The great coal ash blunder

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Big money, ideology and egos conspire to leave one of North Carolina’s greatest environmental threats unaddressed The seemingly endless 2014 “short session” of the North Carolina General Assembly is not yet over as of this morning. More than six weeks after the start of the new fiscal year – i.e. the date that [Continue Reading...]


The danger of militarized policing

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[Editor’s note: The ongoing conflicts in Ferguson, Missouri have brought significant attention of late to the issue of America’s increasingly militarized civilian law enforcement agencies. As the following essay makes clear, however, the issue of militarized policing is an issue that has deserved attention – both in North Carolina and elsewhere – for some time.] [Continue Reading...]


Monday numbers

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24—number of states including North Carolina that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (“What Is the Result of States Not Expanding Medicaid?,” Urban Institute and Robert Wood Foundation, August 2014) 6.7 million—number of residents of the 24 states that will remain uninsured in 2017 as a result of the decision [Continue Reading...]


Eugenics compensation efforts coming up woefully short of what is necessary

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Recent news that the North Carolina Industrial Commission has denied more than 300 claims for compensation from the $10 million Eugenics Compensation Fund and allowed just 180 of the nearly 800 claims filed may come as some surprise in light of the State’s admission to forcibly sterilizing more than 7,600 people—including over 2,000 [Continue Reading...]


Monday numbers

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3.2 million—amount in dollars of the original no-bid contract awarded to out-of-state consulting firm Alvarez and Marsal to manage the finances of the state Medicaid program (“DHHS doubles money paid in no-bid Medicaid contract,”  News & Observer, August 9, 2014) 6.8 million—amount in dollars of the no-bid contract awarded to Alvarez and Marsal [Continue Reading...]