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Is paid family leave really bad for business?

Not  according to a new and detailed report from the wonks at the Center for Economic and Policy Research that examined the New Jersey Family Leave Insurance (or FLI)  program. The program allows workers to take up to six weeks of paid leave (capped at $595 a week in 2014) to care for new babies, ...

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Supreme Court refuses to hear Wisconsin case on law requiring admitting privileges by abortion providers

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday blocked efforts by Wisconsin’s Attorney General to reinstate a state law requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. That provision was one of several restrictive measures hastily passed by the Wisconsin legislature in 2013. In the lawsuit that followed in federal court there, U.S. District Judge William Conley enjoined enforcement ...

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ACLU report decries police militarization, targeting of minority citizens

Another sobering report from the good folks at the ACLU: ACLU Report on police militarization finds weapons and tactics of war used disproportionately against people of color – Report shows injustice, suffering caused by SWAT teams deployed for low-level police work, not crises; Investigation looked at many N.C. law enforcement agencies RALEIGH – After obtaining ...

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Carolina Journal: One of N.C. House’s top Dems owed more than $100,000 in unpaid taxes

One of the top Democrats in the state House or Representatives owed more than $100,000 in unpaid taxes, according to court filings and tax records reviewed by the Carolina Journal for this report. State Rep. Michael H. Wray, a Gaston Democrat serving as the deputy minority leader, owed more than $100,000 for federal, state and ...

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GOP official quickly backtracks (sort of) on “communist” crack about Rev. Barber

Another week and another foot-in-mouth incident for a conservative North Carolina politician. Last week it was House Speaker Thom Tillis and his crack about “traditional voters.” Now this week it’s former State Representative and current state GOP Vice-Chairperson Carolyn Justice in an awkward attempt to defend Tillis. This is from a story on yesterday’s Washington ...

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Moral Monday demonstrators: “This is what Democracy looks like!” (audio postcard)

More than 1,000 demonstrators converged on North Carolina’s General Assembly Monday as lawmakers work to finalize the state budget by the end of the month. For some of the sights and sounds from the 60th Moral Monday protest, click below:

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The President’s failure on the humanitarian crisis at the border

As more and more “illegal” children are held in detention at the border, mistreated, mocked, and abused, our President continues to “solve” the crisis by deporting them. These children end up in detention for various reasons. Sometimes, as they are attempting with their families to cross over, they lose them in the desert and end ...

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Another last-minute blitz at the General Assembly?

If there’s been one area in which the current leadership of the General Assembly has been at its most cynical when it comes to directly contradicting past promises and rhetoric, it’s almost certainly in the area of legislative process. It’s gotten to the point at which it seems that scarcely an important piece of legislation ...

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Five things to watch this week on Jones Street

  The Budget – Legislators have just a week left in the fiscal year to reach a compromise on their 2014-15 budget. Click here for a House and Senate Comparison Report on the competing plans. And we should learn shortly whether the budget talks will be open to the public, as Sen. Tom Apodaca suggested ...

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NC House action on marijuana extract for epilepsy a start, but not enough

In case you missed it, Mike Meno of the ACLU of North Carolina posted the following insightful essay last Friday about action by the state House to allow physicians to recommend an oil derived from marijuana for treating certain epilepsy symptoms: NC House Overwhelmingly Approves Marijuana Extract for Epilepsy, but Ignores Countless Others Who Could ...

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