Yesterday, after recording a segment for the Time-Warner Cable news show, Capitol Tonight, I had a parking lot discussion with a John Locke Foundation staffer about House Bill 2. As you may be aware, HB2 has actually been a divisive issue for some North Carolina conservatives. While many on the religious and Tea Party right have championed the law and, indeed, demanded that lawmakers sign a loyalty pledge to never add sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression to any state law or nondiscrimination policy (a demand since "rescinded"), other conservatives are clearly less passionate about the law....
Ever since North Carolina lawmakers and Governor Pat McCrory rammed through North Carolina’s new all-purpose discrimination law (HB2) in just a handful of hours on March 23, there has been widespread speculation about the motives and role in ...Read more 5
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Veto defeats, tax cut proposal punctuate another lousy week for the Governor Last Wednesday, in a column entitled “McCrory’s defining moments,” Chris Fitzsimon rightfully pointed out that North Carolina’s embattled chief executive was approaching some bellwether days in ...Read more Comments Off on Stepping on toes or tripping over his own feet?
Well, that was quite an up and down week in the North Carolina public policy arena. One minute, caring and thinking people were feeling encouraged and hopeful that common sense and relative moderation were mounting a serious comeback ...Read more Comments Off on Grades for a roller-coaster week in Raleigh
Proponents misrepresent anti-abortion bill that targets poor women The North Carolina House abandoned its recent flirtation with moderation yesterday by moving a radical new proposal to the House floor that would further restrict abortions. The legislation, which was ...Read more Comments Off on A dishonest and destructive assault on freedom
Misplaced priorities on unemployment insurance symbolize the callousness of conservative policies If a person wanted to understand what’s wrong with North Carolina’s government these days and how the folks in charge have lost sight of the forest in ...Read more Comments Off on Turning a blind eye to human suffering
Conservatives advocate to keep community college unaffordable There are a lot of troubling policies that hold sway in the North Carolina education world these days. From the private school vouchers and Rube Goldberg teacher pay plan implemented this ...Read more Comments Off on One of the right’s most perplexing positions
Crude labeling is not helping the debate There’s a bit of dark humor in the wacky world of online political discourse about how few back-and-forth comments it typically takes before someone accuses his or her adversary of being ...Read more Comments Off on Capitalism? Socialism? Fascism?
Budget conferees change their rhetoric on the role of government, but not the underlying policies that undermine it Those who attended or watched online yesterday as conferees debated next steps in resolving the stalemate between the House and ...Read more Comments Off on Lawmakers try to have it both ways
95,000-plus—Number of public school teachers in North Carolina $45,938—Average North Carolina teacher compensation 2011-12 (“Facts and Figures 2012-13” – www.ncpublicschools.org) $55,418—U.S. average (ibid.) 46—North Carolina’s national ranking in teacher pay (“Smart Money: Investing in education ...Read more Comments Off on Monday education numbers
Governor misleads on tax outcomes in letter to the editor As noted at some length yesterday, Governor McCrory gave a remarkable pair of interviews to two Charlotte news outlets recently in which he complained mightily about the criticisms ...Read more Comments Off on There he goes again
It’s time to end the 2013 legislative session You know the folks running the North Carolina General Assembly have run out of steam (and pretty much any last semblance of intellectual legitimacy) when the only excuse/explanation they can ...Read more Comments Off on Summertime madness
Charting the Right’s voracious appetite for rolling back progress and settling old scores At the end of the 2011-12 North Carolina General Assembly, more than one caring and thoughtful progressive took a look at the damage inflicted by ...Read more Comments Off on Extreme ideology and petty grudges