- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Speakers addressed Medicaid expansion and environmental justice issues during a rally opposing policies originating from Republicans in charge of North Carolina government.

People associated with the “Moral Monday” movement gathered Wednesday afternoon for the rally. While a spokesman for the state chapter of the NAACP initially said plans to protest at the General Assembly were canceled, several dozen people showed up in the rotunda between the House and Senate.

Thirty demonstrators have been arrested inside the Legislature on two occasions since late April. The first arrests occurred in 2013.

The NAACP and other groups have been unhappy with Republican leaders for failing to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid to cover more of the working poor. They also blame Republicans for passing laws authorizing fracking.

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