NCDP Clips for Monday, June 29th, 2015


NCDP Clips for Monday, June 29th, 2015

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LEGISLATURE 2015

Governor vs. General Assembly: N.C. Supreme Court to hear landmark case(Charlotte Observer) — The case stemmed from the General Assembly’s creation of the Coal Ash Commission to oversee cleanup of the state’s coal ash ponds.

Budgets, power struggles on agenda this week (WRAL-TV) Lawmakers plan to pass a temporary spending measure this week. Meanwhile, the state Supreme Court will hear arguments in a separation of powers lawsuit brought by Gov. Pat McCrory.

2016 already? Budget spawns campaign talk (Raleigh News & Observer) — Several top Republicans are already getting heat about the state budget now under debate in the legislature – but from within their own party.

Opponents protest NC Senate plan to slash teacher assistant jobs (Charlotte Observer) — Demonstrators holding signs that read “Largest Layoffs Ever” gatheredSunday in South End to rally against a state Senate budget plan that would take thousands of teacher assistants out North Carolina school classrooms.

Marriage amendment still on N.C.’s books, and may stay (Fayetteville Observer) — North Carolina’s now unenforceable marriage amendment to its state constitution remains on the books.

POLICY & POLITICS

Bree Newsome: Protester vs. the Confederate flag (Washington Post) — Bree Newsome did something bold this morning before most of us even got out of bed.

5 Days That Left a Confederate Flag Wavering, and Likely to Fall (New York Times) — Through churches, social media and the relatives of the nine African-Americans who were killed in Charleston, S.C., a campaign converted or tamed opponents.

Supreme Court Decision on Insurance Subsidies Means Little Will Change in N.C.(N.C. Health News) — The Supreme Court upholds tax credits to purchase Obamacare insurance. The decision means little will change in North Carolina.

Visa glitch slows flow of seasonal farmworkers (Raleigh News & Observer) — Hundreds of legal seasonal workers, hired mostly from Mexico, have been unable to cross the border because of glitches in the federal visa system, leaving many North Carolina farmers stretched for workers and losing crops.

SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES

A-F Grades Why Early College High Schools Succeed (EdNC) — When public schools in North Carolina received A-F grades for the first time this past February, one narrative quickly emerged. The story of the haves and have nots.

NC Senate Plan Would End Driver’s Education Requirement (WUNC-FM) — North Carolina teenagers would no longer be required to take driver’s education under the senate’s budget proposal. That means they would no longer have to sit in class for 30 hours, or spend a few days behind the wheel with an instructor. In its place, Republican senators want them to score at least 85 percent of the questions correctly on a written test (instead of the current 80 percent), and spend 85 hours driving with a parent or qualified adult.

EDITORIALS

Governor keeps out certain eyes (Charlotte Observer) — Reporters for liberal advocacy group getting different treatment.

The many problems with political polling (Raleigh News & Observer column) — Cliff Zukin: Election polling is in near crisis. Two trends are driving the increasing unreliability of election and other polling in the United States: the growth of cellphones and the decline in people willing to answer surveys.