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Gov. Pat McCrory’s trouble with coal ash

The latest revelations in court depositions about Gov. Pat McCrory’s role in weakening warnings about the safety of drinking water near leaking coal ash pits have prompted news headlines about a war of words.

But the sworn testimony in the case obtained recently by Lisa Sorg with NC Policy Watch does not reveal a disagreement between the McCrory administration and environmental groups or partisan opponents.

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22---rank of North Carolina among the 50 states in average teacher pay in 2003-2004 (“How to Build an Economy that Works for All: Attract—and Keep—High-Quality Teachers in the Classroom with Competitive Pay,” N.C. Justice Center, October 2016)

41---rank of North Carolina among the 50 states in average teacher pay in 2015-2016 (Ibid)

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50---percentage of children in North Carolina who live in homes with incomes less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level (“North Carolina’s FY2017 Budget: What it means for children in North Carolina,” N.C. Budget & Tax Center, September 2016)

34---percentage of white children in North Carolina who live in homes with incomes less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level (Ibid)

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The most compelling evidence yet for Medicaid expansion

One of the biggest ongoing scandals in North Carolina is that several hundred thousand people live every day without health insurance because Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders have refused to follow the lead of 31 other states and expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a prominent Republican, recently touted the success of Medicaid expansion in his state, saying the naysayers there had been proven wrong and that 566,000 people he represents now have insurance coverage thanks to his decision to work with the federal government and develop a plan for expansion.

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66---percentage of jobs in North Carolina by 2020 that will require a post-secondary education (“NC’s plummeting commitment to higher ed is a recipe for economic disaster,” Progressive Pulse, October 5, 2016)

81---percentage increase in tuition at community college in North Carolina since 2009 (Ibid)

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41 million—number of people in the United States without health insurance coverage in 2013 (“Census Data Show Large Health Coverage Gains Continued in ...
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The Follies

McCrory stretches to claim credit for success of UNC schools

The folks in the office of Gov. Pat McCrory still have the news release machine humming at full speed this election year, issuing statements and claiming credit for as much as they can even when it doesn’t make sense.

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McCrory, under siege, continues to lash out against critics of HB2

When it comes to HB2, the disastrous anti-LGBT legislation that he signed into law, Gov. Pat McCrory can’t seem to help himself.

Virtually every prominent individual or institution that criticizes HB2 in any way can count on a bitter and over the top attack from the governor and his top surrogates with many of their claims consisting of wild exaggerations and outright falsehoods.

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Monday numbers

153---number of public schools that received a grade of A or A+ng on the A-F grading system for the 2015-2016 school year (“2015–16 Performance and Growth of North Carolina Public Schools,” N.C. Department of Public Instruction, September 1, 2016)

6.6--- percentage of public schools that received a grade of A or A+ng on the A-F grading system for the 2015-2016 school year (Ibid)

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The Follies

Pittenger’s failed attempt to walk back his offensive remarks

Congressman Robert Pittenger is trying as hard as he can to apologize for his shocking comments to the BBC this week---but it’s not working.

Pittenger was asked in an interview what grievance the folks protesting the fatal police shooting of Keith Scott in Charlotte have and he responded this way:

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Census data a powerful reminder of the need to expand Medicaid

The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau included some frustrating information about North Carolina and it wasn’t just the state’s sluggish below the national average growth in household median income that the think tanks on the right have mistakenly trumpeted as good news.

The data also showed that the percentage of people without health coverage in the state dropped by 1.9 percent from 2014 to 2015. That means 173,000 people are no longer uninsured thanks to the improving national economy and the Affordable Care Act.

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Monday numbers

47,830---amount in dollars of the median household income in North Carolina in 2015 (North Carolina Income Growth Lags behind the Nation,” WUNC-FM, September 15, 2016)

2.7---percentage increase in median household income in North Carolina in 2015 (Ibid)

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The Follies of the hand-wringing over the damage from HB2

One of the most interesting developments in Raleigh this week was the public announcement by three Republican members of the General Assembly that it is time to repeal or at least revisit HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT legislation passed in a special legislative session last March and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory.

The second thoughts by Republicans who supported the legislation come after the NCAA and the ACC both announced they were pulling events out of the state because of the law, costing the state tens of millions of dollars in revenue, the latest economic blow from the legislation that has already cost North Carolina thousands of jobs and damaged its reputation around the world.

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The NC GOP revealingly digs in as the damage from HB2 continues to mount

The official response by the North Carolina Republican Party to the decision by the NCAA to move seven championship events out of the state next year because of the anti-LGBT law HB2 was startling and offensive.

GOP spokesperson Kami Mueller said the NCAA decision was “so absurd it’s almost comical” and was looking forward to the “NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams.”

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Monday numbers

22---rank of North Carolina in 2003-2004 among the 50 states in average teacher pay (“Back to school: A competitive pay plan for North Carolina teachers, Progressive Pulse, September 7, 2016)

41---rank of North Carolina in 2015-2016 in average teacher pay (Ibid)

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The Follies of McCrory’s shocking and underreported positions on LGBT rights

Gov. Pat McCrory thinks transgender people are sick and mentally ill and that they need treatment, not protections from discrimination.

And he is sure that allowing them to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity puts thousands of women and children across North Carolina at risk from sexual predators, even though that hasn’t happened in the more 200 cities that already allow it.

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