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The Follies

An offensive call for a referendum on discrimination

Promoters of the latest so-called compromise on HB2 filed in the General Assembly this week apparently believe that discrimination in their communities should be up for a vote.

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The rhetoric and reality of teacher pay and investments in education

There is some good news in Raleigh these days for teachers. The state’s top political figures are currently arguing about who is more committed to raising teacher pay in the next few years.

Well one side is arguing anyway---and childishly at that.

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Monday numbers

52---percentage of voters without a college degree who cast their ballot for Donald Trump in the November election (“Behind Trump’s victory: Divisions by race, gender, education, Pew Research Center, November 9, 2016)

44---percentage of voters without a college degree who cast their ballot for Hillary Clinton (Ibid)

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The Follies (of the inaction on HB2)

More damage to come from HB2 while Republicans do nothing

The clock is ticking yet again on HB2 and the news from Raleigh is not encouraging. As the NCAA prepares to decide where championship events will be held for the next six years, North Carolina is on the verge of being locked out of hosting any of them because the anti-LGBTQ law remains on the books.

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Berger rejects Cooper’s efforts to remove the dark stain of HB2

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and other Republican leaders have spent the last few days desperately distorting the facts and rewriting history to try to blame Governor Roy Cooper for the disaster of HB2 that was passed by the GOP supermajority in the House and Senate and signed into law by former Governor Pat McCrory last March.

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Monday numbers

1.3 million---number of people with a serious mental illness who will lose health care coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed (“ACA Repeal Would Jeopardize Treatment for Millions with Substance Use Disorders, Including Opioid Addiction, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, February 9, 2017)

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The Follies

Not so fun fact of the day.

North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law HB2 was featured on Jeopardy Thursday night. The answer was "HB2 is this state’s controversial public facilities privacy and security act, aka the Bathroom Bill."

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The GOP’s false and telling choice for public schools

The 2017 General Assembly session is only a few weeks old but there’s already a compelling example of what’s wrong with the way things are being done in Raleigh and why the conventional wisdom about the legislature often misses the real story.

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Monday numbers

42---number of years since the creation of a federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to help low-wage workers (Prosperity Watch (Issue 69, No. 4: The Earned Income Tax Credit delivers a bottom-up tax cut to working families in every county,” N.C. Budget & Tax Center, January 30, 2017)

22---percentage of North Carolina filing tax returns that claimed a federal EITC in 2014, the latest year for which data is available (Ibid)

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The Follies

DeVos cites wildly inaccurate data about virtual charters

New information about the written responses from Education Secretary-nominee Betsy DeVos to questions posed by a Democratic Senator should cause more problems for her embattled nomination.

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Monday numbers

3---number of days since President Trump signed an executive order banning entry into the United State for refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries (“How Trump’s Rush to Enact an Immigration Ban Unleashed Global Chaos, New York Times, January 29, 2017)

10,000---number of people who gathered in Battery Park in New York Sunday to protest immigration order, one of dozens of large protests held across the country (“2nd day of protests over Trump's immigration policies, CNN, January 30, 2017)

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The real choice during “school choice week”

Every year around this time there’s an increase in the coverage of the school privatization movement as “National School Choice Week” rolls around, a highly organized and well-funded effort by folks on the Right to build support for more public funding for private and religious academies and as well less regulations and accountability for charters and home schools.

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Monday numbers

2---number of days until the General Assembly reconvenes (N.C. General Assembly)

306---number of days since House and Senate passed HB2 that was signed by former Gov. Pat McCrory (Ibid)

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The Follies

The bar is set for Trump on the economy

As Donald Trump takes over the reins of power in Washington today promising to make America great again, it’s worth noting where things actually stand with the economy as President Obama leaves office.

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Real lives at stake in the chaos in Washington

Never mind the bullying tweets that unnerve allied nations and reverberate through financial markets.

Put aside for moment the disturbing confirmation hearings that have revealed not only ethical conflicts of nominees, but people who either don’t understand the issues handled by the agency they will lead or have expressed open hostility toward the fundamental mission of the jobs they have been nominated to fill.

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Monday words (from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)

Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhumane. (March 25, 1966)

There is nothing but a lack of social vision to prevent us from paying an adequate wage to every American citizen whether [she or] he be a hospital worker, laundry worker, maid, or day laborer…. There is nothing except shortsightedness to prevent us from guaranteeing an annual minimum and livable income for every American family. ( “Where Do We Go From Here?” 1967)

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