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Tuesday numbers: The state of working North Carolina

The following numbers are from the N.C. Budget and Tax Center’s new and special “State of Working North Carolina” report, “Crucial Connections How public works can boost: North Carolina’s work force and connect rural N.C.”

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As teachers and students return, state and federal lawmakers are still failing to address school safety

School has started again for most North Carolina children. And last week, Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education was debating whether schools could use federal funds to purchase guns for teachers.

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North Carolina’s principal pay plan does more harm than good

When school buses start to roll across the state this month for the beginning of school year 2018-19, North Carolina principals will begin their second year of a performance-based compensation system. Under the new system, principals are no longer compensated based on years of experience, given longevity bonuses or paid a higher rate for advanced degrees they’ve earned.

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Desperate times for the Right lead to desperate measures in Washington and Raleigh

To say that these are extraordinary political times for our state and nation is to put things rather mildly. Across the country, open, high-level conversations about the President of the United States’ serial dishonesty and possible involvement in illegal – perhaps criminal – activity are as common as complaints about the infernal summer weather.

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Death penalty attorney, 15 years after watching her client executed: “I still talk to him sometimes”

I watched him die 15 years ago, and I still talk to him sometimes. I talked to him a lot in the weeks after he was killed and thought maybe I was going a little crazy. And then I thought, it’s probably normal to go a little crazy when you see somebody killed 10 feet in front of you, somebody you knew really well and cared about and tried so hard to save.

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Monday numbers: A closer look at the history of women serving in the NC General Assembly

To get a sense of the historical marginalization of women in the General Assembly, look no further than the bathrooms in the Legislative Building. Slightly larger than a phone booth, the bathrooms contain only one toilet and one sink...

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It’s too late to fix the amendments

It should not work this way. State constitutions simply should not be fundamentally rewritten during a poorly noticed, hastily arranged, kangaroo legislative session in which new amendment language is unveiled and approved in a span of a few hours (or a day or two)...

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UNC: A community reckoning with its history

In 1965, UNC student Al Ribak wrote a letter to the editors of the Daily Tar Heel entitled, “Silent Sam Should Leave.” Fifty-three years later, Silent Sam is gone – brought down by over 250 UNC students, alumni, and community activists. It was just a year ago that a similar sight could be seen in Durham, where protesters brought down the Confederate monument in downtown Durham...

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New report details racial inequality, poverty and gentrification in Durham

From infant mortality to life expectancy, race predicts outcomes in the United States. Racial inequities, created and sustained through the policies and practices of governments and other institutions, have long-lasting and cumulative impact. In Durham, North Carolina, the revitalization and subsequent gentrification of its downtown has brought these racial fault lines...

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Fine print putsch: The North Carolina GOP provokes a constitutional crisis

Surely there must be a line somewhere. Surely, there must be a point at which the language that is slated to appear on the state ballot with respect to a proposed constitutional amendment bears so little relationship to what the amendment would actually do, that the courts simply must step in.

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A Justice Kavanaugh would all but assure the demise of American abortion rights

When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the highest court in the land this past June, Donald Trump received his second opportunity to appoint a justice to an increasingly conservative Supreme Court. Making good on his campaign promise to gut Roe v. Wade and re-criminalize abortion...

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Pat McCrory, at last, makes a stand

North Carolina made history again Monday, the not-so-bad kind. If you were in earshot of Raleigh Monday, you might have heard: The state’s five living former governors—two Republicans, three Democrats: Jim Martin, Jim Hunt, Mike Easley...

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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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