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More groups call for McCrory to veto death penalty secrecy bill

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 12:03
A day after conservatives delivered a letter calling on Gov. McCrory to veto legislation that would jump start executions in North Carolina and shroud them in secrecy, a coalition of human rights groups has spoken up as well. RALEIGH – A coalition of human rights groups is urging Gov. Pat McCrory to veto a bill ...

Mothers Sisters Daughters Wives

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 10:30
Senate Republicans failed yesterday in their attempt to strip Planned Parenthood of more than $500 million in federal funding — a move prompted by videos released by anti-abortion activists purportedly showing Planned Parenthood employees discussing the illegal sale of body parts from aborted fetuses. (Planned Parenthood has denied that the activity takes place and said the videos are edited and ...

New NC Medicaid surplus more than enough to pay state costs of expansion through 2020

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 06:37
For years now, poor and working North Carolinians who would benefit greatly from Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act have been held hostage as Governor McCrory procrastinated and offered excuses. First, the Guv claimed that the Medicaid system itself was “broken” and in need of repair before it could be expanded. Then, he claimed ...

Conservative group urges McCrory to veto death penalty secrecy bill

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 16:44
The following statement was released this afternoon by the group NC Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty: NC Conservatives Concerned Urges Governor McCrory to Veto Bill Eliminating Transparency in Executions For Immediate Release August 4, 2015 Contact: Ballard Everett (919) 272-0297 North Carolina Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty (NC CCADP) urges Governor Pat McCrory ...

Of the pardoned Wilmington 10, only six get compensation

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 14:32
In a ruling that can only be described as cold and literal, a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals ruled today that the estates of four of the ten defendants wrongfully convicted for burning down a grocery store in Wilmington in 1971 amidst school desegregation violence there were not entitled to compensation under the state’s ...

House votes against Senate’s proposal to move Office of Charter Schools out of DPI

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 13:45
Citing feelings that “DPI was never in love with charter schools,” last month Senator Jerry Tillman (R-Randolph) gutted a House bill penned by Rep. Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg) and used it to put forth his own bid to move the Office of Charter Schools out of the Department of Public Instruction and to the State Board of Education. ...

Former McCrory cabinet secretary surfaces as “humane” big game hunter

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:00
[This post has been updated with the photo that appears at the bottom.] CBS ran a story last night on the national evening news on the ongoing reaction to the poaching death of a lion known as Cecil in Zimbabwe. The story prominently featured a veteran pursuer of African big game from the United States ...

Outer Banks lawmaker: Offshore drilling is all risk and no reward

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 10:42
In an interview with the Outer Banks Sentinel, state representative Paul Tine (an unaffiliated lawmaker who votes with the Republican majority) added his voice to the growing chorus of opponents to the McCrory administration’s plan to bring offshore oil and gas drilling to the North Carolina coast: “It gets difficult to make predictions, especially in ...

Paid sick leave: Good for workers, good for business, good for customers

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 09:21
[Editor’s note: Stan C. Kimer is a retired IBM executive and former President of the North Carolina Council of Churches. He now runs a firm which offers consulting services around diversity management and training, and talent/career development. This is the fourth installment in a series of posts he is authoring for The Progressive Pulse on ...

Is this the stupidest stunt a supposedly important American politician has ever tried? (Video)

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 08:27
Several years ago, the great American illustrator and satirist Edward Sorel drew a biting cartoon in which he presented the presidents and presidential candidates of the second half of the 20th Century on a spiral of devolution from the Superhero human (FDR) down to the reptilian characters of modern day. And while one could quibble ...

McCrory labels Obama’s Clean Power Plan overreaching, vows legal challenge

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 17:36
President Obama and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final Clean Power Plan Monday establishing the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants. The President says the plan will provide states with flexibility while driving the clean energy sector and benefiting those most at risk from smog and other pollutants. Governor Pat ...

Another court rules that General Assembly has gone too far

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 16:16
The Watauga Democrat is reporting that a three-judge panel has ruled that a bill passed by the General Assembly at the urging of Senator Dan Soucek to take zoning power away from the town of Boone is unconstitutional. The decision comes on the heels of a recent decision by a federal judge to issue a ...

Who says the Pope-Civitas Institute is always wrong?

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 13:26
We’ve devoted a fair amount of space over the years to giving Francis DeLuca, the head of the Pope-Civitas Institute, heck for the many zany positions espouses.  Click here for a typical example from 2013. That said, one has to admit that DeLuca made several solid points in a post last Friday in which he ...

Mapping North Carolina’s A-F school grades

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 12:23
Policy analysts at a research conference in Colorado got a real shock last week when presented with maps that portray how North Carolina’s A-F school grades would have changed if the state moved quickly from a 15 point grading scale to a 10 point scale , as the law originally intended, reports EdNC. With a ...

#WageWeek interview: Foundation

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:05
As a follow up to National #WageWeek, the Progressive Pulse is highlighting the work of small business owners who have increased the wage floor for their employees. This blog post is the third in that series, and represents an interview with business owner Vincent Whitehurst. Whitehurst and his partner Will Alphin co-own Foundation, a craft cocktail bar in downtown Raleigh. Foundation ...

Editorials: Time to get the budget done

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 07:00
Editorial pages across the state are calling on state lawmakers (and, in particular, the state Senate) to end the absurd delay in the FY 2016 budget that is already more than a month overdue. Sunday’s Greensboro News & Record says it’s clear that lawmakers should adopt the House version of the budget: “It’s been a ...

This week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 15:23
1. Lawmakers weigh options to reduce state commitment to retiree health benefits Despite the fact that North Carolina already ranks near the bottom nationally in the generosity of its retiree health plan—better only than Georgia—Senate and House lawmakers met on Monday to mull over ways to address the plan’s looming unfunded liability, with some options ...

50 years young, Medicaid makes its mark in North Carolina (with video)

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 13:38
Earlier this week, health care advocates across the nation marked a milestone: the 50th anniversary of the Medicaid and Medicare programs. To mark the occasion, the good folks at North Carolina Health News have put together a useful interactive map, demonstrating how Medicaid benefits the residents of each county in our state. Here’s a snapshot ...

Budget a month overdue, Rep. Stam says no worries

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 13:08
Rep. Skip Stam (R-Wake) told WPTF on Thursday that despite stalled budget talks that have kept the state waiting a month past the deadline for a deal that spells out how the government should run its schools and other agencies, North Carolinians should take heart — everything is running smoothly. “Every other time I’ve been ...

Robeson County faces federal scrutiny, pledges to improve access for disabled residents

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:49
Robeson County officials settled a complaint with the federal justice department this week, saying it would take steps to improve access for disabled residents to public resources. The federal agency had found the county had numerous violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (which was passed 25 years ago) , leaving those with disabilities unable ...

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