Archive for July, 2013

The fear of the truth on the Right

| July 31, 2013 | 5 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon There are two things that the folks running the General Assembly and the moneyed interests behind them are petrified that people in North Carolina will realize about this legislative session. No, it’s not the unprecedented assaults on voting and women’s reproductive rights. People already understand those regressive and troubling decisions. After all, […]

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Unemployment rate increases in 81 counties

| July 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

From Employment Security Commission, July 30, 2013. Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 81 of North Carolina’s counties in June, decreased in 14, and remained the same in five. All 14 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. The June (not seasonally adjusted) statewide rate was 9.3 percent. Scotland County had the highest […]

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Those who traffic in human beings deserve the worst the law allows

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Editorial, Wilmington Star-News, July 30, 2013. Most Americans want to believe that slavery no longer exists in this country, that it disappeared with the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation. But it still flourishes, not in the overt ownership of another human being, but in a type of dependence that forces compliance with and participation […]

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Rules ‘reform’ may be a health hazard

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Editorial, Fayetteville Observer, July 30, 2013. The General Assembly has left Gov. Pat McCrory a Gordian Knot of deregulation “reform” that he’s not likely to untie before its effects begin to make themselves felt. The legislature’s attempt to “improve and streamline the regulatory process” covers an incredible amount of territory, from livestock operations to billboards […]

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More mental-health admissions to emergency rooms are sign of crisis

| July 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

Editorial, Winston-Salem Journal, July 30, 2013. The state of mental-health care in North Carolina is dire. This should be a priority for our leaders, but unfortunately, it’s more likely to get worse before it gets better. North Carolinians experiencing a mental-health crisis comprised 75 percent of behavioral health-related hospital admissions through a visit to an […]

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Is McCrory over his head?

| July 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, July 30, 2013. Maybe Kieran Shanahan quit because Governor McCrory still hadn’t learned his name. The Governor called him “Sharon” and “Karen” at a press conference. Whatever caused Shanahan’s abrupt and rumor-spawning resignation, it punctuates a rough start to McCrory’s administration. He claimed he got 20 of his 22 […]

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North Carolina Ends Teacher Tenure, Teachers Will Now Have to Be Good at Their Jobs to Keep Them

| July 31, 2013 | 2 Comments

by Katherine Mangu-Ward, Reason.com, July 30, 2013. Republican legislators in North Carolina have pushed through a proposal to revoke lifetime tenure for the state’s public school teachers. Currently, all teachers are elligible for tenure after five years on the job, which makes it difficult for school adminstrators to hire, fire, and reward performance. Under the […]

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One-party rule fails North Carolina

| July 31, 2013 | 10 Comments

by Doug Clark, Greensboro News and Record, July 30, 2013. I’ve gotten angry at our Republican governor and legislature this year. The voting changes they’ve imposed, from injecting partisan politics into our school board elections to eliminating registration options, make my blood boil. And I’ve poked fun at them. I wrote a satirical blog post […]

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New NC voting rules too onerous? No, they don’t go far enough

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by Marc Landry, The News and Observer, July 30, 3013. Any first-year law student knows ignorantia juris non excusat: Ignorance of the law is no excuse. As such, all of us should know the provisions of the Voter Information Verification Act that has been enacted by the N.C. General Assembly. In addition to the photo […]

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How N.C. became red again

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By Corey Dade, The Root, reprinted in The Charlotte Observer, July 30, 2013. One might shrug off the sweeping voting restrictions approved last week in North Carolina as typical of a Southern state under Republican control. But look again: Unlike many of its neighbors, the Tar Heel State had been well down the path of […]

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