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Medical Society issues scathing takedown of NC Senate Medicaid proposal

North Carolina doctors pulled no punches in their review of the Medicaid “reform” (i.e. privatization) plan adopted by the state Senate today. This is the official statement from the NC Medical Society: “Today the Senate had a clear choice between the health of our state’s most vulnerable citizens and the health of Wall Street corporations, ...

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Most North Carolinians in the Medicaid gap are working

This morning consumer advocacy group Families USA released a report along with the NC Community Health Center Association and the NC Justice Center showing that most people who stand to benefit from closing our state’s health insurance gap are working. Many of these folks are in low-wage service jobs. The report also examines the top occupations in ...

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Charter school bill now excludes LGBT protections, makes charter school (but not contractors’) salaries public

A bill that would address some sticky points in governance of the state’s 127 public charter schools is calendared for a Senate vote today. (Note: The bill passed out of the Senate and went to the House floor Thursday afternoon. That discussion can be heard here.) The charter school modification bill, Senate Bill 793, coming ...

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10 million reasons that Obamacare is a success

Winston Churchill famously stated that “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” One is increasingly tempted to offer the same assessment of Obamacare. Is it flawed and messy? Absolutely. Could we call envision a scenario in which each of us — acting as philosopher kings — could craft a better ...

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Broken cookie delivery to mark anniversary of Guv’s broken promise on reproductive freedom

From the good people at NARAL-Pro Choice NC: NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina member activists will deliver broken cookies to the Governor’s Mansion this morning at 11:00 am to mark the one-year anniversary of Governor McCrory’s broken promise not to support restrictions on access to abortion care. Last July, Governor McCrory signed into law Senate Bill ...

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Editorials: Expand Medicaid now and stop bullying immigrant kids

Here are two morning editorials that ought to be a “must reads” for North Carolina’s conservative political leaders: The first comes from the Fayetteville Observer and it’s entitled “Yes, Republicans can expand Medicaid too.” As it notes: Last month, hundreds of representatives from North Carolina hospitals and other health-care institutions brought a united message to ...

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This is a what a second grade classroom looks like without a dedicated teacher assistant

Do you remember Barbara Dell Carter? She’s the second grade classroom teacher at John Cotten Tayloe Elementary School in “little” Washington, who I visited late last summer while she dutifully prepared her classroom for the first day of school. As she straightened up her books (many of which she procured through her own means), Carter told me of ...

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Former state Rep. LaRoque gets new trial date

Former state Rep. Stephen LaRoque will wait until February for a jury trial on charges of stealing $300,000 from two federally-funded economic development groups he ran. LaRoque, a Kinston Republican, was scheduled for an October trial in a federal criminal courtroom in Greenville. The trial was pushed back to Feb. 2 because of delays in ...

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Moral movies in Raleigh and Durham next week

From our NC Justice Center colleagues: Join us in Raleigh and Durham for FREE screenings of “Inequality for All” The North Carolina Moral Movies Film Series draws to a close this month with screenings of the acclaimed documentary Inequality for All. The film features Robert Reich – professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member – ...

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Somebody tell the Pope people about this

The market capitalism lovers at Forbes announced today for the fifth time in eight years that the Raleigh metro area is the nation’s best for business and careers. Here are the factors highlighted first in the story Fueling Raleigh’s consistent results are business costs that are 18% below the national average, and an adult population ...

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