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Editorial: Decision striking down Texas’ voter ID law is a hopeful sign for NC

3 hours 50 min ago
Be sure to check out the lead editorial in this morning’s edition of the Greensboro News & Record regarding the recent Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision on Texas’ voter ID/voter suppression law and the hopeful message it sends about challenges to the very similar law in North Carolina. Here’s the excellent conclusion: “In a ...

Celebrate #WageWeek, Support Raising the Minimum Wage

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 15:59
Nine years ago yesterday, the United States increased the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour. Yet in the decade since, workers have lived through the worst recession since the 1930’s and an economic recovery that saw their wages fail to keep pace with rising costs of living. More than half of the jobs created since ...

Hands off bee-harming pesticides: N.C. board to consider restrictions

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 13:17
When a honeybee gets dosed with a neonic, a common pesticide used on millions of acres of farmland and on home lawns, it may not get sick right away. Instead the bee’s immune system can take a hit, making this important insect vulnerable to mites and diseases. It’s similar to what happens how elderly people can succumb to the smallest infraction: Weakened ...

Editorial: Tax and service cuts aren’t the answer to North Carolina’s economic challenges

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:39
The Fayetteville Observer makes some excellent points in this morning’s editorial — “N.C. economy strong, but only in a few key places.” The central message: The conservative strategy of simply slashing taxes and services and then claiming that improving conditions in big metro areas driven by national trends amount to a “Carolina Comeback” is off-base. Here’s ...

How you can tell McCrory has already lost on HB2

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 07:00
Gov. Pat McCrory’s attempt to go all macho and Trump-like the other day by dismissing the NBA’s decision to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte as “PC BS” was clearly designed appeal to a certain demographic. The Guv has quite obviously decided that his best hope to re-energize support for his governorship is ...

This Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 14:22
1. Misleading Medicaid rhetoric instead of expansion One of the most frustrating things about this General Assembly session was once again what lawmakers did not do. They actively chose not to join the 31 other states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, not to provide health care coverage for several hundred thousand ...

HUD report: Former Sanford Housing Authority director responsible for financial irregularities totaling $418,000

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 13:42
In early November 2014, Sanford Mayor Chet Mann read a proclamation honoring Ken Armstrong, the outgoing executive director of the Sanford Housing Authority for his “exemplary service.” “There is a general feeling that the Sanford Housing Authority has performed flawlessly,” Mann went on, according to town council minutes. But a federal investigation released this week alleges that ...

Edenton Bay afflicted with hazardous algae — again

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:45
The water is as green as a sheet of nori in Edenton Bay, as potentially toxic algae is blooming in the waterway near the Albemarle Sound in Eastern North Carolina, according to state environmental scientists. The state Division of Water Resources received a report of green water on July 19 from a Chowan County environmental group. DWR staff ...

Charlotte Observer sportswriter swings and misses with comments about failed HB2 “compromise”

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 08:39
Scott Fowler is a fine sportswriter for the Charlotte Observer and he’s right on the money this morning when he opines that: “I won’t retrace all the steps this depressing saga has taken, but I would agree with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s recent comment that House Bill 2 is an ’embarrassing’ bill. The way HB2 ...

Fouling out: Social media reaction to the loss of millions as #HB2 costs state NBA All-Star game

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:58
A dump truck loaded with $100m was rolling toward Charlotte. Gov. McCrory flagged it down, tossed a match in the back, and let it burn. #HB2 — Sen. Jeff Jackson (@JeffJacksonNC) July 21, 2016 Governor, YOU signed this bill. YOU did. #HB2 The buck stops with YOU. We are not falling for your political pivot. ...

McCrory blasts ‘sports and entertainment elite’ as NBA pulls 2017 All-Star game over HB2

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 20:18
  After months of working behind the scenes, urging for the repeal of House Bill 2, the National Basketball Association made good on its promise Thursday to pull the 2017 All-Star game from host-city Charlotte. Here’s an excerpt from the official NBA statement: “While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every ...

BREAKING: All-Star Game pulled from Charlotte

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 15:35
In case you’re not watching the Twitter hubbub this afternoon, the NBA has apparently decided to make good on its threat and move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte in response to HB2. This is from Yahoo Sports: “Without any movement by state legislators in North Carolina to change newly enacted laws targeted at ...

Report: North Carolina #5 nationwide for solar per capita, but it’s under increasing attack

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 14:30
The good people at Environment North Carolina are out with a new report on the ongoing growth of solar energy in our state that is, at once, hopeful and somewhat worrisome. While solar is growing fast and is overwhelmingly popular with average citizens and small businesses, state lawmakers and powerful utility interests are advancing policies ...

Caitlyn Jenner has idea for fellow Republicans on bathroom safety (Video)

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 11:37
In case you missed it, be sure to check out the video below from the national political news site Politico featuring Caitlyn Jenner’s observations on the question of whether transgender Americans should have access to the restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Jenner, a Republican, made the comments at the national Republican convention in ...

Krzyzewski, Gottfried, other NC coaches condemn HB2

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
In case you missed it late yesterday, Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and N.C. State men’s hoops coach Mark Gottfried have added their names to the list of prominent people panning North Carolina’s LGBT discrimination law, HB2. USA Today reports: As Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski prepares to take the U.S. men’s national basketball team ...

Math is hard: Civitas uses backwards math to tell false story on public schools budgets

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 16:28
A recent post from Bob Luebke at the right-wing Civitas Institute incorrectly argues that spending on public schools has increased since Republicans took control of the North Carolina General Assembly.  The post makes the absurd claim that the budget for public schools has increased in both overall and per-pupil spending, even when adjusted for inflation.  ...

Nation’s most conservative circuit court strikes down Texas’ voter id law. Implications for NC?

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 15:59
As challenges to the voter ID laws in North Carolina and elsewhere continue, it is of note that, today, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals — a groups of judges that likely comprise the nation’s most conservative federal appeals panel — affirmed a lower court decision to strike down Texas’ voter ID requirement. Together, the ...

The Right’s war on higher education in NC continues

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 13:03
The good people at the Higher Education Works Foundation are out with another fine essay documenting and critiquing the latest installment in the Right’s ideological assault on public higher education in North Carolina. This is from a new and well-footnoted post entitled “A continuing retreat”: “North Carolina’s public universities are obliged to cut $62.8 million ...

Hopeful news: NC wind farm taking shape; will generate enough power for more than 60,000 homes

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 11:18
Notwithstanding the efforts of North Carolina’s fossil fuel-loving lawmakers to scuttle it and other such promising efforts, a long-planned wind farm is starting to take shape in northeastern North Carolina. As the Outer Banks Sentinel reports, the facility will ultimately feature 150 giant wind turbines that will reach nearly 500 feet in the air. One-hundred ...

This morning’s ‘must read’ editorial on the Cleveland convention

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 08:11
Be sure to take a couple of minutes this morning to check out the lead editorial in the Fayetteville Observer for a powerful take on the nation’s recent spate of race-related violence and distinctly unhelpful tone emanating from the Republican convention in Cleveland. After alluding to the recent shootings in the U.S. and France and ...

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