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This Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

This Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

1. Will partisan gerrymandering survive? Our report from yesterday’s argument at the U.S. Supreme Court

The majority of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court made clear Tuesday that partisan gerrymandering is distasteful and does a disservice to voters, but it remains unclear if they will intervene.

“Could you tell me what the value is to democracy from political gerrymandering?” asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor. “How does that help our system of government?” [Continue reading…]

2. New developments in the conservative move to reshape UNC

At a Wednesday meeting of a UNC Board of Governors task force, there was a long discussion of how to make meetings of the full board more efficient, more productive, with more “deliverables.”  In short, as several members said repeatedly, the objective is to make it run more like a successful business.

Running the meeting was task force Chairman Tom Fetzer, the former N.C. Republican Party Chairman who was appointed to the board in March.  [Continue reading…]

3. The outsourcing of sacrifice: In 21st Century America, selflessness is mostly reserved for the hired help

This past weekend, a local college football game was billed as “Military Appreciation Day.” Throughout the game, retired, current and future members of the nation’s armed forces were ushered out onto the field during breaks in the play to enjoy a few moments in the spotlight and to soak in the applause of the thousands gathered. Time and again, the stadium crowd was exhorted to rise and express its collective thanks to the various servicemen and women for their sacrifice and dedicated efforts on behalf of the nation.  [Continue reading…]

4. Drinking water safety at stake in the latest absurd special session

Here we go again. Another special session of the General Assembly begins Wednesday at noon and no one other than a handful of legislative leaders is exactly sure what lawmakers will be discussing.

That’s the way the legislature operates these days, mostly in secret while the media and the voters and even rank-and-file lawmakers wait around to be told what will happen.

House Speaker Tim Moore did email Republican members of the House last week with a tentative list of legislation that may come up. Democrats and the public received no notice.  [Continue reading…]

5. Durham fires back at state over school takeover plan

Two weeks, says Bryan Proffitt. That’s about how long he says Durham parents, educators and community leaders have to convince the head of North Carolina’s contentious charter takeover district that a takeover in Durham isn’t worth the fight.

“Can we beat one guy?” says Proffitt, president of the Durham Association of Educators, an advocacy group for local teachers. “Yes, we can beat one guy.”

Clearly, the group’s efforts have already begun in earnest. The roughly 200 protesters, parents and neighborhood residents who turned out for a fired up community meeting at Durham’s Lakewood Elementary on Tuesday say they’ve racked up about 900 signatures on a petition for state leaders to keep the Innovative School District (ISD) out of the city’s schools. [Continue reading…]

***And be sure to RSVP for our next NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation luncheon:

Hurricane Matthew one year later: What happened, what hasn’t and how can we do better in the future? Featuring national disaster recovery expert Allison Plyler

When: Thursday October 19, at noon

Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St.

Click here for more information

 

 

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