Medicaid Expansion – Increasing Access to Insurance Coverage Is Good For North Carolinians and Community Hospitals
OpEd by Rod Harkleroad and Maurice Phillips
CLYDE, NC (May 28, 2019) You don’t have to look far to see that many in North Carolina – approximately 500,000 – are struggling from an absence of adequate, high quality health insurance.
Brookings Now by Fred Dews May 15, 2019
“Hope for bipartisan policy on the economy or any other topic depends on stopping the blame game, beginning to listen to each other, and rebuilding trust before working together to solve the problems that beset us,” Alice Rivlin wrote in 2018, encapsulating one of her consistent tenets. As the Brookings Institution community mourns the death of this extraordinary scholar and public servant, we look back at some highlights of her extraordinary career at Brookings. Learn more about the scope and impact of her life and career in this memorial piece.
GUARDIANSHIPS AND POWERS OF ATTORNEY a Series by Mariah D. McKinney, Attorney & Partner of Garlock & McKinney, P.C
What is Guardianship and What Does it Have to Do With Me?
Imagine that every time you went out to eat, someone else decided what you were going to eat without asking your opinion, ordered your food for you, and then directed you to eat the meal once it arrived. Imagine feeling like an observer and an outsider in all matters concerning your own personal preferences. This is what it feels like for many people who have a Guardian appointed by the Court to make decisions on their behalf. Wouldn’t you at least want the peace of mind to know that you were the one who chose the person who is making decisions for you? Those who do not name their choice of decision-makers in legally valid Powers of Attorney give up their freedom to choose.
Energy Innovation Task Force Announces Cancellation of Duke’s Peaker Plant, Honors Community Partners
The Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF) is excited to announce that through community collaboration, the gas-fired peaker plant, originally planned for 2023, has been pushed out beyond 2032. “Delaying the need for any additional natural gas-fired generation in Buncombe County beyond 2032 is a big deal. The facility would have cost residential and business ratepayers more than $100 million paid for through higher electricity bills,” notes EITF member and Chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Brownie Newman. The peaker plant would have been used to ensure electricity production during peak demand times such as the coldest winter days. Click here to read more
The Equal Rights Amendment was front and center on the national stage this week with Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw’s awesome response to the reporter who asked her about the importance of women’s leadership in sports. The video, which has since gone viral, starts out with a major callout to the ERA:
“Did you know that the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced in 1967 and still hasn’t passed? We need 38 states to agree that discrimination on the basis of sex is unconstitutional,” said Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw.
A nonprofit, nonpartisan, non-advocacy organization headquartered in the heart of ‘Climate City’ Asheville, North Carolina. The Collider is an innovation center focused on catalyzing market-driven climate solutions.
Institute for Women’s Policy Research: Women Candidates; the Cost of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Building Women’s Political Careers: Strengthening the Pipeline to Higher Office. Women Candidates: How to Win the Next Time Around. A record number of women are seeking elective office in 2018.
Sent in by Diane Amos July, 2018
• North Carolina: It’s truly astonishing how relentless North Carolina Republicans are in their ceaseless zeal to undermine democracy. This week, they called a blitzkrieg legislative session where they swiftly advanced two more measures to entrench their power by unfairly and arbitrarily tilting the playing field to their benefit.
Direct Action, Educating, Lobbying, Coalition Building – General Even Year Activities (mid-session Jan – Apr & short session May – July):
- Constructs lobbying campaign to secure bill sponsors, co-sponsors for long session.
- Develops legislative surveys.
- Organizes plans to expand action teams.
- Concentrates on ERA awareness building in the general population.
- Formulates education campaign for legislators and general public.
- Develops training materials for internal structure and legislative processes.
May 17, 2019
Many Southern Congress Members Vote Yes to the Equality Act, Underlining Strong Support for LGBTQ Equality in the South
Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the Equality Act, federal legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education, public accommodations, federally funded programs, and jury service. It is the first time ever that the House of Representatives has passed a bill to extend nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQ people.
In the past two years, we’ve seen what happens when women mobilize.
- 1 in 5 Americans has participated in a march or protest since 2016. The biggest issue driving these actions is support for women’s rights.
- Women donated $100 million more to campaigns and causes in 2018 than they did in 2016.
- We’ve been the majority of voters in every national election since 1964. In 2018, women helped elect a Congress with a record-breaking 127 women members.
Offered by Diane Amos, Weaverville, NC
Written by Tyler Dukes, WRAL investigative reporter, & Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter
RALEIGH, N.C. — The future of North Carolina’s congressional district map is now in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court, which last week heard oral arguments in a landmark partisan gerrymandering case.
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We all know that plastic waste is becoming an acute problem on land and in our oceans. While many people aspire to a zero-waste lifestyle, suddenly removing every morsel of single use plastic from your daily routine isn’t easy!
NCLCV Releases 2018 Environmental Legislative Scorecard
Where did legislators rank on North Carolina’s environmental priorities in 2018?
A linguist explains how Trump uses lies to divert attention from the “big truths.”
President Donald Trump has hacked the media.
As Vox’s Ezra Klein argued recently, the press is in a lose-lose situation — and we all know it. Trump thrives on opposition, and often the media plays right into his hands, feverishly chasing every lie and half-truth he utters or tweets.
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Women and Power isn’t a series about women’s empowerment. It’s a series about women and their relationship to power — how they get it, how they lose it, how they wield it, what they sacrifice for it, and, ultimately, what they hope power will help them achieve. It’s divided into four chapters that will be published on the Cut throughout the week. Click here to read more about the project and the women who participated.
The United States has exported a third of its recyclables to China for many years without any issues. It worked well. Americans like to recycle and China wanted the materials to feed their manufacturing base. However, beginning in 2013, China began to make a series of policies shifts to reduce the amount and types of recyclable materials into their country.
If there was ever a doubt about the strategic nature of data, it should be long gone now. Facebook has made a public spectacle of what happens when you get your data strategy wrong. An early read on four macro-level lessons Facebook teaches us about data strategy is provided below. An article is sent in by Mark Blessington
What are keywords, and why do you need to bother?
Keywords can be practically any word that you put up on your website except the grammatical articles and other connector words. The reason that you care is that keywords determine how people can find things on the web.
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