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Kavanaugh nomination reminds us that religion and politics can be a toxic mix

God is dead. Well, almost. We know that God is on life support because recent polls say so. He, She or it has been around a long time, always, theologians say. But the number of people who believe that is rapidly diminishing.

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A constitutional amendment worth celebrating (and enforcing)

This month marks the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment, a landmark to be celebrated July 28 by the N.C. Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System. In recalling the amendment’s essential role in enabling the “new birth of freedom” Lincoln envisioned at Gettysburg, it’s worth remembering that its interpretation has not always lived up to its promise.

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Mountain Valley Pipeline’s expansion into N.C. not worth the risk

In April, Mountain Valley Pipeline announced a proposal to build a pipeline extension that would run through Rockingham and Alamance counties in the Dan and Haw River watersheds. This 24-inch diameter pipeline would cut a 100-foot swath through private lands during construction.

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Reflections on life in the Neo-Gilded Age

Like so many people in this state and across this country, I have not gotten over my funk regarding the rise of Trump and the subsequent train wreck of his presidency.

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The 14th Amendment was intended to achieve racial justice – and we must keep it that way

Few times in recent memory have demanded a more careful examination of our nation's history than now — the year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment’s passage.

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LGBTQ youth suicide crisis demands strong and immediate action

Suicide prevention was a major issue during the 2017-18 legislative session of the North Carolina General Assembly. Despite being left out of the omnibus budget bill, funding for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which receives over 5,000 calls per month, was secured in later legislation.

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New KIDS COUNT report: Undercount in the 2020 Census threatens hard-won progress for NC children and their families

The KIDS COUNT Data Book, released on June 28 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows that a stronger economy is producing better outcomes for parents and their kids. Federally-funded supports such as SNAP, Head Start, CHIP, and school lunches are helping drive child success. But those positive outcomes are in jeopardy as 73,000 North Carolina children are at risk of not being counted in the upcoming 2020 census.

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Guns and gore galore: Hard truths about America’s gun problem

Americans comprise only 4.4% of the world’s population, but own 42% of the world’s guns (about 300 million). This means we have slightly less than one gun for every citizen – and the U.S. tops the list for gun death percentages.

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After Kennedy, after Trump, progressives rage

“Let us be enraged about injustice, but let us not be destroyed by it.” – Bayard Rustin This Anthony Kennedy news. Last week’s departure of America’s most important swing vote—perhaps the last foxhole against Trump’s most virulent attacks—read like a funeral dirge for liberal and moderate Americans.

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Supreme Court overturns 40 years of precedent, guts public sector workers’ capacity to organize and bargain for better wages

Democracy and economic progress took a beating today, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a blatantly partisan 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME, the nation’s highest court struck down 40 years of established workplace protections. Those protections allowed state and local government employees the right to sign collective bargaining agreements requiring workers who benefit from union representation to pay their fair share of fees to support that representation.

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Bad for North Carolina’s bottom line

It is hard to understand why some in the General Assembly are trying to constitutionally cap our state income tax rate. As North Carolina’s former State Treasurer and as someone who cares deeply about our future, I offer our current leaders some advice – don’t do it – it’s a BAD move.

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Effects of opioid epidemic: Another powerful reason to close the Medicaid coverage gap

From 1999-2016, opioid-related overdose fatalities increased by more than 800 percent in North Carolina, resulting in more than 12,000 preventable deaths statewide and a marked increase in the number of children heading into the state’s foster care system. ...
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Trump proves once again that women are second-class citizens in his America

In another effort to pander to the minority of Americans who want to make abortion and birth control inaccessible, President Trump has again used women’s health to cynically play politics.

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Worst-of-all-worlds immigration bill would harm foreign and U.S. workers

Just when you thought U.S. immigration policy couldn’t get any crueler or more dysfunctional, along come the conservative Republicans in the congressional “Freedom Caucus” to take things to a new low. The latest potentially disastrous proposal:

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Teacher authors open letter to sponsor of controversial bill to allow municipal charters

Dear Rep. Brawley, With the impending approval of Bill HB 514 which allows for municipal charter schools in a budget process that is intentionally kept within committee and out of democratic debate, this voter has to ask you one question (actually many): Do you realize what you have championed?

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NC’s incentives bid for Apple needs more Road Runner, less Wile E. Coyote

Apple is reportedly coming to town, or at least considering it, and state lawmakers are tweaking the state budget to lure the corporate giant with a new package of incentives. Unfortunately, when one examines the latest proposal released by Senator Berger and Speaker Moore in today’s budget, it’s hard not to be reminded of the old “Looney Tunes” cartoons...

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