APRIL 9, 2014
KAY HAGAN PRESS RELEASE: ON EQUAL PAY DAY, THOM TILLIS WOULD LEAVE WOMEN AND FAMILIES BEHIND
GREENSBORO – Today marks Equal Pay Day, and when it comes to how this issue stacks up in the North Carolina Senate race, the contrast couldn’t be clearer. Kay has a strong record of supporting equal pay for women and their families and the first bill she co-sponsored was the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Kay will today vote for the Paycheck Fairness Act to make sure women have the tools to fight pay discrimination. But while Kay has been working to right this wrong, Thom Tillis was busy killing a state level equal pay measure in Raleigh. Read more here
WRAL: EpiPen legislation for NC schools hung up in Senate
RALEIGH, N.C. — A bill that would make epinephrine injectors, commonly known as EpiPens, available in all North Carolina schools remains stalled in the state Senate.
EpiPens are used to treat people suffering severe allergic reactions. Students with prescriptions are allowed to have them, but schools aren’t allowed to keep extras on hand for students who don’t have a prescription. Read more here
NEWS AND OBSERVER: NC’s jobless can expect fewer weeks of unemployment checks
The maximum number of weeks that North Carolina’s jobless can receive unemployment checks is expected to decline significantly again in July because state law ties the benefits to the state’s declining unemployment rate.
The prospect of four or five fewer weeks of unemployment checks for workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own is bemoaned by advocates for the poor. They argue that the job market remains quite challenging. Read more here
WBTV 3: Competition begins to fill Clodfelter’s seat in General Assembly
Just a few hours after Dan Clodfelter resigned from his state Senate seat, potential replacements are expressing their interest in representing his district.
Mecklenburg County Democratic Party Chair Robin Bradford says three contenders have said they are interested in representing District 37, which comprises much of southwest Charlotte and flows into uptown. Read more here
WRAL: Gender pay gap bill faces tough road in Senate
WASHINGTON — From the Capitol to the White House, Democrats are rallying behind campaign-season legislation curbing paycheck discrimination against women. The bill, partly designed to energize the party’s core voters, stands little chance of surviving in the Senate.
In a showdown expected Wednesday, Senate Republicans seemed likely to derail the measure. Though Democrats run the chamber, they control 55 votes and needed at least five Republicans to halt a GOP blockade against it — a number they seemed unlikely to reach. Read more here
QNotes: LGBT ally Dan Clodfelter named new Charlotte mayor
Clodfelter has had a fairly inclusive record on LGBT issues. In 2011, he voted against the proposal which ultimately put the state’s anti-LGBT constitutional amendment on the ballot in May 2012. Clodfelter was also a co-sponsor of the 2009 School Violence Prevention Act, which mandated LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying protections in local school districts statewide. Read more here
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