Original Commentary

Original Commentary

Progressive Voices Top Story

Expand Medicaid for military families and the opioid epidemic

Fayetteville is my hometown more than any – I was born here to military parents, this is where my grandparents retired from the military, and I moved back over 7 years ago as a military spouse. My community has done much to improve quality of life here, but still desperately needs expanded healthcare access.

...
Read more 0
Top Story Weekly Briefing

North Carolina’s big government conservatives and the endless legislative session

It’s long been understood by those who pay attention to public policy debates that the age-old conservative talking point about the supposed evils of “big government” was always just that – a talking point more than a genuine belief. The truth of the matter is that American conservatives love government in a wide variety of circumstances.

...
Read more 0
Progressive Voices Top Story

Silent Sam and UNC: A tortured misunderstanding between preserving history and venerating hateful ideology

Earlier this week, the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees (BoT) began plans to erect a statue dedicated to white supremacy. This is not a kind characterization of events, but it is an accurate one. A characterization that failed to permeate the decision-making process, and with horrifying consequence.

...
Read more 0
Top Story Weekly Briefing

GOP moves ahead with voter ID while turning blind eye to evidence of genuine electoral fraud

At some point, you would think the embarrassment factor would kick in for North Carolina Republican leaders. Someday. Maybe. But not yet. For years, of course, the GOP has pushed restrictive voter ID proposals...

...
Read more 0
Progressive Voices Top Story

Economic development bill is not ready for primetime

The North Carolina Senate Finance Committee voted yesterday to approve a bill that will almost triple the maximum amount of cash that companies receive for each individual job they create through the Job Development Investment Grant program (JDIG), North Carolina’s premier economic incentives program. Although well-intentioned, the plan still needs some work before legislators finally approve it.

...
Read more 0
Progressive Voices Top Story

Ten absolute “musts” for voter ID in North Carolina

Editor’s note: Gerry Cohen – former special counsel to the General Assembly – is widely understood to be North Carolina’s most knowledgeable and respected expert on state elections law. Yesterday, Cohen testified before the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee regarding the controversial subject of voter ID and the proposed legislation that lawmakers are expected to adopt on the subject in the coming days.

...
Read more 0
Top Story Weekly Briefing

What legislators should do this week (and what they’ll probably do instead)

The North Carolina General Assembly has returned to Raleigh this week for yet another convening. Contrary, however, to some previous erroneous references, this will not be—at least technically—a “special” session like the three that convened in July, August and October. Rather, lawmakers will merely reconvene the regular 2017-18 session that left off at the end of June. Of course, whatever formal label one attaches to this week’s proceedings is mostly a matter of semantics.

...
Read more 0
Original Commentary Top Story

New climate change report brings grim news for North Carolina and the world

Embedded in bark, the Emerald Ash Borer gleams like the gem. Adult females lay their eggs in the cracks and crevices of ash trees, and once hatched, larvae, cream-colored and as thin as filament, gnaw into the deeper layers. They chisel fatal curlicues that disrupt the flow of nutrients. A few months later, the life cycle begins again, and the adults emerge through a D-shaped hole in the bark. By that time, the tree is dying or dead of starvation.

...
Read more 0
Top Story Weekly Briefing

Judge “No”? Senate moves closer to confirming reactionary Jesse Helms disciple to the federal bench

If you’re looking for a hopeful sign about modern North Carolina, here’s a small one to buoy your spirits on a holiday week: Fewer and fewer North Carolinians have any idea who Jesse Helms was. The trend has been evident to me in recent years as I’ve traveled the state giving talks about policy and politics. Each time I bring up Helms’ name and the mostly toxic legacy he constructed during three decades in the U.S. Senate, I get a growing number of blank stares...

...
Read more 0
Progressive Voices Top Story

Democrats won big. Can they go bold, too?

Tony Maxwell, a retired African-American naval officer, was trying to get his Jacksonville, Florida neighbor to go vote with him. The young neighbor, a high-school-dropout, had no interest. “Voting,” the young man declared, “doesn’t change anything.”

...
Read more 0
Original Commentary Top Story

With the supermajority doomed, North Carolina should reconsider Medicaid expansion

Despite the manufactured panic of the migrant caravan, despite the midterm’s so-called “referendum on Trump,” despite the nation’s nonsensical gun laws, despite an election that often seemed a direct rebuke of misogynist GOP leaders and policies, the pollsters told us the 2018 election would begin and end with healthcare.

...
Read more 0
Top Story Weekly Briefing

The next big battle in North Carolina politics is just days away

The 2018 election may finally be in the rear view mirror, but for better or worse, the next battle over the state’s future will commence very soon – on Tuesday, November 27. That’s the day that Republican legislative leaders will convene the latest of their endless stream of “special” legislative sessions.

...
Read more 0

Send this to a friend