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UNC’s Roy Williams featured in new video urging Obamacare enrollment

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 14:00

With just 13 days of open enrollment left, the White House is hoping to capitalize a bit on March Madness and get more uninsured Americans to sign-up for health care coverage.

On Monday the Obama administration launched an ACA bracket … Read More...

Sunshine week: Lee County commissioners have public meeting, at gated country club (with video from The Rant)

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 13:56

Here’s your daily dose of sunshine today, or at least the open government type of rays celebrated every year as part of the national Sunshine Week.

Earlier this month,  Lee County commissioners abandoned their normal meeting location to hold … Read More...

Court of Appeals sends death penalty protocol back to trial court

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 08:39

A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals sent the challenge to the state’s recently-adopted lethal injection protocol back to the trial court today for further findings as to whether that protocol must undergo the administrative rule-making and review process … Read More...

Court dismisses challenge to redistricting of Wake County School Board

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 08:14

In a ruling handed down yesterday, U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle dismissed a challenge to the 2013 redistricting of the Wake County School Board as violative of the one-person, one-vote requirements of the United States and North Carolina Constitutions.

A diverse …

Another day, another set of disturbing disclosures about Duke Energy’s coal ash pollution

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 07:53

At least two stories on the entity that seems to be fast becoming North Carolina’s Public Enemy #1 (Duke Energy) are worth your time this morning if you didn’t catch them last night.

First is this AP story about how …

Cost to NC of not expanding Medicaid: $4.9 million per day

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 15:23

The math is done and it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone – NC is losing $4.9 million per day since January 1, 2014 because Governor McCrory and the NC General Assembly refused to expand Medicaid.  This is money  NC … Read More...

Drop in unemployment rate due largely to shrinking labor force (video)

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:59

North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 percent in January, but the decline is largely because the labor force continues to shrink not because of significant gains in employment, according to the NC Budget & Tax Center.  Over the last … Read More...

Release of some public records slows to crawl in North Carolina

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:45

Reporters around the state have encountered problems in getting public records requests filled quickly, despite state law requiring public agencies to release records “as promptly as possible.”

The New & Observer, in a story over the weekend, details how reporters … Read More...

Lunch Links: Get your Irish on

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:18


St. Patrick’s Day celebrations started early here in Raleigh with the annual parade on Saturday, but the revelry continues today with plenty of parades, pints and parties, and  green everywhere —  in our bagels, in our beer and in … Read More...

Rep. McElraft: Give all teachers a pay raise

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:21

Rep. Pat McElraft, R-Carteret, told teachers in her district last week that she would fight to get all teachers pay raises, not just for 25 percent of teachers in the state, who must accept 4-year contracts in exchange for tenure, … Read More...

Fast food workers fight back

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 10:19

Fast food workers are protesting the rampant wage theft by employers in their industry this week. There will be protests in Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte tomorrow. Check the bottom of this post for details.

This is from the folks at …

Op-ed, interview shed more light on debacle at DENR

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 07:21

In case you missed it over the weekend, be sure to check out this essay by Raleigh News & Observer editorial page editor Ned Barnett in which explains and laments the demise of the North Carolina Department of Environment and … Read More...

RSVP today for lunch with one of America’s leading economists

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:05

What’s the real deal with the American economy? Where do things stand? What’s holding us back? What about the situation in North Carolina? Please join us Wednesday, March 26, as we tackle these topics and more with one of


Lunch Links: Get your Pi on!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:58

Did you know today is Pi Day? I plan to celebrate by eating a piece of pie, but others around the country are doing it a little differently.

Congress designated March 14 as National Pi Day in 2009. The resolution … Read More...

Richard Burr continues to take heat after schooling by Canadian physician

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:01

Richard Burr’s ill-fated exchange with a sharp Canadian physician over the realities of health care in North America continues to rack up some great headlines for North Carolina’s senior senator.

The headline for the Los Angeles Times story is: “Watch Read More...

The administration’s disingenuous teacher pay rap

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:06

Hundreds of school administrators gathered in Raleigh yesterday to review the state of public education and, not surprisingly, Gov. McCrory dodged the event and sent an assistant to what promised to be a not-terribly-friendly venue. That former Gov. Jim Hunt … Read More...

Durham attorney wins preliminary injunction in dispute with NC unemployment agency

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 17:34

A Wake County Superior Court  judge has  granted a preliminary injunction that  requires the North Carolina Division of Employment Security (DES)  to continue making hearing notices about contested unemployment claims available as it has done for the past decade.

The …

Teacher with a mop: Do we really need more evidence NC teachers way, way underpaid?

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 16:20

From a an AP story by Emery Dalesio this afternoon:

Mooresville Graded School District Superintendent Mark A. Edwards — honored last year as one of the country’s best administrators — described walking into a supermarket with his teenage son while


Follow the money: How billionaire-funded ed reform groups push school privatization

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 14:47

Education blogger Valerie Strauss of The Washington Post has highlighted a new story by the Center for Public Integrity that reveals how ed reform groups, which are by and large funded by wealthy philanthropists, are pouring money into mostly … Read More...

New poll: Large majority of Americans wants to keep the Affordable Care Act

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 14:34

As reported by the folks at Talking Points Memo:

“A substantial majority of Americans believe Obamacare should remain law, either exactly as it is or with small changes, according to a new poll.

Bloomberg News found that a combined