Politics http://wunc.org en Lawmakers To Spend At Least Another Week On State Budget http://wunc.org/post/lawmakers-spend-least-another-week-state-budget <p>House and Senate leaders are back in Raleigh today to try to resolve large differences in their spending plans for the year.&nbsp;</p><p>They're now two weeks past their deadline, as they've been at odds over how much to pay teachers and at what cost. Senators want to give large raises of about 11 percent, but they would pay for them in part by cutting more than 6,000 teacher assistants.&nbsp;</p><p>House leaders have been adamant about providing more modest raises without laying off any educators or impacting the state's Medicaid health insurance program.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:07:22 +0000 Reema Khrais 38938 at http://wunc.org Lawmakers To Spend At Least Another Week On State Budget State Legislators Embroiled In Budget Stalemate http://wunc.org/post/state-legislators-embroiled-budget-stalemate <p></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:08:23 +0000 Jessica Jones 38252 at http://wunc.org State Legislators Embroiled In Budget Stalemate Are The Arrests Actually Harming The Moral Monday Movement? http://wunc.org/post/are-arrests-actually-harming-moral-monday-movement <p>The Moral Monday protests from Raleigh have garnered national attention over the past year. A key component of the protests has been media attention on arrests. Dozens were arrested this year for various non-violent offenses, a move some say is becoming an overt aim of many protestors.</p><p>Amy Laura Hall is a professor of ethics at the Duke Divinity School.&nbsp; She has participated in the Moral Monday protests from the start, but she says the tactic of getting arrested -- or "orderly submission" as she calls it -- is flawed.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:37:24 +0000 Phoebe Judge 38183 at http://wunc.org Are The Arrests Actually Harming The Moral Monday Movement? Sales Tax For Education http://wunc.org/post/sales-tax-education <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina counties are bracing themselves for statewide education cuts under consideration by the General Assembly. Guilford County schools stand to lose between $6 million and $21 million from the state.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:09:01 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 37421 at http://wunc.org Sales Tax For Education NC Senate Committee Recommends Candidate Who Could Tip Balance Of Worker’s Compensation Commission http://wunc.org/post/nc-senate-committee-recommends-candidate-who-could-tip-balance-worker-s-compensation-commission <p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:14:13 +0000 Jorge Valencia 37172 at http://wunc.org 'The Teacher Couch Summit,' Tweet By Tweet http://wunc.org/post/teacher-couch-summit-tweet-tweet <p>Monday night, 15 Moral Monday protesters sat in front of Senate Leader Phil Berger’s door.&nbsp; Berger wasn't in his office, so the protesters sat there until the Senate session ended. Soon, State Capitol Police began to usher everyone out. They said that the building was closing, everyone had to leave. Reporter Dave DeWitt was with the protesters. He wrote about what happened next this way:</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:33:30 +0000 Carol Jackson, Dave DeWitt & Reema Khrais 36999 at http://wunc.org 'The Teacher Couch Summit,' Tweet By Tweet Meet NC Budget Director Art Pope http://wunc.org/post/meet-nc-budget-director-art-pope <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2012, Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> selected Art Pope to serve as the state’s budget director.</span></p><p>Pope has a long history in North Carolina politics and government. The attorney and businessman served in the legislature before launching several charitable organizations and think tanks centered on libertarian principles. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 16:03:28 +0000 Frank Stasio & Anita Rao 36868 at http://wunc.org Meet NC Budget Director Art Pope Is There Anything You Would Not Do For A Million Dollars? http://wunc.org/post/there-anything-you-would-not-do-million-dollars <p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">For a million dollars, would you:&nbsp;</span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Throw a tomato at a politician?&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Kick a dog in the head?</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Sign away your soul? </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Sociologist </span><a href="http://stephenvaisey.com/" style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Stephen Vaisey</a><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;"> asked these questions and more in the first stage of his project, </span><a href="http://kenan.ethics.duke.edu/attitudes/resources/measuring-morality/" style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Measuring Morality</a><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">, which seeks to understand moral beliefs and moral divides. The study also followed teenagers for more than a decade to monitor the development of morality in young adults.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 16:08:48 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 36291 at http://wunc.org Is There Anything You Would Not Do For A Million Dollars? NC General Assembly Short Session Update http://wunc.org/post/nc-general-assembly-short-session-update <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px">Moral Monday protests resume as the General Assembly's short session continues. Protestors visit individual lawmakers today to lobby for Medicaid expansion, unemployment insurance and education reform. Last week, the North Carolina Senate approved a fracking bill and tentatively approved a regulatory overhaul. Both pieces of legislation may face challenges in the House.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 15:36:09 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 36216 at http://wunc.org NC General Assembly Short Session Update The Politics of Fútbol! In Latin America http://wunc.org/post/politics-f-tbol-latin-america <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><div style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Sports say a lot about a city, state, or nation. <a href="http://www.nccu.edu/directory/details.cfm?id=jnadel">Joshua </a><a href="http://www.nccu.edu/directory/details.cfm?id=jnadel">Nadel</a>’s new book explores the place of soccer in Latin America, and how it's influenced national identity in a post-colonial world. Nadel is the author of “Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters in Latin America” (University Press of Florida; 2014) and a professor of Latin American and Caribbean History at North Carolina Central University.&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 15:22:40 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 35145 at http://wunc.org The Politics of Fútbol! In Latin America