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Weekend humor from Celia Rivenbark: Modern strikes spur memories of textile mill battles 

BY: - September 30, 2023

[Editor’s note: This post was written prior to the settlement of the writers’ strike. SAG-AFTRA, which represents actors and many other industry performers, remained on strike as of September 30.] The months-long strikes by film and TV writers and actors reminds me of the time they tried to unionize the textile mill that was, by far, […]

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Putting moneyed interests over people

BY: - September 26, 2023

Legislative leaders are knowingly violating the constitutional rights of North Carolina’s 1.5 million public school students in order to help fund tax cuts for the corporations and wealthy North Carolinians who finance their campaigns. North Carolina’s constitution requires the state to provide all students with access to decent schools that provide all students with meaningful […]

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NC GOP lawmakers betray a surprising lack of confidence

BY: - September 26, 2023

North Carolina Republican legislators have rarely, if ever, been in a stronger position. Their leaders — Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore — have a combined 23 terms of legislative experience and political chits upon which to draw, millions of dollars in campaign cash and dark money at their disposal, […]

The Public’s Right to No

BY: - September 25, 2023

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Ahead of redistricting hearings, NC voters tell lawmakers “Don’t twist our testimony”

BY: - September 25, 2023

The North Carolina Senate’s Redistricting Committee quietly announced last week that lawmakers would be coming to my hometown of Elizabeth City on September 25, at 4:00 p.m., to solicit the public’s testimony on this year’s redistricting process. When I heard about this hearing — one of only two being held outside of Raleigh and the […]

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Weekend humor from Celia Rivenbark: Grandpa seeks a bride in new cringeworthy reality TV show

BY: - September 23, 2023

When I say I cannot WAIT for the Sept. 28 debut of “The Golden Bachelor” — the senior citizen version of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” franchises — please know I’m not being sarcastic. Much. For too long, we’ve been subjected to shiny 20 somethings with taut skin, thick hair and thin ankles (girls) and […]