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The conservative leadership in the N.C. General Assembly has been trying to repair its image and dreadful approval ratings in recent months after more than a year of substantive and P.R. disasters. 

Hence, the phenomenon of a group that has made one of its top priorities the repeal of a law known as the Racial Justice Act getting so visible all of a sudden in pushing to jumpstart the long dormant movement to compensate the mostly African-American victims of forced sterilization. When one of your signature causes amounts to harmful and hateful effort to, effectively,  reinstate racial discrimination in the application of the death penalty, your image on issues related to race can use a lot of burnishing.

Unfortunately, as so often happens with a group that’s connected to and reliant upon the far right Tea Party crowd, doing the right thing is not so easy Read More

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It doesn’t happen very often, but every now and then some of the folks over on Right-wing Avenue do, to their credit, get something right. Happily, it seems to have happened today.

The Locke Foundation released a report this morning that once again calls into question North Carolina’s absurd and archaic system of automatically treating 16 and 17 year old kids accused of crimes as adults. In this regard, it remains one of just two states to have such a law.

In weighing in on the issue, the Lockers seem likely to give added impetus to the “Raise the Age” movement/campaign — long spearheaded by the good people at Action for Children NC.

Good job guys. Wish you could keep it up.