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Successful Teaching Fellows program is back…in Indiana?

State lawmakers have finally taken a bold step toward addressing the looming teacher shortage in public schools. The Republican supermajorities in the House and Senate worked with Democrats to create a scholarship program to encourage bright high school students to enter the teaching profession.

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Monday numbers

3---number of days since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the unemployment rate in North Carolina fell to 4.7 percent in July (Unemployment rate for states, Bureau of Labor Statistics) 3---number of days since the Office of Governor Pat McCrory issued a news release claiming McCrory’s policies were responsible for the decline in the unemployment rate in North Carolina (News Release, Office of Gov. Pat McCrory, August 19, 2016) 4.9---national unemployment rate in July (“The Unemployment Situation---July 2016, Bureau of Labor Statistics, August 5, 2016)

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The Follies (of two widening scandals in Raleigh)

More national outrage about NC GOP voter suppression efforts

The controversy swirling around the efforts of the North Carolina Republican Party to make it more difficult for African-Americans to vote went national this week, with stories around the country about the memo by NC GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse urging support for local elections boards to restricting access to early voting.

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The GOP effort to suppress the African-American vote continues

An extraordinary thing happened three weeks ago when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit threw out most of the massive voter suppression law passed by the General Assembly in 2013 and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.

The court found that legislative leaders asked for data broken down by race about how people vote and then as the court put it, with “surgical precision” changed the voting methods used disproportionately by African-Americans.

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Monday numbers

7.25---amount in dollars of the current federal minimum wage (“Prosperity Watch Issue 64, No. 2: More than 120,000 North Carolinians are paid minimum wage or less,” N.C. Budget & Tax Center, August 15, 2016)

9---number of years since the federal minimum wage was increased to $7.25 from $5.15 (Ibid)

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The Follies

The falling credibility of the McCrory Administration in drinking water scandal

The McCrory Administration has a big problem on its hands---and so do people living near leaking coal ash ponds who are counting on the administration to protect the safety of their drinking water.

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McCrory’s determined efforts to make it harder for certain people to vote

After listening to Gov. Pat McCrory talk about the recent decision by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn much of the voter suppression law he signed in 2013 you are left with only two explanations.

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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

McCrory’s coal ash water quality scandal continues to grow

The scandal in the McCrory Administration involving the safety of drinking water near Duke Energy coal ash ponds gets more troubling every day.

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The widening scandal in the McCrory Administration about coal ash and drinking water

The headlines in Raleigh these days have been dominated by the landmark ruling by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals overturning much of the North Carolina’s massive voter suppression law with the court citing stunning evidence that state lawmakers asked for data about African-American voting habits and then changed the law to make it harder for African-Americans to vote.

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Monday numbers

(The items in this edition of Monday numbers are from “2017 Fiscal Year Budget Falls Short of Being a Visionary Plan for North Carolina’s Economic Future: Lawmakers Double Down on Tax Breaks, Set Limited Aspirations,” a report published by the N.C. Budget & Tax Center in July)

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The Follies of McCrory’s latest machinations to avoid the blame for the damage from HB2

The stories from Gov. Pat McCrory about HB2 just keep getting more bizarre. McCrory claimed in an interview with the Charlotte Observer this week that at one point this summer he had a verbal agreement with the NBA and legislative leaders to make changes to the anti-LGBT law to keep the league’s all-star game in Charlotte next year.

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More taxpayer funding for voucher schools that openly discriminate against LGBT students and parents

Bible Baptist Christian School in Matthews is one of 336 religious schools and private academies that receive taxpayer funding under the voucher program created by the General Assembly in 2013 and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory.

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Monday numbers

4---number of days since NBA officials announced that the league was moving the 2017 all-star game out of Charlotte because of HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT law passed by the General Assembly March 23rd and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory the same day (“NBA Statement Regarding 2017 NBA All-Star Game, NBA.com, July 21, 2016)

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The Follies of McCrory’s continuing demagoguery on HB2

In April NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league would move its 2017 all-star game out of Charlotte if state officials did not make major changes to HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT legislation passed by the General Assembly in ...
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Misleading Medicaid rhetoric instead of expansion

One of the most frustrating things about this General Assembly session was once again what lawmakers did not do. They actively chose not to join the 31 other states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, ...
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