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Charlotte hires foundation to examine response to protests – and only that

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 12:23

Last night the Charlotte City Council approved a $379,500 contract with Police Foundation, a DC-based police improvement organization, to review response to the demonstrations in the wake of September’s police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. But, as the Charlotte Observer reports, the contract has a rather narrow focus: But the contract doesn’t call for the ...

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Expert: North Carolinians should keep enrolling in Obamacare

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 11:47

There was a fine and important post yesterday from Center of Budget and Policy Priorities health policy expert Susan Lueck entitled: “Consumers Should Keep Enrolling in Marketplace Coverage” that was worth sharing widely. Here’s Lueck: “Donald Trump’s election and incoming House and Senate Republican majorities have millions of people who buy their health insurance on ...

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Editorial blasts Trump’s troubling pick for top aide

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 08:00

President-elect Donald Trump has made some mildly conciliatory gestures in recent days, but as the Charlotte Observer points out in its lead editorial this morning, his choice for “chief strategist” is extremely worrisome. After noting that Trump’s chief of staff appears to be a responsible adult, the editorial notes that his choice for “chief strategist” ...

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McCrory raising money for legal expense fund to support battle over election outcome

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 16:35

The gubernatorial race is still up in the air, but Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign committee isn’t planning on going down without a legal fight. The committee disclosed plans for a legal expense fund Thursday and filed the official paperwork Monday with the North Carolina State Board of Elections. There has not yet been any donations recorded in ...

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Monday maptime: Post-election, keeping tabs on the hate groups

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 13:12

President-elect Donald Trump has said he wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to keep our southern neighbors out. Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden also wants to build a fence, but to keep gays and lesbians corralled behind a 50-to-100-mile electrifed fence to die. Worley’s comments in 2012 ...

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HB2, the Trump Administration and NC politics

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 13:11

Jim Morrill of the Charlotte Observer takes a close look at what a Trump administration will mean for the fight over HB2. It seems clear a conservative Justice Department won’t see LGBT rights as the latest front in the battle for civil rights that the current department has. It’s also easy to assume that conservative ...

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Small town NC newspaper explains why Trumpism won’t help rural America

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 09:30

There was a fine editorial yesterday from the Elizabeth City Daily Advance about the tragic decision of so many rural Americans to vote against their own interest by electing Donald Trump. In “Rural America loves Trump; too bad he doesn’t love it,” the editorial reviews the fears that voters in rural areas understandably harbor and ...

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Editorial: McCrory has never been up to the job

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 07:30

One of the best North Carolina editorials from the past weekend comes from the Greensboro News & Record. Its central message: Pat McCrory was never up to being Governor. “In his first term as North Carolina’s governor, Pat McCrory wore the office like a hand-me-down suit. The coat was too roomy and the trousers too ...

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Chatham, Lee residents head to court over disposing coal ash in abandoned mines

Sat, 11/12/2016 - 10:24

If it looks and acts like a landfill, is it a landfill? Superior Court Judge Carl Fox will weigh that question on Monday. Three environmental groups are asking Fox to review a legal decision that allows coal ash to be dumped in old slate and clay mines in rural Lee and Chatham counties. At issue ...

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This week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 14:10

1. A pep talk for progressives Keep calm, stay engagedReasons for hope; reasons to keep working It’s been a devastating last 36 hours or so for millions of caring and thinking people in the United States and around the world. The very notion that Donald Trump (a man that one of North Carolina’s best known ...

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This week in pollution: A final, breathtaking tally of what Hurricane Matthew hath wrought

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:05

Within a week of Hurricane Matthew, evidence of the what had been set free and sent asunder could be found on the roadsides throughout eastern North Carolina. A pair of rowboats landed belly up in the woods on Rouse Road in Kinston. A dead hog in Duplin County, separated from its farm, finally came to ...

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Court packing move would set a dangerous new low for NC GOP

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 09:30

It’s hard to imagine that North Carolina conservatives could ever sink lower than they did during last March’s kangaroo special session of the General Assembly in which they took the execrable HB2 from the back of an envelope to state law in just a few hours. Unfortunately, as NC Policy Watch reporter Melissa Boughton reports ...

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Seats still available for next week’s election post mortem luncheon

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 06:52

Please join us Wednesday, Nov. 16 as NC Policy Watch presents a Crucial Conversation luncheon: Making sense of the 2016 election: What happened? Why? What now? Click here to register One of the most contentious elections in recent American history is now in the books and North Carolinians are confronting some important lessons  — some ...

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Why North Carolina teachers leave: A fascinating report from WRAL

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 15:55

Recently, Policy Watch reported on the still troubling numbers surrounding departing teachers in North Carolina, part of an annual report presented to the State Board of Education. Now, WRAL has offered up a fascinating piece shedding light on exiting teachers’ comments to administrators about their workplace. The verdict: Lots of complaints about exhaustion and pay. ...

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The western NC wildfires are visible from space; record pollution in smoke plumes

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 14:44

Breathing in far southwestern North Carolina, outside anyway, is not advised because of pollution coming from a dozen wildfires. The NC Department of Environmental Quality has issued a Code Red, which means the conditions are unhealthy for everyone in Cherokee, Clay, Macon and Graham counties. Some of the highest particle pollution ever measured by NC DEQ ...

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Another small but important piece of encouraging election news

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 11:47

Here’s another set of important North Carolina election results that you may have missed in the hubbub of the last 48 hours.  It comes from the good people at the North Carolina Housing Coalition: “The North Carolina Housing Coalition worked in partnership with several local organizations to support four different ballot measures around the state. All of them ...

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Is this the most maddening take on the election of Trump?

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 07:56

There is a lot of troubling nonsense emanating from conservative circles in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s electoral college victory on Tuesday. For my money, however, some of the most absurd blather comes from a Trump critic — the reliably cretinous and sanctimonious George Will. Raleigh’s News & Observer is running Will’s latest missive this ...

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LGBTQ Rally demands McCrory to concede, Cooper to repeal discriminatory legislation immediately

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 17:40

True to their word, LGBTQ community members and activists gathered for a rally Wednesday morning after the election to demand the repeal of discriminatory legislation, particularly House Bill 2, House Bill 972 and House Bill 318. HB2 targets workers and LGBTQ community members, particularly transgender North Carolinians; HB972 prevents public access to police body camera ...

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Environmental advocates ready to fight Trump “in the courts, in Congress, in the streets”

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 15:48

Since there has been so little of it, let’s start with some positive news. Yes, the environment will be under federal siege during the Donald Trump administration. But the president-elect, his cabinet and a conservative Congress will face formidable opponents. “We can guarantee him the hardest fight of his political life,” said Michael Bruene, executive ...

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Election brings Democratic majority to N.C. Supreme Court with Mike Morgan win

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 15:29

The North Carolina Supreme Court race is non-partisan, but Mike Morgan’s win in the election against incumbent Justice Bob Edmunds tipped the ideological balance to a Democratic majority. Morgan won by 348,825 votes or 54.45 percent, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, effectively flipping the court from a 4-3 Republican majority to 4-3 Democratic ...

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