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Charter school bill now excludes LGBT protections, makes charter school (but not contractors’) salaries public

A bill that would address some sticky points in governance of the state’s 127 public charter schools is calendared for a Senate vote today. (Note: The bill passed out of the Senate and went to the House floor Thursday afternoon. That discussion can be heard here.) The charter school modification bill, Senate Bill 793, coming ...

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10 million reasons that Obamacare is a success

Winston Churchill famously stated that “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” One is increasingly tempted to offer the same assessment of Obamacare. Is it flawed and messy? Absolutely. Could we call envision a scenario in which each of us — acting as philosopher kings — could craft a better ...

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Broken cookie delivery to mark anniversary of Guv’s broken promise on reproductive freedom

From the good people at NARAL-Pro Choice NC: NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina member activists will deliver broken cookies to the Governor’s Mansion this morning at 11:00 am to mark the one-year anniversary of Governor McCrory’s broken promise not to support restrictions on access to abortion care. Last July, Governor McCrory signed into law Senate Bill ...

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Editorials: Expand Medicaid now and stop bullying immigrant kids

Here are two morning editorials that ought to be a “must reads” for North Carolina’s conservative political leaders: The first comes from the Fayetteville Observer and it’s entitled “Yes, Republicans can expand Medicaid too.” As it notes: Last month, hundreds of representatives from North Carolina hospitals and other health-care institutions brought a united message to ...

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Prosperity Watch Issue 39, No. 4: Kansas Tax Cut Experiment Greatly Reduces State Revenue, Serves as Cautionary Tale for North Carolina

Authors: Cedric JohnsonResearch & Publications: Prosperity WatchIssues: State EconomyState Tax PolicyAs the national economy continues to recover from the Great Recession, most states are seeing growth in tax revenue and using the increased revenue to begin restoring funding to public investments.

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Prosperity Watch Issue 39, No. 4: Kansas Tax Cut Experiment Greatly Reduces State Revenue, Serves as Cautionary Tale for North Carolina

Authors: Cedric JohnsonResearch & Publications: Prosperity WatchIssues: State EconomyState Tax PolicyAs the national economy continues to recover from the Great Recession, most states are seeing growth in tax revenue and using the increased revenue to begin restoring funding to public investments.

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This is a what a second grade classroom looks like without a dedicated teacher assistant

Do you remember Barbara Dell Carter? She’s the second grade classroom teacher at John Cotten Tayloe Elementary School in “little” Washington, who I visited late last summer while she dutifully prepared her classroom for the first day of school. As she straightened up her books (many of which she procured through her own means), Carter told me of ...

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Former state Rep. LaRoque gets new trial date

Former state Rep. Stephen LaRoque will wait until February for a jury trial on charges of stealing $300,000 from two federally-funded economic development groups he ran. LaRoque, a Kinston Republican, was scheduled for an October trial in a federal criminal courtroom in Greenville. The trial was pushed back to Feb. 2 because of delays in ...

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Moral movies in Raleigh and Durham next week

From our NC Justice Center colleagues: Join us in Raleigh and Durham for FREE screenings of “Inequality for All” The North Carolina Moral Movies Film Series draws to a close this month with screenings of the acclaimed documentary Inequality for All. The film features Robert Reich – professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member – ...

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Somebody tell the Pope people about this

The market capitalism lovers at Forbes announced today for the fifth time in eight years that the Raleigh metro area is the nation’s best for business and careers. Here are the factors highlighted first in the story Fueling Raleigh’s consistent results are business costs that are 18% below the national average, and an adult population ...

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