NC committee OKs bill that gives felons new start – WRAL

RALEIGH, N.C. — Some felons in North Carolina would get a fresh start under a bill passed by a Senate panel Wednesday that allows judges to erase some nonviolent convictions if the individuals meet a series of requirements.

The bill would affect current and future felons and has been in the making for a decade. The Senate Rules Committee approval moved it to the full Senate for debate. (More)

NC regulators hear arguments in energy merger – Sun Journal

RALEIGH — North Carolina environmentalists have made a last-ditch effort to block what will become the nation’s largest electric utility.

Duke Energy has been trying for a year and a half to merge with Progress Energy and has one final hurdle to clear before the coupling — the blessing of the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Six commissioners met with representatives from the energy companies and the environmental group Monday to review information on the impact of the merger. The conclusion of the meeting has kicked off a countdown to a decision. (More)

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Homegoing Celebration For Gloria Jean Reed Alston Rocky Mount NC

My condolences goes out to the family of the late Gloria Jean Reed Alston Rocky Mount NC.

Gloria was an employee of N.E.E.D. Inc. Rocky Mount NC for several years also. 

Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Song: Worthy Is He – Alamba Spirituals

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Princeville board recesses over restraining order – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — PRINCEVILLE — A contradictory interpretation of a restraining order dated in Feb. 27, 2012 caused Princeville Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates to recess the town’s regularly scheduled June meeting until Thursday. The action took place shortly after 8 Monday night. (More)

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George Zimmerman Evidence Shows Extent To Which Police Doubted Self-Defense Claim

A new trove of evidence released by the Florida state attorney prosecuting George Zimmerman for second-degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin reveals the extent to which law enforcement doubted Zimmerman’s early claims of self-defense. (More)

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Bar manager served criminal summons over discrimination claim – WRAL

Raleigh, N.C. — A Raleigh man who claims he was physically removed from a downtown bar because he is black has filed a complaint against one of the bar’s employees.

The criminal summons, issued on June 22, was served Tuesday against Todd Chriscoe, who manages The Downtown Sports Bar and Grill on Glenwood Avenue. (More)

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Hunter: She and John Edwards no longer a couple – Winston Salem Journal

Rielle Hunter says she and former presidential candidate John Edwards have ended their relationship.

Hunter told ABC’s "Good Morning America" on Tuesday that she and Edwards were still a couple until late last week, as details from Hunter’s memoir became public. The breakup was painful, but Hunter said Edwards will still be involved with their daughter, Quinn, who is 4 years old and lives with Hunter. (More)

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Panel allows comment on Duke-Progress merger agreements – Charlotte Observer

The N.C. Utilities Commission will delay ruling on a request to make public a number of confidential agreements around the Duke Energy-Progress Energy merger, while allowing comment from parties to the agreements.

The commission’s order Tuesday continued a flurry of last-minute regulatory filings on the merger, which the companies hope to close by Sunday.  (More)

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Compromise Budget + Arizona Immigration Law + Election Briefs for 2012

I just returned from a Grantee Gathering, training and protest in Selma. ALa. of SB 686. It is very

similar to the law created in Arz. by ALEC. Though a recent ruling by the US Supreme Court has

impacted the implementation and adoption of this law by other states. It is feared that North

Carolina would have been one of the target states for adoption of the same or similar bill. Justice

Center personnel were also in attendance and participated in the training, You might want to

review this information or other information on the subject!


Anthony Clark

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The Budget & Tax Center’s Prosperity Watch feature is a source for information on the state of the economy. Visit Prosperity Watch for this week’s report, which looks at how North Carolina’s jobless rate has improved disproportionately across the state.





