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Medicaid block grants: Passing the buck without passing the bucks

While it’s still a work in progress, the broad outline of proposed health care reforms is coming into focus in Congress. The measure as currently drafted holds huge ramifications for all Americans, including here in North Carolina. Many of those ramifications come from proposals to change Medicaid from its current form into a block grant program.

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Liberty, equality and democracy are under siege in North Carolina

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore recently spoke out against non-partisan redistricting, suggesting that if we are unhappy with our legislators we can just vote them out. Aside from the absurdity of suggesting that the solution to rigged elections is more rigged elections, what is most remarkable is that Moore himself sponsored non-partisan redistricting bills four times in the past, including a bill to amend the North Carolina Constitution – an extraordinary testament to the need for redistricting reform.

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ACA repeal legislation morphs into an all-out assault on people in need

In recent days, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives finally released and started “marking up” their long-promised and long-hidden bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Ever since the transformative health care law was enacted, opponents of the ACA have tried to repeal it more than 60 times. Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed to “… repeal it, replace it, get something great!” Now, they appear poised to actually make good on their threat.

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Why the minimum wage ought to top the list of “women’s issues”

What do women want? Too many commentators assume that when it comes to politics, women only care about matters of sex and gender, discrimination and reproduction. That’s why so many pundits on both right and left got it ...
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Deadline or no deadline, compromise on HB2 is not worth it if it keeps treating people like dirt

The fight over North Carolina’s House Bill 2 – the law that notoriously stamps the state’s seal of approval on discrimination against lesbian, gay and transgender folks – has devolved into a form of trench warfare.

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Hope during dark times: Trump helps spur a grand progressive coalition

Like many progressive North Carolinians, the election of Donald Trump last November rocked my world to its core, and not in a good way. First came shock and disbelief, which was followed by a rage that was hard to shake over the holidays. But I finally did it, resuming the normal patterns of my life – until the dystopian nightmare of the Inaugural Address, which made it abundantly clear that this is a President only interested in playing to his base, with no thought to the rule of law, or the need to be truthful to the American people.

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Getting to the bottom of NC’s gerrymandering crisis

Our gerrymandering crisis isn’t just philosophical – “politicians choosing voters instead of voters choosing politicians.” Rather, it’s practical – gerrymandering is election rigging; certain votes “count” more than others through gerrymandering. That’s because the value of a vote lies not in the mere ritual of casting it, but in the equal opportunity for each vote to confer political power. The principle “one person, one vote” encapsulates democracy’s central promise of equality at the polls.

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Welcoming the stranger: A Christian activist responds to Trump’s immigration order

On Friday, January 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspends all refugee admission for 120 days, and bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely. Even though the courts have temporarily blocked the President’s actions on immigration and refugees, this is only a temporary halt to the ban. Meanwhile, the mere introduction of these harsh restrictions on immigration and refugee resettlement has serious, long-term consequences for our new political landscape.

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Safer? A veteran perspective on Trump’s border wall

Six days into his presidency, President Trump ordered construction of the border wall that he so often referenced during his campaign. His stated purpose was to “ensure the safety and territorial integrity of the United States.” While no one would argue that safety and border security aren’t among the President’s most important priorities, the wall strategy comes with tremendous liabilities and it deserves our scrutiny.

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Mobilizing the progressive movement: Lessons from a battleground state

In the wake of the stunning women’s marches across the United States and the planet last month, President Donald Trump articulated a thought that was on the minds of many marchers: “Why didn’t these people vote?” We will ...
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Trump should cease his war on reproductive rights

Of the many grave concerns held by millions of people about the new Trump Administration, one of the most pressing is what the new president will do to women’s reproductive freedom. Far from merely addressing a “social issue,” ...
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Medicaid push: Cooper’s strong start

For many of us, these are troubling times as Donald Trump has ascended to the nation’s highest office. We can hope for the best but it’s hard not to anticipate the worst: valuable alliances trashed, environmental protections ravaged, civil rights eroded, neighbors pitted against neighbors as Trump’s own crude selfishness like a virus afflicts our civic character.

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Roe v. Wade anniversary marks 44 years of dangerous obstruction

When the United States Supreme Court announced its famous ruling in the case of Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973, it did not introduce abortion to the American public. Indeed, it was far from the first time that the procedure was made legal in the United States. Instead, the ruling brought into the open the common secret of abortion, a procedure that was estimated to have been accessed by 1.2 million people per year in the years immediately prior to legalization. The effect of this landmark decision was not to direct people to get abortions, but to provide those who decide to seek the procedure access to safe and legal care.

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North Carolina’s school voucher program: an accountability and transparency wish list for 2017

A common refrain I hear in the course of my reporting and writing about school vouchers — a program that is set to take a large bite out of our public coffers in North Carolina in the months and years ahead — is that at the end of the day, it’s the parents who should be the enforcers of accountability for this publicly funded effort to shift state money into private schools.

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One heck of a year: A final lookback at 2016

As we watched the egregiously unqualified Donald Trump campaign for and win election to the White House, any good news on the government and politics front was likely to be obscured amid concerns about what Trump’s ascent could ...
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Lawmakers should help fund storm recovery by halting further corporate tax cuts

Hurricane Matthew has caused extensive damage to the very foundations of communities in eastern North Carolina. While not getting the attention that Floyd did in 1999, it is actually much larger in scope, with 20,000 more homes damaged or destroyed than in 1999. In the face of such devastation, there is opportunity to rebuild our communities stronger than before if North Carolina leaders plan for smart investments.

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