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Are you one of the 37,000 jobless North Carolinians that had benefits stopped because of a fight over the state budget? Live near Charlotte and want to say something about it?

Well, you can on Monday.

The N.C. Justice Center, the parent organization for those of here at N.C. Policy Watch, and the N.C. AFL-CIO are organizing a rally late Monday morning in Charlotte to highlight the plight of the 37,000 North Carolinians that have been without their unemployment benefits since April 16.
Here’s some of the basic details:

WHO: Unemployed workers, AFL-CIO and NC Justice Center
WHAT: Press conference backing extension of unemployment benefits
WHEN: Monday, May 16, 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: At a Charlotte, NC Employment Security Commission Office:
5601 Executive Center Drive, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28212
People being affected are asked to show up, if they’re able, and have a chance to talk about their situation. More information about the rally/press conference available here.

House Speaker Thom Tillis reiterated Wednesday that his chamber would not be acting on legislation to restore jobless benefits to more than 37,000 North Carolinians until Governor Bev Perdue was willing to compromise.

Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt says Republicans are continuing to try and force the governor to “take this sorry budget they’re pushing…. and swallow it whole.”

Nesbitt, who appears on News and Views this weekend, says the majority has the power to pass a “clean bill” in less than a day and help the long-term jobless, who are now facing heartbreaking decisions. The Buncombe County Democrat adds that the benefits issue should never have been tied to passage of the 2012 budget.

For a preview of Senator Nesbitt’s radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below:

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(For those who missed it this morning on Legislative Watch, check out this powerful article by N.C. Policy Watch crack reporter, Sarah Ovaska):

Greg and Elizabeth Rain Georgaras, two of the 37,000 North Carolinians cut off from their employment benefits four weeks ago, can no longer afford to keep their two young children with them.

It recently fell to family to take in Roger, 3, and Victoria, 2, while the Concord couple keeps looking for work and hope that their unemployment benefits are restored soon.

“They’re no longer with me,” Greg said. “I just couldn’t keep them in these types of surroundings, not having food and the electricity about to be cut off.” Read More

The excellent website SourceWatch provides a very helpful etymology of the term “doublespeak.” The site explains how the word has been inaccurately (if understandably) attributed to the great George Orwell and provides several helpful examples – terms like “negative patient care outcomes” (i.e. death) and “non-core promise” (i.e. a lie). Today the leader of the North Carolina House, Double-Speaker Thom Tillis provided some new grist for the SourceWatch mill.

Tillis’ entry: “compromise.” Read More

(Cross-posted from Legislative Watch).

Things have now sped past the point of absurdity in the GOP’s vengeful effort to block the renewal of unemployment benefits for 37,000 workers and their families.

Today, in an act of amazing irony, the House Judiciary A Subcommittee took up a bill that purports to be about improving the review process for people who are denied their unemployment insurance benefits.

Got that? These people are too busy to take up an unemployment bill that would actually do something useful, but do have time to take up an unemployment bill that’s mostly about getting in partisan jabs at the Employment Security Commission.

But wait, it gets worse. Read More