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The chorus is growing: Where’s Burr’s blue slip?

The New York Times wasn’t the only news outlet today — Day 285 of the Burr “blue slip” watch —  to chastise U.S. Sen. Richard Burr for obstructing the judicial nomination process and refusing to return the traditional “blue slip” … Read More...

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The Guv’s embarrassing jobs creation press release

Don’t get us wrong; it’s almost always great whenever a new employer is creating jobs in North Carolina. And the phenomenon of politicians claiming credit for job creation is nothing new; everyone likes good news and wants to be around … Read More...

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Guilford County DSS director out, state expecting to meet deadline to clear food stamps backlog

The head of Guilford County’s social services department announced his resignation Monday, days after a previously unknown backlog of 8,000 food stamp recertification cases was discovered Wednesday.
Robert Williams resigned following a meeting Monday, according to the Greensboro News & Read More...

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Lunch Links: ACA enrollment swells, WSJ questions NC ‘comeback’, and a Moral Monday focus on coal ash (video)

Hope you ate your Wheaties this morning! This is going to be a busy Monday – so try to keep up!
First, today is the final day for open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act.  Chris Fitzsimon’s Monday numbers columnRead More...

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McCrory’s teacher pay ideas met with skepticism in Statesville

Statesville’s Record & Landmark reports that when McCrory presented his ideas for teacher pay last week to those attending the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce annual awards dinner, local education officials in attendance weren’t too keen on his handiwork.
Specifically, … Read More...

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NY Times blasts Burr’s judicial blockade, calls for reform

In case you missed it, the New York Times editorialized this morning against Richard Burr’s ongoing and inexplicable one-man filibuster of federal judicial nominee Jennifer May-Parker and called for the U.S.

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NC General Assembly’s Anti-ACA Hearing: A jibe at Sandra Fluke

Chris Conover — the expert called by the NC General Assembly this month as the main witness for the anti-Affordable Care Act committee (convened for some reason four years after passage of the health law) — had  other digs in … Read More...

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With Monday deadline and thousands of pending cases, NC FAST to shut down much of weekend

The state Department of Health and Human Services is racing to meet a Monday deadline to clear a backlog of thousands of food stamps cases, but the benefits system that distributes the food assistance will be shut down over much … Read More...

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Falling labor force continues to drive drop in unemployment rate

North Carolina’s falling labor force continues to drive reductions in the state’s unemployment rate, according to the February jobs report released by Division of Employment Security this morning. Over the last year, just 4 in 10 formerly unemployed workers actually … Read More...

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What’s going on in Kansas? Beware North Carolina!

What’s the deal in Kansas these days? That’s a question Governor McCrory and North Carolina’s state leaders should be asking themselves.
After passing huge tax cuts in recent years, the subsequent unimpressive economic performance and continued disinvestment in core public … Read More...

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