by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Unions won a new stronghold in North Carolina. Patients will pay the price, some critics say. A national nurse’s union won a vote to organize 1,800 registered nurses across western North Carolina. The 965 votes to unionize Mission Health dwarfed 411 in opposition. The vote caps…

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by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden “will be the most pro-union president since [Franklin Roosevelt],” Jill Biden said of her husband Monday during a teleconference sponsored by a nurses’ union. “He will govern with the understanding that health care is a right, not a privilege.” The message…

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by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper is suing to dismantle a powerful legislative check on executive power. The N.C. Supreme Court will eventually decide the issue. The legislature and the governor are fighting over control of the Rules Review Commission — a powerful board, chosen by lawmakers, that can…

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by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH, N.C. — On August 26, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper proposed a $25 billion General Fund budget to expand Medicaid, increase unemployment benefits, give teachers higher bonuses, and cut funding to Opportunity Scholarships. Republicans immediately blasted Cooper’s spending plan, calling it a risky “spend now, pray later” proposal.…

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