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This week’s most under-reported story: McCrory’s DHHS to propose Medicaid expansion

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 08:58
If there’s one story that’s been notably and inexplicably under-reported in the mainstream news media this week it’s been this one. As  our former colleague Adam Searing, to his credit, reported Monday: In two interviews over the last few days, North Carolina’s Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Aldona Wos and ...

Lawmakers retreat from investing in early childhood in final state budget

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 17:13
This is the second post in a series that takes a detailed look at the final budget passed by North Carolina lawmakers during the 2014 legislative session. The first post provided an overview and examined how North Carolina’s investments post-recession have not bounced back nearly as much when compared to previous recessions. Despite the fact ...

North Carolina moves to the U.S. Supreme Court after Fourth Circuit refuses to stay ruling on voting law

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:53
The same three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals which yesterday blocked state provisions eliminating same-day registration and prohibiting the counting of out-of-precinct ballots refused today, by a 2-1 vote, to stay its ruling pending an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court’s order is here. And as expected, the state shortly after asked the ...

North Carolinians Against Gun Violence sponsoring “thank you” note to Ag commish

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:02
If the recent actions of State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler in upholding the ban on hidden, loaded handguns at the North Carolina State Fair has been enough to convince you that there may still be a little bit of hope for the Old North State, check out the “thank you” campaign that’s been organized by ...

Editorial pages praise Fourth Circuit voting rights decision

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:46
Greensboro News & Record editorial writer Doug Clark is on the money with this column praising this week’s Fourth Circuit decision to enjoin two key voter suppression laws enacted by North Carolina’s current political leaders: The court noted the propriety of applying “the totality of circumstances” to its analysis. In this case, the circumstances included ...

New cases granted in the U.S. Supreme Court

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:49
The Supreme Court issued its first order list of the term this morning, with no decision yet on the seven pending same-sex marriage petitions. The Court did take 11 new cases though, including a housing discrimination case out of Texas, a redistricting case out of Arizona and a campaign finance case out of Florida. The ...

A fairly pathetic start to eugenics compensation

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:13
The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the state has mailed out about 200 checks to commence the inadequate and uninspired compensation plan for victims of the state’s 45-year-long eugenics program. Elaine Riddick got a call this week that had been more than 40 years in the making. Riddick, a victim of North Carolina’s eugenics program, said ...

Rand Paul disagrees with NC GOP leaders on voter suppression; calls it a “dumb idea”

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 16:52
North Carolina’s Governor and state legislative leaders have indicated that they will appeal today’s Fourth Circuit ruling that enjoined two key voter suppression provisions that they helped enact in the 2013 “monster voting law.” Interestingly, however, this position runs directly contrary to several strong statements by one of the nation’s most prominent GOP presidential contenders, ...

Breaking: Fourth Circuit orders stay of key voting changes

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 13:33
Saying that the right to vote is fundamental, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today ordered the federal district court in Greensboro to stay provisions of the state’s recently enacted voting changes which eliminated same-day registration and prohibited the counting of out-of-precinct provisional ballots. In a  2-1 decision joined by U.S. Judge Henry Floyd, U.S. District Judge ...

California enacts two common sense anti-gun violence laws

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:39
The website Governing has the basics: Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills Tuesday written in response to gun tragedies that shook up Northern California: the Isla Vista shooting rampage by a UC Santa Barbara student and the Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy shooting of a boy with a toy gun. One new law will allow family ...

Baker Mitchell fails to disclose salaries of his for-profit charter school employees to the state, risking schools’ closure

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:06
Roger Bacon Academy, the private, for-profit education management organization (EMO) that runs four public charter schools in eastern North Carolina and is headed by prominent charter school advocate Baker Mitchell Jr., appears to have failed to comply with a state-imposed September 30 deadline requiring public charter schools to disclose the taxpayer-funded salaries of any staff ...

America’s mushrooming inequality infects education

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:48
In case you missed it, the Associated Press is reporting new and disturbing news (click here to see the article in the Greensboro News & Record) about the impact that the nation’s mushrooming economic divide between the rich and everyone else is having on education: Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest ...

Nuns on the Bus coming to NC

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 16:56
The one and only Nuns on the Bus are bringing their truly unique “get out the vote” tour to North Carolina this week. Click here to listen to NOTB Executive Director Sister Simone Campbell explain what the tour is all about. Here’s the schedule: Oct 4, 2014 (9:30 am) Civil Rights Remembrance and Call to ...

Connecting the dots in our dangerous, gun-obsessed culture

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:52
For a while this morning on WRAL.com, the following three headlines appeared consecutively near the top of the website: One shot at Stanly County high school Police in Albemarle report one student has been hurt and another person is in custody after a shooting at Albemarle High School. Despite clarion call, youth violence continues in ...

One in Three: North Carolina workers more likely to earn poverty-wages

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:25
This is the seventh post in a series that takes a detailed look at the 2013 US Census Bureau poverty data released on September 18th. Previous posts examined: 1) how North Carolina is faring overall; 2) how poverty varies by race, 3) poverty by County; 4) child poverty; 5) the impact, or lack thereof, of ...

The education of Ms. Wos continues: Idea of on-the-cheap government debunked yet again

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:05
If there’s anything positive about placing our state under the control of right-wing politicians, it might be this: the fact that it forces at least some people to, eventually, confront the hard reality that cut rate, on-the-cheap government rarely works. This fact is apparently being slowly brought home of late to North Carolina’s embattled Secretary ...

First million in taxpayer dollars sent to voucher schools

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:27
The first million dollars in taxpayer-funded school vouchers have been sent to private and religious schools across North Carolina, the AP reports. From the News & Observer: The first million dollars have been sent to private and religious schools across North Carolina while an appeals court considers a judge’s ruling that a new scholarship program ...

Breaking: Supreme Court, 5-4, blocks extension of early voting in Ohio

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:15
As we posted earlier today, the justices of the Supreme Court were considering an emergency stay of lower court rulings finding Ohio voting law changes unconstitutional. That request apparently went to the full court and, as Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog notes here, was granted: With just sixteen hours before polling stations were to open in Ohio, the ...

State receives 40 applications to open new charter schools in 2016

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:36
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction received 40 applications this month to open up new charter schools in 2016, down from last year’s applicant pool of 71. N.C. Office of Charter Schools director Joel Medley acknowledged the applicant numbers are down this year. “It may be the application fee was raised from $500 to ...

Last chance to RSVP for tomorrow’s lunch on public financing and judicial elections

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:44
Some seats still remain for tomorrow’s Crucial Conversation luncheon - “Dirty money, dirty water: The end of judicial campaign public financing in North Carolina.” The event will feature Billy Corriher, the Director of Research for Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., where his work focuses on state courts and the influence ...

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