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This Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

5 hours 41 min ago
1. A stark reminder that the far-right still rules in Raleigh Just when you think there’s a glimmer of hope that the flood of reactionary ideas in the General Assembly is finally slowing down and the abuse of the democratic process is waning comes a stark reminder otherwise, that folks running things in Raleigh are ...

WaPo: Eight things teachers want you to know about them

6 hours 15 min ago
Just as I was getting ready to begin a weekend of fun with my kids and even look forward to a bit of relaxation here and there, I read this blog entry (see below) by Lee Ann Meredith, a former Chicago Public Schools teacher, which was reposted by the Washington Post with permission. And then I remembered ...

Politico story: Attorney General Loretta Lynch still overcoming North Carolina-based obstacles

8 hours 23 min ago
The national news site Politico has a new and interesting story that shines additional light on the new U.S. Attorney General, Greensboro native Loretta Lynch. The story is entitled “What made Loretta Lynch’s father see red,” and it features several candid comments from the A.G.’s father, 83-year-old Lorenzo Lynch) about his daughter’s rise and the ...

RSVP today for May 14 Defenders of Justice Awards

10 hours 46 min ago
Don’t miss out on the 17th Annual Defenders of Justice Awards When: Thursday, May 14, 2015,  6:00-9:00 p.m. Where: William and Ida Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive in Chapel Hill Each year, the North Carolina Justice Center presents its Defender of Justice Awards to honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions in ...

“Ag gag” bill still poses many troubling questions

12 hours 54 min ago
The North Carolina House passed a bill Wednesday with the misleadingly simple title of “Property Protection Act.” The bill has also come to be referred to as the “ag gag” bill because it is widely understood to be targeted at silencing those who would record and publicize disturbing images or sounds from facilities used to ...

The bravest speech of the legislative session

15 hours 30 min ago
The NC House passed legislation Thursday tripling the state’s mandatory waiting period for women seeking abortion care to 72 hours. Rep. Tricia Cotham shared her own story of a physician-assisted miscarriage, as she told the chamber that politicians have no place inserting themselves in a deeply personal decision between a woman and her doctor. Click ...

Day 224 of Gov. McCrory denying justice to Henry McCollum and Leon Brown

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 16:08
Thursday marks the 224th day that Governor Pat McCrory has refused to grant a pardon of innocence to Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, the two Robeson County men who both spent 31 years in prison for a rape and murder they did not commit. McCollum and Brown need the pardon to receive the financial compensation ...

NC native Loretta Lynch confirmed as Attorney General

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:25
After waiting longer for a confirmation vote in the U.S. Senate than any other cabinet nominee in recent history, Loretta Lynch has been confirmed as Attorney General by a vote of 56-43, becoming the first African-American woman and the first native North Carolinian to serve in that role. The daughter of a black Baptist minister ...

N.C.’s outgoing higher education leaders on how to keep both faculty and students on campus

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 13:35
UNC President Tom Ross and N.C. Community College President Scott Ralls were joined by two lawmakers, state Sens. Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) and Josh Stein (D-Wake), at the RTP Headquarters in Durham. With Ross & @RallsScott on way out, bound to be big conversation about future of #highered in NC #ncpol pic.twitter.com/ga3FS79Mrf — Sarah Ovaska (@SarahOvaska) ...

A stark contrast of the few favored over the many

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:50
I recently noted the differing approaches of President Obama and Congress regarding tax changes, developing a budget and supporting the economy. In particular, I noted Congress’ push to eliminate the federal estate tax – which applies to very large inheritances by a small group of wealthy heirs. Over the years, the amount of inheritance that ...

The shareholder pushback against Citizens United

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:32
A movement by shareholder groups across the country to force transparency about political activity upon their companies is gaining some traction as annual meeting time approaches. Those efforts aren’t necessarily new. According to CitizensVox,  shareholders have filed more than 500 resolutions calling for more transparency in corporate political activity since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision ...

Not a magic bullet – amending NC’s CON law

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:00
On Monday of this week, the North Carolina House Committee on Health met to hear from advocates for and against House Bill 200, also known as an amendment to North Carolina’s Certificate of Need (CON) law. While both advocates had strong arguments, there was something that Connie Wilson, a lobbyist representing the North Carolina Orthopedic ...

Women’s advocates respond to abortion waiting period bill

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 08:00
It didn’t take long for state lawmakers to fire up women’s health advocates with the anti-choice bill that was unveiled and rammed through the House Health Committee yesterday morning. Advocates at NOW, Planned Parenthood and other organizations have announced a rally at the state Legislative Building this morning at 10:45. You can learn more at ...

Bill to curtail teachers’ political activities during the school day advances (video)

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:45
Teachers with an interest in politics may want to read up on Senator Andy Well’s latest bill – but only after they’re off the clock. Senate Bill 480 prohibits teachers from campaigning for a candidate during the school day and from using a school’s computers or telephones for campaigning. Wells says the legislation does not ...

Day 223 of Gov. McCrory denying justice to Henry McCollum and Leon Brown

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 15:37
Another day, another decision by Gov. Pat McCrory to deny justice to Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, two Robeson County men who both spent 31 years behind bars for a rape and murder they did not commit. Brown and McCollum were freed last September after the N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission found DNA evidence that proved another ...

How many innocent people have been convicted by junk science?

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 14:59
The following post appeared earlier today on the N.C. Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty blog. Reasonable doubt: N.C. says 900 convictions based on bad evidence By Kristin Collins This week, buried in a Charlotte Observer editorial, was a surprising admission: The N.C. Commission on Actual Innocence is reexamining 900 convictions in which the ...

The incomeless recovery

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:54
A new report commissioned by Think NC First and written by John Quinterno gives a new moniker to the official recovery that began in 2009: incomeless.  Add that to the “jobless” and “uneven” labels that the recovery has earned to date and the reality for us all begins to look not at all like recovery.  ...

Pro-choice advocates respond to new abortion bill

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:05
(This post has been updated) The House Health Committee just passed a new anti-abortion bill this morning. The revised House Bill 465, which was unveiled just minutes before the meeting this morning (the current version isn’t even available online yet), includes a 72 hour waiting period for women seeking this particular health procedure. Only two ...

Latest Duke coal ash news is a powerful Earth Day reminder

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:39
We humans have a way of ignoring unpleasant facts as long as we can keep them out of sight — especially when paying attention would require us to change (and maybe even sacrifice some small measure of convenience or habit). That’s why the stories in newspapers across the state this morning (Earth Day morning) about ...

Lawmakers embrace idea to study fixed tuition at UNC (video)

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:00
The NC House gave unanimous approval Tuesday to legislation that would study the idea of fixed tuition in the University of North Carolina system. Under the bill proposed by Wilkes County Rep. Jeffrey Elmore, the UNC Board of Governors would study the idea of guaranteeing undergraduates a set price for four-years of their college education. ...

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