Tuesday numbers


(All the items in this edition of Tuesday numbers come from “North Carolina’s Tomorrow: Seeking Good, Quality Jobs to Build an Economy that Works for All. State of Working North Carolina 2014, by the N.C. Budget & Tax Center, September 1, 2014) 260,000—number of working families in North Carolina who live in poverty [Continue Reading...]

The state of the U.S. Supreme Court with Ian Millhiser of the Center for American Justice

The state of the U.S. Supreme Court with Ian Millhiser of the Center for American Justice

Few recent rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court have done more to anger caring and thinking Americans and awaken them to the importance of monitoring the federal courts and the judges who serve on them than the now infamous Hobby Lobby v. Burwell decision of June 2014. In Hobby Lobby, the Court held that a corporation cannot be required to pay for insurance coverage of contraception if to do so would offend the religious sensibilities of the corporation’s owners.

Of course, Hobby Lobby was far from the only momentous decision of the past year. Moreover, many more vitally important cases are already queued up for the coming Supreme Court term that commences this fall.

So where do things stand? What’s next? Are there any causes for optimism? What can and should progressives do to make the federal courts a more hospitable venue for the causes of social, economic and political justice?

Ian Millhiser, Senior Constitutional Policy Analyst for the Center for American Progress and the Justice Editor for the Center for American Progress Action Fund, discusses these issues and others that affect the state of the U.S. Supreme Court. [Continue Reading...]

Voucher scheme is not about helping low-income children


After Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood understandably ruled last week that the sketchy unaccountable private school voucher scheme created by the 2013 General Assembly was unconstitutional, voucher supporters responded almost in unison with a single talking point, that somehow the judge had “trapped underprivileged children in failing schools.” The claim may be offensive [Continue Reading...]

Monday numbers


71—number of days until November general election (N.C. State Board of Elections) 153—number of sitting state legislators running for the General Assembly again in November (“State Legislators Pile Up $8 Million for Campaigns; Incumbent Advantage Will Grow with PACs’ “Gratitude Money,” Democracy North Carolina, August 18, 2014) 74—number of legislators seeking reelection facing [Continue Reading...]