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“Surprise special session” is yet another attempt to undermine democracy

By Eleanore Wood / July 24, 2018 / Comments Off on “Surprise special session” is yet another attempt to undermine democracy

Lawmakers plan to write misleading descriptions of proposed constitutional amendments and eliminate voters’ right to weigh in on ballot language RALEIGH — Progress NC Action released the following statement Tuesday in response to the General Assembly’s “surprise special session” convening today: “The proposed amendments were already a cynical ploy to boost conservative turnout at the expense of the state…

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ICYMI: Poor education, quality of life grades drive NC down in CNBC business survey

By Eleanore Wood / July 11, 2018 / Comments Off on ICYMI: Poor education, quality of life grades drive NC down in CNBC business survey

General Assembly’s lack of concern for public education keeping potential jobs out of North Carolina RALEIGH — North Carolina dropped four spots in CNBC’s 2018 rankings of the best states for businesses, with CNBC reporting that “underfunded schools are infringing on success” in North Carolina thanks to lawmakers who refuse to make meaningful improvements to classroom funding in our…

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Statement on the passage of proposed Voter ID amendment

By Eleanore Wood / June 29, 2018 / Comments Off on Statement on the passage of proposed Voter ID amendment

Proposed amendment would ask voters to blindly trust politicians who have already racially gerrymandered a broken legislature RALEIGH — Progress NC Action released the following statement on Friday regarding the passage of a proposed Voter ID constitutional amendment that is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and will undoubtedly result in even more unconstitutional voter suppression: “Trusting this legislature to…

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ICYMI: Could keeping the income tax rate from going higher hurt NC’s public schools?

By Eleanore Wood / June 27, 2018 / Comments Off on ICYMI: Could keeping the income tax rate from going higher hurt NC’s public schools?

Answer: Yes From the Raleigh News & Observer: RALEIGH — North Carolina voters could get a chance to limit how much their state income taxes will rise — a change that education groups warn could have devastating consequences on the state’s public schools. State legislators are considering this week putting on the November ballot an amendment…

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WRAL: Raleigh events protest Trump immigration stance

By Eleanore Wood / June 21, 2018 / Comments Off on WRAL: Raleigh events protest Trump immigration stance

Over 2,000 immigrant children and babies have been separated from their families and placed into shelters and camps since April of this year. This practice is immoral, inhumane, and un-American. That’s why North Carolinians took to the streets on Wednesday to demand an end to the Trump Administration’s human rights abuses, and for families to…

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$200 grant for classroom books is barely a drop in the bucket

By Logan Smith / March 9, 2018 / Comments Off on $200 grant for classroom books is barely a drop in the bucket

State superintendent takes credit for Read to Achieve initiative he had nothing to do with RALEIGH — State Superintendent Mark Johnson made an elaborate show of announcing a $4.9 million grant giving K-3 reading teachers $200 for new books, personally signing an oversized check which the “boy wonder” used as a prop for a press…

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After Parkland shooting, NC poll shows wide support for common-sense gun safety solutions

By Eleanore Wood / March 1, 2018 / Comments Off on After Parkland shooting, NC poll shows wide support for common-sense gun safety solutions

Nearly three-quarters of NC voters say school shootings could be reduced through meaningful action by elected officials RALEIGH — In the wake of the most recent deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a new poll commissioned by Progress NC Action shows wide support among North Carolina voters for a range of common-sense gun safety solutions.…

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From The Charlotte Observer : NC teachers’ group snubs state’s school chief, calling him ‘clearly destructive’

By Logan Smith / January 30, 2018 / Comments Off on From The Charlotte Observer : NC teachers’ group snubs state’s school chief, calling him ‘clearly destructive’

Mark Johnson, the 33-year-old state superintendent who makes $127,000 a year and uses a state-owned car and cell phone, is supposed to be the state’s top advocate for public schools. So you might find it surprising that Johnson has been celebrating for-profit charter schools and private school vouchers while telling North Carolina school teachers they…

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From The News & Record: Protesters in Greensboro speak out against Duke Energy’s proposed rate hike

By Logan Smith / January 25, 2018 / Comments Off on From The News & Record: Protesters in Greensboro speak out against Duke Energy’s proposed rate hike

The Republican-led General Assembly had the chance to stop Duke Energy from charging customers to clean up their coal ash disaster, they did nothing.  Now the utility monopoly wants to charge customers for the cost of the cleanup.  A 20% increase in energy cost is, for many, unaffordable.  The people of North Carolina are speaking…

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From Mother Jones: Courts Keep Thwarting North Carolina Republicans. So They’re Trying to Remake the Courts.

By Logan Smith / January 23, 2018 / Comments Off on From Mother Jones: Courts Keep Thwarting North Carolina Republicans. So They’re Trying to Remake the Courts.

The Republican-led General Assembly continues to try to pass unconstitutional laws to cement their power.  The courts continue to overturn them.  Republicans are trying to radically remake the North Carolina court system in order to place their political allies on the bench instead of fairly elected judges.  They want to use the courts as a…

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