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Couples ask federal court to block enforcement of state’s same-sex marriage ban

Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation are ramping up the challenge to the state’s same-sex marriage ban, today filing a new complaint in federal court on behalf of three married, same-sex … Read More...

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Latest revenue outlook signals challenges with policy directions

Some underling and troubling trends are revealed in the Fiscal Research Division’s newly released third Quarterly General Fund Revenue Report, which provides an assessment of revenue for the state. Not much has changed since the Division’s second quarterly report.

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Runoff looking more likely in U.S. Senate primary (video)

House Speaker Thom Tillis may have more name recognition than many of the other candidates in Republican U.S. Senate primary, but that has not translated into more support among voters.
New numbers released this week by Public Policy Polling find … Read More...

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Lunch links: Jobless in the mountains and more

For Lunch Links today, here’s a few things that have caught my attention. Fair warning, there’s a bit of doom and gloom in here.
The News & Observer had this article about one of the effects of the declining unemployment … Read More...

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Esquire’s Charles Pierce pulls no punches in explaining North Carolina’s coal ash problem

Fiery Esquire journalist Charles Pierce weighed in on the Duke coal ash mess yesterday afternoon in this column and, as you can see, he pulled no punches:
“There’s a lot of very weird stuff going on in the newly insane … Read More...

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Why the Duke coal ash mess is now “a legal and political nightmare” as well

If you’re unclear as to the status of the various legal proceedings surrounding Duke Energy’s coal ash mess, be sure to check out this morning’s story over on the main PW site by Courts and Law Reporter Sharon McCloskey – … Read More...

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Read to Achieve, EpiPens highlight today’s Education Oversight Committee meeting

Flexibility on summer reading camps for third graders, a second chance for legislation that would require schools to stock EpiPens, and the case for continuing a Race to the Top-funded program to groom principals for service in high need schools … Read More...

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HHS secretary reads to kids while waiting list for childcare remains long

[Update: This post originally stated that 41,000 children were on the state's waiting list for childcare. Advocates in the childcare advocacy community have since contacted N.C. Policy Watch to let us know that this number, which dated to 2013, has Read More...

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MomsRising & State Legislators Team Up to Shine A Light On The High Cost Of Low Wages & Benefits For Families

Today, as part of the National Week of Action, 12 state legislators are participating in a Blog Carnival sponsored by MomsRising. State legislators from across the country are blogging about economic security issues important to America's working. From Arizona to Massachusetts, state legislators are taking action on the need to guarantee paid family leave and earned sick days, as well as raise the minimum wage.

Richard Burr blue slip watch Day 293: Is NC Senator really throwing in with the secessionists?

Today marks Day #293 of Senator Richard Burr’s silent, one-man filibuster of President Obama’s nominee for the federal bench in North Carolina’s Eastern District, federal prosecutor Jennifer May-Parker. Now, today, there is a new and fascinating explanation from one of … Read More...

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