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Ten takeaways from this week’s voting rights hearing

Ari Berman at The Nation reports on some of what he saw and learned after spending the week at the voting rights hearing in Winston-Salem,  alongside the unsinkable Rosanell Eaton. From a list of ten points he makes, here’s number one: 1. The law disproportionately burdens African-American voters The plaintiffs, including DOJ, the ACLU and ...

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Do something about the immigration crisis, billionaires tell Congress

There’s plenty to read about the heartbreaking crisis at the border and what should be done about it. Here’s a few of today’s highlights. Money talks:  Three billionaires who don’t often find themselves on the same side of issues – Bill Gates, Sheldon Adelson and Warren Buffett – take on the do-nothing Congress in this must-read ...

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Budget negotiations cancelled – members try again Monday

Optimists hoping for a budget resolution heading into the weekend had those hopes dashed on Friday, as House negotiators cancelled a scheduled public meeting. Senators had already announced they weren’t going to show up. Adding to the tension, Governor Pat McCrory vowed to veto the Senate’s budget plan on Thursday as he lined-up behind a ...

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Editorial: Crisis on the border makes immigration reform a must

The Greenville Daily Reflector reprinted an editorial this morning that first ran in a town with a lot of up-close-and-personal experience in the nation’s ongoing immigration crisis on the southern border. According to the editors of the Corpus Christi Times: To hear Republican U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold of Corpus Christi tell it, Congress is willing ...

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A guilty pleasure? The Real Legislators of Jones Street

The Charlotte Observer’s Associate Editor writes this week’s back-and-forth budget battle in Raleigh (which has included a walkout by Senators,  finger-pointing on both sides, along with Christmas stockings and lumps of coal) could challenge Bravo’s Real Housewives series for ratings this summer. Here’s Fannie Flono’s Friday editorial: My guilty pleasure these days is the N.C. ...

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McCrory vows veto if final budget includes Senate’s numbers

As budget-talks head toward the weekend, Governor Pat McCrory took the unusual step Thursday of issuing a press release pledging to veto the Senate’s budget proposal, if those were somehow the final numbers to come out of the budget-writers’ conference committee. Earlier in the day, the House agreed to move to a six-percent pay raise ...

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Economist takes local conservative to school again on unemployment insurance

Earlier this week, we cross-posted a brief essay by one of the nation’s best economists, Dr. Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, in which he thoughtfully and professionally dissected and demolished the claims made by a Raleigh conservative think tanker in a Wall Street Journal piece. The think tanker’s central claim ...

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Stunning lack of diversity of NC’s federal judges highlighted

The latest news story from NC Policy Watch Courts and Law Reporter Sharon McCloskey — “All white and overwhelmingly male: Latest departure leaves NC federal courts among lest diverse in the nation” — contains a lot of information that will leave caring and thinking people frustrated and even ticked off, but this passage stands out: ...

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3 takeaways from NC’s budget brouhaha (w/video)

If you’re trying to get up to speed on this week’s colorful and cantankerous state budget negotiations, here are three quick takeaways: Governor Pat McCrory is ‘disappointed’ with the Senate after Tuesday’s walkout, and McCrory thinks the Senate’s 11% pay raise for teachers is ‘not realistic‘ House members are willing to give up on expanding ...

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Top North Carolina news, USA Today style

The complimentary USA Today that hotels give to their guests has this as the only news about North Carolina in their  State-by-State news section this morning. The Wildlife Resources Commission would like anyone who spots a wild turkey through Aug. 31 to enter it into an online database. Apparently nothing else is going on in ...

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