Alanna Joyner

NC Republican Judge reduces required funding amount for education

By Alanna Joyner / April 26, 2022 / Comments Off on NC Republican Judge reduces required funding amount for education

According to a state court ruling on Tuesday, North Carolina still owes its public schools millions of dollars towards education spending. Reaffirming Superior Court Judge David Lee’s order, Judge Michael Robinson found that the newly passed state budget falls short in funding the plan to resolve the decades-long Leandro education case.  However, the Republican judge…

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More Communities Across the State Pass Nondiscrimination Ordinances

By Alanna Joyner / April 21, 2022 / Comments Off on More Communities Across the State Pass Nondiscrimination Ordinances

Raleigh, Knightdale, and Morrisville join the growing list of North Carolina communities that have passed LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances. So far, 18 communities across the state have adopted local protections from discrimination in employment and public accommodation. The adoption of ordinances protects North Carolinians from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, natural hairstyle and more.…

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New Report Shows North Carolinians Pay Their Fair Share While Billionaires Skirt By

By Alanna Joyner / April 20, 2022 / Comments Off on New Report Shows North Carolinians Pay Their Fair Share While Billionaires Skirt By

Ahead of this year’s Tax Day, a report found that U.S. billionaires have gotten $1.7 trillion richer over the first two years of the pandemic, while four of the state’s billionaires got $6 billion richer, according to an analysis by Americans for Tax Fairness and Action NC. The dramatic increase in wealth comes in contrast…

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Republicans have pushed for almost 1,600 book bans in public schools

By Alanna Joyner / April 12, 2022 / Comments Off on Republicans have pushed for almost 1,600 book bans in public schools

Across the nation, Republicans’ campaign to censor books that highlight race, gender, and sexual orientation have resulted in nearly 1,600 books banned in the past nine months, according to a new report. The report from PEN America, found from July 2021 to the end of March this year, more than 1,586 books were banned in…

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Leandro school funding case continues this week

By Alanna Joyner / April 11, 2022 / Comments Off on Leandro school funding case continues this week

The next hearing for Leandro is set for tomorrow at 9 a.m., and will mark the latest update in the longstanding school funding case after groups filed briefs ahead of this week’s court hearing. The upcoming hearing comes also after Justice Paul Newby ordered the removal of Superior Court Judge David Lee from overseeing the…

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Ketanji Brown Jackson makes history as the first Black woman Supreme Court Justice

By Alanna Joyner / April 6, 2022 / Comments Off on Ketanji Brown Jackson makes history as the first Black woman Supreme Court Justice

In a 53-47 vote, the U.S. Senate has confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson as the 116th Supreme Court justice.  Justice Jackson makes history as the first Black woman to hold the Supreme Court justice title. As noted by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), “In our nation’s history..108 SCOTUS justices have been white men, only 4 have been…

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U.S. House passes bill to cap insulin prices

By Alanna Joyner / April 5, 2022 / Comments Off on U.S. House passes bill to cap insulin prices

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill with a bipartisan vote that would limit the monthly price of insulin to $35 for insured patients – helping millions of Americans and North Carolinians living with diabetes. According to the Health Care Cost Institute, between 2012 and 2016, the price of insulin almost doubled.…

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NC Republicans’ efforts in courts continue to undermine our judicial system

By Alanna Joyner / April 1, 2022 / Comments Off on NC Republicans’ efforts in courts continue to undermine our judicial system

For years, North Carolina Republican legislators have passed numerous laws that serve to undermine our judiciary and place judges on the bench that will adhere to their colleagues’ bidding. Historically, the judiciary branch of our government has been enshrined in impartiality and a commitment to fairness since our nation’s founding. Yet, the latest Republican efforts…

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Moral Mondays returns to Raleigh, advocates and community members push for change

By Alanna Joyner / March 29, 2022 / Comments Off on Moral Mondays returns to Raleigh, advocates and community members push for change

On Monday, faith leaders and community activists in Raleigh gathered together to push lawmakers to enact policies that center the demands of poor and low-wealth North Carolinians.  The Moral Monday revival is part of a national movement leading up to a major march in the nation’s capital on June 18, the “Mass Poor People’s and…

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Affordable Care Act Anniversary Highlights Need for NC Medicaid Expansion

By Alanna Joyner / March 24, 2022 / Comments Off on Affordable Care Act Anniversary Highlights Need for NC Medicaid Expansion

Yesterday marked the 12-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) being signed into law. For the past decade, the landmark health law has expanded health care coverage to millions of Americans, lowered costs and secured lifesaving protections for hard-working families across the country. Despite the overwhelming benefits and added critical protections, North Carolina remains…

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