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Barber, other NC panelists at congressional hearing: Restore the Voting Rights Act

It would take eight years to undo what an unconstitutionally-elected GOP super-majority did to voting rights in North Carolina in the past several years, the Rev. William Barber II testified before a House congressional committee last week.

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Monday numbers: A closer look at the cost of excessive court debt

The ACLU of North Carolina released a report last week examining the true cost of excessive court debt to defendants. It documents hundreds of cases of people jailed over unpaid court debt...

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GOP wants to move on, but Dems aren’t done with Mueller report

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration want to move on from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, now that a redacted version of the report has been released to the public. But Democrats are just getting started. ...
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PW exclusive: ‘Boy Erased’ author talks surviving conversion therapy in Durham

When a 19-year old Garrard Conley was sent to a “conversion therapy” program in 2004, it wasn’t something people discussed openly. “If you were to search for it on the Internet -- probably on Yahoo back then -- you would have gotten all these smiling pictures and testimonials from people saying how it worked for them, how they weren’t gay now and they were happy.”

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Education Top Story

Virtual Pre-K? General Assembly considers controversial proposal for NC experiment

Kenneth Dodge, one of the nation’s preeminent scholars on early childhood education, says North Carolina’s four-year-olds would be better served by more preschool seats than an online school.

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ACLU report: NC court fines, fees create modern-day debtor’s prison

The North Carolina General Assembly has spent the past few years making a concerted effort to impose increasing court fines and fees on poor defendants while giving judges less and less discretion to waive them in extenuating circumstances.

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News analysis: Conservative lawmakers move to undermine NC environmental protection efforts

Of all the enemies to single out, conservative lawmakers have targeted nature — the wind, sun and trees — as a way to thwart the potential benefits of the governor’s executive order on climate change.

These four bills — and there are more — would essentially penalize Duke Energy ratepayers, buyers of low- or zero-emissions cars, birds, forests, current inhabitants of the planet and future generations, for political payback.

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Proposals to close the health insurance coverage gap should follow the data on what actually works

North Carolina’s dubious ranking of having the 10th highest rate of uninsured people in the nation continues to play out across the state in ways that challenge our collective well-being and community stability, even as it leads to worse health outcomes and diminished livelihoods for hundreds of thousands of our neighbors.

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Top Story Weekly Briefing

Two competing tax cut proposals symbolize the ideological debate in NC

There are a lot of important public policy issues right now in North Carolina on which right and left diverge in fundamental ways. Medicaid expansion and health care, reproductive freedom, gun violence, education spending, climate change and environmental protection, public transportation, voting rights, immigration policy: the list is a long one. If, however, one were forced to select a single debate that really captures the essence of the ideological divide...

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Teachers to march again in Raleigh, but some lawmakers seem to be missing the message

We know Sen. Phil Berger, perhaps the most powerful lawmaker in North Carolina politics, can speak. If there’s a piece of legislation in the last five to ten years that advanced without the Big Berger’s caustic input, I can’t name it.

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Monday Numbers: A closer look at taxes and who pays what in North Carolina

Today is Tax Day. It’s a day that many Americans have come to instinctively dread, but here are a couple of important facts worth remembering today: Number One: much as we all might wish it weren’t so, taxes and the widespread adherence to paying them are what sets our country apart...

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Student voices on the State Board of Education silenced by political infighting

Greear Webb and Myles Cyrus would have made great student advisers to the State Board of Education (SBE). The high school seniors have impeccable academic credentials, are well spoken and can command a room like seasoned trial lawyers.

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Amid 287(g) controversy, North Carolina sheriff pitches the immigration program

CONCORD – Cabarrus County Sheriff Van Shaw was elected last year on a platform that promised his constituents he would continue to work closely with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deport unlawful immigrants accused of crimes. He is one of four sheriffs in the state who participates in 287(g)...

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“Must read” special report: Trump’s attacks on our justice system

For nearly 40 years, Alliance for Justice (AFJ) has worked to ensure that our nation’s justice system advances core constitutional values, preserves critical rights and unfettered access to the courts, and adheres to the even-handed administration of justice for all Americans. We have never witnessed an assault on our justice system like the one we have seen since Donald Trump became President.

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PW spotlight: The case for banning conversion therapy in North Carolina

Mitchell Gold, like many gay North Carolinians, cannot understand why there isn’t already a state law banning so-called “conversion” therapy. Sixteen states and Washington, D.C. now ban the practice, which aims to “cure” lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. and polls show a law forbidding it in North Carolina enjoys overwhelming bipartisan support.

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Sparks fly as struggling virtual charter school seeks new management, new name

A hearing to decide whether to allow one of the state’s two virtual charter schools, N.C. Connections Academy, to sever ties with its management firm turned ugly this week during a Charter School Advisory Board meeting.

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