Although the Supreme Court upheld the overall constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act over the summer, its ruling on Medicaid expansion gives states much autonomy. Individual states are allowed to opt out of Medicaid expansion. How North Carolina will move on Medicaid expansion is currently unclear. Opting in would have bring copious benefits to the… Continue reading Why North Carolina should opt into Medicaid expansion
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
A recent Business Week article “Pssst … Wanna Buy a Law? When a company needs a state bill passed, the American Legislative Exchange Council can get it done” explained the role that ALEC plays in writing the legislation in Republican controlled state legislatures (like North Carolina, where as of 2010, both houses of the NC General… Continue reading Which North Carolina bills were bought by corporations?
Some readers of yesterday’s column asked a very reasonable question: what does the marriage discrimination amendment have to do with domestic violence? It gets to the heart of an important point: the people who wrote the amendment and who are fighting so hard to see it passed haven’t thought about all of the damage their… Continue reading What Exactly Does the Marriage Discrimination Amendment Have to Do With Domestic Violence?
Last year, two-thirds of the DSG Senate voted to de-charter and defund Duke CR for the “culture of discrimination” that the group had created, particularly against LGBT members. That decision was overturned by a veto by then DSG President Mike Lefevre. Clearly though, Duke CR still has deficit of leaders willing to assert the fact… Continue reading Duke College Republicans: Come Out of the Closet
Just a few hours ago, Rep. Bill Faison from Orange County released the following statement, calling on Governor Beverly Perdue to veto SB 9. Here are his powerful words: We are a nation and a people of laws. Our laws and procedures keep both the government and powerful people from running over us as individuals.… Continue reading No Man Should Be Executed For the Color of His Skin: A Powerful Statement by Rep. Bill Faison to Veto the SB9
Almost two years after enacting the state’s Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars Law, health officials are noting a double-digit decline in the number of emergency room visits by North Carolinians experiencing heart attacks. The study released Wednesday …. [Read more on NC Policy Watch]