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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Senate trots out its budget proposal

The North Carolina Senate Republicans released their budget and tax proposals this morning. For the most part, there is little to distinguish them from the disappointing efforts of their House colleagues. Here is one, initial take.   If you’re interested ...
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Procedural trick used to speed Racial Justice Act repeal?

A House Judiciary subcommittee debated the proposal to repeal the Racial Justice Act this morning. You can watch a video of the entire committee meeting at WRAL.com. Not surprisingly, the enthusiasm of the supporters for speeding the death machinery ...
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Carolina Issues Poll

Carolina Issues poll – May 2011

NC Policy Watch is happy to announce the release of the May 2011 edition of its Carolina Issues Poll. Each month, the staff of NC Policy Watch develops a series of questions on timely issues impacting state policy ...
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Legislative Watch

House and Senate Dems blast GOP budget proposals

The House and Senate Minority Leaders, Joe Hackney and Martin Nesbitt held a press conference this morning at which they leveled scathing attacks at GOP budget proposals to slash K-12 education. The event was highlighted by the appearance ...
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GOP blocks amendment to help unemployed

Things have now sped past the point of absurdity in the GOP’s vengeful effort to block the renewal of unemployment benefits for 37,000 workers and their families. Today, in an act of amazing irony, the House Judiciary A Subcommittee ...
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It’s official: Senate Approps subcommittees are now just focus groups

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and Higher Education met this morning (see the WRAL video here) and confirmed a couple of things that we thought we knew: 1)      The process for Senate consideration of the budget bill ...
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Unemployment benefits stalemate splits jobless family

Greg and Elizabeth Rain Georgaras, two of the 37,000 North Carolinians cut off from their employment benefits four weeks ago, can no longer afford to keep their two young children with them. It recently fell to family to ...
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