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Judicial vacancies, state and national – GX

The next president could nominate as many as four justices to the high court. The Supreme Court vacancy may be what’s on voters’ minds currently, but it’s important to remember that there are 99 total federal judicial vacancies ...
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Demographics around North Carolina’s coal-fired power plants – GX

Environmental justice concerns are particularly acute near coal-fired power plants and coal ash sites. Of the 22 power plants in North Carolina, more than half are located in ZIP codes where the percentage of people living below the ...
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When it comes to 2016 "bathroom bill" state legislation, North Carolina stands alone in restricting transgender access
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When it comes to 2016 “bathroom bill” state legislation, North Carolina stands alone in restricting transgender access – GX

As part of our ongoing effort to keep readers throughout North Carolina and the nation fully informed about all aspects of the controversial, all-purpose LGBT discrimination law known as HB2 (click here to access all of our stories), ...
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Fitzsimon File Legislative Watch

Education week in the House

Speaker Thom Tillis has declared this “Education Week” in the House and has invited school superintendents and top principals from across the state to participate in question and answer sessions in the House chamber. That’s a good idea. ...
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Legislative Watch

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, ...
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Cracks in Public Structures: North Carolina's Divestment in Post-Secondary Education Harms Student Success, Broader Economy
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[infographic] North Carolina’s Divestment in Post-Secondary Education Harms Student Success, Broader Economy

North Carolina’s post-secondary education has consistently been recognized as one of the best in the nation, providing the training for participation in the economy and civic life. Over the course of the Great Recession, cuts to both the ...
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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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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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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 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 – 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 – 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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