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Calling all Queen City progressives: If you’re interested in learning more about North Carolina’s out-of-control General Assembly and how we can begin to rein them in, the “Out of Control” tour is coming to Charlotte!

Please join N.C. Policy Watch and some of our progressive allies TONIGHT at a public forum that will explore: how North Carolina’s extreme right-wing General Assembly is turning back the clock, who’s bankrolling its agenda, and what it means for our lives.

Featured speakers include MaryBe McMillan of the N.C. AFL-CIO, Chris Kromm of the Institute for Southern Studies, Chris Fitzsimon N.C. Policy Watch, and Robert Dawkins from Democracy North Carolina.

You’ll have a chance to ask questions and share your perspective, too.

Here’s the where and when: Read More

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Calling all Eastern NC progressives: Please join N.C. Policy Watch and some of our progressive allies tomorrow night at a public forum that will explore: how North Carolina’s extreme right-wing General Assembly is turning back the clock, who’s bankrolling its agenda, and what it means for our lives.

Featured speakers include MaryBe McMillan of the N.C. AFL-CIO, Chris Kromm of the Institute for Southern Studies, Chris Fitzsimon N.C. Policy Watch, and Jake Geller-Goad from Democracy North Carolina.

You’ll have a chance to ask questions and share your perspective, too.

Here’s the where and when:

Thursday, March 8th at 7:OO PM
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greenville NC
131 Oakmont Drive Greenville, NC 27858

Click here for more information and to register.

Hope to see you there!

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After successful stops in Fayetteville, Asheville and Winston-Salem, the “out of control” tour is heading to Greenville on Thursday March 8.

Please join N.C. Policy Watch and other progressive allies at a public forum that will explore: how North Carolina’s extreme right-wing General Assembly is turning back the clock, who’s bankrolling its agenda, and what it means for our lives.

Featured speakers include MaryBe McMillan of the N.C. AFL-CIO, Chris Kromm of the Institute for Southern Studies, Chris Fitzsimon N.C. Policy Watch, and Jake Geller-Goad from Democracy North Carolina.

You’ll have a chance to ask questions and share your perspective, too.

Here’s the where and when:

Thursday, March 8th at 7:OO PM
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greenville NC
131 Oakmont Drive Greenville, NC 27858

Click here for more information and to register.

Hope to see you there!


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As most people are aware by now, General Assembly police officers and House sergeants-at-arms evicted 50 or so peaceful and respectful protesters yesterday from the second floor of the state Legislative Building under an obscure rule that purports to bar members of the public from the second floor of the Legislative Building if they do not have prior authorization. Mind you, this action was taken on a quiet day at the General Assembly in which there was no business on the House or Senate calendars and on which relatively few lawmakers were even present on a floor that literally teems with people during regular legislative sessions.

Interestingly. police and House Speaker Thom Tillis — who defended the action and, depending upon who you believe, may have even participated in it — took a decidedly different approach toward a gaggle of Tea Party protesters who visited the General Assembly during a busy session day last March.

Check out the video below to watch yesterday’s eviction juxtaposed with footage (posted by our friends at the Pope-Civitas Institute) of the Speaker and his Chief of Staff Charles Thomas speaking amicably with conservative protesters in the exact same second floor hallway

Evidently,  there is a bit of a double-standard as to which members of the public get access to the Legislative Building  these days: Agree with Tillis (or be a corporate lobbyist) and he’ll let you stay and even hang out with you. Disagree — even silently — and you get the boot.

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You can watch both of the original videos in their entirety by clicking here by clicking here.

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If you’re in Raleigh today, please consider taking a few minutes to join a brief demonstration that will take place  in front of the state Legislative Building. Protesters will be calling attention to the out-of-control legislature as it gathers today for yet another “special” session.

The event starts at 11:00 am. Click here for more info.