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Funding the NC Housing Trust Fund

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:59
This post is part of a series on the state budget featuring the voices of North Carolina experts on what our state needs to progress so that all North Carolinians have a fair shot to get ahead. By Samuel Gunter, Director of Policy and Advocacy, NC Housing Coalition More than 500,000 North Carolina households spend at ...

NBA commissioner reiterates criticism of HB2, makes clear All-Star game will be moved if law not repealed

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 11:15
National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver reiterated his criticism of HB2 this morning on the nationally broadcast ESPN radio program “Mike and Mike.” While Silver — who went to college at Duke — declined to set a deadline by which the law must be repealed in order to avoid cancellation of next year’s NBA All-Star ...

Three new plaintiffs, including transgender high school student, join the legal challenge to House Bill 2

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:22
The backlash against North Carolina’s highly controversial House Bill 2 continues. The ACLU of N.C. announced Thursday morning that three new plaintiffs have been added to the legal challenge to the anti-LGBT law. The new plaintiffs include a transgender high school student and a married lesbian couple. From the ACLU’s statement: Hunter Schafer is a seventeen ...

Editorial: Berger, McCrory should rise above irrational fears and learn

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:17
There is another fine editorial in this morning’s Greensboro News & Record on House Bill 2 and the recent Fourth Circuit decision striking down Virginia’s discrimination against a transgender high school student. Its central message: HB 2 proponents need to stop, listen and learn. here’s the excellent conclusion: “Unfortunately, instead of inviting dialogue, McCrory signed ...

Chance for HB2’s repeal in the short session? Senate President says don’t count on it (video)

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 22:37
Senate President Phil Berger fielded media questions Wednesday about the upcoming short session, and made it abundantly clear that his chamber does not support repealing House Bill 2. Berger told reporters this week’s ruling in the 4th circuit was not the last word on the issue, and that he was not dwelling on recent statements ...

Labor expert: Some obvious things the General Assembly can do if it cares about workers (Video)

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 13:47
The North Carolina AFL-CIO is releasing a three-part video series prior to the opening of the 2016 legislative session next Monday featuring veteran North Carolina labor lawyer Mike Okun. In the brief videos, Okun explore three topics of great importance to North Carolina workers and offers some simple, common sense recommendations for lawmakers as they ...

Physician from NC Senate leader’s district makes impassioned plea for Medicaid expansion

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 11:13
In case you missed it, a veteran family physician from Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s home county of Rockingham has authored one of the best new pleas for closing North Carolina’s Medicaid gap that currently keeps hundreds of thousands of working North Carolinians uninsured. In an open letter to Berger and Gov. Pat McCrory ...

North Carolina’s older population and the need for state action growing

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:17
This post is part of a series on the state budget featuring the voices of North Carolina experts on what our state needs to progress so that all North Carolinians have a fair shot to get ahead. By Mary Bethel – President, NC Coalition on Aging The Baby Boomers Are Here!  North Carolina is experiencing a ...

In rant against Virginia court ruling, Phil Berger admits what HB 2 is really about

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:15
As is explained in this morning’s Must Read over on the main Policy Watch site, yesterday’s federal Court of Appeals ruling in favor of a transgender Virginia high schooler is helping to expedite the growing national debate over LGBT rights and the fate of North Carolina’s almost month-old discrimination law known as House Bill 2. ...

Raleigh joins Winston-Salem, Asheville and Greensboro calling for the repeal of House Bill 2 (w/ video)

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 05:00
The Raleigh City Council has joined the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce in calling for the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal House Bill 2. Mayor Nancy McFarlane read the following statement at Tuesday’s meeting: “On March 28th, I issued a statement with your support following the passage of the Public Facilities Privacy & Security ...

U.S. Court of Appeals ruling for transgender student proves House Bill 2 violates Title IX

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 18:07
Statement from Rick Glazier, Executive Director of the NC Justice Center: Today’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit not only confirms the right of transgender students to use public school bathrooms that align with their gender identity, but establishes House Bill 2 is in direct violation of Title IX and ...

Following court victory, ACLU reaffirms warning that House Bill 2 could threaten billions in federal education dollars

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 16:26
As we reported earlier today on this blog, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a major ruling today in favor of Gavin Grimm, a transgender teenager from Virginia who challenged his school system’s policy banning transgender students from using the bathroom that correlates with their gender identity. As we noted at ...

Voters favor Cooper, public investments in latest Elon Poll

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 14:54
New polling numbers released by Elon University find Attorney General Roy Cooper leading Governor Pat McCrory 48-42 in the latest gubernatorial poll. The six point spread represents Cooper’s largest lead since Elon started polling this race as a hypothetical match-up. Forty-three percent of the registered voters surveyed say they approve of the job Cooper is ...

BREAKING: Fourth Circuit rules in favor of transgender student

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 13:25
[This post has been updated.] Good news from WWBT.com in Richmond, Virginia home of the Fourth Circuit: “A Virginia transgender student who is anatomically female should be allowed to use the male bathroom, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rules on Tuesday. Sixteen-year-old Gavin Grimm is challenging the Gloucester County school system’s bathroom policy requiring ...

Is New Mexico’s Republican governor sending a message to NC with cancellation?

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:31
As has been widely reported this morning, the conservative Republican governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez, has suddenly developed an urgent and unexplained need to stay in her home state on Saturday May 7 and, thus, will not be headlining the North Carolina GOP convention in Greensboro. This is from an article in Santa Fe’s ...

Promoting opportunity for children and their families in the state budget

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:00
This post is part of a series on the state budget featuring the voices of North Carolina experts on what our state needs to progress so that all North Carolinians have a fair shot to get ahead.  By Michelle Hughes, Executive Director, NC Child What do North Carolina’s children need in order to get a solid ...

Editorials pan McCrory’s disingenuous performance on Meet the Press

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 09:00
Gov. Pat McCrory’s performance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday morning has drawn multiple “thumbs down” reviews. This is from the lead editorial in this morning’s Winston-Salem Journal: “Our state motto is ‘To be, rather than to seem.’ Sunday morning, before a nationwide audience on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Gov. Pat McCrory essentially flipped ...

Hamilton: Repeal of #HB2 should be short session priority following ‘impressive’ backlash (audio)

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 05:00
A year ago, Rep. Susi Hamilton was trying to persuade her colleagues in the House to expand the film tax credit incentive program to grow the state’s film industry. This year, Hamilton is watching the debate over House Bill 2 undo the positive results that came from the passage of the state grants program that ...

It’s more than a feeling: Boston and Pearl Jam leave NC in rear view mirror

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 18:36
HB 2 strikes again. Here’s the statement from the band Pearl Jam, which has canceled its Wednesday show in Raleigh at the PNC Arena: It is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina on April 20th. This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and ...

Report skewers controversial virtual charter schools for running non-profits as a business

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 14:20
Take some time this afternoon to read a fascinating, in-depth report from The Mercury News in San Jose, Calif., on the tightrope virtual charter school operator K-12 Inc. walks in order to operate for-profit institutions under non-profit tax exemptions in California. It’s important to note because Virginia-based K-12 is the operator of its own online school ...

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