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PayPal halts Charlotte expansion, cancels 400 jobs citing discriminatory anti-LGBT law

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 10:33
Just weeks after announcing a major expansion in Charlotte, comes word that Paypal has withdrawn those plans because of House Bill 2. PayPal CEO Dan Schulman made the official announcement this morning Two weeks ago, PayPal announced plans to open a new global operations center in Charlotte and employ over 400 people in skilled jobs.  ...

Yet another cancellation as a result of HB2 — NC settles in for a siege

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 10:19
The cancellations, boycotts and protests are coming in so fast from around the country that it’s almost impossible to keep track of the negative reactions to North Carolina’s new discrimination law. Here’s the latest from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC): “ICYMI, yesterday, Architectural Digest editor in chief Margaret Russell and publisher and chief revenue officer ...

Rev. Barber kicks off “revival tour” with successful event at Raleigh synagogue

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 08:21
If there’s a most hopeful and encouraging thing about the new brand of 21st Century “fusion politics” championed by Rev. William Barber of the North Carolina NAACP, it’s the way this man and the movement he leads are truly serious about being an always evolving and progressing, multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-faith effort. The inspiring diversity ...

Five things to have on your radar this week (other than Monday’s championship game)

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 15:59
# 1 – How to end gerrymandering – The good folks at the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform kick-off a series of meetings across the state this week to talk about why our state needs a nonpartisan redistricting system and how we can do it. Their first program will be held this ...

New report points to segregation in private schools

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 14:23
Last month, we reported on the widening racial and economic divisions in North Carolina’s two largest school systems, despite ample evidence that high concentrations of impoverished children in any school can be harmful to students’ performance. Now, the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), a Georgia-based advocate for school equity, has issued a new report on virtual segregation in ...

SCOTUS rejects challenge to “one person one vote” doctrine applicable in the drawing of state legislative districts

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 10:18
Who should states count when tabulating populations for redistricting purposes? In an 8-0 decision written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the “one person one vote” concept applicable in the drawing of legislative districts, holding that constitutional history, precedent, and practice permit a state or locality to draw its legislative districts based on ...

The best editorial of the weekend

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 08:03
The Charlotte Observer editorial page performed an important service this weekend when it highlighted one of the under reported, but nonetheless most highly destructive sections of HB 2 — North Carolina’s new discrimination law. In “Abracadabra! Protections disappear,” the Observer explained the outrageous decision to repeal North Carolina’s decades-old state right to sue for employment discrimination. The new ...

WRAL questions the claim that NC’s anti-LGBT law would threaten schools’ federal funding

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 15:20
As we reported this week, numerous education activists, as well as ACLU of N.C. Legal Director Chris Brook, have publicly questioned whether North Carolina’s share of federal Title IX funding—about $4.5 billion—has been put in jeopardy by the legislature’s controversial House Bill 2.  The decision will likely hinge on an ongoing Virginia court case, but ...

This Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 14:37
1. Seven questions for Gov. McCrory about his anti-LGBT law Governor Pat McCrory this week defended the sweeping anti-LBGT law he signed last week by blaming the media for biased reporting and calling the growing opposition to the discriminatory legislation “political theater.” McCrory spoke briefly with reporters after a groundbreaking ceremony for a Novo Nordisk ...

Why people are boycotting TurboTax and H&R Block this year

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 14:20
Both Dylan Matthews at Vox (“Why I’m boycotting TurboTax this year”) and Josh Hoxie at Inequality.org (“The call for boycotting TurboTax”) made a compelling case this week for boycotting the mega-corporations to whom so many of us turn to do their taxes. Both posts are definitely worth your time. This is from Matthews’: “It’s tax ...

Sierra Club calls for an end to failed “solar bee” project in Jordan Lake

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 11:12
As Chris Fitzsimon explained at some length earlier this month, the silly experiment by state environmental officials to clean up the Triangle’s Jordan Lake with over-sized eggbeaters known as “solar bees” has been the disastrous flop that anyone paying attention could have foreseen: “It is now indisputable that the mixers still in place aren’t doing ...

McCrory zigzagging from moment to moment as pressure builds to repeal discrimination law

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 07:51
When it comes to his performance in enacting and defending North Carolina’s new all-purpose discrimination law, being accused of hypocrisy by Gov. Pat McCrory (the nonsensical charge he keeps lobbing at the opponents of the new law) is a little like being accused by Donald Trump of having a bad comb-over. The Governor, who leaps ...

Advocates, people in need demand closure of the Coverage Gap as Medicaid “reform” hearings commence

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 15:45
North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services has a busy few weeks ahead as it commences a series of public hearings around the state concerning its plan to privatize the state Medicaid program and obtain a waiver from the Federal government that would approve the scheme. Yesterday, a large crowd attended the first public ...

Group warns of potential problems for achievement school districts in North Carolina

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 14:39
While lawmakers on a state House committee considered a timetable for approval of legislation creating achievement school districts Wednesday, an official representing local school boards warned legislators that there could be legal troubles ahead for the controversial school reform method. “While we are now on version 51 (of this bill), there are still tons of unanswered questions,” ...

Revenue is up but North Carolina still falls short

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 12:55
Revenue remains up in North Carolina. This isn’t surprising as the national and state economies are growing. Revenue collections are expected to be $237 million above projections for this fiscal year, which is welcome news. However, as previously highlighted, this better-than-anticipated revenue does not mean we have adequate revenue to meet the needs and priorities ...

As more states ban travel to NC, another invites NC businesses to relocate away from discriminatory HB2

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 11:07
Boston’s City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to ban taxpayer-funded travel to North Carolina. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also announced that he was prohibiting official travel to the Tar Heel state following the passage of House Bill 2. Because of North Carolina’s new law of intolerance and exclusion, the Mayor will prohibit official travel to N.C. ...

Is this the most dishonest defense of NC’s new discrimination law yet? (Video)

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 10:44
Gov. Pat McCrory has been lashing out sporadically and incoherently at “the liberal media” in recent days and Senate President Phil Berger has been issuing startlingly dishonest and offensive statements about male predators invading women’s restrooms, but the award for “most dishonest defense of the state’s new discrimination law yet” probably has to go Lt. ...

Rev. Barber highlights the racism lurking behind NC’s new anti-LGBT law

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 08:00
North Carolina NAACP President William Barber is on the money again this week with an op-ed in Soujourner magazine (co-written with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove) about some of the less well-reported facts about Gov. Pat McCrory’s new discrimination law. As Barber highlights, it’s been lost in the widespread outrage over the LGBT discrimination language in the new ...

ICYMI: Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts on the state’s decision to overturn her city’s nondiscrimination ordinance (Full Video)

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 04:00
If you weren’t able to attend NC Policy Watch’s Crucial Conversation with Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts that full program is now available online. Mayor Roberts joined us to discuss the overturning of her city’s new nondiscrimination ordinance. Roberts was accompanied by NC Justice Center Executive Director Rick Glazier, ACLU-NC Legal Director Chris Brook, plaintiff in ...

House leader questions fiscal feasibility of achievement school districts in North Carolina

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 16:53
N.C. Rep. Rob Bryan, a Republican from Mecklenburg County and perhaps the legislature’s biggest champion of achievement school districts, unveiled a new draft of the bill Wednesday that would legalize the controversial model in North Carolina, but at least one powerful House Republican questioned whether the state could afford the reforms. Bryan told legislators on the House ...

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