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Steve Ford

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Defending Democracy Progressive Voices Top Story

When it rains voter suppression

It’s a truism that weather affects elections. Yes, many of us would slosh through a downpour if that’s what it took to get to the polls. But a cold, driving rain is a disincentive. Like it or not, that’s plain old human nature.

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Will courts block legislative leaders’ desperate power plays?

A summer of hectic twists and turns has made it increasingly clear: The North Carolina General Assembly’s ruling Republicans have been driven by desperation. They must be desperately worried that their lease on unbridled power is about to expire. So, while they still have the chance...

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How things got to where they are: The November ballot power grab explained

The drive by Republicans who control the General Assembly to enhance their already formidable power, often at the expense of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, has been relentless. Why is this a problem? Because legislative power for the past several years has been used to further an agenda in which the needs and concerns of many ordinary North Carolinians, so far as government might be able to address them, scarcely matter.

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Late-session legislative push brings renewed attacks on democracy

The current leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly – top members of the state House and Senate, all of them Republicans – rule with iron fists and aren’t squeamish about the tactics they use to hold and even magnify their power. Sadly for the rule of law and for the public’s confidence that their state is being governed in the public interest, these leaders during their eight-year reign have placed a premium on naked partisanship.

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Don’t overthink it: The best solution to what ails NC’s school funding system isn’t that complicated

When the N.C. General Assembly convenes on May 16, legislators will be “welcomed” by a throng of advocates for high-quality public schools – teachers prominent among them. More power to these noble loud-mouths, and may they make headway in their against-the-tide quest for better pay and working conditions, more school resources and (gasp!) more respect.

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School district secession is the wrong path for NC

Public education in North Carolina has its share of challenges, not the least of which has been the state’s ongoing failure to make sure that school systems in poorer communities receive the financial support they need. But in one major respect, the pattern by which most of our school districts are organized helps them serve all their students, no matter their circumstances.

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Leandro at 21: Cooper commission, judge’s latest ruling offer hope for landmark education ruling

It was perhaps the N.C. Supreme Court’s finest hour. In 1997, the high court held unanimously that North Carolina public school students are entitled under the state constitution to the “opportunity to receive a sound basic education.” In other words, it’s the state’s responsibility to make sure that all children – even those living in communities dogged by poverty – have a fair chance to learn what they need to learn in order to make their way in the world and become productive citizens.

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Senator Burr must allow an examination of would-be CIA chief’s torture connections

Ordinary Americans – those of us not allowed to know the secrets of high-level espionage work – at this point find it hard to judge accurately the accomplishments of Gina Haspel as she climbed through the ranks of the Central Intelligence Agency. President Trump, in nominating Haspel to head the agency where she now is deputy director, of course painted her in glowing colors.

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Lawmakers complicate class size “fix” with partisan power grabs

As the General Assembly wraps up its weirdly timed and generally ill-conceived winter session, it would be nice to think that the grand dispute over class sizes in North Carolina’s public schools had been resolved in a way ...
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Hopeful developments in the effort to rein in gerrymandering

Progress in rooting out North Carolina’s gerrymandered voting districts hasn’t always occurred in a straight line. But the trend – thanks to federal judges honoring their duty to uphold the Constitution – bodes well for giving all voters an equal chance to help choose their leaders.

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