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The Fourth Circuit hands down a win for public access to court records

In a decision released today, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond held that the public and press right of access to court records trumps a corporation’s desire to keep quiet complaints about one of its products — … Read More...

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Gallup: Uninsured rate dropping more in states embracing Affordable Care Act

While this shouldn’t come as a surprise, according to the latest polling from Gallup, the uninsured rate is dropping about three times faster in states that have expanded Medicaid, set up a state health exchange and generally embraced the … Read More...

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NC JUSTICE NEWS: Meet the Staff - Suijin Li + Defenders of Justice 2014 + Tax Day

Authors: Julia HawesResearch & Publications: NC Justice NewsIssues: Immigrant and Refugee RightsState Tax PolicyApril 15, 2014
MEET THE STAFF: Suijin Li, Administrative Assistant

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Conservative columnist: Women need lower pay so they can find richer men

In case you haven’t heard, the reason that women get paid less ($0.77 on average to every $1 a man makes) is that women prefer to settle for lower-earning jobs in order to seek out mates that earn more.
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New “Executive Paywatch” report highlights soaring wage gap between CEO’s and average NC workers

Just when you thought things couldn’t get much worse on the American inequality front, you encounter reports like the new “Executive Paywatch” report from the AFL-CIO.
Click here to check out the website — it includes a section in which … Read More...

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Feds say NC cleared food stamps backlog

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced yesterday that North Carolina health officials successfully cleared a backlog of food stamps cases that had been in the tens of thousands last year following issues with a statewide technology system.
At stake was … Read More...

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NC refuses Medicaid expansion and Wilkes County hurts – badly

You could tell this story in any one of the most rural counties in North Carolina. From the Wilkes Journal-Patriot in a stunning story yesterday:
Over half of the 898 people who contacted a temporary counselor in Wilkes County for

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Charter schools must disclose salaries, say state education officials in a reverse decision

As reported today in the Charlotte ObserverState Board of Education chairman William Cobey along with State Superintendent June Atkinson have gone on the record to say that the state’s charter schools, which are public, should disclose the salaries … Read More...

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Retired Supreme Court justice explains how to fix the Second Amendment

As was noted in yesterday’s Weekly Briefing, “A Tax Day sermon,” it can be a fascinating exercise to briefly contemplate just how far to the right American politics have been pushed in the last few decades as a result … Read More...

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Do tax rates matter? Not much

In North Carolina, a singular focus on comparing the state’s income tax rates to other states was used to justify massive rate reductions in the 2013 tax plan.  But do tax rates determine whether a state is competitive?
It turns … Read More...

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