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Sen. Jerry Tillman: “The timing is right” to repeal Common Core (w/ video)

Is Senator Jerry Tillman truly the man of compromise that he says he is when it comes to the Common Core standards? State lawmakers are coming close to passing legislation that would aim to repeal the Common Core standards, although the language in the bill currently would allow for a review commission to recommend keeping parts ...

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Breaking: Fifth Circuit upholds Texas affirmative action program

Following remand by the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the university’s affirmative action program. The Supreme Court had sent the case back to Texas for a reconsideration of the university’s affirmative action policy under a strict scrutiny standard. In the 7-1 ...

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Today’s lamest homophobic rant

It comes from the notorious all-purpose far right minister, the Rev. Patrick Wooden of Raleigh’s Upper Room Church of God in Christ. At a pastor’s anti-marriage equality event today near the state Capitol Building, Wooden said the following according to this AP story: Seventy-eight percent of our children are born into homes where there are ...

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Prosperity Watch Issue 39, No. 3: Unemployment Insurance Cuts Harm Jobless Workers, Threaten the Economy

Authors: Allan FreyerResearch & Publications: Prosperity WatchIssues: Unemployment and Unemployment Insurance In an economy where workers are laid off through no fault of their own and there remain too few jobs for those who want to work, unemployment insurance provides some support.

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Prosperity Watch Issue 39, No. 3: Unemployment Insurance Cuts Harm Jobless Workers, Threaten the Economy

Authors: Allan FreyerResearch & Publications: Prosperity WatchIssues: Unemployment and Unemployment Insurance In an economy where workers are laid off through no fault of their own and there remain too few jobs for those who want to work, unemployment insurance provides some support.

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The next legal challenge to Obamacare

The dust has yet to settle since the Supreme Court  took apart the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act in its Hobby Lobby decision, but already the next and potentially more debilitating wave of lawsuits challenging a different provision of the Act are making their way through the courts. This time the target is the tax ...

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Last film in Moral Movies series – Inequality for All – shows in nine cities across NC this month

In case you’ve missed it, there has been a phenomenal film series going on this summer throughout North Carolina, which concludes this month with screenings of “Inequality for All” in nine cities from July 22nd – July 31st. The Moral Movies film series, which also included showings of American Teacher, American Winter and Freedom Summer, ...

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N&O headline: “Berger: Budget delay is incompetence”

What’s this? Did I read that right? Yes here it is, dated  Monday, July 14: “Berger: Budget delay is incompetence” And here’s Senator Berger’s lead quote: “For the average person, when they have a deadline and they need to get something done, they are held accountable,” said Berger, an Eden Republican, at the weekly Republican ...

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Editorial explains the absurdity of repealing teen preregistration to vote

Thanks to the opinion editors of the Greenville Daily Reflector this morning for republishing an excellent Charlotte Observer editorial that may have gotten lost in the shuffle for a lot of folks when it ran originally over the Fourth of July weekend. The essay deserves to be reprinted repeatedly and, as they say down on ...

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Date of disbursement for school voucher funds moved up, ahead of court ruling that could halt new taxpayer-funded program

School voucher money could be in the hands of families and schools one month earlier than planned for the upcoming school year—and prior to a court date that could rule the program unconstitutional. According to an updated schedule published on June 20 on the N.C.  State Education Assistance Authority’s website, funds for the school vouchers, ...

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