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Redistricting committee releases proposed House legislative map without data used to draw districts

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 21:04

Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) tweeted out the new proposed House legislative map Saturday afternoon. Lawmakers passed criteria to use when drawing the maps a little over a week ago, but the data actually used in the process won’t be released until Monday, Lewis said. The House is scheduled to vote on the map Friday and ...

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Comment period ends Aug. 19 on state’s water permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline; plus a look at who’s in the blast zone

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 12:13

The NC Department of Environmental Quality is accepting public comment until Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s application for a water quality certification and buffer authorization. This is known as a 401 certification. Submit comments by email with “ACP” in the subject line: PublicComments@ncdenr.gov O n three of the four corners ...

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Durham DA: I will seek “a just resolution” in Confederate monument cases

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 17:30

Durham County District Attorney Roger Echols made a public statement Thursday on the cases of 8 activists so far charged in the toppling of a Confederate monument in Durham on Monday. Echols took no questions after the statement, saying to do so would be a violation of the rules of professional conduct. His statement in ...

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Justin Burr files campaign finance report 16 days late

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 15:06

Rep. Justin Burr (R-Montgomery, Stanly) filed his mid-year semi annual campaign finance report 16 days late. It was first reported last week that the five-term Republican legislator had yet to file the report, which was due July 31. He filed it Wednesday without any receipts. Burr did not return an email asking why it took ...

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The Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 14:54

1. Merit or maps? Judges’ futures could come down to clashing legislative proposals Senate favors form of merit selection for judges as alternative to House judicial redistricting bill The fate of judicial selection in North Carolina may come down to a clash between the House and Senate. The N.C. Association of District Court Judges was ...

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Trump’s “baffling” remarks require GOP to take a stand against “repugnant” racism

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:58

Coming-up this weekend on NC Policy Watch’s News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon, we are joined by Catawba College political scientist Dr. Michael Bitzer. Bitzer discusses President Trump’s “baffling” decision to abandon his earlier condemnation of racist hate groups for violence in Charlottesville, and instead blame both sides. “The issues of the KKK and white ...

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Busting the myths about affirmative action

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:42

As the federal government moves to investigate the perceived harm that affirmative action has inflicted on white college hopefuls, it’s important to separate truth from fiction. This investigation is powered largely by myths. The truth is, people of color continue to face barriers to higher education and economic stability. And affirmative action hasn’t gone far ...

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The question Phil Berger needs to answer

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:43

North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger finally spoke out for the first time yesterday on the crisis that has gripped the nation in the aftermath of the horrific events in Charlottesville last weekend. To his credit, he specifically condemned white supremacy and Nazis (though, admittedly, that’s a pretty low bar to negotiate). Here’s ...

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Senate President: Governor “reactionary” in call to remove Confederate monuments, legislature unlikely to repeal 2015 law

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:43

When the General Assembly convenes in special session Friday, don’t expect lawmakers to rush to repeal a 2015 state law that prevents cities and counties from removing or relocating Confederate monuments. Governor Roy Cooper called for the repeal of the law on Tuesday in response to recent violence in  Charlottesville, Virginia and the toppling of ...

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New report confirms destructive impact, disparate racial effect of NC’s ongoing tax cut frenzy

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:05

A new report from the NC Budget and Tax Center provides the latest confirmation that the steady and ongoing erosion of North Carolina’s tax base by conservative state lawmakers is having a destructive impact on the state and its future. The new report finds that “the new tax cuts, when combined with tax cuts passed ...

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What ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ didn’t tell you: How House Bill 589, the renewable energy law, was made

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 13:47

  R ep. John Szoka, who lives in Fayetteville, but is originally from Ohio, was present during a pivotal moment in modern environmental history. “I remember when the Cuyahoga River burned” in 1969, Szoka, a three-term Republican, told the NC Energy Policy Council this week. The result of pollution, the blaze ushered in a new ...

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Lawmakers announce 6 public hearing locations for input on new proposed, but still secret, legislative maps

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:30

Lawmakers on Tuesday will hold six public hearings across North Carolina regarding proposed legislative maps that are supposed to correct unconstitutional racial gerrymanders. The proposed maps have not yet been made public, and it’s unclear when they will be. The joint House and Senate redistricting committees passed criteria last week for drawing the maps. Most of ...

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People rally in Durham to support activists in toppling of confederate statues

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:33

More than 100 people rallied outside the Durham County magistrate’s office Thursday morning, calling for the county to drop charges against activists who toppled a Confederate statue Monday. Three activists for whom the sheriff’s office had outstanding warrants related to Monday’s protest turned themselves in Thursday. Dozens symbolically lined up to take responsibility for the ...

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Job announcements still fall short of 16,000 new jobs needed every month in N.C. to get back to pre-Recession levels

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:28

The North Carolina GOP released a press release this week touting August job announcement figures as indicative of the success of their policy choices that have cut taxes for the wealthy and profitable corporations, put our natural resources at risk and reduced support for the tools like unemployment insurance and job training for people who ...

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The next time someone tries to equate white supremacists and those who decry hatred and discrimination…

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:00

One of the more pernicious bits of conservative spin in the post-Charlottesville debate is that there there is some kind of equivalency between the Nazis and other white supremacists who keep emerging from dark corners of the republic and the handful of anti-racist and anti-fascist protesters who have risen in some instances to confront them. ...

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Glazier: NC legislature should adopt measures to protect safety of protestors, repeal monument statute

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:18

Earlier this afternoon, N.C. Justice Center Rick Glazier issued the following statement with respect to the confederate monuments controversy that has arisen in North Carolina and several other states. “Yesterday, in light of the recent horrifying events in Charlottesville – and the President’s equally stunning remarks equating victims with perpetrators and emboldening the white supremacist ...

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Despite the moratorium, Duke Energy moving ahead on wind energy plans

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:13

Although Sen. Harry Brown put an 18-month kibosh on new wind farms in North Carolina, Duke Energy Carolinas announced it’s looking to buy 500 megawatts of wind energy by the end of 2022. The utility issued a Request for Proposals this week. Duke Energy spokesman Randy Wheeless said that the utility had been working on ...

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In midst of merit selection talk, snapshot of demographic data shows NC judges are overwhelmingly white

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:44

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s chief of staff, Jim Blaine, presented some district court judges last week with a potential merit selection plan. The biggest concern raised at the board of governor’s Friday meeting for the NC Association of District Court Judges was what impact such a plan would have on racial diversity on ...

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Triad TV news story: NC is failing its public school teachers

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:31

Reporter Bob Buckley of High Point based WGHP TV (aka “My Fox 8”) posted a fine story last night that explains some of the important ways in which North Carolina political leaders continue to fail the state’s public school teachers and, thereby of course, its students. In particular, the story has harsh words for Senator ...

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A rare bit of good news for North Carolina workers

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:35

North Carolina’s state government took an important first step this week toward recognizing and addressing the problem of misclassification, which occurs when employers wrongly classify employees as independent contractors. On August 11, Governor Cooper signed The Employee Fair Classification Act (SB 407). The Act codifies the Employee Classification Section in the NC Industrial Commission, established ...

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