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Rewriting paternity in the NC General Assembly

Right now in North Carolina, if you legally affirm that you are the father of a child upon that child’s birth, you have 60 days to “reneg” if on that affirmation of paternity; otherwise, if you discover later that you are not the father of the child, you may nevertheless be legally “stuck” as such,… Continue reading Rewriting paternity in the NC General Assembly

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John McCain: Back in Action as the Conscience of the Republican Party

The 2008 was an enormous moment, one that inspired tremendous optimism in me, that the United States was rallying around a progressive vision for a socially, economically and environmentally just future.  Beneath all the, well, hope, though ran a very troubling political undercurrent.  John McCain who really had in all fairness been a maverick–on campaign… Continue reading John McCain: Back in Action as the Conscience of the Republican Party

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NC Republicans: Don’t Return Stimulus Funds…Especially for Mass Transit

Almost every candidate for elected office in 2010 put job creation at the top of their platforms. Why then should NC republicans be proposing that we return the federal stimulus funds to improve rail service?  The state DOT estimates that turning away these funds will cost North Carolina 4,800 jobs, not to mention the indirect… Continue reading NC Republicans: Don’t Return Stimulus Funds…Especially for Mass Transit

Campus Life · Local Feature · The Devil's Advocate

The Voter ID Law…Is this any improvement?

A few weeks ago, we blogged to you about the NC Voter ID Law being proposed by Republicans in the general assembly–it would have required anyone voting to present state-issued identification, showing their address of residence. Republicans have listened to the push-back (in part from the dozens of Duke students who called and petitioned the… Continue reading The Voter ID Law…Is this any improvement?

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Illinois Bans Capital Punishment

After a decade long moratorium on executions, earlier this month, Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn (D) signed a ban on capital punishment in the state of Illinois. The bill, which sat on Quinn’s desk waiting for a signature for two months, makes Illinois the 16th state to ban the death penalty. 15 inmates on death row… Continue reading Illinois Bans Capital Punishment

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NC House Bill 11: Barring undocumented immigrants from higher education

When I read legislation like this (currently in committee), I can’t help but wonder: who wins?  Who would benefit from this legislation’s passage, besides the vote-seeking legislators themselves? Let the NC House of Representatives know what you think: Contact Rep. Paul Luebke, the Representative for NC’s 30th district (containing Duke) and member of the Education committee, or Rep.… Continue reading NC House Bill 11: Barring undocumented immigrants from higher education