Original Commentary

Original Commentary

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Progressive Voices

A federal court last week invalidated two congressional districts in North Carolina due to racial gerrymandering. The decision, which is currently on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, is the latest example spotlighting the absurdity of our state’s ...
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Featured Articles Fitzsimon File

Here are a couple of facts that haven’t made it into many of the heated political debates being held around the country and in North Carolina this election season. A new report from the Center for Disease Control ...
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Featured Articles Weekly Briefing

So-called “REINS Act” would pose grave threat to consumers, environment, public health and safety With all of the damage the political Right has done to the public services and structures of North Carolina over the past five years, ...
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Featured Articles Progressive Voices

It was just one little comment, perhaps ventured with the flicker of a wry smile. But we can doubt that Tom Farr saw the humor in being ribbed by a federal judge. Farr, attorney for the defendants in ...
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Featured Articles Fitzsimon File

270,000—number of unemployed workers in North Carolina (“Coming up Short: Lawmakers’ Top Shortcomings for Reducing Economic Hardship in 2015, N.C. Budget & Tax Center, December 2015) 23,000—number of laid off workers in North Carolina who receive unemployment benefits ...
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Featured Articles Fitzsimon File

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest seems to want to have it both ways on the state’s stigmatizing A-F grading system for public schools. The News & Observer reported that Forest’s recent appearance before the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce was ...
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Featured Articles Fitzsimon File

Senate leaders are relying on an offensive but familiar talking point in their latest flap with the N.C. Public Instruction—which appears to be more of a publicity stunt than a serious complaint. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger ...
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Featured Articles Progressive Voices

Dear Rep. Stam: I listened with great interest to your recent interview with Alex Granados on EdNC.org’s podcast released on January 22nd. I thought you spoke with great candor and conviction about what you felt were positive reforms ...
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Featured Articles Fitzsimon File

The public rationale for many of the efforts to dismantle traditional public education with various privatization schemes almost always includes the claim that it is all about helping students do better, most often low-income and minority kids. Supporters ...
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Featured Articles Weekly Briefing

McCrory refugee emails show state leaders at their worst It’s been almost 83 years since President Franklin Roosevelt, facing a moment of enormous national suffering and angst, uttered one of the most famous and insightful observations regarding the ...
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Featured Articles Progressive Voices

The ongoing legal challenge to North Carolina’s voter ID rule, now playing out before a federal judge in Winston-Salem, could end up reminding us that it’s not the job of the courts to decide whether a law is ...
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Featured Articles Fitzsimon File

(The items in this edition of Monday numbers are from “Tax Cuts Hurt Education for All: Limit Support to Foundations of Economic Opportunity,” a report published by the N.C. Budget & Tax Center in January) 841.8 million—amount in ...
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Speaker Moore rules out teacher pay raise costing less than last year’s tax cut State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson made headlines this week by calling for a ten percent raise for all teachers in her appearance ...
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