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for Independent Weekly Vol. 28 Issue 36, Sept 2011
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The John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy offered to donate funding for a selection of courses. Budget cuts to the UNC system caused UNC-Chapel Hill officials to eliminate a portion of Larry Goldberg's \"Elements of Politics\" honors class, a favored class amongst students and alumnae. A Republican led General Assembly voted for a state budget which cut Chapel Hill's funding by 17.9%, more than one hundred million.
A group called N.C. Family Policy Council is advocating a state constitutional amendment including the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). If approved, the amendment would make same-sex marriages illegal and homosexual partners would be denied many rights granted heterosexual couples. There is a debate if the passing of SB 106, which will appear on the ballot next spring and outlaw same-sex marriage, contradicts Article 1 of the State Constitution which declares equal rights for all citizens.
The bankrupt U.S. Postal Service faced an audit by the Office of the Inspector General. A report released by this agency reported 982 cases of the U.S. Postal Service paying leases on postal buildings to current or former employees, fourteen in North Carolina alone. These leases cost the Postal Service millions annually, potentially as high as $5.4 million worth of \"financial conflicts\" in these leases.
SB 106, the controversial bill addressing same-sex marriage, is receiving the majority of popular and media attention while other political matters are left under-reported. The Voter ID Bill requires voters to present a driver's license or state issued ID at polls. The Energy Jobs Act, if approved, would allow off-shore drilling and controversial fracking inland.