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GOP official quickly backtracks (sort of) on “communist” crack about Rev. Barber

Another week and another foot-in-mouth incident for a conservative North Carolina politician. Last week it was House Speaker Thom Tillis and his crack about “traditional voters.” Now this week it’s former State Representative and current state GOP Vice-Chairperson Carolyn Justice in an awkward attempt to defend Tillis. This is from a story on yesterday’s Washington ...

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Moral Monday demonstrators: “This is what Democracy looks like!” (audio postcard)

More than 1,000 demonstrators converged on North Carolina’s General Assembly Monday as lawmakers work to finalize the state budget by the end of the month. For some of the sights and sounds from the 60th Moral Monday protest, click below:

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The President’s failure on the humanitarian crisis at the border

As more and more “illegal” children are held in detention at the border, mistreated, mocked, and abused, our President continues to “solve” the crisis by deporting them. These children end up in detention for various reasons. Sometimes, as they are attempting with their families to cross over, they lose them in the desert and end ...

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Another last-minute blitz at the General Assembly?

If there’s been one area in which the current leadership of the General Assembly has been at its most cynical when it comes to directly contradicting past promises and rhetoric, it’s almost certainly in the area of legislative process. It’s gotten to the point at which it seems that scarcely an important piece of legislation ...

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Five things to watch this week on Jones Street

  The Budget – Legislators have just a week left in the fiscal year to reach a compromise on their 2014-15 budget. Click here for a House and Senate Comparison Report on the competing plans. And we should learn shortly whether the budget talks will be open to the public, as Sen. Tom Apodaca suggested ...

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NC House action on marijuana extract for epilepsy a start, but not enough

In case you missed it, Mike Meno of the ACLU of North Carolina posted the following insightful essay last Friday about action by the state House to allow physicians to recommend an oil derived from marijuana for treating certain epilepsy symptoms: NC House Overwhelmingly Approves Marijuana Extract for Epilepsy, but Ignores Countless Others Who Could ...

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North Carolina represents at White House Summit on Working Families

Today, in Washington DC, hundreds of business leaders, workers, moms and advocates from around the country will be discussing what needs to change to make work something that works for our 21st century families at the White House Summit on Working Families (you can live-stream it from the link.) It’s the first time a conversation ...

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The single, most disastrous decision of the 2014 legislative session…

…is highlighted in this fine editorial in the Charlotte Observer entitled: “Expand Medicaid – It has value in NC.” To quote: “N.C. lawmakers don’t seem inclined to reconsider their unwise decision not to expand Medicaid. But that doesn’t mean we should stop shouting loudly why they should. A new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report last ...

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Diverse organizations support Common Core as N.C. and other states back away

An array of organizations have voiced support for the embattled Common Core Standards following recent efforts to drop or water down the standards in states like Indiana, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and South Carolina. Aside from original supporters and developers of the standards like the National Governor’s Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Gates ...

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Missing Workers Update: May 2014

Friday the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the NC Division of Employment Security released data on the state of North Carolina’s labor market. The unemployment rate ticked up to 6.4 percent over the month but is still below where it was a year ago.  Despite this annual improvement in the unemployment rate, the reality is ...

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