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Congress sneaking in last-minute change to make Trumpcare even worse

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:12

Ahead of a floor vote scheduled for later today, Republican leadership in the House has realized that they do not have enough votes right now to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Trump-Ryan proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As a result, Trump and others are trying to sneak ...

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Trump budget would eliminate professional development funding for NC educators

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 06:54

President Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint offers bad news for public schools. His proposal – which, thankfully, has a way to go before becoming law – proposes eliminating all professional development funding for teachers and principals. The elimination of the $2.4 billion Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program (also known as Title II) would reduce North ...

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N.C. House overrides Cooper’s veto of bill making judicial elections partisan again

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 16:46

The Republican-led House voted Wednesday 74 to 44 along party lines to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill that would make Superior and District Court judicial elections partisan again. The Senate must also vote to override House Bill 100. If the body overrides the bill and it becomes law, North Carolina joins only ...

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Five Questions with Chris Sgro of Equality N.C.

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 14:09

As Executive Director of Equality North Carolina, LGBTQ advocate Chris Sgro has been on the front-line of the battle against HB2 since before it was signed into law a year ago. But when former N.C. House member Ralph Johnson died in office last year, Sgro was chosen to finish out his term – making him, ...

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U.S. Supreme Court: Schools must provide more than minimal education to disabled students

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:27

In a unanimous opinion released today, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a disabled student and his family who did not believe a Colorado school district was doing enough to provide an adequate education. School districts must provide students with disabilities more than a “merely more than de minimis” education, according to the opinion. That language was ...

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Bill to bring guns into more places of worship in House committee today

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:08

It’s good to know that the North Carolina General Assembly is focusing on the critical matters holding back the state these days — things like laws that might (gasp!) dissuade gun owners from bringing their weapons to their church, synagogue or mosque. Today, the House Judiciary I Committee will take up legislation that seeks to ...

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Trump’s skinny budget would cut North Carolina’s medical research projects

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 06:54

As pointed out last week, President Trump’s proposed skinny budget shows a lack of vision as it makes no attempt to prioritize the allocation of money against various important American needs and priorities in a strategic manner. Since the skinny budget was released, there has been more analysis across the county as to how the ...

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N&O slams GOP teacher pay claims as “mostly false”

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:23

A “PolitiFact NC” report late Monday from The News & Observer is finding some dubious assertions about teacher pay by influential N.C. Senate Republican Phil Berger. Berger, who serves as Senate president, recently claimed his party raised average teacher pay in the state by more than 15 percent over the last three years. According to ...

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Cooper files notice of appeal of Senate confirmation hearings; asks court to pause process

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 15:01

Gov. Roy Cooper is appealing a three-judge panel’s ruling that the North Carolina Senate’s confirmation hearings are constitutional. He has also asked the Wake County Superior Court to stop the hearings while the appeal is pending. Cooper’s attorneys filed the notice of appeal and motion for stay Monday. “Here, staying the effectiveness of the Advice and Consent Amendment ...

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All 15 judges on U.S. Court of Appeals to hear Rowan County prayer case tomorrow

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:00

All 15 judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will hear a case tomorrow in Richmond, Va., about the Rowan County Board of Commissioners’ current prayer policy. The process is referred to as en banc review. It was granted in response to the ACLU of North Carolina asking the federal court to reconsider after ...

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Four big problems with the NC Senate’s latest tax cut proposal

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:13

Senate leaders announced last week that they will file a “Billion Dollar Middle Class Tax Cut Act,” which is misnamed. It will actually continue to deliver the greatest tax breaks to wealthy taxpayers and profitable corporations and drive North Carolina ever closer to a zero income tax. The result will likely be a combination of ...

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National commentators on McCrory’s troubled job search: Ex-Guv still doesn’t get it

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:54

Ruth McCambridge, editor-in-chief of the national publication Nonprofit Quarterly, has a powerful new essay this morning on Pat McCrory’s troubled search for employment in the aftermath of having shepherded one the of the nation’s most infamous discrimination laws into being. This is from “Bigotry as Career-killer: McCrory ‘Suffering Consequences’ from HB2 Fallout”: “’If you disagree ...

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A small bit of progress on Jones Street: House advances A-F school performance grade change

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 08:20

In case you missed it, the state House  took a positive step in education policy last week when it voted in favor of HB 322, which would change the way A-F school performance grades are calculated. The current school grading calculation is based 80% on test score proficiency and just 20% on student growth. This ...

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Groups protest Gorsuch as confirmation begins

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 15:06

A number of progressive groups and advocates gathered in front of the Federal Building in downtown Raleigh Monday morning to protest Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court confirmation hearings began in Washington. Rob Schofield, director of policy and research at N.C. Policy Watch, led off the protest with a statement about Gorsuch’s fitness for the ...

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Wake County leaders push “Raise the Age” legislation

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 13:45

As Policy Watch has noted in recent weeks, support for “raise the age” legislation seems to be growing in North Carolina among both political parties and law enforcement. This week, it’s getting another thumbs up from leaders in Wake County, which operates the state’s largest public school system. The News & Observer reports today that county ...

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This report explains why Neil Gorsuch shouldn’t be on the Supreme Court

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 11:52

With the Senate Judiciary Committee commencing hearings into Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee this morning, be sure to take at least a few minutes to review The Gorsuch Record, a damning in-depth report prepared by the nonpartisan legal advocacy group, the Alliance for Justice. The report puts it this way: “Judge Gorsuch has repeatedly shown ...

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The best editorial of the weekend

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 07:00

If you get a chance, be sure to check out the Saturday editorial in the Greensboro News & Record entitled “A judicious veto.” In it, the N&R rightfully praises Roy Cooper’s first veto as Governor (this one of legislation seeking to make District and Superior Court elections partisan). “Gov. Roy Cooper delivered a well-aimed veto ...

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In power struggle with legislature, Cooper prevails in two of three legal challenges

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 22:09

A three-judge panel issued its rulings Friday on two laws passed last December in special session that limited  the powers of Democratic Governor Roy Cooper. The panel found that the General Assembly does have the authority to establish a confirmation process for the governor’s cabinet picks. But the judges ruled that it was unconstitutional for ...

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The Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 14:39

1.Trump’s most dangerous action thus far For Americans serious about resistance, this is a fight to join Thirty years ago, filmmaker James Brooks wrote and directed a biting, prophetic and painfully funny takedown of American television journalism called Broadcast News. In one of the better moments in the movie, a frustrated news producer played by ...

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