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    The Progressive Pulse: Democrats decry racial health disparities in their renewed push for Medicaid expansion

    Last week, state Democrats renewed their calls for Medicaid expansion in an effort to address the state’s long-standing racial health...
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    The Washington Post: The GOP’s anti-transgender bills are ignorance in action

    Five years after the state’s notorious House Bill 2 or HB2, Republican legislators are back with a slew of discriminatory...
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    The Progressive Pulse: NC Democrats push for common sense voting reforms

    With more than 360 bills introduced in 47 states across the country, many of which mirror the worst of Georgia’s...
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    N.C. Policy Watch: Despite a federal stay on evictions, landlords are ousting their tenants

    In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, North Carolinians across the state continue to struggle with paying rent and getting...
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    N.C. Policy Watch: New national report: NC among states at “extreme risk” of gerrymandering

    According to a new report from the nonpartisan nonprofit, Represent Us, North Carolina is one of several states at “extreme...
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    WRAL: Five years later, Democratic lawmakers still fighting to erase HB2, promote LGBT rights

    Last week, Democrats in the North Carolina General Assembly introduced four bills that would protect LGBTQ North Carolinians from discrimination,...
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    Patsy Takemoto Mink: First Woman of Color in Congress

    In honor of Women’s History Month, Progress NC Action is highlighting women who have fostered change, encouraged debate and have...
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    The federal pandemic relief bill contains a big carrot to expand Medicaid. Will North Carolina bite?

    Today marks the 11th anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- a law that reformed the...
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    WRAL: N.C. elections officials did a great job in 2020. Provide what’s needed to do even better.

    Amid one of the worst public health crises faced by the state and nation on top of rampant GOP voter...
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    Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray: Civil Rights Activist, Poet and Lawyer

    Durham-based civil rights activist Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, was the first Black person to earn a doctorate in law from...
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      WRAL: New coalition on the left presses inequality issues during COVID-19 and beyond

      By Eleanore Wood | April 24, 2020

      By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter A new coalition of left-leaning groups came together over the last month and a half, and it’s pushing state leaders to address economic inequality as government responds to COVID-19, and longer term. The group, NC United for Survival & Beyond, lists some 200 organizations as members. Many are smaller grassroots operations,…

      The Sanford Herald: Teacher By Day / EMT By Night: Politicians put health of schools at risk

      By Alanna Joyner | January 28, 2020

      From The Sanford Herald: Like countless N.C. educators, I’m forced to work a second job to make ends meet. Unlike most of my colleagues, my second job isn’t retail, it’s saving lives. Every Friday after I finish grading coursework, I head to my weekend job as an EMT/firefighter in Harnett County and pull 12-hour shifts.…

      Amanda Smith: State putting the squeeze on teachers

      By Alanna Joyner | January 22, 2020

       From The Daily Reflector: It’s certainly not unusual for teachers to stay in their classrooms long after school ends to grade papers and plan for upcoming lessons. It’s part of the job I expected when I became a teacher. But something I didn’t expect was having to work a second job to make ends meet…

      Fox 46: Teachers protest decision not to increase their pay

      By Eleanore Wood | January 16, 2020

      From Fox 46 Charlotte: NC teachers protest for pay raises North Carolina teachers are protesting because they are not getting a pay raise per lawmakers in Raleigh. Teachers in Charlotte protested Wednesday because they’re not getting pay raises from the state of North Carolina. Lawmakers failed to override Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of pay raises.

      Tessa Pendley: Why teachers blame the GOP legislature for no pay raise before the holidays

      By Eleanore Wood | December 29, 2019

      Union Hill Elementary School teacher Tessa Pendley speaks out about the budget and the lack of any compromise from GOP leaders in North Carolina’s legislature. From The Greensboro News & Record North Carolina educators don’t have much to be thankful for this holiday season when it comes to the latest meager “raises” offered up by legislative…

      A math teacher does the math on NC teacher pay

      By Eleanore Wood | December 27, 2019

      Wake County math teacher Celia Rowland sets the record straight on teacher pay in North Carolina. From The News & Observer $66,267. No, that is definitely not my salary as a teacher. It’s the total amount I have “lost” from the state thanks to a decade of pay freezes, the loss of longevity pay, and the step…