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From WRAL: Burr and Tillis stop fighting Obama, fix Obamacare

By Eleanore Wood / September 26, 2017 / Comments Off on From WRAL: Burr and Tillis stop fighting Obama, fix Obamacare

The Graham-Cassidy plan appears to be dead in the water for now.  However, Republicans are still determined to pass legislation that will gut medicaid, remove protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and charge the sick and the elderly much more.  The latest CBO report finds that millions of Americans would lose coverage all together under…

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From The Fayetteville Observer: We need safe, clean water but we get political games

By Eleanore Wood / September 25, 2017 / Comments Off on From The Fayetteville Observer: We need safe, clean water but we get political games

Legislators in Raleigh after learning of high levels of toxic GenX in the Cape Fear River and now in the well waters around the Chemours plant in Fayetteville, offered a pitiful amount of money to a local water utility as well as rolling back environmental protections which included repealing the plastic bag ban.  This bill…

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Washington Post: A century ago, women fought for access to contraception. The Trump administration threatens to undo their work.

By Eleanore Wood / September 25, 2017 / Comments Off on Washington Post: A century ago, women fought for access to contraception. The Trump administration threatens to undo their work.

The newest ACA repeal attempt is yet another attack on women’s rights. This bill would eliminate access to contraceptives and cut abortion funding. In 2015, 6.2 million American women received contraception through public funding. Trump and the Graham-Cassidy bill will cut this funding leaving millions without proper access to contraceptives and abortion care.  From Washington…

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From The Jefferson Post: Shortage of basic school supplies demonstrates legislature’s failure to invest

By Eleanore Wood / September 22, 2017 / Comments Off on From The Jefferson Post: Shortage of basic school supplies demonstrates legislature’s failure to invest

When adjusted for inflation and enrollment classroom supply funding has dropped by 53% over the last ten years.  Classrooms are really feeling the squeeze as teachers and parents are spending hundreds out of their pockets to provide essentials.  The North Carolina legislature has failed to invest in our public education, depriving students of their right…

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From The Richmond County Daily Journal: Duke customers say rate hike ‘not fair’

By Eleanore Wood / September 21, 2017 / Comments Off on From The Richmond County Daily Journal: Duke customers say rate hike ‘not fair’

The North Carolina state legislature had an opportunity to protect consumers from coal ash clean up costs and they refused. The General Assembly passed a coal ash “cleanup” bill that allows Duke Energy to leave coal ash in 10 of its 14 unlined pits across the state. What’s more, the bill allows Duke to pass…

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From WRAL: State, not counties accountable for poor school funds

By Eleanore Wood / September 20, 2017 / Comments Off on From WRAL: State, not counties accountable for poor school funds

Schools this year are really feeling the budget squeeze.  With lack of school supplies parents and teachers are spending hundreds out of their pockets to provide essentials.  Who is to blame? A state Court Of Appeals said it’s not the county, it’s the North Carolina General Assembly.  From WRAL Students and parents still fighting for…

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Vox: The new Obamacare repeal bill is the worst yet for women’s health

By Eleanore Wood / September 20, 2017 / Comments Off on Vox: The new Obamacare repeal bill is the worst yet for women’s health

The Graham-Cassidy bill, the newest bill attempting to repeal the ACA, is an attack on women’s health care rights. This bill will make it harder for women to get insurance coverage for abortion care. It will make it more difficult for Medicaid recipients to visit Planned Parenthood. It will even create new ways for the…

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From WRAL: 12 N Carolina legislative districts remain illegal

By Eleanore Wood / September 19, 2017 / Comments Off on From WRAL: 12 N Carolina legislative districts remain illegal

It’s no surprise that the new legislative maps are more of the same.  The lawyers who brought the original suit against the previous maps are asking the courts for another redraw. They argue that 12 of the redrawn districts are still illegally silencing minority voices.  It’s still unclear when the courts will rule on the…

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From The News And Observer: Fair redistricting is fundamental to voting rights

By Eleanore Wood / September 18, 2017 / Comments Off on From The News And Observer: Fair redistricting is fundamental to voting rights

The new maps have been drawn and submitted to the court.  It’s clear, state lawmakers are using extreme partisan gerrymandering to silence the voices of minorities in North Carolina. We no longer live in a democracy where each person has a fair and equal vote.  When representatives choose their constituents, they no don’t have to…

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From The Charlotte Observer: Aktion Club of Lake Norman donates school supplies

By Eleanore Wood / September 17, 2017 / Comments Off on From The Charlotte Observer: Aktion Club of Lake Norman donates school supplies

Schools this year faced a serious lack of funding for classroom supplies.  When adjusted for inflation and enrollment classroom budgets have been cut by 50% over the last ten years.  Teachers on average are spending $500 of their own money on essential supplies.  Communities are now stepping up to fill in those funding gaps with…

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