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NC Poverty Research Fund
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“Radicalized concentrated poverty”

Disturbing new report on NC’s largest city is a must read for those who care about our state and its future

The city of Charlotte – bustling with activity, rapid growth and construction cranes and soon to be within shouting distance of a million residents – may seem an odd place to feature in a new report on poverty. The authors of “Economic Hardship, Radicalized Concentrated Poverty and the Challenges of Low Wage Work: Charlotte, North Carolina” acknowledge this truth right up front in their just-released study.

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The Affordable Care Act works, especially when Congress gets out of the way

Many people are familiar with the fact that congressional Republicans voted (and failed) to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on more than 60 occasions. What gets a lot less publicity, however, is the fact that they’ve regularly ...
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Monday numbers

4---number of days since NBA officials announced that the league was moving the 2017 all-star game out of Charlotte because of HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT law passed by the General Assembly March 23rd and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory the same day (“NBA Statement Regarding 2017 NBA All-Star Game, NBA.com, July 21, 2016)

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The Follies of McCrory’s continuing demagoguery on HB2

In April NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league would move its 2017 all-star game out of Charlotte if state officials did not make major changes to HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT legislation passed by the General Assembly in ...
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The truth about NC education spending

Fact check shows Pope-Civitas Institute used backwards math to tell false story on public schools budgets

A recent post from Bob Luebke at the right-wing Pope-Civitas Institute incorrectly argues that spending on public schools has increased since Republicans took control of the North Carolina General Assembly. The post makes the absurd claim that the budget for public schools has increased in both overall and per-pupil spending, even when adjusted for inflation. There is one big problem with this analysis, however: Bob Luebke doesn’t understand how inflation works.

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Duke Energy seeks to rig the system

Gas-fired power plant may or may not be a good idea, but citizen groups ought not to be prohibited from challenging it If the law prices simple access to the courts beyond the means of the overwhelming majority ...
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Misleading Medicaid rhetoric instead of expansion

One of the most frustrating things about this General Assembly session was once again what lawmakers did not do. They actively chose not to join the 31 other states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, ...
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Making our state and nation “safe again”

Despite claims in some corners, big talk, limiting rights and ever more killing machines are not the answer

The recent horrific episodes of murder and violence that have struck the western world have clearly sent shockwaves through the body politic. Whether it’s in the United States, France or any number of other nations, millions of people are rightfully horrified at the senseless killing and understandably fearful that they or someone they love might somehow fall victim – be it to a law enforcement officer with a racial or ethnic bias or a suicidal killer with a twisted worldview. Add in the festering divisions of race, religion and politics that afflict our society these days (and that the killings have helped accentuate) and it’s no surprise that so many people feel a profound sense of anger and sadness and a deep desire for normalcy and “safety.”

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Why I won’t be accepting my teacher bonus

Dear Gov. McCrory and members of the North Carolina General Assembly: This may not be a popular opinion, but it is one that is a matter of principle to me. I will be receiving $2,000 in bonuses this year for having a certain number of students pass the AP English Language and Composition Exam for the 2015-2016. Many of you may think that it will somewhat ameliorate tensions with public school teachers like me. I do not think it will at all. I feel that it just exacerbates the real problem: lack of respect for all public school teachers. I am not going to keep my bonus. To me it’s just academic “blood money.”

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Monday numbers

19---number of months since the State Board of Education voted to allow two virtual charter schools to open in North Carolina in the fall of 2016 as required by a law passed by the General Assembly (“NC approves 2 online charter schools to open this fall,” News & Observer, February 5, 2015)

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The Follies

McCrory claims credit for longstanding bond rating The folks in Governor Pat McCrory’s office can’t seem to get the news releases out fast enough these days. There’s a statement from the governor on almost everything and of course everything positive in North Carolina is the result of his leadership. Thursday the office cranked out a release touting the news that the major bond rating agencies have assigned an AAA rating to the first issuance of bonds under the Connect NC bonds approved by the voters in May. And of course the top rating is because of McCrory. Here’s the quote from the governor in the release. Our pro-growth economic policies, coupled with a long history of responsible financial management, have positioned North Carolina as one of only ten states with a pristine AAA bond rating from all three major rating agencies.”

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North Carolina is headed backwards on childhood lead poisoning

When the NC legislature adjourned last week, they left behind some unfinished business. One bill left hanging, House Bill 1074, would have required (and paid for) lead testing in the drinking water of every school and child care ...
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Is this as good as it gets for North Carolina?

Over the next year North Carolinians will find out the results of an experiment that began July 1. On that date, a new state budget took effect that is based, not on the level of public investment needed ...
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Gov. McCrory needs to realize that putting ideology over evidence won’t help struggling students

Legislative leaders say they care about helping struggling schools in North Carolina and the students who attend them—but they don’t act much like they do. Imagine going to the doctor for an ear infection and the doctor tells ...
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