The Follies

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McCrory bristles at Obama’s reminder about education cuts Governor Pat McCrory wasn’t happy that President Obama mentioned North Carolina’s woeful education funding on his visit to Charlotte this week. Obama, in town to sell his economic policies and equal pay proposal, told a town hall crowd that “this used to be a state [Continue Reading…]


Monday numbers

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22 million—number of Americans who have impulsive anger issues and have easy access to guns, according to a recent study by researchers at Duke, Harvard, and Columbia (“Craig Hicks becomes symbol in gun politics, News & Observer, April 11, 2015) 3.7 million—number of Americans with impulsive anger issues who regularly carry their weapons [Continue Reading…]


Monday numbers

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214—number of days since half-brothers Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, both mentally disabled, were freed from prison on September 4, 2014 after serving 30 years behind bars for a rape and murder they did not commit (“Half-brothers to go free after convictions overturned in 1983 murder,” WRAL-TV, September 2, 2014) 30—number of his [Continue Reading…]


Monday numbers

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(The items cited in this edition of Monday numbers are all from “Growth Without Prosperity: Seven Years After the Great Recession Started, Recovery Still Eludes North Carolina,” N.C. Budget & Tax Center, March 2015) 18.5—percentage increase in gross state product in North Carolina compared to 2007 16—percentage growth in U.S. gross domestic product [Continue Reading…]


The Follies

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Rucho’s ridiculous Robin Hood in reverse redux Just when you think the leaders of the state Senate couldn’t be any more extreme or irresponsible, they come through with another absurd proposal. Senator Bob Rucho and two of his colleagues want to cut taxes on corporations and the wealthy by another billion dollars. That’s right, [Continue Reading…]


Monday numbers

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16—number of the members of the 32-member UNC Board of Governors elected by the state House and Senate last week to four-year terms (“Senate chooses 8 for UNC’s governing board, Goolsby and Fennebresque make cut” Progressive Pulse, March 18, 2015 and “N.C. House elects its slate of eight UNC Board of Governors, one [Continue Reading…]