NC voters demand an finish to gerrymandering at listening to on new election districts
By Lynn Bonner
Voters advised legislators Wednesday they’re sick of gerrymandering as a result of deeply partisan election districts erode democracy and make lawmakers unresponsive to residents’ wants and opinions.
Legislators are getting ready to approve new congressional, state Home, and state Senate districts for the 2024 elections. [Read more...]
5 standout speeches from North Carolina’s last public listening to on redistricting
By Clayton Henkel
It could be simple to suppose the typical individual doesn’t know or doesn’t actually care what legislative district they reside in. However North Carolinians each younger and outdated proved that was not the case Wednesday as they patiently waited their flip to talk up for democracy and reject efforts to additional gerrymander the state’s voting districts.
Charles Bennett from the Sandhills urged lawmakers to attract the strains with out giving in to the temptation of dishonest, remembering that North Carolina is actually a purple state: [Read more…]
Federal decide blocks two provisions in NC’s new abortion legislation
By Lynn Bonner
A federal decide blocked provisions of the state’s new abortion legislation coping with abortion drugs and procedures in clinics. US District Courtroom Choose Catherine Eagles, in an order issued Saturday, stated that provisions stopping docs from prescribing abortion drugs within the early weeks of being pregnant and requiring abortions after 12 weeks be carried out in hospitals [Read more…]
Out of legislators’ sight, North Carolinians watched and waited for Medicaid growth
By Lynn Bonner
Evita Bass, director of a childcare heart in Hillsborough, lives with fixed ache from three knowledge enamel that should be pulled and again ache from scoliosis.
Bass, 31, has not had medical health insurance since she was 26 and on her mom’s insurance coverage. She has at all times made an excessive amount of to qualify for Medicaid and too little for backed insurance coverage by way of the Inexpensive Care Act market. Excessive premiums make buying insurance coverage on her personal unthinkable. [Read more...]
Extra NC utilities are detecting PFAS in consuming water, however some aren’t telling their prospects
By Lisa Sorg
Lillington, Selma, Northampton-Lake Gaston, Jamestown the most recent to report PFAS contamination
Almost a dozen public water methods in North Carolina, together with 4 that had by no means beforehand reported PFAS of their consuming water, have detected ranges of the poisonous compound above the EPA’s proposed most contaminant degree. And there’s no state or federal requirement that these public water methods inform their prospects of the outcomes, leaving hundreds of folks unaware of what’s of their consuming water. [Read more...]
NC jail staffer sounds alarm on overcrowding, neglect of primary prisoner well being and security
By Kelan Lyons
E-mail describes disturbing, inhumane circumstances at Scotland Correctional Establishment
A sport. An completely cynical sport that’s about nothing apart from energy, cash and successful.
That’s clearly how North Carolina state Senate President Professional Tem Phil Berger, Home Speaker Tim Moore, and the minions with whom they encompass themselves are treating the unending 2023 state legislative session over which they exert such full and unmerited management. [Read more...]
Funds units tight timeline, new specifics for controversial new college at UNC-Chapel Hill
By Joe Killian
Legislature mandates new dean by the tip of the yr and 10-20 tenured or tenure-track college
When the Basic Meeting’s Republican majority revealed and handed a brand new funds in a whirlwind 48 hours final week, it set an aggressive timeline for an unprecedented new college at UNC-Chapel Hill.
The funds offers $2 million in funding in every of the subsequent two fiscal years for the brand new College of Civic Life and Management, described as early as 2017 by its supporters and designers as a “conservative heart.” The funds provision additionally dictates just a few specifics: [Read more.…]
Bonus learn: Controversial new UNC-Chapel Hill college transferring ahead with $1 million non-public donation
Ratified and en path to the governor, Home Invoice 600 defangs state environmental legislation
By Lisa Sorg
It started as benign, however over the summer time Home Invoice 600, the Regulatory Reform Act, transmogrified right into a Medusa of environmental rollbacks and favors to pipeline corporations, the hog and poultry industries and different particular pursuits.
When the invoice was filed in April, it contained an anodyne part requiring publicly funded animal shelters to maintain data of surrenders and allowed them to take part in catch-spay-and-release applications.
Nonetheless, by June, as NC Newsline reported, the invoice sponsors started to sign their true intent, tacking on part after part to defang or get rid of environmental guidelines. [Read more...]
NC GOP lawmakers betray a stunning lack of confidence (commentary)
By Greg Childress
The U.S. Division of Training’s Office of Hearings and Appeals has dominated that Cardinal Constitution Academy in Cary engaged in unlawful, retaliatory actions when it fired a math trainer who made “protected disclosures,” claiming the varsity didn’t present college students with the particular schooling providers their Particular person Training Plans required.
Terri Schmitz’s firing violated the Nationwide Protection Authorization Act, which addresses retaliation by a federal grant recipient for whistleblowing, Administrative Legislation Choose Robert G. Layton stated in a Resolution and Order tackle dated Sept. 15.[Read more...]