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McCrory’s Coal Ash Cronies: When Misleading the Public Pays Off

By Eleanore Wood / January 11, 2017 / Comments Off on McCrory’s Coal Ash Cronies: When Misleading the Public Pays Off

In February of 2014 a pipe burst at a Duke Energy plant, spilling 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan river. For many in the state, it was the first time they had ever heard of coal ash, or worried about the potential hazards. While the Dan river spill was eventually stopped, the disaster…

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Sessions on Sessions on Sessions: A Wild (and Unfortunate) End to 2016

By Eleanore Wood / January 5, 2017 / Comments Off on Sessions on Sessions on Sessions: A Wild (and Unfortunate) End to 2016

The last few weeks of 2016 saw a flurry of legislative activity that included undemocratic power grabs and the failure to repeal HB2. While the courts are still sorting out the mess that politicians created, we wanted to take a look back at the last few weeks of 2016. It all started when Pat McCrory…

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ICYMI: Thursday’s HB2 vote was NOT full repeal

By Logan Smith / December 22, 2016 / Comments Off on ICYMI: Thursday’s HB2 vote was NOT full repeal

A procedural vote tied to a larger bill that leaves parts of HB2 in place indefinitely can under NO circumstances be considered a full repeal RALEIGH — After breaking their word by refusing to allow a clean vote on full repeal of HB2, Republican lawmakers are now blaming Democrats for not going along with the…

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FACT CHECK: Berger, Moore have never offered to fully repeal HB2

By Logan Smith / December 20, 2016 / Comments Off on FACT CHECK: Berger, Moore have never offered to fully repeal HB2

RALEIGH — Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore released a patently false statement on Monday, claiming they have offered “for months” to fully repeal HB2 if the City of Charlotte repealed its nondiscrimination ordinance. Berger and Moore were referring to a so-called “compromise” which fell through in September. Although the two Republican…

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FACT CHECK: Berger, Moore have never offered to fully repeal HB2

By Logan Smith / December 20, 2016 / Comments Off on FACT CHECK: Berger, Moore have never offered to fully repeal HB2

RALEIGH — Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore released a patently false statement on Monday, claiming they have offered “for months” to fully repeal HB2 if the City of Charlotte repealed its nondiscrimination ordinance. Berger and Moore were referring to a so-called “compromise” which fell through in September. Although the two Republican…

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Statement on Charlotte LGBT ordinance repeal, HB2 “compromise”

By Logan Smith / December 19, 2016 / Comments Off on Statement on Charlotte LGBT ordinance repeal, HB2 “compromise”

Lawmakers must provide assurances that HB2 repeal session will not turn into another partisan power grab RALEIGH — Progress NC Action released the following statement on Monday in response to reports that Charlotte City Council has repealed its LGBT protections in exchange for the full repeal of HB2 by December 31: “We continue to support…

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Statement on Charlotte LGBT ordinance repeal, HB2 “compromise”

By Logan Smith / December 19, 2016 / Comments Off on Statement on Charlotte LGBT ordinance repeal, HB2 “compromise”

Lawmakers must provide assurances that HB2 repeal session will not turn into another partisan power grab RALEIGH — Progress NC Action released the following statement on Monday in response to reports that Charlotte City Council has repealed its LGBT protections in exchange for the full repeal of HB2 by December 31: “We continue to support…

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Editorial: Special Session Should NOT be used for Court-Packing

By Eleanore Wood / December 8, 2016 / Comments Off on Editorial: Special Session Should NOT be used for Court-Packing

The special legislative session next week is supposed to be focused on Hurricane Matthew relief. But McCrory has the potential to turn it into a session that also includes adding two new justices to the state Supreme Court in an undemocratic court-packing scheme. McCrory will be remembered for HB2 but he has a chance to end…

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Editorial: Time for an Independent Redistricting Commission

By Eleanore Wood / December 7, 2016 / Comments Off on Editorial: Time for an Independent Redistricting Commission

The Supreme Court is reviewing NC’s congressional districts because of racial gerrymandering. Justice Elena Kagan said Monday that redistricting based on politics is okay, but redistricting based on race is not. And the case will likely come down to the question: race or politics? The reality is that partisan redistricting is detrimental to democracy because…

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Progress NC Action statement on McCrory concession

By Logan Smith / December 5, 2016 / Comments Off on Progress NC Action statement on McCrory concession

Time to start repairing North Carolina’s reputation on HB2, public education, and the environment RALEIGH — Progress NC Action released the following statement on Monday in response to Pat McCrory’s concession to Governor-elect Roy Cooper: “After wasting plenty of time and taxpayer dollars with frivolous complaints and bogus accusations, we are thankful that the McCrory…

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