Eleanore Wood

Lawmakers return to talk teacher pay as another red state expands Medicaid

By Eleanore Wood / January 13, 2020 /

The North Carolina General Assembly convenes on Tuesday for a so-called “mini-session” amidst the budget standoff waged by legislative Republicans since last summer.  From North Carolina Health News: “We have not set a date and honestly we’re waiting like everyone else to see what the legislature” does this week, said Dave Richard, the N.C. Department of Health…

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WRAL: EDUCATION Student newspaper says secret negotiations leading to ‘Silent Sam’ deal broke NC law

By Eleanore Wood / January 10, 2020 /

 UNC-Chapel Hill’s Daily Tar Heel student newspaper has sued the UNC Board of Governors over the Silent Sam bribe. The lawsuit alleges that the BOG violated the North Carolina Open Meetings Law by making secret deals with the white supremacist group behind closed doors without any public acknowledgment. From WRAL: Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour…

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Settlement forces Duke Energy to clean up coal ash ponds — but who will pay for it?

By Eleanore Wood / January 9, 2020 /

After years of Duke Energy trying to shirk its responsibility to clean up its coal ash ponds, a new settlement means the energy giant will finally have to clean up these polluted ponds which have leaked countless tons of toxic chemicals into North Carolina waterways. From WRAL: Frank Holleman, senior attorney for the Southern Environmental…

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NC voter ID law put on hold as more gerrymandering evidence comes to light

By Eleanore Wood / January 7, 2020 /

NC voter ID law put on hold as more gerrymandering evidence comes to light  North Carolina’s voter ID law is temporarily on hold after a federal court ruling. This comes as new files have been released showing more details on NC Republicans’ plan to rig elections and undermine the will of voters. Last week’s ruling…

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Statement on federal court ruling on the Affordable Care Act

By Eleanore Wood / December 19, 2019 /

RALEIGH — Progress NC, the NC Justice Center, and partner organizations released the following statement on Thursday in response to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Texas v. United States regarding the Affordable Care Act: Wednesday’s Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling on the Texas v. United States decision means that millions of North Carolinians with…

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‘Silent Sam’ deal cost UNC-CH a $1.5M grant from major foundation donor

By Eleanore Wood / December 16, 2019 /

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is one of the largest charitable foundations in the world and they are in the final stages of withdrawing their grant after finding out the UNC Board of Governors agreed to a settlement giving the Sons of Confederate Veterans the monument and $2.5 million to maintain it. The Andrew W.…

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Leandro report released: What it will take for NC children to receive a sound, basic education

By Eleanore Wood / December 13, 2019 /

In the Leandro vs North Carolina case back in 1997, the North Carolina Supreme Court decided that the state was not meeting its constitutional obligation to provide all students with a sound basic education. More than 20 years later, the situation is worse, not better. Judge David Lee came up with recommendations to meet the mandates of…

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WRAL: NC sees decline in teachers passing exams and decline in teachers from colleges of education

By Eleanore Wood / December 5, 2019 /

A 20% drop in the number of teachers being produced in North Carolina can be directly related to a lack of real investment into teacher pay by lawmakers in Raleigh.  The most recent and rejected pay plan gave hard-working educators a paltry pay increase with some outrageous political strings attached.  Our legislators need to address this teacher…

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The Washington Times: FDA must fast track insulin for the millions of Americans living with diabetes

By Eleanore Wood / November 26, 2019 /

Did You Know? Three Canadian researchers discovered insulin almost a century ago and sold the patent for $1 so the world could access this life-saving medicine for diabetics. Today just three big Pharma companies control the U.S. market for insulin. Result? The price of insulin has gone up 900% in the last 18 years. From…

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2020 legislative maps finalized, congressional maps still up in the air

By Eleanore Wood / November 19, 2019 /

Could it be? Is our long statewide nightmare over gerrymandered political maps finally over? Well… not quite yet. The 2020 legislative maps appear to be final after the State Supreme Court declined last week to take up yet another legal challenge. However, we’re still waiting to find out whether the newly-passed congressional maps will pass a court…

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