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MLK Day Moral Monday march/rally in Goldsboro today

Keeping the dream alive:

North Carolina civil rights leaders plan to honor Martin Luther King Jr. by holding a Moral Monday march in Goldsboro. Organizers said the march Monday on the King Holiday is the 24th Moral Monday protest since lawmakers left Raleigh in July.

North Carolina NAACP President William Barber is expected to speak at the 4 p.m. rally. He will also be in South Carolina on Monday morning as the keynote speaker at that state's King Day rally in Columbia.

Suffice to say, Reverend King would not be pleased with NC's recent civil rights record.

A future history lesson on NC's voting rights struggle

It began with several generations of trickery:

Starting at the end of Reconstruction following the Civil War, North Carolina and other states used official and unofficial means to stop poor and black citizens from voting. North Carolina’s 1900 constitution required that voters pay a poll tax and be judged as literate by the local voter registrar, who could choose tough questions for some voters and easy questions – or none – for others. The constitution also included a grandfather clause that exempted from the poll tax those entitled to vote as of January 1, 1867. Between 1896 and 1904, nearly all black voters, including many thousands who had voted before, were removed from the voting rolls, and nearly all black officials were driven from office.

While this first assault on minority voting rights was eventually turned back in the 1960's, similar yet not so blatantly obvious methods were adopted shortly after the turn of the 21st Century, by the now moribund Republican Party (see footnotes) which rose to power under questionable circumstances, likely due in part to the Great Recession which plagued much of the world during this era:

NC DHHS adds "Because Obamacare" to their list of excuses

Trying to soothe growling stomachs with handy memes:

DHHS officials said Sunday that NC FAST isn’t the only contributor to the backlog and that its own data overstates the problem.

Julie Henry, a spokeswoman for DHHS, said troublesome factors included a new computer system, increased county workloads and adjustments to accommodate the new health care law. That created a “perfect storm” partly responsible for the growth in overdue food stamp applications.

In related news, it's now being reported that the deluge which swept through central North Carolina on Saturday, combining high winds, flash floods and a few stealth tornadoes, was also a byproduct of the Affordable Care Act.

GOP assault on teachers is working

If their goal is to make them leave in disgust, that is:

According to the National Education Association, we fell to 48th in per-pupil expenditures. State funds for books were cut by about 80 percent, to allocate only $14.26 a year per student. Because you can’t buy even one textbook on that budget, teachers are creating their own materials at night after a long day of work.

The result? Teachers have more students, no current books, and fewer professionals trained to address special needs, and their planning hours are gone now that they must cover lunch and recess. For public school teachers in North Carolina, the signals sent by this legislation are unambiguous: North Carolina does not value its teachers.

Republicans may actually follow through on their recent promise to give teachers some kind of raise this year. But make no mistake, it has nothing to do with correcting a mistake, and everything to do with smoothing over an issue that could harm them at the polls in November. And teachers know that.

AFP's latest anti-Obamacare hero also climate change denier

To be filed under "what the hell did you expect?"

You'll be seeing this (marketing) expert real soon in AFP's latest high-dollar attack on Kay Hagan. Try not to laugh.

Moral Monday protests resume today

It's never too late for redemption:

The state NAACP chapter and allied groups plan a Monday afternoon rally in another version of the protests that led to the arrest of hundreds of peaceful protesters during the spring and summer.

The groups want lawmakers to restore unemployment benefits reduced this year and to expand Medicaid to cover hundreds of thousands of additional people, as the federal health care overhaul allows.

This is a follow-up to a petition with thousands of signatures that was delivered to McCrory several weeks ago, calling for him to convene a special session of the General Assembly to address some mistakes they made in the Summer. Mistakes that have brought unnecessary pain and suffering to hundreds of thousands of the people they are supposed to serve and protect. The location of the rally will have to be decided by the courts today, as the Republicans are trying to silence this group via permitting:


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