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The Follies

Legislative leaders joke about undemocratic process Good luck if you are trying to keep with what the people representing you in Raleigh are doing these days. As the session heads towards what may be its final two weeks, ...
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Ending discrimination is more important than adjourning the session

It’s that time of the General Assembly session when legislative leaders are talking about adjourning and leaving town. House Speaker Tim Moore said this week that the odds are 50-50 that the session will end before July 4th ...
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The Koch Brothers-funded invasion of NC universities continues as Wake Forest joins the network

[This commentary has been updated — see below.] Love them or hate them, there’s one thing that most everyone can agree on when it comes to the nation’s most visible and ambitious billionaire plutocrats: the Koch brothers know ...
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How North Carolina is REALLY doing

Why we need to rethink how we measure success and progress

With the 2016 election campaign in full swing, much of the political debate in North Carolina right now centers on how the state is faring economically. According to the conservative politicians currently in power and their defenders in the right-wing advocacy groups, the picture is rosy and getting better all the time.

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The budget debate and the damaging and misleading rhetoric about “failing” schools

House and Senate leaders are working behind closed doors to come up with a final budget for next year and reportedly the two sides are close to an agreement, though there may still be differences on raises for state employees and retirees and how fast to phase in another tax cut. But dozens of important policy decisions are part of the budget negotiations too and one of them is vitally important to thousands of public school teachers and students and their families across North Carolina.

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Featured Articles Progressive Voices

NC Senate’s math bill doesn’t add up

Last week, the North Carolina Senate passed a bill that would require high schools across the state to simultaneously offer two completely different math tracks: the integrated math sequence that is currently taught in middle and high schools ...
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Despite posturing, NC lawmakers are ignoring women’s health and safety in the places that really matter

During the tumultuous 2016 legislative session, access to affordable, quality health care doesn’t seem to have been on the mind of many state lawmakers. While preparing and submitting a demonstration waiver to the federal government to alter and ...
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Monday numbers

31---number of states and the District of Columbia that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and provided health care coverage to millions of previously uninsured adults (“Beyond the Reduction in Uncompensated Care: Medicaid Expansion Is Having a Positive Impact on Safety Net Hospitals and Clinics,” Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, June 2016)

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The Follies

A puzzling move on a bad idea for the state One of the more puzzling developments of this week was the decision by Senate leaders to delay consideration until next Saturday of a proposal to put a constitutional ...
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The misleading campaign to wring more profit out of the health care system

One of the top priorities of the folks on the Right this legislative session is to unleash the power of the free market to solve all of our health care problems. That’s the way they tell it anyway ...
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Another massacre—and nothing changes.

There’s simply no way to make sense of the tragedy in Orlando that left 50 people dead and 53 others wounded. It just doesn’t seem possible that one human being could commit such an unspeakably horrific act against ...
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Senate tax measure would take away the voices of North Carolinians, hurt communities

How much people should pay in taxes is a question that often stirs heated debate. That’s a good thing. The essence of democracy is for two sides to make their cases and see what happens. Well, the days ...
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McCrory vs. Obama

Much of the current political debate in North Carolina boils down to competing views of the Governor and the President There’s a well-known maxim used in many walks of life that “victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat ...
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Do Senate leaders believe their own claims on teacher pay?

Senate leaders made a big splash touting their two-year plan to raise teacher salaries. They held a packed press conference and launched www.NCTeacherRaise.com, the strange website that – in exchange for handing your contact information over to the ...
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Monday numbers

50—number of people killed in a mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub Sunday morning (“Orlando Nightclub Shooting Kills 50; Gunman Had Praised ISIS, June 13, 2016) 53—number of people wounded in the mass shooting at Orlando nightclub (Ibid) ...
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