APRIL 14, 2014


THE WASHINGTON POST: Olympia Snowe, on compromise, Citizens United and former colleague Kay Hagan

In an interview with She the People after her keynote speech, Snowe talked about the monthly dinner she shared with women senators – “those voices make a difference” – including North Carolina Democrat Kay Hagan. “I’m not weighing in on any election,” said Snowe. She did, however, have positive words for Hagan. “I worked with Kay. She was tremendous to work with; she worked across party lines.” Read more here

News & Record endorses Kay Hagan in Democratic U.S. Senate primary

Kay Hagan’s plane was shot at during one of her three visits to Afghanistan as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The Democrat from Greensboro is under fire again as she runs for a second term in the U.S. Senate. More than $8 million worth of TV attack ads already have been aired against Hagan by Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit advocacy group funded by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. She can expect more opposition — and support — from special-interest groups as the campaign progresses. Read more here


NC POLICY WATCH: The “frustrating” debate about education and teacher pay

Most of the talk about the General Assembly session that begins next month is about giving teachers a raise, though it is far from clear how many teachers will see an increase and how large the raise will be. Governor Pat McCrory has proposed increasing salaries for starting teachers first and says raises for veteran teachers will depend on state revenue collections for the year. And the revenue news this week was not good. Read more here

THE NEW YORK TIMES: North Carolina Shows Strains Within G.O.P.

DURHAM, N.C. — There is a Tea Party candidate who talks about the Constitution and has the backing of Senator Rand Paul. There is a Baptist pastor, endorsed by Mike Huckabee, who wears a “Jesus First” lapel pin and has led the fight against same-sex marriage. And there is a Republican state lawmaker — supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and $1 million from Karl Rove’s American Crossroads group — standing up for the party establishment. Read more here


THE HUFFINGTON POST: Obama Remembers Kansas Shooting Victims
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is remembering those killed at a Jewish community center and retirement complex, saying no one should have to worry about their security while gathering with their fellow believers. Obama is speaking at an Easter prayer breakfast at the White House. He says the fact that Sunday’s attack in Kansas came as Jews prepare to celebrate Passover and Christians prepare for Easter makes the tragedy "all the more painful." Read more here


QNOTES: Couples plan Tax Day protests

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Same-sex couples in state capitals in North Carolina and South Carolina plan to hold Tax Day protests tomorrow, calling upon their state governments to recognize their legal marriages. Couples will rally in Raleigh, N.C., and Columbia, S.C., to highlight the tax disparities and discrimination they face when filing taxes this year. The federal government recognizes same-sex couples and allows them to file taxes jointly, following last June’s Supreme Court decision overturning a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). But, North Carolina and South Carolina do not recognize the couples. The disparate treatment has caused some couples great difficulty in filing taxes this year. Read more here

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