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BTC REPORTS: The FY 2012-13 Senate Budget

LEGISLATIVE BULLETIN: Neovouchers – Unknown Costs and Unproven Outcomes for Children

FACT SHEET: Immigrant-owned small businesses


Catch NC Policy Watch’s radio show News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon

This week’s topics:

Rep. Earline Parmon discusses efforts to gut the Racial Justice Act, and the failure to fund eugenics compensation in the state budget

Peg O’Connell with the North Carolina Alliance for Health discusses the loss of tobacco prevention money in the state budget

Members of the We Are NC coalition discuss immigration policy, and legislation under consideration at the state-level that could further restrict the rights of undocumented citizens


Progressive Voices:

Women will be greatly harmed if Supreme Court overturns health care law by Melissa Reed, Vice President for Public Policy at Planned Parenthood Health Systems

Taking bucks and passing the buck by Matthew Ellinwood, Policy Advocate at the NC Justice Center’s Education and Law Project

It’s time to rethink our "shoot first" gun laws by Gail Neely, Executive Director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence


June 26, 2012

The State Budget – Budget fails to adequately address education

Arizona immigration law – How will Supreme Court ruling affect NC?

Election briefs – How to get candidates to address the real issues

Campaign for Better Care – Charlotte breakfast for older adults, caregivers

STATE BUDGET: Senate, House compromise is compromise for NC

When the details of the state budget were released last week, our state lawmakers’ chosen path for North Carolina’s future became clear. They chose to not adequately address the education of our children and protect the health and well-being of our most vulnerable citizens.

The budget will fund state investments at 11.4 percent below pre-recession levels. Lawmakers were quick to boast that its spending plan restores $251 million in recurring state dollars to K-12 public education. What they didn’t mention was that the state will lose $258 million in expiring federal Edujobs this year, and local school districts will still face additional cuts. Overall, there will be $190 million less for NC public schools under the new budget.

Instead of raising revenue to rebuild a foundation for economic opportunity, lawmakers chose to protect a $336 million tax break for profitable big businesses and wealthy North Carolinians. They chose to lay off teachers and teacher assistants, issue fewer dollars to repair and maintain our roads and bridges, and cut the Housing Trust Fund. Rather than offering a true compromise for difficult times in our state, lawmakers chose to approve a budget that will only compromise our economic future.


ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAW: What the ruling means for NC

The Supreme Court confirmed on Monday that immigration is a federal issue, and that Congress – not the states – need to act.

The court rejected a provision of the Arizona law that made it a crime to seek or hold a job as an unauthorized worker, offering some hope for day laborers and individuals who are simply trying to find work and support their families. Unfortunately, the court allowed the so-called “show me your papers” provision to stand temporarily, requiring law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of people they “reasonably suspect” of being unlawfully present and whom they have stopped for another lawful reason. This leaves the window open for law enforcement to racially profile individuals. Racial profiling is already happening and will continue to occur in North Carolina, and the ruling does not change that reality for people of color across the state. However, the court made it clear that the statute could face challenges if it can be shown that law enforcement officers are illegally racially profiling or detaining persons solely on the basis of suspected immigration violations.

More than anything, the ruling shows that a state has no place to be implementing immigration laws – and that such actions do not stand up to scrutiny. We urge North Carolina legislators to reject any legislation that would try to follow Arizona’s example. The state cannot afford to waste valuable resources at a time when the state faces real, immediate challenges, such as unemployment and our underfunded education system.


ELECTION 2012: Focusing on the real challenges facing NC

During the campaign season, candidates often talk about issues that aren’t actually important to the well-being and prosperity of the people in North Carolina.

We hope to change that. The North Carolina Justice Center election briefs will provide you with information about some of the most pressing challenges facing the state. Learn more about the intricacies of larger issues such as public education, health care, and quality jobs, as well as the topics candidates often ignore, including the collateral consequences of criminal convictions, predatory lending, and wage theft.

Print them out, and take them with you when you go to campaign events. Ask the questions that will force candidates to move beyond talking points and rhetoric.


CAMPAIGN FOR BETTER CARE: Charlotte breakfast for older adults

Join the NC Justice Center and AARP NC on Monday, July 23 for the next Campaign for Better Care community breakfast and make your voice heard on one of the most important, complex issues in North Carolina today.

