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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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Expert: Fracking in NC likely to produce little gas, lots of destruction

If you want to understand why the potential for fracking to be a success in North Carolina (either for our economy or our environment) is very, very small, be sure to check out Professor Rob Jackson’s op-ed in this morning’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer. His prediction: A very low economic impact driven my ...

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Gay rights advocates call on McCrory to revisit executive order

Editor’s note: This post has been uppdated below with clarification from Gov. McCrory’s Deputy Communications Director. Equality NC is calling on Governor Pat McCrory to revisit an executive order he signed Monday that requires equal employment opportunities for all employees and applicants for employment ‘without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability ...

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N.C. Tracks has a birthday, while DHHS celebrates with video praising troubled system

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services released a cheerful video this afternoon touting the supposed successes of the state’s new Medicaid billing system that delayed payments for thousands of medical providers for months over the last year. The nearly 4-minute video produced by state employees includes interviews set to upbeat instrumental music with ...

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Thank goodness we’re not in Kansas

A recent Washington Post story confirms once more that the anti-taxes, anti-government policies of the conservative leaders running Kansas continue to backfire. “Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal last month to tout the success of his economic program, particularly several rounds of income tax cuts amounting to ...

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Extend the deadline for eugenics victims

As Chris Fitzsimon made clear in this morning’s “Monday Numbers,” there is simply no good reason for the state of North Carolina to shut off applications for compensation to surviving eugenics victims. Having made people wait decades, what is the point of limiting the possibility for recovery for people — especially since so many of ...

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Hobby Lobby wins and women’s health loses at Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court decided today that “closely held” corporations that object to contraceptives on religious grounds can deny this preventive coverage to female employees. There will be a great deal of constitutional banter on this opinion but, not being a constitutional scholar, I will make a few practical points. First, when HHS wrote this popular ...

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What Hagan and Tillis are saying about today’s Supreme Court rulings

Monday’s Supreme Court rulings on contraceptive coverage for women and public sector unions are predictably bringing very different reactions from U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis, her Republican challenger. Hagan released a statement calling the Hobby Lobby v. Burwell ruling ‘shameful’: “I am extremely disappointed in today’s Supreme Court decision. It is shameful that ...

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Hobby Lobby: The best eight lines from Justice Ginsburg’s dissent

As reported in numerous places — click here for Ian Millhiser’s quick take at the for the Center for American Progress — the widely-dreaded Hobby Lobby decision came down today from the U.S. Supreme Court. In response, the good folks at Mother Jones posted the following article. On Monday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg penned a blistering ...

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Five must read stories to start your work week

Supreme Court Deals Sharp Blow To Public Sector Unions  Session stalemate no help to Tillis campaign Yes, if You Cut Taxes, You Get Less Tax Revenue (and why NC should pay attention) Third health insurer to enter NC exchange for 2015 Bacon Academy management company earns millions from schools  

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