NORTH CAROLINA STATE POLICY WATCH – Latest GOP trial balloons confirm Cooper has been right to keep pushing for Medicaid expansion
It’s going to happen eventually. It may not be right away and it may not look exactly like it ought to look at first, but at some point in the not-too-distant future, North Carolina is going to expand its Medicaid program.
The momentum to move forward is too strong and the arguments against doing so are just too weak. Consider the following:
- A growing and overwhelming majority of states – including many dominated by Republicans – have already taken the step and enjoyed extremely positive results.
- The healthcare community is for it and the future of many hospitals depends on it.
- A fast-growing segment of the state’s business community supports it.
- As detailed in a recent, in-depth report, the economic benefits to the state would be huge.
- Voters want it to happen.
- Most importantly, it will, quite literally, save thousands of lives.
Colorado becomes 18th state to outlaw “conversion therapy” as North Carolina’s bill goes unheard
By Joe Killian
Last week Colorado became the 18th U.S. state to outlaw so-called “conversion therapy” — a scientifically discredited practice that attempts to “cure” people of being lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
Gov. Jared Polis, Colorado’s openly gay governor, also signed a bill that will make it easier for transgender people to get state-issued ID and other documents that correctly reflects their gender identity.
In North Carolina, the Mental Health Protection Act, was filed in March. It would outlaw converstion therapy, part of a rapidly growing national movement. Despite polls showing overwhelming bipartisan support for the ban, it faced stiff opposition from religious groups and conservative Republicans and did not receive a hearing in this legislative session. No such bill has yet been passed in any state in the Southeast. Continue
by BRETT ZIEGLER for U S News & World Report
They volunteer for the military. They create jobs. They help their communities. They are U.S. immigrants.
Letters from Little Rock
By Nickole Brown & Jessica Jacobs | July 2, 2015 in Oxford American
The poets Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs were married in California in October of 2013. Following the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, they exchanged a series of letters from their home in Little Rock. Nickole begins:
Some images I want to bless in clear water and hold up to the light. Like my sister, nearly six years ago now, sitting up during a contraction to touch the crown of her son not yet born. Or my peonies in Kentucky—one June, I cut every single stalk and brought the armload inside, blooms big as grapefruit, blasting open with black ants.
Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 9, 1951, and is a member of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. She received a BA from the University of New Mexico before earning an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 1978.
Meet the Economist Behind the One Percent’s Stealth Takeover of America by Lynn Parramore in Institute for New Economic Thinking
Nobel laureate James Buchanan is the intellectual linchpin of the Koch-funded attack on democratic institutions, argues Duke historian Nancy MacLean
Polling shows that the American people overwhelmingly support taxing the wealthy and corporations to invest in our country’s future. And now Americans for Tax Fairness Action Fund has launched a new website that presents voters with the information we need to evaluate each candidate’s tax and spending proposals and compare them to one another.
in The On Being Project with Krista Tippett
How are you?
No, really. How are you?
Get outside and enjoy one of the simplest, most reinvigorating hobbies there is: hiking.
If you’re new to hiking, read on to learn what you need to know before you hit the trails, whether you’re planning a stroll through the woods or a multi-day backpacking trip.
Sharon Oxendine, director of the WWBC in “Women-owned businesses increasing in NC despite adversity”
, BY in Carolina Public Press
Women-owned businesses are increasing nationally and statewide, according to a recent report, which credits women overcoming adversity for the growth.
Wendy Coulter, president of the Greater Raleigh Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, said this boom in female-owned businesses stems from increasing empowerment of women over the years.
Postpartum depression doesn’t only affect women. According to research, new fathers can suffer the same symptoms — and if their partners are suffering from postpartum depression, as many as 25 percent of new fathers may also experience it.
Today is the Fourth of July, “Independence Day,” here in America, and I have such mixed feelings.
Our current form of government is obviously broken, but still, the American experiment is one of the best forms of government that humans have tried.
Margaret Atwood has an eerie prediction about the outcome of abortion restrictions, one that bears an uncanny resemblance to the dystopian future depicted in her hyper-relevant novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.
Speaking at New York City’s Book Con on Saturday, Atwood argued that when states obligate women into childbearing, they institute “a form of slavery,” Insider reported. State-mandated reproduction has two outcomes, she said: That women die, and that orphanages fill up.
from Diane Amos
This is what I’ve been looking for as I thought our NC Supreme Court could still challenge our gerrymandered state. They did it in Pennsylvania, so hopefully we can do it here. Read below….I’ve bolded and underlined the hope for NC.
June 25, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – The General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following statement concerning the treatment of immigrant children at the border between the United States and Mexico.
We denounce in the strongest possible terms the unconscionable mistreatment of children on the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump Administration, and call on our elected leaders to take all measures necessary to provide them with adequate food, shelter, and healthcare – and, most importantly, to reunite them with their families.
“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. “
Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. If you don’t give a child food, the damage quickly becomes visible. If you don’t let a child have fresh air and play, the damage is also visible, but not so quickly. If you don’t give a child love, the damage might not be seen for some years, but it’s permanent.
Muralist and new mom Lauren Pallotta Stumberg walked past The Edge construction site every day while she and her son strolled through their Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. She eventually gathered the courage to cold call the apartment complex’s property manager and propose a mural for the nine-story wall facing Edgewood Avenue.
( Photo from the 2018 RADfest)
History of the Public Art Program
Starting in the 1970s, people began to notice that Asheville had very little public art compared to other cities around the country. As an outgrowth of the Streetscapes program, the Urban Trail Committee was formed in 1992 to develop a walking art trail highlighting historically important architecture, people and events within downtown Asheville. The Urban Trail became an Asheville treasure and helped show citizens what public art could do for our community. In November of 1998, a group of eighteen concerned citizens came together to form the Public Art Working Group. Many meetings and a great deal of research later, City Council adopted the City’s first Public Art Policy. A newly established Public Art Board started meeting in May of 2000.
Happy Father’s Day from The Representation Project! Fathers in the media are often portrayed in stereotypical and even insulting ways. Since the fathers that we see on screens send powerful messages about this important role, it’s helpful to reflect on how content producers choose to portray dads. Here are our picks for best and worst dad representations in entertainment media.
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