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National pretrial expert: Reform is coming to the broken cash bail system

When Cherise Fanno Burdeen talks about the U.S. justice system, she’s speaking from more than 20 years of experience. After getting her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at Indiana University, she worked with the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice, did post-9/11 work with the Department of Homeland Security and field work with the Safer Foundation in Chicago.

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Defending Democracy Top Story Weekly Briefing

Time for General Assembly official to stop playing games with public records

It’s been almost three years since state legislative leaders hired longtime conservative politician Paul Coble to run the day-to-day operations of the General Assembly as state Legislative Services Officer. After all that time, you’d think that Coble (who takes home well over $200,000 per year in salary and benefits) would have developed a basic grasp of one of his chief job duties...

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Burr, Tillis vote to revoke protections against discriminatory car loans

America is often touted as a nation of laws, and not of men. But it seems that today some lawmakers have no interest in upholding laws that mandate fairness in financial services – particularly when consumers of color are affected.

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Monday numbers – A closer look at the effort to prevent school violence

65 - number of days since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in which 17 people were killed

57 - percent of Americans who say enacting new laws to try to reduce gun violence should be a priority (according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll)

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Radical Right Reality Check Top Story

Friday Follies: NC conservatives double down on Trumpism

In Washington, legal and political walls may be closing in on the slow motion train wreck that is the Trump administration, but here in North Carolina, conservative leaders still refuse to abandon the Prevaricator-in-Chief or the key policy tenets of Trumpism. Three classic cases in point were on display in the news this week:

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Education Top Story

Following lead of other states, NC teachers plan big march and rally for legislature’s May return

“I could choose to do anything else with $50.” But Anca Stefan, a high school English teacher in a Durham public school, says she’ll fork over the $50 next month to take a “personal day” and join hundreds of her local colleagues to promote school funding increases at the N.C. General Assembly.

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Special report: Concentrated poverty, segregation on the rise in NC

Every day, families living in poverty face tremendous barriers placed in front of them through no fault of their own. And every day, millions of North Carolinians exude grit and resiliency and navigate those barriers. That tenacity, however, comes at a steep cost. Research and experience has shown that living in persistent poverty can cause a toll on individuals.

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NC State scientists: GenX will be in Cape Fear River, tap water for years to come; health effects need more study

The Cape Fear River is damaged, contaminated by decades of human malfeasance, negligence and ignorance.

For those reasons, NC State University scientists told a crowd of 75 New Hanover County residents last night, it will be years before their tap water is completely free of GenX and other fluorinated compounds.

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Defending Democracy Law and the Courts Top Story

Snail mail responses from legislative operations chief Paul Coble appear to violate state public records law

Legislative Services Officer Paul Coble appears to be violating the state public records law and is forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for communications with reporters that could be free. There aren’t any formal policies at the Legislative Services Office (which Coble oversees and that is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the General Assembly) to address communications with reporters or compliance with public records laws, but Coble has informally decided to use the U.S. Postal Service for all of them.

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New report: GOP’s December tax giveaway is turning out to be just the disaster critics predicted

Donald Trump and congressional Republicans made a lot of promises about their $1.5 trillion tax giveaway that passed in December. They said millions and millions of workers would get wage hikes or bonuses. But it didn’t work out that way – only 4% of the nation’s 148 million employees got more money from their bosses.

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Defending Democracy Top Story Weekly Briefing

Grounds for hope, grounds for grave concern in the battle to defend our democracy

These are extraordinary times in the American experiment with representative democracy. In Washington, a buffoonish would-be despot occupies the highest office of the land and sullies it on an almost minute-by-minute basis in unprecedented fashion. This past Sunday, the editorial board of the New York Times felt obligated to publish a special, full-page editorial...

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Progressive Voices Top Story

School district secession is the wrong path for NC

Public education in North Carolina has its share of challenges, not the least of which has been the state’s ongoing failure to make sure that school systems in poorer communities receive the financial support they need. But in one major respect, the pattern by which most of our school districts are organized helps them serve all their students, no matter their circumstances.

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Education Top Story

Monday numbers: A tale of three Halifax Counties

This morning, the state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the pivotal case of Silver, et al. v. Halifax County Board of Commissioners. At issue is plaintiffs' claim that the maintenance of three, racially segregated school districts in relatively small Halifax County has propped up a system of inequality that favors one predominantly white school district over two predominantly Black school districts.

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Progressive Voices Top Story

Five fast facts for Tax Day 2018

Tax Day in 2018 in North Carolina presents an opportunity to make sure our tax code allows us to meet our goal that every community and family can thrive. Here are FIVE FAST FACTS to keep in mind this tax season.

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Experts: We already know how to reform the state’s flawed cash bail system

In a 2016 report, the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice called for pretrial justice reform – reform that would move the state away from a de facto system of requiring all criminal defendants to post a cash bail in order be released from jail prior to their day in court.

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Defending Democracy Law and the Courts Top Story

Pioneering women celebrate progress in the judiciary, make the case for more at Supreme Court ceremony

There have only been seven women to serve on the state Supreme Court in its 199-year history. In comparison, 92 men have served during that time.

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