Politics As Usual

North Carolinians could send as many as 10 seditionists to Washington in this November’s midterms

By Patrick Zarcone / October 27, 2022 / Comments Off on North Carolinians could send as many as 10 seditionists to Washington in this November’s midterms

There’s a ton at stake in the upcoming midterm elections but the most important issue isn’t getting the attention it deserves. Americans’ rights – such as reproductive, voting and LGBTQ+ – are all at risk this November. Also at risk? Our democracy. Nearly 300 Republicans who in some way supported the Jan. 6 insurrection and…

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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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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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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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North Carolina’s Redistricting Fight

By Alanna Joyner / December 1, 2021 / Comments Off on North Carolina’s Redistricting Fight

North Carolina Republican lawmakers used the last legislative session to double-down on their gerrymandered maps, packing and splitting communities apart to keep districts safe for favored incumbents. Amid a rushed and inaccessible redistricting process, the new maps give the GOP a clear advantage — placing 10 out of 14 congressional seats in favor of the…

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Progressive Pulse: NC’s response to the COVID-19 crises: Hindered by the “The Big Lie”

By Alanna Joyner / January 27, 2021 / Comments Off on Progressive Pulse: NC’s response to the COVID-19 crises: Hindered by the “The Big Lie”

In opening remarks for the new legislative session, N.C. Speaker Tim Moore said, “And above all, we are committed to a system of government that represents justice for all North Carolinians”. What Moore failed to mention was how for decades, the N.C. General Assembly has failed to expand access to health care, housing support, increased…

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WRAL: NCGOP, elected leaders flout pandemic rules at ‘Victory Party’

By Alanna Joyner / December 14, 2020 / Comments Off on WRAL: NCGOP, elected leaders flout pandemic rules at ‘Victory Party’

Last Saturday, as North Carolina broke a record with more than 6,000 new COVID-19 cases, Republican party leaders ignored COVID-19 restrictions when they held a “Victory party” and meetings in Elkin. Despite the state Department of Health and Human Services reporting that 5,556 more people had been diagnosed with COVID-19 than the day before and…

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The Washington Post: Court upholds North Carolina’s voter identification law

By Alanna Joyner / December 2, 2020 / Comments Off on The Washington Post: Court upholds North Carolina’s voter identification law

Last week, a federal appeals court upheld North Carolina’s voter ID law, which requires voters to present photo identification before casting ballots, even as it acknowledged the state’s “long and shameful history of race-based voter suppression”. Federal judges struck down previous voter ID schemes in which federal judges ruled that the Republican lawmakers targeted minority…

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Salisbury Post: Harrison Peel “Tillis owes voters real answers”

By Alanna Joyner / July 7, 2020 / Comments Off on Salisbury Post: Harrison Peel “Tillis owes voters real answers”

A few weeks ago in an opinion editorial by U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, Tillis claimed that he will remain committed to,“my work of listening to the concerns, opinions, and experiences of North Carolinians”. But since 2014, the senator yet has demonstrated a pattern of dodging voters’ concerns during his town halls and in his decisions.…

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WRAL: Legislative partisanship triumphs over real progress for N.C.

By Alanna Joyner / June 30, 2020 / Comments Off on WRAL: Legislative partisanship triumphs over real progress for N.C.

The North Carolina General Assembly concluded its session Friday without approving a proposal to increase weekly unemployment benefits, among other unmet needs. Amid the pandemic, the legislature refused to address vital needs such as Medicaid expansion, increasing teacher pay, public school funding, unemployment benefits and systemic racism.  Rather than address long-standing issues, Republican lawmakers have…

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