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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Suspecting Fraud, State Treasurer Dale Folwell Requires Proof of Dependents' Eligibility For State Health Plan

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 8:20 PM

If you’re employed by the state, you’ve likely received a letter informing you that you have until July 31 to prove your spouse is your spouse and your children are your children or they will be dropped from the State Health Plan. The proof—tax returns, marriage and birth certificates, and/or adoption papers—must be submitted electronically, so the letter recommends scanning the documents or taking “a photo with your smartphone” and uploading them to the State Health Plan website. In case you haven’t yet seen it, here it is: In light of this development, some concerned state employees who have received...

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NBA Picks Charlotte for 2019 All-Star Game; Sham HB 2 Deal Worked, Again

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 7:09 PM

The ACC and NCAA already caved, so when the NBA announced today that in light of the HB 2 "compromise" signed by Governor Cooper earlier this year it would bring All-Star Weekend to Charlotte in 2019, it wasn't all that surprising. Anyway, here are all the details, from NBA.com: Regarding the announcement of Charlotte as the host of the 2019 All-Star Game, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said: “For three decades, the NBA has had a home in Charlotte. Generations of families have attended games there, and fans from many different walks of life have come together to share a passion...

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The Morning Roundup: Trump Proposes Slashing Spending on the Poor

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 9:54 AM

It's Wednesday, which means a new edition of the INDY is on the streets. Go grab one. In the meantime, let's review some headlines. 1) Trump hires an attorney as the Russia probe heats up. From The Washington Post: President Trump has retained the services of a trusted lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, to help him navigate the investigations into his campaign and suspected Russian interference in last year’s election, according to people familiar with the decision. Kasowitz, who has known Trump for decades, has represented Trump in numerous cases, including on his divorce records, real estate transactions and allegations of...

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Monday, May 22, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court Rules the NCGOP’s Congressional Gerrymander Was Racist. (Surprise!) What Happens Now?

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 12:37 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5–3 this morning that the congressional districts the North Carolina legislature enacted in 2011 and had in place for the 2012 and 2014 elections constituted an unconstitutionally racist gerrymander, upholding a previous district court ruling and siding with Governor Cooper over the Republican legislature. Justice Elena Kagan delivered the court opinion, the latest in a series of rulings Kagan has written on racial gerrymandering and its impact on minority populations. She invoked the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which forbids states from “separating its citizens into different voting districts on the basis of race”...

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Dalai Lama Accepts Raleigh Mayor's Invitation, Will Visit Oak City This Fall

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 7:18 AM

Earlier this month, the INDY reported that Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane was making a push to draw the Dalai Lama to Raleigh. Mayor Nancy McFarlane has booked a trip to India, at her expense, and will bring the Dalai Lama the many dozens of prayer flags that people inscribed Sunday. A low-key afternoon event at the budding Oak City nexus of Dix Park was organized by McFarlane (courting the be-here-now vote in this fall's election?), along with Raleigh Denim founders Sarah Yarborough and Victor Lytvinenko and Bida Manda co-owner Vansana Nolintha. "We really do hope that he will come and...

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Friday, May 19, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Defiant Trump Says Comey Deserved to Be Fired

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 8:42 AM

It's been a crazy week, but we're at the finish line. 1) Trump says he never asked Comey to drop Flynn investigation. After declaring on Twitter that the hiring of former FBI director Robert Mueller as a special counsel would prolong "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history," Donald Trump doubled down on his claims that this is fake news. From The New York Times: President Trump declared angrily on Thursday that he was the victim of a witch hunt, and all but contradicted his deputy attorney general on the firing of the F.B.I. director, in...

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

N.C. High Schoolers Lobby for In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 2:29 PM

On Wednesday afternoon, dozens of high schoolers filed into the Statehouse and patiently waited for the fifth annual "undocugraduation" ceremony to kick off. After spending the morning lobbying legislators to support in-state tuition for undocumented students, they were participating in a faux-graduation spearheaded by the Adelante Education Coalition for College Tuition Equality, a campaign to raise awareness about tuition inequality. One by one, donning graduation caps and robes, they marched to the front of the room and read aloud their names, schools, and goals for the future. Their aim? To highlight the need for tuition equality regardless of immigration status. ...

