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Chart shows what GOP budget blockade is costing North Carolina

Chart shows what GOP budget blockade is costing North Carolina

 By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch  North Carolina Republican lawmakers have been traveling around a good bit of late making claims that Gov. Cooper is somehow preventing a host of essential state services from a being funded by his refusal to sign the draconian budget that they sent to him in June. The truth is just […]

How NC’s elected officials are responding to mass shootings in Dayton, El Paso

How NC’s elected officials are responding to mass shootings in Dayton, El Paso

By Clayton Henkel, Progressive Pulse What can you say after two mass shootings in less than 24 hours? The weekend’s first mass shooting was in El Paso, Texas at a Walmart shopping center that left 20 dead and dozens more wounded. Hours later, another gunman in Dayton, Ohio fatally shot his sister and eight others. […]

Legislative hypocrisy on “pork” (and we’re not talking about hog farms)

By Rob Schofield – 7/30/2019 – in Top Story, Weekly Briefing Print This Article Print This Article FacebookTwitterEmail It may seem like ancient history, but there was a time not that long ago in North Carolina in which Republican legislators were out of power and, alongside conservative advocacy groups, passionately promoting a “change” platform that […]

NCAE President Mark Jewell: N.C. Virtual Public School teachers deserve better

NCAE President Mark Jewell: N.C. Virtual Public School teachers deserve better

By Greg Childress NC Policy Watch This story has been updated to reflect new developments. Superintendent Mark Johnson and the State Board of Education have asked state lawmakers to exempt N.C. Virtual Public School teachers from mandate to take a 31-day service break. The N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE) has joined the chorus of supporters […]

The budget, the veto and Medicaid

The budget, the veto and Medicaid

  By Joe Killian, NC POLICY WATCH Democratic Senator who initially supported the budget says it’s time for the GOP to negotiate The political stand-off over whether to expand Medicaid is stretching the state budget stalemate deep into summer with no end in site. But this week Sen. Gladys Robinson (D-Guilford) said she’s worried about how the […]

COLUMN: In the IStation saga, Mark Johnson’s failings get a big stage

COLUMN: In the IStation saga, Mark Johnson’s failings get a big stage

By Billy Ball, NC POLICY WATCH If North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson ever fizzled in his lustrous perch in DPI’s corner office, his sharpest critics surmised, he would be failed by his extraordinarily limited bona fides. After all, when it comes to Johnson’s background – two years in a Charlotte classroom via Teach for America, […]

Monday numbers: A closer look at the depleted ranks at the Department of Public Instruction

Monday numbers: A closer look at the depleted ranks at the Department of Public Instruction

There have been several high profiles departures at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in recent weeks. The two involving the state’s controversial Innovative School District (ISD) – a program that was created to improve academic performance at low-performing schools, but that has met fierce resistance from communities targeted for takeover – have gotten […]

NC Supreme Court justice publicly maligns colleagues, urges critics of America to “just leave” the country

By Melissa Boughton, NC Policy Watch State judicial code makes discipline unlikely for Justice Paul Newby The only registered Republican on the state Supreme Court likely won’t face any consequences after publicly disparaging his fellow justices, urging a crowd to watch their work over the next 18 months for judicial activism, and telling people who […]

14 Days – No Response from Republican Leaders on Cooper’s Effort to Compromise

14 Days – No Response from Republican Leaders on Cooper’s Effort to Compromise

Raleigh It has been fourteen days since Governor Roy Cooper and Democratic leaders offered a reasonable, balanced compromise to move forward with a new state budget and Republican leaders have still not returned a counteroffer. Where is the Republican counter proposal? Meanwhile, a new editorial from the Winston-Salem Journal has called out Republican leaders for using an […]

Lawmaker unwittingly sums up the insanity of NC marijuana/hemp laws in a single quote

Lawmaker unwittingly sums up the insanity of NC marijuana/hemp laws in a single quote

 By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch In case you missed it this morning, be sure to check out the WRAL news story about yesterday’s state House committee action on the issue of smokable hemp. As you’ve probably heard, the issue of hemp cultivation and sale has sparked controversy because the plant is essentially indistinguishable from marijuana, which unlike […]

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