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New Report: 26% of North Carolina’s children live in poverty

A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides a sobering look at how children are faring in North Carolina. The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book, which looks at 16 separate factors, ranks our state 38th in overall economic well-being, 28th in education, and 32nd in health. The annual report concludes: ‘Although unemployment is ...

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Breaking: Fourth Circuit panel unanimously upholds Obamacare subsidies for all eligible purchasers

A unanimous panel of the Fourth Circuit in Richmond has upheld the availability of Affordable Care Act tax credits to health insurance purchasers on both state exchanges and the federal exchange. The decision in King v. Burwell comes just hours after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a contrary ruling in Halbig v. Burwell. Writing ...

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Breaking: Healthcare subsidies on the ropes

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has ruled that tax credits under the Affordable Care Act can only be available to people who enrolled in new exchanges set up in states — not those who enrolled in the default federal program. Think Progress explains the 2-1 decision in Halbig v. Burwell: The ...

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Three Stooges government?

No, this post is not an attempt to personally disparage the folks running North Carolina government. Rather it is an attempt to conjure up an image that captures the impact of the decisions that state leaders have been inflicting of late on their brethren and sistren at the local level. As some readers will recall, ...

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Five reasons why adjournment (and a state budget) appear unlikely this week

Last week Cleveland County Rep. Tim Moore filed a July 25th sine die resolution setting the stage for lawmakers to wrap up the short session by Friday. Now it appears the chairman of the House Rules Committee may have been overly optimistic. Here are five reasons why adjournment this week is looking unlikely: Budget deadlock ...

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Charlotte-based group and its supporters seek release of detained NC immigrant advocate

The good people at the Latin American Coalition in Charlotte posted the following story on the organization’s blog today: Rausel is a great guy and he needs your help Rausel Arista– father to 2 young boys, a community leader, and an organizer here at the Latin American Coalition since 2012– was detained and put into ...

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Court budget cuts still hanging in the balance

With the budget focus still on education cuts and new Medicaid proposals, it’s easy to forget that plenty of other issues remain unresolved in the General Assembly. Here’s a quick recap of proposed budget provisions affecting the courts and justice system. Funding for the Administrative Office of the Court  Both the Senate and the House ...

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False compassion ensues from conservatives over humanitarian crisis

In a recent interview with Fox News, Senator Ted Cruz showed a display of false compassion for the refugee children at our border, stating that the more compassionate response is to send them back. He even accused Democrats of actually wanting them to be “maimed and brutalized.” Check out the video below: At least Wallace ...

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Veteran physician: Improve public Medicaid system; don’t sell it to private HMO’s

As Governor McCrory and his HHS Secretary Aldona Wos convene a rather strange closed door “listening  session” on Medicaid in Greensboro today (it’s scheduled to last all of 45 minutes), let’s hope they both took the time over the weekend to read an excellent, “from-the-trenches” essay by Goldsboro physician Dr. David Tayloe in Raleigh’s News ...

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Houston is on the hunt for NC teachers once again

On the heels of its Raleigh job fair in May, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) is once again looking to poach North Carolina’s school teachers to come work in Texas for much higher pay. The Texas school district will be holding job fairs this week in Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte. The available jobs in ...

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