APRIL 2, 2014
NEWS & OBSERVER: Morning Memo: Timing of teachers’ Hagan endorsement at issue
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s campaign will announce Monday an endorsement from the North Carolina teachers’ association, a move that may color the upcoming legislative session.
The Democrat’s campaign is using Republican cuts to education (such as teaching assistants) and low teacher pay as prime talking points in its expected battle against House Speaker Thom Tillis, who is leading the field of eight GOP primary candidates. Read more here
DAILY TARHEEL: Profile: Hagan promotes moderation over extremism
When Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C, travels the state, people ask why lawmakers in Washington are unable to compromise, which is why she values being named America’s most moderate senator, a ranking she received from the National Journal last month.
“It shows that I can work across the aisle to get things done,” she said in a phone interview Friday. Read more here
NC POLICY WATCH: Governor McCrory is just plain wrong about the jobs picture
Governor McCrory has been at it again lately—incorrectly claiming that his decision to dramatically cut unemployment benefits is responsible for turning around the state’s job market. Read more here
WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Editorial: Legislators must provide public records on election-law considerations
It’s bad enough that our politicians choose their own voters through their redistricting monopoly, but last year the General Assembly passed a so-called “voter identification” bill that will clearly suppress who among us even gets to vote.
After they were sued, legislative heavyweights argued in court that they should not be required to turn over public records related to that legislation because they have legislative immunity. Read more here
NEWS & OBSERVER: In NC, same-sex couples are married 364 days a year
In October 2013, when the N.C. Department of Revenue released a tax directive for the state’s legally-married, same-sex couples, barring them from filing a state personal income tax return under the status “married filing jointly” or “married filing separately,” it sent a strong message: On the day you file your state tax return, your marriage does not count.
In doing so, this new tax policy turned its back on simple, fair and transparent federal laws that allow married, same-sex couples to file jointly – with all of the requisite veracity of a “married” status – regardless of where they live. Read more here
NEW YORK TIMES: Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Limits on Federal Campaign Contributions
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a major campaign finance decision, striking down limits on federal campaign contributions for the first time. The ruling, issued near the start of a campaign season, will change and most likely increase the role money plays in American politics. Read more here
NEWS & OBSERVER: Survey: US companies add 191k jobs in March
WASHINGTON — A private survey shows that U.S. companies increased hiring at a healthy pace last month, suggesting that the jobs market is recovering from a brutal winter.
Payroll processer ADP says private employers added 191,000 jobs in March. ADP also revised February’s job creation up to 153,000 from an originally reported 139,000. Read more here
WASHINGTON POST: Democrats target unmarried female voters
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is building a national computer model to predict voters’ marital status, with hopes of targeting what may be the party’s most important demographic group: unmarried women.
“The completed model will let us pinpoint unmarried women as the target of specific, poll-tested messages delivered through field, mail and paid communications,” said a Democratic official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal strategy. “The model can also be included in our polling, allowing us to monitor trends in support and enthusiasm over time.” Read more here
NEW YORK TIMES: Obama Claims Victory in Push for Insurance
WASHINGTON — President Obama declared victory Tuesday in the government’s aggressive push to enroll seven million people in private health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, even as his senior aides braced for an escalated political battle over the law ahead of the fall’s crucial midterm elections. Read more here
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