Why North Carolina should opt into Medicaid expansion

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 theContinue reading “Why North Carolina should opt into Medicaid expansion”

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 theContinue reading “In the Dead of the Night: How NC Republicans Used Deception to Hurt Our Teachers”

Which North Carolina bills were bought by corporations?

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 GeneralContinue reading “Which North Carolina bills were bought by corporations?”

What Exactly Does the Marriage Discrimination Amendment Have to Do With Domestic Violence?

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 theirContinue reading “What Exactly Does the Marriage Discrimination Amendment Have to Do With Domestic Violence?”