Alanna Joyner

Amid Republican-led attacks, President Biden directs federal agencies to protect LGBTQ+ rights

By Alanna Joyner / June 15, 2022 / Comments Off on Amid Republican-led attacks, President Biden directs federal agencies to protect LGBTQ+ rights

Across the nation, including North Carolina, Republicans are spearheading a campaign targeting LGBTQ+ students through discriminatory bills. Republican-led state legislatures have taken pages out of their GOP counterpart agendas, and have attempted to pass their own versions of “Don’t Say Gay” bills, book bans and laws to ban transgender youth from participating in school sports.…

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Amid Growing List of Mass Shootings, Democrats Advocate for Gun Safety

By Alanna Joyner / June 7, 2022 / Comments Off on Amid Growing List of Mass Shootings, Democrats Advocate for Gun Safety

In a proclamation released Friday, Governor Roy Cooper marked June 3 as Gun Violence Awareness Day in an effort to raise awareness and remember the lives of those lost to gun violence. With 251 mass shootings in just the sixth month of 2022, communities, advocates, and Democrats across the country are demanding gun safety laws…

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Medicaid Expansion Passes N.C. Senate

By Alanna Joyner / June 6, 2022 / Comments Off on Medicaid Expansion Passes N.C. Senate

Last week, the North Carolina Senate voted to expand Medicaid to North Carolinians who are currently without health care coverage. With a 44-2 vote, the bipartisan-backed measure has moved forward amid a decade long standstill that has left more than half a million North Carolinians without access to affordable health care. Since 2013, the expanded…

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Amid Pride Month, North Carolina Republicans target LGBTQ+ students with discriminatory bill

By Alanna Joyner / June 1, 2022 / Comments Off on Amid Pride Month, North Carolina Republicans target LGBTQ+ students with discriminatory bill

Increasing funding for classroom supplies, updated computers and textbooks, resources for educators, support staff and school administrators. These longstanding unmet needs among many others should be at the forefront of education priorities for state Republicans in the NC General Assembly. Yet, state Republican leaders have taken a page from their GOP counterparts in neighboring states…

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As nation mourns recent mass shooting, Lt. Governor Mark Robinson sides with pro-gun rhetoric

By Alanna Joyner / May 31, 2022 / Comments Off on As nation mourns recent mass shooting, Lt. Governor Mark Robinson sides with pro-gun rhetoric

On the heels of horrific mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, Laguna Woods, California and Uvalde, Texas, North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson attended the NRA annual convention as a keynote speaker. Despite North Carolinians demanding accountability, Robinson was among several extremist Republicans touting pro-gun rhetoric just days after 19 children and two adults were…

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Most Americans want stricter gun laws. Republican politicians don’t seem to care

By Alanna Joyner / May 26, 2022 / Comments Off on Most Americans want stricter gun laws. Republican politicians don’t seem to care

Tuesday, May 24 marked the 144th day of 2022, and there have been 214 recorded mass shootings this year alone. A shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two adults, marked the 27th school shooting this year. Following just 10 days after a shooting at a Tops supermarket in…

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New report ranks North Carolina 44th in spending per student

By Alanna Joyner / May 23, 2022 / Comments Off on New report ranks North Carolina 44th in spending per student

A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau ranks North Carolina 44th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia in spending per student.  According to the report, in fiscal year 2020, North Carolina provided $9,958 per student, compared to the national average of $13,494. When adjusted for inflation, The Pulse found that the…

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North Carolina’s Primary Election Day is tomorrow. Here’s what you need to know

By Alanna Joyner / May 16, 2022 / Comments Off on North Carolina’s Primary Election Day is tomorrow. Here’s what you need to know

Tomorrow marks Primary Election Day for five states, including North Carolina, that are holding 2022 primary elections. During the state’s Primary Election Day on Tuesday, May 17, voters can choose which candidates for the state’s open seat in the U.S. Senate, congressional races and legislature seats along with hundreds of local offices across the state. …

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North Carolina communities and advocates push for change amid Roe V. Wade opinion

By Alanna Joyner / May 11, 2022 / Comments Off on North Carolina communities and advocates push for change amid Roe V. Wade opinion

While the draft from the Supreme Court to dismantle the fundamental right to abortion was a shock to millions of Americans, advocates around the nation have been sounding the alarm for months. In North Carolina, advocates have been seeing the writing on the wall for years, and understand the importance of protecting reproductive health for…

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Early voting starts today in North Carolina

By Alanna Joyner / April 27, 2022 / Comments Off on Early voting starts today in North Carolina

Starting today, North Carolina voters will have a chance to cast a ballot in-person for the 2022 Primary Election. During this election, voters can choose which candidates for the state’s open seat in the U.S. Senate, congressional races and legislature seats along with hundreds of local offices across the state. From today until 3 p.m.…

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