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Selling mediocre

Governor McCrory’s attempt to spin North Carolina’s economic performance comes up short Governor McCrory is trying to convince everyone that, thanks to his team’s leadership, our economy is in great shape. In defending a largely status quo budget ...
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North Carolina’s big “tax swap” is coming up short

Tax Day 2016 is upon us and it’s clearer than ever that North Carolina’s recently re-formulated tax code is failing to fulfill its purpose of ensuring that every community can thrive. Rather than collecting the badly needed revenue to meet the growing—and changing—needs in communities across the state, policymakers instead chose to shift the tax load onto everyday North Carolinians and reduce available dollars for educating every child, stewarding our natural resources and jumpstarting economic development.

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North Carolina mom: What I’m scared of (Hint: It’s not the transgender woman in the next bathroom stall)

I’m a North Carolina mother of a 5-year-old daughter, and I’m scared.

I’m not scared about the things the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory apparently think I should be scared of, upon reading their statements regarding HB2 (North Carolina’s new all-purpose discrimination law). But I am scared.

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Special interest assault on judicial independence is harming NC, democracy in general

There are a lot of disturbing indicators these days about the future of American democracy and the growing power of a narrow class of one-percenters. For a classic, close-to-home example, however, North Carolinians need only to take a good look at what’s been happening to the state’s judiciary in recent years as conservative political forces and the politicians under their control have moved to assert more and more control.

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Yet another study confirms the huge benefits of investing in early childhood education

  On Tuesday of this week, early education workers and thought leaders joined together at the North Carolina Child Care Coalition’s annual Early Education Forum in Raleigh. Among their top objectives: to discuss some of the ways to ...
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An open letter to state lawmakers: Make clean energy your legacy

Months before the opening day of the 2016 legislative session, the names of those legislators planning to retire or pursue other interests started to trickle out. As their time in office draws to a close, I surmise that many of them are wondering what their legacy will be in North Carolina’s history.

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A half-baked, poorly vetted and mean-spirited law

Yes, it was a pretty neat trick — one bill that manages to expose many vulnerable North Carolinians to unfair, hurtful treatment, that threatens to put a dent in the state’s economy, and that subjects this state to ...
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LGBTQ children deserve our love, support, and protection

Last week, the North Carolina legislature passed and Governor McCrory signed a bill that sends a clear message to LGBTQ kids in our state, and the message is this: you are not worthy of our love and support ...
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If NC is going to cut off food aid, the least it can do is provide job training opportunities

Some of North Carolina’s poorest adults, who are already living on the edge, will lose food assistance this year. The reason: the return of a callous time limit on food benefits for nondisabled, childless adults who are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps).

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Accident survivor: All Americans deserve the protections that saved my future

We never think it will happen to us, until it does. After a bad car accident in 2002, expert trauma surgeons and good luck saved my life, while the FMLA and generous co-workers saved my future.

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Corporal punishment in NC’s public schools: Hanging on in some very disturbing ways

The State Board of Education recently received a report that corporal punishment, an antiquated (and now known to be ineffective) method of student discipline once used in all 115 of the state’s local school districts, is currently used by just three districts – Macon, Graham and Robeson. These districts used the practice 146 times during the 2014-2015 school year, a far cry from statewide totals in the thousands not long ago.

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State leaders should heed message in success of Connect NC bonds

By approving the Connect NC bond, North Carolina voters made a strong statement about their vision for the future. After years of hearing many state politicians belittle the role of public investment in building a strong economy, it ...
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McCrory administration’s reversal on drinking water safety near coal ash sites raises questions, concerns

Residents are right to be skeptical of the state’s sudden claims that their water has been safe all along

North Carolina officials owe residents and local officials in Lee County an apology, and they owe every North Carolinian an explanation.

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Veteran NC teacher explains why integrated schools are essential

Experiences in Charlotte and Raleigh confirm that merely spending more on poor students isn’t enough

Since the 1999 court case that required Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) to end busing because the schools had “eliminated the vestiges of past discrimination,'' the district has primarily assigned students to schools closest to home. This practice results in extreme socioeconomic disparity between schools, which CMS attempts to counteract by spending more money on the low income schools.

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Wake County takes small step in battle to end incarcerating juveniles like adults

Raising the age, however, is the real solution

A new report on school-based arrests in Wake County just dealt another blow to North Carolina’s outdated and counterproductive policy of charging all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.

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