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Four reasons to believe NC may finally stop sending children to the adult criminal system

Right now, North Carolina is one of only two states left in the country that continues to treat 16 and 17 year olds as adults in the criminal justice system – without exception. It’s a law that dates back to 1919, and in the intervening 97 years, criminal justice experts, child psychologists, neuroscientists and others have compiled a mountain of data that tells us just how wrong this policy is.

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Audit of Achievement School District in Tennessee raises more red flags for NC

A new report from Tennessee’s Division of State Audit has ominous implications for a newly-created education program in North Carolina. The report details the gross financial mismanagement of Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD) – a plan that turned control of low-performing schools to private charter school operators. North Carolina passed its own version of the ASD program this summer, with Governor McCrory quietly signing the controversial bill three weeks ago.

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Gerrymandering in North Carolina: Have conservatives finally gone too far?

The Republican Party developed a national strategy to seize and hold legislative power, and in North Carolina executed it with relentless precision. Six years into that process, however, the adverse legal judgments are beginning to accumulate.

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North Carolina: Big talk but little real action in protecting pregnant workers

One of the less-well-reported aspects of North Carolina’s notorious HB2 law as it originally read was a provision that removed state protections from on-the-job discrimination (a protection later added back in, but in a weaker form). As we ...
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NC voting rights and the courts: Here’s’ where things stand

Even for ardent voting rights advocates, there’s little comfort to be gained from a federal appeals court’s finding that the N.C. General Assembly engaged in a multifaceted scheme to discriminate against African-American voters.

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My grandmother, voter ID and the federal courts

When my grandmother passed away a few years ago at age 96, she was renting an apartment, had a bank account, and was generally able to get around on her own for the most part, although she did have regular visits with a variety of medical professionals.

Oh, and, one other thing: she was still voting.

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Three bipartisan proposals that fell through the cracks at the 2016 General Assembly

It’s not often that North Carolina lawmakers find bipartisan consensus these days – especially on legislation that would help workers, boost tax revenues, spur the economy and make North Carolina a better and fairer state. That’s what makes the demise of three important and commonsense bills that got lost in the shuffle during the closing days of the 2016 legislative session particularly unfortunate.

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The Affordable Care Act works, especially when Congress gets out of the way

Many people are familiar with the fact that congressional Republicans voted (and failed) to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on more than 60 occasions. What gets a lot less publicity, however, is the fact that they’ve regularly ...
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The truth about NC education spending

Fact check shows Pope-Civitas Institute used backwards math to tell false story on public schools budgets

A recent post from Bob Luebke at the right-wing Pope-Civitas Institute incorrectly argues that spending on public schools has increased since Republicans took control of the North Carolina General Assembly. The post makes the absurd claim that the budget for public schools has increased in both overall and per-pupil spending, even when adjusted for inflation. There is one big problem with this analysis, however: Bob Luebke doesn’t understand how inflation works.

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Duke Energy seeks to rig the system

Gas-fired power plant may or may not be a good idea, but citizen groups ought not to be prohibited from challenging it If the law prices simple access to the courts beyond the means of the overwhelming majority ...
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Why I won’t be accepting my teacher bonus

Dear Gov. McCrory and members of the North Carolina General Assembly: This may not be a popular opinion, but it is one that is a matter of principle to me. I will be receiving $2,000 in bonuses this year for having a certain number of students pass the AP English Language and Composition Exam for the 2015-2016. Many of you may think that it will somewhat ameliorate tensions with public school teachers like me. I do not think it will at all. I feel that it just exacerbates the real problem: lack of respect for all public school teachers. I am not going to keep my bonus. To me it’s just academic “blood money.”

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North Carolina is headed backwards on childhood lead poisoning

When the NC legislature adjourned last week, they left behind some unfinished business. One bill left hanging, House Bill 1074, would have required (and paid for) lead testing in the drinking water of every school and child care ...
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Is this as good as it gets for North Carolina?

Over the next year North Carolinians will find out the results of an experiment that began July 1. On that date, a new state budget took effect that is based, not on the level of public investment needed ...
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The lows and highs of the 2016 legislative session

The N.C. General Assembly’s 2016 regular session, which drew to a sudden close on July 1, will be remembered as much for what didn’t happen as for what did – sometimes for the worse and occasionally for the ...
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What you need to know about the latest Supreme Court abortion ruling

Forty-three years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, American women can still access this procedure if that is their decision. Maybe. Depending on where they live; what kind of health insurance they have; ...
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Obama administration rules for homecare workers upheld; time for NC to get on board

If there were a contest to identify the most neglected group of workers in modern North Carolina, the folks commonly referred to as homecare workers would be top contenders. Homecare workers – including certified nursing assistants, home health ...
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