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Just in time for the holiday:

170K long-term jobless in NC face benefits cutoff (AP) -- The decision of North Carolina lawmakers to cut the amount and length of state unemployment benefits is taking effect, and that means about 170,000 long-term jobless are losing their last checks.

http://www.wral.com/170k-long-term-jobless-in-nc-face-benefits-cutoff/12612312/

More bad news below the fold:

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Senseless and entirely avoidable:

NC shoving our friends and neighbors off the financial cliff (Raleigh News & Observer column) -- On Sunday, 70,000 jobless North Carolinians will lose access to federal unemployment benefits. By the end of the year, 100,000 additional jobless workers will be cut off, leaving a total of 170,000 jobless workers and their families in crisis. North Carolina's unemployment insurance cliff has arrived.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/06/28/2996646/nc-shoving-our-friends-and-neighbors.html

Economist Dave Ribar on the GOP's counterproductive attack on the jobless

Who needs growth, when you've got a peasantry to create:

The loss of EUC funding will be devastating to the hardest hit North Carolinians--170,000 former workers who have already been without jobs for six months or more. The loss of funding will also hurt the broader economy, which brings me back to those original GDP figures. At a time when the state's economy is only growing slowly, unevenly, and actually shedding jobs; the legislature and governor are about to pull $700 million directly out of the state's economy. That figure represents 3.5 percent of all of the economic growth that the state experienced last year.

What's even worse, not only are those funds immediately injected into the economy in a diffused manner (spread around), said injected funds are naturally utilized in geographical areas that need it the most. The higher the unemployment rate in a given area, the more people receiving benefits, the more money into the local economy, etc. This was just a bad idea all around, and will likely produce even more unemployed.

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The flat-earth society reaches into the classroom:

Flawed idea would bring abortion debate to middle schools (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Asking middle school instructors to teach teenagers that abortion causes premature births is a flawed concept in several ways. One, the issue is best left to parents and mentors, not as part of an ordered curriculum. Second, legislators with a social-conservatism agenda now are specifying courses.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/06/27/2993975/bill-would-bring-abortion-debate.html

McCrory to veto bill designed to spread abortion lies

All eyes are on McCrory. Will he do what he promised, or will he prove himself to be an impotent rocket in Art Pope's pocket? Who's betting he sells out?

The bill is not about protecting or promoting our teen’s health, it’s about inserting anti-choice and medically unsupported rhetoric into our classrooms. SB 132 would force teachers to tell students, starting in seventh grade, that abortion is a risk factor for pre-term delivery later in life. “This statement is utterly false. No respected medical authority has found evidence that links abortion care to later adverse effects on a woman’s reproductive health and fertility,” said Buckley. “Young people need facts about their health, not political propaganda.”

Daily dose SCOTUS fever

Court rulings could lead to challenges of NC marriage amendment (NEWS14-TV) -- The Supreme Court ruling could lay the groundwork for North Carolina's marriage amendment to be challenged in court. The marriage amendment defines marriage as between one man and one woman in the North Carolina constitution. All eyes were on Washington, DC Wednesday as the Supreme Court ruling struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act. "This is undisputedly a landmark ruling," said UNC School of Law Professor. "This is a tremendous victory for the LGBT community," said Equality NC Executive Director Stuart Campbell. The ruling by the Supreme Court will allow same-sex couples that are legally married access to federal benefits which supporters of marriage equality say is a huge step for same sex couples. "We're also trying to figure out exactly what it will mean in states like North Carolina that have things like amendment one but overall it's moving in the right direction and we're very excited," said Campbell. But the ruling doesn't allow same-sex couples in North Carolina federal benefits because of the state's marriage amendment. It's an amendment gay marriage opponents said is important to keep intact.

http://triangle.news14.com/content/top_stories/695829/court-rulings-could-lead-to-challenges-of-nc-m...

Meet Pat McCrory on Thursday, June 27

Our esteemed Deputy Assistant Governor is putting in an actual appearance in Greensboro on Thursday, and Progress NC would like you to meet him. Here's the scoop and the invite.

Dear friend.

On July 1st, 70,000 unemployed North Carolinians will lose their benefits because of a bill that Governor Pat McCrory signed into law.

Just four days before thousands of people are forced into poverty, McCrory will be meeting with his big money donors at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center in Greensboro. Wealthy campaign supporters will pay $5,000 each for a private audience with the Governor.

North Carolina's unemployed deserve to be heard too! We'll be rallying outside of the hotel where McCrory and his friends are meeting. Please join us and tell your friends! If you're unemployed, bring your resume to wave at the Governor as he takes thousands of dollars from the rich while ignoring the problems of ordinary citizens.

Thursday, June 27th
5:15 PM
Grandover Resort & Conference Center
1000 Club Rd. Greensboro NC
Gather at the corner of Grandover Pkwy and Club Rd.

You can RSVP here. Please spread the word and bring your friends!

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