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Are equality and freedom really at odds? The values of a Democrat, and the week ahead for Duke Dems

Dear friends, The difference between Democrats and Republicans is sometimes phrased as a difference between two core values: equality and liberty.  They tell us that Republicans want lower taxes, because “lower taxes” and a “small government?” make people “more free,” while Democrats “want” higher taxes to “equal things out.” The events of the last few… Continue reading Are equality and freedom really at odds? The values of a Democrat, and the week ahead for Duke Dems

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In the Dead of the Night: How NC Republicans Used Deception to Hurt Our Teachers

At 1:17 a.m., in what Governor Perdue called an “unprecedented, unconstitutional power grab,” House Republicans used a surprise, late-night congressional session to override Perdue’s veto of SB727, which stops the North Carolina Association of Educators from collecting dues from teachers’ paychecks via payroll deduction. Not surprisingly, the NCAE has been vocal in our state against the… Continue reading In the Dead of the Night: How NC Republicans Used Deception to Hurt Our Teachers

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Duke students concerned about corporate influence in politics should support Kevin Hill

Kevin Hill is a long-time educator (high school teacher, assistant principal, principal, and professor of education at NC State) who is running for re-election for Wake County Board of Elections this November 8th. What hangs in the balance? The fate of 143,289 students. In 2009, multimillionaire retailer Art Pope and the infamous Civitas Action (his… Continue reading Duke students concerned about corporate influence in politics should support Kevin Hill

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Let’s not pretend that everyone is suffering equally

Unless you’re a bankruptcy lawyer, a repoman, or you had a large amount of money bundled up in credit default swaps, you have probably been hurt by the recession, but it’s time for us to stop pretending that everyone has been hurt equally. Instead up stepping up and asking how we can share in sacrifices,… Continue reading Let’s not pretend that everyone is suffering equally