• U.S. Supreme Court agrees NC legislative districts were illegally gerrymandered based on race


    The U.S. Supreme Court is sending a clear message to North Carolina lawmakers: racial gerrymandering is unconstitutional.

    The nation’s highest court handed down its third decision in three weeks regarding a North Carolina racial gerrymandering case — North Carolina v. Covington. This time, justices affirmed that 28 state House and Senate districts were unconstitutionally racially gerrymandered when Republicans drew new maps in 2011 but sent back to the lower courts a remedial order for special elections to be reconsidered.

    Republicans have been put on notice that they cannot pack black voters into districts, but they won’t necessarily have to hold a special election later this year – though that decision will ultimately be in the hands of the lower court. [Read more…]

  • Trump claims ‘vindication’ from Comey testimony, calls him a ‘leaker’

    From the

    June 9 at 10:11 AM  

    President Trump broke his public silence Friday morning on former FBI director James B. Comey’s testimony to Congress in the Russia probe, accusing him in a tweet of lying under oath and calling him a “leaker.”

    A day after he had allowed surrogates to respond for him, Trump took to Twitter to attack Comey directly, writing: “Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication … and WOW, Comey is a leaker!”

    Trump’s statement came as surrogates fanned out to defend the president and his personal lawyer was preparing to file a “complaint” early next week over Comey’s testimony to the Department of Justice’s Inspector General’s Office and the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to a person close to the legal team.  Read the full article HERE

    And about that impeachment possibility …

    According to Indivisible, Impeachment is a process, and the time to begin is now.

    Impeachment Toolkit: Are your Members of Congress standing up for the integrity of our democracy, or siding with Trump and his cronies in trying to hide the truth? Here’s an explainer of the process of impeachment and the questions you should be asking your Members of Congress about where they stand on the need for impeachment hearings and an independent commission into Russia’s interference in our election.

  • Education leaders say House Budget falls short


    Based on the state House budget plan, North Carolina teachers may be virtually assured of at least some raises in the upcoming school year, but the state’s top teacher advocacy organization says state lawmakers have still “fallen short” of their promises to educators.

    “This isn’t treating us as a profession,” says Mark Jewell, a Greensboro teacher who serves as president of the N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE). “This is a stopgap measure for funding schools.”

    Jewell’s comments came hours after state House lawmakers unfurled their full biennial budget, which includes varying raises for teachers and school administrators (page 87 of the House budget) over the next two years. [Read more…]

  • The Dollars and SENSE of Investing in our Schools

    Last week, I highlighted some of our standout graduating seniors who are receiving substantial scholarships from local civic groups.

    Investing in the dreams and aspirations of our youth is one of the most important investments this community can make. I said we invest so much more than money in our youth, and that’s true.

    But this week, I want to talk about the money.

    On Tuesday, the Moore Board of Commissioners will hold its public hearing on the proposed budget for the coming year, including the spending plan for the public school system. The school board on Monday night is expected to pass a revised request that essentially asks for about an extra $4.5 million above last year’s allocation just to maintain existing levels of service.


  • Who says Donald Trump is stupid? In his own words…