Author: Naomi Lambert

Police shootings and Black Lives Matter

History, despite its wrenching pain, Cannot be unlived, but if faced With courage, need not be lived again. Maya Angelou   We are awaiting the deliberations of the state Board of Elections before we can know how the Wake County Commissioners races and school board races will be resolved. We hope the legislature won’t feel compelled to return to draw the new maps in person, perhaps learning from the internal revolt over proposed changes to Asheville’s districts. As ever the chaotic impact of bad legislation and the court rejection of the maps reminds us of the need for non-partisan redistricting come 2020. We must continue to push for this process whomever has control of the legislature. Meanwhile President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton campaigned together for the first time in Charlotte. I think we can expect many more visits before November as North Carolina is regarded as ‘in play’ and a viable swing state. Finally we must consider the events in Baton Rouge, St Paul and Dallas. We live in frightening and unsettling times but our fear should encourage us to think about how we ourselves can change in order to bring about wider change. One must only consider the huge shift in opinions towards LGBTQ marriage to see that transformations can happen within our lifetimes, because we believe they must. A change in the way we live with our fellow citizens...

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The Importance of the Courts and State Budget

The challenged redistricting here subverts political fairness and proportional representation and sublimates partisan gamesmanship. Judge James Wynn, on the Wake County redistricting law. Supreme Court ruling on abortion clinics in Texas (and beyond.) By a 5-3 majority, SCOTUS found that the Texas TRAP laws placed unreasonable burdens on access to abortion clinics by imposing a requirement for doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and for each clinic to have facilities identical to those performing surgical procedures. Once again Ruth Bader-Ginsberg showed us why she is a champion for modern women and far from ready for retirement! http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/28/us/supreme-court-texas-abortion.html?_r=0 The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled on the Wake County commissioner and school board redistricting saying it was unconstitutional. This leaves us uncertain about which maps will be used for the elections in November. The House Elections Committee is meeting today to review their options. http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article87107697.html#emlnl=morning_newsletter The State budget has been agreed at $22.34 billion with teachers and state employees receiving raises in their salaries. The legislature appears to have been seeking an average $50,000 salary for teachers. This deal does not recognise the value of experience since those with more than 30 years in the teaching profession will effectively not receive a raise. There has been chatter around a possible change to HB2 but no sign of any substantive agreement. Keep following the news! In local news,...

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