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Friday, March 29, 2013

A Good Friday note: Resurrection will "Save Our State" (plus two upcoming events in Raleigh)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 1:51 PM

First up, there's a strategy meeting set for 6 p.m. next Tuesday, April 2 at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh — 1801 Hillsborough St. If you are among those outraged by what's going on in the General Assembly these days, and especially with the new voter-suppression legislation — this will be the NAACP and allied social justice groups and individuals coming together to make some plans. Then, the following Tuesday, April 9, is a day for mass lobbying at the General Assembly. The same people and groups will gather at 9 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 101 S. Wilmington...

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Fitzsimon: State Republicans aim to reduce voter turnout — because more voters bad for GOP

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 12:32 PM

The bill Chris Fitzsimon is talking about in the tweet below is House Bill 451, introduced yesterday by Rep. Edgar Starnes, a Republican from Hickory. (Democracy NC calls it the "Screw the Voter Act of 2013" — like!) As brazen as so much of what the Republicans have been doing is, this legislation is quite possibly the worst example of their partisan hackery yet. That is, unlike their Voter ID stuff, they can't even pretend that this bill has any public benefit. Its purpose is to reduce the number of Democratic voters — who've flocked to the early-voting sites and...

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Senate Republicans to Raleigh: Drop dead. (Contract? What contract?)

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM

As expected, Senate Republicans this morning started the wheels in motion to tear up the state's lease with the City of Raleigh for the Dorothea Dix tract because, the GOP legislators said, former Gov. Perdue shouldn't have signed it. Perdue, as is required for contracts involving state land, won the approval of the Council of State before finalizing the lease. By voice vote, the Republicans on the Senate Appropriations Committee approved Senate Bill 334 and sent it to the full Senate, out-shouting the opposition Democrats. The bill is a condemnation measure to terminate the lease and recapture the land. The...

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Calling all Wake schools, Dix Park backers: Show-of-force time Monday at General Assembly

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 6:24 AM

The Wake County legislative delegation is meeting Monday at 4 pm in the General Assembly building on the first floor. It's an open forum and a chance to take a stand — with the county's Republican and Democratic legislators listening — on the inflamed issues surrounding the Wake school system and Dix Park. Both the Great Schools in Wake coalition and Friends of Dorothea Dix Park have issued alerts asking their members and supporters to show up en masse — and, for the Dix Park crowd, wearing green. Word of advice: The meeting room at the General Assembly is small-ish...

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wealth inequality in America: Take 6:23, see why it's a crisis

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 1:08 PM

The middle-class. The American Dream. It's not a matter of "under siege" — it's the greedy looting our country, and they've been getting away with it for years. This excellent data visualization — not new, but all over the social media for the last week — might even make you angry enough to get involved:...

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