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Town hall with Tarte, or a 90-minute reminder that there’s no ‘moderate’ in the NCGA GOP

By | May 24th, 2017|HB2, North Carolina, Perspectives|

This isn’t a difference in philosophy. This is an attack on our schools, our environment, our young people’s right to the same opportunities, regardless of race, socioeconomic status or country of origin. And everyone’s right to be represented by someone who must answer to his or her constituents.

Get Well, Thom Tillis

By | May 19th, 2017|Opinion, Perspectives|

North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis collapsed this week while participating in a foot race in Washington, D.C. He is expected to make a speedy recovery, and while health concerns can linger in the minds of voters come re-election time, chances are good that this episode will become a forgotten footnote in Tillis’ career. As reports [...]

ACA Brings Success And Health

By | May 8th, 2017|Health Care, Issues, Perspectives, Uncategorized|

For ten years I struggled with anemia: ten years of periods that kept me at home. I couldn’t drive to the store without leaking blood on my clothes and car seat. I never had a good mattress for more than twenty-eight days. After that they all looked like crime scene evidence. I lost my job. [...]

Thanks, GOP!

By | May 6th, 2017|Activism, Federal News, Health Care, Opinion|

Well, they did it. They sucked the air out of the room. They clipped the wings of the resistance. A few short weeks after our jubilance over the defeat of the ill-conceived TrumpRyan “care” AHCA, they came back and passed it. They sure showed us. Wrong! This health bill is a complete joke. It has [...]

Unwieldy Outrage And The Democratic Party

By | May 1st, 2017|Activism, Democratic Party, Young Voters|

Olive Wilbur​ is passionate about history, politics, and social justice. A recent graduate of UNC Asheville, she is a full-time nanny, museum docent, and avid public radio listener. 2016 taught us that an outraged public is an engaged public. As a young progressive who opted for Hillary in the primaries, all of my [...]

Marathon training takes time; So does resistance training

By | April 11th, 2017|Activism, Opinion, self-care|

Ask any runner training for a major event what their daily schedule looks like and you will see it quite busy with exercise. There are specific days for running certain distances. There are cross-training days where they may swim, do yoga, bike, etc. But one day you may overlook is their rest day.  Every runner [...]

H.R. 1313 Using Wellness Plans as a Loophole for Eugenics

By | April 7th, 2017|Corporate Influence, Federal News, Health Care, Issues, Perspectives|

  Judy Wolfe While attention was focused on the American’s Health Care Act, on March 8th, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved a bill introduced by Virginia Foxx (NC, District 5),  H.R. 1313 – Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act. This bill would provide significant financial incentives for employees to share [...]

Safe Bathrooms

By | April 6th, 2017|HB2, Issues, LGBTQ, North Carolina, Perspectives|

Yelp recently has launched an app to pinpoint "safe bathrooms" for transgender people across the country.  First, let me state that in 20 years as an out trans woman...for the first nineteen of those years, I never had to give a single thought as to which bathroom to use! As a 20-years-out transgender woman who [...]


By | April 5th, 2017|Bill Summary, Education, Issues, North Carolina, Perspectives, Race|

Given a quick once-over, NC House Bill 21 is just a standard outline for the state’s driver’s education program.  However, after a second perusal, the “Instruction on Law Enforcement Procedures During Traffic Stops” clause becomes conspicuous.  North Carolina is not the first state to consider such a bill.  Both Illinois and Virginia have passed similar [...]