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Silent Sam and UNC: A tortured misunderstanding between preserving history and venerating hateful ideology

Earlier this week, the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees (BoT) began plans to erect a statue dedicated to white supremacy. This is not a kind characterization of events, but it is an accurate one. A characterization that failed to permeate the decision-making process, and with horrifying consequence.

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Economic development bill is not ready for primetime

The North Carolina Senate Finance Committee voted yesterday to approve a bill that will almost triple the maximum amount of cash that companies receive for each individual job they create through the Job Development Investment Grant program (JDIG), North Carolina’s premier economic incentives program. Although well-intentioned, the plan still needs some work before legislators finally approve it.

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Ten absolute “musts” for voter ID in North Carolina

Editor’s note: Gerry Cohen – former special counsel to the General Assembly – is widely understood to be North Carolina’s most knowledgeable and respected expert on state elections law. Yesterday, Cohen testified before the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee regarding the controversial subject of voter ID and the proposed legislation that lawmakers are expected to adopt on the subject in the coming days.

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Democrats won big. Can they go bold, too?

Tony Maxwell, a retired African-American naval officer, was trying to get his Jacksonville, Florida neighbor to go vote with him. The young neighbor, a high-school-dropout, had no interest. “Voting,” the young man declared, “doesn’t change anything.”

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The 2018 election: A milestone on the path to change

The first thing Gov. Roy Cooper did after he reported for work on Wednesday, Nov. 7, was to order up a generous new supply of red ink for his veto stamp. How do we know that? We don’t. Call it a fanciful guess. But here’s how the remarkable election of Nov. 6 – remarkable for reasons both good and not so good – has strengthened the governor’s hand in his ongoing disputes with a Republican-led General Assembly: For the first time since taking office almost two years ago, Cooper will have a good chance of seeing any vetoes he chooses to issue sustained by his fellow Democrats.

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Voter ID: A poll tax on Aunt Bee

“How hard can it be to get a photo ID?” My neighbor asked this sincere question at a community picnic. Voters are being asked this fall to decide for or against: “Constitutional amendment to require voters to provide photo identification before voting in person.”

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Trump’s scheme to end birthright citizenship is blatantly unconstitutional

Donald Trump, in an interview with Axios, said that he plans to sign an executive order stripping many Americans of their citizenship. Though it is unclear how far Trump wants to go, or whether he would attempt to retroactively strip many existing citizens of their citizenship, Trump apparently wants to target the children of undocumented immigrants.

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An open letter from upper-income North Carolinians opposed to the tax cap amendment

We are high net worth North Carolinians — business owners, investors, and other wealthy individuals in the top 5% of income and/or wealth in the state. We are writing to express our deep concern regarding the impact of the proposed tax cap amendment on the future of our great state.

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The inconvenient truth about our so-called “booming” economy

We’re living through the worst “good” economy in generations, a reality that many of the rich and powerful people who have rigged the system are desperately hoping the rest of us won’t notice. The last time rich people managed to siphon off this much of the treasure that our economy generates...

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NC’s latest school takeover experiment will deny Goldsboro students the education they deserve

On Monday night of this week, acclaimed education researcher Richard Rothstein spoke to community members at Epworth United Methodist Church in Durham. Rothstein opened his talk with an uncontroversial, yet under-appreciated, fact: social and economic characteristics of children are the primary predictors of student achievement.

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Proposed amendment requiring a voter ID is unnecessary and too costly

The power of the vote extends beyond any single electoral outcome. It has the potential to lift up important community issues, reorient the priorities of those elected to the interests of the people, and support an engagement process that extends into the policymaking process.

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Hurricane recovery: Eastern NC needs more than quick fixes and half measures

When lawmakers convene next week for a second special session of the North Carolina General Assembly focused on Hurricane Florence disaster relief, they will be facing daunting challenges and hard choices.

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Seize the moment: A checklist for rebuilding eastern NC after Hurricane Florence

The damage to communities and the lives of thousands of people in eastern North Carolina from Hurricane Florence is clear. The recovery process presents tremendous opportunities for North Carolina to rebuild with an eye towards a future where communities are resilient, local economies are inclusive and institutions—public and private—are committed to serving the community.

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State leaders look to lock in an economic system that is failing many, working for the few

In our economy there are two kinds of people: people who work for money and people whose money works for them. For years, North Carolinians have been told that when rich people and big companies get a tax cut we all benefit. For even longer, our country’s leaders have prioritized policies that give tax breaks to the rich and corporations with the same promises.

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Misogyny, racism on full display in Kavanaugh confirmation process

With a president who’s been promising to overturn Roe v Wade and re-criminalize abortion since he started campaigning, those who believe in reproductive freedom are naturally skeptical that any nominee he chooses from his list is going to leave any precedent in place that supports access to abortion.

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N.C. lawmakers must change course to help rebuild from Florence and ensure resiliency

While we await the estimates of the full economic impact of Hurricane Florence – a number likely to total in the billions of dollars and to exceed damage inflicted by Hurricane Matthew just two years ago – it is clear that the storm’s effects are causing great harm to families and communities.

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