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Berger and Moore finally come out of the closet on HB2

At long last, legislative leaders admit state’s discrimination law is not about bathrooms

For more than a year now, North Carolina conservative lawmakers and advocates have been repeating the absurd and offensive mantra that opponents of HB2 – the state’s infamous LGBTQ discrimination law – want to force women and girls to make use of showers and restrooms alongside men disguised as women.

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369—number of days since House and Senate passed HB2 in a special legislative session in March of 2016 that was signed by former Gov. Pat McCrory the same day (Ibid)

6---number of days since news reports revealed that Credit Suisse was considering bringing up to 1,500 jobs to Wake County with an average annual salary of $100,000 if the General Assembly would repeal HB2 (“North Carolina's HB2 repeal could mean 1,000-plus new Credit Suisse jobs in RTP, sources say, Triangle Business Journal, March 21, 2017)

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The Follies: The core of HB2 is about discrimination not bathrooms

One of the most maddening aspects of the absurd debate about HB2 since it was introduced and passed in a rushed special legislative session a year ago has been the almost exclusive focus on the provisions of the ...
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One year in, LGBT lawmakers address HB2

Thursday marks one year since HB2 was signed into law, setting off a firestorm of controversy that led to statewide boycotts, mass protests and contributed to the downfall of the governor who supported it.

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Enough is enough: tax-cutting frenzy threatens North Carolina’s future

Two weeks ago a group of state Senate leaders unveiled a plan to raise principal pay in North Carolina and raise funds for school construction in rural areas. Both are good ideas.

Many small and poor counties don’t have the tax base to afford to build new schools and North Carolina ranks 50th in principal compensation.

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Medicaid block grants: Passing the buck without passing the bucks

While it’s still a work in progress, the broad outline of proposed health care reforms is coming into focus in Congress. The measure as currently drafted holds huge ramifications for all Americans, including here in North Carolina. Many of those ramifications come from proposals to change Medicaid from its current form into a block grant program.

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Roy Cooper’s lonely and courageous battle

It’s a difficult and sometimes nasty job, but somebody’s gotta’ do it

One of the hard and often underreported truths of American politics is the role that both luck and timing play in the perceived successes and/or failures of elected officials – particularly chief executives. Enter office at just the right moment – when, say, the economy is humming along and one’s political party enjoys a large majority – and elected office can be a lot of fun. Chances are you’ll have strong approval ratings, considerable clout in legislative decision making, lots of invitations to speak to large and friendly audiences and an opportunity to leave a significant imprint on your city, state or nation.

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Monday numbers

1,112---number of students for every school nurse in North Carolina (2017 North Carolina Child Health Report Card, N.C. Child and N.C. Institute of Medicine)

750---number of recommended students per school nurse ratio to adequately meet the health needs of students (Ibid)

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Cooper’s measured remarks and Berger’s bluster set the stage in Raleigh

Two different visions for North Carolina were prominently on display this week in Raleigh, both in terms of policy and also in tone, how political leaders work together and how they behave when they disagree.

The occasion was the first State of the State address from Governor Roy Cooper to the General Assembly. Cooper talked about raising teacher pay, making more investments in early childhood programs, reforming the criminal justice reform, and creating jobs.

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Crucial Conversation luncheon – One year later: What now for HB2?

Amazingly, Thursday, March 23 marks the one-year anniversary of HB2 – the LGBTQ discrimination law that will forever be known by the name it received during a special one-day kangaroo session of the General Assembly.

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The Senate’s Regulatory Reform measure could harm waterway, but help the bill sponsor

Just three paragraphs in the Senate’s Regulatory Reform bill could not only weaken the health of North Carolina’s waterways, but also increase the likelihood of devastating floods and mudslides.

As written, this portion of Senate Bill 131 could benefit not only the entire development industry, but one of the bill’s primary sponsors...

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Democrats pair support of vouchers with calls for accountability

N.C. Rep. Rodney Moore knows he broke rank.

But the four-term legislator and state House Democratic Whip, who joined seven other African American Democrats last month in publicly backing private school vouchers—long a bastion of the political right—says he’s “disheartened” by persistent data on racial achievement gaps and the so-called school to prison pipeline. That’s a term describing K-12 discipline practices that disproportionately funnel at-risk students, particularly students of color, into the criminal justice system.

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Trump’s most dangerous action thus far

For Americans serious about resistance, this is a fight to join

Thirty years ago, filmmaker James Brooks wrote and directed a biting, prophetic and painfully funny takedown of American television journalism called Broadcast News. In one of the better moments in the movie, a frustrated news producer played by Albert Brooks expressed his dismay to a colleague (played by Holly Hunter) about the rise of a vacuous, but attractive and popular news anchor (William Hurt):

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Monday numbers

1,700---amount in dollars less on average nationally that the Republican heath care proposal would give consumers to help with insurance premiums in 2020 than the Affordable Care Act (“House Tax Credits Would Make Health Insurance Far Less Affordable in High-Cost States, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, March 9, 2017)

11---number of states where consumers would see their tax credits to buy health insurance fall by more than $3,000 (Ibid)

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