The Campaign for Better Care aims to make improvements in the health system for vulnerable older adults and to build a strong, lasting consumer voice for better health care. Come and share your experiences about what you think needs to be changed in our health system, and take advantage of the expertise offered from the AARP and the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP).

The event will be held on Monday, July 23 from 10:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. at the Tyvola Senior Center in Charlotte. To reserve your space, contact Tyvola Senior Center at 704-522-6222 or Nicole Dozier, 919-856-2146 or


Please Contact House Finance Committee re: Note NO on Voucher Bill

From NC School Boards Association

HB 1104- Scholarship Funding Corporate Tax Credit, has been moved to the House Finance Committee. If you have any members on this Committee please begin contacting them immediately in opposition to this bill. Click here to find a list of House Finance Committee members.

Link to Op Ed from Charlotte Observer

School vouchers + unethical lobbying = bad policy for N.C.

Posted: Thursday, Jun. 21, 2012

From Belinda Cauthen and Page McCullough, in response to a column by Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (“N.C. corporate tax credit will give opportunities to poor kids,” June 14):

North Carolinians want a strong public education system and democratic oversight of taxpayer funds. N.C. voters largely oppose vouchers for private and faith-based schools. In a recent opinion column, Darrell Allison tried to sweep facts away in a fog of misleading statements. The truth is that a school voucher program is wrong for North Carolina.

A bill was modeled by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate interest group that makes no bones about its intent to starve public schools while moving public funds into the private sector. Subsidizing private education for a handful of children at the expense of public schools throughout the state will never lead to fairness for all. A strong, comprehensive public education system for all children is guaranteed by the state constitution.

Fact: Vouchers don’t work. Research shows no positive impact on student achievement. The National Coalition for Public Education, representing 50 national organizations, wrote a letter last week to Congress opposing federal funding for a similar program in Washington, D.C., because “the program has not been found to be effective in improving educational outcomes for participating students.” Sound policy must be based on fact, not anecdotal claims.

Through intensive work and investment, North Carolina’s public school system is improving every year. The state’s annual high school graduation rate is the highest in the state’s history and our dropout rate is 3.43, the lowest in the state’s history. On the Nation’s Report Card from the National Center for Education Statistics, North Carolina’s fourth-graders scored 12th in math and 24th in reading. This progress is especially remarkable because North Carolina is among the bottom 10 states in per pupil funding and 45th in teacher pay.

Allison also conveniently overlooked the religious component of the bill. Vouchers could be used at religious schools run by churches, synagogues, mosques and other faith organizations. States such as Georgia are struggling with the consequences of ignoring the separation of church and state – such as the use of public funds to purchase faith-based textbooks and supporting the mortgages for church buildings.

A final pesky fact: Allison’s group has a profit motive. They are planning to serve as a voucher-granting organization, which will be worth about $8.8 million in administrative fees over five years. Perhaps that is why PEFNC donated to political campaigns and flew N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis and 10 other lawmakers to Florida in March to “learn” about voucher programs. This excursion may have violated N.C. lobbying laws and standards of ethics. Mr. Allison, shame on you. You can not buy special interest legislation with campaign contributions and a trip to Florida.

School is out for the summer and the short session of the General Assembly is no place to make major policy changes like school vouchers. If you believe HB1104 is wrong for North Carolina, contact your elected representatives today. Tell them North Carolina’s public education system is not for sale.

Belinda Cauthen is Education Committee Chair of the NAACP Charlotte-Mecklenburg Branch. Page McCullough ( has worked with N.C. community groups for equitable education for over 30 years. She is a long-time activist with Durham People’s Alliance.
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Greenville names new city manager – WNCT TV 9

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Greenville city council announced Tuesday it’s named Barbara Lipscomb as the new city manager.

The announcement was made around 4:00 p.m. Mayor Allen Thomas said in a release the key to her selection was her strong leadership experience in other similar communities. (More)