Senate from holding hearings to confirm Gov. Roy Cooper’s cabinet nominees. Larry Hall, the former Democratic N.C. House member tapped by Cooper to head the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, did not attend the meeting, which was ended after a ...

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After state issues relaxed regulations, virtual charter dropouts plunge

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:44

A year after North Carolina lawmakers passed relaxed regulations for dropout data in virtual charter schools, leaders in the state’s relatively young virtual charter sector are reporting far lower withdrawal numbers. That’s according to a report Wednesday from Lindsay Wagner at the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, a progressive Raleigh nonprofit that partners with the N.C. Justice Center. (Disclosure: ...

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Duke University researchers find high levels of selenium in lakes receiving coal ash discharge

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:07

At 1,100 acres, Sutton Lake is home to schools of largemouth bass, catfish and crappie. However, the lake also contains high levels of selenium, both in the surface water and in muscles of fish, a consequence of years of coal ash discharge from Duke Energy power plant near its shores. Duke University scientists at the Nicholas ...

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Read: Temporary restraining order on Senate confirmation of Gov. Cooper’s cabinet

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:23

Here is the final version of the temporary restraining order from a three judge panel on the N.C. Senate confirmation of Gov. Roy Cooper’s cabinet choices. The order prevents any hearing on the issue until the panel again hears the issue on Friday at 11 a.m. A hearing to confirm former state Rep.Larry Hall (D-Durham) as ...

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Confirmations in limbo as NCGA leaders criticize judges, restraining order

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 09:10

It isn’t clear whether a hearing to confirm former state Rep.Larry Hall (D-Durham) as head of the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs will proceed as scheduled at 11 a.m. today or wait until Friday, per a court order. A panel of three N.C. Superior Court judges appear to have issued a temporary restraining order preventing a ...

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NC GOP leaders do their best Trump imitations in attacks on Cooper, Stein

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 08:21

For those out there who had any doubt that the North Carolina Republican Party has fully embraced Trumpism and all of its ugly and frightening entrails, be sure to catch the “alternative facts” press conference conducted yesterday by party executive director Dallas Woodhouse and his carnival barker sidekick, party chairman Robin Hayes. Reporter Kirk Ross ...

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Three-judge panel deliberating about whether to stop Senate confirmation hearing for Cooper appointee

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 18:38

A three-judge panel is deliberating after hearing arguments about whether a temporary restraining order should be issued to halt one Senate confirmation hearing before a related court hearing Friday. Former Rep. Larry Hall is scheduled to appear before the Senate on Wednesday to start what is expected to be a six-week process to confirm all of ...

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Michelle Rhee: Trump’s education secretary Betsy DeVos must reach out to teachers

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 17:37

Just months ago, Michelle Rhee, a polarizing school reformer in D.C., was on the shortlist of the top candidates to serve as President Donald Trump’s new education secretary.  On Tuesday, hours after a nail-bitingly close Senate confirmation for the controversial new secretary, Rhee told a handful of North Carolina reporters DeVos will have her work ...

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Prominent NC lawmaker calls for food donations months after slashing food assistance

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 14:24

State Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Wake County Republican and chair of the powerful House Appropriations Committee authored an interesting tweet earlier this morning. As you can see below, Dollar is, to his credit, concerned about shortages at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. While certainly laudable, Dollar’s call for donations comes with a healthy helping of bitter ...

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BREAKING: Trump nominee Betsy DeVos confirmed as education secretary in historically close vote

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:52

Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s highly controversial nominee for U.S. education secretary, has been officially confirmed, despite a wave of opposition from public school backers and Democrats nationwide. As expected, Vice President Mike Pence arrived on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon to cast the tie-breaking vote to confirm DeVos, a Michigan school advocate whose wealthy family ...

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DeVos wins confirmation as Secretary of Education with help from NC’s senators, Pence

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:49

As expected, Senator Richard Burr and Senator Thom Tillis voted for Betsy DeVos in Tuesday’s confirmation. With an evenly split chamber and the 50-50 tie, Vice President Mike Pence cast the final deciding vote in favor of  President Trump’s nominee. DeVos, a champion of charter schools and vouchers, will serve as the nation’s next U.S. ...

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State lawmakers move one step closer to assuaging class-size crisis in N.C. schools

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:24

North Carolina lawmakers say they are moving speedily to resolve a class-size crisis that could soon spur large-scale financial impacts in school districts across the state. As Policy Watch reported in November, last year’s state-mandated reforms to funded class sizes could have drastic impacts in every local public school district, forcing officials to sack physical ...

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In Asheville, a scientific squabble ignites a flurry of fake news over climate change

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:28

The headlines in the Daily Mail range from “Is Is applying makeup with a CONDOM the secret to flawless skin?” to “Human Ken Doll Rodrigo Alves reveals despair after giant cyst appears behind his ear as a result of 50th cosmetic procedure.” So of course, congressional leaders would look to the British tabloid for credible science ...

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After letter to Berger, Cooper takes to the courts to try to stop Senate confirmation hearings

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 10:25

Arguments will be presented this afternoon in Wake County Superior Court about whether to postpone Senate confirmation hearings scheduled for Gov. Roy Cooper’s cabinet appointees. Cooper’s legal team filed a motion Monday evening requesting a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop the hearings until the courts determine if they are constitutional. A lawsuit over ...

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As DeVos moves closer to confirmation, Sen. Warren blasts GOP colleagues for ignoring nominee’s shortcomings (video)

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 09:56

Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis are expected to fall in line and support Betsy Devos as the next U.S. Education Secretary when a final vote takes place in the U.S. Senate today. Both North Carolina Senators have praised the talents that Devos would bring to the table as well as her support of  charter ...

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Tech companies weigh in as appeals court is flooded with briefs opposing Trump’s immigrant exclusion orders

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 08:50

A three judge panel from, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear oral arguments this evening (6:00 pm EST and 3:00 pm PST) in the Trump administration’s appeal of an order issued over the weekend by a federal judge in Washington state striking down the president’s orders to exclude immigrants from ...

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Going, going, gone: DEQ Secretary Michael Regan announces big leadership changes

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 17:15

The Assistant Secretary of the Environment Tom Reeder is out, as are four other key leaders at the NC Department of Environmental Quality, according to an announcement made by DEQ Secretary Michael Regan today. Retired Col. John A. Nicholson has been named the chief deputy secretary, replacing John Evans. Nicholson served 28 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, ...

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