NEWS & OBSERVER: UNDER THE DOME: With Duke Energy mess, political calculations for 2016

The Duke Energy controversy hitting the McCrory administration is generating plenty of negative headlines and the criminal investigation is sure to produce more in coming months. But what’s the political fallout? Well, it sure seems to play neatly into Roy Cooper’s hands.

WASHINGTON POST: In 2014 Midterms, Parties See Different Issues and States as Path to Senate Majority

At the headquarters where Republicans are plotting their takeover of the Senate, camouflage netting hangs from the ceiling and walls. Military surplus sandbags are piled up around operatives’ desks. And an ex-Marine named Ward Baker rattles off statistics that add up to trouble for Democrats. Both parties consider at least 11 races competitive, with several others possibly coming into play, but their assessments of the state-by-state details vary. Control of the Senate could be determined in four states Obama lost in 2012 and where Democrats are up for reelection: Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina. Of the four, North Carolina is considered the friendliest terrain for Democrats, and party strategists said Sen. Kay Hagan has built one of the best campaign organizations in the nation.

THE WEEKLY STANDARD: Visionary/Reactionary: The paradox of a Tar Heel editor-politician.

Josephus Daniels was a North Carolina newspaper mogul, Democratic party kingmaker, Prohibitionist, progressive leader, ardent Methodist, equally ardent segregationist, friend to William Jennings Bryan, and counselor to Woodrow Wilson. He was an anti-imperialist who conquered and ruled parts of six nations, a pacifist who, as secretary of the Navy during World War I, shipped two million American soldiers to Europe, and the ambassador to Mexico during the Depression under Franklin D. Roosevelt—who had served as Daniels’s assistant secretary of the Navy.

NEWS & OBSERVER: James Taylor appears in anti-fracking TV ad

Singer-songwriter James Taylor is starring in a television ad for an environmental group urging North Carolina viewers to challenge efforts to allow natural gas exploration through fracking in the state where he grew up. The Natural Resources Defense Council said the ad began running Thursday on Raleigh-Durham area television stations, as well as on cable TV and online. A group spokesman would not give a price on the ad buy but said the commercial would run for at least two weeks.


THE HILL: Boehner: I’d rather kill myself than raise the minimum wage

Speaker John Boehner is so against raising the minimum wage that he once said he would rather commit suicide than vote for a “clean” increase. The Ohio Republican and son of a barkeep has repeatedly opposed federally mandated hike increases, which have been a constant in the Democrats’ election-year playbook.


LA CONEXION: Demandan a distritos escolares de Carolina del N. por no inscribir a latinos

EFEUSA- Una coalición de grupos de derechos civiles urgió hoy al Departamento de Justicia federal a que inicie una investigación contra dos distritos escolares de Carolina del Norte por discriminación al negar o desalentar la inscripción de niños inmigrantes en las escuelas públicas.Las organizaciones Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP), North Carolina Justice Center (NCJC) y el Sourthern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) enfatizaron que éstos son ejemplos "de un problema mayor que ocurre a nivel estatal".

CHARLOTTE POST: Debt Paid, But Ex-Felons Can’t Vote

WASHINGTON – If America is ever to end the revolving door of prison recidivism, it needs to ease the re-entry of former offenders back into society by allowing them to vote, Attorney General Eric Holder believes. Holder announced his position during a recent conference on criminal justice reform at Georgetown University Law Center at Washington, D.C. He called on state officials, state leaders and other elected officials to reform or repeal laws that block ex-felons from voting, more than two million of them black.

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