SCOTUS Rejects NC GOP Map Appeal, Senate Fails to Override Cooper’s Veto, Unity for Ukraine: Top Stories of the Week on Policy Watch

2. Putin’s War on Ukraine Is a Powerful Reminder to Americans: We May Not Be as Divided as We Thought (Remark)

CN rally in support of Ukraine

It seems certain that one of the contributing factors to the disastrous calculation that led Russian dictator Vladimir Putin to believe he could get away with his murderous and criminal invasion of Ukraine was his perception of weakness and division in the United States.

It wasn’t a completely unreasonable perception.

Like others around the world, Putin watched intently on January 6, 2021, as American democracy seemed to waver for a moment atop the Washington Monument. He has seen how the COVID-19 pandemic has helped to deepen rifts in our already divided nation. He was fully aware of the way the United States has in recent years disengaged from its traditional European friendships after World War II. And you can bet your bottom dollar that he was also aware of how a certain former US president and some of his loudest sycophants constantly expressed admiration for his ruthless tactics, while doing everything in their power power to undermine the current inhabitant of the White House. .[Read more...]

3. Congress hit deal on massive expenses wrap with Billions for covid aid, Ukraine

Compromise bill funds local ‘assignments’ for the first time in several years

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans foragreement reached early Wednesday on a expenses wrap who will finance the government for the next eight months, as well as providing Billions in emergency funding for covid-19 and the war in Ukraine.

The announcement means Congress should be able to avoid a government shutdown when a expenses the patch expires at midnight on Friday, although an additional patch until next week will also have to be adopted.

Bill’s $1.5 trillion government funding section includes first round of earmarks in more than a decade, allowing members of both political parties to get federal funds for home state projects. [Read more...]

Bonus read: Zelensky a “thug”? Ukraine’s ‘unbelievably bad’ government? That’s not how NC’s two Republican senators see it

4. State Senate Attempt to Override “Freedom of Smiles Act” Veto Fails

Senate Republicans couldn’t muster the three-fifths majority they needed on Wednesday to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill allowing parents to decide whether children wear face masks in schools.

The veto override of Senate Bill 173, also known as the “Free the Smiles Act”, failed in a vote of 27 to 22. The Senate needed 29 of the 49 votes present to move the bill to the House. Three-fifths of this chamber is also needed to override a veto.

All Senate Democrats voted against the veto override, including two who had backed the bill that won bipartisan support in the House and Senate. Sen. Ben Clark, (D-Cumberland) and Sen. Kirk deViere (D-Cumberland), previously voted in favor of the bill. [Read more…]

5. U.S. Supreme Court Denies NC GOP Appeal Regarding Court-Designated Congressional Districts

The United States Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request by Republican legislative leaders to halt congressional elections using court-drawn maps as they appealed state redistricting decisions.

The Supreme Court’s denial means North Carolina’s congressional districts are officially set for the 2022 election. Nominations closed Friday.

The North Carolina Supreme Court ordered the legislature to redraw new districts for the State House, state Senate and congressional districts after determining that early maps created by lawmakers were pro-partisan gerrymanders. – Unconstitutional Republicans. [Read more….]

6. COVID “test and treat” is expected to launch later this month. Here is where anti-COVID pills are available now.

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President Joe Biden announced in his State of the Union address last week the upcoming COVID-19 strategy called “test and treat.”

The plan to be launched later this month would have COVID-19 tests available at pharmacy clinics, community health centers, long-term care facilities and veterans’ health centers. People who test positive and meet the eligibility criteria would receive COVID antiviral drugs on site.

The FDA granted emergency use authorization for Paxlovid and Molnupiravir in December. The pills are available by prescription at clinics and pharmacies across the state. Paxlovid is for adults and children 12 years and older who are at high risk of being hospitalized with COVID-19. Molnupiravir is for adults. People with COVID should start taking the pills within five days of having symptoms. [Read more…]

7. Despite many fines, offenses, CN Renewable Able is still a chronic an/a Major ago polluter

Robeson County facility seeks new ago even allow as detail of state records a long chess trail as fines

Tens of thousands of dollars in fines. Dozen of offenses. Millions of tons of ago pollutants.

North Carolina Renewable Able in Robeson County was meant to be part of the solution for Duke Energy to meet its renewable energy goals. Instead, over the past seven years, the facility, which burns virgin wood an/a poultry droppings, spat out, extinguished, an/a restarted, only to repeatedly violate its state ago permit, aaccording to state records.

“This facility is a evil aactor, Katie Moore, a citizen adefender who works on iscontinues to ago Pollution an/a environmental justice, state officials told ayou a public hearing for proposed changes to the facility license. “It would be retroactively aallow illegal broadcasts an/a aallow them to continue. [Read more…]

8. Poverty, gun aAccessibility figures prominently in Congress’ efforts to reimagine public safety in the age of COVID

North Carolina has experienceda perfect storm of challenges” over the last two years of the pandemic.

District of County Durham Attorney Satana Deberry told the members of a U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Tuesday that growing poverty an/a increased aaccess to firearms has led to a devastating rise in violence.

“Increase in poverty aare closely linked to the increase in crime athe stress an/a desperation makes people more likely to see crime aIt’s their best or only option,” Deberry testified. “Aat the same time, AAmericans have purchased guns in record numbers – more than 40 million in the past two years, worsening the gun epidemic in this country. [Read more…]

9. In the middle to skyrocket growth in residence schools, CN legislators realize How? ‘Or’ What very little is known in regards to How? ‘Or’ What students rate

The first year, parents in North Carolina were able to establish a residence school for their children, the state recorded 381 of these schools with just over 800 students for the 1985-86 school year.

Fast forward to this school year and the state has 112,614 schools on file, enrolling approximately 179,990 children.

“Like residence schools incrumpled in state, DNP staff did not,” Dr. Chena Flood, director of the Division of Non-Public Education (DNP), told members of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on General Government on Tuesday. . [Read more…]

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