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More casinos in NC? RSVP today for Charlotte luncheon with national expert

With North Carolina leaders looking more and more to the expansion of gambling in the state — perhaps even with the development of a new casino west of Charlotte — NC Policy Watch will be bringing one of the nation’s experts on the subject to North Carolina on Wednesday, July 16 for a special Crucial ...

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Riverkeepers sound off over weakened coal ash bill

The Riverkeepers for the Cape Fear and the French Broad are among the latest environmentalists to speak out against the coal ash management bill that won final approval in the NC House on Thursday. The Cape Fear’s Kemp Burdette and the French Broad’s Hartwell Carson say the revised version of the Senate’s coal ash bill ...

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Your holiday read: Detroit Free Press’ investigation of Michigan’s unaccountable charter schools

Reporters at the Detroit Free Press have dug deep for the past year to uncover the facts surrounding how Michigan has spent $1 billion on charter schools, yet failed to hold them accountable for their results. Among the investigation’s findings:  Michigan’s charter schools spend $1 billion per year in state taxpayer money, often with little transparency.  Some charter schools ...

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House coal ash bill falls well short of what’s necessary

The North Carolina House passed a weakened version of the already inadequate Senate coal ash plan today and environmental experts quickly labeled the legislation as wholly inadequate. Here’s the rather measured statement from the folks at the NC Sierra Club: “After weeks of expectation and speculation, the House missed the opportunity to build on the ...

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Itchy days ahead for North Carolina

It might be time to stock up on bug spray. North Carolina is poised to do away with what remains of its state-run mosquito control program, if proposals to eliminate $185,992 in funding are adopted in the final budget. The likely elimination of the vector control program in the N.C. Department of Health and Human ...

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Vigil held in Raleigh for 60,000 endangered immigrant children (Photos)

Yesterday in Raleigh, El Pueblo, Inc. joined forces with several volunteers to hold a vigil for the approximately 60,000 children currently attempting to escape the poverty, violence, and fear of their hometowns in Central America to find relief, security, and freedom in the U.S. As Mike Figueras of El Pueblo informed me, for each child’s body ...

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National economic news good; NC situation not so encouraging

As Dean Baker notes this morning, the national economic news is encouraging. In addition to the record high Dow Jones average, Baker points out: “The economy added 288,000 jobs in June, making it the fifth consecutive month in which the economy added over 200,000 jobs. This is the longest stretch of 200,000 plus job growth ...

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This morning’s “must read”: Get up to date on state of voting law and court challenges

If you’ve found yourself having trouble keeping up with the details of North Carolina’ new Monster Voting Law, its implementation and the court challenges that have ensued, you owe it to yourself to read Sharon McCloskey’s latest article that was published this morning: “Voting gets its day in court” over on the main Policy Watch ...

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Before the Fourth, a third vote on coal ash clean-up bill (video)

Before leaving for the July 4th holiday, the NC House is expected to give final approval Thursday to a revised plan to clean-up North Carolina’s coal ash sites. The legislation would require Duke Energy to remove the ash from four high-risk sites by 2019. Low-risk ponds would be targeted for closure by 2029.  Critics note ...

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New research: New NC voting laws produce confusion, little confidence

The voting and good government experts at Democracy North Carolina have taken a look at the impact of the state’s new “Monster Voting Law” on the May primary election. Here is their initial take: “Data Highlight: New Voting Law, Little Information, Less Confidence Volunteers with Democracy North Carolina and other groups conducted a large Exit ...

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