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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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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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