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The case for a swift move away from fossil fuels continues to build

There’s more compelling evidence today — both around the world and here in North Carolina — of the urgent need to move to world economy off of its addiction to the heroin of fossil fuels.

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Editorial rightfully urges great caution with respect to virtual charter schools

As regular visitors to N.C. Policy Watch are well-aware, the phenomenon of so-called “virtual charter schools” is an issue of great controversy these days. Proponents say they’re the greatest thing since sliced bread , but as several stories here (especially … Read More...

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Medicaid expansion: Life v. Death

A popular theme on the Right is that having Medicaid health coverage is worse than having no health insurance at all.  After all the years I’ve spent traveling North Carolina and meeting people in poverty desperate for basic health care … Read More...

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Taxes Matter

The last weekend before Tax Day is here and in the last minute rush to get your returns in, it can be helpful to reflect on why taxes matter.  Taxes are as some have said “the price we pay for … Read More...

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Video offers amazing statistics on Wal-Mart and Food Stamp use

As Policy Watch Reporter Sarah Ovaska has been reporting regularly of late, obtaining Food Stamps and the failure of North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services to process applications in a timely manner remain big problems for lots … Read More...

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Food stamps backlog dwindling, while Greensboro woman waits months for help

Michelle Ford hasn’t received food stamp allotments since December, and the Greensboro mother says she’s out of options in trying to feed herself and her three children.
“We don’t have anything to eat,” Ford said. “This the way it’s been … Read More...

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Want to vote in May? You’ll need to be registered today

Gone are the days of registering to vote during early voting! If you want to take part in the fast-approaching May 6th primary, take note that today (Friday) is the deadline for getting registered to vote.
North Carolinians can stop … Read More...

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Licensing All Drivers in North Carolina

Earlier this week the Budget & Tax Center released an analysis of the economic and fiscal impacts of providing all drivers a license regardless of immigration status.  The findings suggest that more than 250,000 undocumented immigrants could be eligible …

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Correcting seven myths about Medicaid (plus the real reason the right opposes expansion)

The wonks at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released an outstanding little report this week about America’s health insurance program for low-income people and some of the biggest myths that have been perpetuated about it.
The overarching message: … Read More...

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New poll shows NC’s marriage discrimination amendment is already unpopular

It’s been less than two years since North Carolina officially enshrined discrimination in its constitution by passing the execrable Amendment One. Now, less than 24 months later, just as Speaker Thom Tillis famously/infamously predicted, the law seems fast on its … Read More...

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