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The Morning Roundup: Trump Follows Up Bad Tuesday With a Really, Really Bad Wednesday

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 8:27 AM

Not to be outdone by his horrible Tuesday, President Donald Trump had a really bad Wednesday. For the sake of maintaining order amid the chaos, we'll go through it chronologically. 1) Comey is summoned by Burr, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. In a rare show of backbone, North Carolina’s own Richard Burr summoned former FBI director James Comey to testify about his interactions with the president and that memo he reportedly sent that informed his colleagues at the bureau that Trump wanted him to drop the investigation into Mike Flynn. From the INDY: It appears the Trump-Russia investigation got a kick in...

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Raise the Age Gains Momentum as N.C. House Votes Not to Charge Sixteen- and Seventeen-Year-Olds as Adults

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 6:54 PM

Last month, North Carolina distinguished itself by being the last state in the country to prosecute all sixteen-and-seventeen-year-olds as adults, after New York nixed a similar restriction. Now, it seems the state could actually be on track to rid itself of that dubious honor. This afternoon, the House voted 104–8 to approve a bill that could effectively divert most teenagers from the adult court system. HB 280 would raise the age of juvenile prosecution in the state so that sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds would no longer be tried as adults. That practice, juvenile justice advocates have long argued, is costly and ineffective...

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Burr Summons Comey, McCabe as Russia Issues Permeate

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 1:55 PM

It appears the Trump-Russia investigation got a kick in the pants after a pair of damning news stories that suggested that Donald Trump not only divulged sensitive intelligence to the Russians that could potentially jeopardize the U.S.'s relationship with Israel but that he also allegedly asked then-FBI director James Comey during a February meeting to end the investigation into Mike Flynn. Comey has, according to a news release issued today, been summoned by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. From Burr's website: Here's a bit more detail from The New York Times: “I don’t think I know any member that I’ve...

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Updated: Thom Tillis Collapses, Taken Away in Ambulance, Says He’s Fine

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 9:03 AM

Multiple sources are reporting that North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis collapsed during a race in Washington, D.C., this morning, had CPR performed on him, and was taken in an ambulance to a D.C. hospital.  Here is the AP’s report: Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina collapsed during a race in Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning, received CPR and was taken away in an ambulance, The Associated Press reported. The Republican had tweeted Wednesday morning about taking part in the ACLI Capital Challenge race, an invitational run in Anacostia Park for members of the federal government and the media. He was leading...

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Updated: McClatchy Shut Down The Chapel Hill News As Readers Knew It

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 7:20 AM

The News & Observer will continue printing community papers such as The Chapel Hill News, but for the most part will stop inserting them into daily or Sunday editions of the main paper, N&O editor John Drescher said Wednesday. And as the N&O concentrates more on its digital offerings, additional changes may be coming the main newsroom as well as to the community papers, Drescher said. The Chapel Hill News staff has moved to the newsroom of the Durham-Herald Sun, a publication that the N&O’s parent McClatchy Corp. purchased in December. Journalists Mark Schultz, Tammy Grubb and Virginia Bridges, who had put...

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Reverend Barber Outlines His Future, Says There’s Still a Fight Ahead in North Carolina

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 7:15 PM

More than a hundred people converged on the Davie Street Presbyterian Church Monday morning to pay their respects to the Reverend William Barber, a local civil rights icon who announced late last week that he would be stepping down as the leader of the North Carolina NAACP. But after more than a dozen friends, colleagues, and faith leaders offered praise to the man who has led them for more than a decade—Barber was elected president of the organization in 2005—Barber sought to shift the focus off of himself. Indeed, what transpired this morning couldn’t have been scripted any better for...

