The danger of militarized policing

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[Editor’s note: The ongoing conflicts in Ferguson, Missouri have brought significant attention of late to the issue of America’s increasingly militarized civilian law enforcement agencies. As the following essay makes clear, however, the issue of militarized policing is an issue that has deserved attention – both in North Carolina and elsewhere – for some time.] [Continue Reading...]


Eugenics compensation efforts coming up woefully short of what is necessary

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Recent news that the North Carolina Industrial Commission has denied more than 300 claims for compensation from the $10 million Eugenics Compensation Fund and allowed just 180 of the nearly 800 claims filed may come as some surprise in light of the State’s admission to forcibly sterilizing more than 7,600 people—including over 2,000 [Continue Reading...]


A glaring gap in North Carolina’s Medicaid program

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Changing North Carolina’s Medicaid system has been a major topic of debate the 2014 “short session” of the General Assembly. Common to most of the proposals under consideration is the principle of “integrated health care.” Integrated health care, or “whole person care,” refers to a system that offers coordinated physical and mental/behavioral health [Continue Reading...]


North Carolina dreaming

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Conservative pundit swings and misses in his defense of unemployment insurance cuts Last year North Carolina’s conservative Republican legislature got tough. It sharply reduced the duration of unemployment benefits and made them much more difficult to collect. The changes took effect at the start of July, 2013. Their story was that unemployment insurance [Continue Reading...]


Lawmakers miss opportunity to reverse course on restricting voting rights

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As the General Assembly prepares to conclude the 2014 short session, it’s now clear that lawmakers will adjourn without taking action to restore the voting access policies, public financing options, limits on campaign contributions, and disclosure requirements that were stripped in last year’s omnibus voting law. Indeed, as the session winds down, lawmakers [Continue Reading...]