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As Raleigh’s News & Observer reported yesterday, the executive director of the Pope-Civitas Institute, Francis DeLuca, has publicly apologized for last week’s blog post in which he criticized the the man who serves — technically anyway — as his chief funder’s boss (i.e. Gov. McCrory) for attending an event sponsored by minority economic development nonprofits. 

Among other things, DeLuca said that:

“In talking about the event the Governor attended, I painted with too broad a brush by implying that an elected official’s appearance at an event involving organizations that lobby for state funds is tantamount to cronyism.”

In short, DeLuca admits that, as his group has long had a tendency to do, he got carried away with his conservative rhetoric. Good for him.  Though imperfect and at times borderline incoherent (the apology features a new attack on N.C. Policy Watch for, it would seem, raising the issue of his initial attack in the first place) DeLuca deserves credit for admitting that he was wrong.

Now then, as long as he’s taken that important first step, here are just a few of several other things for which he should publicly apologize: Read More

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Rev. barber 2The impact of the Moral Mondays phenomenon continues to expand and impact the national political and policy scene.

Today, the Campaign for America’s Future, a progressive national nonprofit based in Washington DC announced that it would honor North Carolina NAACP President and Moral Mondays leader Rev. William Barber at a November 6 awards gala at Washington’s Arena Stage theatre.  Barber will be presented the Paul Wellstone Citizen Leadership Award.

The event will feature a keynote speech by Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

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If yesterday’s Mountain Moral Monday is any indication, North Carolina’s conservative political leadership may be beginning to feel a little uneasy about the movement they have awakened in this state.

When thousands of people turn out in the dog days of summer to protest the actions of lawmakers who’ve already adjourned for the year, you have to believe that this new movement for change really is here to stay. Moreover, as this story makes clear, the movement appears to be spreading beyond North Carolina.

 

 

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Pat McCrory 4Say what?!

Yesterday I had a conversation with Wilson Times reporter Janet Conner-Knox who read me a quote from Gov. McCrory that I simply could not believe I heard. This morning she reported it in this story. Here’s the excerpt:

“MORAL MONDAYS

McCrory said he has come out to hear what protesters are not happy about on the Moral Monday protests.

‘I go out in the crowd all of the time,’ McCrory said. ‘Frankly, yesterday I went out and talked to several of them and they were not very respectful. They did not represent the majority of those who call themselves moral by cussing me out. But that’s the way things go some times.’”

Got that? According to the Governor, he has been a regular attendee at Moral Mondays. Read More

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 Pat McCrory 4The momentum of protests against the reactionary policy choices of the General Assembly and Governor McCrory continues to grow and evolve. The latest example: today’s “Witness Wednesday” event at which eight courageous North Carolinians — two whom are wheelchair bound and one of whom walks with a cane — were arrested and handcuffed outside the state Senate chamber while another 150 or so supporters watched and sang hymns from inside the rotunda of the Legislative Building.

The hymn singing served as an especially poignant counterpoint to the droning and disingenuous explanation of the regressive House budget bill that Appropriations subcommittee chairs were providing on the House floor at the same time.  Sounds of the singing reached lawmakers and observers in the House gallery as a kind of muffled roar for several minutes that was occasionally punctuated by fleeting seconds of unfiltered sound every time a door was opened. 

The protests inside the Legislative Building were preceded by an energetic rally out front at which Read More