1. A stark reminder that the far-right still rules in Raleigh
Just when you think there’s a glimmer of hope that the flood of reactionary ideas in the General Assembly is finally slowing down and the abuse of the democratic process is waning comes a stark reminder otherwise, that folks running things in Raleigh are still far outside the mainstream of North Carolina and are willing to use almost any heavy-handed tactic to advance their far-right agenda.[Continue Reading…]
(Video: Click here to watch Rep. Cotham’s full remarks on HB465.)
2. McCrory’s folly?
Grim anniversary reminds us that Governor’s proposal for offshore drilling is fraught with danger
In case you missed it (or maybe just tried to forget it), this week marks the fifth anniversary of an especially dark event in modern American history. Five years ago yesterday, the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded and caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people and injuring 17. Two days later, on April 22 (Earth Day), the rig capsized and sank. Soon thereafter, a torrent of oil started streaming in the Gulf – a phenomenon that did not stop for 87 days. It was the worst oil “spill” in American history. [Continue Reading…]
3. U.S. Supreme Court maps out the road ahead for the North Carolina redistricting case
Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court order sending the North Carolina redistricting case back for further review, though encouraging for the plan’s challengers and for voting rights advocates as well, came as little surprise to most legal experts.
After all, the court had done the same thing just a few weeks earlier in a redistricting case out of Alabama, finding in Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama that the trial court had applied an incorrect analysis when upholding that state’s most recent redistricting plan.[Continue Reading…]
4. Censorship controversy, thin record spark concerns over McCrory’s State Board of Ed nominee
Governor Pat McCrory’s recent nomination of J. Todd Chasteen to serve on the State Board of Education has raised the eyebrows of some western North Carolinians.
A Boone resident who appears to have a thin record of experience with public education, Chasteen was deeply involved last year in efforts to ban a book from a public high school English classroom in Watauga County. [Continue Reading…]
5. N.C.’s outgoing higher education leaders on how to keep both faculty and students on campus
UNC President Tom Ross and N.C. Community College President Scott Ralls were joined Wednesday by two state senators for a discussion on the future of higher education in North Carolina.
Ross learned he would be out of a job in January, in a surprise move by the UNC Board of Governors to find a new president that many suspect had political motivations.Ralls announced last week he was leaving his job of 7 years leading North Carolina’s 58-campus community college system for a job leading a Virginia community college. [Continue Reading…]