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The far-right crusade continues despite the election-year headlines

House and Senate leaders gathered behind the podium in the press conference room in the Legislative Building early Monday night to talk to the assembled media about the agreement they had reached on a final budget for the ...
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Monday numbers

3—numbers of days since the Senate Rules Committee approved legislation that included a constitutional amendment capping the state personal and corporate income tax rates at 5.5 percent and requiring lawmakers to deposit two percent of the budget into ...
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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 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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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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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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The Follies of conflicting rumors of a deal on HB2

Reportedly House and Senate leaders are close to an agreement on modifications to HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT law passed by lawmakers in a rushed special session in March and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory. HB2 has ...
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The increasingly intense effort to dismantle public education

Long after this session of the General Assembly has adjourned it will be remembered for more than just the specter of discrimination that hung over the proceedings thanks to the sweeping anti-LGBT law HB2 that was signed into ...
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The obvious way to begin to repair the damage to North Carolina from HB2

It has now been two and a half months since Gov. Pat McCrory signed HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT law passed by the General Assembly that has cost North Carolina thousands of jobs and damaged the state’s reputation around ...
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Monday numbers

3---number of days since the Senate gave final approval to its version of the 2016-2017 budget (N.C. General Assembly) 0---amount in dollars of the cost of living increase for state retirees included in the Senate budget (“Senate gives final approval to $22.2B spending plan,” WRAL-TV, June 3, 2016) ...
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The cynical and damaging election-year Senate budget

It’s not hard to tell it is an election year for the General Assembly. Senate leaders, who for years have demonized public school teachers and openly challenged assertions that they are underpaid, are now proposing a significant salary ...
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Tuesday numbers

1,525—amount in dollars of average reduction in state spending nationwide on higher education since 2007-2008 when adjusted for inflation (“Funding Down, Tuition Up: State Cuts to Higher Education Threaten Quality and Affordability at Public Colleges,” Center on Budget ...
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