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Thank goodness we’re not in Kansas

A recent Washington Post story confirms once more that the anti-taxes, anti-government policies of the conservative leaders running Kansas continue to backfire. “Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal last month to tout the success of his economic program, particularly several rounds of income tax cuts amounting to ...

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Extend the deadline for eugenics victims

As Chris Fitzsimon made clear in this morning’s “Monday Numbers,” there is simply no good reason for the state of North Carolina to shut off applications for compensation to surviving eugenics victims. Having made people wait decades, what is the point of limiting the possibility for recovery for people — especially since so many of ...

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Hobby Lobby wins and women’s health loses at Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court decided today that “closely held” corporations that object to contraceptives on religious grounds can deny this preventive coverage to female employees. There will be a great deal of constitutional banter on this opinion but, not being a constitutional scholar, I will make a few practical points. First, when HHS wrote this popular ...

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What Hagan and Tillis are saying about today’s Supreme Court rulings

Monday’s Supreme Court rulings on contraceptive coverage for women and public sector unions are predictably bringing very different reactions from U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis, her Republican challenger. Hagan released a statement calling the Hobby Lobby v. Burwell ruling ‘shameful’: “I am extremely disappointed in today’s Supreme Court decision. It is shameful that ...

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Hobby Lobby: The best eight lines from Justice Ginsburg’s dissent

As reported in numerous places — click here for Ian Millhiser’s quick take at the for the Center for American Progress — the widely-dreaded Hobby Lobby decision came down today from the U.S. Supreme Court. In response, the good folks at Mother Jones posted the following article. On Monday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg penned a blistering ...

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Five must read stories to start your work week

Supreme Court Deals Sharp Blow To Public Sector Unions  Session stalemate no help to Tillis campaign Yes, if You Cut Taxes, You Get Less Tax Revenue (and why NC should pay attention) Third health insurer to enter NC exchange for 2015 Bacon Academy management company earns millions from schools  

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Editorials condemn amendment allowing charter school secrecy on salaries

In case you missed it over the weekend, the Wilmington StarNews had another good editorial concerning the efforts of some of the state’s public charter schools to keep the salaries they pay secret and en effort by lawmakers to approve of the secrecy. “The public has a right to know who works for its government ...

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Consensus on the Supreme Court?

On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court will wrap up its term with decisions expected in two remaining cases. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Inc., the justices will decide whether the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate unconstitutionally impinges upon the company’s religious freedom. (Read more about the case here.) In Harris v. Quinn, the justices will decide whether home ...

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Don’t visit the failures of high-stakes testing on special needs children

This week, Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan announced that the Department of Education will require states to make a comparison between students with special needs and their counterparts who have not been so-identified. In the past, the United States Department of Education only asked that schools districts follow timelines and procedures by ensuring that correct ...

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Prosperity Watch: State sees boom in ultra-low-wage jobs

We keep hearing that North Carolina’s economy is turning around. But while it’s true that we’re slowly making progress in replacing the jobs lost during the Great Recession, the bad news is that the overwhelming majority of these new jobs just don’t pay enough to make ends meet. In fact, many don’t pay enough to ...

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