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Hurricane recovery: Eastern NC needs more than quick fixes and half measures

When lawmakers convene next week for a second special session of the North Carolina General Assembly focused on Hurricane Florence disaster relief, they will be facing daunting challenges and hard choices.

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For North Carolina schools, politicians must do more than talk about rebuilding post-Florence

Long after the presidents, and the governors, and the press conferences cease, and the swollen rivers of our state subside, will North Carolina be there for those students displaced by Hurricane Florence?

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Top Story Weekly Briefing

Spare us the sanctimonious lecture, Senator Tillis

It would be bad enough if North Carolina’s junior senator, Thomas “Thom” Tillis, had merely voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment on the U.S. Supreme Court this past Saturday after hearing the heartrending testimony delivered by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. It was even worse that Tillis has attempted to justify his action...

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Seize the moment: A checklist for rebuilding eastern NC after Hurricane Florence

The damage to communities and the lives of thousands of people in eastern North Carolina from Hurricane Florence is clear. The recovery process presents tremendous opportunities for North Carolina to rebuild with an eye towards a future where communities are resilient, local economies are inclusive and institutions—public and private—are committed to serving the community.

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State leaders look to lock in an economic system that is failing many, working for the few

In our economy there are two kinds of people: people who work for money and people whose money works for them. For years, North Carolinians have been told that when rich people and big companies get a tax cut we all benefit. For even longer, our country’s leaders have prioritized policies that give tax breaks to the rich and corporations with the same promises.

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Misogyny, racism on full display in Kavanaugh confirmation process

With a president who’s been promising to overturn Roe v Wade and re-criminalize abortion since he started campaigning, those who believe in reproductive freedom are naturally skeptical that any nominee he chooses from his list is going to leave any precedent in place that supports access to abortion.

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Top Story Weekly Briefing

Whistling past the graveyard: Conservatives ignore Florence’s dire warnings for NC

If there’s been a single most maddening public narrative to accompany the hurricane disaster that has afflicted so much of North Carolina in recent weeks, it probably has to be the chipper, upbeat tone adopted by a number of conservative politicians and think tankers that Florence was, in effect, just “business as usual” for a state located on the nation’s southeast coast.

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N.C. lawmakers must change course to help rebuild from Florence and ensure resiliency

While we await the estimates of the full economic impact of Hurricane Florence – a number likely to total in the billions of dollars and to exceed damage inflicted by Hurricane Matthew just two years ago – it is clear that the storm’s effects are causing great harm to families and communities.

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Monday Numbers: A closer look at some of the troubling facts surrounding the Kavanaugh nomination

9 – Number of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court when it is at full-strength 8 – Number of justices on the Court since Anthony Kennedy retired earlier this year

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Hurricane Florence is exposing North Carolina’s racial and geographic inequalities

Hurricane Florence tore through the Carolinas, leaving entire cities devastated, claiming dozens of lives, and doing what will likely be billions of dollars in damage. But this hurricane has exposed much more than tree roots and the foundations of homes -- it has exposed the gross and growing inequality embedded in our state.

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A word to the General Assembly: This time, keep the politics out of hurricane relief

“Both the House and the Senate, our hearts go out to all the folks that were affected by Hurricane Florence,” Rep. Craig Horn, a Union County Republican, said Monday as a handful of GOP power-players toured a storm-wracked Wilmington.

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Top Story Weekly Briefing

Tillis, Burr and other Kavanaugh supporters must cling to one or more of four very troubling beliefs

The sordid saga of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his nomination to serve a lifetime appointment on the United States Supreme Court is quickly careering toward some sort of very explosive and disturbing conclusion.

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What voters need to know about the proposed constitutional amendments

Kinston native Chris Suggs is fighting back against the six proposed constitutional amendments on the North Carolina ballot this fall because he’s no stranger to turning bad deals into better outcomes. In 2014, Chris met the poverty and violent crime hurting his hometown with opportunities for volunteerism.

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