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The Morning Roundup: North Korea Says It Can Nuke the U.S. Mainland

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 9:12 AM

Yesterday was Mother's Day. We hope all you moms out there had a good one. It was also graduation weekend at several Triangle universities, including UNC and Duke. Bravo, guys and gals. Welcome to the real world. Good luck out there. 1) Durham for All launches the 10K Strong campaign. The grassroots organization wants to put government back in the hands of the people. And there are several important elections coming up in Durham—including for mayor. From the INDY's Sarah Willets: In November 2015, a group of activists helped Jillian Johnson win 12,497 votes and a seat on the...

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Friday, May 12, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Legislature Backs Big Pork, Trump Loses His Sh*t on Twitter Again

Posted By on Fri, May 12, 2017 at 9:28 AM

It's Friday. You made it. Congrats. 1) Senate completes HB 467 veto override. It seems state legislators aren't too concerned about new research that shows the presence of pig feces on and inside the homes of pig farms’ neighbors. Thursday, the Senate completed an override of Governor Cooper's veto of HB 467, a bill that limits financial liability in agricultural nuisance suits. From the INDY: Cooper vetoed the bill last week, shortly after lawyers representing hundreds of plaintiffs involved in twenty-six federal lawsuits against Murphy-Brown LLC, the hog division of Smithfield Foods, submitted new evidence showing that fecal matter from the...

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Trump Defends Firing Comey, Burr Subpoenas Flynn Documents

Posted By on Thu, May 11, 2017 at 9:41 AM

It's Thursday and there's a lot to review. Let's do it. 1) Trump defends firing Comey. James Comey is still unemployed, the president is on the defensive, and the FBI is in shambles. From The New York Times: President Trump’s abrupt dismissal of the F.B.I. director roiled Washington on Wednesday and deepened the sense of crisis swirling around the White House. Republican leaders came to the president’s defense, and Mr. Trump lashed out at Democrats and other critics, calling them hypocrites. On Capitol Hill, at least a half-dozen Republicans broke with their leadership to express concern or dismay about the...

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

N.C. House Backs Big Pork, Votes to Override Cooper's HB 467 Veto

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 4:37 PM

Governor Cooper's veto of House Bill 467, a bill that would limit liability in agricultural nuisance cases, is halfway to being overridden. The N.C. House voted 74–40 in favor of the override; the vote was mostly along party lines, with Republicans voting for it. The timing is interesting, given that less than a week ago, lawyers representing hundreds of plaintiffs involved in twenty-six federal lawsuits against Murphy-Brown LLC, the hog division of Smithfield Foods, submitted evidence they say proves fecal matter from hog farms is ending up on and likely inside the homes of people who live near them. As...

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Trump Shafts North Carolina After Hurricane Matthew Relief Request

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 12:58 PM

What do you get when your state helps elect a president and then requests $900 million from his administration to help rebuild after one of the worst natural disasters in its history? If you're North Carolina, not much. In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Governor Cooper requested nearly a billion dollars from the Trump administration. Last month, Cooper announced in a press release this morning, he learned that the state would only receive $6.1 million—less than 1 percent of the ask. “Families across Eastern North Carolina need help to rebuild and recover, and it is an incredible failure by the...

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The Morning Roundup: Trump’s Tuesday Night Massacre

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 9:01 AM

Yesterday was historic for all the wrong reasons. 1) Trump fires FBI director James Comey, and we’ve got ourselves a constitutional crisis. James Comey is out as the leader of the Federal Bureau of Investigation—and the inquiry into Russian meddling in the presidential election. From The New York Times: President Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, abruptly terminating the top official leading a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The stunning development in Mr. Trump’s presidency raised the specter...

