• Real lives at stake in the chaos in Washington

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    Never mind the bullying tweets that unnerve allied nations and reverberate through financial markets.

    Put aside for moment the disturbing confirmation hearings that have revealed not only ethical conflicts of nominees, but people who either don’t understand the issues handled by the agency they will lead or have expressed open hostility toward the fundamental mission of ...

Wake County urged to remove school police officers following violent ordeal with teen

Ramiyah Robinson bristles at the idea that this—the shocking video of a violent altercation between a school resource officer and a teenage girl at Wake County’s Rolesville High School—is an “isolated incident.”

“It’s not something new,” says Robinson, a senior at Southeast Raleigh High. “It happens all the time. Just because this time was documented, doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.”

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With a new DEQ secretary, environmentalists could have an advocate, not an enemy in state government

It’s been a long, acrimonious and even hostile four years for environmental groups, as well as the press, trying to pry information from the NC Department of Environmental Quality.

But Gov. Roy Cooper has nominated a new secretary, Michael Regan, a former EPA official and regional leader for the Environmental Defense Fund. And environmental advocates hope a new era of openness — a glasnost — will end what the Sierra Club’s Molly Diggins calls the agency’s “intrigue and deception that was like House of Cards.

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Three-judge panels to hear Constitutional arguments on laws passed by Republican legislature in surprise special session

North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin appointed three-judge panels this week in two cases challenging the constitutionality of laws passed by the Republican-led General Assembly in a surprise special session last month.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens temporarily blocked the implementation of the two laws last week – the first part of Senate Bill 4, which overhauls the State Board of Elections; and Section 4 of House Bill 17, which transfers power from the State Board of Education to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, a recently elected Republican.

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Real lives at stake in the chaos in Washington

Never mind the bullying tweets that unnerve allied nations and reverberate through financial markets.

Put aside for moment the disturbing confirmation hearings that have revealed not only ethical conflicts of nominees, but people who either don’t understand the issues handled by the agency they will lead or have expressed open hostility toward the fundamental mission of the jobs they have been nominated to fill.

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The Path Forward: HB2 in the new age of Trump

The new reality of a Donald Trump presidency has thrown into question a number of evolving civil rights struggles.

As many LGBT North Carolinians and their allies feared, November’s election may have radically changed the legislative and legal future of the controversial House Bill 2.

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With a new DEQ secretary, environmentalists could have an advocate, not an enemy in state government

It’s been a long, acrimonious and even hostile four years for environmental groups, as well as the press, trying to pry information from the NC Department of Environmental Quality.

But Gov. Roy Cooper has nominated a new secretary, Michael Regan, a former EPA official and regional leader for the Environmental Defense Fund. And environmental advocates hope a new era of openness — a glasnost — will end what the Sierra Club’s Molly Diggins calls the agency’s “intrigue and deception that was like House of Cards.

...

Real lives at stake in the chaos in Washington

Never mind the bullying tweets that unnerve allied nations and reverberate through financial markets.

Put aside for moment the disturbing confirmation hearings that have revealed not only ethical conflicts of nominees, but people who either don’t understand the issues handled by the agency they will lead or have expressed open hostility toward the fundamental mission of the jobs they have been nominated to fill.

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