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Must read editorial explains what we ought to do next in NC

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 14:30

Be sure to check out this morning’s Capitol Broadcasting Company editorial on WRAL.com. It’s hard to say at this point what’s next with the powers that be in our state, but the “to do” list it spells out ought to be a no-brainer: Six must-do tasks to get NC back on track The election’s done. ...

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Here are the major Election Day outcomes for NC public schools that nobody’s talking about

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 11:32

Much of the discussion this morning, rightfully so, centers around Donald Trump’s surprising coronation early this morning, but followers of North Carolina’s most hot-button education issues were in for their fair share of surprises last night too. Policy Watch’s Chris Fitzsimon noted this morning that, with the exception of HB2-affiliated politicians such as Gov. Pat McCrory ...

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N.C. Governor’s race: What we know, what we don’t know

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 10:43

As Tuesday’s election night stretched into a tense Wednesday morning, Attorney General Roy Cooper claimed victory in his hard fought battle to unseat N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory. But the embattled Republican governor vowed that the race wasn’t over – provisional ballots would still have to be counted, the vote would have to be certified. Because ...

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Three-and-a-half preliminary takes on the election shocker

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 06:58

Yesterday was a remarkable day in the history of American democracy. This morning, millions of people at home and abroad are rightfully concerned about where our country goes from here — not just with respect specific issues like Supreme Court nominees and reproductive freedom and access to health care, but with more existential matters like ...

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Wake County residents turn out at polls for ‘a big year’

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 17:30

No matter who they cast their ballots for, Wake County residents were passionate about making their voice heard Tuesday. Yenny Duran, who is from Venezuela, said it was her first time voting in the United States. “I wanted to be free, respectful,” she said. “I believe this is very important for the U.S. and the ...

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Need a distraction from the election? How about bad news regarding mosquitoes?

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 16:39

Zika, West Nile, Dengue fever, La Crosse encephalitis and Chikungunya: More than 700 cases of  mosquito-borne diseases have been reported in mid-Atlantic states, a region that includes North Carolina, this year. Even though there were 72 travel-associated cases of Zika in North Carolina this year, there are fewer public dollars for mosquito control programs, Dr. Stephanie Richards ...

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Disturbing campaign signs posted at Raleigh elementary school polling site

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 16:17

  It was a good thing students were on a two-hour delay Tuesday, otherwise the kids at Hilburn Drive Elementary School may have seen the risque conservative campaign sign posted outside criticizing Bill and Hillary Clinton on the front and antagonizing Roy Cooper on the back. Jim Baudreau, the precinct chair representing the Wake County Republican ...

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In NC’s largest school district, a race for control over schools

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 14:40

Much of the attention in recent months has centered on the presidential election and a bitterly contested, close contest between Gov. Pat McCrory and his challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper. But in Wake County, home to North Carolina’s largest school district, it’s worth noting that control of the Wake County Public School System Board of ...

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Thinking of sitting this one out? Your vote matters!

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 12:37

With hours to go before the polls close, the races at the top of the ticket in North Carolina couldn’t be closer. Meredith College political scientist David McLennan says weeks of polling and campaign commercials really come down to what happens today – which candidates are successful in getting their supporters to the polls. “We ...

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Durham precincts switch to paper sign-in system after reported electronic issues

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 11:05

Durham residents may have to wait a little longer than usual to vote today as each precinct has switched to a paper sign-in system. The county’s Board of Elections spokeswoman Briana Khan said there was a problem reported at six precincts with the electronic sign-in system, and they decided to switch all precincts to the ...

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AIDS Action Network activist explains what’s at stake today

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 09:58

The following essay was authored by Christina Adeleke, Communications and Development Coordinator for the NC AIDS Action Network. Why more is at stake this election than you think Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, you will likely already know that Tuesday, November 8th is Election Day across the United ...

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WATCH: Clinton, Trump make their final pitch to NC voters (video)

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 07:23

In the final hours of a bruising election season, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump came to Raleigh on Monday to appeal to North Carolinians for their vote.  Click below to hear some of their closing remarks:

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After moves to limit early voting, NC GOP crows about lower black turnout

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 16:28

In a press release yesterday and press conference today, the NC GOP crowed about decreased black turnout in early voting. The press release, which highlighted black early voting turnout being down 8.5 percent from 2012, celebrated the “North Carolina Obama Coalition Crumbling.” This comes on the heels of revelations that NC GOP leaders pushed “party ...

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During Pledge of Allegiance debate, N.C. school district talks students’ right to protest

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 15:42

University protests have been hotly debated in recent months, but there’s been little talk of students’ right to protest in K-12 schools. But today, take the time to read an interesting report in The News & Observer about one North Carolina school district’s debate of how it would handle protests like the one that spurred so many headlines ...

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Department of Justice announces all locations for election monitor visits, hotline info for complaints

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 15:00

The Department of Justice announced Monday that it would be sending more than 500 personnel to 67 jurisdictions in 28 states to monitor the general election Tuesday. The North Carolina State Board of Elections already announced last week that DOJ officials would visit five counties across the state: Cumberland, Forsyth, Mecklenburg, Robeson and Wake. However, there were no ...

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Breaking down early voting data in NC

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 14:55

North Carolina’s early voting period has ended. As we all bite our collective fingernails down to the quick, it’s worth taking a look at this analysis of early voting numbers and demographics by Dr. Michael Bitzer, professor of history and political science at Catawba College. North Carolina did indeed break its early voting record. The ...

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Making the case for Medicaid expansion (again)

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 14:13

If you missed it last week, Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families (CCF) reported on an important new milestone in children’s health. CCF Executive Director Joan Alker explains: For the past six years, my colleagues and I here at Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families have reported on state-by-state and national trends in ...

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North Carolina policymakers still propose making budget decisions using disastrously flawed formula

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 14:04

The Governor’s Office of State Budget & Management has told agencies to limit their requests for increases in budget items to just 2 percent above previous levels. This reflects roughly the flawed formula of population plus inflation that has proven disastrous in places like Colorado. It results in artificially lower budget requests that don’t actually ...

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Judge checks status in multiple public records suits against McCrory; more updates expected next week

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 13:00

Judge Allen Baddour on Friday held informal hearings in several court cases against Gov. Pat McCrory filed by a coalition of media and public policy groups. Here are the updates via Michael J. Tadych, an attorney for the plaintiffs in each case: Real Facts v. McCrory, et al. – The Governor’s lawyers agreed to allow WBTV ...

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Monday maptime: That fixer-upper may have been a meth lab

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 11:59

That wasn’t a heart-shaped cake found in the oven on Valentine’s Day when a meth labs turned up near Crowders Mountain. This lab in Gaston County, and another on a dead end road in Brevard, were both uncovered on Feb. 14, 2012,  just two of the 558 “incidents,” as the U.S. Department of Justice calls them, reported in North Carolina ...

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