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

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    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…]

  • Education leaders say House Budget falls short

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    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.

    READ MORE OF JOHN NAGY’S EDITORIAL HERE  

  • National Radio Show Takes on Gerrymandering, with emphasis on NC

    Gerrymandering: America’s Most Dangerous Maps?

     

    1A is a new radio show for a changing America. Every day, host Joshua Johnson convenes a conversation about the most important issues of our time. The show takes a deep and unflinching look at America, bringing context and insight to stories unfolding across the country and the world.  In this show from last April, Johnson welcomes guests who look at the history, and the current state, of gerrymandering across the nation, and in North Carolina.

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  • Wrap up of the District Eight Convention

    Greetings Moore County Democrats:

    It seems that every day brings us many more reasons for us to be proud and excited to be Moore County Democrats. Saturday, many of us attended the 8th Congressional District Convention in Biscoe. As we arrived, a little before 10, we were greeted by the District Chair with the observation that, among the many people already gathered at the high school, most were from Moore County. What a great way to start our day!

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