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Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

By Alanna Joyner / June 29, 2022 / Comments Off on Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

Last week’s Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade will usher in a United States not seen in half a century, with Americans no longer having the constitutional right to control their own reproductive choices.  In a 5-4 vote, powered by its conservative majority, the high court stripped away a well established fundamental right for…

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Cary passes non-discrimination ordinance

By Alanna Joyner / June 26, 2022 / Comments Off on Cary passes non-discrimination ordinance

Last week, the Cary Town Council unanimously approved Wake County’s non-discrimination ordinance. As the sixth Wake County community to approve the ordinance, Cary joins Morrisville, Apex, Wendell, Raleigh and Knightdale in adopting local protections against discrimination in employment and public accommodation. “Cary is not a place where we do things because it looks good on…

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New bill aims to protect election officials and poll workers

By Alanna Joyner / June 23, 2022 / Comments Off on New bill aims to protect election officials and poll workers

Throughout the 2020 election and into 2021, Republican politicians across the nation pushed forth hundreds of measures that threatened to punish elections officials and workers for just doing their jobs. The Jan. 6 committee hearing has highlighted the numerous threats made to state and local officials in particularly Georgia and Arizona as Trump and his…

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New poll finds a majority of Americans want abortion laws to remain the same

By Alanna Joyner / June 22, 2022 / Comments Off on New poll finds a majority of Americans want abortion laws to remain the same

A recent national poll found that 61 percent of U.S. adults say abortion should be legal in all or most cases. The Pew Research Center survey also found that a majority of Americans believe that “the decision about whether to have an abortion should belong solely to the pregnant woman”. The findings come weeks after…

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Select Committee’s investigation on the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol

By Alanna Joyner / June 16, 2022 / Comments Off on Select Committee’s investigation on the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol

The House January 6 select committee held its third public hearing today surrounding its investigation into the attack on our U.S. Capitol. After conducting 1,000 interviews and gathering 140,000 documents over the course of the year, the committee hearing has made clear in vivid and heart-wrenching detail the lengths to which Trump and his MAGA…

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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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