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Workers, advocates call for end to game-playing on unemployment insurance

This was just released in the aftermath of a well-attended press conference at the General Assembly this morning: RALEIGH (April 19, 2011) — With hundreds of thousands of people unemployed in North Carolina, state leaders must act to ...
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Republican leaders unrepentant on holding unemployed hostage

At their weekly press this morning, House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem offered no indication that they have any interest in budging from their stubborn position of tying the extention of unemployment insurance benefits for 37,000 jobless workers ...
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Behind-the scenes maneuver greases skids for predatory lending bill

It’s clearer than ever that the predatory consumer finance industry is pulling out all the stops to advance its big Christmas tree bill. Yesterday, in a quiet move that went mostly unnoticed by observers and completely unreported by ...
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House Dems decry education cuts

On a day full of fast-moving developments at the General Assembly, it’s a shame that more mainstream news media coverage won’t be devoted to a press conference conducted by House Democrats this afternoon. At the event, House Minority Leader Joe ...
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Bill to hold unemployed hostage passes first Senate vote

The Senate just passed the bill to hold unemployed workers hostage on  29-19 partisan vote.  You can get a feel for some of the absurdities of the debate by checking out recent “tweets” at: http://twitter.com/SchofieldNCPW and http://twitter.com/Fitzsimon ...
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Advocates repsond to GOP proposal to hold unemployed hostage

Riders on unemployment bill play politics with workers’ lives, observers say Instead of addressing the real issue, benefits for unemployed workers, new additions to a house bill would merely serve to distract RALEIGH (April 13, 2011) – With ...
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Advocates promote syringe legalization

Among other things, today is HIV/AIDS Day at the General Assembly and advocates are there to promote sane policies for coping with and controlling the spread of the disease. In addition to calling for more funding for the ...
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State Board, DPI respond to proposed education cuts

The following statement was released late yesterday by the State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction: Subcommittee Education Budget would Cut Public Schools, Turn Back Progress Deep public schools cuts totaling nearly $1 billion announced today ...
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Health exchange bill update

From Adam Linker of the N.C. Health Access Coalition: No vote was taken today in the House Insurance Committee on the industry bill to establish a health benefits exchange in North Carolina. There was great confusion over how ...
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The carnage begins

The HHS Appropriations Subcommittee has published a grim list of potential budget cuts. Check them out by clicking here. ...
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Redistricting reform advocates advance Iowa-like proposal

The Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform, along with legislators of both parties, held a press conference in support of House Bill 824 this morning. The legislation is based on a model from Iowa. Here are excerpts from a ...
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Repubs will rush charter schools dereg bill to the House floor this afternoon

Not surprisingly, the House Finance Committee passed the charter schools dereg bill this morning on a partisan vote. What was somewhat surprising was the announcement that Republicans would be bypassing normal legislative procedure to rush the bill to the ...
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Voter suppression bill advances

Over the passionate objections of Democratic lawmakers who called the bill “a farce” and a proposal based on “mere supposition” that would disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of people, Republicans in the House Elections Committee approved a proposal late this ...
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Charters bill heard, but not voted upon

Barring some unforeseen development, the charter schools expansion/deregulation bill will not be heard on the House floor this afternoon. The bill took up the entire morning meeting of the House Finance Committee and was ultimately continued until tomorrow ...
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Charter schools bill up this morning…and this afternoon?

There doesn’t appear to be much doubt about what the lock-step Republicans will do with the charter schools expansion/deregulation bill in the House Finance Committee this morning.  WRAL.com is already promoting their planned coverage of floor debate on the matter for ...
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Speakers lining up to oppose anti-rail legislation

The House Transportation Committee is debating House Bill 422 today — the controversial bill to add new roadblocks to the acceptance of federal high speeed rail funds. Thus far, environmentalists, engineers, the Secretary of Transportation and Mayor Anthony ...
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