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Friday, May 24, 2013

Scenes from Moral Monday at the General Assembly: June 3 should be the biggest yet

Posted By on Fri, May 24, 2013 at 11:21 AM

The General Assembly isn't in session on Memorial Day — next Monday — so no "Moral Monday" protest is planned. The next one, on Monday, June 3, is shaping up as the biggest yet. A "Mega-Moral Monday," if you will. As the poisonous policies of the Republican legislature are thrown at us, people are rising up in righteous outrage, using the great tool of nonviolent civil disobedience to call these politicians to account. Do read Will Huntsberry's account of the protest four days ago. And if you wonder what this all looks like, the NAACP has an excellent videographer helping...

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

[Kicking can / Update X 2] House not ready to renege on Dix Park lease just yet

Posted By on Wed, May 22, 2013 at 4:47 PM

[Update x 2, 4 p.m. Wednesday] The House Judiciary Committee approved a substitute bill for Senate Bill 334 and sent it to the House floor. Does it renege on the state's lease with Raleigh? No and yes. It says the lease is invalid, but takes no action to dissolve it for a year. Does it allow Raleigh to proceed with planning for Dix Park? Yes and no. Raleigh is invited to negotiate with the state through April, 2014 — with all issues on the table. Rep. Justin Burr, who spoke for the bill, repeatedly suggested that rather than lease Dix...

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

[Updated x 2: Another 'Moral Monday' next week: AP] Progressives promising Monday protests while General Assembly's in session

Posted By on Thu, May 9, 2013 at 4:32 PM

[Update x 2, Thursday, May 9: The AP is reporting that next Monday will be another "Moral Monday" at the General Assembly, with non-violent civil disobedience again in the offing.] [Update, Tuesday, May 7: The NAACP called for a candlelight vigil and protest rally tonight outside the Legislative Building. Because of predicted bad weather, they've moved to Martin St. Baptist Church, 1001 E. Martin St., Raleigh. Start time is the same, 7 p.m. Details on the NC NAACP website.] The original post from Friday is below — On Monday, 17 protesters were arrested at the General Assembly. On Wednesday, the...

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

UNC-CH senior arrested at the General Assembly: "I cannot in good conscience stand idly by"

Posted By on Thu, May 2, 2013 at 11:06 AM

photo by Bob GearyLegislature's cops arresting Zaina Alsous (left, in custody) after she crossed the police line blocking entrance to the General Assembly yesterday. She was one of five students arrested during the NC Student Power Union demonstration. Five UNC system students, members of the NC Student Power Union, were arrested at the General Assembly yesterday. They were part of a larger demonstration of about 100 students and others in the front of the General Assembly building, the purpose of which is explained in the statement released this morning by NCSPU. When the protesters arrived on West Jones Street, police...

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Rep. Deborah Ross to TTA, former Rep. Grier Martin on deck

Posted By on Wed, May 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

It's one good progressive out, another ready to step back in: State Rep. Deborah Ross, D-Wake, is leaving the General Assembly to be general counsel at Triangle Transit. Former Rep. Grier Martin, D-Wake, who was moved ("double-bunked") into the same Wake County district with Ross by the Republicans and stepped aside to let her stay in office, is willing to return — very willing, according to his Twitter account: Former 4-term legislator Grier Martin will run for the House District 34 seat being vacated by Rep. Deborah Ross....— Grier Martin (@GrierMartin) May 1, 2013...

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