Saturday, January 04, 2014

Bill 'Moyers and Company': 3 January 2014

Full Show: State of Conflict: North Carolina
January 3, 2014 - First it was Wisconsin. Now it’s North Carolina that is redefining the term “battleground state.” On one side: a right-wing government enacting laws that are changing the face of the state. On the other: citizen protesters who are fighting back against what they fear is a radical takeover. This crucible of conflict reflects how the battle for control of American politics is likely to be fought for the foreseeable future: not in Washington, DC, but state by state.

This week on Moyers & Company, “State of Conflict: North Carolina” offers a documentary report from a state that votes both blue and red and sometimes purple (Romney carried it by a whisker in 2012, Obama by an eyelash in 2008). Now, however, Republicans hold the governor’s mansion and both houses of the legislature and they are steering North Carolina far to the right: slashing taxes on corporations and the wealthy, providing vouchers to private schools, cutting unemployment benefits, refusing to expand Medicaid and rolling back electoral reforms, including voting rights. read more w/full transcript>>>

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Meanwhile in North Carolina:

NC auditor says Medicaid claims system had more than 3,200 defects

Video: 49,000 Medicaid cards mailed to wrong people in N.C.

Is this the year NC teachers get a raise?
Jan 03, 2014 - "We have been patient for too long," Classroom Teachers Association President Judy Kidd said. "We've had more expectations placed upon us and demand for so much of our time."

Kidd believes if a raise doesn't happen this year, many teachers could leave the state or the profession.

"If they want to keep the teachers in the classroom," Kidd said. "They need to pay them what they deserve."

Kidd says some teachers struggle to make ends meet.

"Most families can't make it on a teacher salary," Kidd said. "We are supposed to be professionals in a professional community, and we are not being paid a professional wage." read more>>>

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