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National HHS officials tout Medicaid model now promoted by House and Guv

There’s new and compelling evidence that North Carolina’s model for delivering Medicaid (Community Care North Carolina -CCNC) is a winner — notwithstanding the often-bumbling oversight provided by embattled state DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos and the attempt by Senate leaders to sell the program off to a private managed care company. (It’s worth noting that the ...

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BTC Report: Changes to unemployment insurance system creates a “double whammy” for jobless

Changes made to North Carolina’s unemployment insurance system a year ago have caused pain for North Carolina workers and communities, according to a new report by the NC Budget & Tax Center. Center analysts project things will get even worse for many jobless workers because of new limits to how long anyone can receive insurance that ...

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Belhaven mayor marches to (big) Washington to protest hospital closing, calls for N.C. expansion of Medicaid

The mayor of a small coastal town with a recently-shuttered rural hospital began a nearly 300 mile walk to Washington, D.C. to call attention to his community’s lack of emergency medical care. Adam O’Neal, the Republican mayor of Belhaven on North Carolina’s Inner Banks, began his walk after a brokered plan with Vidant Health to ...

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The one speech Teaching Assistants want NC budget writers to hear (video)

House and Senate budget conferees head back to the bargaining table this afternoon. Last week, senators made it clear they were sticking to their position of an average 11% pay raise for teachers, even if it could result in deep cuts to Medicaid and other areas of education spending. House members are pushing for a ...

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BTC REPORT: What's the Harm? Plenty - Unemployment Insurance Changes Threaten the State's Economy and Hurt the Unemployed

Authors: Alexandra Forter SirotaResearch & Publications: BTC ReportsIssues: Unemployment and Unemployment InsuranceThe changes made to the state’s unemployment insurance system a year ago have caused pain for North Carolina workers and communities, and things will get even worse for many because of new limits to how long anyone can receive insurance that took effect July 1.

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BTC REPORT: What's the Harm? Plenty - Unemployment Insurance Changes Threaten the State's Economy and Hurt the Unemployed

Authors: Alexandra Forter SirotaResearch & Publications: BTC ReportsIssues: Unemployment and Unemployment InsuranceThe changes made to the state’s unemployment insurance system a year ago have caused pain for North Carolina workers and communities, and things will get even worse for many because of new limits to how long anyone can receive insurance that took effect July 1.

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Monday good news – solar power taking off

The good people at the League of Conservation Voters have highlighted a couple of encouraging stories this morning in their weekly newsletter about the rapid progress occurring in the solar energy business (even as the fossil fuel industry and their paid helpers in government and the conservative think tanks do their utmost to stop it). ...

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Editorial: ‘Foolish’ move to put voting restrictions in place before a full trial

The Wilmington Star News notes that the federal judge who will decide whether North Carolina’s voter suppression law should be placed on hold for the 2014 midterm elections has a lot to consider following last week’s testimony in Winston-Salem. But the editorial board concludes it would be foolish to enforce the law before a full ...

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Wags at BuzzFeed frankly assess some of Governor McCrory’s claims

Many politicians are well known for the frequent use of a particular catchphrase,  rhetorical device (or verbal tic) when they want to call attention to a particular statement. Richard Nixon always seemed to preface every statement with “let me make one thing perfectly clear.” Both Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama are known for using “let ...

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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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