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Court budget cuts still hanging in the balance

With the budget focus still on education cuts and new Medicaid proposals, it’s easy to forget that plenty of other issues remain unresolved in the General Assembly. Here’s a quick recap of proposed budget provisions affecting the courts and justice system. Funding for the Administrative Office of the Court  Both the Senate and the House ...

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False compassion ensues from conservatives over humanitarian crisis

In a recent interview with Fox News, Senator Ted Cruz showed a display of false compassion for the refugee children at our border, stating that the more compassionate response is to send them back. He even accused Democrats of actually wanting them to be “maimed and brutalized.” Check out the video below: At least Wallace ...

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Veteran physician: Improve public Medicaid system; don’t sell it to private HMO’s

As Governor McCrory and his HHS Secretary Aldona Wos convene a rather strange closed door “listening  session” on Medicaid in Greensboro today (it’s scheduled to last all of 45 minutes), let’s hope they both took the time over the weekend to read an excellent, “from-the-trenches” essay by Goldsboro physician Dr. David Tayloe in Raleigh’s News ...

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Houston is on the hunt for NC teachers once again

On the heels of its Raleigh job fair in May, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) is once again looking to poach North Carolina’s school teachers to come work in Texas for much higher pay. The Texas school district will be holding job fairs this week in Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte. The available jobs in ...

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Civility in Supreme Court races?

Kudos to Court of Appeals Judge Bob Hunter, Jr., who in recent remarks to the state bar association set some ground rules for his Supreme Court campaign. Hunter is running against his colleague on the appeals court, Sam Ervin IV, for the seat being vacated by Justice Mark Martin, who’s running for Chief Justice. In aftermath ...

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Editorial blasts last minute local sales tax bill as, “mixed up,” “weird,” “half-baked”

ICYMI, the editorial page of the Greensboro News & Record pulled no punches this weekend in an editorial excoriating state senators for their last minute proposal to hamstring local governments when it comes to use of the sales tax for public services and structures at the local level. Here’s an excerpt from “Oddest idea yet”: ...

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If only we’d allow Obamacare to “not work” in NC like it’s “not working” in Washington state

As Adam Linker explained last week when he debunked the latest conservative mythology surrounding the Affordable Care Act, the law continues to succeed despite its imperfections and the endless, hysterical attacks of the President’s political opponents. Today, there’s still more confirmation of this undeniable reality from Washington state. As The Olympian reported this morning, the ...

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The message to lawmakers: teachers are everywhere

Teacher pay is at the heart of the 2015 budget negotiations right now—and if you’re wondering why, consider this: in 64 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, a school system is that county’s largest employer. WUNC reporters Dave DeWitt and Keith Weston put together a fascinating infographic that highlights this reality, noting that in 24 more ...

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N.C. unemployment stays at 6.4 percent in June, while number of jobs in state goes down

June’s jobs numbers are out for North Carolina, showing that the state has held on to its unemployment rate of 6.4 percent for the second straight month. The national unemployment rate was 6.1 percent for June. The North Carolina numbers for June released by N.C. Commerce Department show a much lower unemployment rate than a ...

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California court confirms futility of the death penalty

(Cross-posted from the blog of the NC Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty). By Kristin Collins Yesterday, a California court confirmed what we have known in North Carolina for years: The death penalty is so dysfunctional as to be not just unconstitutional, but futile. The ruling said of a system in which inmates sit ...

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