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15 Legislative Actions That Leave North Carolina Workers Disenfranchised

On July 20th North Carolina workers joined workers across the nation to Strike for Black Lives. Though the strike itself only spanned a single day, the demands are still available and applicable. The demands set forth by this strike would benefit all North Carolinians - though they originate…

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For a Safer Reopening, Apply Legislative Support: A Look at Unemployment and Worker Protections in North Carolina

 The North Carolina General Assembly just wrapped up their regularly scheduled short session, leaving us with a set of bills that put North Carolinians at risk for exposure to COVID-19 and few bills that protect North Carolinians from the negative health and financial impacts of this pa…

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2020 Races to Watch: Second Quarter Campaign Finance Reports

2020 second quarter campaign finance reports were due July 10, 2020. Here we've aggregated Election to Date totals for candidates on our 2020 Races to Watch list as well as key statewide races. Check out the NC State Board of Elections for more reports and data.

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Short Session Takeaways: NCGA Leaders punt on life-affirming measures, choose politics over people.  

The North Carolina General Assembly concluded their regularly scheduled short session at the end of last week similarly to how they’ve done their business over the last decade: back room deals, late-night shenanigans, playing politics, all on the public’s dime. These tactics shou…

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2020 NEA Report Displays Gap in Spending and Teacher Pay in North Carolina

The NEA has released the latest edition of its 2020 Rankings and Estimates, which show North Carolina continuing to lag behind in spending in teacher pay in North Carolina. Last year Real Facts NC reported that North Carolina ranked near the bottom nationally in per-pupil spending on average…

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Here are some of the ways Republican-rule has worsened the impact of COVID-19 for North Carolinians

Last week the General Assembly passed a historic, bipartisan, first-step relief package to help North Carolina recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, a headline in the News & Observer pointed out that the package did not expand Medicaid or jobless benefits. Lawmakers said they wanted to avoid these controversial issues in order to pass this legislation quickly, but the exclusion of those potentially lifesaving expansions is part of a dangerous trend Republicans have established since taking control of the legislature in 2011.

Click here to learn more about these harmful policy decisions.

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We must all work together to protect each other during this pandemic and unite for changes that move toward a more resilient and just future for everyone in North Carolina.

CORE MESSAGE: COVID-19 is a public health crisis that shows how interconnected we all are, and magnifies the inequalities in our economy, health care and government systems. Future generations will hold us accountable for how we respond to this moment. As individuals, we have a responsibility to stay safe and help protect community health. Our leaders have a responsibility to get us through this pandemic now and build a better tomorrow that leaves no one behind.

KEY POINT:  COVID-19 is a public health crisis that has deeply affected the lives of all North Carolinians. We must all work together to protect each other during the pandemic and unite for changes that move toward a more resilient and just future for everyone in our state.

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President’s job approval masks underlying concerns about virus response and the economy

While President Trump enjoys a bump in his approval ratings, underlying numbers on the economy and for Republicans in general don’t look as good. According to the Gallup Poll on Tuesday, President Donald Trump has matched his best ever approval rating of 49 percent. That’s up five points in the two weeks since his approval slid to 44 percent. The five point uptick for the President in the Gallup Poll is matched by other public polls conducted in the last week.

Americans rallying behind an executive during a crisis isn’t a new phenomenon, nor is it exclusive to the President. Governor Cooper, who has also been out front on COVID-19, has also seen his approval numbers increase. A PPP survey released on Tuesday has Cooper’s approval at 56 percent (higher than Trump’s 49 percent). Additionally, 63 percent of respondents said they support Cooper’s handling of the coronavirus. Similarly, the conservative NC Civitas Institute’s poll found Cooper with a 62 percent approval rating and Trump with 52 percent. 

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