MAY 20, 2014
Insurance Commissioner Goodwin Rallies for Hagan: Hagan’s seat is among the most vulnerable on Capitol Hill as Republicans seek to retain control of the U.S. House and tip the balance of power in the Senate. Read more here.
The GOP Senate candidates: Climate skeptics and believers in Personhood: It turns out multiple GOP Senate candidates are both climate skeptics or deniers and onetime supporters of Personhood measures, which have declared that full human rights begin at the moment of fertilization. Thom Tillis: The Republican Senate candidate in North Carolina said during the GOP primary that climate change is not a fact. Read more here.
McCrory’s education budget drains universities to pay K-12 teachers: Gov. Pat McCrory revealed yesterday the full details of his proposed $21 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, on the first day that the legislature returned to Raleigh for its short session. The state’s 95,000+ teachers report feeling disrespected, overworked, and underpaid after many years of little to no action on the part of the legislature to improve their pay and working conditions. Read more here.
Monday Wrap: Many came but all were quiet: The first Moral Monday protest of the legislative session was a quiet one as hundreds made their way into the legislative building with tape covering their mouths – an effort to prevent being accused of being loud enough to disrupt conversations under new building rules passed last week. Read more here.
The Republican War on Workers’ Rights: In 2010, the Republicans won control of the executive and legislative branches in 11 states (there are now more than 20 such states). Inspired by business groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, they proceeded to rewrite the rules of work, passing legislation designed to enhance the position of employers at the expense of employees. Read more here.
States take on immigration: Fed up with an immigration overhaul stalling in Congress, state and local officials are taking the issue into their own hands. Liberal cities and counties are rebelling against federal orders that call on them to detain immigrants for deportations. Swing-state lawmakers are approving in-state tuition for young undocumented immigrants. Democratic governors and mayors are brainstorming ways to allow immigrants — those here legally and those who are not — to work. Read more here.
With few textbooks, schools left to their own devices: Over the past five years, money allotted for textbooks has been a fraction of what it once was. Spending on textbooks for each student fell from nearly $60 to just $14 this school year.The books can be outdated; some are held together with tape. For the classes fortunate enough to have even old textbooks to use, some have only enough usable copies for a classroom set. Students can use them in class but can’t take them home because there aren’t enough to go around. Read more here.
NC aiming to require meningitis vaccine for school: North Carolina’s public health rulemaking body is closing in on requiring seventh graders to be vaccinated against potentially deadly meningitis and related diseases starting next summer. Read more here.
Rep. Rodney Moore greets each Moral Monday visitor to the General Assembly.
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