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Community Care of North Carolina downsizing, several top staff are reportedly out

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 17:06
Several top staff and board members of Community Care of North Carolina, the provider-led network that coordinates care for many Medicaid patients in the state, have left the organization. It’s unclear how many other members of the leadership team may have left the organization, with CCNC only issuing a vague statement about the recent departures ...

The fight against contingent labor is a civil rights struggle, too

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 14:52
The demonstration against the North Carolina legislature’s voter suppression law, organized by the NAACP and Moral Monday movement last Monday in Winston-Salem, was a stirring reminder that, fifty years after the Voting Rights Act, civil rights cannot be taken for granted in this country. But the organizers of the day’s event also called attention to ...

The erosion of the minimum wage hurts us all, a week to call for a raise to the minimum wage

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 09:31
This week will be commemorated as #wageweek by advocates, workers, and business leaders across the country. It was this week in 2009 that the federal minimum wage was last raised to $7.25 where it remains today. The failure of the federal minimum wage to be raised in the past six years is just the recent ...

Senate leaders dismiss McCrory as irrelevant…again

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 08:45
In case you wondered if the relationship between Senate leaders and Governor Pat McCrory has improved, the answer would be a resounding no judging by a recent interview of powerful Senate Rules Chair Tom Apodaca in the Asheville Citizen-Times. Apodaca was asked about the progress in state budget negotiations and blasted the House for “going ...

Top choice of NC’s Republican primary voters unapologetic after taking swipe at Sen. John McCain (w/video)

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 08:35
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to find new ways to outdo himself. His latest controversial remarks came over the weekend in Ames, Iowa when he told an audience he did not consider Arizona Senator John McCain to be a war hero. Here’s the quote that lead to the firestorm: “He’s not a war hero…he’s ...

$12 by 2020: New studies find average Americans deserve and desperately need a raise

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 08:06
Notwithstanding the latest oblivious comments of Crown Prince Jeb, the drumbeat demanding a significant increase in the national minimum wage continues to grow louder and louder — both at the grassroots level and in the world of data and research. Confirmation of the latter can be found in two news studies highlighted last week by ...

Voting rights trial continues in Winston-Salem

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 06:00
Attorneys and parties in the voting rights trial return to federal court in Winston-Salem this morning to continue presenting testimony and other evidence to U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder. During week one of what’s expected to be a multi-week trial, attorneys for the parties challenging the sweeping voting restrictions adopted in 2013 unfolded their case ...

This Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 16:00
1. Is North Carolina next in line for New Orleans-style takeovers of failing schools? Around the country, states and cities are trying a new way to boost success rates at low-performing schools. New efforts labeled ‘recovery school districts,’ ‘achievement school districts,’ ‘turnaround schools,’ and the like are making their way into places that include Tennessee, ...

Made in Durham: Building an Infrastructure of Opportunity and Innovation

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 15:01
Contributed by MDC What’s one thing that all places in North Carolina have in common? From our booming metros to our small towns, from Roanoke Rapids to Cullowhee, income mobility for low-income young people in this state, and in the South in general, is far worse than in other U.S. regions. It’s surprising to learn ...

State AG will not step into Greensboro redistricting fight

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 14:34
Attorney General Roy Cooper will not intervene and defend the General Assembly in the recently-filed lawsuit challenging the Greensboro  redistricting plan lawmakers adopted in early July, according to this post in the  News & Record. The city and six residents sued the Guilford County Board of Elections in federal court, contending that House Bill 263 — which passed ...

Yet another study casts doubt on for-profit colleges

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 13:16
The indictments of the often-predatory for-profit college industry continue to pile up. This is from a new article by Prof. Stephanie Cellini for the Brooking Institution in which she argues that public community colleges are regularly a much better bet for students: “Some back-of-the-envelope calculations suggest that for-profit associate’s degree students need at least an ...

Living downwind from a North Carolina hog farm

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:10
There’s an interesting (and lengthy) piece on Quartz, an online-based magazine, that dives into the lives of Duplin County residents who say they suffer from being surrounded by lagoons of noxious hog waste. The article takes a deep look at the large hog industry in North Carolina, and what it sees as the price residents ...

Founding father weighs in to demand redistricting reform

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 09:56
In case you missed it, Raleigh’s News & Observer is featuring an essay by one of the nation’s founding fathers today that highlights the sorry state of politics in 21st Century North Carolina. As Elbridge Gerry — the man for whom gerrymandering was named — informs us: “A short while ago, I read that most ...

Board of Elections chair slices the baloney extremely thin on Foley resignation

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 08:19
The scandal surrounding the forced, late night resignation of State Board of Elections member Paul Foley has given rise to some pretty creative wordsmithing by SBOE chair Josh Howard. How else to explain these two facts from this story by the Raleigh News & Observer’s Craig Jarvis: #1- Foley lied repeatedly about his knowledge of ...

Charter school operators could takeover struggling schools, replace teachers and staff

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 15:19
Private charter school operators that include for-profit companies could be in line to inherit low-performing schools in North Carolina, prompting changes that could result in mass firings of teachers and staff at some of the state’s most struggling schools. Rep. Rob Bryan (R-Mecklenburg) is pushing a bill that would pull five of the state’s lowest-performing ...

Seats still available for next Monday’s “Caring for caregivers” luncheon

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 14:21
NC Policy Watch presents a Crucial Conversation luncheon — Caring for Caregivers: The importance of quality wages for ensuring quality care Click here to register Like the rest of the nation, North Carolina is quickly aging. Within 35 years, the population over age 65 is projected to more than double. There is a rapidly growing ...

New Report: NC’s Family Caregivers Provide $13.4 Billion in Unpaid Care (Video)

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:07
A new study by AARP’s Public Policy Institute offers an amazing glimpse at the valuable role family caregivers provide across North Carolina. Their research finds that family caregivers in the Tar Heel state provided 1.19 billion hours of care — worth an estimated $13.4 billion — to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ...

A heritage of hate

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 09:23
For the past six and half years, it’s been obvious to anyone with even a shred of honesty and observational skills that a disturbingly large portion of the incessant opposition to President Obama’s every move is the byproduct of one simple factor: his race. The haters and obstructionists will deny this and try to attribute ...

If this isn’t corrupt, what the heck is?

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:01
An editorial in this morning’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer does a nice job of explaining yesterday’s State Board of Elections look into the cesspool of modern, post-Citizens United, pay-to-play politics. The subject of course was the big money that the owners of an illegal business (video gambling AKA “sweepstakes games”) have been spending ...

For-profit University of Phoenix comes to legislature to talk about N.C.’s workforce needs

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 16:28
A for-profit higher education company made a presentation at the N.C. legislature Wednesday, in part to make a pitch for the state to establish a central office where businesses can request help meeting their workforce needs. Scott D’Amico of Apollo Education Group , the parent company for the University of Phoenix, said he conducted a ...

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