APRIL 25, 2014
CAROLINA PUBLIC PRESS: Analysis: More TV ads run in NC than any other election in the country
Turn on a television in North Carolina these days, and it’s only a matter of minutes before the bombardment begins. In the buildup to next month’s primary, North Carolina has become ground zero for an all-out ad war between national special interest groups, who are banking on 30-second commercials to have sway on both the May 6 contest and the November general election. Read more here
NC Chamber rejects legislative proposal to ditch Common Core
Sen. Jerry Tillman and other lawmakers seeking to eliminate Common Core State Standards are facing growing opposition from North Carolina’s business community. The State Chamber of Commerce released a statement Friday suggesting repealing the Common Core as early as July 1st would be such a step backwards that it could adversely impact the hiring of future workers. Read more here
NC POLICY WATCH: The Follies: Forest jumps gun on Common Core. Where is McCrory?
Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest has made repealing the Common Core education standards one of the crusades of his office, solidifying his hero status on the Tea Party Right in the Republican Party. Read more here
QNOTES: An open letter to North Carolina’s Republicans
To members of the Old North State’s Republican Party: Whatever you do on May 6, our state’s primary election, please, please, pretty please, for the love of all that is holy and good, do not vote for Mark Harris. Read more here
NEW YORK TIMES: In Florida Tomato Fields, a Penny Buys Progress:
By enlisting the might of major restaurant chains and retailers — including Walmart, which signed on this year — the Coalition of Immokalee Workershas pressured growers that produce 90 percent of Florida’s tomatoes to increase wages for their 30,000 workers and follow strict standards that mandate rest breaks and forbid sexual harassment and verbal abuse. The incentive for growers to comply with what’s called the Fair Food Program is economically stark: The big companies have pledged to buy only from growers who follow the new standards, paying them an extra penny a pound, which goes to the pickers. The companies have also pledged to drop any suppliers that violate the standards. Read more here.
WASHINGTON POST: Sotomayor accuses colleagues of trying to ‘wish away’ racial inequality:
Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s fierce defense of the affirmative action efforts such as the ones that helped move her from a Bronx housing project to the upper echelons of American law found renewed voice Tuesday in an impassioned dissent that accused colleagues of trying to “wish away” racial inequality — and drew a tart response from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. In her most personal moment in 41 /2 years on the court, Sotomayor read part of her dissent from the bench to emphasize her disagreement with six colleagues who upheld Michigan’s constitutional amendment banning the consideration of race in public university admissions. Read more here.
WASHINGTON POST: Bob Dole says the GOP is way more conservative than it was even 20 years ago. He’s right:
Here’s Bob Dole on the current state of the Republican party: "I thought I was a conservative, but we’ve got some in Congress now who are so far right they’re about to fall out of the Capitol.” Read more here.
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