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Moms demand that Target stores stop the assault weapons parade

(Updated: As the comment below notes, Target has responded positively to the concerns expressed by people across the county and issued a statement requesting customers not to bring firearms to their stores.) The good people at Everytown for Gun Safety have launched petition drive to demand that Target stores join the growing list of responsible ...

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McCrory wants high academic standards, doesn’t care about Common Core “brand”

Gov. Pat McCrory told reporters yesterday that he favors high academic standards, but doesn’t care about the Common Core brand. “What we’ve got to talk about is high standards, especially in math and reading,” said McCrory following an event that awarded federal bonus dollars to teachers who develop new classroom materials for a statewide database.”If ...

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As budget negotiations slow, advocates call for the state to restore the EITC (audio)

On the first day of a new fiscal year, it appears state Senators are in no rush to wrap-up budget negotiations with the NC House. On Monday, the Senate rejected the House “mini-budget” that has the blessing of Governor Pat McCrory.  Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger made it clear that without a more accurate ...

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Understanding the basics of the budget stalemate

In case you missed it, be sure to check out today’s edition of the Fitzsimon File in which Chris explains what’s really at issue in the stalemated state budget negotiations. Most notable on the list: the remarkably regressive positions of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. “Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger told WRAL-TV that ...

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Prosperity Watch Issue 39, No. 1: No Fireworks in Sight for Military Families Who Filed NC Earned Income Tax Credit For Last Time This Year

Authors: Tazra MitchellResearch & Publications: Prosperity WatchIssues: State EconomyState Tax PolicyIndependence Day is a time for Americans to come together and celebrate the importance of community, country, and military families and veterans. Military families provide us all security, but far too often, economic security escapes them.

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Prosperity Watch Issue 39, No. 1: No Fireworks in Sight for Military Families Who Filed NC Earned Income Tax Credit For Last Time This Year

Authors: Tazra MitchellResearch & Publications: Prosperity WatchIssues: State EconomyState Tax PolicyIndependence Day is a time for Americans to come together and celebrate the importance of community, country, and military families and veterans. Military families provide us all security, but far too often, economic security escapes them.

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Three problems with the Hobby Lobby decision

1. The unconstitutional application of religious liberty: The original purpose of religious liberty is defined as the separation of church and state, ensuring the protection of both through mutual autonomy. Health care coverage is an entity of the state. By permitting Hobby Lobby the refusal to cover certain forms of birth control on religious grounds in its female ...

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One year anniversary of unemployment insurance changes, harm to jobless workers compounded

Beginning today, jobless workers in North Carolina can access fewer weeks of unemployment insurance despite a continued lack of jobs and the persistence of long-term unemployment. This is the direct result of a provision in HB4, the unemployment insurance overhaul bill that went into effect last July 1st. The provision establishes a sliding scale for ...

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Baker Mitchell’s for-profit groups reap big rewards from charter schools he founded

The Wilmington StarNews reports that Baker Mitchell’s Roger Bacon Academy, the for-profit education management organization that oversees four charter schools Mitchell founded in eastern North Carolina, as well as another company that leases school equipment and supplies both take in considerable sums of money from leasing land, buildings, equipment and supplies to Mitchell’s schools. For the 2013-14 school ...

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Pope group lauds university enrollment decline; cites “too much partying and sex”

We’ve known for a long time that the chief mission of the Pope Center for Higher Education is to undermine and dismantle North Carolina’s system of universities and community colleges. As reported in this space on numerous occasions, the group puts out almost-daily missives calling for higher education to be privatized, more expensive and more ...

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