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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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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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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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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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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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The grave threat that a Justice Kavanaugh would present to my patients

As an OB/GYN caring for the women and families of North Carolina, I know abortion is a safe, essential, routine part of women’s health care. The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is only the latest in a long series of threats to women’s constitutional rights. More than 15 new abortion restrictions have been enacted in North Carolina since 2010, with devastating effects for health care access in our state.

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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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After sexual assault allegations, U.S. Senate’s speedy Kavanaugh confirmation must come to a screeching halt

To this point, everything about Brett Kavanaugh -- from his indoctrination in  Kenneth Starr's Clinton probe, to his efforts to quash the Florida recount in the 2000 Bush v. Gore presidential race, and his contentious appointment to the D.C. circuit Court of Appeals, in which Democrats derided the Maryland lawyer as little more than a GOP lackey, and finally to his raucous confirmation hearings before the Senate this summer -- has been mired in partisanship.

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Cooper, data agree: Florence is sure to worsen NC’s affordable rental housing problem

On Sunday, Governor Roy Cooper declared that affordable housing would be a key focus in the recovery from Hurricane Florence. As the Durham Herald-Sun reported: “Cooper said once the storm passes and towns start to rebuild, there will be an emphasis on housing that is affordable....

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More and better connections: The best hope for rural NC

History has a habit of turning the tables on us. Economic strengths can become liabilities, and forces that once harmed communities can become necessary to those same communities’ economic survival.

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Growth in NC’s senior population bolsters push for paid family leave

As Hurricane Florence approaches North Carolina, thousands of families are figuring out the best ways to care for their ailing loved ones. This challenge is especially real in the face of the rushing storm, but countless families face this problem in slow motion every day. That’s why paid family medical leave is so important...

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Legislative leaders’ latest claims about NC education funding are bogus

Since the beginning of August, Republican leaders have been peddling a weird claim to demonstrate their supposed dedication towards funding public schools. According to Speaker of the House Tim Moore, Republicans have “doubled the share of new state spending for public schools since 2011, compared to eight years prior of Democrat leadership in the legislature.” This would be a weird number to hang one’s hat on...

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Monday numbers: A closer look at mass incarceration

The following numbers come from Smart Justice 50-State Blueprints. The findings are part of a multi-year partnership between the ACLU, state affiliates, and the Urban Institute to examine who’s incarcerated, for what reasons, and for how long.

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