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Observer religion reporter Tim Funk arrested in Raleigh protest (Charlotte Observer) -- Observer religion reporter Tim Funk was arrested Monday at the General Assembly in Raleigh while covering the Charlotte clergy involved in the legislative protests. Authorities said Funk, a veteran Observer reporter who covered the statehouse in the 1980s, failed to move away from a crowd of about 60 that was demonstrating and peacefully surrendering to arrest. Funk, who was wearing Charlotte Observer identification, was handcuffed and taken along with the arrested protesters to the Wake County magistrate’s office to be arraigned on misdemeanor charges of trespassing and failure to disperse. Jeff Weaver, police chief for the General Assembly Police in Raleigh who oversaw the arrests, told The Associated Press that Funk did not heed a warning from officers to disperse before the arrests began. Funk had earlier written about the weekly protests from Charlotte. Monday was his first live coverage of the event in Raleigh. He was released at about 11 p.m. “We believe there was no reason to detain him,” said Cheryl Carpenter, Observer managing editor. “He wasn’t there to do anything but report the story, to talk to Charlotte clergy. He was doing his job in a public place.”

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/06/10/4098290/observer-religion-reporter-arrested.html

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My favorite sign from Moral Monday, June 10,
courtesy of a long-time BlueNC community member, Gray Newman.

There was an impressive crowd of more than 1000 on hand, even though it was storming and raining. I guess that approximately 70 people were arrested. Many were clergy. All were inspiring.

To those who say this isn't changing the minds of any legislators, we get that. This isn't about changing minds. This is about raising consciousness and awareness all across the land that an extreme right-wing political cancer is taking hold of our government.

Hurricane season

A week has passed since 151 citizens were arrested at Moral Monday for civil disobedience. During that time, Republican leaders have dug in their heels like petulant children, continuing to push for policies most North Carolina citizens oppose.

In a speech at the GOP convention in Charlotte, Pat McCrory vowed that Republicans would continue their mission to change the status quo in government and change our economy. That’s just what they’re doing.

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First blush review of the House Budget (WRAL-TV) -- The full House budget is released Sunday night and. The N.C. House of Representatives released its $20.57 billion budget plan late Sunday night. It continues to show contrasts with the Senate spending plan. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said it "protects core services of government while setting priorities by focusing on job creation and economic activity."

http://www.wral.com/first-blush-review-of-the-house-budget/12533989/

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Clergy joining "Moral Mondays" may mark turning point (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The protest at the General Assembly on Monday, which will be led by clergy from around the state, brings together a cross-section of Christians, including Catholics, Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Methodists. Their involvement marks a noteworthy turning point in the weekly protests, which have led to the arrests of more than 300 people over five weeks. While the organizers of the “Moral Mondays” movement have been partisan, the clergy make a point of saying their interest isn’t political. “Rather it is a matter of faith with respect to our understanding of the biblical teachings and imperatives to protect the poor, respect the stranger, care for widows and children and love our neighbors,” according to the statement.

http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/clergy_joining_moral_mondays_may_mark_turning_point

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Clergy to lead sixth week of NC NAACP protests (AP) -- The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP announced Friday the sixth week in a series of protests that have led to the arrests of more than 300 people. Chapter president the Rev. William Barber said clergy from across the state will lead the group's latest demonstration against policies of the Republican-controlled legislature Monday. The group's demonstrations have grown in size every week since they started in April, most recently drawing more than 1,600 by some estimates. The number of arrests has grown too. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will follow up the protest with an event Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. The group will also announce details of a voter registration tour.

http://www.wral.com/clergy-to-lead-sixth-week-of-nc-naacp-protests/12528880/

Dear Secretary Decker

Having so much in common with Pat McCrory, you're probably not inclined to put much stock in scientific evidence. But just in case you have a moment of weakness, here are some facts that should inform your misguided delusions about corporate incentives.

Our biggest takeaway: there is virtually no association between economic development incentives and any measure of economic performance. We found no statistically significant association between economic development incentives per capita and average wages or incomes; none between incentives and college grads or knowledge workers; and none between incentives and the state unemployment rate. The scatter-graph [follow link] above illustrates the lack of any relationship between incentives per capita and wages.

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