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Friday, May 5, 2017

NCGOP: Hog Farmers Who Are Spraying Pig Crap on Neighbors’ Homes Are the Real Victims

Posted By on Fri, May 5, 2017 at 4:38 PM

This morning, the INDY reported on a new court filing revealing a scientific study that shows that, contrary to the assertions of industry offenders, liquified pig feces and urine that is released as mist from hog farms in eastern North Carolina is found in the air outside of and on the homes of some of the neighbors of those farms. This allegedly pervasive excrement is the currently the subject of twenty-six federal nuisance lawsuits filed by about five hundred rural North Carolinians against Murphy-Brown, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. Also this morning, Governor Cooper vetoed House Bill 467, which would have...

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U.S. Representative David Price on Trumpcare Vote: “A Testimony to How Low the Legislative Process Has Sunk”

Posted By on Fri, May 5, 2017 at 1:44 PM

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act, a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. This was Republicans’ second attempt at doing so; the first stalled in March, after moderates were scared off by a Congressional Budget Analysis that found that the plan would eviscerate Medicaid, reduce subsidies to lower-income individuals, and leave twenty-four million more Americans uninsured; and hard-core conservatives complained that the AHCA left too much of the Affordable Care Act’s infrastructure intact. The second go-round sought to appease the conservative camp by allowing states to opt out of Obamacare’s preexisting-conditions and essential-benefits...

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UPDATED: Study Shows N.C. Hog Farms Spray Hog Poop on Neighbors’ Homes; Cooper Vetoes HB 467

Posted By on Fri, May 5, 2017 at 10:16 AM

During a debate last month over House Bill 467—a failed proposal to shield hog farms owned by a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods from twenty-six federal nuisance lawsuits brought by their neighbors—state representative and bill sponsor Jimmy Dixon, R-Duplin and Wayne, called claims that hog waste was ending up on people’s homes preposterous. What’s more, he continued, the people making those claims were lying. "These allegations are at best exaggerations and at worst outright lies," said Dixon, a retired farmer who has received more than $115,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pork. "When you talk about spraying fluid on people's' houses...

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The Morning Roundup: Obamacare on the Ropes, But Not Dead Yet

Posted By on Fri, May 5, 2017 at 9:53 AM

There's no sugarcoating what happened Thursday, but at least the weekend is upon us. 1) House narrowly passes American Health Care Act. So, should this thing pass the Senate, here's what you need to know. But, as The New York Times notes, a whole lot of people hope it doesn't: It is a rare unifying moment. Hospitals, doctors, health insurers and some consumer groups, with few exceptions, are speaking with one voice and urging significant changes to the Republican health care legislation that passed the House on Thursday. The bill’s impact is wide-ranging, potentially affecting not only the millions who...

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Raleigh Cops: Smithfield Employees Did Not In Fact Break Into "F— tha Police." Sorry About All the Racism.

Posted By on Wed, May 3, 2017 at 3:39 PM

All it took was one Facebook post, from the Raleigh Police Protective Association, to set off a firestorm. The post claimed that when a group of Raleigh cops dined at Smithfield's Chicken 'n Bar-B-Q last week, they were met by employees of the restaurant singing NWA's "Fuck tha Police." The backlash against the restaurant—and its employees—was swift and, frankly, pretty racist. From Gizmodo: After the union’s post went viral last week, the restaurant’s Yelp and Facebook pages were flooded with racially charged and often threatening comments, many from people who had never set foot in the state. Commenters were directed to Smithfield’s...

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The Morning Roundup: Clinton Talks Election Loss, Resistance; Trump Tweets

Posted By on Wed, May 3, 2017 at 9:06 AM

It's Wednesday, so go out and grab a copy of the INDY. The graphic in Triangulator alone is worth it. Let's check out some headlines: 1) Clinton talks about Russia, Comey, and Trump. The decisive winner of the presidential popular vote said a whole lot yesterday about Russia, Wikileaks, and why she thinks she lost the White House. From The New York Times: “The reason why I believe we lost were the intervening events in the last 10 days,” she said, arguing that based on the available data: “If the election had been on Oct. 27, I’d be your president.”...

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