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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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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 General… Continue reading Which North Carolina bills were bought by corporations?

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Show Your Support for Obama with your Facebook Timeline

Want to show your support for President Barack Obama using the cover photo of your Facebook Timeline? Right click to save this banner of President Obama’s many accomplishments while in office: WHAT BARACK OBAMA  HAS ACCOMPLISHED: LILY-LEDBETTER FAIR PAY ACT ENDED WAR IN IRAQ AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, PROVIDING 32 MILLION MORE AMERICANS HEALTHCARE (frame of… Continue reading Show Your Support for Obama with your Facebook Timeline

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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 their… Continue reading What Exactly Does the Marriage Discrimination Amendment Have to Do With Domestic Violence?

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Don’t Let the United States Surrender the War on AIDS: An Action Alert from Duke Global Health Brigades

AUTHOR: BRAVEEN RAGUNANTHAN As many of you have heard, Global Health funding is in extremedanger in the current Congressional budget negotiations. Congress is scrambling to put together a last-minute budget deal before they leave for Winter Recess, and on the table right now is a proposal to increase defense spending by $6 billion at the expense… Continue reading Don’t Let the United States Surrender the War on AIDS: An Action Alert from Duke Global Health Brigades

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Duke College Republicans: Come Out of the Closet

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