Last minute political slush fund bill draws opposition from across the spectrum It should probably come as no surprise given the relentless drive of North Carolina conservatives to accumulate political power and silence their opponents, but there’s still ...Read more 2
North Carolina’s incredible, shrinking commitment to environmental protection No, the lower case letters in the title of this column are not a misprint; they represent an attempt to convey and emphasize a radical and ongoing shift that’s taking ...Read more 1
Attack on driver’s ed goes right to the heart of the ideological battle over the future of public schools At first blush, it might seem that the ongoing debate in the North Carolina General Assembly over the future ...Read more 2
Despite overwhelming bipartisan support, legislation to crack down on cheating employers has mysteriously stalled It may sound surprising coming from one of the North Carolina General Assembly’s most frequent critics, but in a legislative session marked by ideologically-driven ...Read more 1
NAACP “Journey for Justice” to make timely arrival in North Carolina this weekend In case you hadn’t noticed, something new and important is afoot in the country. It’s often messy and unscripted and at times downright disorganized, but ...Read more 1
Latest legislative proposal on Medicaid is a “worst of both worlds” proposition In one of the more infamous quotes from American military history, a U.S. officer in Vietnam talking about the city of Ben Tre told reporter Peter ...Read more Comments Off on Providing fewer people with poorer coverage
Latest House education proposal would dramatically hasten public school privatization As the 2015 session of the North Carolina General Assembly stumbles along through its eighth calendar month with no real end yet in sight, you’d think state lawmakers ...Read more Comments Off on Even more dangerous than vouchers?
Failed “gotcha” excuse voiced by Republicans and their defenders rings hollow Maybe it’s just the hyper-connected, social media age in which we live, but modern politicians, pundits and advocates really love their “gotcha” moments. Often, it seems, there’s ...Read more Comments Off on The “Democrats did it too” defense
The most dangerous explanation of Confederate flag and monument defenders for their obstructionism The ongoing debate over the continued (and, indeed, expanding) celebration of the confederate flag on thousands of North Carolina license plates and the recent enactment ...Read more Comments Off on The “history” excuse doesn’t wash either
The state Treasurer combats a stunning money grab by the insurance industry If there’s a single most maddening and nonsensical argument regularly advanced by the far right, so-called “free market” think tanks funded by the Art Popes and ...Read more Comments Off on A $60 million rip-off
The desperate need to improve our treatment of caregivers If you are a person of relatively sound mind and body, consider the following question tonight as you get ready for bed: If you needed help with that task ...Read more Comments Off on A critical problem for the elderly (and all those who aspire to that status)…
The astonishing scope of the Senate’s latest polluter protection bill Quick: What’s the most terrifying environmental threat that confronts long-term human wellbeing? Global warming? Loss of topsoil and desertification? Air, soil and water pollution? Overpopulation? Deforestation? Uncontrolled sprawl? ...Read more Comments Off on A breathtaking (literally) attack on the environment
With basic rights hanging by a thread, progressives need to redouble their commitment to the selection of good judges Progressives are gratified that the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pair of eminently reasonable decisions last week upholding the ...Read more Comments Off on Now do you understand why the courts matter so much?