- Friends, please keep Nation Hahn, as well as the Hahn and Kirk families in your thoughts and your prayers. A statement from the families on Jamie Hahn’s passing can be found here: http://ow.ly/knuvp
NEWS & OBSERVER – Republican voter ID bill ready for NC House debate
A Republican bill requiring photo identification to vote in North Carolina is heading to the floor of the state House that’s controlled by the GOP.
The chamber scheduled what’s expected to be hours of debate Wednesday on the measure that’s already been approved by three committees in the past week.
THINK PROGRESS – Poll: North Carolina Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose NC GOP’s Voter Suppression Laws
Thanks in no small part to massive spending by just one Republican donor, Republicans now control the entirety of North Carolina’s government for the first time in more than a century. They haven’t wasted any time consolidating their gains. As part of a sweeping conservative agenda that includes taxing the poor to pay for tax cuts for the rich, writing lower wages into the state constitution, and making it easier for well-moneyed interest groups to buy judges, North Carolina Republicans are also pushing several bills to make it harder to vote.
WRAL – Public notice bill passes Senate
Local governments in 10 counties will be able to bypass requirements that they advertise public meetings in a local newspaper under a bill the state Senate approved Tuesday.
The measure, which received tentative approval Monday night, would apply to the county governments and city governments in Burke, Graham, Guilford, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Mecklenburg, Swain, Union and Wake counties.
WRAL – Welfare drug test requirement likely to be challenged
Even though a bill calling for some welfare applicants to pass a drug test before receiving benefits still has to go through the House, advocates for the poor are already gearing up to challenge the idea in court.
The measure, which passed the Senate Monday night, would require those seeking Work First benefits to pay for the drug tests. If the tests are negative, applicants would be reimbursed for the tests; if they test positive, they would be ineligible for benefits.
JACKSONVILLE DAILY NEWS – NC bill would expand aid to Alzheimer’s patients
There’s a proposal moving ahead in the House directing North Carolina’s Medicaid program to give additional paid help to people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease for things like getting dressed and bathed.
THE DAILY TAR HEEL – Film in flux: a new bill may limit movie filming in North Carolina
Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow wined and dined in Wilmington for much of last year while filming the blockbuster Iron Man 3.
Members of the state’s film industry say North Carolina was able to lure the Marvel Studios production, scheduled to release May 3, away from other states with a lucrative incentive for production companies. The state has a history of drawing popular TV shows and films, such as The Last of the Mohicans and Forrest Gump.
NEWS & RECORD – Update: Sweepstakes donor’s checks to N.C. politicians scrutinized
State elections officials are calling for an investigation of $235,000 in political donations to dozens of North Carolina candidates from an Oklahoma sweepstakes operator, contributions that they say may have violated state campaign finance laws.
Gov. Pat McCrory, state House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger are among those who received the checks, many of them mailed from a Charlotte lobbying firm where McCrory worked until just before he took office.
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