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Education Legislative Watch

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. ...
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Fitzsimon File Legislative Watch

A court for sale and playing both sides of the fence

Two stories in the latest of flurry of election news are especially disturbing and graphic reminders of how perverted our democracy has become by the deluge of special interest money. One is making headlines. The other is just ...
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Fitzsimon File Legislative Watch

Filling Bill Friday’s shoes

The last speaker at the memorial service Wednesday for former UNC President William Friday was his longtime assistant Virginia Taylor who told the audience in Memorial Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus that the torch of Bill Friday’s ...
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Fitzsimon File Legislative Watch Special Features

Reality check on unemployment taxes

You don’t have to listen to the political debate in North Carolina for long before someone brings up the $2.8 billion the state owes the federal government for unemployment insurance funds the state borrowed to provide the desperately ...
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Carolina Issues Poll

Carolina Issues Poll September 2012

New poll shows strong support for stronger worker protection laws and law enforcement   NC Policy Watch is happy to announce the release of the latest edition of its Carolina Issues Poll. This month’s poll quizzed 664 voters ...
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Carolina Issues Poll Must Reads

Carolina Issues Poll May 2012

New poll shows strong support for election reform and concerns about casino gambling, fracking, hospital practices, repeal of consumer protections and impact of Amendment One. With state lawmakers returning to Raleightomorrow afternoon to begin the 2012 legislative session, ...
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Carolina Issues Poll

Carolina Issues Poll – April 2012

New Carolina Issues Poll shows strong voter support for public schools and teachers and strong opposition to the legislature’s funding cuts NC Policy Watch is happy to announce the release of a special, public education edition of its ...
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Carolina Issues Poll Must Reads

Carolina Issues Poll – November 2011

NC Policy Watch is happy to announce the release of a special Charlotte edition of its Carolina Issues Poll. The poll, which was conducted by the nationally recognized, Raleigh-based polling firm Public Policy Polling, quizzed 957 voters on ...
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Legislative Watch

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 ...
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Legislative Watch

Senate Repubs repeal their own process rule

As today’s Weekly Briefing makes clear, the Republicans’ promising start to the 2011 session is quickly degenerating into a chaotic conclusion. Further evidence of this was provided last night when the Senate Rules Committee Chair moved to suspend ...
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Legislative Watch

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 ...
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Legislative Watch

A state senator’s classless attack on poor people

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 ...
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Legislative Watch

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 ...
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Legislative Watch Policy Watch Investigates

Jobless pushed to the brink by benefits impasse

Fay Walton wrote out a suicide note last week, letting the thought of being worth more dead than alive step out from where it lurked in the back of her head. “If I just end it, maybe there’s ...
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Legislative Watch

Continuing resolution, Dem presser, loan company bill on tap today

After yesterday’s maddening budget exercise in the Senate, the big action on Jones Street shifts to the House of Representatives today. At noon, the House Banking Committee will again take up House Bill 810 — the conservatives’ gift to ...
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Legislative Watch

NAACP leads “A state in emergency” event today at 4:00

Activists and advocates concerned about the policy choices advanced by the conservative majorities at the General Assembly this year will convene a “people’s hearing” this afternoon at the General Assembly. The event is slated for 4:00 pm in ...
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