Patrick Zarcone

North Carolina’s reinstated 20-week abortion ban will have far-reaching impact on those in need of reproductive care

By Patrick Zarcone / August 26, 2022 / Comments Off on North Carolina’s reinstated 20-week abortion ban will have far-reaching impact on those in need of reproductive care

Although most abortion procedures don’t occur after 20 weeks, those that do are often because of serious, potentially life-threatening health emergencies – and now that care is being criminalized.

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Progress NC Action, partner organizations take call for ‘Fair Courts Now’ across North Carolina

By Patrick Zarcone / August 26, 2022 / Comments Off on Progress NC Action, partner organizations take call for ‘Fair Courts Now’ across North Carolina

The Fair Courts NC public accountability campaign is calling for common-sense reforms to help contain the partisanship being seen in our courts.

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Educators speak out against new merit pay proposal – and NC Superintendent Truitt isn’t listening

By Patrick Zarcone / August 19, 2022 / Comments Off on Educators speak out against new merit pay proposal – and NC Superintendent Truitt isn’t listening

A new proposal discussed by the NC Board of Education would determine teacher pay based on factors such as testing performance and evaluations instead of experience.

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Cheri Beasley leading Ted Budd in latest poll as Budd’s positions become even more unpopular

By Patrick Zarcone / August 19, 2022 / Comments Off on Cheri Beasley leading Ted Budd in latest poll as Budd’s positions become even more unpopular

The latest poll in North Carolina’s hugely important race between former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and right-wing extremist Rep. Ted Budd shows Beasley with a four-point lead.

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Tillis, Burr vote in favor of keeping insulin costs high for the average American

By Patrick Zarcone / August 12, 2022 / Comments Off on Tillis, Burr vote in favor of keeping insulin costs high for the average American

According to NBC News, 43 Republican senators – including Tillis and Sen. Richard Burr – voted against capping insulin prices at $35 for private insurers as part of the Inflation Reduction Act.

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Democrats pass signature legislation addressing climate change, health care, taxes

By Patrick Zarcone / August 12, 2022 / Comments Off on Democrats pass signature legislation addressing climate change, health care, taxes

While many critical investments are needed, this bill marks one of the many steps to tackle climate change, make health care affordable and ensure corporations are paying their fair share.

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Underfunded, short on teachers: NC traditional calendar schools getting ready for new school year

By Patrick Zarcone / August 4, 2022 / Comments Off on Underfunded, short on teachers: NC traditional calendar schools getting ready for new school year

Everyone knows what this state’s educational issues are, but the NC GOP has no desire or willingness to do what needs to be done to fix them. We all deserve better.

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Sen. Tillis votes against bill providing health benefits for veterans exposed to toxic chemicals

By Patrick Zarcone / August 4, 2022 / Comments Off on Sen. Tillis votes against bill providing health benefits for veterans exposed to toxic chemicals

Tillis’ refusal to support his own veterans health bill solidifies the need to elect leaders who actually care for the people of our state, and whose actions match their words when it comes to supporting the troops.

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Democrats come out on top in Charlotte and Greensboro elections

By Patrick Zarcone / July 28, 2022 / Comments Off on Democrats come out on top in Charlotte and Greensboro elections

Despite Republicans’ hopes, incumbent Democrats nearly swept council and mayoral seats in Charlotte and Greensboro on Tuesday.

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Every NC Republican voted against protecting marriage equality and guaranteeing access to contraception

By Patrick Zarcone / July 28, 2022 / Comments Off on Every NC Republican voted against protecting marriage equality and guaranteeing access to contraception

North Carolina’s Republican U.S. House members proved twice last week that they don’t have the best interests of their constituents or the country in mind when they voted against two important bills.

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