House Finance Committee rams through unemployment insurance rewrite

Cross-posted from The Progressive Pulse As expected, Republican members of the North Carolina House Finance Committee quickly approved a massive overhaul of state unemployment insurance law this morning. In just over an hour and half, the Committee explained, debated, considered amendments to and received limited public comment on a 68-page measure that [Continue Reading…]

State Board of Education tightens charter application process


The North Carolina State Board of Education approved measures Thursday that will add rigor to the charter school application process and temporarily delay plans to renew the charter of a controversial school serving at-risk students in Morehead City. The new application guidelines are designed to provide the board and the Department of Public Instruction with [Continue Reading…]

These two votes about say it all

Last night’s session of the House of Representatives was sadly emblematic of the 2011 session. Late into the night, lawmakers shoveled bill after bill out the door — many of them hugely regressive and counterproductive. It was toward the end of the evening, however, — sometime in the 10 o’clock hour — that the House majority really [Continue Reading…]

Crazy as a bedbug?


Members of the House Business Lobbyist’s Commerce Committee will take up what appears to be one of the more nonsensical legislative proposals of the session this morning. The subject matter is that most unpleasant of topics — bedbugs. As most everyone is aware, bedbugs are growing problem in the U.S. For decades, most of North America had been [Continue Reading…]

A state senator’s classless attack on poor people

Senator Don East

It’s hard to keep track of all the absurd gibberish coming out of the General Assembly these days. This is especially true in the numerous committee meetings in which no reporter or microphone is likely to be present. Occasionally, however, a lawmaker will say something so outrageous that an audience member will feel compelled to take notes and preserve [Continue Reading…]

Senate Dem leader lambastes latest budget proposal

Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt expressed great frustration this morning at the latest overnight rewrite of the Senate budget. Nesbitt strongly attacked both the process involved as well as the substance of the new version that was apparently made available minutes before midnight last night. Nesbitt accused the Senate Republicans of simply”rearranging the deck chairs on [Continue Reading…]