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Medicaid expansionPointing out that the state’s ongoing refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is harming hundreds of thousands of poor North Carolinians and sending millions of state taxpayer dollars to other states, a group of lawmakers and advocates gathered outside the state Legislative Building this morning to ask that Gov. Pat McCrory call a special session of the General Assembly to revisit the decision.

The event featured State House Democratic Leader, Rep. Larry Hall and State Senator Mike Woodard, as well as Adam Linker of the Justice Center’s Health Access Project and Raleigh physician and free clinic practitioner, Dr. Gary Greenberg (pictured at the podium).

Though highly critical of the Governor’s inaction thus far on the Medicaid issue, both Hall and Woodard expressed a measure of hope that McCrory’s recent rather ambiguous statements about the program Read More

The North Carolina NAACP and dozens of community groups from across the state will gather at the General Assembly at 5:00 pm for a “seventh wave” of Moral Monday protests. The week’s focus will be on access to health care and environmental justice, with demonstrators also speaking out against regressive state budget policies.

Governor Pat McCrory and other conservative lawmakers have labeled those taking part in the recurring protests as ‘outside agitators,’ but House Minority Leader Rep. Larry D. Hall tells NC Policy Watch these are home-grown protesters who don’t like the policies that are being pushed through by the Republican-controlled legislature:

“If you are a citizen of North Carolina and you are not within that elite circle, you’re an outside agitator,” said Rep. Hall. “Again if you look at their policies, they are not making policies for average North Carolinians, for the future of North Carolina. Their policies are for themselves, right now. And if you’re not one of the select few, you’re an outside agitator.”

Rep. Hall discussed the growing nonviolent, civil disobedience at the General Assembly and shared his thoughts on the House budget over the weekend on News and Views with Chris Fitzsimon. To hear a portion of the interview, click below or visit the radio interview section of our website where you can download a podcast of the full segment.
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N.C. Rep. Larry HallNorth Carolina Democrats have been gerrymandered into a small minority for the upcoming session of the North Carolina General Assembly, but they sent a strong signal yesterday with their selection of a new House Minority Leader that they will not be rolling over in front of the expected conservative onslaught.

Rep. Larry Hall of Durham was an obvious and encouraging choice (though colleagues like Rep. Rick Glazier of Fayetteville and Deborah Ross of Raleigh would have been eminently capable as well). Hall is a decorated Marine Corps vet, a smart lawyer, a gifted public speaker, and a committed progressive. While he and his colleagues will have few inside-the-General Assembly tools at their disposal to combat the conservative majority, his selection spurs hope that progressives will be developing principled and creative ways to shift the debate outside of the Legislative Building. Hall is a leader that progressive North Carolinians should watch closely and get to know.